September Service Times

Our Sunday service times return to 8:30 am and 10:30 am on September 10 for our Welcome Back celebrations, and St Aidan’s Day parish lunch. Please sign up for the lunch.

Special Events

Thursday September 1st The Bamberg Cathedral Girls’ Choir from Germany: Blessing for a Journey

Will be performed in St Aidan’s at 7 pm, a free concert of religious music from the 16th century to the present.

September 9 Open House

Have you ever wanted to tell a friend about St. Aidan’s but don’t feel comfortable inviting them to a service? You’re not alone! That’s why we’re having an open house, a low key way for people to ‘check out’ St. Aidan’s without the hustle and bustle of a Sunday morning.

So instead of saying, “Do you want to come to church with me on Sunday?” You could say, “Hey, my church is having an open house you should come check it out”. There will be free food, music, program information and leaders on-hand, and just a chance to simply wander around.

Come together anytime between 1:30pm and 3:30pm on Saturday, September 9th, just before welcome back Sunday.

Thursday September 28th Author Dinner Fundraiser at the Balmy Beach Club: A celebration of community and St Aidan’s role in the Beach.

Special Beach guests will be local author Peter Robinson and documentary film-maker Mike Downie, brother of Gord Downie. Peter’s books will be available for sale, along with Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire’s graphic novel Secret Path. There will also be displays highlighting the many ways St Aidan’s engages with the community. Live music will be a feature of the evening, from blues to opera. This is a major fundraiser for us. Tickets are $75 each (cash or cheque), available from the Church Office.

Sunday October 1st Blessing of Animals

Bring your pets large and small to a short service at 3 pm followed by blessings outside.

Thursday October 5th, 6:30pm to 11:00pm Creative Space Art Exhibit Opening: Inaugural Creative Space Art Exhibit Opening

Come out and support our very own artists in residence! This show is a culmination of the past six months of their
work at St. Aidan’s in the Alan Dodd’s Studio.

Free Opening with refreshments and original artwork and prints for sale.

All four artists will be displaying their art on the stage in Memorial Hall. Pieces will be available for private viewing (contact the office to book a time) during the month of October, after which the residents’ work will be on display at a public gallery, Artisans at Work, at Danforth and Woodbine, from November 3rd to 26th (2071 Danforth Ave).

Music Ministry

Many thanks to all the choir members who contributed this summer by bringing their gifts of music to our morning services! Choir practices resume on Thursday, September 7 at 7:30pm and we will continue with regular practices on Thursdays at 7:30pm and Sundays 9:30am. We are always happy to have new voices, so if you’ve been thinking about joining us, please do!

Fall Programming

Meditation

Wednesday evenings Sept 13 to Oct 25, in the church from 7:30 to 8:15 pm.

Bible Study

Each week the church picks three readings for Sunday from the Old Testament, Acts or the Epistles, and one of the four gospels. Michael Van Dusen leads a discussion of these readings on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9 PM in the back of the church starting on Thursday September 7. The discussions include the history, social context, geography, theology and links between the readings. The conversation helps provide a richer background for hearing the Scripture on Sundays and praying with the texts. No preparation is required. Copies of the readings are supplied with notes or maps. As each week focuses on the readings for the coming Sunday, you are welcome to drop in any week! Please join us or contact Michael in person or at mjpvandusen@gmail.com

Advisory Board Retreat

Saturday September 23, 10 am to 1 pm in the lounge. David Krause from the Congregational Development department of the Diocese of Toronto will join us as we reflect together on growing and changing in the months and years ahead.

November Study Group

Taking the Bible Seriously But Not Literally. Wednesday evenings, 7:30 to 9 pm, from Nov 1st to 22nd

Advent Quiet Day

Saturday December 9 at the convent of the Sisterhood of St John the Divine.

Beach Zipline for Young Families Continues!

Although Matt is leaving us, this vibrant ministries is still a very important part of St. Aidan’s. We are continuing with the same vigour and hope that it began with! Our first Community event (Otherwise known as Zipline Community), on the third Wednesday of each month, will be Wednesday, September 20th. Doors open at 5:45pm, Dinner is at 6pm, Crafts and activities to follow and home to bed at 7pm!

Zipline Meal Prep will also continue this fall. If you’re interested in joining other parents to prep meals for your family please contact Christine Gilmore at christine.gilmore@gmail.com. We’re so thrilled to have Christine on board as our new coordinator! Our September dates are September 12 & 26th, from 7-9pm.

A big thank you to all of our volunteers who will continue to lead us in connecting with young families in Beaches!