Ways to get involved this fall

The year begins to take shape

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ne of the interesting challenges of life around saint benedict’s table can be figuring out just where and how to get plugged in. Because we don’t actually have offices or much in the way of program space in the All Saints building, a good deal of our life takes place outside of the building. Add to that the fact that a good percentage of our Sunday attendance is made up of people who have another home congregation, but who join us on a fairly regular basis for evening worship, and then factor in the number of students who come during the academic year but disappear home for the summer months, and it can be hard to see just where the core congregation carries out its life. Well, what follows here are some of the basics, so read on.

  • Hear the Silence – a monthly liturgy of music, prayer, readings and silence which takes place at the church at 7:00pm on the third Saturday evening of each month, from September through May. This year Hear the Silence will begin on Saturday September 18.
  • ideaExchangea 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 September 25.
  • Theology in the Dark – an opportunity to watch a film together, and to spend a bit of time in conversation around what we all saw. This year we’ll be doing a few of these at movie theatres, as well as a couple in the film lab at Booth College. We’ve now got one of our dates set for Booth College:  Thursday October 14, 7:00PM, Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler (2008), starring Mickey Rourke. Realizing that many people will wonder what the heck a film about a washed-out wrestler has to do with theology, we’ve invited Preston Parsons to join us and offer some insight.
  • 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 Wanabee’s on Broadway, while the other meets from 8:00 to 9:00 at the Black Sheep Diner.  There my be an open chairs at one or the other of these tables, so if you’re interested please let us know. And of course if the interest is there, we could easily start an evening group…
  • Going the Church in the 1st Century – this is a series of four house communions, held in four different households in October and 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.
  • The 4:00pm early service – Twice a month we offer a second Sunday service at 4:00pm, designed with an eye to families who have babies and young children, but certainly open to all. The service is a bit shorter – say 45 minutes – but is very much in our tradition of liturgy and music. Feel free to join us on the 1st or 3rd Sunday of each month, beginning on Sunday September 19.

That covers the basics, but as the year progresses there will be other events, concerts, and occasional gatherings, giving us all plenty of opportunities to plug in.

So, do make yourself at home with us, whether as your primary church community or as a “home away from home.” You are always welcome.

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