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Announcements 14-Jan-2018

Next Sunday January 21st, a town-hall meeting will be held after worship in the Guild Hall at 12:15pm. Our interim moderator the Rev. Robert Royal will be present. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an update regarding the election of elders that took place last month and to have a discussion on the present situation of the church. A light lunch will be provided.

We need help to make turkey pies on Friday January 19th and Saturday January 20th from 9:00am – 11:30pm. Please contact Helen if you can lend a hand.

A brief meeting will take place this Sunday January 14th from 11:45am – 12:00pm in the chapel for all those who are interested in serving on the new and improved maintenance team.

Thank you to all who continue to serve God and neighbour by volunteering at Martha’s Table on Thursdays. Martha’s is in its 13th year and offers soups, sandwiches, refreshments and Christian hospitality to people who are in need of a meal or companionship. (Please see the picture below with our very own Bea)

 The aurora community café reopened last Wednesday and now offers lunch in addition to freshly baked goods and coffee/tea. The café is a partnership involving local churches and non-profit groups providing job-training to adults with disabilities and creating a space to bring people together in a supportive environment. (Please see the picture below with member of parliament Leona Alleslev who visited last Wednesday).

Martha’s Table
Aurora Community Cafe

Announcements 8-Jan-2018

A warm welcome to all who come to worship this Sunday. Please join us after worship for refreshments and conversation.

Today we celebrate the Lord’s Supper and Epiphany. Epiphany (which is on January 6) marks the end of the season of Christmas which falls exactly 12 days after Christmas day. Its observance points to the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles represented by the Magi.

At the front of our sanctuary stands a mural of the nativity by Mary Cromarty. Today is the last Sunday this mural will be displayed. We will not be using the screen and instead be referring to the bulletin and the blue Book of Praise. The A/V system and screen will be back in use next Sunday January 14th.

The ballots for new elders have been received. The session has reviewed the ballots and an update will be forthcoming.

The session will meet for a retreat on Saturday January 13th from 9:30am – 2:30pm at L’Arche Daybreak in Richmond Hill.

Thank you to all who continue to serve God and neighbour by volunteering at Martha’s Table on Thursdays. Martha’s is in its 12th year and offers soups, sandwiches, refreshments and Christian hospitality to people who are in need of a meal or companionship.

The church building is an incredible asset that allows the church not only to worship on Sundays but to live out its purpose seven-days a week. The people who use our facilities include AA groups (3 in total), CHATS (teaching English as a second language to new immigrants), feeding programs like Martha’s Table and aurora community café, Scottish dancers, Cubs and Guides. The church has been able to develop growing relationships with some of the people who use our space. This space is a gift passed down from previous generations, but it, like any facility or home, requires care and continuous upkeep. For the past year, we are indebted to a few people who work quietly in the background to ensure that the heat is on in the winter and that the plumbing is working. However, to maintain a well-used facility like ours requires more than one or two people, it requires a team of volunteers. If you are interested in learning more about possibly getting involved with the maintenance of the church property or have any ideas about how we can be faithful stewards of our property, please speak to one of the elders or to Paul.

The aurora community café will reopen this Wednesday January 10th. The café is a partnership involving local churches and non-profit groups providing job-training to adults with disabilities and creating a space to bring people together in a supportive environment.

Welcoming Arms is in need of donations.

  • Disposable razors (mens and womens)
  • Small containers of shaving cream
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Large containers of Laundry
  • Small containers of dish detergent
  • Paper towels & toilet paper
  • But please no hand soap.

The St. Andrew’s Prayer Chain offers daily prayers for those in need of God’s help. If you would like to request our prayers for yourself or for a loved one, please call Cheryl Daddis, 905-841- 3674 or email cheryl@pathcom.com. Your prayer requests are a sacred trust and will be kept entirely confidential.

Announcements 17-Dec-2017

A warm welcome to all who come to worship this Sunday. Please join us after worship for refreshments and conversation.

The ballots for new elders were received last Sunday. We are thankful that thirty-eight members participated in this process by submitting a ballot. The session will be reviewing the ballots and be providing an update to the congregation in the coming weeks.

The Able Network – a local program that provides inclusive work and recreation opportunities for young adults with Intellectual Disabilities, will be hosting a bake sale on Wednesday December 20th from 1-4pm at the Trinity Anglican Rectory (the house located behind Trinity church) to raise funds for Martha’s Table.

This year’s Christmas Eve service will take place at 7:00pm. All donations will be directed toward Welcoming Arms.

The aurora community café will be closed on Wednesdays December 20, 27, and January 3 and re-opening January 10th. The café is a partnership involving local churches and non-profit groups providing job-training to adults with disabilities and creating a space to bring people together in a supportive environment.

Martha’s Table will be open on Thursday December 21 but closed on December 28th. It will reopen on Thursday January 4th.

The church building is an incredible asset that allows the church not only to worship on Sundays but to live out its purpose seven-days a week. The people who use our facilities include AA groups (3 in total), CHATS (teaching English as a second language to new immigrants), feeding programs like Martha’s Table and aurora community café, Scottish dancers, Cubs and Guides. The church has been able to develop growing relationships with some of the people who use our space. This space is a gift passed down from previous generations, but it, like any facility or home, requires care and continuous upkeep. For the past year, we are indebted to a few people who work quietly in the background to ensure that the heat is on in the winter and that the plumbing is working. However, to maintain a well-used facility like ours requires more than one or two people, it requires a team of volunteers. If you are interested in learning more about possibly getting involved with the maintenance of the church property or have any ideas about how we can be faithful stewards of our property, please speak to one of the elders or to Paul.

Welcoming Arms is in need of donations.

  • Disposable razors (mens and womens)
  • Small containers of shaving cream
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Large containers of Laundry
  • Small containers of dish detergent
  • Paper towels & toilet paper
  • But please no hand soap.

Paul will be away on study leave from December 26 – January 2nd. The Rev. Jim Newman will be offering worship leadership on Sunday December 31st.

The St. Andrew’s Prayer Chain offers daily prayers for those in need of God’s help. If you would like to request our prayers for yourself or for a loved one, please call Cheryl Daddis, 905-841- 3674 or email cheryl@pathcom.com. Your prayer requests are a sacred trust and will be kept entirely confidential.

Announcements 10-Dec-2017

A warm welcome to all who come to worship this Sunday. Please join us after worship for refreshments and conversation.

Nominations for new elders were distributed. Please pray for wisdom and vote as the church seeks new spiritual leaders to inspire and lead the church as it prepares itself for a new future. Nominations close today – Sunday December 10th.

The church building is an incredible asset that allows the church not only to worship on Sundays but to live out its purpose seven-days a week. The people who use our facilities include AA groups (3 in total), CHATS (teaching English as a second language to new immigrants), feeding programs like Martha’s Table and aurora community café, Scottish dancers, Cubs and Guides. The church has been able to develop growing relationships with some of the people who use our space. This space is a gift passed down from previous generations, but it, like any facility or home, requires care and continuous upkeep. For the past year, we are indebted to a few people who work quietly in the background to ensure that the heat is on in the winter and that the plumbing is working. However, to maintain a well-used facility like ours requires more than one or two people, it requires a team of volunteers. If you are interested in learning more about possibly getting involved with the maintenance of the church property or have any ideas about how we can be faithful stewards of our property, please attend a meeting this Thursday December 14th from 1:45pm – 2:30pm.

The aurora community café will be hosting a CHRISTMAS BAKE SALE this Wednesday December 13th. Freshly baked goods make an excellent Christmas gift for friends and family. The aurora community café is a partnership involving local churches and agencies providing job-training to adults with disabilities and creating a space to bring people together. Please note that the café will be closed on Wednesdays December 20, 27, and January 3 and re-opening January 10th.

This year’s Christmas Eve service will take place at 7:00pm. All donations will be directed toward Welcoming Arms.

Welcoming Arms is in need of donations.

  • Disposable razors (mens and womens)
  • Small containers of shaving cream
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Large containers of Laundry
  • Small containers of dish detergent
  • Paper towels & toilet paper
  • But please no soap

The St. Andrew’s Prayer Chain offers daily prayers for those in need of God’s help. If you would like to request our prayers for yourself or for a loved one, please call Cheryl Daddis, 905-841- 3674 or email cheryl@pathcom.com. Your prayer requests are a sacred trust and will be kept entirely confidential.

Announcements 3-Dec-2017

A warm welcome to all who come to worship this Sunday. Please join us after worship for refreshments and conversation.

Today, we celebrate together as the church will receive Don Hutchinson, Christine Tian, and Kevin Johnston as members.

Nominations for new elders were distributed. Please pray for wisdom and vote as the church seeks new spiritual leaders to inspire and lead the church as it prepares itself for a new future. Nominations close on Sunday December 10th. Please note that Ana Osborne was mistakenly left off the list of members who are eligible to be nominated as elders. A revised list of members will be distributed today including Ana’s name. Our apologies to Ana for this omission and to the congregation for this inconvenience.

The aurora community café will be hosting a CHRISTMAS BAKE SALE on Wednesdays December 6 and 13th. Freshly baked goods make an excellent Christmas gift for friends and family. The aurora community café is a partnership involving local churches and agencies providing job-training to adults with disabilities and creating a space to bring people together. Please note that the café will be closed on Wednesdays December 20, 27, and January 3 and re-opening January 10th.

This year’s Christmas Eve service will take place at 7:00pm. All donations will be directed toward Welcoming Arms.

Welcoming Arms is in need of donations.

  • Disposable razors (mens and womens)
  • Small containers of shaving cream;
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Large containers of Laundry;
  • small containers of dish detergent
  • Paper towels & toilet paper
  • But please no soap

The St. Andrew’s Prayer Chain offers daily prayers for those in need of God’s help. If you would like to request our prayers for yourself or for a loved one, please call Cheryl Daddis, 905-841- 3674 or email cheryl@pathcom.com. Your prayer requests are a sacred trust and will be kept entirely confidential.

Our Reason Why

St. Andrew’s Aurora Transition Team

Sunday November 19 2017


Our Reason Why

This is why we as a community of believers in Jesus Christ exist in this place and time. It is our purpose, cause, or belief. It is not How we live out that purpose.


The primary need we have identified is the basic human need to be in relationship with one another, to feel cared for, and to belong.

Our society is often impersonal and full of people longing for a connection. People, who, regardless of their socio-economic status, feel increasingly isolated and alone.

Therefore, the reason why people come to St. Andrew’s Aurora is:

  • to be in relationship (with God and with one another),
  • to feel cared for and connected,
  • to belong,
  • to participate with others to serve a larger purpose.

How We Do Our Reason Why

This is how we go about accomplishing our reason why. It is how we go about being in relationship, feeling cared for and connected, feeling like we belong, and participating with others to serve a larger purpose.


We are in relationship with God (vertical relationship) by participating regularly in:

  • Sunday worship expecting to encounter Christ.
  • spiritual disciplines like prayer and Bible studies, whether personal or in small groups.

We are in relationship with others (horizontal relationships) when:

  • confession is freely offered and forgiveness is freely granted.
  • small groups of people meet often and regularly to study the Bible and where a diversity of opinions and views are respected and valued.
  • people work together for a common purpose.

We feel cared for and connected when:

  • we receive pastoral care in the form of a call, card, visit, by clergy, elders, and / or members.
  • we take time to pray for each other.
  • we are held accountable for our words/actions and encouraged to do better.

We feel like we belong when:

  • We know each other’s names and we sit with different people at coffee hour.
  • behavioural covenants that serve to guide the church in the way people want to be with one another are established and upheld by each member, each elder, each staff person, and each minister.
  • our gifts and talents are valued and received with gratitude.

We participate with others to serve a larger purpose when:

  • in everything we do, we do it for the right reasons, i.e., not because we’ve always done it and not to keep ourselves busy, but to serve our “why” (the church’s purpose).
  • we set aside our personal agendas.
  • our gifts and talents are unleashed to support and fulfill our “why” (the church’s purpose).

What We Create When We Live True to Our Why

This is the outcome(s) of how we accomplish our why. We can think of this as a type of ministry or program


When we live true to our why, i.e., when we will feel like we are in relationship (with God and with each other), we are cared for and connected, we belong, we are participating to serve a larger purpose, this is what can happen.

  • People reflect God’s love and look more like Jesus
  • Church filled with joyful people who are inspired to share their gifts
  • People feel more grateful and hopeful
  • People experience the risen Christ in the church because they feel safe and do not feel they have to tip-toe leading to transformation.
  • New leaders are inspired to lead and people are inspired to follow
  • Forming of new relationships and deepening of existing relationships
  • Clear and renewed sense of purpose and mission
  • Renewed sense of responsibility of the church to ensure that our children and youth are nurtured in faith and loved by each member. 
  • More people want to belong; families join and baptisms occur
  • The body of the church is healthier and more resilient as each person is more accountable (or held to account by others) for their words and actions.
  • People express their views or concerns directly with an elder or minister resulting in less gossip, less muttering, less negativity. 
  • Martha’s table and aurora community cafe flourish.
  • Partnering with another congregation that shares our values and purpose, e.g.,  ecumenical shared ministry, amalgamation, etc.
  • Satellite food bank, clothing drive, homework club, in from the cold.

Announcements 26-Nov-2017

A warm welcome to all who come to worship this Sunday. Please join us after worship for refreshments and conversation.

This Sunday, we welcome the Rev. Don Muir who will be leading worship. Don graduated from Knox College in 1980 and began a ministry that would lead him to the pastoral charges of Burks Falls, Sundridge and Magnetawan (1980-1983), New Liskeard (1983-1994) and Stouffville (1994-2003). In 2003, Don was appointed Deputy Clerk of the General Assembly. In that office, he primarily helps individuals, congregations and the courts of the church understand and apply principles of church governance. Don resides in Toronto with his wife, Irene, and is the doting father of three daughters. In his spare time he loves to read historical fiction and take walks or bicycle trips along the cities many trails.

Next Sunday, please join us as the church will receive Don Hutchinson, Christine Tian, and Kevin Johnston as members.

Last Sunday, nominations for new elders were distributed. Please pray for wisdom and vote as the church seeks new spiritual leaders to inspire and lead the church as it prepares itself for a new future. Nominations close on Sunday December 10th. Please note that Ana Osborne was mistakenly left off the list of members who are eligible to be nominated as elders. A revised list of members will be distributed today including Ana’s name. Our apologies to Ana for this omission and to the congregation for this inconvenience.

The aurora community café – coffee with a conscience, continued last Wednesday. Each week, different local churches take turns to provide volunteers to serve as hosts for the café. Hosts welcome guests and get to interact with the partners of the café. Welcoming Arms provided hosts last week and Our Lady of Grace will host this Wednesday. This café will operate every Wednesday from 10am – 2pm, offering employment and job-training to adults with disabilities while seeking to break down barriers that keep people isolated or separate and bring people together. Please note that a meeting will be held this Wednesday at 2pm for all café volunteers.

Welcoming Arms is in need of donations.
Disposable razors (mens and womens)
Small containers of shaving cream; Shampoo & Conditioner
Large containers of Laundry; small containers of dish detergent
Paper towels & toilet paper; Please no soap

The St. Andrew’s Prayer Chain offers daily prayers for those in need of God’s help. If you would like to request our prayers for yourself or for a loved one, please call Cheryl Daddis, 905-841- 3674 or email cheryl@pathcom.com. Your prayer requests are a sacred trust and will be kept entirely confidential.

Announcements 19-Nov-2017

A warm welcome to all who come to worship this Sunday. Please join us after worship for refreshments and conversation.

Today we are delighted to welcome 8 people who will profess their faith and become members of the church. They include: Carolyn and Don Johnston, Ed Webster, Janis McLean, Steve Knowles, Kevin Johnston, Don Hutchinson* and Christine Tian*.
*Don and Christine will be welcomed on Sunday December 3rd.

Today’s worship service will also include a final update by the Transition Team. Thank you to Robert H., Adele, Steve, Ana, Anne, & Kevin for your faithfulness and dedication.

Today nominations for new elders will be distributed. Please pray for wisdom as the church seeks new spiritual leaders to inspire and lead the church as it prepares itself for a new future.

A special thank you to Alex and Patti for their presentation last Remembrance Sunday chronicling their visit to Vimy Ridge.

Thank you to all those who were involved with the Treats and Treasures Bazaar. Approximately $1,700 was raised for the church.

The aurora community café – coffee with a conscience, continued last Wednesday. Each week, different local churches take turns to provide volunteers to serve as hosts for the café. Hosts welcome people and get to interact with the partners of the café. Aurora United Church provided hosts last week. Welcoming Arms will provide hosts this week and Our Lady of Grace will host the last Wednesday of the month. This café will operate every Wednesday from 10am – 2pm, offering employment and job-training to adults with disabilities while seeking to break down barriers that keep people isolated or separate and bring people together.

The series “Let’s Talk About Faith” will conclude today as we meet at 12:15pm to discuss the theme “God’s Glory Alone.”

The final session of The Story morning Bible study series was held last Thursday. This group met on 31 occasions. A special thank you to Marion and Bill for their leadership and to all who participated.

The St. Andrew’s Prayer Chain offers daily prayers for those in need of God’s help. If you would like to request our prayers for yourself or for a loved one, please call Cheryl Daddis, 905-841- 3674 or email cheryl@pathcom.com. Your prayer requests are a sacred trust and will be kept entirely confidential.

Paul will be away next Sunday as session has granted him time off in lieu of the extra time he has been offering to the church. The Rev. Don Muir will lead worship next Sunday.

Congratulations to Jim Chapman on the Canada 150 Citizenship Award

Jim Chapman received a Canada 150 Citizenship Award last Monday at the Aurora Cultural Centre. Mr. Chapman has dedicated over 40 years of his life to volunteering his time and abilities to many organizations that make our community great.

Among many of his volunteering activities, some highlights include volunteering with clerical support at the Canadian Mental Health Association in York Region, Epilepsy York Region, and Canadian Red Cross, his committee work at the North York YMCA, delivering meals to seniors for meals on Wheels at the Don Mills Seniors Foundation and helping out in the Don Valley Jr. High School’s library for 10 years. He is also a regular volunteer in MP Alleslev’s office and helps us put together special Certificates to congratulate those in the riding who have just received their Canadian Citizenship. Throughout his many volunteer experiences, Jim has received several awards from some of these organizations for his commitment to outstanding volunteer service. Jim is always demonstrating his willingness to help others, and has exemplified outstanding dedication to help our local organizations continue to help others.