Vigil Organized by the Kingston Interfaith Community

Monday, March 18/19 – 5:30 pm 

Confederation Basin across from Kingston City Hall

Friends of Shalom fully support the statement by The Kingston Interfaith Community and welcome other faith members and leaders to embrace and share:

We, members and leaders of diverse religious faiths and spiritual practices, are heartbroken and horrified by the news from Christ Church, New Zealand that at least 49 people were shot dead and dozens more injured while participating in Friday prayers at two mosques. Keenly aware of and grateful for Muslim friends and neighbours here in Kingston, we join them in holding in our hearts and prayers the individuals and families directly affected by this shooting, Muslim communities in Christ Church, across New Zealand, in Canada and around the world.

Standing with peace-makers and justice seekers here and everywhere, we continue to strongly denounce Islamophobia, religious intolerance in any form, violence in all forms and white supremacy. We remain even more deeply committed to mutual respect, understanding and harmony among and beyond peoples of all faith traditions and spiritual practices in Kingston, across Canada and around the world.

Please join together for the vigil on Monday evening!

CANCELED

Faith and Courage: From Slavery to Freedom

The Story of the Reverend Josiah Henson

CANCELED
Saturday February 16, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

St. Andrew’s Church

This is the inspiring, true story of Josiah Henson who was born into slavery in Maryland in the late eighteenth century. Despite terrible conditions where he was beaten, starved and degraded, despite every attempt to break him, he remained unbroken. At eighteen he heard his first sermon and was blown away. That Jesus died for everyone, for the black man as well as the white, struck such a chord with Josiah that from then on, he devoted his life to God and became a preacher. His belief in God gave him the strength to survive slavery and to ultimately gain his freedom. Once free, he used his freedom well and became one of the most important figures in Canadian black history. A veteran of the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, Cassel Miles recreates the Reverend Josiah Henson’s days in slavery and his struggle for freedom. Tickets $20 at the door. Join us at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church during this Black History Month.

 

It’s the beginning of a new academic year. It is also the beginning of a new congregational year!

If you are looking for a church home, away from home, you would be welcome at St. Andrew’s. Last year, St. Andrew’s celebrated 200 years of witness at the centre of the city that became Kingston. Two ‘Fathers of Confederation’, John A. Macdonald and Oliver Mowatt, were raised in and were active as members of this congregation. It was this church that began Queen’s University. On one of the back pews you can still see where cadets from RMC engraved their signatures, including that of World War One ace, Billy Bishop.

Our worship is what could be described as simple and ‘classic’. The hour begins with the Bible being brought in and placed before us. The focus of our worship is listening for God’s Word in scripture, sermon and, on the first Sunday of each month, Holy Communion. We sing our souls from a hymn book that brings forward 2000 years of Christian praise, and we are accompanied by an organ of over 3000 pipes. We are part of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, a branch of the Church of Christ that traces its heritage back to the ‘reformation’ of the Church in the 15th and 16th centuries, particularly under Jean Calvin in Geneva, Switzerland.

We are excited to be able to offer the historic manse beside the sanctuary as a home for seven students wishing to live in intentional Christian community on the downtown block.

And there are lots of opportunities to serve with the love of Christ through initiatives that have their home within St. Andrew’s. The Kingston Street Mission offers a safe place 8 p.m. to midnight for all struggling with accommodation issues and loneliness https://www.facebook.com/Kingston-Street-Mission-218081651859148/. The Mess builds community amongst individuals from across the social spectrum through the creative arts (Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) https://www.facebook.com/themesskingston/ And Special Meals offers a free home-cooked meal to the community every Sunday evening, 5 p.m. – contact Bev Woodcock through the church office if you would be willing to assist, anne@standrewskingston.org

You are invited to join us on Sunday mornings. And if you have any questions, please contact our Minister, Andrew Johnston, at a.johnston@standrewskingston.org

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At the corner of Princess and Clergy Streets – our doors are now blue!

The sanctuary, with the great ‘St. Andrew’ window on the Princess Street side.

The manse, and now home of an intentional Christian student community.