The Season of Creation continues (September 1 through October 4), and offers us a faith-based way to renew our relationship with the Creator and all Creation. To learn more, follow this link: https://seasonofcreation.org/ This year, the theme is "Let justice and peace flow."
The Season of Creation is an ecumenical observance -- meaning that it's shared throughout an incredible range of Christian denominations. (Just in case you wondered: all are welcome, no experience or "membership" required!) We mark the season with special prayers and music to link us to these reflections.
Blessing of the pets will occur on Sunday, October 1st. Weather permitting, we'll have worship and the pet blessing outdoors -- at our labyrinth, which faces Richmond Avenue. Come, bring your lawn chair if you have one, and dress for "cool weather." We also hope to have our "coffee time" outdoors! All welcome! When we bless the pets, we remember St. Francis of Assisi and his love for all creatures. This is an open invitation: some of bring our pets to worship (all welcome), others bring photos. You choose what works for you and your pet!
The St. Matthias community are a happy, vibrant and welcoming group! We gather to worship together in a warm and joyful way -- whether you're a first-time visitor, an occasional participant, or a regular, we are so glad to see you.
St. Matthias warmly and genuinely welcomes everyone who comes through our door, including anyone who sees themself in the rainbow banner or the abbreviation LGBTQ2IA+. So, when we say we welcome you "whoever you are," please know that our welcome is without condition or limit. And ... it's year 'round.
We invite you to join our in-person worship. No experience required! Come as you are and enjoy a warm welcome.
At St. Matthias we join with all Canadians as we reflect on the complex, often painful, history that is the heritage we share, whether our families have been here since time out of mind, for many generations, or whether we are "brand new" to Canada. Respectfully, we acknowledge the legacy of the residential schools. We listen. We grieve. We honour. We commit to action. Sunday, October 1st, we'll continue to reflect on Reconciliation themes. You may wish to wear your orange shirt to think of Phyllis Webstad, whose lovely orange shirt was taken from her at residential school.
The church is more than buildings and programs. We are the body of Christ present in this world no matter where we are. We are a church without walls. Thank you for your virtual visit! All are welcome here.
Mark your calendars for these great events coming up.