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Christmas Events at St Philip by-the-Sea

Sunday Dec 15th - 7pm: Carol Service
Tuesday Dec 17th - 7pm: Singing carols at Origin
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

Advent Sundays at St. Philip by-the-Sea 

Peace - Sunday, Dec 8th - Toy Drive Sunday: For the second 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 and allows the Toy Drive Elves in
Santa’s Workshop to purchase items that are most needed closer to the
distribution days. 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 “Toy Drive” for this
collection. For more details about the Toy Drive, see their website: Nanaimo Toy

Joy - Sunday, Dec 15th – 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 or hats and gloves. These items will be
provided to local shelters to be distributed to those in need at this time of year.

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:

What's New:

Carols at Origin: Tuesday Dec 17th, 7:00pm - 8:00pm, 6205 Oliver Rd, Nanaimo. We once again have the opportunity to spread some festive cheer at Origin, when we will be singing traditional Christmas carols. All are welcome - the more the merrier! If you are planning to be there, can you sign your name on the sign-up sheet in the Multi-Purpose Room?

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.

Life in long-term care: Learn how to care for a family member living with dementia in long-term care. Monday 13th January, 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]

What's Happening at St. Philip's: 

Christmas Luncheon: The Lady's Group is having their annual Xmas Lunch on Thursday, Dec 5, at 11:30 at the Lantzville Village Pub. We would like to invite all the ladies from St. Philip as well as their friends to come and join us. It is a wonderful chance to meet other members of the parish and share some time together. There is a sign-up sheet on the board in the multi-purpose room to give us #'s for the restaurant.

St. Philip by-the-Sea Christmas Brunch, Bake Sale & Bazaar Dec 7th,10:00 am - 2:00 pm:

On Saturday, December 7th, the Parish Ladies will be hosting the Third Annual Christmas Brunch, Bake Sale & Bazaar. Please come and enjoy a tasty brunch (breakfast egg casserole - also gluten free version) and muffin/croissant, fruit, tea/coffee or juice. Adults - $12.00; Children age 6-12 - $6:00 ; Children under 6 years – free. Just coffee and a muffin - $3.00.

As well as the wonderful breakfast, we will have a full range of Christmas baking for sale in the library and a selection of new and gently used Christmas ornaments and gifts at prices to suit all budgets. Breakfast will be served between 10am and 2pm, and the bake sale and gift tables will be open during those hours.

If you are planning to start your Christmas baking soon, would you please include some baking that you can donate towards the bake table.  If you don’t have room to store it in your freezer, just drop it off at the church, marked “brunch” and we will store it in our freezer until the event. We know that this has been a busy time for baking requests due to two funerals in quick succession, and we really appreciate any baking you can donate towards the Christmas Bake Sale.!  Thanks so much again for all your generosity.

St Philip by the Sea Christmas Carol Service:  December 15th at 7:00 pm

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:

Brechin's Cookie Walk:  Come one, come all to Brechin United's 18th Annual Cookie Walk that will take place at Hope Lutheran Church (2174 Departure Bay Road) on Saturday, December 7th from 11 a.m. to 12 Noon.  Christmas cookies, squares, candy and other goodies will be sold by weight.  Please bring your own container.  Cash or cheque payment.

We are pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for Island Bel Canto Singers' annual Christmas concert, Let Heaven and Nature Sing.
Performances will be held: Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7:30 pm at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Nanaimo and Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 2:30pm at St. Philip By-the-Sea Anglican Church. 
As always, Artistic Director Sharon Sinclair has developed an interesting, yet challenging, repertoire that ranges from the 14th century, right up to the 21st. With just over a month to go until the concerts, the choir members are working diligently to master the challenge of the music, for your maximum enjoyment. Be ready to join in on singing 2 of our favourite carols — Joy to the World and The First Noël — it's sure to be lots of fun! A reception will follow both concerts. 
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students; children 12 and under are free. You can purchase your tickets online, from any choir member you know, or at the door. If you need any other details, feel free to contact Fiona at 250‑714‑4933.

Grief Support Group:  Grief Share is a support group  that provides help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend.  The group meets weekly at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 4235 Departure Bay Rd (Lower Hall Meeting Room).  Date: Tuesdays, September 10th - December 13th.  Time: 1:30 pm  You are welcome to begin attending the group at any point.  Each session is "self-contained", so you do not have to attend in sequence.  You will be able to pick up any sessions you missed in the 13-week cycle.  For more information about this group, contact the church office at 250-758-2676.  For information about Grief Share visit

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