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SERVICES DURING THE WEEK all are welcome!
8:30 & 10:30 am + coffee afterward
every Tuesday at 8:45 am
every Wednesday at 10 am + discussion
every Thursday at 8:45 am
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Stay Connected with Twitter
Submitted by Andrew Reeves @greeneggs_drew The social media service Twitter is a great way to share and stay connected with your church family and the wider family of God. I would like to encourage those of you currently using Twitter to share the work of God in your life using the hashtag #stnicksbc. For more information, talk (or tweet) with Andrew Reeves.
Parish Council Meeting Minutes are now posted to the website. See here ».
The Parish Newsletter
St Nicholas, Birch Cliff is an accessible facility: details »
There is now a dedicated wardens email box which people can use to contact us with their concerns, complaints, criticisms (and maybe even compliments)... email »
See the vestry webpage
Our Food Bank is in currently in need of specific items. When you are shopping, please consider buying baby cereal and biscuits, nutritional cold cereals - toilet paper is a "very necessary item". Please speak with Deb Chapman for more information. Outreach page » / Churches by the Bluffs Food Bank website »
1912-2012: From the past
into the future
Our Centennial in 2012 was an eventful year ... Read the Centennial Committee's Report to Vestry here » / See Centennial highlights here »
We’re becoming a greener Church! In our efforts to be more environmentally friendly, we’re hoping to do more of our parish correspondence through email. We already have many email addresses, but if we don’t have yours, please send it to the parish office email - Thank you!
See St Nick's photo
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WELCOME to ST NICHOLAS!
The Third Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 15, 2013
St Nicholas photo album update
MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2013 - Eucharist @ 7 pm, Meeting @ 7:30 pm
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2013 @ 9:30 am
Adult Lunch and Fellowship Program
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2013 @ 11 am - 1 pm - The Outreach Committee is organizing an Adult Community Lunch and Fellowship in Robinson Hall and all adults are welcome to attend. We are particularly hoping to reach out to those in need within the wider Birchcliff community. If you are interested in helping with this new initiative by providing food or providing oversight, please contact Sonia Halloran at email@example.com or the Church Office email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 416-691-0449. In Robinson Hall. See outreach page here »
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10 @ 7:30 pm - Different Name – same great time! At our last Parables and a Pint meeting it was proposed to change from parables to the upcoming Gospel reading for each week. This requires a slight adjustment to the name, we will now be Passages and a Pint. The next meeting is December 10 at 7:30 pm at the Tara Inn on Kingston Rd. The reading is Matthew 11:2-11 ».
Special Advent Program: The Jesus I Never Knew
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2013 @ 7:30- 9 pm “The Jesus I Never Knew” by Philip Yancey. Join us as we explore Who Jesus Was, What He Did and The Difference He Makes! No previous experience is necessary. For more information, please contact Rev. Janet at 416-691-0449 or by email at email@example.com A sign-up sheet is posted on the Manderley bulletin board. Also December 18
Retirement Suites By The Lake
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2013 @ 10 am - Eucharist and fellowship/visiting. All are welcome to support this ministry. See website »
THURSDAYS @ 7:30 pm - like to sing with the choir? - see here »<
The Story of Christmas in Scripture and Song - Service of Lessons and Carols + Pot Luck Supper
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013 @ 4 pm - This year, the Service will be followed by a pot-luck supper in Robinson Hall. The main course will be provided and you are invited to bring appetizers, salad or dessert as we join together in fellowship. To help plan for the main course, please add your name to the sign-up list on the Manderley bulletin board. And please feel free to invite family and friends!
The Amazing Christmas Feast
SUNDAY DECEMBER 22 from 4- 8 p.m. Once again, St. Nicholas is joining together with Wimpy’s Diner and Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre (BBNC/ website ») to reach out to those in need at Christmas. Following a turkey dinner with all the trimmings at Wimpy’s, individuals and families come over to St. Nicholas for dessert, the distribution of gifts and a visit from Santa Claus. Once again this year there are several ways to get involved……
Tuesday , December 24 - Christmas Eve
Donations to Outreach
At our Annual Vestry meeting in February 2013 the people of St. Nicholas made a wonderful commitment to support our ongoing Parish Outreach ministry. Since February, donations to Outreach have supported the Churches by the Bluffs Foodbank, The Alzheimer’s Society Cooking and Support Group, and an Inter-Faith Lunch Program. Direct donations to Outreach may be made using the blue envelopes at the back of the Church. Thank you for your continued support and for making a difference in the lives of others. See outreach page »
Ministry of Hospitality Opportunity
In the letter to the Romans, Paul encourages us as a community to practice hospitality. If you would like to participate in the ministry of hospitality by helping with Coffee hour after the 10 a.m. service… The Coffee Hour list posted on the Manderley Bulletin Board is quite empty! Please consider taking a turn to prepare coffee, tea, and goodies. It doesn’t have to be a big spread, a loaf or two or some cookies, or cheese and crackers, would be just fine. If several people went together it makes it much easier - and fun. All you have to do is bring milk and cream, and whatever food you want to provide. The sugar, coffee and tea are here. Then take what you spent on the items you brought out of the proceeds from the basket on the table.
Church of St. Nicholas - Centennial Highlights
The Anglican parish of St. Nicholas was founded in 1912 to serve the growing village of Birch Cliff.... Heritage Toronto 2012 plaque was dedicated August 9, 2012 as part of the centennial celebrations of the parish. See centennial highlights here »
Natural Church Development (NCD)
Our parish is engaging in a process called “Natural Church Development”. This resource will help us to assess the strengths and weaknesses or our parish, based on various proven criteria. NCD website here »
Screening in Faith - The Diocese has recently updated its "Responsible Ministry: Screening in Faith" policy to require police checks of those who carry out high-risk ministries once every three years. We are pleased to advise that Pauline Green has agreed to become our Parish Screening Coordinator to assist us in complying with this important policy. Diocese webpage about screening here »
Diocese of Toronto issues pastoral guidelines for the blessing of same-gender commitments
"... All of us need to extend to each the most generous Christian charity that our Redeemer calls us to exercise as we, together, seek to discern and live out God's will." See the full text of the Archbishop's letter here »
Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre
The Centre offers a number of special programs and activities. There are several flyers on the bulletin board listing programs that are being offered: a euchre and games afternoon, some cooking classes and a 6-week workshop on living with chronic pain. If you think you might be interested in any of these, have a look at the flyers for more information. or see website here »
Thank you to everyone who continues to bring in used stamps. They are taken to The Leprosy Mission (Canada) where they are sold to stamp dealers to raise funds for front-line leprosy medications and care. Thousands of dollars are raised annually through the sale of donated stamps. Please continue to bring them in! The can be placed in the box on the heater just inside the Manderley entrance. - A message from Evelyn Mackie
The Parish of St. Nicholas, Birch Cliff • Diocese of Toronto • Anglican Church of Canada