Foodbank Collection
Please bring your donations of non-perishable food items for the Smiths Falls Foodbank next week, May 19-20

New Tables and Chairs
Parish Council voted at the April meeting to purchase new commercial grade folding tables and chairs for the upper hall, to replace the “well-loved” wooden and metal stacking tables and chairs.  This augments the gift from ACW A group of eight folding tables.  Donations towards the new tables and chairs would be welcome.  Donations can be made out to the church with a note “new tables”.

A new St. John’s Cookbook
St. John’s is undertaking the production of a new cookbook to be available late this autumn, just in time for Christmas gift giving.  Divinely Delicious, St. John’s last cookbook, was published in 1995.   This fundraising initiative will support the operating budget, outreach and ministry.  There is a call for recipes, either your own or a family favourite that has been passed down for generations.  Please speak with Karen Bryan for more information.

Seeking New Community Dinner Coordinator
Trish Warren is stepping down as Community Dinner Coordinator after many years of faithful service. A new Coordinator is needed for St. John’s to continue offering this important outreach ministry.  Trish is very willing to mentor her successor going forward and has processes and procedures on hand to pass along. If you are interested in taking on this role, or think you know someone who would, please contact Trish at or Canon Catherine at (613) 283-1261 or


Dinner Auction Sat May 26
Save the date for our annual fundraising dinner an auction!  The next planning committee meeting is Sun May 6 following the 10am service.

Bishop’s Gala
The 36th annual Bishop’s Gala Dinner and Silent Auction, in support of the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund will be held on Thurs May 24 at The Ottawa Conference and Event Centre, 200 Coventry Road.  The Bishop’s Discretionary fund enables Bishop Chapman to provide practical support for areas and needs which fall outside of the regular diocesan budget.  For more information, visit and please let Canon Catherine know if you would like to attend, so that we can coordinate rides and a table.

Moving Forward with Reconciliation Sat May 26 – 9:30 – 3:30
The All My Relations Working Group is offering this workshop to help parishes and individuals in the Diocese deepen their understanding of the journey of truth and reconciliation with our First Nations.  It is hoped parishes will send two members to the workshop.  If you are interested in this important work that responds to the Church’s Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, please speak with Canon Catherine.

Altar Guild Garage Sale: Sat Jun 9
Rain or shine, once again this year the Altar Guild is holding a garage sale to raise funds for altar guild purchases.  Donations of items for the sale can be dropped off at the parish hall Mon Jun 4-Fri Jun 8 from 9am – noon.

June Concert – The Valley Men Choir: Sat Jun 23 7pm
Welcome in summer with a concert of show tunes, novelty songs, favourite “oldies” and familiar hymns.  There will be lots of opportunity for the audience to join in the music as well.  Admission is by free-will offering.  Advance, no cost tickets are available from members of parish council or by calling the church office at (613) 283-1261.

Pint & A Passage (Fort Hemlock): Tuesdays @ 7pm
Bring your bible, an inquiring mind and a willingness to wrestle with the Gospel passage for the upcoming Sunday to For Hemlock (32 Beckwith St S, Smiths Falls) on Tuesdays.
Pint & a Passage

Community Dinners:
May 20  2018
Doors open 3:45, dinner at 4:00

The next Community Dinner will be at 4pm on Sun May 20.  Please be in touch with Trish Warren if you are able to volunteer: .  Trish will be stepping down as the coordinator following the June dinner, so if you are interested in helping to fill that role, then please be in touch with Canon Catherine.


Receiving Communion – An Important Notice from the Bishop
Everyone who has been baptized is welcome to receive communion.  Communion is offered in both kinds, the bread and the wine.
It is safe to drink from the common cup.  However, please do not dip the bread into the wine.  The Bishop has stated that this practice is not allowed (Pastoral Letter of 2009 to all clergy and parishes.)  The practice of intinction, dipping the bread in the wine, is a high risk activity; fingertips coming in direct contact with the wine may contaminate the shared wine with pathogens.  If you wish to receive only the bread or only the wine, please be assured that in the Anglican Tradition, receiving in one kind is considered to be complete communion.
This is a departure from the practice for some, and so please feel free to approach Canon Catherine with any concerns you may have.