Cookies For Christmas Gathering – The Rev. Dianne Jukes, the Chaplin at the Renous Prison, has asked the parish to donate 20 dozen cookies for a Christmas Gathering. If you can hep with this please drop off the cookies to the Church Office on Monday, December 3rd. Thanks.
Shoebox Sunday is coming up in early November. Pick up your shoebox and return it by November 11th.
Fundraiser For A New Kitchen Stove – A thermometer fundraising campaign is being started at St. Mary’s. Approx. cost is $15 000.00. Anyone wishing to donate to help with the purchase of the stove can place the donation in your offering envelope under “Other” and specify “Stove”. Thank you! To date $932.00 has been received.
E Mails – If you would like to be updated with announcements by email please leave your name on the list at the back of the church.
Happenings and News from the Diocese – Check it out at anglican.nb.ca Scroll to the bottom of the page and sign up for the weekly eNews.
Canadian Bible Society pamphlets for “31 Days of Prayers For Our Nation” – now available at the back of the church or in the office.
Sunday School Coordinator needed for St. Mary’s – If you are interested or can help out with this ministry please contact the office or Gina Quann.
Church Keys – We are compiling a list in the office of the people who have keys to the churches. If you have any keys to either church, please contact Katrina at the church office – 773-7387.
Updates – Please make every effort to notify the office if there is a change of information regarding your address, phone number, or email. It happens often that we have a name on our list and no way to contact you. If you need to update your information, please call the office or fill out a Family Profile Sheet which are at the back of the church.
Safe Church – Those who volunteer in our church will be required, for insurance purposes, to come to a training session. This will be presented in the form of a video and will take about an hour of your time. Date and time will be announced for the presentation in our parish. This presentation is also open to future volunteers or to anyone who is interested to find out more information about Safe Church.
Summer Student Grant – The parish has been unsuccessful in obtaining a summer student for 2018. We did apply, but due to the fact that we did not check ” the box” agreeing with the values listed therein, our application was deemed incomplete and therefore, rejected .However, the Vestry would like to provide a summer student position for the parish. If you would like to contribute to this endeavour, place your donation in an envelope and mark ” Summer Student”. To date (June 4th)) $3220.00 has been collected. You may continue to contribute in the coming weeks. Note: We are now accepting resumes for this position – 6 weeks of work @ 35 hours per week with shared duties between St. Mary’s and St. Paul’s. Student must be 15 years of age and returning to school in the fall. Deadline for applying is June 18th.
Training To Become An Acolyte – If you are interested contact the Rev’s Perry.
NB Christian Ashram Brochures are available at the back of each church. For more information on the NB Christian Ashram contact Claire Fracker @ 622-4749.
Facebook – Are you on social media? Look for us on Facebook. Our page is entitled “The Anglican Parish Of Chatham”. If you like us you will be able to share news, updates, and public service announcements. Help us make our presence known.
Hospital Visitation – If you have a family member who is in the hospital and would like a visit please call the office and leave his/her name for Rev. Perry. It has happened in the past that people have been admitted and their name is not on the list given to clergy.
Sick List – In order to keep our prayer list up-to-date, our list will be periodically cleared. Please call the office to have a name added back to the list . Remember to check with someone before you add their name.
Diocesan Insurance Changes – Our diocesan insurance now requires that any event held in church/basements that are not directly related to the church ( for example: birthday parties or anniversary celebrations), be covered under Event Insurance. There is an application to fill out and the cost of liability insurance for these types of events will be $75.00 and must be paid at the time of the application. Contact the office or the church wardens for more information.
5th Sunday of the Month – It was decided at Vestry that during the months with 5 Sundays, that the fifth Sunday would be a combined service alternating between St. Mary’s and St. Paul’s.
Friendly Reminder – Our churches are scent free areas. Please do not wear strong perfume/cologne on Sundays or to church events. Thank you for helping others who have strong allergies to these scents.
Parish Newsletter – Anyone willing to share some recipes, articles or information for future newsletters please contact Gina at 773-9609 or at email@example.com Deadline for articles for the fall Parish Matters is September 10th.
Library Books – The Church Library will not be accepting any more books at this time as we have a large amount of books to process. Thanks to all who donate the books and use the library
Sunday School – Volunteers are needed to help with the Sunday Schools. At St. Mary’s contact Gina Quann at 773-9609 or Barb Parsons at 622-0896 for St. Paul’s.
.Prayer Cards – Our parish prayer cards were updated last fall. If you have not received a prayer card and would like one, please speak with Linda McLean or call 622-0032 for more information.
For prayers requests please contact Arlene Taylor @ 352-0150 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or text message @ 210-0654. Send along regular updates to direct prayer.
Used Stamp Program – Did you know that approx. one pound of stamps = one Bible? So save all your CANCELLED stamps . There are labelled containers at the back of both churches in which to donate your used stamps
Prayer Boxes – A prayer box has been placed at the back of each church. If you would like to have prayer for a particular person (or situation), write his or her name on a slip of paper and place it in the box. The box will be taken to the altar with the offering for prayer. No names are revealed as the prayer box is sealed at all times except when it is full and the papers are taken out and burned. This prayer box does not replace the prayer line or the bulletin prayers, but is another way of praying for someone or some situation that you do not wish to share with anyone else.
S.A.M. Ministry – If you know of someone in our church family who has been ill, recuperating from an operation or has a new baby and would like a meal brought to them, we have a group of volunteers at St. Mary’s who would love to bring a meal. Please contact Karen Kaiser at 352-8255.
VIM (Visit Inform Minister) – If you know of a fellow parishioner whom you feel should be sent a card from the Parish or who would like to have a visit, please call Phyllis Blakely at 773-9776 and let her know about it. Thank you for your support in this ministry.
Parishioners who are shut in and wish to celebrate Holy Communion at home can call the Church Office and leave a message.
The Daily Bread for June, July, and August is now available at the back of the churches. If you wish to contribute financially, please add it to your offering envelope marked Daily Bread.
Parishioners are reminded to update their Family Profile Form if there are changes to phone number, address, email, etc. If you are new to the Parish and have not completed a form and would like to be on the Parish List, please pick up a form at the back of the church and place it in the designated box or pass it in to the Church Office when completed.