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Sunday 29th September - 9am Joint Service

Please remember that on Sunday 29th September, we will be having a joint service of our 8am and 10am congregations. The service will be held at 9am and will be a service of Holy Eucharist, following the order of the Book of Common Prayer.

History Of Christianity: Session 2

A reminder that in preparation for Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch's visit to Vancouver Island, there will be an opportunity to watch his acclaimed BBC TV series on the History of Christianity. There are 6 episodes in the series, each lasting about an hour. After each viewing, there will be opportunity for discussion on the issues raised. The second episode will be shown here at St Philip's, on Monday, September 15, at 6:30.

What's New:

Volunteers needed:   Yvonne and Jane are working on the schedule for the next session, Oct – Dec 2019; as always they would love to have some new volunteers to help in running the church services, particularly at the 10am service.  
There are various opportunities – sides people, readers, chalice assistants, servers (in the white robe) and those who count the collection after the service. None of these require a lot of training and we would be very happy to show you all that is necessary.  
While our list of contacts seems lengthy - people travel, have visitors, get sick or injured, or need to take time out - and all of a sudden we are scrambling to fill the slots.  
Please give this your careful consideration, Yvonne and Jane 

Autumn Newsletter:  Yvonne is now working on the Autumn Newsletter and invites you to send her your articles, photos, summer memories, up coming events etc. etc. Deadline is October 2nd 

2019 We Together Diocesan Conference: REGISTRATION CLOSES SEPTEMBER 13TH!  September 27-28 at St. Paul's  Anglican Church in Nanaimo.  Cost is $79 which includes Friday evening reception with cash bar, Saturday lunch, keynotes and two workshops. Eight workshop themes to choose from.

We Together is our diocesan biennial family reunion. It's an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and a time to make new ones. Together we learn about, pray about and share what God is up to in our lives, strengthening ourselves, as the diocese of islands and inlets, for the journey God is calling us to.  

Keynote speaker Padraig O Tuama: A profoundly engaging public speaker, Ó Tuama has worked with groups to explore story, conflict, their relationship with religion and argument, and violence. His work is marked both by lyricism and pragmatism, with an ethic of evoking stories and participation from attendees at his always-popular lectures, retreats and events. 

For more information about this event click on the following link

Billets needed: The 2019 We Together Diocesan Conference is taking place on September 27-28 at St. Paul's  Anglican Church in Nanaimo. They are in need of billets. If you are able to offer up a bedroom in your home for Sept 27 for folks attending the conference from far away that would be helpful.  They are also looking for some volunteers to help with coffee and tea and tidy up for 10am.  Please call Trish Stock at 250-510-5454.  

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


What's Happening at St. Philip's: 

ATTENTION – NEW LOCATION FOR MEN’S BREAKFAST   Effective Tuesday 10 September Men’s Breakfast will continue but at a new location. Starting this month, we will meet at KELLY”S KITCHEN, 2517 Bowen Rd (Co-op Centre on the corner of Bowen and Labieux). We will meet at the same time 9am The food is good and wholesome, and it’s cheaper than Rickies. See you all there next Tuesday. 

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.

Do you have current first aid/CPR training?  We would like to get an idea of how many of St. Philip's parishioners have current first aid/CPR training. If you do, please email Lori at [email protected] or call 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.

News from the Diocese:

All are invited to witness the ordination of Matthew Humphrey to the Deaconate (transitional) and the ordination of Susan Jensen to the Deaconate.

An Ordination of Deacons
Friday, September 20, 2019 @ 7:00pm
Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria
Reception to follow.
Liturgical colour: RED

Community News:

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]  

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

Cost: $775 single room/$650 shared

Join us for three days of chant, teaching, and contemplative practices to nourish the spiritual heart. Together we will explore devotion to the Divine Feminine in the Jewish, Christian and Islamic traditions, particularly under the guises of Sophia, or Wisdom, and Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Attention will be given to insights from pioneering Christian mystics Thomas Merton and Teilhard de Chardin, as well as from non-Christian sources.

Our time will be held within a contemplative rhythm of silence, chanting, meditation, and embodiment practices.  People of all spiritual traditions (or none) are welcome.

For further details contact [email protected]

 For information about upcoming workshops visit

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.