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What's New:

Mark your calendars! Island Bel Canto Singers is already busy at work, preparing for their 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 Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 2:30pm at St. Philip By-the-Sea Anglican Church Tickets will be going on sale in early November. We hope to see you there! 

What's Happening at St. Philip's: 

Ladies  Group:  Thurs, October 3rd at 1:30 pm in the Multi Purpose Room.  We welcome all ladies from the parish to join us.


Animal Blessing Service invitation
: On October 6th, we will be having our annual Blessing of Animals service at 4:30pm. This is a great occasion to invite family and friends to join us. Invitation cards are now available for you to give to someone you want to invite. Please think seriously about who you would like to invite.

MEN’S BREAKFAST:   Tuesday, October 8th, 9 am at KELLY”S KITCHEN, 2517 Bowen Rd (Co-op Centre on the corner of Bowen and Labieux) in Nanaimo.  All are welcome!

Ladies Fellowship Meeting:  Tuesday, October 8th, 10:00 a.m. in the library.

St Philip by the Sea Singing Group:  Next practice is this Thursday, October 10, at 7:00 pm.


Harvest Thanksgiving set up
We will be decorating the church for the Harvest Thanksgiving services on Saturday 12th October, starting at 10am. All welcome.

Donations for Harvest Thanksgiving display
If you would like to make a special donation towards purchasing some of the flowers for the Harvest Thanksgiving display, please put your donation in an envelope clearly marked "Thanksgiving Donation" and bring it to church on Sunday or drop it off at the church office through the week.

Harvest Thanksgiving Service: Sunday, October 13th at 10:00 am. Come and join us for our annual Harvest Thanksgiving service, as we thank God for all the fruitfulness of our world.

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. 

Community News:

Oktoberfest $15 Burger & Beverage Fundraiser Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 -  Nanaimo Community Kitchens will once again celebrate Oktoberfest by inviting program participants & the community to their annual fundraiser at THE QUEENS, 34 Victoria Cres., Nanaimo at 5:00 pm. Tickets available at the Queens or by calling 250-753-7470 .

FAITH IN FORMATION: Lay Ministry and Leadership Formation Events:
As our Diocese lives into our Vision, Renewed Hearts, Renewed Spirits and Renewed People, the Vision implementation team supporting Lay Ministry and Leadership Formation is pleased to announce some upcoming events:

1. At St. Barnabas, Victoria on Saturday October 5 from 9:30 to 3:30 there will be a workshop on Shifting Perspectives: Rethinking Children’s Ministry through examining Godly Play and Children’s Spirituality for all those involved in ministry with children. Led by Jasmin Aly-O’Brian and the team at St. Barnabas, this workshop will equip its participants with rich resources and strategies for rethinking children’s ministry.

2. At St. Stephen’s, Central Saanich on Saturday October 5, from 9:30 to 4:00 there will be an important workshop on the Implementation of the 94 Calls to Action arising from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This workshop is sponsored by the Reconciliation and Beyond Diocesan team. Although this journey has begun in earnest it demands our ongoing commitment to listening to bring about transformational change in our Church and in our Society. General Synod’s recent affirmation of an Indigenous Anglican Church makes this workshop all the more important.

3. At St. Columba’s Anglican/United Church in Port Hardy, beginning on Friday Oct 4, continuing Oct 5 and finishing with lunch on Sunday Oct 6, there will be a weekend workshop called How We Heal. This event will feature the sharing of stories and the exploration of paths of healing, living culture and faith. Various teachers and story tellers will explore the intersections between healing, faith, and culture. Certain parts of this event have limited capacity so be sure to contact Alastair Hunting to register and to request billets.  More information, look below at community events.

All events require pre-registration. For more information and registration details see the diocesan website at

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.

Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch lectures: In October, world renowned church historian Diarmaid MacCulloch will be giving two lectures at the University of Victoria. If you might be interested in attending either of these lectures, please put them in your calendar now.

Thursday October 3 (5pm to 6:20pm)

Tuesday October 8 (5pm to 6:20pm)

For more details on these lectures, please see the attached poster.


Join us as we explore the intersections of healing, culture & faith

Storytellers: Bishop Logan McMenamie, Alex Nelson, Hubert Barton, Ray Aldred 


4:00pm Welcome/opening prayers 
6pm Dinner
6-7pm Candlelight Vigil
7pm  Talk — Bishop Logan McMenamie

9am coffee and opening prayers 
10am Talk—Alex Nelson (Healing Journey from Residential School and Ceremonial Relationship with the World) 
11am Healing Circle
12pm Lunch
1pm  Talk — Hubert Barton
3pm — Coffee & free time
4pm — Roundtable
5pm — Dinner
6pm  —Worship

10am worship
12pm Lunch
1pm Dismissal

FREE EVENT  — Donations welcome towards healing and reconciliation ministry in Port Hardy 

For more information and to register or to request a billet contact Alastair Hunting, St Columba Church 250.949.6247 or email [email protected]  

Children's Formation -Understanding the Religious Potential of the Child:
An Introduction to Catachesis of the Good Shepherd. 
Saturday, November 2nd, 10am to 3pm, at St. Matthias Church in Victoria. 
Who should attend: Parents of children ages 3 - 12, those considering starting or volunteering for Children's ministry, incumbents, wardens.
Presenter:  Ann Garrido has been a catechist of the Good Shepherd since 1996. She holds a doctorate in ministry in preaching and is a member of the faculty at Aquinas Institute of Theology where she founded the MAPS-CGS program, a pastoral studies degree program with a concentration in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. 
For more information visit:

Location: JC Memorial Church, #213 Tsulquate Reserve, Port Hardy BC


 For information about upcoming workshops visit


Hurricane Dorian Emergency Response: Hurricane Dorian has devastated the Bahamas. News
footage shows the areas around Freeport to be unrecognizable, completely submerged in water.
In response to the immediate and urgent needs on the ground, PWRDF is receiving donations and sending financial support to Episcopal Relief and Development of the Episcopal Church of the United States. ERD is working through the Anglican Alliance, of which PWRDF is also a member, to support a response as the Anglican Diocese of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos begins to evaluate and assess the needs of local communities in the diocese.

Donations can be made in the following ways:
On-line at and choose the box marked Emergency Response
On your cell phone by texting PWRDF to 45678
By Phone: For credit card donations call 416-924-9192 ext. 306; 1-866-308-7973
Please do not send your credit card number by email or fax.
By Mail: Please make cheques payable to: PWRDF and note Emergency Response
and send to:
The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund
The Anglican Church of Canada
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 3G2
Anglicans in Canada are praying, acting and giving to those affected by Hurricane Dorian. Please watch for updates on WRDF’s response at, as well as on
Facebook @pwrdfcan and Twitter @pwrdf.


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.