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Church Service Update
Anglican Churches in Ontario to remain closed for summer worship
New Virtual Parish Church Service
Join Canon David and other parishioners in a new virtual worship service at 7 pm Saturday evening. Email for a Zoom invitation.
New Bible Study
Canon David Neelands will be hosting a virtual Bible Study on Matthew, Gospel for a Pharisee at 1:30 every Friday. Please email Cannon David for details on how to join us.
Bishop Fenty's Retirement
Bishop Peter Fenty will be retiring in November 2020. Watch for opportunities to celebrate his 45 years of ministry and to thank him and his wife, Annie, for their contributions to church-life. "In the meantime, our good wishes and deep prayers go to both of them as they begin this new transition in their lives." wrote Bishop Andrew Asbil earlier today. As always, please share information received by e-mail with those you know do not have internet.
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund plans to allocate $200,000 to respond to COVID-19 around the world and in Canada. The money will be spread across four partners: Village Health Works (Burundi), Partners in Health (global response), ACT Alliance’s Global Appeal and HelpAge Canada, supporting vulnerable seniors here. ...To address the needs of underserved communities in developing countries, PWRDF has granted $60,000 each to Partners in Health and Village Health Works. Both are long-time partners of PWRDF and are well placed to support people dealing with COVID-19. PIH Rwanda and VHW have been key partners in PWRDF’s All Mothers and Children Count program, supported by tens of thousands of Canadians and with funding from the Government of Canada. Your donations to this worthwhile cause will be graciously received.
River Glen Haven Nursing Home has an active outbreak of COVID-19 which has affected 90 residents and 37 staff. During the height of the outbreak many staff stayed at the Ramada in Jackson's Point in order to keep their family safe. The community is providing meals and other items of comfort to show our appreciation for their dedication during extremely difficult times. The Parish of Georgina was able to provide dinner for over 30 staff on May 12th and on May 16th we provided 15 fruit baskets. On May 23 we purchased and delivered 3 kettles for RGH staff to use in their hotel rooms and on June 5th, 30 $10 Subway gift cards were donated. If you wish to support this ministry or any other outreach project the directions can be found here. Unless you indicate where you wish your donation to be used if will go into the general expenses account.
Support Our Neighbours
There was a devastating fire in the townhouses beside St James Church on Thursday, May 21. Three families have lost everything including their homes. Area churches collected funds to purchase gift cards so that the families may buy clothing and personal items.
Summer Outreach Chaplaincy
It is with heavy hearts that the Outreach Committee along with the Wardens find it necessary to cancel the Summer Outreach Chaplaincy for the 2020 season due to the uncertainty of the ability to reopen Sibbald Provincial Park and St George's Church for the summer season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to pray for this ministry and for the applicants.
The Georgina Community Food Pantry continues to be busy during this difficult time. Volunteers are delivering food prepackaged hampers to client's homes. Please consider making a cash donation through their website, by donating at grocery stores, or send cheques to the Parish of Georgina, P.O. Box 88, Sutton West L0E 1R0 clearly marked for the Food Pantry. The Town of Georgina matched donations made from April 1 to 13th. The Parish of Georgina used funds in our General Outreach Account to donate $1000. This campaign resulted in a remarkable donation of over $92000.
FAITHWORKS, A Diocese of Toronto collective of ministries, recently appealed to the parishes for financial support to assist their ministry partners in providing food, and shelter to the most vulnerable population. Your previous generous donations to General Outreach made it possible for the Parish to donate $500.
Making Connections. A number of parish volunteers are calling parishioners to check in on them. If you should wish to speak to someone in addition to this please leave a message at the church office 905-722-3726. Social Isolation can be very lonely. Please reach out to others.
Prayer Shawls and lap robes are to be given to anyone who is suffering from grief or illness. Please phone Fran 905-722-9684 if you know who could use one and we'll figure out how to make a delivery. Donations of 4-ply washable yarn are always appreciated.
Your past donations to Outreach Ministries has enabled the parish to donate $500 in addition to your direct donations to Sandgate Women's Shelter.
Sponsor a Woman and Child in Crisis Now
Thank you for your support during this unprecedented health and safety emergency. Self-isolation can be deadly for women and children fleeing violence. In the last week alone, we have seen a 25% rise in domestic assaults.
Your gift today provides hope and a safe haven to women fleeing violence–often with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.