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Church of the Advent
Parish of Colwood and Langford           Anglican Church of Canada

Parish Ministries

For Further Information Contact the Church Office

  Connections 2016 (pdf version of this page)

Altar Guild

Members prepare both sanctuaries for worship services. Main duties include care for communion vessels, bread and wine, cleaning silver and brass, and arranging flowers. Members work in groups on a rotating schedule. New members, with or without previous experience are welcome.

Baptism

Holy Baptism takes place at the 10:00 service at specific times throughout the year. Because this is the Rite of Initiation into the community of faith, all candidates and their families will receive preparation classes for this important event. See the pamphlet on the Welcome Desk.

Bears and Bags (Canada Comforts)

B&B is an amazing international outreach ministry that provides handcrafted bears to orphans and victims abroad. It also facilitates the transfer of medical and other goods to organizations in need worldwide. It is well described as ‘a miracle every day.’ Many parishioners contribute in many ways.

Choir

Our adult choir provides special music and leadership for our 10 a.m. service. Practice is every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. 

Church School

It is essential that we take seriously the challenge of animating the Gospel in the next generations of seekers and learners. We have a small but lively church school which meets during the 10 a.m. service. All those entrusted with the care of children must attend and sign the Diocesan Sexual Misconduct Policy and submit a Criminal Record Check. We are committed to safeguarding all God’s children.

Coffee Hour

Every Sunday after the 10 a.m. service, coffee, tea and juice are served in the Church Hall. Members work in pairs on a rotating schedule. 

Communion Distributors

Members assist the presiding priest in distributing Holy Communion during the service. Such persons are licensed by the Bishop on an annual basis. Speak with the  Rector for more information.

Counselling and Pastoral Care

The is always available to parishioners and community members for prayer and informal counselling. As the Rector is not a trained professional counsellor he can connect those with special needs to an appropriate resource person. Speak with the Rector for more information.

Email Contact - You’ve Got Mail

We attempt to send out a weekly email describing forthcoming events, sharing items of interest and providing encouragement and a sense of online-community. Obviously we need your contact information a.s.a.p.

Food Bank

The Western Communities Food Bank provides food and advocacy to families on income assistance or in distress because of financial hardship. Items can be left for pickup in the box provided in the Narthex. Our current parish link is Mike Armstrong.

Funerals, Death and Dying

Please notify the Reverend Sandra Hounsell-Drover whenever someone you know is seriously or gravely ill. In the case of death, he will meet with you to assist with funeral arrangements and to provide counseling and support. Please contact him through the office at the time of death, and if possible, before you converse with a funeral service provider. 

Home groups

Groups of up to 10 people meet at the host’s residence to enjoy refreshments and share in the discussion of spiritual topics. Groups use book studies, DVD features and sometimes invited guests to expand their reflection on Christian faith. Use your God-given gifts to host, lead, or become a leader-in-training for a home group.

Jazz Vespers 

This meld of an ancient monastic service and improvisation-based jazz is now hugely popular. Our musicians are amongst Canada’s finest performing musicians.  JV occurs on the Third Sunday of each month, Sept – May at 7 p.m. Take a poster from the Welcome Table in the Narthex.

Ladies Guild

The Ladies Guild meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month and hosts a monthly community luncheon. The Guild also hosts an annual pancake lunch and marmalade-making day. The Guild assembles gift baskets for the Christmas Craft Fair and caters funeral teas.

Lay Ministry at Worship Services            

Opportunities exist for persons to read scripture publicly, lead in prayers, distribute the elements at Holy Communion, help the office staff, and for involvement in lay pastoral care.  

Library

A well stocked library is located beside the office. Books, DVDs and other materials are available free of charge for loan. 

Memorial Garden

Our Memorial garden holds the cremated remains of parishioners. For more information please contact the office or the Rector. There is a minimal cost for placement of remains. No markers are used - committal is to the garden proper. It is a lovely environment to rest, pray and remember.

Men's Breakfast

Held once monthly from September to May, coffee is available at 8:00 a.m. followed by a full breakfast. The focus is fellowship and admission is by donation. Profits go to meet current needs in the church or to community outreach.

Nursery

We have a fully equipped and tidy Nursery. You are most welcome to use the Nursery during your time here. There is a live audio link to the church. The nursery is not staffed at this time.

Prayer Line

The members in this group pray daily as requested and follow-up on the requests received by phone or in person. Please contact the Church Office to submit a request.

Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) 

This is a national Anglican fund with staff in Toronto who coordinate Anglican participation through partnerships in development and emergency relief worldwide.  It is generously supported and it is considered a ‘jewel’ in the Canadian Anglican Crown.

 Recycling Program

The following items are collected by COTA: Canadian Tire Money in support of our maintenance fund, Island Farms UPC tabs, bottle recycling, shoeboxes, tabs from canned beverages, batteries and printer ink cartridges and coupons you don’t use. Please wash all containers before bringing them in. 

Refugee Programme

Early in 2012 and at other times our church has provided financial and physical support to refugees coming to Canada from dangerous environments. For more information or to contribute, contact the office.

Sidespersons at the 10 a.m. service

Sidespersons prepare the church for weekly 10 a.m. services, hand out bulletins, usher, count and record the number of worshippers and collect the offering. Afterwards, they ensure that everything is put away and that the building is secure. Newcomers are encouraged to consider this important ministry of service and friendship.

Thanksgiving and Offerings

One of the ways we say ‘thank you’ to God for the gift of new life in Christ is by giving a portion of our income back to God. On request, you will receive a one year supply of special envelopes and a confidential summary of contributions for your records. COTA also offers a pre-authorized debit program (PAD) as a convenient option. 

Weddings

The first step in planning a wedding is to call the Rector who will discuss times and dates with the couple. See the pamphlet in the Narthex for detailed information or contact the office.

DIRECTORY
All inquiries should be addressed to the church office, who will direct you to the particular person.
(250) 474-3031.
Church Office Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. till Noon
Rector Reverend Sandra Hounsell Drover
Parish Administrator Kathy Middleton
Director of Music Mary Rogers
Wardens The Office
Treasurer  
Altar Guild & Lay Worship Ministry Kathy Middleton
Facility Use  The Office (Office hours)
Financial Gifts Secretary Barb Gossman
Ladies Guild Pat Graham (President)
Maintenance  The Office
Prayer Line The Office (Office hours)