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!
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.
The Barnabas Fund is a discretionary fund for the use of the minister to help people in our church and in the community who are in need. This fund is now empty. If you would like to make a donation, please it put in an envelope and mark it “Barnabas Fund”. Thank you!
Here we are going into a new year and all around we hear gloom and doom about the economy..
Take heart, however, because in the Christian church, and at St. Giles in particular, we have our faith in Christ to lead us through the rough patches and lead us on to a better place. So if you are not already in regular attendance at our services on Sundays or a participant in one or more of our mid-week activities, why don’t you make it a point to come and renew your faith? We have an excellent preacher in the Rev. Barry Van Dusen. We have a good musical program which includes the Son Shine Praise Band which performs about once a month at a regular Sunday service. (If you play a musical instrument, you might like to join, or if you sing, you could join our choir.) Perhaps you would like to learn more about our Christian faith, then come to our regular Bible study. Or perhaps you like to read good books and share your thoughts with others, then come to our library or one of our two book clubs.
So you see, there is lots to do and enjoy at St. Giles. Whether you are new to Sarnia, or a long-time resident who is looking to refresh your faith experience, why don’t you give us a try? You’ll be glad you did.
If you have a hearing problem you are invited to use our ear phones (located at the rear of the sanctuary near the office doors)
Large print bulletins, hymn books and bibles are available at each entrance for those with vision problems.