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Favourite Childhood Memories

ELEANOR G. shares what she aptly titled “A Right Reverent Memory” In the late 1950’s and throughout the 1960’s – until the camp was sold – I was privileged to direct the Girls’ Camps (and one co-ed camp) at Camp Pontiac, the Youth Camp for the Diocese of Ottawa located on the Ottawa River near […]

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An Encouraging Note on Encouragement

Dave Dawson, St. Martin’s Choir Director, Organist and all-round reliable motivator sounds Colourful tulips and radiant spring blooms have offered us some  welcomed  and much-needed encouragement and hope for some growing weather  after a too-long winter and surprisingly bitter cold spell in mid-May. In the Spiritual Moment of a recent meeting of the Men’s Fellowship , […]

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Situating Pastoral Care

Tony and Rita Myres recently accepted to serve as joint co-ordinators for the Pastoral Care Team at St. Martins. Their first order of business was to set out what this role entails. They situated it in the following terms. The primary role of the coordinators is to act as a link between the Rector, the […]

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Update on Gift Campaign Progress

As Co-ordinator for St. Martin’s Campaign, Margaret Bloodworth keys in on the importance of maintaining the momentum achieved over the course of the Campaign. A little over a year ago St Martin’s completed a successful stewardship campaign under the Diocesan led Growing in Faith Together (GIFT) initiative. From the launch in September 2011 to its […]

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Addressing needs at home and abroad

For fun-filled dedication that meets some far-flung needs there is nothing quite like the activity of St Martin’s Nearly New Shop – especially as reported by its inimitable co-ordinator Pat Bethel The Nearly New Shop boasts a bevy of cheerful volunteers and some who would be, their lumbago obliging. All have unstinting tolerance for the […]

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The Messenger Youth

The Glory of Gift to Church School

The ranks of St. Martin’s Church School have experienced a definite growth spurt over the past number of seasons. Not surprisingly, during the Church School year, many members of the congregation offer the gift of their time and talent to the children of the Church School. They serve faithfully by reading Bible stories, teaching Bible […]

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The Work of Angels

It is no exaggeration to suggest that the work of the Altar Guild is the work of angels. You never necessarily see the angels, but you always see the dedicated results of their Ministry that ensures the Altar is dutifully and lovingly prepared with the symbolic accoutrements befitting each worship season and the sanctuary arranged […]

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Vroom Vrooming!

As Father Richard recounts, two weeks crammed in a VW Beetle, sharing a tiny tent trailer at campgrounds all across the continent is definitely the stuff of vivid memories and so much more. It was the summer of 1959. Me, my Mom, Dad and two sisters were nearing the end of three wonderfully exciting years […]

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Update on St.Martin’s Property Redevelopment

Glenn Bloodworth chairs the group spearheading this important initiative whose members include Reverend Vroom, Ian Marsh, David Jeans, David Dawson, Anthony West, Bob Ellis and Fiona Hills. Subsequent to the status report tabled at Vestry 2013 in February, Glenn reports that this spring the commercial broker orally received two expressions of interest (EOI). In late […]

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Messy Church Continues To Rock!

St Martin’s Lay Reader, Rebecca Veale co-ordinates this program and filed an enthusiastic report on the latest installment of St. Martin’s Messy Church program held on Tuesday, May 14th. Sixty-four people took part in this special celebration of Pentecost including a fleet of 10 volunteers, some 20 children and assorted Moms, Dads and grandparents. Father […]