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Wow.  Greetings.

What an amazing week at Briarwood, with a hugely successful Camp all week followed by a Youth Group Concert Friday night by Parchment Skies.  Thank you Danielle for all your work in coordinating these two events, and all the volunteers who made it possible!!

This Sunday there are two services, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. (all July and August), with kids’ faith program and Nursery.  The story is from Luke 5: 27-39, the call of Matthew.  We finish up the month’s theme on Decision Making with Matthew’s encounter with Jesus.

We welcome Eudora on the conga drums, Alison C. home from Queen’s on the flute and Professor Brett M. on vocals at the 11:30 a.m.  During both services on Sunday we’ll enjoy a special Vacation Bible Camp video highlighting some of the events during the week.

Thank you and God bless.

See you Sunday.


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Greetings Friends,

This Sunday we meet at two services, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., with the text from Jonah chapter 1.  We meet Jonah as he reacts to a situation in his life by making a certain decision.  More on “making choices”.

There is Nursery and Kids Faith program at both services.

Below are photos of Shelia and Barbara enjoying a coffee between services last Sunday, as well as the Whitelaws (who have a connection to Amanda Henderson’s new call to St. James, Charlottetown).

Briarwood Kids’ Camp registration still open:  June 25-28.

There is Bible Study and Prayer on Wednesday night at the Heusers’.  All welcome.

Wishing everyone an excellent weekend.

See you Sunday.


Shelia and Barbara enjoy coffee between services

The Whitelaws at the joint coffee hour last Sunday


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Thank you to everyone for last Sunday, with the ordination of elders, reception of new members and the lunch/BBQ! (see photos below)

This Sunday we continue with “Making Choices”, and ask what this meant for the prophet Daniel (6: 1-16).  Kids Faith Program and Nursery at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. services.

This Sunday we’ll also hear from Marilyn Scott on her trip to General Assembly and from the nearly (Rev.) Amanda Henderson.  Amanda did her in-ministry-year here at Briarwood two years ago and moved back to Nova Scotia, marrying Chad.  We plan for Amanda to lead the opening prayer at the 11:30 a.m. service (12:30 p.m. Atlantic) via Skype and to give us a few words on her call to St. James, Charlottetown.  To hear the sermon Amanda preached for the call, click here.

Please remember the Service of Witness to the Resurrection for Dr. Lois Klempa at the Church St. Andrew and St. Paul on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Please remember the Youth Group, who meet tonight at Briarwood.

Do you love kids?  Invite their parents to register them for Briarwood Camp, online here.

With all good wishes,



Kids inspect ancient Briarwood tree at BBQ



The Amazing Richard Wallace, BBQer, with daughter Hannah.

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Thank you to everyone for an amazing blended service last Sunday, including the election of 4 new elders. We thank those four elders for standing.
This Sunday we have two services, 10:00 and 11:30, with the ordination and induction of elders at both services, and new members and Holy Communion at the 11:30. There is also lunch after the 11:30 service, to which everyone is welcome. Please bring your lawn chairs, since we will probably have the lunch outside.
Please remember the youth group which meets tonight, and Vacation Bible Camp which is coming up June 25-28.
Best wishes to all,

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This Sunday is one, blended service at 10:30 a.m.  We’ll look at the text from Acts where followers of Jesus are first called “Christians”.  Acts 11: 19-26.  During the service there is a BBQ for all the kids and teens in the Sunday faith programs.

After the service we meet for the Election of Elders.  Four candidates are on the ballot and there is a bulletin insert with information on each candidate.

Please remember in prayer the Klempa family, with the death of Lois this past Sunday.  A memorial service will be held June 8th at the Church of St. Andrew’s and St. Paul’s.

Please also remember the wedding of Michael and Christiania on Ile Bizard this Saturday afternoon.

Thanks to Danielle, it is now possible to register for VBC June 25-28 online.

Wishing everyone God’s presence and blessing this weekend.

See you Sunday.


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This Sunday May 19th is Pentecost.  The Giving of the Holy Spirit.  We celebrate the Baptism of Megan C. at 10 a.m. (with Communion) and Faith Sharing by Andre P. at 11:30 a.m.  There is a nursery and kids faith program at both services.

Please remember the family of Peggy Douglas.  She lived 98 years (!) and her funeral is today in Verdun.

Please remember the Youth Group tonight, as they meet with other church youth groups for an epic game of Capture of the Flag and a program.

With all good wishes,


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On this Christian Family Sunday we look at a story of grace from the Book of Acts, chapters 10 and 11.  There are two services, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., with a kids faith program and nursery at both and a joint coffee time in between.

Below is prayer for your weekend by Richard Rolle (1290-1234).

Until Sunday,



the delightful taste of your love

is impossible to describe.

If I were wanting to speak about

your inexpressible joy, Lord Jesus,

I would seem to be trying to empty the sea

drop by drop,

and bit by bit to squeeze it

into a tiny hole hole in the sand.


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This Sunday we’re on Acts 2: 42-47, which describes the kind of Christian community the first followers of Jesus formed.  Two services, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m..  With Holy Communion and lunch at the 11:30.

It’s time to celebrate – Patti T. has an article published in this month’s edition of the Presbyterian Record!   If you don’t already have a subscription to the magazine, you can get one here:

Thank you to Marilyn S. and Spectrum Voices for their recent concert, the proceeds of which they have donated to continuing the good work here at Briarwood!  Photos are here.

On Friday night it’s Youth Group.

On Saturday morning is the Spring Clean Up, with a special activity around decorating the church for children.  Led by Danielle Pierre.  9 – 11:30 a.m.

See you Sunday, if not before!


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This Sunday is Bike to Church Sunday.  We do it in conjunction with Earth Day because we believe God has something to say about our planet.

The text is Acts 16: 9-15.  Two services, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., with Nursery and Kids Faith Program.

Everyone is invited to gather outside by the church sign, with your bike, scooter, bus ticket or walking shoes for a joint picture between services at 11:20 a.m.  

Thank you to Charlene G. and Susan D. for coordinating Bike to Church Sunday!

With best wishes.

See you Sunday.


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Easter Season Greetings.

As I write this entry on this fine April afternoon, I see snow on the ground and freezing rain coming down to cover it!   Hard to believe it’s the middle of April.  Hard to believe it’s the season of Easter, where resurrection springs eternal.

But it is Easter nonetheless, and every Sunday is a little Easter.  This Sunday we continue with the book of Acts, 9: 19b-31, and the rest of the story of Saul’s new life.

Two services.  10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. with Nursery and Kids Faith program at both.

This Sunday we welcome to Briarwood the new director of Action Réfugiés Montréal, Mr. Paul Clarke.  Paul will give a short presentation during the 10 a.m. service and share part of his journey of faith and call to this ministry during the 11:30 a.m. Faith Sharing.

This Friday and Saturday night a Briarwood all are invited to a concert by Spectrum, directed by our own Marilyn S., with Nancy W. on piano.

Bike to Church Sunday is April 21st!

With all good wishes,