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JOIN US IN PRAYER FOR GENERAL SYNOD JULY 10-17

Our own Molly Finlay is a delegate for the Diocese of Toronto at Anglican Church of Canada's General Synod and would appreciate the prayers of this parish as she joins her fellow Anglicans in these deliberations which will be tense at times.

General Synod is a gathering of diocesan representatives from across Canada who are elected to make decisions about the life of our Anglican Church. Decisions around 3 major issues will be on the agenda:

  • the establishment of a self-determining indigenous Church
  • changing the marriage canon to include same gender weddings
  • the election of a new Primate

This year, The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada is meeting in Vancouver BC with a theme of "I have called you by name." Members of Synod will be joining parish churches in the Diocese of New Westminster for worship on Sunday, July 14.

Please ask God to cover Molly and all the delegates in wisdom and discernment. You can use the following collect in your prayers:

A Collect for General Synod
God of our ancestors, God of our future,
who was and is and is to come,
you have named us in baptism,
and called us into friendship with you and one another.
In this General Synod,
give all participants grace to listen well,
to speak with respect,
to deliberate with wisdom,
and to honour this gathering of your beloved Church;
through Jesus Christ, before whose name we bow in adoration and praise,
now and for ever. Amen.


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CHARTING OUR FUTURE WITH CHRIST

For the past eight months our Christ Church Deer Park has been working diligently to set a creative and faith-centered direction for its future. The results are twelve initiatives and a new Vision/Mission statement. As we grow and develop this community, the planning work of these months will be our guiding principles.

VISION/MISSION STATEMENT

As disciples of the risen Christ, we strive to follow his great commandments — to love God and our neighbour. We express that love, deepen our faith, and grow our community through worship, caring for one another, and by acts of service to our neighbourhood and the wider world.

VALUES (guides for our behaviour)

  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Exploration and questioning
  • Welcoming, affirming, safe
  • Joy and celebration, empathy and compassion
  • Embracing change, grounded in Anglican tradition

AREAS OF FOCUS (that support achievement of our vision/mission)

Community Life at CCDP: We are an intentional community hub working inclusively and compassionately in small groups and on projects to express our faith through varied activities and interests such as the arts, theology, and social and educational events.

Worship and the Life of Prayer: Our worship is a Christ-centered experience where people feel like full participants, offered in an informal setting where everyone can grow as disciples and encounter the living God.

Teaching and Learning: Actively engaged in relevant, non-dogmatic conversation and Christian spiritual exploration.

Compassionate Care: We are not alone: compassionate care involves us all.

Outreach and Social Justice/Living the Gospel in Action: We the parishioners of CCDP will serve society's marginalized and future generations by challenging ourselves beyond our comfort zones to create a better world by working with and engaging with people of all faiths/races/gender/orientation/creeds, etc.

Sharing Faith with Others: As individuals, we exist to connect people with God — enabling them to grow their faith in a safe place

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RECHARGE YOUTH RETREAT:
BISHOP'S YOUTH MINISTRY COMMITTEE
September 13-15, 2019
Grades 6-12

This year's youth retreat is in beautiful Muskoka Woods! This is a chance to get out into nature and have a great time with friends and meet new friends from all around the church! This year's focus will be PRAYER of all kinds... from praying with friends to walking in nature! Don't worry there will be lots of free time and plenty of time for games and music! FULL BURSARIES AVAILABLE.
Retreat Fee:
$105 (first 100 people)
$140 (regular)
Bus Option: $30
Register at: tiny.cc/recharge2019

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FAMILY EUCHARIST
Fourth Sunday of each month

As our congregation seeks to invite newcomers into this community, and to create worship that includes the whole family of God, we have a Family Eucharist on the fourth Sunday of each month. (Please note for July, the family service is on July 21.) This service is:

  • shorter in length (under an hour)
  • more relaxed in style (you can come as you are!)
  • a full liturgy including communion
  • musical—with a variety of styles including both hymns and contemporary music

We hope you will enjoy this wonderful worship service with us and invite a friend to "come and see!".

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ATTENTION SPIRITUS CONTRIBUTORS

The copy deadline for the next (September) issue is Thursday, August 15, 2019. All submissions are welcome and may be sent directly to the editor, Genevieve Chornenki, gac@chornenki.com.


SAVE THE DATES

September 8 / Welcome Sunday
Join us for worship followed by an all-parish BBQ with balloons, bouncy castle and Sunflower the Clown!

September 17-October 22 / Our first parish Alpha!
Join us for 6 weeks where we ask questions about God, faith, and the meaning of Life over dinner and a video. 6:30-8:30pm. Talk to Molly for more information.

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CHURCHES-ON-THE-HILL FOOD BANK

The JULY Food of the Month donation is a box of CHEERIOS. Visit us at our website www.cothfoodbank.ca for more information or to donate. On behalf of the clients, volunteers at the COTH Foodbank, thank you for your support.

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JAZZ VESPERS

Jazz Vespers is now finished for the summer, it will resume on Sunday September 15th at 4:30 p.m.


VACATION BIBLE CAMP REGISTRATION

This summer's theme is Brave, Bold, and Courageous: The Story of Esther and will take place August 26 to 30, from 9:30am to 12:30pm. $75 / child with an option for extended hours (9:00am to 4:00pm). Bursaries are available!
Register at christchurchdeerpark.org/VBC.htm.

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