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St. Andrew’s Church Kingston and the Presbytery of Kingston have the honour of hosting the 143rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada.

The opening worship will be held at St. Andrew’s on Sunday June 4, 7 p.m. The sanctuary will be filled with 300 commissioners from across Canada, ecumenical and interfaith visitors, national staff … and you are invited! The service will highlight music that celebrates both the Reformation@500 and the Confederation of Canada@150. The current Moderator, The Rev. Douglas Rollwage of Zion Church Charlottetown will be preaching, and the Moderator Elect, The Rev. Peter Bush of Westwood Church Winnipeg will be inducted.

The meetings of Assembly will be held in the gym of the Athletic and Recreation Centre (ARC) of Queen’s, 284 Earl Street. These discussions are open to all, and will be held 8:30 a.m. – noon, 2 – 5 p.m., 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, concluding at noon on Wednesday. Enter the ARC from Earl Street, turn left into the gym from the foyer, identify yourself to the front desk as a visitor to Assembly, then proceed by stairs or elevator to the lower level and the gym. Parking is available in the lot beside Tindall Field at the corner of Union and Albert, or underground just in front of KGH.

The reports that will be considered by Assembly are available for download at http://presbyterian.ca/gao/ga2017/

And you can sign in to watch the discussions live at https://livestream.com/the-Presbyterian-Church-in-Canada/pccgeneralassembly2017

Here is a general map of the campus:

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Of special interest to many will be the address to be given by Dr. Cindy Blackstock on Monday June 5, 3:45 p.m.

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St. Andrew’s will be opening its doors from mid-June until the end of August as part of The Doors Open Ontario initiative to welcome and engage visitors to St Andrew’s Church during the summer tourist season. The doors will be open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m to 4 p.m

Five years of violence in Syria continues. Millions of Syrians have had to flee their homes for other parts of the country and into other countries. All are suffering, Christians and Muslims alike. We continue to pray for peace and new beginning. And to accompany our prayers, the Session of St. Andrew’s has asked each household to consider a special offering in June to support the provision of food and temporary shelter to these refugees in the Middle East. Our support will be channelled through PWS&D and ActionByChurchesTogether (ACT – working with the Middle East Council of Churches, the International Orthodox Aid Association and World Lutheran Federation).

A member of the congregation, Martha van Allen, is offering to assist with a giant pie sale to accompany this appeal. We will be offering the pies to the community beyond the congregation, so lots of pie bakers are needed (contact Donna Delacretaz for information – all that is needed is that you can bring a certain number of pies to the church by Saturday, June 13). You can also assist by ordering a pie or two by Sunday, June 7, for pick up on Saturday June 13 – $10 for your choice of lemon meringue, cherry, blueberry, strawberry rhubarb, raspberry, and apple. Sign up on the bulletin board at the church or leave a message with the Church Office 613-546-6316 or email info@standrewskingston.org.

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This is a six part DVD series that invites us to explore the foundations of Christian faith. Filmed on location in the U.K., it takes us on a journey through the Gospel of Mark. Topics include Identity, Sin, the Cross, Resurrection, Grace. Led by the Minister, Tuesday evenings until November 25, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Each evening is independent of the others, so don’t worry if you have to miss one. We have a good sized group signed up. All welcome and free – enter St. Andrew’s Hall by the side door off Clergy Street.

Saturday June 28, 2 p.m.

Our special guest will be Ottawa Valley’s best selling author, journalist and storyteller, Mary Cook. The afternoon will include a set by fiddler Lloyd Wilson of Barriefield and friends. Tickets are at cost, $5, with an envelope for donations to Home Base Housing. Call the Church Office for information, 613-546-6316.

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