Vespers @St. George's with Charlie Wells June 24th

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Like Fire in the Bones: Vespers at St. George’s
featuring Charlie Wells and Friends

Sunday June 24th, 4:00pm at St. George’s United Church

St. George’s United Church was pleased to announced the date of its fourth afternoon Vespers program the afternoon of Sunday, June 24th at 4:00pm. Vespers is a collaboration between local artists and St. George’s to bring together local musical talent and spiritual reflection for the benefit of the Valley community.

Charles Wells is a well-known local talent, having been a full time professional musician and entertainer since 1975. He has constantly sought to diversify his grasp of musical genres from folk in the 60’s to country, blues, R&B, rock and roll, and then swinging back to his roots in the last decade by adding Celtic idioms. In recent years he has reamed up to write songs with Tracy Lee Canil stylistically from psychedelic folk rock to Celtic. This Sunday, she, along with Keenan Weis on percussion will accompany Charles., along with Pianist Philip Nowe.

It will be a diverse musical lineup from diverse musical genres, all with the themes of introspection, rejuvenation, love, and hope of new beginnings. The event will be hosted by Pastor Rev. Ryan Slifka, who will tie together the universal themes with spiritual reflection.

The term “Vespers” is an ancient Latin term for regular evening prayer. Rev. Ryan Slifka, Pastor of St. George’s says the “church sees events like this as integral to its purpose as a faith community to use the resources it’s been given as a common space to foster connection and encourage spiritual and artistic vitality for the benefit of the Comox Valley.” He also added that the church is “constantly on the lookout for new artistic collaborations, whether fine art, music or otherwise, to highlight local talent.”

Admission is by donation, with all proceeds going to the artists. There will also be refreshments to follow, and an opportunity to meet our musicians.

SUMMER DAY CAMP!

St. George's United Church
July 9-13, 2018
9:00a.m - 3:00p.m.
Ages 5-11
Music, Games, Storytelling, Arts & Crafts, Outdoor Activities
$50 per child (Bursaries are available).  For more info contact Cathie: 250 339 1021 cgtalbot@shaw.ca or Ingrid: ingrid@stgeorgesunited.com

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Holy Week and Easter 2018

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As we process through the Season of Lent, we also make our way to the central celebrations of the Christian year--those of Holy Week and Easter.

This year, join us in the season of death and new life. For Holy Week, St. George's will be celebrating services on Palm/Passion Sunday, and a joint Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services with Comox United Church and Comox Presbyterian Church (for Good Friday). For Easter, we will be celebrating an Easter Sunrise service (with Comox United at Goose Spit) early morning, and Easter Sunday worship on Easter Day.

Schedule of Holy Week/Easter Services 2018

  • Palm/Passion Sunday March 25th 10:30am at St. George’s United Church
    Procession of the Palms
  • Maundy Thursday 29th 6:30pm meal provided and joint service at Comox Presbyterian Churc
    Please sign up to ensure there is enough food by contacting comoxpc@gmail.com or 250-339-2882
  • Good Friday March 30th 10:00am Joint Service at Comox United Church
  • Easter Sunrise Sunday April 1st 6:30am Joint Service at Goose Spit
  • Easter Sunday April 1st 10:30am at St. George’s United Church

About Holy Week/Easter

Holy Week is the last week of Lent. Beginning with Palm/Passion Sunday, it is the week that begins immediately to Easter Sunday. It is observed in many Christian churches as a time to commemorate and enact the suffering (Passion) and death of Jesus through observance and worship. Common observances include Maundy Thursday (the last supper), Good Friday (the crucifixion), and Holy Saturday (where Jesus lays in the tomb). 

Holy Week is important, especially in our own cultural context where Easter joy is celebrated, and often celebrated early (with Cadbury Easter eggs showing up as early as late February). Ours is a culture that often hides suffering, or seeks to escape it. While suffering is not a good thing, it is simply true that our world is filled with it, and that much of human life is touched by it. Whether personal, social, economic or environmental, it sits at the center of human existence.  It is important to place the hope and new life of the resurrection on Easter against the larger backdrop of death and endings as seen on the cross. Easter is figured as the divine answer not simply to the problem of death, but to the suffering of the world. It is only through walking under the shadows of darkness on Good Friday do we fully understand the light and hope of Easter Sunday.

Lent 2018 Baptism and/or Membership Course

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Are you considering taking the next step in your faith journey? We’ll be holding a Sunday afternoon course (3-7pm) during the season of Lent where you can explore with others what it means to be a member, the meaning of walking the Way of Jesus as part of a community of faith. If you haven't been baptized (as a child or adult), this is also your chance to discover its meaning and significance. No obligation, just exploration. Dinner and childcare provided.

Fill out the form below to sign up, and indicate if you need childcare.

We are trying to find out the best date for everyone, so when you sign up indicate which date(s) you would be available (Feb 25, Mar 4, Mar 11).

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Alpha at Breakfast Beginning January 7

Alpha is for everyone. It's an opportunity to wonder, along with other seekers on the journey, about life, meaning, and spirituality, where questions are encouraged and no topic is off the table.

Join us Sunday mornings 9:00a.m.-10:00a.m for 6 weeks: January 7-February 11, 2018.

Each session gathers around a light breakfast and coffee/tea, a short video, followed by honest discussion. No pressure, no follow up, no charge! 

Register through the office, by connection card or using the form below by January 1st. 

This round of Alpha is also for kids too! Our Music Director, Eve Mark, will be leading a special children's program during the sessions.

Let us know you're coming by filling out the form below. View the trailer video below for more info. For more information click here get in touch with Ingrid who is coordinating this series.

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Christmas in Courtenay and The Comox Valley

We invite you to join us on the journey of watching, waiting, and mystery in this year's Advent and Christmas seasons. No matter who you are, where you are in life, or the journey of faith, there's a place for you at St. George's. Come as you are, and join us as we wait and watch in joyous anticipation for Emmanuel—God with us—who is already at work in making all things new.

Join us for vibrant worship each week in the Advent Season, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, along with other community events.

Celebrate Christmas and Make a Difference

This year, St. George's wants to make an even deeper impact by turning our special events into events of generosity. Especially if you're a newcomer, these events are for you!

Community Christmas Sing-a-long
Sunday, December 17 3:00p.m.
Bring your friends & the whole family to sing all your holiday favourites, both sacred and secular. Hot chocolate & treats to follow! By donation: all proceeds to St. George’s SonRise Drop-in

Christmas Eve Family Candlelight Service
Sunday, December 24 6:30pm
Joy. Hope. Peace. Love. All are welcome to this family friendly celebration of the gifts of the season that don’t fit into a box. Total offering to be donated to Dawn to Dawn Action on Homelessness (dawntodawn.org)

Full Listing of Advent and Christmas Events & Services

  • Sunday December 3rd: 1st Sunday in Advent Worship 10:30am - Annual Soup and Bun lunch to follow
  • Monday December 4th: UCW Women’s Vesper’s Service 6:00pm
  • Sunday December 10th: 2nd Sunday in Advent Worship 10:30am
  • Saturday December 16th: Blue Christmas Service at Comox United 3:00pm
  • Sunday December 17th: 3rd Sunday in Advent Worship 10:30am, Community Carol Service 3:00pm
  • Sunday December 24th: 4th Sunday in Advent Worship 10:30am
  • Sunday December 24th: Christmas Eve Family Candlelight Service 6:30pm
  • Monday December 25th: Christmas Day Carols and Communion 10:30am
  • Sunday December 31: First Sunday After Christmas Worship (with Carols) 10:30am (at Comox Valley Presbyterian Church)

About the season(s)

The season of Advent, beginning with the four Sundays before Christmas, marks the beginning of the Christian year. Advent is a time of anticipation and waiting. We spend much of our lives waiting. Yet, as the people of Jesus, we find ourselves waiting for the coming of God in our lives, in our communities and in our world. We await God’s healing, God’s mercy, and God’s justice, waiting and hoping for a creation renewed, redeemed, and restored for good.

Christmas itself not only marks the birth of Jesus, and the coming of God in our midst. It also marks the beginning of our own continual rebirth. In Advent and Christmas, we are offered the gifts of Peace, Joy, Hope, and Love to guide us on our path as children of God, being re-made and growing in to God’s image each day, and experiencing the divine life here and now.