May 30, 2024

Dear St. Aidan’s,

As we move toward summertime, we have much to look forward to in the life of our congregation. On June 9, in our 10:30 service, we will honour a few longtime parishioners who have recently transitioned out of ministry roles after many years of leadership—giving thanks for the ways they have generously shared themselves with our church and community, as well as praying for and blessing them and their service.

On June 16, we will acknowledge World Refugee Sunday in both our worship services, including some updates on some of the families who have been supported through East End Refugee Committee and the Beach Cares.

On June 23, we hope to share in outdoor worship together in the West Garden at both our 8:30 and 10:30 services (assuming construction is complete), and we will observe the National Indigenous Day of Prayer in both morning worship services. Then in the evening on June 23, we will offer a special Night of Worship at 7 p.m. This will be a communion service with more contemporary, acoustic worship music. We are especially inviting youth and their families to consider taking part, but anyone is welcome to join in worship with us that evening.

Finally, we have a couple new adult formation opportunities beginning in the coming weeks. I will offer an evening book group on Wednesdays from June 5-July 3 at 7:30 p.m. on Zoom, discussing the book The Love that is God. I am also forming a cohort for the 10-week Being With course, which is a small group that encourages people to listen and share stories with others, with the purpose of helping us recognize how God has been at work in our lives all along. You can learn more about Being With by clicking here. This may be an in-person or online group, depending on what works best for most participants; meeting day and time are still to be determined. To express interest in either group, email me at priest@staidansinthebeach.com

Grace and peace,

Becky+

Week of June 2 - NOTICES AT A GLANCE – more details below

  1. Live Streaming at 10:30 a.m., Order of Service
  2. Nursery now available during Sunday worship
  3. Wednesday Evening Book Group
  4. Planting Day Postponed
  5. Summer worship schedule
  6. Coffee hour team seeking new hosts
  7. New East End Refugee Committee-sponsored family
  8. Altar flowers dedications
  9. Gardening Group seeks new volunteers
  10. Our annual Moorelands ‘Send a Kid to Camp’ campaign has begun
  11. Announcements for the Notices
  12. Offerings

 AND NOW THE DETAILS:

 1. Live Streaming at 10:30 a.m., Order of Service - The service will be livestreamed at the following link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/91628466455

Meeting ID: 916 2846 6455
Passcode: 548507
Phone: 647-374-4685

To access the Order of Service click here: 

https://mcusercontent.com/9602008078ea1b1ac17a38d52/files/0c6471d6-08a7-c28b-1919-cbf823fc0797/2024_June_2_Worship_Booklet.pdf

 2. Nursery now available during Sunday worship: We are excited to announce that we have hired Erika Schryer to be our Nursery Worker. We will be offering nursery care for children ages 0-3 during the 10:30 a.m. service (and during the 9:30 service over the summer). The nursery is located in the Beech Room, adjacent to the main basement hall. For more information, please speak with Erika or Elizabeth.

 3. Wednesday Evening Book Group: From June 5 through July 3, Rev. Becky will lead conversations about the book The Love that is God: An Invitation to Christian Faith, winner of the 2023 Michael Ramsey Prize for contemporary theological writing. The group will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Zoom. To sign up for the group, and to get the reading schedule and Zoom link, please email Rev. Becky at priest@staidansinthebeach.com.

 4. Planting Day postponed: The West Garden planting day, originally scheduled for June 9, is postponed due to construction delays. A new date will be announced soon.

 5. Summer worship schedule: Beginning Sunday, June 30, we will move to our summer worship schedule on Sundays, sharing in one worship service together at 9:30 a.m. We will return to two Sunday services after the Labour Day weekend.

 6. Coffee hour team seeking new hosts: Our coffee hour hospitality ministry team is urgently seeking new hosts. You can sign up as a family or with a couple friends to serve coffee, tea, and treats. Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the basement hall or contact Michael Jones at staidanscoffee@gmail.com or through the Google signup sheet linked in the weekly e-notices.

 7. New East End Refugee Committee-sponsored family: Lian Za Cung, his wife, two daughters, and one son have arrived in Canada. The family is staying with Fausta and Jonathan Hendricks until we find a suitable apartment for them. Please keep them in your thoughts while the son is receiving care at Sick Kids. (Submitted by Sue Stuart.)

 8. Altar flower dedications: We include fresh flowers in our worship space to remind us of the wonder, joy, and provision God shares with us through the gifts of nature. Several dates from June to August are open, including June 30. See the sign-up sheet on the console in the church entry for a full list of dates. If you would like to donate to dedicate flowers for a specific date, please indicate that on the list.

 9. Gardening Group seeks new volunteers: Do you enjoy gardening? Consider joining our gardening group as we work together on planting and weeding tasks around the church grounds this spring and summer. If you’d like to join us, please email Ian.

10. Our annual Moorelands ‘Send a Kid to Camp’ campaign has begun. Please see the display in the Narthex (church entryway), or go to the Moorelands Kids website (moorelands.ca) for more information about their camp programs for Toronto children. It costs approximately $1800 to provide a child with a session of camp. Donations can be made to St. Aidan’s, and at the end of June we will forward 100% of the funds to the camp. Thank you in advance for your support!

To make a donation to this campaign:

11. Announcements for the Notices: Please submit announcements for the weekly notices to office@staidansinthebeach.com by Wednesdays at 4 p.m. Notices may be edited for clarity and conciseness.

12. Offerings - Thank you for your support. There are a variety of ways to make your donation: 

  • PAG – set up monthly pre-authorized debits from your bank account directly to St. Aidan’s by completing the authorization form found on the Giving page of our website https://www.staidansinthebeach.com/giving 
  • PAG Changes – to change the amount of an existing donation, send an email with the details to donations@staidansinthebeach.com 
  • E-transfer – send to donations@staidansinthebeach.com 
  • Envelopes to obtain a set of weekly offering envelopes, send a request to donations@staidansinthebeach.com 
  • Cheques should be payable to and can be mailed to: The Church of St. Aidan, 2423 Queen St E, Toronto, ON, M4E 1H6, or dropped in our secure mailbox beside the front door.