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2018-02-24 A St. Thomas outreach venture to support the 1km to 10km walk -
the Coldest Night of the Year – annual fundraiser for the Western Ottawa
Community Resource Centre to directly benefit Chrysalis House in Kanata.
Bonnie and Victoria prepared & Bonnie served a chili dinner to over 100
participants and volunteers.
2018-02-18 St Thomas welcomed a new member to its choir. She is
the 3rd person from the right. You might recognize her. (1 photo)
2018-02-15 Welcoming Refugees from Afghanistan. Mother and her
daughter have come to live with family in Ottawa.
2018-02-11 The St Thomas Evensong service with the Ottawa Anglican Chorale (4 pictures),
plus a wonderful video of the Anglican Chorale singing the anthem 'O Clap
Your Hands' by Orlando Gibbons. Thanks to Patricia Brush for creating
this video and to Pat McNally and Sue Lomas for taking the pictures.
2018-02-10 Open Table (3 pictures)
2017-12-24 Christmas Eve at St Thomas - Children's Talk (11 photos + 1 video
of the children playing the percussion instruments during the recessional
hymn - Joy to the World)
2017-12-17 St Thomas Christmas Pageant
2017-12-08 Stairwell Carollers Concert at St Thomas. (9 photos)
St Thomas provided free hot chocolate with marshmallows and candy canes to
the crowd at the Parade of Lights on December 2nd 2017. We gave away 315
cups of hot chocolate.
The St Thomas creche was ready for the Stittsville Parade of Lights.
Many thanks to Judy and Dave Dallaway for all their hard work. (2 photos)
2017-11-18 This year's Snowflake Bazaar was wonderful. It had lots of
customers and lots of help from our parish members. And the luncheon
was delicious and very busy.
A Choired Afternoon 2017-10-29.
Our concert with 6 choirs. This picture shows all 6 choirs singing
together. It was amazing! A few more pictures can be seen by clicking
on this picture. (14 photos and an audio file of the massed
choir singing Irish Blessing.)
2017-10-02 The St Thomas Blessing of the Animals Service. There was 1
cat, about 4 dogs and 1 tiny lizard type animal)
2017-09-16 The Annual Altar Guild Meeting which was held at Christ Church
Cathedral. The St Thomas attendees were Pat Dalphy, Mary Attwell, Tanya Drew
and Marlyn Powell.
2017-09-10 Annual St Thomas Picnic
2017-09-09 Open Table Community Meal
2017-08-26 St Thomas Corn Roast Supper - a delicious dinner and a well
2017-07-22 Pat Dalphy's (aka Super Woman's) Birthday/Farewell Party
2017-06-25 Cornerstone's song 'We Believe'
(click on the picture to listen to the song).
2017-06-18 Merilee doing an excellent job with the Children's talk. (just
this one photo).
The St Thomas Cemetery Service was well attended and had great weather,
albeit a bit windy. (just this one photo)
2017-05-20 The St Thomas ACW Fundrive for Value Village was very successful.
They collected 3022 pounds of "stuff" that filled 3 trailers and 7 carloads.
Thanks to Diane Clement and her helpers.
2017-05-15 The St Thomas Gardens are looking wonderful thanks to
Hilary Shouldice and her team, Pam & Dave Hazen, and Bob Lomas.
And the grass has been looked after with a lot of work by Bob Lomas and
St Thomas had a surprise visit from about 35 people who were walking from
Kitchener to Ottawa as the Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights. They asked us
if they could stop at St Thomas to have their lunch and they were welcomed
More information about their pilgrimage can be viewed by clicking
St Thomas Annual Fish Fry Dinner May 7, 2017 (7 photos)
2017-04-16 Christ is Risen! Alleluia!
2017-04-14 Procession of the Cross
2017-04-09 Palm Sunday (29 pictures)
2017-04-07 The St Thomas ladies making palm crosses for Palm Sunday. (2
Our Pancake Supper on Feb 28, 2017
The 2016 St Thomas creche. The Magi have arrived! (5 photos)
The Christmas Pageant 2016 - Miracle on Main Street (48 photos)
This is a delightful video sung by puppets about the nativity. It is sung to
the tune of the rock group Queen's song 'Bohemian Rhapsody' - thus the name
of this video - Bethlehemian Rhapsody. (Click on the picture to view the
The Stairwell Carollers gave us another wonderful concert on Dec 3, 2016
The St. Thomas float in the 2016 Stittsville Parade of Lights and the crew
at the church dispensing free hot chocolate to the chilly crowd.
Snowflake Bazaar Nov 19, 2016 (31 photos)
150th Anniversary Service and Luncheon with Primate Fred Hiltz on Oct.
150th Anniversary Gala Dinner with the Primate Fred Hiltz (7 photos)
The St Thomas Blessing of the Animals Service on Oct 2, 2016 (20 photos)
The Diocesan Altar Guild AGM on Oct 1, 2016 included a service with Bishop
John presiding, the Annual General Meeting, an excellent presentation
about Iqaluit and the North, followed by a delicious lunch. (16 photos)
The St Thomas Youth Group went apple picking on Sunday, Sept 25th and then
returned to the church to make apple crisp. Click on the picture to see a
larger version of this picture plus 7 more pics..
At the Children's festival last May 2016, the children planted a garden of corn and
squash. On Sunday, Sept 11, the children harvested their garden
and what a harvest it was! We celebrated their bounty in church. The harvest will be donated to the
And I just added 6 more photos of the children harvesting the garden and
delivering the harvest to the Food Bank. (14 photos)
New pictures from Charlotte Passmore where she is working in the DRC (Congo). (6
She also sent an update about her work which can be seen by clicking
Pat, Mary & Jacqueline in Iqaluit, Aug 14, 2016 (6 photos)
The 150th Anniversary pilgrimage to Kingston was amazing! There were about
30 people in about 10 cars. On route, we visited the old Anglican church &
cemetery in Ashton, a quick stop in front of the Anglican church in Perth, a
coffee break in Westport, a lunch at Fort Henry and finally 2 very
interesting tours of St George's Cathedral and the Kingston City Hall. , Aug 13,
Sylvi, Liz & William in Nicaragua (16 photos)
Canon Michael celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination on June 26,
150th Anniversary Cemetery Service and Tea on June 12, 2016. The weather was
very windy and chilly but the service was very good and the cemetery tour
led by Gwelda and Brad was very interesting. (15 photos).
These hardy souls represented St. Thomas Church last Sunday and got wet in the
annual Walk to Fight Arthritis....but they came out smiling!! Great job -
Matthew Stone, Michelle Harding, Kaitlyn Harding, and Noah Harding.
(1 photo only - click on the photo for a larger image).
As part of our 150th anniversary, we held a Children's Festival on Saturday,
May 29 2016 with dress and activities from 1866. (15 photos)
Our 2016 Pentecost Service was Spirit led and very moving. (9 photos)
The Christ Church Cathedral Men and Boys Choir visited St Thomas on April
10, 2016. It was a wonderful service and the choir was superb.
Click on the picture to see a 5 minute video of the portions of the choir.
The video should work fine in Internet Explorer but Google Chrome gives only
The Venerable Paul Blunt who is a past rector of St Thomas visited us this
morning, April 3, 2016, as part of our 150th anniversary celebrations.
He delivered the homily.
Rev. Sally Gadd at St Thomas as part of our 150th Anniversary Celebrations.
March 10, 2016
Photo by John Brummell of Stittsville News)
(1 photo - click on the picture to see a larger version of the photo).
The St Thomas Youth Group,
(The Jumpin' Spirits) hosting the Open Table Community Dinner Jan 9, 2016 (1
St Thomas Christmas Pageant Dec 20, 2015
St Thomas 25th anniversary and confirmation service Dec 6, 2015
St Thomas float in the Christmas Parade of Lights in Stittsville. Nov
The Stairwell Carollers performed at St Thomas on Nov. 27, 2015 - a
Building our new church 25 years ago
St Thomas Snowflake Bazaar & Luncheon
Nov 7, 2015 (35 photos)
Blessing of the Animals Service Oct 4, 2015
Ride for Refugee to raise funds for the Kanata Stittsville Refugee
Oct 3, 2015 (6 photos)
Roast Beef Dinner Sept 26, 2015
Open Table BBQ June 13, 2015
Welcome to St Thomas - created mostly by our children - June 7, 2015 (1
(click photo for a larger image)
A new wall hanging for St Thomas
June 7, 2015 (1 photo)
(click photo for a larger image)
St Thomas Picnic May 24, 2015 (6 photos)
Christ Church Cathedral Girls Choir visited St Thomas on May 3, 2015 (11
Jumpin' Spirits Youth Group Trampoline Event April 2, 2015 (8 photos)
St Thomas Easter Garden 2015
Good Friday Procession of the Cross
April 3, 2015 (2 photos)
Lenten Fair - March 29, 2015 (8 photos)
Chili Cookoff - March 7, 2015. (4 photos)
The winners were:
3rd: John Clarke & Liz Hall
2nd: Stephen Dow
1st: Judy Dallaway
St Thomas Valentine's Open Table Dinner
Feb 14, 2015 (7 photos)
The Jumpin Spirits Skating Party on Feb 8, 2015 (11 photos)
St Thomas pictures 2014 - a year in review
(1 video). (video created by Google)
The St Thomas Pageant was wonderful. Click on the picture to see more
pictures (29 photos).
Stairwell Carollers at St Thomas Friday, Nov 28, 2014
Their concert was amazing and the music was wonderful. (13 photos)
Snowflake Bazaar 2014 (36 photos)
We had a great crew for our Fall Cleanup today (Oct 25, 2014) . The leaves
are raked (but still coming down), the grass cut, the gardens tended to, and
many indoor jobs completed. Then there was pizza!!! (1 photo)
St Thomas Road Rally to Brockville Sat, Oct 11, 2014 (3 photos)
Our Blessing of the Animals Service on Oct 5, 2014 (30 photos)
Here are some pictures of the completed school
Jardines de Apoyo in Nicaragua.
(August 21, 2014 - 8 photos)
The Bible Challenge Study Group held their July meeting at Sue & Bob Lomas'
cottage. We really did have a study! July 22, 2014
We all had a lot of fun at the wine tasting event on July 5, 2014. It
was lead by Louis Gaal of Blue Gypsy Wines from Oxford Mills.
Year End Parish Council Meeting at Jane & Bob's (8 photos)
The children of our God's Garden did a wonderful job of decorating our front
entrance this Sunday (June 22, 2014). It was their last day of God's
Garden for the year. And there are a couple of examples of their art inside
the church hall as well.
St Thomas Strawberry Social - June 15, 2014
Don Gillen's 30th anniversary celebration of his music ministry at St
Thomas. Congratulations Don. (24 Photos)
Pentecost Service and baptism on June 8, 2014. It was joyous!
The Watoto Children's Choir visited St Thomas on May 24, 2014. They
were very entertaining and friendly. Their message was one of hope for
Africa. (19 photos & 2 short videos at the end)
April 27, 2014 - The Jumpin' Spirits gave a presentation of their trip to
Nicaragua to help build a school for the local children. It was very
interesting and informative and it was especially nice to hear the youth
share their experiences of the trip. (4 photos)
The children made butterflies for the Easter Sunday Recessional Hymn on Apr
Ecumenical Good Friday Procession of the Cross (8 pictures).
We processed from Stittsville United Church, to St Thomas Anglican Church,
and then to St Andrews Presbyterian Church with a short service at each
The Jumpin' Spirits Youth Group and adults going on a mission trip to
Nicaragua to help build a school were commissioned at the March 2 service.
They left on Thursday, March 6th.
Chili Cookoff Dinner Feb 22, 2014 - a great dinner and a great time! There
were three 1st place winners. (16 photos)
Christmas Pageant 2013 'Chimes in the Night'
Youth Cookie Sale at Coffee Hour
Singing Christmas Cards 2013
Open Table Christmas Dinner 2013
We all had a great time on the car rally, trying to follow John & Merilee's
detailed instructions as we wound our way through the countryside and
finishing with a great lunch and fellowship in Calabogie. (20 photos)
See & hear the Campanella Children's Choir singing 'Give Thanks' at our
service today -
Oct 6, 2013 (1 video - almost 2 minutes)
The Blessing of the Animals Service on
Oct 6, 2013 (17 photos)
The St Thomas Star Search Evening was fantastic and very entertaining. We
have some very talented people in our midst, as can be seen by these 23
photos from Aug 16, 2013.
Anglican/Lutheran Joint Assembly Right to Water awareness event on
Parliament Hill, July 6, 2013 (14 photos)
Wine Tasting Tour at Jubilani Vineyards
(8 photos). It was a very interesting tour and a lot of fun. And
the wine was good too :)
St Thomas Picnic - June 23, 2013 (4 photos)
Easter Sunrise Service followed by a wonderful cooked breakfast. The
pictures don't show it but we were outside for the beginning of the service.
Doreen Bell's Easter Garden Model of the Site of Jesus' Crucifixion and Tomb in memory of
Joan Thorneycroft. (5 photos)
God's Garden Lenten Fair. (16 photos)
Liturgical Dancing with Elysse Chennette
The Easter Story with Ann Timmermans
Easter Craft with Tina Cabot
Lenten Museum with Merilee Clarke
Lenten and Easter Tastes with Susan Smith
The Parish farewell luncheon for Margaret & Roger Stone. (5 photos)
Tanya & Gert loading the car for the 'donations delivery drive' of the month for:
The Ottawa Mission
few of the helpers at the Open Table Dinner on Jan 19, 2013. (1 photo)
(This is the only picture from the event so there is no slide show).
On January 13th we enjoyed a hearty lunch of corn chowder and tea biscuits,
followed by chocolate chip cookies for dessert. No parishioners left hungry
and we were able to donate a good size pot of chowder to the Shepherds of
Good Hope as well. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out and the
people who attended. (4 photos)
St Thomas Christmas Pageant
On Dec. 23rd, following the lighting of the Advent wreath, we were treated
to a visit from St. Nicholas followed by pageant that truly conveyed the
message of the season. It was called "A Simple Pageant" by Cindy Sterling
and Sheldon Curry, adapted by Naomi Watson-Laird and Merilee Clarke. It
featured the various groups of children and youth within the congregation.
We are grateful to all who were involved and worked so hard to put this on.
We will cherish the memories.
Our Youth Group Bake Sale, Dec 2, 2012
St Thomas Campanella Choir at the Stittsville Parade of Lights Nov 24, 2012
Snowflake Bazaar, Nov 3, 2012 (8 photos)
Stittsville Kidney Walk for Life.
The St Thomas Team participated in the walk, had a great time, and raised
about $200 for the Kidney Association. (9
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Parishioners have been getting to know each
other better through an event called "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner". Folks
offer to be hosts and others offer to be guests for lunch, dinner, tea. The
hosts do not know who is coming until they arrive -- although they have
numbers, information on likes dislikes, allergies etc. The first events were
on April 14th, with the last one being scheduled for May 19th.
Here are some pictures of a High Tea held yesterday at the home of Liz
Norris and Sylvi Dawes. (9 photos)
The Chilli Cook-off - Feb 25, 2012
On Saturday, Feb 25th, no less than twelve chefs
prepared chilli for our chilli cook off. All of the offerings were
absolutely delicious and the results were close. In the end, prize winners
were as follows: First Place, Roger Stone; Second Place, Nicole Dalloway and
Steve Dow (tied for second place); Third Place, Liz Norris.
We all had a lovely time and were entertained
by the children as they twirled around the room in high spirits. (8 photos)
Bishop John's Visit
Jan 22, 2012 (15 photos)
Table December 17, 2011
Christmas came early on Saturday December 17th at St. Thomas Open Table
Community Meal. Many “elves” helped to prepare and serve to almost 100
guests a festive meal of roast turkey with all the trimmings followed by a
scrumptious ice cream yule log. The evening was made extra special by the
colourful table settings and most enjoyable musical entertainment provided
by Fern Massey and friends. The Open Table Meal, held the third Saturday
of each month (except July and August), is open to all at no charge. Doors
open at 4:30 pm and meal is served at 5:00 pm. (9 photos)
Advent 1, November 27, was "Back to Church Sunday" at St. Thomas. It was an
opportunity to invite people who do not ordinarily attend church to come to
a service. A cake was provided downstairs with other refreshments.
Cornerstone provided contemporary music and the church was decorated for
Advent. (3 photos)
St Thomas Snowflake Bazaar on Nov 5, 2011
St Thomas Youth Group Hosts the coffee hour on Oct 16, 2011
Table Community Meal
Saturday evening ( October 15) a delicious spaghetti and meatball dinner was
served to approximately 90 guests. An enjoyable evening was had by all,
including the "staff" from St. Thomas.
A meal is held the third
Saturday in each month ( except for July and August), open to all. There is
no charge. Doors open at 4:30 and the meal is served at 5 p.m. (9 photos)
Thanksgiving Service Oct 9, 2011
The church was beautifully decorated for the Harvest and we all gave thanks
for our blessings. (4 photos)
On Oct. 2nd the Church was
taken over with animals awaiting their blessing. These are a few pictures of
those attending. (7 photos)
Youth Cottage weekend at Rev. Jane's cottage - June 10, 2011
On Saturday, June 4th about 25 members of the congregation came together for
“visioning day” in response to Gift - Growing in Faith Together. We broke
into groups to consider and dream our future faith community at St. Thomas
based on our mission statement. The statement is here on this site, and you
will note the three main ideas. We had fun even though our imaginations were
stretched in the process. It was interesting to see the number of times we
reached consensus. I think we can call the day a success based on the
comment of a participant who summed it up with, “This was more fun than I
thought it was going to be!” We will be looking forward to the input of all;
this is vital. Please feel free to
discuss and enquire about Gift with any parish council member....
Margaret Stone (11 photos)
Rev. Jane blessing the new cross - April 17, 2011 (12 photos)
- photos courtesy of John Clarke
Installation of the new cross on the roof - April 15, 2011 (9 photos)
- photos courtesy of John Clarke
Silent Night Project Video at 8:30 Service (1
Silent Night Project Video at 10:30 Service (1
Snowflake Bazaar - Nov 6, 2010 (11 photos)
Chennette Haunt for the youth - Oct 28, 2010 (14
Thanksgiving Service, Oct 10, 2010 (3 photos)
Saturday September 18th the 7th Open Table at St. Thomas was held in the Church
Hall. Approximately 75 people in all sat down to enjoy a lovely meal of roast
pork and gravy, with apple sauce, mashed potatoes, corn and salad. Two kinds of
cake were served for dessert. This Community meal is held on the 3rd Saturday
of each month, it is completely free but donations are accepted from anyone who
wishes to give. The pictures show only a part of the gathering, the real spirit
of the occasion is heard in the buzz of conversation as people meet old friends
and make new ones. (4 photos)
Turkey Dinner Preparations with Chef Paul Allen and crew. A wonderful
dinner was enjoyed by many. Thanks to Nancy & Paul for managing the
fundraiser. Sept 25, 2010 (7 photos)
Youth Group pictures from their visit to the Richmond Labyrinth last fall and
their Pancake Supper in February, 2010. (7 photos)
Sleigh Ride at Pinto Valley Ranch Jan 23, 2010 (15 photos)
from the Snowflake Bazaar in October, 2009 (8 photos)