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Christmas Events at St Philip by-the-Sea

Tuesday Dec 24th - 4:30pm: Family Nativity Service

Tuesday Dec 24th - 8pm: Christmas Eve Service

Wednesday Dec 25th - 10am: Christmas Morning Service

Sunday Dec 29th - 9:30am: Joint Service: 
The joint service will be followed by a delicious brunch consisting of bacon, sausage, egg, hashbrowns & toast.  Donations will be gratefully received.  A sign-up sheet will be posted, to get an idea of expected numbers.

Advent Sundays at St. Philip by-the-Sea 

Love – Sunday, Dec 22nd - PWRDF Sunday (The Primate’s World Relief
and Development Fund). 
The funds collected will be donated towards items in
the PWRDF’s gift-giving catalogue by the Outreach Group, which includes
Maureen Lawrence. Please make your cheque payable to St. Philip By-The-Sea
and make a note in the memo line that it is to go to the “PWRDF” for this
collection. For more details about the PWRDF and how it shares God’s love to
those around the world, please visit their website:

Church office closure: 

The church office will be closed Tuesday, December 24 - Wednesday, January 1 and will re-open on Thursday, January 2nd. 

What's Happening at St. Philip's: 

On January 1, 2020 British Columbians will receive a reprieve on the monthly cost of our Medical Services Plan – the government has eliminated the monthly premium, a saving of anywhere between $0 and $37.50 per Single or $75 per Couple.
We are asking you to consider taking some of that monthly premium and applying it to the health of your congregation here at St Philip’s. As you are all aware the congregation continues to struggle to meet our monthly expenses and every little bit will help.
Take a moment and consider adding to your ECP or envelope donations.
Thank you from your Parish Council

Church Calendars: There are still a few calendars left for purchase. Please see Sheila Penney after the service, if you would like one. 


Forward Day by Day: Forward Day by Day is a booklet of daily inspirational meditations reflecting on a specific Bible passage, chosen from the daily lectionary readings as listed in the Revised Common Lectionary or the Daily Office from the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer.

The meditations are rich in substance and offer a wide range of witness and experiences. Each month's meditation is written by a different author.

There are a number of copies of the latest edition (February - April 2020) now available at the church. Please feel free to take a copy.

Christmas Cards: Maureen Lawrence, the parish PQRDF Rep. has PWRDF Christmas cards available. There are 2 designs, both Nativity scenes, and contain the message “Christmas Peace” in Oji-Cree, Inuktituk and the five languages of the Lambeth Communion; English, French, Japanese, Spanish and Kiswahili.
The pack of 12 cards and envelopes is available for a suggested minimum donation of $25 . Donations of $25 or more qualify for a tax receipt.
Nicole McDaid will have cards available at the 8:00 am service for those interested. 

Community News:

Life in long-term care: Learn how to care for a family member living with dementia in long-term care. Monday, January 13th, from 1 to 3:30pm at St Mary's Anglican Church, 2600 Powder Point Rd, Nanoose Bay.  Learn how to adjust your role as a caregiver after a person living with dementia has moved into long-term. Tips for enhancing your visits, working with a care team, and acting as an advocate. Free to attend; donations appreciated.

Please call 250-734-4170 / toll free 1-800-462~2833
or email [email protected]

New eyes for reading the Old Testament - Rev. Dr. Patricia Dutcher-Walls (from the Vancouver School of Theology). The Old Testament: Boring? irrelevant? Beautiful? Intriguing?
This introductory lecture and workshop will help participants understand the insights and beauty found in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. Background information and resources will allow a hands-on learning experience using a variety of Hebrew Bible passages so that we can hear the many ways God's people have witnessed about God and our human relation to God. We'll focus on biblical narratives so that the brilliant storytelling of the Hebrew Bible invites us into a world of wonder and wisdom.

Free Public Lecture: January 31st, 7 - 9pm
Workshop: February 1st. 10am - 3pm

St Paul's Anglican Church, 29 Church Street, Nanaimo

$25 Registration Fee
Lunch provided by donation.

Register online at

Please note that Rev. Dr. Dutcher-Walls will be preaching at St Philip's (at both 8am and 10am services) on Sunday 2nd February.

Ma’qa’th Food Program: The Ma’qa’th Food Program runs weekly, based at the Snaw-naw-as Health Centre in Upper Lantzville. This has been set up by Debbie Heath, who is the Community Nurse at the Health Centre and all the food is provided by Loaves and Fishes.

The program is open to everyone who lives in Lantzville and on the First Nations reserve. The Food Program runs from 2pm to 3pm every Tuesday. If you know of anyone who may like to benefit, please let them know about the Program.

Ma'q'ath Food Program Volunteers
The Ma’qa’th Food Program (food bank) is looking for volunteers. It is held at Nanoose First Nation Health Centre in Lantzville every Tuesday from 1:15pm – 3pm. Please contact Debbie Heath at [email protected] for more details. 

More from St. Philip's:

Prayer Chain: The Prayer Chain is a confidential group who pray for people and/or situations made at the request of people needing prayer.  To ask for or to be willing to pray…. please contact Jane Gribling at [email protected] or fill out a prayer card, located in the narthex and leave in the box provided.  


Pastoral Care:  If you are interested in receiving a visit from our pastoral care visitors or know of someone that would like a visit, please contact Reverend David at 250-390-3641.

New Church e-mail addresses: The church e-mail addresses have changed.  
Please note the new email addresses:
Reverend David Chillman: [email protected]
Office administrator Lori Tanner: [email protected] 
Treasurer (Tony Davis): [email protected]
Prayer Chain: (Jane Gribling) [email protected]

Book Sale - Fundraiser   
Do you have some books that you would like to put to a good cause?  If so, please bring them to the church at any time and leave them in the library.  We will incorporate them into the already set up shelves and they will go on sale!   We have priced the books very reasonably, small paperbacks $1; large paperbacks $2 or $3; hardcover books from $3 - $5.  There is a money box situated on the shelf and you can put the money in as you buy your books – on trust!   Once you have read the books, please bring them back so that we can recycle them into the shelves and give someone else a chance to buy a very reasonably priced books.   This project is one of the new initiatives that the parish is undertaking to try and help with the ongoing financial difficulties.   Thank you. Parish Council 

Travelling Basket
The Ladies Group has come up with an idea to help raise money. The travelling basket contains items that have been donated by people. These can be such things as knickknacks, hand made items or baked goods or an item that is no longer needed. All the items can be purchased by making a donation in the money box. Please do look and see what is in the travelling basket and also think about whether you have a small item that can be given to the basket. 

Dial-a-sermon: Is there a Bible passage that you’ve never heard someone preach about before? Or a topic that you would like to hear someone preach about? Well now’s your chance! If you want me to preach on a particular passage (no matter how bizarre) or on a topic (no matter how controversial), please suggest it on the sheet in the Multi-Purpose Room and I will try and preach on it in the next few months.  

Fake Emails

More fake e-mails:  Another fake e-mail is circulating, claiming to come from David Chillman, asking for a favour, using the email address:
[email protected]  If you should receive this e-mail:

  1. Do NOT open it
  2. Delete it
  3. Let David know that you have received an email from that email address
  4. If you have already received an email and opened it, please delete it immediately and run an antivirus software scan on your computer, just to be on the safe side.

These emails are fake and the fake email address has been reported to Google. Please accept David's apologies for any inconvenience that this may have caused.

Additional advice on email security:

a) Always question up front whether someone you know would ask you to purchase anything on their behalf via an email. Follow-up with a phone call if you think it could be real.
b) If you suspect an email of being nefarious, do not respond to it. By responding to the sender we are encouraging them to keep trying.
c) If you receive an email from the church office or from the rector, always check that the sender is using an official email address before responding.

Important Reminders about Health Matters:

St Philip's is a scent-free zone
The chemicals used in scented products can make some people sick, especially those with fragrance sensitivities, asthma, allergies and other medical conditions. Out of love and consideration for others, please do not wear perfume, cologne, aftershave and other fragrances and instead use unscented personal care products.

Intinction (Dipping)
It is the policy of the Bishop and Diocese of British Columbia that intinction is not an acceptable practice for public worship. A combination of current literature and expert medical advice concludes that sipping from the common cup and sharing a handshake represent minimal risk of transmission of contagion and fall within the parameters of the normal risks of daily living. On the other hand, the practice of intinction is a higher risk activity; fingertips coming in contact with the bread which is then dipped in the wine or fingertips coming in direct contact with the wine may contaminate the shared wine with pathogens other than those found in saliva. The choice for a communicant, then, is to share the common cup or to receive in only one kind. Anglican sacramental theology has always held that the benefits of the sacrament do not require the reception in both kinds