Saturday, July 28, 2012

St Philips Anglican Church NDG Food Depot Outreach

At St. Philip's Church outreach is an important part of our faith. This includes our efforts in support of the NDG Food Depot. Our outreach involves tangible giving, prayer and direct involvement as volunteers. It is one of the ways we show God’s love and share the gospel.

As part of our active outreach partnership with the NDG Food Depot, we provide a dry food storage facility and share in community programs such as the annual food drive. Our church is also the drop off zone and our parishioners participate actively in door to door food collection throughout NDG.

We help raise funds and solicit food donations by hosting a community coffee house that showcases local artists. At our annual sidewalk sale we rent tables to vendors and give the proceeds to the food depot.

We are always looking for ways to increase our service to the community. If you have ideas as to how we can be of assistance to the community or if you wish to help us in our outreach objectives please give us a call or come by and say hello!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Why Be Part of St. Philip's Anglican Church

When it comes to choosing our faith in North America we have a wide variety of choices. As Christians we can choose to be Roman Catholic, an Orthodox Christian, a Methodist, a Pentacostalist, or a Baptist.

The question then arises why be part of St. Philip's Anglican Church?

St Philip's embraces both the best of our tradition and new ways to worship as a community. We offer spiritually nourishing liturgy that opens us up to relationship with the Holy.

The Anglican church has deep roots stretching back to antecedents in the Episcopal Church, the Church of England, the Western Catholic Church, the Early Church and the Apostolic Fathers. Christianity is an historic religion and a realization of this connection with the past is the ballast which keeps the Church honest and truthful and faithful. While St Philips is an historic church it is also reaching out towards the future.

Above all, the Anglican Church draws its inspiration from Jesus Christ, unlike other protestant traditions it does not owe its existence to the theological inspiration of Calvin or a Luther or any other single teacher. Its faith was formed in the Apostolic Age and refined in the early centuries of the undivided Church. Its theology is that of the first seven Ecumenical Councils and it holds this theology in common with the great churches of Rome and the East. It has not chosen to emphasize one part of the faith over another, no matter how useful a single part may be. It preaches an individual living faith in Jesus Christ--but it stresses a life lived out in the given of the real Church, the community of saints.

The first mission of the Church is the worship of Almighty God. And it is in this context that the holiness of individual members is realized. Our worship is elegant, respectfully formal, essentially timeless in its form and attitude. Our worship is sacramental and liturgical, embracing the celebration of Holy Communion, Holy Baptism, and the other rites of the Church. That does not make it an historic relic or a sterile ritual. Our liturgy provides the foundation for personal holiness, for the continuing process of each member to stretch and reach and grow in God's grace.

We ask questions and we explore our faith with openness, candor and freedom. Faith is a journey, and we seek to travel together compassionately, respectfully and joyfully. Our mission is the Good News of Jesus Christ; our work is the building of the Kingdom of God;and our hope is peace and love made manifest in our lives and in the world.

The Anglican ethos, focuses on the relatively small parish church where people know and care for one another.

The Church is a rock, a sure foundation on which we can build our own lives and the lives of our children. Our Saviour was the supreme example of God's eternal love for us, and his particular commandment to us was to "love one another". We try to do this. Sometimes it's hard, of course. But we work at this business of loving; we work at it hard. And we love you. Even before we've met you. And we want to share that love when you come to visit us.

We think that you will find in St Philips that seriousness of purpose and joy in living that will best meet your deepest needs. We are certain that, among us, you can grow in grace and in the knowledge of God.

As a community, we strive to be present in the lives of those in need, fulfilling the Christian duty to serve. We create new forms of life-giving relationships, in collaboration with individuals and groups who are also responsive to those in need. We seek to connect people in a growing community to ministries for all age levels, and to discover opportunities for creating interconnections between Christ, our congregation, our community and the environment.

Being part of the St Philip's Church community simply entails that you worship with us regularly. Membership in our parish means being a part of our life and in time finding the areas of ministry and service that are right for you.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Our Vision

Our vision at St. Philip's church revolves around crafting a culture of innovation, social justice, stewardship and worship. We endeavor to espouse spiritual discipline that values diversity, honesty, integrity, passion and hard work. In our community we are striving to:

  • Serve the community and be welcoming to everybody. 
  • Create a safe place where people are cared for, supported, encouraged and strengthened in their faith amidst a body of believers. 
  • Create a loving, caring community encouraging each other in our faith, using our gifts to build God’s kingdom. 
  • Be stewards of all God’s creation and all the blessings He bestows upon us. 
  • Give generously of all our resources and wisely administering that which is entrusted to us. 
  • Be aware of and taking care of the physical environment and those in need. 
    We cordially invite your questions and comments and you are most welcome to worship with us!

    Saturday, July 21, 2012

    About Us

    We are an Anglican Church located in Montreal-West. We have been an active part of the community for more than 130 years and we are looking to renew our commitment and make connections with others so that we may increase our capacity to realize our mission. As the parish is reflecting on future goals and vision this is an exciting and vital time at St. Philips.

    We are proud of our heritage of service to God and to the community and we look forward to new challenges. Our worship honours the great tradition of our faith and we also seek ways to keep that tradition alive and vital. We value our place in the world-wide Anglican Communion, representing over 80 million Christians throughout the world.

    We embrace the remarkably flexible nature of the Anglican tradition, which includes elements of both Protestantism and Catholicism, as well as one that takes an honest approach to the pursuit of truth.

    We serve the community and we are focused outwards and about others.

    All are welcome to be a part of our parish life. Our table and hearts are open to all who come because we believe that there are no outsiders in God's commonwealth of justice and compassion.

    We invite you to visit and find out more about us. Please contact us with your questions and comments. We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you!

    Friday, July 20, 2012

    Welcome to St. Philip's Anglican Church

    Our goal at St. Philip's is to create an open, welcoming, respectful place where you might grow in your ability to follow God’s Spirit in your life. We are a diverse community of people who desire to follow Jesus and embrace many understandings of what it might look like to follow Jesus. We believe that you will find us to be a place where you are encouraged to explore your faith and to trust in God and grow in the faith we experience through Jesus Christ.

    Join us so that you may you know God’s peace and guidance on your journey of faith.