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.
2019 – A Lent of Discovery: The “I Am” Statements of Jesus
This Lent we will be examining the seven “I am” statements of Jesus. The Rev. Darcey will focus on the “I am” statements in his sermons during Lent. Then our evening Lenten series will give an opportunity for deeper discussion.
Join us in the library at 7:30 p.m. for the following weekly sessions:
Wed. Mar. 13th – I am the Bread of Life/Light of the World
Wed. Mar. 20th – I am the Gate/The Good Shepherd
Wed. Mar. 27th – I am the Resurrection and the Life/The Way, The Truth, and the Life
Wed. Apr. 3rd – I am the Vine/Your own “I am” statements
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:
February 27 (cancelled due to weather)
Women of God Study Series
Laurie Kondo will be leading us in a discussion around the roles and importance various women in the Bible have had on our faith and values. Join us at 7:30 p.m. in the library:
November 21 – Miriam/Deborah
November 28 – Hanna/Abigail
December 5 – Labyrinth Walk and meditation pieces on Mary
January 16 – Judith/Esther
January 23 – Susanna/Ruth
January 30 – Your story of Women of God in your life
Christian Meditation Group
Tim Mann and the Christian Education team meet for a meditation session at 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays in the Library.
Please join us. All are welcome to attend.
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.
The following dates have been scheduled for the 2018-19 Community Breakfasts Season. The theme this year is “Places We’ve Been”.
Saturdays 8:30 a.m. in Mackay Hall
- October 6 (Morris and Karen Ellington)
- November 3 (Kathie Stevenson)
- December 1
- January 5 (John MacKenzie)
- February 2 (Judy Pike)
- March 2 (Janine Maxwell)
- April 6 (TBA)
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.
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.