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beginning March 25
· in-depth exploration of the Bible starting with the Gospel of Mark
· examine the historical backdrop to Mark
· discover how Mark has been interpreted differently through time and by varied voices
· examine what Mark’s gospel had to say to the early Christian community and what Mark’s gospel has to say to us 2000 years later;
· learn about ways of praying with scripture … and more.
The ‘more’, of course will come out of the questions and insights that you will bring to the sacred text as we make our way through the earliest canonical
St James Carleton Place (Quiet Room)
Let’s save our home. Let’s make change.
March 28 from 8 to 9:30 pm
Come for the entertainment, light refreshments
and, most importantly, to honour international
Earth Hour. Together, we can be the change our
Continuing with our theme of ‘…finding holiness in ordinary life…’ come join us for a day of Pysanky, when we will take the humble egg and turn it into a holy and personal work of art. Pysanky is traditional Ukrainian Easter Egg decoration that gives rise to those beautifully designed and coloured eggs you’ve seen at Easter time. The workshop is being given by Doris Wionzek, an Almonte calligraphic artist, who will lead us in learning this Ukrainian technique. The date is Satur- day, April 4th from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm and will take place in the Church Hall at St James, Carleton Place. There is a $25 fee for this workshop. All materials will be provided – but please do bring along an empty egg carton so you can safe- ly transport your treasures home. Lunch will be provided.
The maximum number of participants is 20 persons, so please do sign up soon on the sheet provided. THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL.
“Celtic knotwork is well-known as an artful way of illustrating everything from gospel manuscripts, and greeting cards, to forearms. But did you know that the act of drawing a celtic knot can be a form of quiet centering meditation? Think of it as being like walking a labyrinth, but with ordinary paper and an ordinary pencil in-hand instead of feet on the ground. If you are interested in learning how to draw beautiful simple celtic knots as an act of centering prayer then this may be the workshop for you. All materials will be supplied. Workshop 1: Basic Knots will run on Tuesday, March 10th from 10 am – Noon. Workshop 2: Adding a Few Twists will build on the skills learned in the first workshop and will run on Tuesday, March 24th from 10 am – Noon. Both workshops will be held in the Quiet Room at St James, Carleton Place. Pre-registration is required, so if you would like to attend please contact the office or add your name to the sign-up sheet when you’re in church.
Water, flour, salt, sugar and yeast. The most common and everyday of ingredients that when combined create something warm, hearty and magical. Bread is the staff of Life, God’s gift. Bread has the ability to nourish, to comfort, to provide a moment of reprieve from all the coldness out there in the world.
Come explore the spirituality of bread making with the Reverend Jan Staniforth while we make a few varieties of bread together (Jan was a professional Baker before going into ministry). Don’t forget your appetite as we will “break bread together” with our oven warm bread, preserves and local honey. Please sign up by February 28th 2020 by contacting the church office, or calling 613-257-3178. Registration is required for us to obtain baking supplies.
Workshop is Tuesday March 3rd 2020. 12 noon to 4 pm. St James Hall, Carleton Place
The wine-making process begins with cleaning and sanitizing, not unlike the season of Lent in our church. On Ash Wednesday, we proclaim our need for repentance, mercy and forgiveness. We are invited to spend the season in self-examination, penitence, prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
Before we add anything to the wine, all the equipment we will use must be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. A solution of sodium metabisulphite in a spray bottle works well. Everything gets washed in soap and water, and then sprayed down with the sanitizing solution. Every time a piece of equipment touches the wine, it will be sanitized and rinsed to make sure the living culture that transforms the grape juice into wine is preserved.
Telling people to purify themselves and keep themselves pure for forty days is a little weird. “What kind of religious nut-bar are you?” But setting that aside for a moment, we can ask ourselves what it is it we are trying to preserve? In the case of our wine, it’s the living culture of yeast slowly turning sugars into alcohol. In our lives, it’s the living spirit of God working away on the good things we already have in us, empowering and strengthening us for the work of the kingdom. In both cases, it is possible that the transformation becomes contaminated by agents that would introduce other kinds of change. In and of themselves, the competing changes may not be bad — in some situations they may even be desired. For for the wine to be enjoyable, we must start with a clean slate.
Create in us clean hearts, O God, and renew a right spirit within us.
Follow this series at http://stjamescarletonplace.ca/wine-into-water/
Come and enjoy homemade pancakes with maple syrup and sausages!
Tickets at the door!
Children 3 & under: FREE
Children 4-12 years: $4.00