ABOUT ST. GILES’
St. Giles’ has a strong tradition of welcoming and openness. We hope to make comfortable all people who visit, try us out, or come earnestly looking for a new church home, regardless of their religious background, social situation, or political-philosophical orientation. We feel there’s a warm place for anyone at St. Giles’ and we want you to feel that way too.
Within the Episcopal branch of the Anglican Church—that branch of the “holy catholic and apostolic church” stemming from centuries-old English tradition—any baptized person and anyone who desires a closer relationship with Jesus Christ is welcomed at the Lord’s Supper. Please feel free to receive Communion with us whenever you, your family, spouse, children, or friends are here.
The “official” season of Christmas shopping frenzy began the day after Thanksgiving. I invite you to pause today, while you give thanks to God for your many blessings, and consider how you will use your time and treasure this year to honor the birth of Jesus. The prayer used on Thanksgiving may be a guide, as it reminds us to use our blessings to help those in need.
I highly recommend Episcopal Relief and Development’s “Gifts for Life” program, which you can access at http://episcopalrelief.org/gifts. For as little as $12 you can provide a mosquito net that can protect someone from the deadly disease of malaria. There are gifts of education, of animals and plants, for disaster relief and economic empowerment. All gifts will be matched up to $700,000 this season – a “Buy One Get One” bargain not to be missed! With “Gifts for Life” your shopping could be done before Advent begins, giving you a gift of peace as you await the coming of Christ.
Jefferson Area Community Food Pantry
St. Giles’ is the fiscal sponsor and food distribution site for the Jefferson Area Community Food Pantry formed in August of 2015.
The Pantry is open on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
The Food Pantry is seeking donations of personal toiletries — soap, lotions, shampoos/conditioners — and diapers. Please contact Aaron to arrange a drop-off of these items.
St. Giles’ Sunday School
Sunday School is held on the second and fourth Sundays of every month for children ages 3 – 10. Sunday School starts at 9:30; children join the regular service prior to the celebration of the Eucharist.
Children participate in activities based on Bible lessons. They share those activities with the parish members and Giles, the church mouse.
Bicycles for Catholic Charities of Maine
WANTED—UNWANTED BIKES Mark Wheeler, a member of Grace Church in Bath, is collecting unwanted bikes — any make, size, or model. He then tunes them up and takes them to Catholic Charities in Portland. The bikes are given to refugees and asylum seekers who need the bikes for transportation to work.
Contact Mark via email: email@example.com or phone 443-5712 to arrange with him to pick up the bike.