Melting Hearts in February

We welcomed our new minister, Rev. Rebecca Roushorne-Lau in the Fall of 2017.  The groundhog has predicted 6 more weeks of Winter but Spring promises new beginnings again.  Here are some Winter words from Becky.  For more updates, check out her blog here
“It is winter in Narnia,” said Mr. Tumnus, “and has been for ever so long…. always winter, but never Christmas.”
The famous imagery from the book The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe really resonates with me at this time of year. Of course we’ve just experienced Christmas but after the lights go off and decorations go away there’s just winter. Some winter days are beautiful. There is sunlight which beams onto the snow that falls gently, creating a beautiful carpet of clean freshness. Other days are harder. The cold is wet, damp, sinking into our bones.
The winter brings with it both darkness and challenge but also wonder as well. It’s the mid- point, a waiting period as we know what is to come. Soon the world will burst forth into life. Winter in many ways is like the time before Christ. There was both darkness and wonder. The challenge of waiting in hope for new life was real and true. And then Christ came.In The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Father Christmas comes along as Aslan moves in bringing the celebration with him as the world begins to thaw. Christmas in Narnia is the starting point for what is to come. This is true also for us. Christmas is our starting point.
A Saviour was born. A baby given who would grow and change the world. But this Saviour saves in an unexpected way. He thaws the icy wall between God and man. He embraces relationship and connection like never before. He seeks to redeem, not destroy. This Saviour whom we celebrate at Christmas matters because of what he became. He sought to melt the icy hearts of people and really connect with them. Do we follow in his footsteps?
We can believe in Jesus, even be fans of Jesus without being true followers. Do we follow in his footsteps?
Springtime will come. The season of transformation in the world which is symbolic in many ways of our own redemption. But springtime in our own lives? That comes at different points and in different ways for all people. Where are you in your life? Are you in the winter of faith or bursting forth with new life, feeling as thought spring has already arrived? Wherever we are in this community we come together in love and support. May the coming weeks and months be filled with passion and fire as we seek to lift each other up as we serve in this world.
– Rev. Becky

Neighbourlink Needs

St. Giles was one of the first churches in Sarnia to participate in the Neighbourlink ministry

The Neighbourlink Office is looking for good used beds – any size. Queen & King sized sheets and blankets are especially needed. All size donations can be dropped off at Temple Baptist Church weekdays.

They are also in need of 2 phone volunteers (8:45 till 12 noon) for Friday mornings. Training is provided. Computer and organization skills required. Contact the Neighbourlink Office (Liz) for more information..

Red Cross!

Are you looking for something fulfilling and meaningful to do that will help those in the community? The Red Cross is currently recruiting drivers for the transportation department as well as for the Meals on Wheels department. If interested, please contact the Red Cross at 519-332-6380 or come to the office located at 416 East St. N. to get more information.

2011 Soup Lunches

On the first Sunday of each month (except January, July, August and September) soup lunches are held in the lower hall to support the projects of the Mission and Outreach Committee.  These soup lunches include homemade soup (yum!), fresh rolls with real butter, cheese, coffee or tea or ice water and dessert.  Cost is by free-will donation.

The next soup lunch will be held on June 5th hosted by the Mission & Outreach Committee.

St. Giles Supports the Inn

St. Giles is a supporter of the Inn of the Good Shepherd by designating our second offering (on Communion Sunday), making a monetary donation and providing food.  At the present time they are in need of canned fruit, fresh/canned potatoes, macaroni and cheese, school snacks and juices, pasta or potato side dishes, powdered milk, baby food, formula and diapers (especially larger sizes), juice drink boxes, and hygiene products.

Each couple of months St. Giles prepares and serves a noon meal.  The food is prepared in our kitchen at 8:30 am by Bette Fitzpatick and volunteers.  At 12:30 this meal is served at the Inn on John St. by Geoff Gander and volunteers.  This is one way St. Giles reaches out to the community.

FYI – The clients at the Inn say that St. Giles makes the best cupcakes ever!

Presbyterians Sharing

Our gifts to Presbyterians Sharing support Brock University’s Ecumenical Chaplaincy.  The chaplaincy at Brock is about connection: providing a safe place where people can have honest conversation, cultivate friendships and develop positive group dynamics.   Put these all together like the Toonie Supper – a Wednesday evening, home-style meal that serves a maximum of 20 students and there is great opportunity for connection and spiritual growth.