Turning to the Mystics Online Education Series

We are providing an on-line six-week education series Turning to the Mystics.  Tim Mann will be leading this series.  The series will be using resources from the Centre for Action and Contemplation.  The Center seeks to empower individuals to live out their sacred soul tasks in service to the world through contemplative programs and resources.  The Center was founded by Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest and a globally recognized ecumenical teacher.

Turning to the Mystics is a series of podcasts for people searching for something more meaningful, intimate and richly present in the divine gift of their lives.  In the podcasts, James Finley, clinical psychologist and Living School faculty, offers a modern take on the historical contemplative practices of Christian mystics like Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross.  Leaning into their experiences can become a gateway to hope, healing and oneness. Together with Kirsten Oates from the Center for Action and Contemplation, they explore listener questions and examine their own paths as modern contemplatives in this beautiful and broken world.

The series consists of listening to one or more podcasts each week and then meeting on-line to discuss the contents of the podcasts. The podcasts are available at the Center for Action and Contemplation web site:
https://cac.org/podcast/turning-to-the-mystics/

The on-line meetings will be held on Wednesdays, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, starting on April 22, 2020. We will be using the Zoom web meeting platform for the meetings.

If you are interested in participating in this series, please send an e-mail to christianed@stsimon.ca. Each week we will send you details on logging in to the next on-line meeting, which podcasts will be covered at the meeting, as well as some starter discussion questions.

Lenten Study

Lent is that 40-day period where we prepare ourselves to meet the risen Christ. During this period we take time to reflect upon the meaning of our faith, its place in our lives, and in the wider world. One of the ways we go about this is through a guided process of study and reflection. At. St. Simon’s we typically meet on the Wednesday nights in Lent to dig deeper into our faith. In the past we have had “Journey to Jerusalem with Jesus”, explored other religions, and have looked at the place of the “Arts” in our faith.

*LENT 2020 study dates have been cancelled.

Labyrinth Walks

A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. It represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. Christians use this as a way to meditate and pray. Join Laurie as she leads the monthly Labyrinth walks.

Where: Mackay Hall
When: 7:00 p.m.

Dates of walks for 2020/21 year will be posted when available.

Christian Meditation Group

Tim Mann and the Christian Education team meet online for a meditation session at 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays.

Please join us. All are welcome to attend.

Community Breakfasts

Community Breakfasts take place one Saturday a month from October to April. This is a great opportunity to meet and socialize with Parish members and hear interesting speakers talk about their faith journeys, all while enjoying a very hearty breakfast.

Breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m. with the scheduled speaker beginning at around 9:00 a.m.

Dates for the 2020-2021 Community Breakfasts will be posted when available.

Wednesday Morning Study

This is an inter-denominational group that meets after the 9:30 a.m. Wednesday service, from September to June, to review and discuss the readings for the coming week.

The aim is to share views and perspectives that deepen the participants’ walk with God.  All are welcome.

*In person meetings are suspended for the time being.

Adult Confirmation

For many, Confirmation is seen as something for younger members of the parish. However, we also recognize that many people, for various reasons, missed being confirmed when they were younger. For that reason we provide periodic guided studies which are an appropriate basis for people wishing to be confirmed.

We also recognize that many who were confirmed previously did so in a less than attentive manner, and as a result would like to go back and look at some of those foundations of faith, as well as ask questions about what it means to live as a Christian. If you are interested, we offer the option of Confirmation or Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows and would be happy to discuss which rite is right for you.

Finally, if you were raised in another faith tradition and have found a spiritual home in Anglicanism, we offer the opportunity to be received into the Anglican Communion. If you would like to know more about any of these options, please contact us.