Weekly Announcements

For the week of September 22, 2019

If you are in need of a pastoral visit or home communion, please call Rev. Bob at the church during office hours. 905-640-1461, ext. 102.

For pastoral emergencies that arise during off-hours, Rev. Bob can be reached at 647-636-6233.

notice of special vestry

Sunday, September 29 | immediately after the 10am service

We will be holding a very short Special Vestry Meeting. This meeting is to elect Linda Hadaway as Lay Member of Synod, as Eleanor Winters’ term has expired, and elect a new alternate.  If you are interested in being an alternate Lay Member of Synod, please speak to a warden or Rev. Bob as soon as possible.

In order to vote at this special vestry, you must be over the age of 16, been a member of the congregation for at least 3 months, and have regularly attended services here at least 3 times in the past year.


MORNING PRAYER AND BIBLE STUDY | Thursday mornings beginning October 3

Morning Prayer | 9:30AM | Sanctuary

Bible Study | 10:00AM | Nailer Room

All are invited to join us for a short service of Morning Prayer in the Sanctuary, followed by our weekly bible study in the Nailer Room. Come to one or both.  Coffee and tea are served.



Thank you to Barthau Jewellers for again engraving the names of the winners of Christ Church Classic Golf Tournament for 2019.

The 2019 winners were: Hope and Franchot Franklin and Eleanor and Jim Winters. Please plan on joining us next year for the next tournament.

SOCIAL MEDIA SUNDAY #sms19 | Sunday, September 29

Help us participate in Social Media Sunday and bring God’s love into the digital world by bringing your cell phone into church! On this day, you are invited and encouraged to share words, photos, images, videos and links about faith on social media sites you use, using the hashtag #sms19. Don’t know what to post? Share your thoughts on the sermon, the music, the flowers, the coffee or why you go to church, check in at Christ Church on Facebook and share a photo or video from any part of your church experience…Post at church from your phone or at home on your computer. For more information and resources join the #sms19 Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/SMS19

ALPHA | Thursdays, September 26 – November 28| 6:30pm-9:00pm | Eastridge Missionary Church

ALPHA is a program designed to be a comfortable introduction and discussion of the Christian faith that anyone could bring a friend to.  The evenings consist of a supper, a video presentation of a topic/aspect of the Christian faith, and discussion with a small table group (a group that you ate dinner with). Please register your participation at www.stouffvillealpha.ca

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS | Saturday, October 5 | 4:00PM | Great Hall

Bring your feathered and furry loved ones to our Blessing of the Animals.

Through prayer we will give thanks for our beloved pets and honour, with lighting of candles, those pets that have died. All are welcome to bring a photo of their beloved pet. All pets must be in carriers or on leashes.


The Altar Guild will be decorating the altar for Harvest Thanksgiving on Saturday, October 12. The congregation is invited to donate fall fruits and vegetables to decorate with by 10am October 12.  All fruits and vegetables will then be donated to the Stouffville Food Bank after the Thanksgiving service.

SPECIAL CARE VISITOR TRAINING | Thursdays, October 17, 24, 31 & November 7, 2019 | Markham-Stouffville Hospital

Hosted by Central LHIN Chaplaincy Collaborative and facilitated by The Rev. Don Shields, you are invited to attend the Special Care Visitor Training. This course will introduce you to the key concepts of visiting, functioning in a multi-faith culture, empathetic listening, death & dying, finding hope, ethical touch & boundaries, spirituality, prayer and spiritual interventions/rituals for the full spectrum of life.  If you are interested in attending, pick up a brochure/sign up form on the Welcome Table and RSVP your spot to dshields@msh.on.ca.  Cost is $50 payable by cash or cheque at the beginning of Session 1.  Participants must attend all four sessions to meet the requirement for volunteer application at Central LHIN facilities.

The annual Outreach & Advocacy Conference will be held at Havergal College, with the theme “Grounded and Growing in Christ: Church as a centre of resistance and hope.” Participants will explore how the Church can counter injustice with strategies of resilience and hope. Youth age 11 and older are particularly invited to attend the youth-focused workshop in the morning and youth-friendly options in the afternoon. The cost is $30, or $15 for students or the unemployed. Learn more and register on the Diocesan Outreach Conference page.

WINTER CLOTHING DRIVE | October 21– October 25

As you tidy your closets for winter, set aside any warm clothing items you are not using anymore. We will gratefully accept all sizes of clean, gently used or new winter clothing. All donations go to those in need in York Region. Please do not bring items in until the week of the clothing drive.

MURDER MYSTERY | Saturday, October 26

Find your magnifying glass, put on your deerstalker hat, and mark October 26 on your calendar.  That is the date for the Christ Church Players to present their 2019 murder mystery "Death at the Pantomime".  This year’s script has been written by our own Peter Markle, and combines the usual features of our whodunnit plays with part of the script from one of the original Christ Church pantos. So ..... you can boo the villain (who may or may not be the murderer) & shout "oh no we won't" as well as solving the mystery.  Hope to see you there together with as many of your friends as possible. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, available through the office and at coffee hour. Cash bar will be available for beer, wine and soft drink purchases.



We are looking for new Lay Readers to volunteer in this very important ministry.  If you are interested in learning what is involved, what your time commitment will be and how you can become a Lay Reader, please speak to Tom Butson or Rev. Bob Bettson.


After many decades of leadership, Shirley Rehill has decided to step down from the Local Outreach ministry.  Please take a moment to thank Shirley for her many, many years of dedication and hard work to ensuring Christ Church and our community are well looked after. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything you’ve done, Shirley!



Be sure to sign up by October 20 in the Great Hall to order your 2020 church calendars ($5 each). Calendars can be paid for when they arrive. Delivery expected in early November.


Quilt tickets are now on sale for the 2019 ACW queen-sized quilt “Blue Ohio Star”. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 available at coffee hour from Susan Walmsley or Sandra Stronach. The draw will take place on December 11.

140th anniversary of christ church

NOTE CARDS | $15.00/6 cards + envelopes

Celebrating the 140th anniversary of Christ Church, a package of 6 note cards is available for sale through the office and at coffee hour on Sundays.  Each card has a picture of Christ Church through its history. For just $15.00 for a package of six, these note cards are a wonderful way to remember the past and celebrate our 140th anniversary.