G1 to G6 Sleepover @Church – December 07-08, 2012

Our beloved Kids from G1 to G6 had their Christmas Sleepover event at St. John the Beloved’s Building from FRI Dec 07th to SAT Dec 08th, 2012.  There was an enhanced program to accommodate multiple activities that fulfil their needs and desire:  Prayers time, Bible stories about “Giving”, Bible Contests, Sport and Play time, Craft time, Movie time, Meals, Fun and much more.
 
We thank our Dear Lord for the blessings and grace He offer to all the Church’s ministries.  Thanks for everyone who invested his/her time to make this event a beneficial one to all our beloved Kids.  Keep it up.
 
For more photos, please visit the Multimedia Centre and choose 2012′ Photos.

High School Mission @Downtown Toronto – December 08, 2012

High School Youth gathered in the Church on Friday, Dec 7, 2012 evening to prepare packages of sandwiches, fruits, snacks and Bible verses in a brown bag to be distributed on Saturday morning, Dec 8, 2012 in downtown Toronto for a sandwich run. They had the blessing of distributing some sandwiches at two shelters as well: St. John the Compassionate and the Good Shepherd. It was such a true joy to enjoy the spirit of Christmas season and enjoy the experience of giving according to the bible words “It is more blessed to give than to receive”. Acts 20:35.
 
They felt seeing Christ during that blessed time according to His words “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me….The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:34-40.
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G7 & G8 Christmas’ Mission @Pickering Retirement Home – December 08, 2012

For the first time in the Christmas’ season, our beloved G7 & G8 Class organized their first mission to Pickering Retirement Home on Dec 08, 2012, offering joy and hope to the Seniors’ people there in the Christmas’ season.
 
Our G7 & G8 performed some Christmas’ Carols as well as a Christmas skit.  The feedback was awesome as every senior person enjoyed our Kids’ presentation.  Keep it up Guys…
 
We ask our Dear Lord to reward everyone who participated in that mission and thank You Lord for such a blessed opportunity.
 
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Christmas Carols’ Performance @Pickering City Hall – December 06, 2012

We thank our Dear Lord for this opportunity to expose our Coptic Church to the community at Pickering City Hall.
 
On Dec 06, 2012, two groups of our beloved SMSJB Church (G3 to G6 and G7-G8) performed Christmas Carols for the first time at Pickering City Hall.  They delivered a joyful message to all people: ” For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” – John 3:16.
 
Thanks to everyone who coordinated this event and thanks to everyone who invested his/her time to well represent our beloved church and deliver this joyful message.  We got another invite from the City Hall to perform this coming Feb’ 2013.
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Poetry Night – November 09, 2012

SMSJB Youth Group organized their second Poetry Night on FRI November 09th, 2012.  It was an outstanding event where all the Youth from multiple churches and Youth Groups outside of our Congregation in Canada and USA were invited to present their poems, spoken words, their songs, etc.  Around 15 acts were presented in a professional manner.  In addition, our SMSJB G7 and G8 Choir presented a christian kenyan song “Jesus love me.”
 
This event explored lots of talented Youth.  They can rhyme their words and deliver significant messages.  Everything was well organized, and refreshments and snacks were served at the end of the event.
 
Every participant and audience are looking forward to repeating this event.
 
Thanks for everyone who organized and participated in this night.  Great and awesome job.
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Preparing the New Church’s Drawings

Under the patronage and prayers of H.H. Pope Tawadros II and the pond Apostles, we are now preparing the new church’s drawings and developing the two existing buildings by the grace of the Lord and the prayers of our beloved Church’s patrons the Virgin St. Mary and St. John the Beloved to include new Sunday Schools’ classes, equipped conference rooms, banquet hall, modern kitchen, Gymnasium, book store and library.
We thank the Lord from our hearts as He maximized His deed with us seeking His Holy Grace to complete His Church for the salvation of everyone. May His glory last forever – Amen.
Please make O’Lord from this House a position of comfort to Your Beloved Character.
تحت رعاية و بصلوات قداسة البابا المعظم الانبا تواضروس الثانى
وبركة الرسل الاطهار
يتم حاليا تجهيز رسومات الكنيسة الجديدة وتطوير المبنيين القائميين عليها بنعمة الرب وصلوات شفيعي كنيستنا العذراء القديسة مريم والقديس ماريوحنا الحبيب لتشمل فصول جديدة لمدارس الأحد و قاعات إجتماعات مجهزة و صالة طعام و مطبخ حديث و جمنازيوم و مكتبة

نشكر الله من أعماق قلوبنا لانه عظم الصنيع معنا ولنسأله أن يتمم مشيئته المقدسة في كنيسته لخلاص نفوسنا  له المجد الدائم إلي الأبد امين
إجعل يارب من هذا البيت موضع راحه لشخصك الحبيب

 

November’ 2012 Update

Our beloved Fr. Daniel Bessada has had the blessing of H.H. Pope Tawadros II right after H.H. Enthronement’s Ceremony on Nov 18, 2012.  H.H. blessed and is satisfied with the project and the new church.

 

All Saints’ Celebration (Kids’ Fun Night) – October 31, 2012

In her continuous effort to offer joy and fun to our beloved Kids, our SMSJB Church organized a Kids’ Fun Night “All Saints’ Celebration” on WED Oct 31st, 2012 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM @ St. John’s Building.
 
We started by the Thanksgiving Prayer, followed by multiple fun’s activities: Apples’ bucket full of Water, Musical Mats, Balloons’ Game, Cupcake’ Decoration, Bible Trivia, Kids’ Skit, Food Time and Candies’ bags distribution.
 
All Kids enjoyed this night with their Saints and Fun’ Costumes.  The Church took this opportunity to boost the kids’ knowledge with the Saints’ life.
 
We thank all our Kids for participating in this event and appreciate the time and efforts the servants invest in our beloved Kids.  It was really rewarding.  Thank you Lord for blessing our Church’s activities.
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Pumpkins’ Carving Event – October 27, 2012

For the third year in a row, our beloved SMSJB Church organized a fun fall event to carve the Pumpkins and create funny shapes.
 
On October 27, 2012, more than 60 Kids got together to have fun and enjoy snack time.  This time, our beloved kids invited their friends from schools and neighborhood to join them and familiarize them with the multiple Church’s activities.
 
Our Youth Group gave a hand and helped the Kids to carve their pumpkins.  They came up with funny shapes as shown in the videos and photos (Visit the Multimedia Center).
 
Lots of Fun!  Thank God for this time.  We ask You to bless our Church’s ministries for the Glory of Your Holy Name.

Buffalo and Rochester Youth Trip – October 19-20, 2012

Our Youth group (High school, University and Grads) participated in a wonderful youth gathering at St. Mary and St. Moses the Black Coptic Church in Buffalo (USA) where they enjoyed a session about the sacrament of repentance and confession that was led by Abouna Mark Eskander and Abouna Daniel Bessada, followed by dinner at church hall, mid-night praises and a sleep over at the new church retreat center.
 
In the morning, they prayed a Divine Liturgy at St. Mark Coptic Church in Rochester and enjoyed a spiritual day at church. Dr. George Tadros was the main speaker who led 2 sessions about “Wisdom in Action”. Our Church youth shared their experience of the mission trip to Kenya showing a video clip and answering questions about the nature of serving God in Africa.
It was a true pleasure getting together and sharing prayers, spiritual songs / discussions, aghapy, social activities and mingling with the youth of our churches of St. Mercurius and St. George Church in St. Catharines, as well as our churches in Buffalo and Rochester.
We would like to thank everyone who participated and organized such a blessed event.
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