This Sunday June 28 The Right Reverend John Chapman will be leading worship at Christ Church Seaway. Bishop John has just marked the 10th anniversary of his ordination as Bishop of Ottawa. He is very familiar with Christ Church Seaway and is always welcome in our midst as a leader and a friend.
During the liturgy, Seth Grant will receive the sacrament of Confirmation. For the past few years Seth has been active in the the community of Christ Church through his participation in the youth group, his work as a server, and as a friendly face around the parish. Please pray for Seth as he takes this on this new commitment of faith.
The service takes place Sunday at 10am. As always, everyone is welcome to take part. A pot-luck reception will follow. This will be a great chance to get to know Bishop John, support Seth, and celebrate together as a community!
This Sunday, Parish Council presented an update to the congregation regarding our conversations with neighbouring parishes. Please continue to pray for inspiration and guidance as we work to secure Christ Church’s ministry for future generations.
Well we attended our first meeting with the parishes in our deanery on Tuesday May 9 and as promised, we are reporting on what was discussed.
We were not at the previous meeting but it appears that they were asked what they valued most and it seems that the building was first and the priest second. With that in mind they came up with some proposals on how we could save money. The one that made most sense was to have a team ministry. That is to say that we would partner with one or more parishes. Each parish would remain autonomous, but they would share priests thus reducing that expense. Again, this is just a proposal still in the discussion stage and perhaps someone will come up with a better solution. There are many details to be worked out. It is important that we remain open minded and positive. It’s also encouraging that everyone is working together.
We will be holding our third parish Turning Point Conversation at Christ Church on Sunday June 4 after the 10am service where we can discuss the proposals. Also in June (date to be announced) there will be another meeting with the parishes of the deanery. This will be an open meeting and everyone in the parish is encouraged to attend.
If you have any questions, please ask your parish council and we will do our best to answer.”
The following announcement was shared by Parish Council on Sunday April 30, 2017. It refers to a conversation that is only beginning to take place and we do not know what outcomes to expect. We will be participating according to what we feel Christ Church has to offer and what we feel we can gain from a closer relationship with our neighbours. Please join our congregation in considering how to best embrace the future of our ministry through prayer and open conversation.
“We are here to update you on our last parish council meeting. It is no secret that we have been operating at a deficit for the past few years and we need to do something to change that.
At our meeting on Tuesday we were visited by Rev. Jon Martin of Morrisburg and Rev. Doug Richards of Hawkesbury. They have invited parish council to be part of talks with other parishes in the Deanery to discuss the future of our church and that of the others. We feel it is to our advantage to be involved because we are a vibrant parish and being part of these discussions is important for the long-term health of our parish family and ministries.
Once we have attended our first meeting, which is May 9, we will be coming back to you for your input in our future talks. If we come out of these meetings with any suggestions or changes that would affect Christ Church Seaway, they will be brought to Vestry for your approval. If you have any questions please ask any member of parish council and we will do our best to answer.”