Lots to do
eptember is upon us, and so it is a good time to take a look at the various ways in which you can get involved in the life of saint benedict’s table in the coming year. You can actually get more information on most of what is listed here by exploring this website, but here is the short version of things:
- Hear the Silence – a monthly liturgy of music, prayer, readings and silence takes place at the church at 7:00pm on the third Saturday evening of each month, from September through May.
- ideaExchange – a monthly series of conversations on a whole host of topics, which we hold at Aqua Books, 274 Garry Street, just south of Portage Avenue. For this year, these evenings will take place on the first Saturday of the month, starting at 7:30 and running through until about 9:00pm. The first event for the year will be on Saturday October 4.
- Table Talk – a very conversational bible study, held each Wednesday night from 7:00 to 8:00 in the home of Jamie and Catherine. Each session is relatively self-contained, as we look together at the readings for the coming Sunday liturgy. Table Talk will resume meeting on October 8.
- Breakfast Clubs – two breakfast book groups, which meet on alternating Wednesday mornings to explore a variety of different books. One group meets from 7:30 to 8:30 at Wannabee’s on Broadway, while the other meets from 8:00 to 9:00 at the Norwood Hotel in St Boniface. There are a couple of open chairs at the Wannabee’s table, so if you’re interested please let us know.
- Going the Church in the 1st Century – this is a series of four house communions, held in four different households between mid-October and late November, designed to gather people around the sharing of communion, food and drink, and good conversation. Information on signing up for these events will be posted in the News and Events section of the site in late September.
- Prayer Team Ministry – last year we began to offer a very simple prayer ministry after the monthly Hear the Silence liturgies, and this year we plan to continue that practice but also to add the ministry on one Sunday evening of the month. We’ve set a training day at Rivendell House, Saturday October 4. If you’d like to be a part of this developing ministry, please contact us and we’ll connect you to the ministry coordinator.
- Ian and Pat Mowat are planning to host a monthly meal prior to worship on Sunday nights, with the first one set for Sunday September 28 at 5:00. The Mowats live close to Osborne, about 10 minutes up from the church. If you are looking for a place to connect with others and enjoy a meal you can contact us and we’ll put you in touch. Maximum number of people for these dinners is 10, and they are quite willing to try to accommodate any food restrictions.
- We’re also chipping away at the beginning stages of a saint benedict’s table version of a Book of Hours. In the medieval church, a Book of Hours was a daily prayer book designed for home use, and they were often beautifully and quite creatively illustrated. Our version will be a variation on that theme, and will include writings, photographs, drawings, prayers (and whatever else we come up with), all built around the cycle of the church year and the moods of the hours of the day (from sunrise to sunset). We’re probably looking at publishing this in the fall of 2009, to mark our fifth anniversary as a church community, so this is really just an advance notice of a call for submissions. More information here – connect with one of the organizers here.
- Finally, an advance notice on a unique event we’re planning in collaboration with the All Saints congregation. On Wednesday October 29, we’re putting on an evening to reclaim All Hallow’s Eve (which actually falls two nights later, on October 31). This event will include some food and drink, a brief liturgy, connecting the Feast of All Saints to what has become the contemporary Halloween, followed by a performance by internationally known magician Brian Glow. Keep an eye on this site for more details.