Print this out and put it on your fridge to countdown until Christmas!
There are already a LOT of books that have been donated for the Children’s Book Bank in Regent Park! Drop off your new or nearly new kids books (geared to kids aged 0-10) in the lobby at the church. Watch this video to learn more about it! Anyone who is interested is welcome to come in January to help drop off the books and to take a tour of the book bank!
Happy Advent! This past Sunday we began a special time in our children’s programs called a “rotational” session. Each week, the age groups will visit a different adult leader to do a different type of activity as we engage with the stories of the Advent season. This picture shows Derek, one of the leaders, baking cookies with the grade 4/5 group, which were enjoyed by the whole congregation during coffee hour. The grade 2/3s made Advent wreaths and Advent candlelighting prayer books to use with their families and the JK/SK/Gr. 1 group heard stories and made beautiful pinecone ornaments for the Christmas tree at the back of the sanctuary. Join us each week in Advent!
Here are a few images of what we were up to on that Sunday morning! We had several stations focused on different aspects of God’s dreams for the world as Isaiah the prophet talked about. We talked about a world free from bullying, where there would be enough time for playing, where all people would have enough to eat and a safe place to live.
Here’s a sample from the spiritual practices night that you can try at home:
At this station, we will pray using our bodies. Notice the sensations that happen in your body as you do this. Do you feel comfortable? Anxious? Resistant? Joyful?
Take off your shoes and/or socks if you wish.
Stand with your feet firmly grounded. Notice your connection to the earth.
Hold your hands in prayer position in front of your heart. Breathe deeply into this position.
Raise your hands above your head, palms facing outward, reaching to the heavens. Breathe deeply into this position.
Bring your hands down to your sides, breathing deeply into this position.
Repeat the cycle as many times as you wish: prayer position, heavenward position, arms at sides, breathing deeply.
Notice how your body feels in each pose.
Breathe in and savour your body movements.
End the practice with a prayer of gratitude for your ability to move your body, however that is, and for the freedom you feel in movement.
On a chilly November evening, a few brave souls made their way to Fairlawn. The sanctuary (and a few adjacent rooms) were set up with stations to engage various senses and lead to reflection, meditation, and prayer. Music from the Taize ecumenical community in France was playing in the background. Here are some photos to give you a taste of how it was – another date will be scheduled in the New Year!
It’s going to be a busy month – please take note of what’s coming up!
Be in touch any time with questions, etc.!
Just a bit of silly for your Saturday – how fun!
On Nov. 23rd the caregivers in our community , with support for Fairlawn Avenue United Church and the Neighbourhood Centre, are hosting a Brunch and Bake Sale Fundraiser for victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Many of the nannies who bring kids to programs at the neighbourhood centre have family in the Philippines. There will be a prayer service after the brunch and bake sale from 12:00-12:30 in the sanctuary. The caregivers are going to manage the brunch part of this fundraiser. The neighbourhood centre and church are going to help with the bake sale part. I am looking for volunteers who can:
- · Donate bake goods that are packaged to be sold
- · Help on the 23rd with setup 8:30-10:00
- · Help run the bake sale 10:00-12:00
- · Help with cleanup 12:30-1:00
- · Promote the event around the community
If you are donating baked goods they can be dropped off at the church Nov. 22 9:00 am- 4:00 pm or Nov. 23 9:00-9:30. Please let me know if you can volunteer. Invite your friends to help with this event. If you have any questions or suggestions please contact me.