Trinity this week – Second Sunday in Advent – Sunday School Pageant and White Gift Sunday – December 10, 2023

Hello Trinity Families,

This second Sunday in Advent we light the candle of Peace. We also celebrate White Gift Sunday and enjoy the Sunday School Christmas Pageant. It will be a joyous service that you will not want to miss!  This newsletter is jam packed – please read through so you don’t miss anything!

But first, join us tonight, Friday December 8th,  7 pm (6:30 for a sing-a-long) for Christmas, A Humbug?! A dramatic reading of Dickens’ Classic “A Christmas Carol”.  Come out and join your friends for an enchanting evening sure to put you into the seasonal spirit. Charles Dickens’ timeless classic “A Christmas Carol” is a story of laughter and redemption, enriched with victorian Christmas music courtesy of the Near North Voices under the direction of Dr. Adam Adler. All shared with great “Dickensian” atmosphere, humour, and warmth!  
Celebrity readers include: CBC Radio’s Markus Schwabe, Darlene Leferriere, Rod Carley, Doctor Joe Madden, John Powers, Maureen Cassidy, and Reverend Ted Harrison. “God bless us, every one!”

In true Dickens fashion, all ticket proceeds go to North Bay’s soup kitchen, “The Gathering Place.” Tickets are $20 and available at the door.

This Sunday the Sunday School present their pageant “A Shepherd’s Christmas Story” written by Brenda McLay and Directed by Darlene Laferriere with musical accompaniment by Sophia Karasseva.  The Sunday School pageant is always a delight. 

Immediately following the pageant, the Sunday School children will gather white gift donations from the congregation.  Gifts of non-perishable food items, money and other items that may bring comfort to those in need will be gathered by the Sunday School children during the service.  Donations will be received to Trinity’s Food Shelf and the Christmas Bag Outreach Programs.  Of particular need: toothbrushes, toothpaste, playing cards, puzzle books, magazines or comics and toiletries for men. A full list of needed items is posted in the Sunday School Room.

Next Sunday, Trinity’s Choir will present their Cantata: Love!  A Gospel Christmas Celebration during worship.  Be sure to come early for a good seat.  You will not want to miss this!

TRINITY YOUTH GROUP – Cheesy (and Heartwarming) Christmas Movie Night – Friday December 15th 6 – 10 pm
We will watch a Christmas movie (or two), eat snacks and get our Christmas spirit on! Feel free to wear an ugly Christmas sweater or your Christmas PJ’s. All youth in Grade 7 and up are welcome! Please RSVP to Lisa Blais or Marcel MacDonald.

The LONGEST NIGHT Service – Thursday December 21st, 7 pm The Advent and Christmas seasons can inspire profound highs and lows in our lives. Over the period of COVID isolation, we managed to maintain and adapt our Trinity tradition of teaming up with St. Andrews to host a “Longest Night” service of candlelit prayer and of heartfelt string music with “Depatie and Hyatt” in the Trinity sanctuary. Join us again on this Thursday Dec. 21st at 7pm, when we embrace a holiday opportunity of spacious prayerful pause, to contemplate the hopes and fears that fill the actual longest night of the year! The Longest Night Service is a gift to the community – therefore there is no collection. 

CHRISTMAS EVE There are two services on Christmas Eve. Sunday December 24, 10:30 am is our Advent Communion service. Then come early for a good seat at our Christmas Eve family service, 7pm on Sunday December 24th. That Service will include the scripture story and lively singing of many Christmas favourites.

The Faith Forward Team has launched a survey for anyone between the ages of 25 – 45 (whether they attend church or not).  Amanda will speak to this on Sunday.  Please feel free to share with anyone you think would be willing to participate.  This will help us ensure we are providing services and meeting the needs of this demographic!


This week as we journey into the second week of Advent, take some time to offer prayers of peace to the places in our own lives, in our communities and in the wider world that are thirsting for peace. Peace is needed more than ever right now.

May peace be with you,