August Blessings

Hello most wonderful people. The board has been working diligently keeping the doors open during the summer and services are commencing for those who wish to be here. We are sorry time is such that letters to everyone have been delayed.

For those who are up in vaccinations the doors are open. If you are concerned please phone with your needs @ 250.956.3533

The gentle movement program with Ivan and Jennifer continues with excellent attendance.

Food distribution offers food of various amounts from Monday to Saturdays noon to 3 pm.

A-Frame Bookstore is open 6 days a week. Coffee and cookies always available. Cookie contributions gratefully accepted 😊

In September if all goes well we will be starting our Potlickers group on Friday as well as Tuesday games and soup .. more on that another day

The community garden is sporting two new green houses which is overwhelmingly exciting.

We have a ladies group meeting at 4 on Mondays for drinks out on the back deck. Try us sometime if you like.

Many of us are going through life changes and struggling with a difficulties. We hope we have been helpful keeping our doors open and becoming a centre for the community.

Church is at 11 am on Sundays. We looking at live music and excited about the possibilities coming that way.

Music programs through wild heart are coming soon !!!! Musical Immersive Healing.

We will be saying good by to our summer students soon and are so thankful for their help this summer.

Please continue to wash your hands and stay positive. Know that love wins in the end.

Eat the bread that nourishes you and give so you can receive.

With love
Deborah Murray – Sacraments Elder

Food Distribution at A-Frame Church

Happy Mother’s Day

Today we celebrate mothers and their families. Whether they be chosen families, blended families or faith families. Families that have a single parent, two parents or four, two dads or 2 moms. Families that are diverse and wondrous

Here is our online service for Mother’s Day

Today, let us pray for all families in the world.

Prayer” by George Ella Lyon

Our Mother Who Art

in the kitchen

cooking us up

hallowed may we see

all that is

Your kingdom here

delivered into our hands

Your will in children

and trees leaping out

on earth

as if it were Heaven.

Give us this day

bread we could feed

the world

and snatch us bald-headed

if we try to swallow it all.

Don’t forgive us

till we learn it is all for giving.

That salve you’ve got in a pot

on the back of the stove

only heals when everybody has some.

And heed us not 

if we believe You look like us

and love us best

and gave us the True Truth

with a license to kill Others

writ inside.

Deliver us from this evil.

for it is Yours,

this kitchen we call Universe

where you stir up our favorite treat,

the Milky Way,

folding deep into sweet 

our little sphere

with its powerful glory

of rainforests and oceans and mountains in feather-boa mist

forever

if we don’t blow it up

and ever

if we don’t tear it down

Amen

(Ah women

Ah children

Ah reckon She’s about fed up.

We better make room at the table

for everybody

before She yells – OUT!

and turns our table over,

before She calls it off

this banquet we’ve been hoarding

this paradise

we aim to save

with bombs.)

May 2nd Service – Easter 5

Gilakas’la – Welcome

Blessings on this beautiful May morning. We are privileged to worship/gather/be community on the the traditional territory of the Kwak’wala speaking peoples.

We’re so busy these days with our food distribution on Mondays, Wednesday & Fridays.

And every second Wednesday we offer hot take-out meals.

Yesterday 74 people were helped during food distribution and 98 people received a hot meal. On the menu this week: lemon pork, Greek salad, potatoes and bread pudding. Delicious healthy home style meals made in the church kitchen. Meals are free or by donation. Delivery is also available.

At present we are not offering in church services but you can watch our recorded services online. Our Sacraments Elder Deborah Murray creates services with a reflection, Scripture readings, prayers and music.

We are now on Instagram at @aframechurch

Visit us on Facebook at: @stjohngualbert or @aframebookstore

Email us at: gualbert@telus.net

Or call: 250.956.3533

If you’d like to contribute financially towards our food programs we accept e-transfers at: gualbert@telus.net

We are grateful to the ongoing support of: Loaves & Fishes, Soap for Hope, IGA, PetroCanada and our amazing staff and volunteers to keep the machine humming.

Sunday Service March 28th

This service was recorded for last Sunday but due to a technology glitch had to be redone.

Please join us on the Lenten journey of transformation. Let us move forward with faith & action

Fellow pilgrims — take a moment to make the sacred inside of you a sanctuary.

Due to Covid-19 St. John Gualbert Anglican United Church is not open for Sunday services at this time.

Visit us on Facebook at: St. John Gualbert Anglican United Church. You’ll find links to recorded services as well as details about our food distribution and weekly programs

For more information call 250.956.3533

Or email us at: gualbert@telus.net

Sunday Service March 14th

Welcome — Gilakas’la

We’re so happy you’re here

Thank you for joining us this morning on this 4th Sunday in Lent

Covid guidelines prevent us from worshipping in person Sunday mornings so we share these recorded services

Please feel free to share the link

Visit us on Facebook at: St. John Gualbert Anglican United Church

To help with our programs that include food distribution, hot meals, community garden and more you can email us at: gualbert@telus.net or call 250.956.3533

Lenten Blessings

Embracing the whole community…

Embracing the whole community…

Small churches everywhere are struggling.  We know we’re not unique in trying to stay relevant in the community.  The most often asked question used to be, “how do we get more people to attend on Sundays.”  We’ve conducted all day vision meetings and discussed the topic over many cups of coffee after Sunday services.

Almost 20 years ago we opened a second hand bookstore called A-Frame Bookstore in the church hall.  Read the whole story in the post dated May 24, 2013.  The reason it’s included in this post is because our secondhand bookstore is a ministry in itself.  Supporting literacy and affordable books for all ages.  It’s a welcoming place for conversation and a cup of coffee.  A true community meeting place.

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Our members have always given their time and incredible talents and somewhere along the line the word change became a challenge and not a threat.  If you haven’t been to visit us in a while you will see so many changes.  Sunday services aren’t quite the same as they used to be. These days the service shows us on a big screen with all the prayers and words for hymns printed in advance so no bulletin is required…unless you want one.

We have a computer tech who ensures the hymns and videos happen when they’re supposed to and most Sundays our sermon comes to us from another part of Canada.  A program called, “Together We Worship” that is downloaded from a website and comes as a complete package.  We welcome visiting ministers once every month or two and one of our congregation members Deborah Murray has become a “sacramental elder” meaning she has been trained to conduct funerals, and baptisms as well as communion.

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Every day of the week there’s something happening in the church and hall – listed here in no particular order 😀

  • Happy Gang – a group of seniors and those with mobility issues get together Thursday afternoons from 1-2pm for refreshments, fellowship and guest speakers
  • Meditation – Monday evenings from 5:15 to 6:15pm
  • Bible Study – Monday evenings following meditation
  • Wellness Clinic – a program run by Island Health Authority
  • Community Garden – raised garden plots available to anyone interested in growing their own fruit/vegetables/flowers
  • Speaker’s Corner – funded by United Church ProVision Fund this series of talks, open to the community, has included topics such as: cyber bullying, Humpack Whales, Orcas and a local woman who was a finalist on the TV reality show Alone
  • Wild Heart Choir – open to elementary and high school students in schools across the North Island.  This program started at St. John Gualbert Church
  • Potlickers  – potluck lunch open to all every Friday.  Quite often includes live entertainment
  • Pasta Night the first Monday of the month
  • Yoga Class
  • The local Masonic Lodge is a tenant and holds meetings here
  • Sunday Service 11am followed by refreshments
  • A-Frame Bookstore open Monday to Saturday.  Run by volunteers and all books are donated by the community.  If the sandwich board is out front we’re open !!

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Singing program encouraging and inspiring young North Islanders

For more information about any of our programs/events please contact us at:

St. Gualbert Church

250-956-3533

Or visit our Facebook pages:

https://m.facebook.com/stjohngualbert/

https://m.facebook.com/aframebookstore/

Journey into Advent

  

Advent is a season in the church calendar — a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.  

As we journey into Advent here are some of the upcoming events at our church and in the community.

Saturday November 28 – 11am-4pm there will be a church table at the Christmas Showcase happening at the Community Hall & Old School.  Homemade pies, baked goods & books for sale.  

Sunday November 29 – Board meeting at 8:30 am.  Reverend Tanya McKoen will lead us in worship (11:00 am) as we head into advent.   Service to be followed by turkey dinner with all the trimmings as well as live music.  Contact Deborah to sign up for food needed and confirm numbers attending.  Bring a friend !!

We will once again be selling Christmas trees at IGA the first two weeks of December.  Volunteers will be needed to unload trees on December 1st and to work shifts selling them.  Contact Deborah for details.

Sunday December 6 is White Gift Sunday.  We will be putting together a Christmas hamper again through North Island Community Services.  This year our family is a single mom (ladies L), 12-year-old boy (L) and 11-year-old girl (M).  Items include: non-perishable gift foods, clothes, toiletries, or cash which will be accepted until December 10th.

Sunday December 6 – 7:00 pm all are welcome to St. Mary’s Catholic Church for a free Christmas concert followed by refreshments

Saturday December 12 & 19 – 10:00am – 4:00pm  3rd Annual “Wrapathon.”  Karen & her helpers are gearing up for Christmas gift wrapping by donation in the bookstore.  We have plenty of gift wrap & accessories but could use a few more cardboard boxes.  

Sunday December 13 – 11:00 am Service of Lessons & Carols.  Invite family & friends as we experience the Christmas story through word & song. 

Thursday December 24 – 5:00 pm  Christmas Eve Communion Service with Reverend TanyaMcKoen 

For more information please contact us at 250-956-3533 or gualbert@telus.net

Upcoming Events for June & July

Creative Writing Workshop

What an honour to have author Rachel McMillen visiting A-Frame Bookstore in a few weeks.  And not just once but two nights in a row.  Thursday June 11st Rachel offers her experience in a free creative writing workshop.  Writers of all ages & experience are welcome to attend.  Registration not required.  Bring your laptop or ipad or pad of paper & pen.  Hear from this author of two mystery books both set on the west coast.

McMillen Poster for online

Black Tide Rising is Rachel McMillen’s 2nd book in a trilogy.  The first one called Dark Moon Walking is a fast paced, suspenseful thriller.  And what a thrill to see the mention of West Coast Helicopters in Port McNeill !!  The reading will be followed by dessert & refreshments (by donation) as well as live music.  For more information please call Karen at 250-956-2912

Summer Camp 2015 Poster

We are pleased to be offering a week-long summer camp for children from July 13-17.  The theme is heroes and children will meet five biblical heroes (Moses and Joshua, Esther, David, Mary and Jesus.  These heroes will be explored through stories, music, art, games and craft activities.  Children learn how they can be heroes too, at home, in their community, and in the world.

The Summer Day Camp programme is designed for children ages 5 to 11 years old and will run from 9am-3pm each day.  The cost is $10 per child for the week.  Snacks will be provided; please bring your own lunch.  For more information contact St. John Gualbert Church at 250-956-3533