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December 1, 2022 Newsletter

Traditional altar from St. George’s

Worship Space Rearranged for Advent

Dear People of St. Mary Magdalene’s,

Did you know that we have a traditional altar? It was the altar at the original St. George’s church, and when that congregation moved into our current space, John Lamble had the big altar re-sized to fit the smaller space. When St. George’s and St. Mark’s merged to form St. Mary Magdalene, the practice was to worship in the round and the traditional altar made its way into storage. 

It’s now back in the worship space. We will use it for Advent and see how we like it. One of the great pleasures of worshipping in a space like ours with no fixed furnishings is that we can change things up. My hope is to experiment with which altars we use and with how we arrange the space. For example, this Sunday the altar will be close to the big window with the cross. This will make it easier for people arriving a bit late to come into worship without attracting too much attention, as the main focus will be away from the main doors. 

I know that this community is accustomed to changes in the layout of our worship space, but as this is quite a big change I thought that I would let you know about it in advance. I plan to continue with worship in the round, so that won’t change. 

Please let me know how you feel about Sunday’s arrangement. Love it? Not so much? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Shalom,

Tasha

Spirit Art afternoon session this Saturday

There’s still time to register!  Spirit Art is about prayer and self-discovery through the joy of creativity. It combines prayer, poetry and silence with a simple art project, inviting participants to enter into Advent waiting through creative engagement. It is this Saturday, December 3rd from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Call Kim Seary for details: 604-739-7663

Welcome Dave

Please introduce yourselves to our guest musician Dave Dagta, who is joining us for Advent and Christmas. Marianne will get a well deserved break from playing, leaving her more time for bringing flowers, driving members, organizing the bakes sales, and being the treasurer. Dave is new to Vancouver, having just started doctoral studies in composition at UBC. He brings lots of experience as a church musician. Welcome, Dave.

Great Joy! Christmas at St. Mary Madgalene’s

Mark your calendars for 
Family Carol Singalong on Saturday, December 17 at 3:00 pm. Join Karen Thorpe on the piano for Christmas favourites. Bring Granny and the kids. Hot chocolate, cider, cookies and singing!
Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 18 at 10:30 am. Our regular Sunday service will feature favorite Advent hymns and extra readings from Scripture. We’ll ditch the sermon but keep communion. 
Christmas Eve,Saturday, December 23 at 8:00 pm, followed by pot luck finger food and festive drinks. 
Christmas Day, Sunday December 25 at 10:30 am. 

UAM food and clothing drive

Urban Aboriginal Ministry is collecting food and clothing for Christmas Hampers. The hampers go to members of UAM and the wider community who are just getting by. It means that they can experience abundance at Christmas time. For more information, talk to Steven Seegerts.

Gift bags

Would you like to give a gift to a homeless person? It’s easier than you think. Give Jandyra $10 and she will buy the supplies, fill a bag with goodies such as socks, food, cutlery, toothpaste chocolates and other things.

Decorating for Advent and Christmas

Many thanks to Lucien for scrambling up and down the tallest ladder you’ve ever seen, to hang the angel windows and garlands. Thanks also to Jean for our Charlie Brown Christmas tree with glow-in-the dark angels (!). We still need help putting up the wall hangings and decorating around the Advent candles.

Holy Communion

Sundays from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Come for song and silence, story and prayer, and sacred meal.  

Mid-week Holy Communion

Wednesdays at 12:30 pm. Join Tasha for a simple service from the Book of Alternative Services. Includes periods of silence. The service takes about 25 minutes. 

Drum Circle

Drum circle meets on Fridays from noon to 2:00 pm for drumming, singing and food. Facilitated by Steven Seegerts.

For more information on any of these activities,
contact office coordinator Sean Lynn or vicar Tasha Carrothers at 604-877-1788.