St. Mary's Parish Picnic

Parish Life

Library
Staffed by Di Hill or Pat Bolton
Phone: 604-261-6732
Email: patb@shaw.ca

Our library is one of the largest church libraries in the Diocese. The collection of over 2500 books, videos and DVDs has strengths in theology, pastoral care, prayer, peace, self-esteem, families of all types, and other faiths. There is a large an extensive children’s collection including a variety of VeggieTales DVDs. The Library also operates a book truck of “for sale” books for the moderate price of $2/item.

The Library is open regularly on Sunday and Tuesday mornings and at other irregular hours during the week. A “new book” and thematic display is also provided every Sunday during coffee hour. Parishioners are welcome to borrow materials through an easy sign-out system.

Di and Pat are in the Library on Tuesday mornings and welcome suggestions. Together they fundraise, develop displays, acquire and catalogue the books, and keep the collection in good working order.

St. Mary’s Anglican Church Women (ACW)
Meets: On the 2nd Friday of the month at St. Mary’s, 12:30pm
Contact: Barbara Farmer
Phone: 778-578-6595
Email: barb.farmer@telus.net

The ACW is a community of Anglican Church Women gathered together in Christian service to support and promote the total mission of the church through prayer, work, and stewardship. Our Program Committee arranges interesting speakers each month.

We raise funds to support the work of the Calcutta Cathedral Relief Service to help educate young women and girls in the slums of Kolkata. Funds raised from our yearly Auction are sent to the Diocese of the Arctic. Funds from recycling Campbell’s soup labels and pop can tabs are sent to various organizations. Knitted items and warm clothing are donated to the parishes in the Yukon and Northern BC through our Head Office located in Burnaby.

Musings
Meets: Wednesdays 10 am at St. Mary’s
Phone: 604-261-4228
Email: secretary@stmaryskerrisdale.ca

Our small group meets to talk about living our lives as Christians. There is no set program for this meeting; members bring their questions, thoughts, cares and concerns to the group for comment and insight. The group is made up of mostly seniors who drink coffee and talk together in a safe and fun atmosphere with the clergy taking turns facilitating our discussions.

Pastoral Care
Contact: Rev. Jeremy Clark-King
Phone: 604-261-4228
Email: jeremy@stmaryskerrisdale.ca

Having a baby; being hospitalized, going through unusual stress at work; marital or partnership difficulties; important life transitions. These are just a few situations in which a person may need companionship and care. The area of pastoral care in all its dimensions is a shared ministry of clergy and laity at St. Mary’s. Sometimes all we need is a coffee date to talk through what’s going on. Other times we may need a visit from a Eucharistic visitor or ordained person.

A pastoral volunteer offers a friendship that is intentionally seeking to “walk with you along your path”. Its focus is on emotional support and spiritual care.
 
In challenging or demanding times such as a critical illness or other traumas in life, we may experience high stress, reducing our ability to cope. At these times, the help of others may be valuable. Family members and friends are often supports, but sometimes the presence of a person detached from the situation can be very helpful.
Please contact the church office if you would like a visit from a pastoral care volunteer or would like to join in this work.

Men’s Breakfast
Meets: 3rd Sunday of each month, September to June, 8 to 9 am at St. Mary’s
Contacts: Merlyn Royea or Tom Simms
Phone: 604-732-9986 or 604-263-4404
Email: royea@shaw.ca or maureentomsimms@shaw.ca

On 8:00am, Sunday, September 19th, 2015, the monthly men’s breakfast and good fellowship will resume. The fellowship involves discussions on a myriad of subjects – personal reminiscences, the general state of the world, current affairs topics, special interests, and even on occasion getting close to political subjects. All this can be had for $5 to cover the cost of food.

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