Saturday, December 28, 2013

Sunday December 29th, One Service!

Please remember that we will have only one service on Sunday, December 29th. The service will begin at 10:00 a.m.

The church office will not be open until January 7th.

We wish you a blessed Christmas and a Joyous New Year!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Services-WE WELCOME YOU!!!

We welcome anyone to join us to celebrate the birth of Christ at St. Barnabas. We have three services this week.

Christmas Eve
7:00 p.m. Lessons and Carols 
This is a Family Friendly service with wonderful music and help from the young people of our parish to tell the story of the birth of Jesus.

11:00 p.m. Candlelight Eucharist
Come join us at this beautiful service to honor the birth of Jesus in our hearts. Warm candlelight and beautiful music will help us renew the promise of Advent as symbolized in our Advent Candles- HOPE, PEACE, JOY AND LOVE.

Christmas Day
10:00 a.m. Eucharist
This service is a quieter, more intimate celebration of the birth of Jesus.

Our new ACCESSIBLE Entrance 
to the addition to our church is now open. 
PLEASE enter through our front door for each of these services!

May God's peace find you this Christmas Season!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Advent Summons?

Photo by Rhonda Turner.

Winter may not be with us on the calendar but the “Ol’ Man” sent us a brisk notification of things to come over the last while.  Well below zero temperatures chilled without mercy.  And the substantial snowfall of early November have resulted in differing reactions including both joy and not so muted disgust yet there was no mistaking the forthcoming deduction; “Mon Pays ce n’est pas un pays, c’est l’hiver! 

I am not sure what other conclusion could result.  However, hearing people’s not just negative reaction but genuine disgust at what has come our way of late makes me wonder about the nature of our expectations.  Of course the weather is an easy place to confuse, project, and forget reality as images of climes far more temperate flood our various media.  Indeed the self-interested agendas of airlines, cruise companies, and resort hotels capitalize on the chilling feeling which November’s unforgiving winds blow into day to day life.
But that is not all that awaits us if we are attentive.
Winter’s beckoning, November, announces to me more than the slumber of the shortening damp and cold days, with their malingering voices of the last of the Canada geese.  November reminds me of something paradoxically reassuring and discomforting, we do not control the flight of this planet.  We may be well ensconced in our assumptions about the vehicle upon which we live – this “third rock from the sun” – but the somewhat disconcerting truth is our lives are utterly dependent upon its irrevocable itinerary.  We move as it pleases!
For some reason I find that reassuring, comets, asteroids, meteors, and sun flares notwithstanding.  Such thoughts beckon us from our illusory sense of being in control and can draw us out of ourselves, and I think being drawn out of oneself can be a very good thing. Like it or not we are drawn out of each season and more especially the comforts that the more appealing ones bring to us.  Ultimately, and thankfully, we do not get to decide exactly when that happens.
I suppose that being drawn out of oneself is at the heart of the religious-spiritual experience and certainly resonates with traditional Advent piety.  Perhaps that is why I find some strange comfort in being buffeted by November’s squalls, of course while standing in the luxury of a full length coat!  All such accoutrements notwithstanding, safe home, dry bed, warm fire in the stove, November’s discomforts awaken me from the very safe realm of my own reality.  It stirs me to briskly connect to that which is more than myself – to connect with God’s imminent presence in every breath we take! 
While our conversations about the weather always carry a certain easy currency we can readily share, we should not be deceived at this time when the days darken. The discomforting gifts of late are out of our control, unpredictable and often times utterly inconvenient.  These gifts reawaken me in a very concrete way to my human vulnerability and its powerful connection to Advent’s impetus of God incarnate – God made utterly vulnerable and paradoxically reminding us that we are not the regents of this hurtling realm.

Which, at this darkened time of year, pushes me to ponder, prepare, and yearn for the one who is!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Fall Back & "Show-Up Sunday UPDATE!!!

remember that we are celebrating  All Saints Sunday this Sunday, November 3rd with a single service at 10:00 a.m.

We are starting a new tradition this year and are also calling the service  Show-Up Sunday!!!

We would like for the entire congregation to show up and join us in God's house for worship
with a light lunch organized by the Reception Committee (for which people have signed up to bring squares and sandwiches) after the 10:00 a.m. service. 

Your webmaster asks for your forgiveness for first stating this was a "potluck."

No need to bring anything to the lunch except yourselves!

Everyone is welcome to join us!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Don't Forget-this weekend is "Fall Back!!" and ALL SAINTS Show-up Sunday!!!!!!

remember that we are celebrating  
All Saints Sunday 
this Sunday, November 3rd.
We are starting a new tradition this year 
and are also calling
the service  
Show-Up Sunday!!!

We would like for the entire congregation to show up 
and join us in God's house for worship with a 
potluck lunch after the 10:00 a.m. service.

Everyone is welcome to join us!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

It really is an understatement to say that new and exciting things
are going on here at St. Barnabas!
Exterior, new main entrance!

The obvious place to begin is the manner in which our building project is proceeding toward completion.  Each day as I walk up Glendale Avenue to get to the church I can hear the sound of compressors, voices calling out inside the addition to each other, and the sounds of hammers driving nails. 

I look up and see the outline of the church increase with each passing day.  The drawings and forms which we have studied, debated, argued, and mulled over for the last years move from the abstraction of paper to a concrete reality.  
Interior, looking to the new office and the elevator shaft to the right.

I have not let the sensation of newness become routine nor has the excitement of things coming to fruition dwindled as the addition takes its form.  Moreover, the experience of walking inside what has up until now only been a set of  drawings is far more exhilarating than I had anticipated.

At the same time I am even more exhilarated by the things that grow in the more important meaning of the word church - the people who worship here!  In the months of summer quietude we have seen new families join us and September has brought more as well.  Our recent Church School retreat at Mackey was one of the most wonderful such events that I can recall - ever!  We had such a meaningful time together and enjoyed each other's company right across generational lines (we were about 30 participants, all tolled).  It was not that we had amazing activities or extraordinary food, or special facilities: it was that we truly enjoyed connecting with another; singing, playing, praying and talking in ways that are not available to us in the usual Sunday context.  The day was indeed gorgeous as was the site itself but I thought it was Spirit filled FUN!

There is much more on the horizon for us as we plan our Blessing of the Animals service on October the 6th, our second consecutive year of dedicated Stewardship (late October-November), a special All Saints Sunday service (stay tuned!) and the anticipated completion of our first phase of Building to Grow the Church in mid December.

I am 58 years old and I feel like a child who cannot wait for what's coming next!   

We hope you will come and join this very unique time of growth, anticipation, and above all a collective sense of thanksgiving for the abundance and generosity of God's grace alive in our lives.



Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Church School "Camp Day Away' Great Fun!

Some of our Leaders: Gaby, Muriel, François, and Shannon
The Church School held a Day Away at Camp Mackey on Sat., Sept. 14, from 9:30 am-4 pm

The weather was glorious and provided the perfect background for a day of spiritual growth (led by François), campfire lunch with great music, cooperative and outdoor games, and nature activities. 

Children were welcomed to invite friends to join the group.. A terrific lunch was provided. 

Organizers are already thinking about next year!
Church School begins on September 22nd! Lots of room in all groups. Please email or call the church office with questions!
Church School members and helpers!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Building to Grow the Church Groundbreaking!!

The Rev. François Trottier, Peter Angell, Carl Turner, Nora Waddell, Bob Cleland, Wayne Kirby. Missing, Donna Wright.

Members of the "St. Barnabas Anglican Church Building Team" gathered after worship this past Sunday for a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Church Accessibility Project, "Building to Grow the Church.". The St. Barnabas community is embarking on a major building renovation which, among other things includes the addition of an elevator, new staircase, offices, and a main floor nursery. 

The project has been in the planing stages for several years. Construction is expected to begin within the next few days. Parish leaders would like to alert St. Barnabas Anglican Church's immediate neighbors of the coming and going of large construction vehicles over the next several months. It is hoped that the construction will be completed by mid-December. Anyone interested in further details may call the church office at 613-584-4131.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

St. Barnabas Anglican Church
Celebrates 50 Years!!

Our 50th anniversary of St. Barnabas will be celebrated on St. Barnabas Sunday and once again we are delighted to have our St. Barnabas Band lead the music for our worship service.   We are blessed to have many parishioners come together in this band to share their gift of music.  This year we have approximately 20 instrumentalists ranging from preteens to seniors - a wonderful intergenerational mix. 

This initiative is taken on by Nick Brown, now a 2nd year university music student, who enthusiastically orchestrates the hymns from our hymn books for the many various instruments.  Nick approaches all the youth and adults in our parish who play an instrument and no instrument is a barrier to his orchestration.   Included are many of the typical band instruments but he also includes recorders, violins, guitars, and even a mandolin.  Thank you to Nick for arranging the music, scheduling the many rehearsals, and skilfully conducting this wonderful group of musicians.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

"Everything Went!!!!!" (well, almost!)

Well, we did it!

The "Everything Goes" Garage Sale today was a HUGE success!!!! 

We had hundreds of visitors, some whom had never been in our church before!!!!! They loved our "stuff", our funny hats, and the warm welcome they received when they came to shop for bargains.
The basement is all cleaned up, much of the leftovers were taken (or will be taken) to the Whistle Stop, recycling or Value Village, and the pile of trash out back is supposed to be taken by the town on Monday (I hope they don't mind the size of the pile!).

Many, many thanks to all of you, Phew!  

Anyhow, a wonderful effort by a brilliant, fun and hard-working team.  We showed Deep River that we can have a blast, put on a great sale, and that our church community is a great family.

Morgan  and the Garage Sale Team!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Hand Paper Making & Paper Marbling Workshop Day!

These photos were taken on Saturday, May 11, at St. Barnabas. Nancy Trottier led a workshop day teaching folks how to make handmade paper and how to hand marble paper using two methods. A great time was had by all!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Papermaking & Paper Marbling Workshop!

Nancy Trottier and the Youth Ministry of St. Barnabas have organized an "artists' book" project for our children and youth. Phyllis Heeney has written a wonderful interpretation of a Bible story. The text of her story combined with illustrations created by the children and youth will be included in a limited edition  book that will be available for sale in the Fall. The funds raised will go towards supporting the Children and Youth Ministry of our parish.

The idea is for each of our children and youth to take part in this project by making some hand made papers, marbling papers for the covers, making some illustrations and actually binding the book here at St. Barnabas. The book will be bound with simple Japanese stab binding.

The first of the workshops will take place on Saturday May 11, the second on June 22. The second workshop will cover making illustrations using crayons, watercolour, and markers. Participants will learn a little about colour and how to think about making a picture to tell a story.

We would like parents or grandparents to attend with the younger children! This activity is free for members of the parish. For those interested in coming, but are not members, please call the church office at 613-584-4131 to register as space is limited. There is no charge for this workshop. Come join us!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Lost Pilgrims "Rock the House" and Help Raise Funds!

Over 150 folks enjoyed the wonderful music of Lost Pilgrims at St. Barnabas on Saturday, April 20th. A free-will donation raised $1500 for the "Building to Grow the Church" accessibility fund. We are so thankful for their music and for the generosity of those who came to hear them perform! 

Check out the band’s website 
( for sound clips.


"In choosing what we play, we are true Pilgrims on a musical journey."

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Lost Pilgrims Brought Beautiful Music to St. Barnabas!!!

Over 150 folks enjoyed the wonderful music of Lost Pilgrims at St. Barnabas on Saturday, April 20th. A free-will donation raised $1500 for the "Building to Grow the Church" accessibility fund. We are so thankful for their music and for the generosity of those who came to hear them perform!

Check out the band’s website   
( for sound clips.

"In choosing what we play,
we are true Pilgrims on a musical journey."

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Sunday Service!

Please join us for our

Easter Sunday Service

March 31, 2013

10:00 a.m.

The St. Barnabas Brass will help us ring in the Resurrection of our Lord!

Please note there will be only one service on Easter Sunday!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Holy Week Services!

On behalf of the faith community of St. Barnabas Anglican Church I invite you to join us during Holy Week.  Together we tell and celebrate the stories of this most Holy Week which describe the character and essence of Jesus’ mission. 
But they are also the dénouement , the unfolding, of who we are as Christians.  Each story is like an individual stone in a supportive archway.  They support the reality upon which our Christianity rests and depends. 
We begin this Sunday, Palm Sunday (8:00 am and 10:00 am), with a spirited palm procession and the telling of Jesus' last week on earth.  Maundy Thursday (March 28th at 6:15 pm) we relive Jesus' last meal with his followers.  It is a full meal reenactment of the Last Supper.  If you wish to join us please call the office and let us know.  Our Good Friday Service on Friday, March 29th is at 11:00 am; we solemnly remember Jesus' last moments.   Easter Day (Sunday, March 31st) we joyously celebrate with one service at 10:00 and earnestly proclaim our hope in the wondrous resurrection of Jesus Christ. 
I hope you will join us for each service!


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Art on the Lawn Set for September 6-7, 2013!!!!

The dates have been set for Art on the Lawn, 2013 and the Call for Entries  PDF form is available for download by clicking HERE!

Art on the Lawn 2013 will be held on September 6-7 at St. Barnabas Anglican Church in Deep River, Ontario. This is the second year for the event.

Artisans go through a tow-tiered jury process: interested applicants complete the Call for Entries form and submit it to the committee. If accepted, and they participate in the event, they will go through a second jury process during the first day of the event. Cash Prizes, noted on the poster here, will be awarded at the Artisans Awards Breakfast the second day of the show.

Each hour the venue is open, there will be live musical performances and demonstrations of fine arts and fine crafts. The St. Barnabas Reception Committee will hold their famous lunch room and also offer a Bake Sale both days.

This is a family friendly event! If you have questions, please email the Show Director, Nancy Trottier,

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


Don't forget to set your alarm clocks ahead one hour this coming Saturday night, March 9th!!!!

We don't want to miss seeing you at Sunday Morning Worship!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Lenten Reflections-Praying Together as a Parish!

Lenten Reflections from the works of Henri J.M. Nouwen

Few writers have been able to capture the pure pastoral sensitivity that is the gift of Henri Nouwen. In Called to Life, Called to Love, Nouwen does not disappoint. 

He takes us on a Lenten journey from Jerusalem to the foot of the Cross, helping us understand and discover the deeper meaning of Christian love. This booklet is a must for all those seeking a more meaningful Lent. 

Copies of these are available at the back of the church. Pick one up so we can pray and study together as a parish!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Annual Meeting February 24th!

St. Barnabas Anglican Church of Deep River will hold our Annual Meeting this coming Sunday, February 24th. The meeting will take place immediately following the 10:00 a.m. service. A light lunch will be served just prior to the start of the meeting. There will be no 8:00 a.m. service.
PLEASE bring your printouts of the Annual Report and the Financial Statements that were distributed last week. If you missed receiving them, and need a copy, please email François Trottier through our church website email.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Called to Life, Called to Love

Lenten Reflections from the works of Henri J.M. Nouwen

Few writers have been able to capture the pure pastoral sensitivity that is the gift of Henri Nouwen. In Called to Life, Called to Love, Nouwen does not disappoint. 

He takes us on a Lenten journey from Jerusalem to the foot of the Cross, helping us understand and discover the deeper meaning of Christian love. This booklet is a must for all those seeking a more meaningful Lent. 

Copies of these are available at the back of the church. Pick one up so we can pray and study together as a parish!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ash Wednesday Service

Ash Wednesday Service, February 13
7:00 p.m. 
All are welcome.
This service marks the beginning of Lent, the 40 days of preparation for Easter.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

All are invited to join us this Tuesday, February 12, 5:00-7:00 p.m., for our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, hosted by The Mothers' Union. Enjoy a feast of pancakes, sausages, fresh fruit and refreshments.

If you wish, you may leave a free-will offering which will be donated to the Northern Clergy Families Fund.

This fund was started in 1974 to help isolated clergy spouses serving in the Northern Dioceses. the recipients are very grateful; there are many hardships experienced living in the North, often in isolated areas, as they endure extreme weather conditions, the high cost of living, and other factors.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The New Year 2013

I am rather proud of the fact that I do not make New Year’s resolutions.  I suppose that is because there is nothing new about that which I wish to revise in my life.  After a certain time (or at least the length of my life thus far!) one should have a fairly accurate understanding of what needs tending in one’s life. 
Lest I be accused of ageism I am not saying that such things as New Year’s resolutions are exclusively the domain of the young.  We should all be attentive to the prospect of making changes for the better in our makeup, one would hope.  I am simply saying that as time goes on one would hope there would be fewer surprises as to what should be improved!
Each Sunday morning as I stand before our congregation I marvel at the words of our Collect for Purity.  I have long since left my discomfort at its title and look into the hope-filled sentiments it embraces, the earnest character of its intent.  In particular, the arresting words “Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit” wash over me like a breath of clean, fresh air.  Its implication is so powerful and simple for me: we are invited to breathe in the Holy Spirit.
What further astounds me is that Cranmer’s translation of this ancient prayer is often followed by a quick breath in the congregation.  The sentence structure includes a comma which itself implies a breath.  So, as I stand and listen to the words rise from those gathered there often is an audible breath immediately following as we are all breathing in God’s Holy Spirit at that precise moment.
It may just be wishful thinking on the part of an often weary pastor but I am quite convinced that it does happen on occasion.
At such times I am reminded that the opportunity for us to amend things about us is as close to us as our next breath.  Indeed the very nature of the expression “like a breath of fresh air” is at the heart of most desires for us to change for the better.  It seems to me that rather grandiose attempts at amending our behaviour often lead to less than successful efforts.  No, what is far more powerful to me, at least, is the humble reminder that turning things around and changing one’s mind about certain behaviours (dare I say repenting!) is better done on a much smaller scale: “Come on now, take a deep breath and start over.”
Not a lot of showiness about it, especially if we remind ourselves collectively each Sunday morning that that is what we really want – to improve things in us.  The clincher is of course that we do not have to improve on our own.  This new breath we take is prompted and fuelled by the Holy Spirit. 
It is not a declaration of self effort, such as often happens at this particular time of year, but what I consider to be a sincere acknowledgment of what can and does happen when we ask for God’s help in amending our lives.
I do not think that should be left to just once a year, do you?