Sunday, October 8
Every month a group of volunteers gather to create a free meal for the community.
The Santa's Workshop on Dec 2 will be open again this year.
We need donations for male and females of all ages (about 350 total) of NEW (purchased, re-gifted, or handmade):
Note: This is NOT affiliated with White Gift Sunday which is the unwrapped gift donations that will be located in the main sanctuary.
The Spiritual Pod is excited to host three worship experiences this fall to help us all experience different forms of prayer. They will be 30 minute services, held the third Sundays of each month at 9 AM in the Chapel. Each service we will learn about a way of engaging in prayer and then experience it together.
Artful Responses is a yearlong series of one time, art-based workshops dedicated to community building within our current political climate. We will explore pottery, paint, voice work, and more. Artful Responses will allow people to reflect on current injustices within our society. In these trying times, nourishing our soul is important to continue to be engaged in the world and news feeds. Artful Responses will take place from 7-9 PM, guest artists to be announced.
2017 Oct 20, Friday 7:00 pm
The popular dis/harmonies will continue! Participants are encouraged to come explore and express their natural voices in a variety of ways! Sessions include breath work, learning to listen and project the voice.
Speak our Words Workshop
2017 Nov 17, Friday 7:00 pm
Explore poetry in a variety of forms! Guest poet co-facilitator to be announced.
Don’t Shop Til You’ll drop - Dance
2017 Dec 15, Friday 7:00 pm, Memorial Hall
December is filled with busy times often buying gifts for family and friends. “Don’t Shop Til You’ll Drop” is a guided experience to get you into your body, dancing, moving and warming up! Guaranteed to be fun and free (in all senses of the word).
Full details and registration will be posted soon on the Spirited Arts Movement web page.
It's Italian Night!
Bring your friends and family to Robertson-Wesley for great food and great company. The monies raised from this dinner are used within the community.
Tickets may be purchased from the office, after church in Memorial Hall or at the door.
Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation
Sunday, October 29
The 10:30 am service on October 29 will feature Bach’s Easter Cantata, BWV 4 “Christ Lag in Todesbanden”, with chamber orchestra (Strathcona String Quartet and friends) using period instruments, soloists from the choir, and a guest soloist from Calgary. We will also sing some wonderful hymns from the Reformed tradition, and hear from theologians who spoke and are still speaking about reformation.
Covenanting Service with Rev. Leigh Sinclair
Sunday, Sunday: Nov 5 at 7pm
Sunday, November 12, 7 pm - 8:30 pm
Future dates can be found at on our website: Contemplative Practices.
Creative Self Care Workshop
Saturday, November 18, 10 am – 2:30 pm
Register online from the Spirited Arts Movement web page.
Saturday, November 18
Spirited Art Studio
Facilitated by Laura David Foster
The studio is a place for people to explore art and connect with each other in an informal creative environment. Each time we have various arts media and processes to explore. People are welcome to drop in any time and try out these different art-making processes. Some people like to work on their own ongoing projects, and this is encouraged as well. The studio's purpose is to bring people together, to enjoy art, and be in community. We are all creative and the studio community nurtures creativity, authenticity, and friendship… and it’s just a fun place to hang out!
Please join us on Monday nights, (except holidays) Tuesday afternoons and after the Robertson-Wesley Community dinners. For more information, please contact Laura at email@example.com
Scripture Reflection Tuesdays
Every Tuesday at 12:10 pm, Club Room
Join us in the Club Room over lunch on Tuesdays to reflect on the scripture passages for the upcoming Sunday. This is an informal gathering of people. We will read the scripture passage out loud, then we will take some time to write, or sit and reflect on the words of the scripture. After about 10-15 minutes in silence we will have a conversation about what the scriptures were stirring in you on that day.
Full details and previous reflections can be found on the Scripture Reflection page on our website.
Rev. Karen Bridges Goes on Sabbatical
2017 August 1 – October 31
In The United Church of Canada ministers are eligible to go on a three-month Sabbatical after working in a congregation for 5 years. As this is my 7th year here at Robertson-Wesley, it is time to engage a spiritual practice of Sabbath. The term sabbatical actually is derived from the biblical word Sabbath which serves an ancient human need to build periods of rest and rejuvenation into a lifetime. A sabbatical is simply getting an extended leave from work to pursue a break from one’s regular duties.
During the month of August, I will be spending my time reading, and doing some creative dramatic writing which I don’t usually have space or energy to do. I hope to have some dramatic pieces to share in worship when I’m back, and perhaps a play for the theatre (I have a play that is 1/3 done, it would be nice to finish it.) In September I plan to unplug from the world. I will be heading to Botswana and South Africa to go on Safari. I will commune with nature, while living a very simple life. I’m looking forward to seeing the animals in their own habitat while looking up at the stars at night in all their abundance. I will take lots of pictures, and I will not have my phone with me… (I may have a mild addiction).
Upon returning in October I will spend my time exploring and applying for different grants that the church might be eligible for so that we can continue to grow and explore new ministries here at Robertson-Wesley. A time of Sabbath is really an opportunity to make space for God to move in my life. In order to make space, I will need to let go of a few things that keep me busy, and instead I will also spend my time being present to the simple rituals of life, like a proper cup of tea, reading a book, playing the guitar and singing, a run in the river valley, a round of golf with my father, the preparation of food! (I never have time for this one.) It will be strange to not be around all of you, day in and day out, but know that I will look forward to returning to you all, spiritually full and ready to continue what God is calling us to do.
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