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Snaw-Naw-As & Friends Christmas Art and Craft Show Fundraiser:  Supporting Artists & Seawolf & Salish Spirit Canoe Families for Tribal Journey's 2018.  December 23rd from 11 am - 8 pm at Costin Hall in Lantzville.  Entry by donation.  For more information contact Melanie Bob at 250-713-3945 or visit

What's Happening at St. Philip's:

Ladies Fellowship Meeting:  Tuesday, December 12th 10:00 a.m. in the library.  For more information contact Pat Wimmer at 250-760-0596.

December 13 & December 20: Advent Prayer and Bible Study:  Please join me at the church at 10:30am for a time of prayer and bible study. We will be using a form of Morning Prayer where we will have the opportunity to discuss in greater depth the Bible passages set for the previous Sunday. It will be a time for asking questions, sharing ideas and exploring Scripture together. 

Carol singing opportunities: This year we have the opportunity to go and sing carols at the following places:
      Lantzville Pub on Sunday 10th December, from        2pm until 3pm
      Origin on Wednesday 20th December, from                7pm until 8pm

If you are able to come to one or both of these events, can you add your name to the sign-up sheet on the Multi-Purpose Room? 

Everyone is welcome to come - the more the merrier!

Sunday Liturgical Assistant Volunteer Opportunity: Thank you to our volunteers who create a church service of welcome as we first enter the church and within the church service itself. We invite you to become part of a very important ministry in the church. There is always room for another person to become a greeter, a sides person, a chalice bearer, a server, say the Prayers of the People and also to become a part of the team who counts the offering. Please speak to David if you feel you can help and where you feel you can fit in.  

Daily Prayer for Advent: For the season of Advent this year, starting on Sunday 3rd December, I have created a leaflet with a simple liturgy for daily prayer, and Bible readings for each day of Advent. This leaflet is available to download below or you can obtain a paper copy of it in the church.

You can use this in a number of ways:

  • Use the liturgy of prayer each day alongside, or instead of, your normal practice of prayer. Know that as you pray privately, you will be joining others in St Philip's who are using the same prayers and reading the same Bible passages.
  • Get together, perhaps once a week, with friends or family to use the liturgy to prayer together. As part of this time, you might like to discuss your thoughts about the Bible passages that you have read.
  • Join me in the church, on Mondays to Thursdays, to pray the liturgy together at 8:30am.

St. Philip by the Sea Services for Advent/Christmas:

Peace - Sunday, Dec 10th  Hamperville Sunday: For the second Advent Sunday, we are asking you to consider bringing either a financial or food donation towards Hamperville.  This supports the Christmas hampers that are provided to families to help them celebrate the holiday season. Please remember that for every dollar that is donated, Loaves and Fishes is able to purchase $3 worth of food.  Please mark any checks or envelopes with “Hamperville” for this collection.  If you would like to know more about Hamperville and also see how you might volunteer to help, please check out their website: Hamperville Nanaimo   

Joy - Sunday, Dec 17th – Toy Drive Sunday: For the third Advent Sunday, we are asking you to consider bringing an unwrapped gift, book, game, puzzle or craft project for children aged newborn to teenager for the annual Toy Drive. Often gifts for the teenagers are the ones most needed. When in doubt, a gift certificate or financial donation is welcomed to allow the Toy Drive Elves in Santa’s Workshop to purchase items that are most needed closer to the distribution days.  For more details about the Toy Drive, see their website: Nanaimo Toy Drive

Love – Sunday, Dec 24th - Skivvies, Socks and Blankets Sunday: For the fourth Advent Sunday, we are asking you to consider purchasing new, still in their packages, men’s and/or women’s underwear and/or warm socks.  Alternatively, you could purchase a warm blanket.  These items will be provided to local shelters to be distributed to those in need at this time of year.   

Christmas Carol Service – Sunday, Dec 17th – 7 pm    

Nativity Family Service – Sunday, Dec 24th – 4:30 pm Nativity Service for all the family (come dressed as a Shepherd or an Angel or Mary or Joseph) 

Midnight Mass – Sunday, Dec 24th – 10:00 pm

Christmas Celebration – Monday, Dec 25th – 10:00 am   

Community Events:

"Shine a Light on Youth" - Everyone, including homeless youth, wants to be home for Christmas.  Help Threshold make homeless youth feel more at home by supporting Christmas Campaign: Shine a Light on Youth".  For more information please see attached poster or visit                             

This Christmas make a world of difference with PWRDF:   Support PWRDF programs by making a gift. Three easy ways to order:  

  1. Use the order form in the World of Gifts guide in your October, November or December issue of the Anglican Journal.     
  2. Order from PWRDF’s secure site any time at    
  3. Browse the guide at then call PWRDF during business hours at 1-866-308-7973. 

 Global Village Nanaimo Non-Profit Fair Trade Store now open: The Global Village Nanaimo seasonal Fair Trade Store is now open at 6750 Island Hwy N. (adjacent to Costco, right beside Salvation Army).  This store is a not-for-profit social enterprise that sells only fair trade goods, including soaps, spices, coffee/tea, housewares, gift items, accessories, linens and Christmas items.  The store is only open until December 24.  Volunteers are also still needed for this season. For more information send an email to [email protected], or go to or instagram or facebook Global Village Nanaimo.