Readings for next Sunday, 1st March, Lent 1

First Reading: Genesis 2.15-17; 3.1-7; Psalm 32; Second Reading: Romans 5.12-19; Gospel: Matthew 4.1-11

Revisit Sharon’s sermon: On the church website ( or just click on this link:

Please pray this week for:

Wes; Ray and Mary Anne; Tobin; Margaret; Pat and Sean; Brenda; Laurel and Rob; Ruth; Julia and John; Karla and Rob plus Ben and Tom; Phyllis; Yvonne and Suzette; Chris; Al and Ann; Susan and Edward; Joanne; Cooper; Tracy, Dave, Bonnie, Gail, Dorothy, Lee, Bill, Terry, Alex and Andy, Kelly, Beth, Tim, Laraine, Francis, Cyndi, Jennifer, Bob and Mary Lou, Cindy, Margaret, Richard, Sandy, Cindy and Kevin and those known to you alone.

Rest in Peace: Rattan Mehta, Karla Van Kessel, Dorothy Brooks, Barry Belanger, Helen Newcombe and Mrs. Parsons. May God grant rest eternal unto the souls of our dear sisters – Dorothy, Helen, Karla, Rattan, Mrs. Parson and brother Barry, and let light perpetual shine upon each of them; may their souls all rise in glory. Please keep all the families and friends of the dearly departed in your prayers asking that they may find strength and comfort as they mourn.

We offer prayer for lives lost, those infected by, any others impacted by the Coronavirus and for all who serve and provide care for the welfare of all COVID19 victims,

Cycle of Prayer for March – Teach – Discipling

“To teach, baptize, and nurture new believers” and indeed all believers – by fostering Christian development in new participant, long- team members and everyone in between.

Prayer: Lord, fill us with your welcoming spirit that we may faithfully teach, baptize, and nurture those who come to believe in you. Let your glory fill this place. Let your glory fill this world!

We honour ministries in support of DISCIPLINING: the Second Mark of Mission-

  • Music: Choirs, Music scholars, Musical directions
  • Knowledge: Christian Development – Bible and Book Studies, Education for Ministry,
  • Children and Youth: Sunday school, Huron Church camp, Youth activities exploration
  • Prayer: Prayer and Pastoral Care Team, St Jude’s Prayer Book, Anglican Fellowship of Prayer (AFP), World Day of Prayer, Devotional Booklet Resources
  • Communicating: Communications Team, Photography, call networks
  • Leadership: Wardens, Parish Council, Synod Reps, Deanery groups, Office and Administration staff.
  • Hospitality and Fellowship: Welcome Team, Greeters, Coffee Hour Hosts, Set Up Crew, Lunch Bunch, Social Committee, Name Tags, Men’s group, Women’s group
  • Fun and Funds: Coffee house, Trivia, Auctions, High Teas, Broadway Singers Partnership.
  • Other: preserve St Alban’s memorabilia and artifacts
Outreach project for March

Women’s month – My Sister’s Place and anova, providing safety and support for women in need. Please see the special email sent to the parish with details of their needs and how we can help.

Events coming up

Tonight, Ash Wednesday service, Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist at 7.00 pm.

Thursday, Choir and Festival Choir practice at 7.30 pm.

Sunday 1st March. A Wildfire Art Exhibition, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm in All Saints Hall.  This art exhibition is organized by Western University students seeking to raise funds to help in the relief efforts for the Australian wild fires.  There will be a free-will offering for that purpose.

Lent mid-week Eucharist services and studies
Holy Eucharist. 

From 4th March, each Wednesday through Lent there will be a mid-week celebration of Holy Eucharist at 9.30 am.  In place of a sermon there will be an interactive conversation about the readings for the upcoming Sunday.  You do not need to be participating in the the SSJE Lenten Study to attend the mid-week Eucharist, everyone is welcome.

Signs of Life; why the Church matters.

This year’s Lenten Study organized by the brothers of the society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE) will explore the riches of our worship traditions, liturgy and sacraments.  This series, which begins on Wednesday 4th March, will run each Wednesday in Lent at 10.30 am and end at 12.00 noon at the latest.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate in this study series.

Lectio Divina = Listening to God’s heart with your heart

Tuesdays through Lent 7.00 – 8.00 pm “Lectio Divina” came from two Latin words meaning divine reading or sacred reading of the Bible.  This is a prayer method which was introduced in the third century by Origen, one of the Fathers of the Church. Origen strongly believed that the Word is incarnated in the Holy Scriptures.  Thus, Jesus Christ is the key to pray the Sacred Scriptures. This involves silence in order to hear and to listen to God’s voice who speaks tin the deepest part of our heart.  Led by Jerylyn Obrero, these studies begin on Tuesday 3rd March and will continue each Tuesday in Lent.  (For more details, see your Bulletin insert on Sunday)

Fundscrip Time to order your cards once again, so this Sunday, 1st March, Rick will be in the Narthex between the services to take your orders.

Lunch Bunch.  On Friday 6th March, the Lunch Bunch will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a little early, but with lots of energy just the same.  Lunch at 12.00 noon, followed by lots of singing Irish songs just the way you like them, led by Jennifer and Chris Chalmers.  Everyone welcome!! (Please note, there not be a celebration of Holy Eucharist)

St. Paul’s Food Bank; used to be Our Daily Bread, but now the name has been changed.  For March, our Sunday is 8th March, and they are requesting Cereals, canned Vegetables, canned soup , mac & cheese and fresh produce.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.  We would like to invite all parish singles and couples, to dinner on Saturday March 21st at 6 pm.  These are informal dinners hosted by parishioners in their homes or apartments.  Everyone is welcome.  If you wish to host, expect 4 to 10 people.  If you do not wish to host but make a dazzling dessert, magnificent main dish or scrumptious salad, all are welcome.  The host makes hors d’oeuvres and supplies tea and coffee, and everyone brings their own alcohol.  Please sign up on sheets provided by Sunday March 15th.  You will be called or emailed as to your place for dinner the following week. Questions or concerns: Cheryle Anne Mac Belford 519- 663-9359 [email protected] 

Appreciation: A big “thank you” to the Council members and volunteers for preparing and serving yet another deliciously successful Pancake Supper last night.  Money raised is for the PWRDF, and this will be matched with funds from the Outreach Committee.

 Stuff from other churches

  • Lenten Bible Study.  There will be a Deanery Lenten Bible Study led by Bishop Terry Dance, starting Thursday March 5th   and continuing for five weeks, at St. George’s Anglican Church, Wharncliffe Road at Oxford Street. Start time is 6:45 pm.
  • Doctrine of Discovery, a movie and discussion about the early European explorers to North America, and their impact on the indigenous peoples.  At St. Anne’s Church, 1344 Commissioners Road West in Byron. On 29th February, 10.00 am to 12.00 noon.  See the
  • A Choral Evensong and Spaghetti dinner, at St. Martin in the Fields Church (489 Pinetree Drive) on Sunday 8th March, at 4.00 pm.  A free will offering will be taken at the dinner.
  • Anglican Music Tradition.  A talented group of London Deanery academics and musicians have worked together to prepare a series of short sessions which explore different aspects of the musical tradition of the Anglican Church as it is contained in our common hymn book. These sessions run on Sunday mornings, (before church for most of us), in different locations around the city, and the full schedule can be seen in a poster in the Narthex.