St. Matthias Church
Parish members assist in various community groups through service and donations. You are invited to join in these activities as part of your Christian service:
One of the longest running branches of AA, this group meets on Thursdays at 7:30 PM in the Lower Hall of the Church.
The Chancel Guild prepares the church for services. They look after the linen, silver, and brass and have responsibility for the memorial flowers placed on the alter. Four meetings are held each year to discuss planning of regular and special services and how to enhance their beauty and inspiration.
The Choir Committee is dedicated to supporting the choir, both in their day-to-day operations and in large projects, such as fundraising.
Dialogue is the source of news of the parish printed three times yearly. With photographs to embellish their articles, the editors try and give a report of the activities of as many groups as possible. Contributions from parishioners are always welcome. It is a good source for free publicity for events.
Fellowship of St. Matthias
The Fellowship membership consists of all parishioners. The group has its core group of convenors that organizes three very successful events each year - two rummage sales and one Christmas Fair. The money raised benefits the parish and several community causes.
Fellowship also implies social events and St. Matthias' parishioners are always ready for a party. The events are the Patronal Festival in February, Start-up Barbeque in September, Christmas Fair and Lunch in November, and Parish Christmas party in December. The Sunday morning coffee hours are also another task done by the Fellowship.
Senior members of the parish, who are mostly unable to get to church, are not forgotten at Christmas. Members of the Fellowship visit them with poinsettia plants and good wishes.
Summer sees the roses at the front of the church blooming abundantly. The perennial garden along Church Hill is maturing and beginning to fill in. There are plans to add more perennials to these beds.
Help is always needed to water and weed during the summer. Please be in touch with Shelia Porteous if you are able to commit to a week or two. It is rewarding labour and just an hour or two makes such a difference to the look of our church property!
Greeters and Ushers
This important group meets those entering the church, and welcomes them. They are also responsible for collecting the offering.
Meals-On-Wheels has been delivering hot noon meals to shut-in or disabled persons on Mondays and Thursdays for over 40 years. The yearly cost of these 3,000 dinners is covered mostly by generous donations from the community. Volunteers are always gladly welcomed, and need not be from the parish.
NDG Food Bank
Non-perishable food is brought to the church and placed in the Red Barrels for delivery to the NDG Food Bank. Donations by cheque are sent to the Church Office, made payable to St. Matthias' Church, and marked "Food Bank." The co-ordinator is Marie Lloyd-Smith.
Primates World Relief & Development Fund (PWRDF)
PWRDF is a response by Canadian Anglicans to the gospel call to bear witness to God's healing love in a broken world. Working with our overseas partners, PWRDF supports development, responds to emergencies, protects refugees, and educates for change. PWRDF holds two Sunday lunches for the benefit of PWRDF.
The standard of lesson-reading at the 10:30 service remains high, thanks to a faithful group of regular readers. The church welcomes anyone in the congregation who might be willing to read but has hitherto been silent. The reading of holy scripture is obviously of great importance, but cannot be described as one of the more arduous forms of ministry, so please do not hesitate to volunteer!
For those who enjoy oral reading, there is coaching available on how to use a microphone effectively and how to pronounce those names and places only found in the Bible.
There is a small group of people whose ministry each Sunday is to serve in the Chancel as crucifer, acolytes and servers. Please speak to the Rector if you would be interested in becoming a server.
Each year, the Parish supports Diocesan, Provincial, and Federal organisations through special appeals. This is a way for us to assist in the work of the church at large. Make sure that you play your part.
Stewardship involves the right use of time, talent, and treasure. The Chairperson of Stewardship organizes the autumn pledge campaign and provides educational material on aspects of Stewardship throughout the year.
Members of this group are at the doors of the parish to meet and greet worshippers on Sundays. They take forward the elements at the offertory and guide the flow of people at the communion. Families or individuals are invited to assist.
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