The Beatitudes as a Discipline of Life: Last week’s engaging Tea Talk will be followed up by one more session with Scott, Wednesday, May 10th, 7:45 in the Church immediately following the 7pm mass.

The Rector’s sister is getting married! Fr. Travis will be out of the parish at the end of this week. He will also be away the following week for a diocesan conference, returning the morning of the 18th. Fr. Smith will be available until the 15th in case of a Pastoral emergency. After that, the Rector will be available on his cell phone. The office will also be closed May 12-19th, inclusive, while the administrator takes her holidays.

Grandparents’ Tea, Sunday, May 21st, St. Barnabas Church Hall, 3pm. Bring your grandchildren or invite your grandparents to share in home-made high tea and a talent show! If you family does not have grandparents or grandchildren in town, please consider ‘adopting’ some from the parish! RSVP familylife@stbarnabaschurch.ca.

Gardens Hoe! Having made such a good start, here’s another opportunity to perk up St. Barnabas grounds:  You are invited to dig, shovel, clip, pull, sweep, cook, or clean up.  Gardens Hoe! continues Saturday May 27 at 10 o’clock.  Bring implements.  Those not wanting to garden can assist with the lunch being provided.  Everyone welcome!  In the meantime, please help yourself to the leftover potted lilies and tulips next to the ramp on the south side of the church.

Our new website is up! at the same old address: www.stbarnabaschurch.ca. Among many new features, it includes a Barnabuzz & Rector’s corner blog (under the Parish Life tab), and a calendar of events (under the Who We Are tab). Please direct feedback to the office, as our administrator will be the new webmaster: admin@stbarnabaschurch.ca

Public Dialogue on Islam: Please join us at St. Philip Anglican Church on May 20th,  at 7pm for a public talk by Sheikh Ismail Mohamed Nur, the Imam of Masjid al-Iman Mosque in Victoria. This is a unique opportunity to hear the perspectives of a spiritual leader of the Muslim faith here in Victoria.  Sheikh Ismail will make a presentation and then open the talk to a question and answer session which promises to provide an opportunity for deeper understanding and discussion. St. Philip is located at 2928 Eastdowne Road in Oak Bay. There is no charge for this event. All adults are welcome. Please contact Dan Aire at 250-532-8239 for further information.

Diocesan Workshop: Dialogue for Peaceful change: Parishioners are invited to attend this one day workshop on dealing with conflict Saturday May 13th. “As we work to be a renewed people on these islands and inlets, change is inevitable. With change, comes conflict. We will consider ways to move conflict away from potential dispute towards opportunities for growth, creativity and inspiration. The lessons learned here are applicable in our homes, workplaces, communities and churches.” St. Barnabas will fund the first four registrations.

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