• Laurie Tomita

Come back to church at the ‘new’ St. James’ Anglican Church Sunday, September 27


PHOTO COURTESY LAURIE TOMITA

Following an extensive renovation period, St. James’ Anglican Church is once again open for everything from Sunday services to music festivals and events.

It’s with a sense of pride and anticipation that the Parish of Vaudreuil is inviting everyone to join with them in celebrating their newly renovated historic Hudson landmark. St. James’ Church has been open for 173 years to worshippers of all ages and backgrounds, pilgrims on their journeys, Boy Scouts (and other groups), concert-goers, picnickers and exercise classes throughout the year. This week, with their extensive renovation of their worship area, they are showing the fact that their deep commitment to the community in the past is something that extends into the future.

On Sunday, September 27, a special 11a.m. service will be held in the main church nave after closing for many months for these major renovations. The project included extensive planning, careful removal of all church moveables, rewiring to accommodate new technological enhancements, a total refacing of our interior walls, repainting, floor finishing and final reconfiguration of the interior furnishings. The 11a.m. service will be followed by a coffee and cake reception to celebrate this major milestone in our church’s long history.

Since the arrival of Rector, the Reverend Eleanor Caruana in 2009, new ministries have been launched to enhance the core schedule of regular services and pastoral care.

Lay Pastoral Minister, Patricia Halford now leads the pastoral care ministry on a full-time basis. Together / Ensemble, a children’s ministry, is a weekly ‘camp-style’ program welcoming children and their parents Saturday afternoons from 4:30 to 6 p.m. which includes dinner. Catch the Spirit Cafe provides fellowship, food and guest speakers every fourth Sunday afternoon at St. Mary’s Parish Hall to learn about the spirituality which can be found in activities such as art, music, pets, exploring nature,

and caring for others, just to name a few.

Summer Day Camp is a week of activities and learning for children aged 4 to12 years every July. This year a record number of campers (51) attended a fun-filled week themed “Come to Nazareth.” The community of St. James Church is recognizing, with gratitude, the Anglican Foundation of Canada for awarding a $15,000 grant which was approved in May 2015. This generous grant enabled the Parish of Vaudreuil to proceed with confidence in completing this major renovation project that aims to provide current and future worshippers a safe, flexible and welcoming environment.

Refer to website http://www.parishofvaudreuil.com for any further information and updates on the special service on September 27.

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