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Blaire Lynch: The funeral service for Blair Lynch will take place this Friday, December 15th  at 2 pm at St. Philip by the Sea.

Christmas Letter from Bishop Logan:  Bishop Logan's Christmas letter can be viewed by clicking on the attachment below.  Hard copies will be posted on the bulletin boards in the church hall and multi-purpose room, as well as a few copies on the table in the narthex.

Carol Singers Needed! This year we have the opportunity to sing carols at Origin on Wednesday 20th December, from 7pm until 8pm. If you are able to sing, please add your name to the sign-up sheet in the Multi-Purpose Room.  Everyone is welcome to sing - the more the merrier!

What's Happening at St. Philip's:

 Wednesday, December 20th: 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. 

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:

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

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

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.    

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:

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

"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.