Blessing of the Path
What a glorious celebration last Sunday with our Bishop, Shane Parker, and with Albert Dumont, Algonquin Advisor to the Bishop. We enjoyed being outside as we prayed, sang and shared communion together. Prayers of blessing were offered over the new path as Bishop Shane and Albert walked the path together in prayer with Albert smudging. Thanks to all who came out, to Emily for the music, and for all who helped with the lunch, the set up and clean up. The delicious sandwiches where from Café Lilly Bean who are sharing space with Le Resto

Church Sign
Thanks to the creative work of Barb, Régis and Jake we now have a new interim church sign. It looks superb and was even ready in time for the Bishops visit last week. We are still considering procuring a new modern sign but for now the ‘old/refurbished/new sign’ works well and looks great.

Moving to YELLOW on August 3: We will soon be permitted to sing behind our masks and receive the wine at communion. The new diocesan regulations can be found at

Check out the article posted at the link above by the Rev Michael Garner, Public Health Advisor to the Bishop:
The Common Cup and SARS-CoV-2 Infection Risk”.

Many may not feel comfortable receiving from the common cup so please know that receiving the bread only is perfectly fine and sufficient for full communion.

Grace United Church Move-In
Thanks to Carol for coordinating the move of Grace United Church into our building. The new shared office for SMM and GUC has been set up in the vestry space behind the altar and internet will be installed on Monday. Thanks to Sue and Mary for all their work in sorting and finding new homes for some of the old SMM items stored it the basement and for clearing a space for GUC storage.
The Sunday School room will be organized later in the summer in time for Sunday School in the fall. GUC is worshipping in Rupert until the end of September. Thanks to Warren who has been working with a Quebec notary and with our Diocesan chancellor to develop a formal lease agreement for approval by both SM and GUC.

Diocese of Ottawa Collaborative Book Study Wednesday nights at 7pm on Zoom looking at Barbara Brown Taylor’s “An Altar in the World”. Starting Wednesday September 22nd. for six weeks.
Mark your calendar. More information to come.

Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of Residential Schools” – This summer, Fairbairn House in Wakefield will host an exhibit about residential schools, including photographs and text spanning more than 125 years and seven generations of Indigenous peoples in Canada. For more information: Please visit the Fairbairn House website at: