Did you wake up this morning feeling different? As of today (November 1, 2018) Christ Church Seaway, along with St. John the Evangelist in Lancaster and Trinity Church in Cornwall is part of the new Area Parish of the St. Lawrence.
This new arrangement will allow the three congregations to work more closely together, save money, and retain their own identities as distinct congregations within the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa.
The area parish is being served by two full-time clergy: The Rev. Patrick Stephens serves as incumbent and The Rev. Colin McFarland is the assistant curate. Colin and Patrick are supported by a team of retired and non-stipendiary clergy.
Please pray for this new area parish as we begin this new chapter in the life of our worshiping community.
Join the congregation of Christ Church this Sunday October 7 for a celebration of the abundance of God’s creation! Music, prayers, readings, and the Holy Eucharist will all take place with the harvest in mind.
This will also be The Rev. Colin McFarland’s first Sunday worshiping with the congregation of Christ Church. If you are in church on Sunday, introduce yourself and say hello!
Last Sunday Bishop John announced that the Rev. Colin McFarland will be joining the St. Lawrence Area Clergy Team as a full-time assistant curate. Rev. Colin will work along side Rev. Patrick and other clergy of the area to serve the congregations of Christ Church Seaway, Trinity Cornwall, and St. John’s Lancaster. Colin’s new position begins on September 24. His first Sunday at Christ Church will be October 7 (Thanksgiving Sunday.)
Every Summer Christ Church Seaway partners with the Salvation Army and local school boards to help children begin the school year with the supplies needed for their education. Some families struggle with the cost of starting a new school year. By providing quality new backpacks and lunch bags for students in need, we are helping to make sure every child attends the first day of school with the appropriate supplies and that families feel the community’s support.
If you feel called to help support kids in our community as they begin a new school year, please purchase a good quality backpack and lunch bag. Drop them off at the church during the week or bring them with you to worship this Sunday August 19th. The backpacks will be prayed over during the service and then they will be sent to the Salvation Army in Cornwall for sorting. Thank you for supporting this outreach ministry.
This month Bishop John announced two clergy personnel changes which will take effect this Fall:
- Archdeacon Frank Kirby will be retiring from full-time ministry effective October 31, 2018. Frank has served as incumbent of Trinity Cornwall for the past ten years and is also priest-in-charge of St. John’s Lancaster. Frank plans to continue serving the congregations of the deanery on a part-time basis.
- The Rev. Dr. Mary-Catherine Garden has been appointed incumbent of St. Martin’s Ottawa, effective October 1, 2018. This means that Mary-Cate will be leaving her role as assistant curate at Trinity and member of the St. Lawrence area clergy team in Late September.
Bishop John is committed to working closely with St. John’s Lancaster, Trinity Cornwall, and Christ Church Seaway to ensure all three congregations receive effective priestly leadership. Please keep Frank, Mary-Cate, and the congregations of the St. Lawrence area in your prayers during this time of transition.
Last year a small group of Anglicans marched in the Cornwall Pride Parade. It was the first time a church organization had ever participated in the local event and our presence was well appreciated. This year parishes from across the area will be marching in the parade together. Our goal is simple: to celebrate God’s love for all people! Everyone is welcome to march in the parade, greet participants along the route, or join the in fun at park afterward. This is an all-ages event.
The festivities take place Saturday July 14 in Cornwall:
10:30 meet at CCVS
11:00 parade begins
12:00 festivities continue at Lamoureux Park
For more information visit https://cornwallpride.ca/cornwall-pride-2018
When the weather gets warm and the sun is shining, everyone wants to be outdoors! For Christ Church Seaway, that means it’s time to turn over the canoe and celebrate the Eucharist outside!
The liturgy is very casual. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on and stay for a pot-luck picnic lunch after the service. If you have outside games to play, bring those too!
Christ Church Seaway has four outdoor worship services scheduled for this Summer:
Sunday June 24 – Sunday School and Choir end-of-season celebration!
Sunday July 1 – Canada Day!
Sunday August 12 – Tri-parish joint service for St. Lawrence Day!
Sunday September 9 – Autumn kick-off and welcome back!
Outdoor services begin at 10am.
8am services will continue to be held indoors (no 8am service on August 12).
Everyone is always welcome!