Message from Reverend Alice

Dear St. A’s Church Family,

It is Sunday morning, March 22, 2020, when normally we would be thinking about gathering to worship at St. A’s. With this corona virus pandemic, however, it can be no more than a thought. When I came to our kitchen shortly after 6 o’clock and looked out the window facing in a south –easterly direction, I could see the colours of dawn. The sun was not yet risen but hanging there was a pin prick of glorious light. On another morning, the CJAD radio broadcasters had been discussing whether that light was Jupiter or Mars. Also there that morning was the last quarter of the moon. Now there was no sign of it. I wondered if that is how people are thinking of God just now; where did He go?
The Scriptures say we walk by faith not by sight. That is, that just as the moon has apparently entered its new moon faze and we cannot see it, we trust that God is there even when we cannot see Him. This week I phoned a senior clergy friend, a dear man of deep faith and with a very thick francophone accent. We were ordained together. He has been in ill health for some time and lives in a care facility. I didn’t realize I was phoning him on the second anniversary of his wife’s death, and I didn’t know he was now recovering in another facility having almost died from minor surgery.
I was feeling sorry for him, but he said that actually this health incident was good for him. He said he’d been in a very dark place, mentally and spiritually, but God had used this illness to bring him out of it. … He became aware of God again in the dark.
As I browsed over titles from different Christian organizations on my computer this morning, and as I have listened to the radio over the last few days and spoken with various people, I see that God is still there and good things are happening, even in the darkness.
As we find ourselves in this valley, let us reach out and grasp of the hand of the Lord. He is the Light. We may not be able to see Him nor the road ahead just now, but He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, now and always.

With love and prayers and email hugs,
Rev. Alice

P. S. I think you will find some very encouraging material on you tube by such people as Rev. Nicky Gumbal, (Choose faith, not fear) Rev. Dr. Timothy Keller (How to deal with dark times), Rev. Dr. Ravi Zacharias (True love in a time of crisis)

On Our Future In Christ

My knowledge of that life is small;

The eye of faith is dim:

But it’s enough that Christ knows all;

And I shall be with Him.


Richard Baxter – AD 1660

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Sweet Cucumber Relish

Today church members were able to purchase jars of sweet cucumber relish, for their immediate enjoyment or as “stocking stuffers” or gifts, thanks to the donation of boxes of cucumbers by Ben Doiron and Elsie Salter, and the efforts of a dedicated team of cooks. Yesterday, Reverend Alice and six other members and adherents laboured in the kitchen to produce several gallons of the relish, and sealed them in 250ml and 50ml mason jars. On sale today, almost one half were sold for net proceeds of just over $140. Thanks to all who contributed their energies, or who took home one (or more) of these little goodies. The final results are in and the net proceeds are $294 and some very happy tastebuds. Thanks to all!

Christmas Schedule

Our Christmas Eve service will be held  December 24th, 2019. It will be a Family & Candlelight service at 8:00 p.m.

December 29th we will be having a casual service in Memorial Hall. It will be a celebration of caroling, sharing memories and reflections.  Feel free to bring your leftover treats and we will serve hot chocolate, tea and coffee.