Given the increase in COVID cases (today Ontario logged the most ever cases in a single day) we strongly encourage all attending Christmas Eve Services in-person to wear N95 masks. Masks must be worn for the entire service and must be secured properly covering your mouth and nose at all times. In order to avoid crowding in the atrium/entrance, greeting and checking of proof of vaccination will occur outside. Please maintain distancing at all times. After the conclusion of the service, each row will be ushered out of the sanctuary. We ask that everyone proceed outside immediately and keep masks on until you are in your car or off church property.
Intergenerational Worship Service Friday, December 24th at 5:00 pm
All are invited to this party celebrating Christ’s birth through this interactive service for all ages. We talk about Christmas Eve as a silent and holy night but I think it was a messy, chaotic and noisy night! Imagine a celebration where more and more people keep joining in, and room is made for all the unexpected guests – animals and shepherds and magi, and the joy is contagious. Home is found and felt by all who are welcomed to celebrate Christ’s amazing birth.
A Service of Readings and Carols
Friday, Dec 24th at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm Mary and Joseph are displaced from their home, journeying to fulfill their civic requirements to be counted in the census. And yet, the time comes to give birth, so a humble home is found. Perhaps we might imagine the story of Christmas as God’s invitation to be welcomed home despite all barriers. How will we respond?
Download the 7:30 and 9:30 pm bulletin.
Registration to join us in person is now open HERE or watch on livestream.
Sunday, December 26th at 10 am On this 1st Sunday after Christmas we celebrate Jesus’ birth story from the perspective of the Gospel of John. John’s abstract, cosmic and poetic prologue brings us back to the creation story. We celebrate how God loved us so much that the Word became flesh and moved into the neighbourhood with us.
COVID Health & Safety Update
In response to the rising number of cases of COVID 19 and the transmissibility of the Omicron variant, the Knox COVID Health & Safety Team has decided that, effective December 26, the Knox community will cease in-person worship. Worship will take place exclusively via live-streaming and radio at 10 am Sunday mornings. Tune in to CKWR-FM 98.5, stream on-line at knoxwaterloo.ca, or enjoy services posted to our knoxwaterloo YouTube channel.Christmas Eve services will take place as planned, with an in-person option for those with proof of vaccination who reserve seats in advance. Singing, sadly, will not be permitted. Masking is required and ideally please wear N95 masks if possible.These continue to be challenging days; feelings of frustration and discouragement may be close to the surface. Please remember to pause and remember the gift of Christ. God was born into a suffering world and continues to be born among us as Emmanuel. Hope lives among us still.In Christ,
Rev. Hugh Donnelly & Rev. Courtney Crawford
On behalf of the Knox COVID Health & Safety Team:
Hugh Donnelly (Chair), Courtney Crawford, Elizabeth Denbeigh, Vaughn Sauve, Ruth Song
Knox Contribution Deadline & Notices
IMPORTANT DEADLINE: December 31st, 2021 at NOON is the deadline for us to receive contributions to Knox for the 2021 tax year.
OFFICE HOURS: The office will be closed December 27th & 28th. The office will be open on Wednesday, December 29th and Thursday, December 30th from 9 am until 4 pm. On Friday, December 31st we will open at 9 am and close at noon!
Some of you have requested envelopes for contributions. They are ready for you to pick up. Please note that your contribution # is not tied to an envelope. Knox will accept your contributions in any way you choose to give. E-Transfer has fast become the most popular way of giving and we are grateful to those who continue to give despite the pandemic.
Knox Community Prayer, Care & Stories of Celebration
We are hoping to foster connections amidst our Knox community through prayer, supporting one another, and sharing our celebration stories. Below are some opportunities for connection.
We pray together…
Did you know that Knox has a prayer line – a small group of staff and congregational members who pray for those who need support and prayer in our congregation or community? If you have a prayer request for yourself or someone in your family or community, and you would like the prayer line to pray for this person or situation, please email your prayer request to Charlene.
If you would like your prayer request to be shared with the Knox congregation through our new prayer section in This Week @ Knox, please let Charlene know and it will be included in the following week’s congregational email. This is a way that the whole congregation can participate in prayer for and with one another.
Stories of Celebration…
Especially in these Covid times, we all need to hear hopeful stories of healing and celebration. Do you have a good news story that you would like to share with the congregation? Maybe a clear cancer scan, a youth that has won an award or received an achievement, an act of kindness you want to share, or a note of thanksgiving. Please send them to Charlene to include in the next This Week @ Knox.
Meal Train Ministry
For the past year Knox has had an active meal train ministry. Through using an online website app, people in the congregation have been signing up to provide meals for those in our congregation or community that need support because of bereavement, illness, injury, etc. If you are willing to be on the email list of those who are available to provide meals, OR if you know of someone who might benefit from this ministry on a short term basis, please let Charlene/Courtney know.
Volunteer to be a part of the Caring Kitchen at Knox by shopping for, preparing, or delivering meals. Email Vaughn if you are interested.
Volunteer to work on-site at St. Andrew’s for the 6-9 AM or 6-9 PM shifts. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Sponsor a meal! Donate $100 to Knox, marking your donation Caring Kitchen. But any donation amount will be accepted gratefully.
Food for the Residents of A Better Tent City
We continue to join other churches in KW to provide food for the 50 residents of A Better Tent City. A Better Tent City is a no-barrier alternative to shelters. Every other week Knox Waterloo will be taking responsibility for providing breakfast for the 50 residents of A Better Tent City. We are so grateful for all those who have offered to help with this ministry! We are asking you to sign up to bake two dozen (24) portions of healthy baked goods: muffins, scones or protein bars/balls. We need 3 portions each time. Details are provided at the links below. Baked goods need to be dropped off to Femmy Birks on the Thursday or Friday of the week you register for. If you have any questions please contact Femmy.
Advent and Christmas books are available for borrowing in the Knox Library. Follow the links for a list of suggested titles.
This Week @ Knox
Deadline for Announcements
We do our best to ensure that TW@K goes out on Thursday.
If you would like to make an announcement, please send your submissions to Charlene.
Deadline for announcements: Wednesday @ 11:00 am.
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FINAL THOUGHT… “ There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don’t you?” — Rumi