While many of us enjoy festive meals with family and friends, others aren’t always so lucky. We will provide a Thanksgiving dinner at the usual location, St. Thomas Church, Huron Street on Monday, October 8 for our regular guests at 6:00 pm. The traditional turkey and dessert will be provided by others, but SMM has been asked to provide the other fixings - mashed or roast potatoes, vegetables and cranberry sauce. Please join us if you are free to help.
Don't miss the fun on the weekend of our Patronal Feast on July 21 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. We ordered the Pirate Ship Bouncy Castle, we have planned the Fair Games, and we are getting the feast ready to serve a free BBQ lunch for all guests, around the noon hour.
Back by popular demand, we have a Crafts station, Giant games & bubbles, and the Scavenger hunt too! And if you show up early at 10:30, we will have a Fire Truck for children to sit in on hand. Let's hope the firefighters aren't called away too soon. Come and join in the fun and meet some of our wonderful neighbours.
A stirring rendition of O Canada sung enthusiastically after both services - parishioner Mark gave us a wonderful cake, flags, fridge magnets, tattoos for both the 9:30 and 11:00 coffee hours - and even provided red and while altar flowers to mark how blessed we are to live in a wonderful country.
There is a wealth of activities for children and youth all summer. We don't take a holiday at SMM. Sunday school moves outdoors. Our community fun day for families is approaching on Saturday, July 21 and you can find out more about it here. Volunteers are also welcome to help out and you can contact the parish office if you are interested. Our summer camp happens at the end of August and you can register here. Other events for young people appear on our event calendar.
A return game with St, Martin-in-the Fields resulted in a 13-7 win for the SMM baseball team - a vindication of their loss loss by one run in 2017. It was overheard at the bottom of the last inning that the other team only needed 12 runs to tie - but they rallied at the end - only defeated by an amazing catch by the SMM team's youngest member, Lennon.
The game started with the traditional censing by the host team
Then teams lined up and the game began. Tyler, who claimed not to have played for 10 years got an immediate hit and the first inning ended with a score of five to nothing. The Roth brothers provided strong support at bat and on the field. The rector showed his swinging prowess. Oliver waited patiently for the junior inning for his time at bat. Spectators cheered and enjoyed the game on a perfect early summer afternoon. Elizabeth triumphed for the second year at bat. Thanks to Pastoral Associate Michael Perry for coordinating all the arrangments - including the distribution of Freezies.
Pentecost fell on the long weekend this year with a joint service and readings in many languages. On Wednesday, the evening discussion of The Agile Church moved to an earlier time to accommodate a concert celebrating women's right to vote by Schola Magdalena. who had their final sound check in the nave as we talked downstairs in the hall
Their colleague and fan, ritual choir cantor Rob Castle, produced a surprise. "For a post-recital concert tonight by Schola Magdalena commemorating the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in Canada, I baked butter tarts from the 1915 edition of "Five Roses Cook Book" - which I just happened to find on a bookcase of family memorabilia last week. This little book was a brilliant marketing tool, as within 2 years of the first 1913 edition, " nearly 600,000 copies are in daily use in Canadian kitchens - practically one copy for every second Canadian Home". All you had to do was send in the postage and you got a free copy. The great Canadian myth is that the railroad united us... I say it was baking that truly made us a united nation."
Friday night brought us 125 guests for the first cold service community dinner.
Saturday, the May Festival paraded around the block while the annual plant sale took place on the south lawn.
And on Sunday afternoon, several parishioners traveled to St. Bede for the induction of the Rev'd Jennifer Schick as their new priest in charge. One of our small people joined their Sunday School for the afternoon and even performed a celebratory anthem.
And there were also said masses celebrated every day of the week.