Mother Canada Mourning Her Dead (Vimy – Walter Allard)

As Canadians we do not ‘celebrate’ Remembrance Day, we observe it. We do not glorify war and violence, but with solemnity and silence we remember the terrible costs and consequences of war … and pledge to work all the harder for peace between the nations.

To the pulpit of St. Andrew’s this Sunday we welcome The Rev. Major Charles Deogratias, Base Senior Chaplain, CFB Kingston, who comes with a very personal message about life and faith in the midst of conflict and violence. Charles is originally from Rwanda in Central Africa, and grew up in a refugee camp in western Tanzania. He attended the East Africa School of Theology in Nairobi Kenya, and continued his theological studies in the United States and at Knox College Toronto. Charles has served as minister of Elmvale Presbyterian Church ON for five years, and as chaplain in the Canadian Forces for 19 years (including Bases Gagetown, Valcartier, St. Jean, twice deployed to Afghanistan, and most recently with US navy chaplains in Norfolk Virginia.

 If you are in the area, we warmly invite you to join the worship of God. Certified child care is offered during the service and there is free parking on the streets around (please note that the time-of-day restrictions on Clergy Street north of Queen are not in effect on Sundays) and in the surface civic lot just behind the church off Queen Street.

Have a look at the Order of Service and bulletin below, and consider each hymn and prayer and announcement a personal invitation to join us in Christian worship, community and service. If you have any questions about forthcoming events and opportunities, please call the church office Tuesday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – noon, 613-546-6316, or email

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Join us next Sunday as we continue our journey through the Gospel According to Mark, and Jesus’ assurance of the growth of God’s kingdom of peace and justice (Mark 4:26-32). And all are invited to linger afterwards for a congregational potluck!

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