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Christmas 2020

While our Christmas festivities will look different this year, we will still celebrate our Saviour Jesus.

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December 24, 6:30 pm: Christmas Eve Family Candlelight Service – Christ: Christmas in a Pandemic? (selected Scriptures) So many things about this season are different. The message stays the same but is even more illuminating and relevant. Joy to the world and hope to face tomorrow. Experience this service in a virtual community, engaging children, families and everyone with the story of the Saviour’s birth. (Come gather with friends, family and neighbours on the lawn of our church for some hot apple cider and light refreshments at 7:45 pm.)


Sunday, December 6, 7:00 pm: Olde Fashioned Christmas – An online presentation including footage from different members of our church.


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During the holidays, the following programs will not be meeting:

  • Kids Online: December 25-January 1
  • Youth Group: December 18-January 1
  • Bible Study: December 23-31


Wednesday, December 2, 7:00pm: Holidays and Hope – An online service for those missing someone at Christmas with. We’re pleased to feature the wise words of Dr. Bill Webster (grief counsellor and author), Pastor Jim Sanderson (religious guide) and the beautiful voice of Mary Bella as we welcome the Christmas season. RSVP at ridleyfuneralhome.com.

Songs and Sounds of Christmas (Advent 2020)

When the Gospel writer Luke tells the story of Christmas, he adds some music. Included are four songs. Christmas has become a season of carols and lights. We will listen to these five songs, add some light and respond to the life giving sounds of Christ and his birth.

(All service times are Sundays at 10:30 am unless otherwise noted.)

January 3, 2021: Epiphany – Take a Journey (Matthew 2:1-12) We follow the Magi on an amazing journey of exploration and discovery. They sought diligently for what they deemed to be most important. Maybe joining some wise men and women on a journey of discovery in a good idea for 2021.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4rwrg3x56w


December 27: Off to Egypt (Matthew 2:13-18) After the first Christmas Mary and Joseph had to take baby Jesus and flee for their lives. Not everything about the Christmas story is joyful. Jesus and his family knew well the hardships, injustice and brokenness of the world. Jesus would fully enter into the brokenness but come through victorious. He is our hope.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3lTxbsUeyg


December 20: Love – Simeon’s Ancient Song Made New (Luke 2:29-32) God had promised Simeon, a devout and righteous man that he would live to see the Christ. He would come face to face with the Saviour and burst into song. He could go in peace. Can we come face to face with Jesus as we celebrate the salvation he brings? His look is one of love.

https://youtu.be/rqugtlEexS8


December 13: Joy – Angel’s Sing and Shout (Luke 2:1-20) The song of the Angels is an overflow of joy in heaven. The Angels sing in the midst of frightened shepherds. Their routine was dramatically interrupted by glorious good news that would change their lives forever. It is a message that has been changing lives ever since. Today we sing this song of glory and grace as together we worship the Christ. Such joy!

https://youtu.be/fGcEeaxKUNw


December 6: Peace – Mary’s Song (Luke 1: 26-56) Mary would be a Christ carrier. She was to be the mother of Jesus. This of course calls for a song, and Mary delivers. We too can be Christ carriers, but in a different way. What is our song to the world? Perhaps a song of peace.

https://youtu.be/-oHggGJ-DLU


November 29: Hope – Zechariah’s Silence and Song (Luke 1:57-80) Zechariah was the father of John the Baptist. John would prepare the way for the coming of Jesus. Before Zechariah would sing his song, he was in an imposed silence. Perhaps that silence was a space in which to reflect on the significance of the coming Saviour of the world. Out of this comes a glorious hope.

https://youtu.be/aXNMSRrdMCM


Advent 2018: Mary’s View of Christmas

Advent 2018: Mary’s View of Christmas

We are going to come to the Christmas passages from a different vantage point to get some new perspectives on this history changing event. We are going to take Mary’s view of the story. As a very central character in this story she brings some very human and personal insight. Mary was contemplative yet bold as she entered the new reality God was creating for her and for us.


December 2 –  Hope – Highly Favoured? (Luke 1:26-38, Matthew 1:18-25) Mary has a surprise close encounter of the Heavenly kind. She is the recipient of life altering news. How do you respond to the call of God on your life? Saying yes to God can be the beginning of a glorious adventure.


December 9 – Peace – Kindred Spirits (Luke 1: 46-55) We are going to come to the Christmas passages from a different vantage point to get some new perspectives on this history-changing event. We are going to take Mary’s view of the story. Mary has to come to grips with her unique calling. Who better to go to for affirmation, understanding and encouragement than someone who shares your experience?  Mary visits Elizabeth to share together in their mutual experiences of a divine pregnancy. They learn and share some valuable lessons in grace together. Who has God given to you as the voice of encouragement?


December 16 – Joy – Cantata – The Glory of Christmas – Celebrating Christ’s Birth – Anguish gives way to joy as the ancient promises find fulfillment. Enter into the hope, wonder, mystery and majesty of the coming of Christ. A celebration in word and song.


December 23 – Love – Mary and Matters of the Heart (Luke 2: 1-20) In the midst of the extraordinary events of Jesus birth, one wonders what went on in Mary’s heart and mind. It would be in pondering the experiences that she would see the gracious hand of God at work. Take some time to reflect on the story of Christ’s birth and to your place in the story.

(no recording)


December 24 (6:30 pm) – Christmas Eve Family Candlelight Service – Christ – Mary’s View of Christmas (selected Scriptures) This is a community engaging and family friendly service followed by light refreshments. A change in one’s vantage point can shed new light on the familiar. We look at Christmas through the eyes and experience of Mary. From what vantage point do you view this most incredible story? 


December 30 – Voices of Old (Luke 2:21-40) Going to the Temple to do what the law requires Mary and Joseph encounter some elderly prophets with much to say about their baby, Jesus. There is good news and bad news. They had to be prepared for both in faithfulness to their call.


January 6 – Epiphany – Christmas Gifts (Matthew 2:1-12) People sometimes spend an extraordinary amount of time and money to find the perfect gift. The Magi, the first Christmas gift givers, are a wonderful example for the world. Mary not only receives gifts but also has quite a special one to share.

Youth Group: Sept-Dec 2018

Sept 7: Opening Day Party – Dessert (make your own sundaes) and Dialogue

Sept 14: Waterfront Walk and story of Jesus on the beach.

Sept 21: “Life, Is this it?”

Sept 28: Games night. Bring your favourite board game; refreshments and music will be available. Plus a short devo on “All for One” (Luke 15:1-7).

Oct 5: (no youth group)

Oct 12: “Jesus, Who is he?”

Oct 19: Laser Quest

Oct 26: “The Cross – Why did Jesus die?”

Nov 2: Games night

Nov 9: Worship and Faith

Nov 16: Volunteering at Stonegate Ministries

Nov 23: “Prayer, why and how?”

Nov 30: Christmas and why?

Dec 7: Christmas and serving (location TBA)

Dec 14: Christmas and celebrating

Christmas Cantata 2017

Check out the Christmas cantata performed by the choir on December 17, 2017.

Advent 2017: Immanuel – God with us

At Christmas God came to us in a most unexpected yet wonderful way.  He came accessible as a human – arriving as a baby and growing up with us. He would be called Immanuel – God with us.  How do we experience “Immanuel” in our lives now? Over the Advent and Christmas season we are going answer this question as we explore and celebrate the presence of God among us.


December 3rd: “Hope – A Promise Realized: (Luke 1:67-80) In Zechariah’s song we are brought from darkness to light. He announces the coming to fruition of the many promises of old about a coming king and kingdom. His own son, John would be the one to prepare the way for the coming Christ. Our Hope is rooted in God being with us.


December 10: “Peace – Coming to Peaces” (Luke 2:14 & Luke 2:29-32) The Angel song announces peace upon those living in the favour of God. Simeon held the baby Jesus and now knew the peace he sought. Come enter and experience the peace of Christ and learn how to live in his grace. Learn of the very real hope of peace on earth.


December 17: “Joy – Cantata – Night of the Father’s Love – The Awe and Mystery of God with Us”  A presentation in song and word of the story of Christ’s birth. This service is a joyous celebration.


December 24: “Love – God’s Embrace” (Luke 1:46-55 & John 3:16-17) The coming of Christ is the embrace of God’s love on the world and his embrace of love for you. Mary’s song is a glorious celebration of God keeping his promise to bless the world. John 3:16 reminds us of the depth and breadth of God’s love.


December 24, 6:30pm “Christmas Eve Family Candlelight Service – Christ – Here Now” (Luke 2:1-20) Our service takes us back to the hidden and humble animal shelter where Jesus was born to experience his coming to us. Why did God come among us in this way? We will also try to be attentive to his presence now. Are you aware of the evidence of Jesus among us? The first Christmas helps us with today’s Christmas.


December 31: “The End and the Beginning” The end and the beginning can be at the same time and place. At midnight, 2017 ends and 2018 begins. What will you leave behind and what will you keep as you move into a new year. Having seen the hand of God at work let us go forward with a courageous faith and attentiveness to where and what God might be leading us to.


January 7: “Epiphany – The Star” (Matthew 2:1-12) In this famous but peculiar story some foreign star gazers are strangely and miraculously directed to the one born King of the Jews. These Magi came to Jesus in a most unexpected and surprising way. We are reminded that God is a seeking God and that his ways are not our ways. Maybe we can expect to be surprised.


January 14:

Children’s Church: December 2016

This month’s teachers are Jan O’Hearn and Andrew O’Brien.

December 4: Zechariah and Elizabeth (Luke 1:69) God Talk handout

December 11: Mary, Mother of Jesus (Philippians 2:3b-8) God Talk handout

December 18: Joseph and the Trip to Bethlehem (Isaiah 58:11a) God Talk handout

December 25: Shepherds Point to Jesus (Philippains 2:6-7) God Talk handout

Advent 2016

The Christ of Christmas:  Sometimes Christmas is shortened to Xmas. For some the X, as the first letter in the Greek of Jesus name is just a short form. For many though, the X, as in algebra represents the unknown. Over these weeks we will get acquainted with the Christ of Christmas.

November 27: Advent 1 – Hope:  Anticipation (selected texts) Welcome to the first Sunday in Advent. In Advent we prepare to receive the Christ who comes to us. The Christmas story did not come out of nowhere. It is the realization of centuries of waiting, hoping and longing. God had made promises to his people that had not yet been fulfilled. Jesus comes as the awaited pinnacle of the great story of God and our world. Jesus is our hope. 
Devotional Thought:  Is there much anticipation in your Christmas preparations?  Could what you long for be found in Christ?
(No audio recording available.)

December 4: Advent 2 – Peace:  Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:1-7) There is a verse in the ancient Hebrew Scriptures telling of the birth of a son to be called, the Prince of Peace. Jesus came as the giver of peace. In a world with still so much hatred, violence and terrorism; and a world where many suffer from stress and anxiety, we need the peace that Jesus gives. 
Devotional Thought: If there are turbulence of stress in your life invite the Prince of Peace to come and calm the troubled waters.

December 11: Advent 3 – Joy: Rejoice! (Luke 2:10) One of the great benefits and evidences of Christ is Joy. It was announced that his birth was good news of great joy. We sing, “Joy to the World.” What are the roots of this happiness? Together we will seek and enter into the joy of Christ. 
Devotional Thought: In John 15:9-11, Jesus draws a relationship between his love for us and the joy that he gives. Take a look at these verses and reflect on the completeness of your joy.
(No recording available.)

December 18: Advent 4 – Love: Cantata – Sing with the Angels! Our choir will present the Christmas story in song and word. Angels are referenced throughout the scriptures and play a major role in the story of Christ’s birth, from Gabriel’s first appearance to Zacharias, to the glorious scene of angels filling the heavens singing “Gloria in excelsis Deo”. Come join the angel song.
Devotional Thought: What is the song in your heart this Christmas? What would you like it to be?

December 24 (6:30 pm): Advent 5 – Jesus:  Christmas Eve Candlelight ServiceX-Factor (John 1:14 & 18) Sometimes Christmas is shortened to Xmas. For some the X, as the first letter in the Greek of Jesus name is just a short form. For many though, the X, as in algebra represents the unknown. This night we will get acquainted with the Christ of Christmas. Join us for this wonderful family and community service. Service is followed by Apple Cider and light refreshments. 
Devotional Thought:  What is the most important thing you know about Jesus?

December 25: Advent 5 – Jesus: Come Again (Revelation 22) The celebration of Christmas is more than just looking back at a great event of history. Christ is at work today to give us a foretaste of the future he will bring when he returns. When he comes again he will make all things right; uniting heaven and earth. “Amen. Come Lord Jesus.” This will be a service for the whole family.
Devotional Thought:  Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”

Youth Sunday School: 2015-2016 Schedule

September 13: meet ‘n greet

September 20: How to Read the Bible (part 1)

September 27: How to Read the Bible (part 2)

October 4: TBA

October 11: (no class)

October 18: TBA

October 25: random topic (TBA)

November 1:

November 8:

November 15:

November 22:

November 29:

December 6: Christmas (part 1)

December 13: Christmas (part 2)

(no class December 20 to January 3 inclusive)

Season of Advent: preparing for the coming of Jesus

November 30th “Advent 1 – Hope: John’s Birth Announcement” (Luke 1:1-25) Today is the first Sunday in Advent. Advent means, coming, and gives us a time to prepare and reflect on the coming of Jesus. Do you remember that before the miraculous birth of Christ there was a related but different miraculous birth? The announcement and circumstances of John’s birth make for a dramatic story. We enter into the mystery together.

December 7th “Advent 2 – Peace: John’s Birth” (Luke 1:57 – 86) John is born to be a prophet after a long period of silence. It had been hundreds of years since the last prophet and now the voice of one promised of old. John’s father too would speak after 9 months of not being able to. What comes to us out of long waiting and reflection is worth paying attention to. The news is gloriously good.

December 14th “Advent 3 – Joy” Christmas Cantata by our Choir – Were You There on That Christmas Night? And message – “Jesus Birth” Announcement (Luke 1:26 – 56) It must have been terrifying and wonderful at the same time. An angel, Gabriel appears to a young woman to tell her that she is going to give birth to the Son of God – the Messiah. It is a moment of wonder and the miraculous. Young Mary gives us a song in response. Come share in the wonder of it all.

December 21st “Advent 4 – Love : Jesus’ Birth” (Luke 2:1-7) An event so significant and yet so simple. Given to us with few words and a minimum of detail and in only one account this story has been told again and again for hundreds of years. A story that received minimal attention at the time is now a global celebration. Jesus is born.

December 24th (6:30pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service) “Advent 5 –  Jesus’ Birthday Party” (Luke 2:8 – 20) After Jesus birth the invitations were carefully prepared and sent. The turning point of history and only a select few are in on the time and place. Tonight – you are among them. Join some shepherds and Eastern Mystics for Jesus’ birthday party. Join us for this wonderful family and community service. Service is followed by Apple Cider and light refreshments

December 28th “Jesus childhood” (Luke 2:21 – 52) It is really only Luke who gives us a small window into Jesus’ childhood. We have his presentation at the Temple when he was eight days old and his appearance again at the Temple when he was 12 years old. The rest of his childhood is summed up in a sentence or two. But though the window that Luke gives us there is much and more to see. Guest speaker Pastor Pamela Fitkin.