What's New @ St. Albans
Lenten Education Series: Growing a 'Rule of Life'
On Monday evenings during Lent, beginning February 15 at 7:00 p.m., we will gather here at St. Albans for our Lenten education series. In this six-week series we focus on God as the Chief Gardener of our souls, and we seek out ways to grow into the fullness he desires. Just as stakes and lattices nurture the growth of young plants, so too can spiritual disciplines support the flourishing of our whole being. This series uses a tool from monastic spirituality called a ‘Rule of Life’ to explore and cultivate our relationships with God, Self, Others, and Creation. This is an exciting opportunity to dig deep and dream big about ways to live into a more abundant life with Christ. If you are interested, there is a sign up sheet at the back. For more information on the series, either speak with Ryan or visit http://ssje.org/ssje/growrule/
ReInvention: Stories from an Urban Church
In ReInvention, Rev. Mark Whittall shares the insights and wisdom he and a small-but-dedicated team gained as they worked to establish a new congregation in St. Albans Church, the second oldest Anglican parish in Ottawa. The challenges the team faced were not small: the renovation of the original church building, negative reaction from the community to the placement of a day program for the homeless, creating new liturgies and a new kind of church experience, and learning how best to reach out to and involve people with little or no prior church involvement. The result of all these efforts, however, has been the transformation of St. Albans into a vibrant centre for worship, a beautiful venue for the arts, and a place of shelter and safety for many of the city's most vulnerable inhabitants.
To purchase a copy of ReInvention, visit http://www.markwhittall.com or come to St. Albans during office hours, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The cost is $20.
Ash Wednesday Service, February 10 at 5:00 p.m.
"Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return" - Genesis 3:19
In our church calendar, Ash Wednesday marks the start of the season of Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter. These 40 days mirror Jesus' 40 days in the dessert and are often observed as a time of fasting (from anything) in the hope of drawing close to God. As we enter this new season, you are invited to join us for for a reflective service, with readings and music. Whether this is your first time observing Lent or you've participated for years, all are welcome.