Following the worship service of February 28, the Annual Meeting of the congregation will convene. All members and adherent of St Giles are welcome to attend either in-person or via the Zoom platform. Here is the 2020 Annual Reports final. Thanks to the Session of St Giles, physical copies will be delivered to mailbox of members and adherents of the congregation starting from February 21. For past issues of annual reports, check out this link.
Watching the Service on Zoom
For those wishing to participate in St Giles’s worship service online, you could join livestream via Zoom at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings, or you could watch the recording of the service that will be posted on YouTube afterward. Instructions on how to access these platforms are available on St Giles’s website (https://stgilesottawa.org/worshipservices/)
Income Tax Receipts
Your receipts were placed in the mail on Friday, February 19. If your letter doesn’t show up or if you need your receipt sooner, contact the office to have a PDF of your receipt sent to you.
Season of Lent (February 17 to April 4)
Commemorating the “forty days and forty nights” when Jesus fasted in the wilderness (Matthew 4:2), Lent is a season of repentance, self-examination and reflection for Christians. The tradition of giving something up for Lent is a practice that many Christians have adopted as a form of fasting. There are, however, many simple ways to incorporate other spiritual practices into daily life over Lent. Instead of giving something up for Lent this year, why not try taking up a new spiritual practice? Check out this document Take-Up-A-Spiritual-Practice-for-Lent for some ideas.
January 26, 2021
The 2021 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada is scheduled to be held on-line during the period of June 6-9, 2021. The process to vote for the Moderator of the 2021 General Assembly is well underway. The three candidates are the Rev. Paulette Brown, the Rev. Mary Fontaine, and the Rev. Dr. Daniel D. Scott. Their bios and Q&A could be found at PCC’s website.
January 6, 2021 Care Packages
The two Cameron soldiers who were deployed abroad received their care packages from St Giles just before Christmas. They were most appreciative and have sent their thanks to the St Giles bakers. There was a great amount of food which they shared with other soldiers who were deployed over Christmas.
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 Induction of the Rev. Paul Wu
The Presbytery of Ottawa has inducted the Rev. Paul Wu to the congregation of St Giles as its called minister. Rev. Wu graduated with the M. Div. from Knox College in 2007. Before being inducted into the pastoral charge of St Giles Presbyterian Church, he served the congregation of Taiwanese Robert Campbell Presbyterian Church in Montreal for almost twelve years. He had been an active member of the Presbytery of Montreal, caring for various congregations, supervising certified students, and participating in camp ministries. He also served on the Board of the Presbyterian College for the past six years. Rev. Wu is deeply committed to congregational ministry and passionate about engaging young people to explore the Christian faith. He is married to Daisy, and they have two teenage boys — Justin and Neo.
Sunday, August 2, 2020 ~ Open for Worship
The Session of St Giles announces that the Sanctuary will once again be open for worship on Sunday, August 2. However, given the need to respect public health policies and regulations in light of COVID-19 we have implemented the following measures:
1. People attending worship should enter through the main entrance on Bank Street unless they need to use the elevator in which case the ramped entrance on First Avenue should be used.
2. Hand sanitizer (recommended) will be provided at each of the entrances as well as in the sanctuary.
3. People attending worship are asked to wear masks that cover the mouth and nose. If you don’t have a mask, one will be provided.
4. Attendance is required to be recorded. St Giles members and adherents will have their attendance noted in a register. Guests will be asked their name and contact phone number which will also be recorded.
5. When entering the sanctuary, we ask that you proceed through the middle doors and middle aisle following the arrows to the pews that have not been taped off. You will be asked to sit 2 metres apart from fellow congregants in the pews, excepting those from the same household. Seating capacity will be approximately 35.
6. Hymnbooks are not available. The hymns will be in the bulletin.
7. For the time being, there will be no passing of The Peace.
8. After the service, please exit the sanctuary by the side aisles, maintaining 2 metres distance from others, and following the arrows to the elevator/single side doors at the back of the sanctuary.
The service will also be available on YouTube.
April 11, 2020
As Quodlibet could not join us this year due to the COVID-19 crisis, they are sharing a virtual recording they made of An Irish Blessing
March 25, 2020
2020 General Assembly Cancelled
The Assembly Council met on Monday, March 23, 2020, and made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 General Assembly. First and foremost, this decision was taken to ensure the safety of commissioners and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. The implications for all business that would normally come to the General Assembly has been referred to the Executive of the Assembly Council, who will report further, following their meeting on March 31, 2020.
The Clerks of Assembly will consult with all Standing Committees, agencies and colleges about essential decisions that need to be made and present a plan to the Executive. Additional information will be coming out over the coming days and weeks, and announced on the presbyterian.ca website.
Our current Moderator, the Rev. Amanda Currie, has indicated her willingness to remain in office until the next Assembly. The nominees for this year’s Assembly have been advised that a new election will take place next year. The current nominees will be eligible to be re-nominated.
The General Assembly is not just a place where important issues regarding the ministry, governance and mission of our church are decided; it is also a gathering of our broader church family. We will miss that important time to come together. In the meantime, we are already discovering new ways to connect faithfully with one another, to encourage one another and to be vehicles of God’s grace to a hurting world. May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with each of you. Amen.
—The Rev. Stephen Kendall, Principal Clerk
March 16, 2020
Please find below a message from Isaac Ives
I am sending this message as our church administrator is recovering at home from a fall on the ice. As we get news there will be more emails and we hope to be using the St Giles website to provide more information going forward.
“The Session of St Giles has decided to suspend public worship services for March 22, 29 and April 5 in response to advice from public health authorities. Although precautions have been taken, the long incubation period of this particular virus (COVID-19) where those afflicted may be asymptomatic yet infectious and the fact that many of our congregation would be in a vulnerable group made the decision necessary. While we accept that Session may have been somewhat hasty in taking this decision, we would rather err on the side of caution.
However we will not be completely inactive during this period, Pastor Chook Reid will be recording sermons which will be made available on this website. If you are able, you are invited to listen to them.
Finally, although we will not be holding services in the near future, we would ask that those who support St Giles consider setting aside their regular donations for when we can worship together again as expenses will continue to be incurred during this period.
On behalf of Session, I would like to wish you continued health and well being.