We are a Community of Anglican Communities in Halton Hills

Halton Hills Anglican Cluster
     . . . all because. . . 
	
    We are CARING and SERVING as ONE!
 
 
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Letter from Bishop Michael Bird - November 24, 2013

Bishop Announces Reverend Canon Dr. Margaret Murray's extended leave and the appointment of Reverend Dr. Barbara Sykes as interim priest of Halton Hills Anglican Cluster

The Bishop of Niagara's Lent Book 2014

In Falling Upward, Richard Rohr takes us on a journey that gives us an understanding of how the heartbreaks, disappointments, and the first loves of life are actually stepping stones to the spiritual joys that the second half of life has in store for us. Books are available at the Synod Office from Jane Wyse.

2014 Lenten Lenten Video Series - Love Life: Living the Gospel of Love - Beloved



Canterbury Hills Camp Registration Open

Canterbury Hills Send your children and grandchildren to camp this summer!
Canterbury Hills offers Day Camps (ages 5-10) and Overnight Camps (ages 7-15 amidst the wonders of God's creation, surrounded by care and joy. Your child's forever memories are in the Dundas Valley! For more information, including session times and registration forms, please visit the camp webpage.

HALTON HILLS ANGLICAN CLUSTER MINISTRY INUIT OUTREACH

Inuit Outreach
HALTON HILLS ANGLICAN CLUSTER MINISTRY INUIT OUTREACH PROJECT
is a cornerstone project of shared Mission & Ministry within the Cluster!  This presentation 
describes our Inuit Outreach project.  

Getting the message out to care about and share with our Inuit neighbours. 
The online Niagara Anglican ran our article in their summer newsletter (pg 9). 
Thanks Niagara Anglican!	

Volunteer by contacting Connie Karlsson conniejkarlsson@gmail.com or at (905)-877-2436.

Inuit Outreach Program - Christmas Giving 2013 Continuing our "Who is My Neighbour?" theme, the 2013 Christmas Giving Inuit Outreach Program is certainly reflecting that! As well as Jesus' second greatest commandment, "To love our neighbours as ourselves"!
We still need your support! We are in desperate need of diapers, baby wipes, baby cleansing and care products and CASH! It costs us money for gas and if we have money we can buy discounted diapers by the 1000's for a very reasonable price!
December 11, at 7:00 PM volunteers from all three Cluster parishes and many from the greater community converged on St John's Church, Stewarttown to join in our festive Inuit Outreach Christmas Packing "Party"! And what a party it was bringing joy and inspiration to all of us while we sorted and boxed the many donations from all of you and the community, we chatted and had refreshments along the way, getting to know each other was one of the benefits from everyone coming together for a common goal but the over arching theme was, who are our Northern neighbours, the Inuit, how can we build relationships with them and what is their greatest need?
Daughny Langer and Mary Flippance We were also fortunate to have Daughny Langer, the catalyst for this mission, join us for the evening. Daughny, fostering over 300 Inuit babies and children over 30 years while living in Montreal, is now a resident of Acton (!). Daughny, a "very hands-on" woman, "filtered" the many items donated, saying, "Oh, this is just what the babies and children need," and pop it into one of the boxes.
Within an hour and a half every donated item had gone through our "filtering process", was organized, boxed and labelled for each of the three Northern communities of Inukjuak, Sanikiluaq and Tasiuaq. Gerda Siemons


Special mention goes to Laurie Mascarin who continues to make gorgeous, colourful quilts for some very lucky Inuit babies. And, one of our new friends, Gerda Siemons, who tirelessly knits and sews for the Inuit babies and children, generously donating THREE BAGS of also gorgeous and colourful baby and children sweaters, hats, mitts, scarves, quilts and the most adorable socks I've ever seen in my life! We were blessed again this Christmas when early Thursday morning 1908 pounds (125 Boxes) were delivered to Air Inuit, Montreal bound for our Northern Neighbours in Inukjuak, Sanikiluaq and Tasiuaq. Volunteers Loading the Truck We partnered with Jack Frimeth, teacher and leader of the Aboriginal Youth Group at Centre Wellington District High School (WDHS) in Fergus who delivered a U-Haul loaned cube van filled with donations received from his local community, sorted and boxed by his Aboriginal Youth Group! God heard our prayers when we were presented with Mike Reinders, a local truck driver for Sharp Transport, a citizen of Acton and a member of the Bethel Christian Reformed Church there, who backed his rig into the little St. John's Anglican Church Stewarttown parking lot early in the evening of Wednesday, December 18. Jack Frimeth pulled in shortly after, alongside the transport truck and a human chain of volunteers was created emptying St. John's Church basement and then the U-Haul. Within a few short hours, the volunteers from our Halton Hills Anglican Cluster, churches in the community and community members beyond, loaded the boxes and the truck was gone! Thank you to all of the people that continue to so generously donate these most precious gifts for our Neighbours to the North; beautiful hand-crafted knitting, quilting, generous donations of diapers and baby cleansing products, toiletries not to mention all of the beautiful baby, children and teenager winter wear! We received books and games and hockey equipment too!
Thank you to all of the "logistics" volunteers in the ever widening circle of "community." Thank you to the Carter Farm Market for continuing to host an ongoing drop box for donations! A special shout out to Air Inuit, Montreal for their continued support providing free air freight for all of our shipments, We are so grateful for all your donations but would like to stress, we ONLY need GENTLY USED or NEW BABY and CHILDREN'S DONATIONS. Think of your donations as "gifts" for the Inuit babies and children. Through our "gifts", we are building loving relationships with our Northern friends. A big part of our volunteer work includes "filtering" the many adult clothes and bedding that we received. These items will not go to the Northern communities. The many thrift stores in the area would be delighted to receive your adult clothes, bedding and other items. Please remember to sort your donations before passing along to the Inuit Outreach Program. Like us on FacebookFollow us on Facebook

Hands Across Niagara

Hands Across Niagara
			

	
	
Making a difference in Jesus' name through justice & servant ministries at 
home and around the world		
		
Through the prayers and generosity of Anglicans in the Diocese of Niagara, 
Hands Across Niagara supports our ability to engage God's mission throughout 
our diocese and beyond as we live out our baptism  by committing to justice and servant ministries.

Every donation to Hands Across Niagara will be directed so that:
	- one third will go directly to your home parish to support justice and servant work in the local community,
	- one third funds grants for the kinds of ministry described in this brochure, and,
	- one third supports the mission of the Anglican Church of Canada.

DONATE to PWRDF

PWRDF is the Canadian Anglican response for emergency relief, refugees, development, and justice. And it's making a difference in the world.

Bishop Michael Bird's Charge to the Synod of Niagara on November 15,2013



Click here to read the Bishop's Charge to Synod (PDF).

Links2Care

"Meeting the needs of our Community" Links2Care
Links2Care offers help for seniors and adults with disabilities 
		with cleaning up your (or someone you know) yard and garden and snow removal. 
			    Other services offered include:
				   -	Home Help (laundry, vacuuming, grocery shopping, cleaning)
				   -	Home maintenance and repair
				   -	Meals on Wheels
				   -	Respite Care
				   -	Friendly Visiting
			    Call (905)-873-6502 EXT 35 to book today.

COMMUNITY UNITY - "Local Churches Together Making a Difference in Community"

Community Unity Item Exchange Community Unity on Facebook Now on Facebook! Come visit the Furniture Exchange - you can see pictures of available and distributed items.
			
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES! Are you looking for opportunities to actively demonstrate the love of Jesus in our community? Click here to see various ways to serve!

Food for the Thought . . . Food for the Hungry:

Think about donating to one of the many food 're-distribution' programs in our area.  
St. Alban's -  Food For Life - saintalban@cogeco.net  
	"We collect surplus perishable food (baked goods, fruit and vegetables, prepared foods, dairy and meat) 
	from grocery stores and restaurants in Halton region. Weekly we sort and deliver this fresh food to those in need." 
St. George's - Fresh Food Box - office@stgeorgesgeorgetown.com 
	"This is a programme which provides fruits and vegetables, chosen in season 
	and packed in a returnable plastic bin. The boxes are then delivered to various 
	drop sites in Halton."
St. Stephen's - Halton Recovery House - CaringAndServingAsOne.com 
	Weekly deliveries of non-perishable foods as members of the congregation weekly 
	bring non-perishable foods as part of their offering. 

Others? - in Mississauga, Brampton, Milton? - Let us know so we can be part of the 'food chain'!!

"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem"

This song is a prayer for peace in Jerusalem. Scripture says "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper who love thee" (Ps 122:6). We say amen and "Even so, come quickly LORD" (Rev 22:20).


Congratulations to the Order of Niagara Recipients

Order of Niagara 2013 Order of Niagara recipients with Bishop Michael Bird.
Congratulations to Brian Burton (St. Paul's), Maureen Batten (St. John's), and Rick Nolin (St. Stephen's) and Connie Karlsson (Bishop's Appointee) on their nomination to the Order of Niagara. They received their award at a special service on Sunday November 3, 2013 at Christ's Church Cathedral in Hamilton.


Current Events (for further information, click on underlined headings)

Bible Study at St. John's, Stewarttown

Come study the Book of Matthew - Chapters 16-28!
Tuesdays from 1:30 to 2:30pm or 7:30 to 8:30pm - starts January 14 (through March 25) 2014.
What is the cost of being a disciple? What are the rewards? Jesus does not promise an easy life; but He does promise a rewarding life!
Feel free to join the group at any time. For Further Information, please contact Cathy @ 905-877-6264 or Jan @ 905-877-9172

Inuit Outreach Benefit Concert

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Inuit Outreach Benefit Concert featuring Jennifer Noble. Local talent with an international quality.
Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 7PM. St. Paul's Anglican Church, 16 Adamson St., S. Norval.
Free will offering. No tickets required. Spread the word!
Jennifer Noble - Songwriter - Lyricist - Singer

Our Pilgrimage to Easter ...

Ash Wednesday - Wednesday, March 5th - 7:00 pm at St. Paul's
Maudy Thursday - Thursday April 17th - 6:00 pm at St. John's. Songs, story and potlouck suppoer.
Good Friday - Friday, April 18th- 10:00 am at St. Stephen's

 Easter Sunday:
         St. John's & St. Paul's at 9:30 am
         St. Stephen's at 11:00 am
                

Cancer Assistance Services Halton Hills

The Cancer Assistance Services of Halton Hills are looking for volunteers for the April Campaign. If you can help please call the CASHH Office at 905-702-8886 or Sheryl Hayes ar 905-877-5974.

Earth Sunday - April 27, 2014

"Caring for creation is at the heart of who we are as a people of faith. It flows from our reading of the scriptures, our tradition and our experience."
- Bishop Michael Bird!