Chalmers Christmas Gift Bag Campaign

(Pandemic Version)

We hope you will consider supporting this valuable program, particularly as community members are seeking our support more than ever before.  Each year we hear from CCSC guests how grateful they are to receive this gift and that, for many, it is the ONLY gift they receive. For this reason we ask that you include new, good quality items in their original packages. Please note that there is no need for the items to be gift wrapped. Christmas Gift Bags can be delivered in new, reusable shopping bags. Donors will have to provide their own bags this year.

Given the health and safety considerations of the pandemic, Chalmers is adjusting how they do things, in order to ensure our volunteers, guests and donors can be giving and receiving as safely as possible. As a result, the contents of the bags have changed slightly this year. Please do not deviate from this list so that we can ensure that all guests are treated equally.

Regular size shampoo (not conditioner)
Single toothbrush in its packaging 
Toothpaste and/or dental floss
Shower gel, body wash, or soap
Boxed candy or boxed chocolate (not homemade and not Halloween candy)
Small jar of instant coffee, box of tea bags, or tin/box of hot chocolate (no coffee pods)

If shopping for a Christmas bag in 2020 is not something you can do this year, please consider donating financially via St. Andrew’s to the Campaign. With your financial contribution, Chalmers will purchase items to fill a Christmas bag on your behalf. Be sure that your donation is clearly designated to the Chalmers Christmas Gift Bag Campaign.

This year’s final delivery date to Chalmers Downtown is Tuesday December 1st.

Deliveries can be made to Chalmers Downtown (41 Macdonell Street) on 
a) Tuesdays in October and November and December 1st between 10 am and 11 am, or 
b) Thursday November 19th from 6-8 pm or 
c) Thursday November 26th from 6-8 pm.

If you deliver to Chalmers directly, please make sure your donation is credited to St. Andrew’s.  If you cannot deliver to Chalmers, contact Rhonda at rhondawright102[at]yahoo[dot]com to arrange a pick-up.  

Yours in Christ,

The Mission and Outreach Coordinating Committee (MOCC)

Worship by ZOOM – September 20, 2020 (Bless Our Schools Sunday)

Order of Service – Sunday September 20, 2020 @ 10:30AM

We continue our live broadcast from the Sanctuary this morning. We remain closed to public worship. Only Rev. John, Fred, our Tech Team, our trainee Screeners, and our guest today will be in the Sanctuary.

We welcome Andrew Hyde from the Ecumenical Campus Ministry at the University of Guelph as our pulpit guest this morning as we celebrate Bless Our Schools Sunday sponsored by Moms in Prayer International and our Mission and Outreach Coordinating Committee (MOCC). Today’s service was supposed to be different as it was being planned by MOCC and was to include various participants from the Committee. Due to COVID, Rev. John will lead the service and Andrew Hyde will share the message. Welcome Andrew!

Prelude – Chorale Prelude on “Lobe den Herren” arr. J. Walther

Call to Worship

Hymn – “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” (v. 1 & 4)

Opening Prayer

Scripture Reading – Romans 11:33 – 12:2 & Matthew 20: 1-16 (NRSV)

Sermon: “Renew Our Minds” (Andrew Hyde)

Offering – You can still mail cheques to:

St. Andrew’s Guelph, 161 Norfolk Street, Guelph, ON N1H 4J8

Or you can donate to St. Andrew’s through CanadaHelps

Donate to St. Andrew’s via Canada Helps here:

You are also invited to sign up for Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR). Instead of using offering envelopes or giving online, you can set up a regular donation through your financial institution. To learn more, click here.

If you’d like to make a donation to Presbyterian World Service and Development (PWS&D) you can do so here:

CIBC Run for the Cure 2020 (Virtual) – October 4, 2020

We are encouraging our members and friends to support the RUN this year individually. If you are interested in supporting this year’s Run for the Cure, you can register here:

St. Andrew’s Guelph and Knox Guelph will join together again next year as “Presbyterians on the Run”!

Supporting the Ecumenical Campus Ministry at UofG, to set up a one-time or monthly, tax-deductible donation to ECM’s ministry at UofG, go to

Special Musical Interlude – “Amazing Grace” (arr. D. Hastad)

Prayers of the People

Hymn – “Lord dismiss us with your blessing” (v. 1)


Postlude – Recessional on “Lobe den Herren” (arr. P. Manz)

Guelph Youth For Christ Moves in! (Partnership in Action)

Youth for Christ: “We see the hope and potential in every young person”

You will recall that Guelph Youth for Christ is a mission and outreach partner of St. Andrew’s and some of you will have met Karen Bast and/or Mark Stromenberg at the Mission and Outreach Fair last year.


The MOCC is very excited to tell you about the next step in this partnership:  Guelph Youth for Christ is relocating to St. Andrew’s!  During weekdays, Karen and Mark will be sharing the Director of Children and Youth Office, the Youth Room and (occasionally) the Church Hall.

Thank you to Rev. John and the Board of Managers for helping to make this happen.

Please pray that this relationship will become a powerful way of expanding our partnership with this ministry and give St. Andrew’s a greater feeling of tangibly reaching youth in our community with the Gospel through the dedicated work of the team from Youth for Christ.

For more information on Guelph Youth for Christ please contact Karen Bast, Satellite Director, Guelph YFC at 226-780-0605 or visit