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Julian of Norwich Anglican Church

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Phone: 613-224-7178
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“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1: 5)

The above scripture, taken from St. John’s Gospel, is a short and simple sentence that is appropriate to turn to as Advent begins. In the shorter days of the year, amidst a time in history when the world seems to be filled with unknowns, our Christian tradition encourages us to slow down and wait for the light of Christ to once again overcome any darkness in our midst.

Advent is in important devotional season for Christians like you and I. It is at this time that we are tasked with creating intentional time, whether it be five minutes or an hour, each day to consider the gospel stories and the mission of Christ. In a world filled with the ‘busy’ of Christmas, our tradition asks us to go against the grain and ‘slow down’ and reflect. The purpose of this season is to consider what does it really mean to live in a world that God loves and a world that God seeks to be in (even at times when we feel God is nowhere in sight).

What does it mean for you and I? What does it mean for our parish? How does God want to break in to the world through us and our actions?

Advent is the four weeks before Christmas. It is when the church prepares for the coming of Christ.

Look for more online Advent materials in the Julian Community News, our weekly E-News

We look forward to worshipping with you,
Monique & Elizabeth

Advent & Christmas at Julian of Norwich

Advent Family Fun Day Sunday – December 1st

After the 10am service on December 1st.

Potluck lunch and Advent take-home activities.

Advent Retreat ~ Journeying with God – Saturday, December 14th

Silence, fellowship and reflection time in the Sanctuary, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Christmas Service Times

Monday, December 23rd @ 7pm ~ Quiet Christmas for those who are grieving or would like a more solemn entry in to the celebration

Tuesday, December 24th @ 4pm ~ Family Christmas Service

Tuesday, December 24th @ 9pm ~ Choral Eucharist

Wednesday, December 25th @ 10am ~ Christmas Day at Faith Lutheran

We have invitation postcards for you to share with your neighbours and friends (find them at the entrance area of the church).

Looking for some ideas for Advent?

Take a look at the Julian Advent Calendar.

Here are some great videos on what Advent is and how you might prepare for Christmas in different ways:

Advent in Two Minutes
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Simple Christmas

Journeying as Allies

Book Study

Sponsored by the All My Relations Working Group

Sunday, January 26th

Location: Sanctuary

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Book: The Break (Metis)

When Stella, a young Métis mother, looks out her window one evening and spots someone in trouble on the Break — a barren field on an isolated strip of land outside her house — she calls the police to alert them to a possible crime. In a series of shifting narratives, people who are connected, both directly and indirectly, with the victim — police, family, and friends — tell their personal stories leading up to that fateful night. Lou, a social worker, grapples with the departure of her live-in boyfriend. Cheryl, an artist, mourns the premature death of her sister Rain. Paulina, a single mother, struggles to trust her new partner. Phoenix, a homeless teenager, is released from a youth detention centre. Officer Scott, a Métis policeman, feels caught between two worlds as he patrols the city. Through their various perspectives a larger, more comprehensive story about lives of the residents in Winnipeg’s North End is exposed.

E-Books and hard copies are available at the Ottawa Public Library Link

Sunday, March 29th

Location: Sanctuary

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Book: Seven Fallen Feathers (Northern Ontario)

In 1966, twelve-year-old Chanie Wenjack froze to death on the railway tracks after running away from residential school. An inquest was called and four recommendations were made to prevent another tragedy. None of those recommendations were applied. More than a quarter of a century later, from 2000 to 2011, seven Indigenous high school students died in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The seven were hundreds of miles away from their families, forced to leave home and live in a foreign and unwelcoming city. Five were found dead in the rivers surrounding Lake Superior, below a sacred Indigenous site. Jordan Wabasse, a gentle boy and star hockey player, disappeared into the minus twenty degrees Celsius night. The body of celebrated artist Norval Morrisseau’s grandson, Kyle, was pulled from a river, as was Curran Strang’s. Robyn Harper died in her boarding-house hallway and Paul Panacheese inexplicably collapsed on his kitchen floor. Reggie Bushie’s death finally prompted an inquest, seven years after the discovery of Jethro Anderson, the first boy whose body was found in the water. Using a sweeping narrative focusing on the lives of the students, award-winning investigative journalist Tanya Talaga delves into the history of this small northern city that has come to manifest Canada’s long struggle with human rights violations against Indigenous communities.

E-Books and hard copies are available at the Ottawa Public Library Link

Sunday, May 31st

Location: Sanctuary

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Book: Those Who Run in the Sky (Inuit)

“After a strange and violent blizzard leaves young shaman-in-training Pitu stranded on the sea ice–without his dog team or any weapons to defend himself–he soon realizes that he is no longer in the word that he once knew. The storm has carried him into the world of the spirits, a world populated by terrifying creatures. As he tries to find his way back home, Pitu is plagued by black wolves with red eyes, ravenous and constantly stalking him, water-dwelling creatures that want nothing more than to snatch him and pull him into the frigid ocean through an ice crack, as well as beings less frightening, but equally as incredible, such as a lone giant who can carry Pitu in the palm of her hand and keeps caribou and polar bears as pets. After stumbling upon a fellow shaman who has been trapped in the spirit world for many years, Pitu must master all of his shamanic powers to make his way back to the world of the living, to his family and to the girl that he loves.”

Hard copies are available at the Ottawa Public Library Link

Welcome to Julian of Norwich

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Welcome to Julian of Norwich

Julian of Norwich Anglican Church is an inclusive and dynamic parish, located on the busy stretch of Merivale Road just south of Baseline Road, in the western part of Ottawa formerly known as Nepean.

Our Parish core values include:

1. The gifts of hospitality and friendship:
We are ordinary people who strive to follow Jesus’ way. We receive each person as a gift and provide opportunities for spiritual nurturing. We offer hospitality, an open stance toward learning, questioning, dialog, and hope. We have opportunities for artists, learners, and those with practical skills. Our worship is engaging, reflective, and embraces people of all ages, abilities, experiences, and traditions. During the Family Eucharist you may hear traditional hymns, jazz, gospel, or First Nation’s chants.

2. The extension of care to those in need:
This parish joins God already at work in the world. Our faith and worship are meant to prepare us to seek and serve Christ in all people, loving our neighbor as ourselves. While we serve those in need, we strive to cultivate relationships of peace and understanding.

3. The desire for and practice of inclusivity:
We celebrate the diversity of gifts in all who come, the outreach efforts in diocesan and wider ministries, and the strength of our parish leaders to respond to the world God loves. We work in partnership with other parishes, denominations and faith groups, to strive for justice and peace among all people and respecting the dignity of every human being (BAS 159).

Services

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Schedule of Services

Sunday @ 8:00 a.m. – Holy Communion

Sunday @ 10:00 a.m. – Holy Communion
(Summer Schedule @ 9:30 a.m. in July and August)

Thursday @ 10:00 a.m. – Holy Communion (September – June)
*** December 26th, 2019 excepted ***

Twice a Month @ 6:00 p.m. Dinner Church (September – June)

8:00 a.m. Holy Communion (Sunday)

This is a quiet, reflective service which uses the old language of the Book of Common Prayer. The service has a small community who come together to embrace the mystery of the Anglican Tradition. There is no music at this service.

10:00 a.m. Holy Communion with Music (Sunday)

The 10:00 a.m. Eucharist is joy-filled and intergenerational , with a great children’s program. This is a service filled with music that is supported by our Choir. The service is sourced from the Book of Alternative Services or other liturgies. The service is projected on a large screen at the front left of the church.

10:00 a.m. Holy Communion (Thursday)

The 10:00 a.m. Week-day Eucharist is a casual gathering in the Chapel. The sermon time is often a short conversation about the scripture text.

Dinner Church @ 6:00 p.m. (Two Thursdays per month)

Dinner Church is a non-traditional eucharist that is celebrated over the course of a meal. Dinner Church begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary and concludes at 7:30 p.m, with clean-up ending by 8:00 p.m. Soup, cheese and bread, and veggies are on the menu.

All are welcome! If you would like more information please email the Rev. Monique at .

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About Us

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Welcome to Julian of Norwich

Julian of Norwich Anglican Church is an inclusive and dynamic parish, located on the busy stretch of Merivale Road just south of Baseline Road, in the western part of Ottawa formerly known as Nepean.

Our Parish core values include:

1. The gifts of hospitality and friendship:
We are ordinary people who strive to follow Jesus’ way. We receive each person as a gift and provide opportunities for spiritual nurturing. We offer hospitality, an open stance toward learning, questioning, dialog, and hope. We have opportunities for artists, learners, and those with practical skills. Our worship is engaging, reflective, and embraces people of all ages, abilities, experiences, and traditions. During the Family Eucharist you may hear traditional hymns, jazz, gospel, or First Nation’s chants.

2. The extension of care to those in need:
This parish joins God already at work in the world. Our faith and worship are meant to prepare us to seek and serve Christ in all people, loving our neighbor as ourselves. While we serve those in need, we strive to cultivate relationships of peace and understanding.

3. The desire for and practice of inclusivity:
We celebrate the diversity of gifts in all who come, the outreach efforts in diocesan and wider ministries, and the strength of our parish leaders to respond to the world God loves. We work in partnership with other parishes, denominations and faith groups, to strive for justice and peace among all people and respecting the dignity of every human being (BAS 159).

Finding Us

Our church faces Merivale Road, between Rossland and Withrow Avenue. Our main entrance is at 7 Rossland Avenue. Parking is free, easy, and right at the main entrance. On Sunday mornings, there is additional parking across the street from the church at Elizabeth Wyn Wood School, which they are kind enough to allow us to use on Sunday mornings.

The church is accessible with several designated parking spots, a ramp to the main door entrance, and automated doors.

There are bike racks outside the main door and you can also use OC Transpo (Line 80 and 86 Bus stop at Merivale and Rossland Avenue)

Do I need to get dressed up to come to Julian?

We are informal, so please wear whatever feels comfortable to you.

What do I do when I arrive?

Whether you come to either the 8:00 am, or the 10:00 am service you will be met by a friendly greeter who will pass along to you whatever you need for the service. Please feel free to ask your greeter any questions that you may have, and please do sit wherever you wish.

What about my children?

Your children are welcome to stay with you during the service. At the 10:00 am service a Sunday School class is offered, which lasts about 30 minutes, after which the children re-join the worship service for communion. At the back of the church there is a child-friendly play space for use at any time. The children do not always go in to Sunday School as we find it important that children spend time with the whole congregation in the church for the entire worship service.

How long is the service?

At 8:00 am there is a quiet service of Holy Communion that does not include music, and lasts about 50 minutes – you can follow this service in the green Book of Alternative Services. The 10:00 am service includes music, and lasts about 1 hour – you can follow this service on the overhead screen.

How will I know when to stand, sit, or kneel?

The truth is, sometimes you won’t until you get the hang of the flow of the service and have figured out what is comfortable for you. No worries; you can easily follow the community’s lead on whether to stand, sit, or kneel. In fact, throughout the service we often give the option of assuming whichever posture is most comfortable for you, and enables you to best participate in the service. For example, if kneeling during prayer is uncomfortable, then please either sit or stand during prayer because we don’t want posture to get in the way of your being able to worship enjoyably.

What about receiving Communion?

All who are baptized are welcome to receive communion. If you are not comfortable receiving communion then you are welcome to receive a blessing – just indicate that you do not wish to receive communion by folding your arms in front of you.

What about gluten and other food sensitivities?

At Julian we provide gluten-free communion wafers in addition to regular wafers. Please indicate your gluten sensitivity to the minister serving communion.

Do I need to bring anything?

No. As our guest you are under no obligation to contribute to the work of Julian. However, gifts are always gratefully received and those who continue to be part of the community are asked to prayerfully discern how they will contribute to the parish with their time, talent and treasure.

What happens after the service?

After the 10 am service there is an opportunity to enjoy refreshments, and informal conversation in the Church Hall. Please do join us!

What is the ‘Anglican’ church?

The Anglican Church in Canada traces its roots back to the Church of England, and today it is an independent, self-governing church in communion with the other 44 churches of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Anglican Church in Canada includes more than 500,000 members in nearly 1,700 parishes, and like Canada, the church has become culturally diverse. On any given Sunday the tradition of common prayer is expressed across Canada in many languages, including Inuktitut, French, Spanish, and Cree. For more information, please see www.anglican.ca

So, who is Julian of Norwich, anyway?

Ah, nice question! Julian of Norwich was born in 1342. We don’t know her real name; she was named after St Julian’s Church in Norwich, England. Julian devoted her life to God, and to prayer. She lived in a small room attached to St Julian’s Church, where people would visit her seeking advice, spiritual wisdom, and comfort during hard times. Julian was a mystic, and a contemplative. She is also the first woman to have written a published book in the English-speaking world.

Upcoming Events At Julian

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Bible Curiosi-Tea – Friday, December 13th

Advent 3

In the Sanctuary at 10:00 a.m.

Cooking For One – Friday, December 13th

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 per person to cover supplies

Registration: Sheet posted on the bulletin board in the Narthex.

For more information, please email Deacon Elizabeth

Nearly New Shop – Friday, December 13th

1/2 Price Sale (1:00 – 3:30 p.m.) – Final day of the sale!

Advent Retreat ~ Journeying with God – Saturday, December 14th

Silence, fellowship and reflection time in the Sanctuary, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Christian Meditation – Monday, December 16th

Learning and Experiencing through Advent

Meditation Session

In the Sanctuary from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Dinner Church – Thursday, December 19th

Dinner with a spiritual twist. If you have never attended a Dinner Church, it is a non-traditional eucharist that is celebrated over the course of a meal.

In the Sanctuary at 6:00 p.m.

Bible Curiosi-Tea – Friday, December 20th

Advent 4

In the Sanctuary at 10:00 a.m.

Christian Meditation – Monday, December 23rd

Learning and Experiencing through Advent

Meditation Session

In the Sanctuary from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Christmas Service Times

Monday, December 23rd @ 7:00 p.m. ~ Quiet Christmas for those who are grieving or would like a more solemn entry in to the celebration

Tuesday, December 24th @ 4:00 p.m. ~ Family Christmas Service

Tuesday, December 24th @ 9:00 p.m. ~ Choral Eucharist

Wednesday, December 25th @ 10:00 a.m. ~ Christmas Day at Faith Lutheran

We have invitation postcards for you to share with your neighbours and friends (find them at the entrance area of the church).

Epiphany – Sunday, January 5th

In the Sanctuary at 8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m.

Star-Words will be available at both services.

A star-word is simply a star-shaped piece of brightly colored paper with a word printed on it. Every person who comes to church on Epiphany Sunday receives a star-word and is asked to reflect on that word for the coming year.

Did you get a 2019 star-word at Epiphany last year? Did you take some time to reflect on it?

Journeying as Allies Book Study – Sunday, January 26th

– Sponsored by the All My Relations Working Group

E-Books and hard copies are available at the Ottawa Public Library Link

Location: Sanctuary

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Book: The Break (Metis)

Journeying as Allies Book Study – Sunday, March 29th

– Sponsored by the All My Relations Working Group

E-Books and hard copies are available at the Ottawa Public Library Link

Location: Sanctuary

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Book: Seven Fallen Feathers (Northern Ontario)

Journeying as Allies Book Study – Sunday, May 31st

– Sponsored by the All My Relations Working Group

Hard copies are available at the Ottawa Public Library Link

Location: Sanctuary

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Book: Those Who Run in the Sky (Inuit)

Baptism

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Holy Baptism

Holy Baptism is the sign of new life in Christ, a full sacramental initiation into Christ and the Church.

Baptismal preparation involves an introductory session with the priest and rehearsal in the church. Services of Holy Baptism take place during Sunday Eucharist; most usually during the celebrations of Pentecost, All Saints, Baptism of the Lord, and Easter.

If you wish to be baptized, or to bring your child for baptism, please contact the Reverend Monique Stone at to discuss.

Confirmation, reception and reaffirmation are various modes of response to baptism. Whether they involve making promises on one’s own behalf, seeking membership within a particular branch of the Church, or reaffirming promises made long ago, each is directly related to the covenant made in baptism.” (BAS 149)

Our Bishop presides at Confirmation services in Christ Church Cathedral each Pentecost Sunday (in late May).

Confirmation preparation courses are available as needed. Contact the parish office for more information (613-224-7178).

Baptism FAQ’s
Q What is the difference between baptism and christening?
A Nothing. These are two different terms for the same thing. The Anglican church prefers to use the term baptism which is the language used in the Bible and throughout Christian history for this rite.
Q Do I need to be a member of the church in order to have my child baptised?
A No. The Parish is pleased to accept requests from anyone desiring to arrange for a baptism in our church.
Q When can I schedule the baptism for?
A Typically, a baptism for a young child is scheduled 2 – 3 months in advance. For adult baptismal candidates, 3 – 4 months is desirable to allow time for formation meetings.
Q How do I go about requesting a baptism?
A Call the Rector at the parish office (613-224-7178) or email Reverend Monique at . An initial meeting will be scheduled and at that meeting you will be able to discuss a potential date for baptism in the months ahead and schedule approximately 2 subsequent formation meetings (at least one of which will included the godparents as participants).
Q Do I or my partner need to be baptised?
A Yes. One of the parents presenting a child for baptism must themselves be baptised. If neither of you are, however, please speak to the Rector about this.
Baptism Package
You might care to view our Baptism Package in PDF format.

Weddings

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Congratulations on your upcoming marriage! Julian of Norwich is happy to be part of your wedding. Please contact our church office at least 60 days before your proposed date. Marriage preparation courses are available through the Diocese of Ottawa: https://ottawa.anglican.ca/marriage.

Wedding FAQ’s
Q Who can be married at the parish?
A Anyone desiring to be married in the church may do so. There are, however, some requirements and conditions as set out below. We have a very busy parish and most of the marriages that take place at the parish are couples who have a family or community relationship with the parish. You must agree to be married according to the rites of the Anglican Church of Canada (this is both a church and a legal requirement). The rites of the church are set out on in the Book of Alternative Services, beginning on page 526.
To see a sample service for a marriage in which one person is a Christian and the other is a person of another faith, follow this  link.
An Anglican priest must preside. It is not possible for priests, pastors, or ministers ordained in traditions other than the Anglican Church, nor for Civil Celebrants, to conduct a marriage in the church or anywhere on the church property.
You do not need to live in the parish area. Most often marriage celebrations at the church are with those who have a relationship with the church community already. If one or both partners to the marriage have been married previously, and are divorced, this will not prevent you being married in our church but it will be part of the pre-wedding conversations with the priest. The Anglican Church of Canada requires that one party to the marriage must be baptised in the Christian tradition – the baptism may have been conducted in any recognised Christian church or denomination.
Couples must take a Marriage Preparation Course. Information can be found on the Diocesan Website.
Q What do we do first?
A Prior to the first meeting couples are invited to attend a Sunday service and introduce yourself to the parish priest. After the service, if you are still considering having your wedding at one of the parish churches, a meeting should be booked with the priest, via email at .  Apart from meeting and discussing marriage, and taking the opportunity to find out a bit about those being married in our church, another purpose of this meeting is to get copies of the application.
The Marriage Canon requires that at least six week’s notice be given to the proposed celebrant before the marriage takes place. Couples desiring to be married at the church should contact the parish office to check that the time and date desired is available. Please note that most wedding dates are discussed with the Priest first and are often determined almost a year in advance. Please do not put a deposit on a wedding reception venue for a particular date until you have confirmed with the Priest that your wedding ceremony can take place on your preferred date.
Q Who will lead the service?
A The celebrant for your wedding will normally be one of the parish clergy. Where couples have an existing relationship with another Anglican priest they may seek permission from the Rector to invite that priest to conduct their marriage; however, this would be quite rare. Please note that an Anglican church may only be used for the purposes of Anglican worship with an Anglican priest presiding. It is not possible for the church to be “hired out” or “used” for other purposes, nor is it possible for clergy (priests, ministers or pastors) from churches other than the Anglican Church to conduct marriages at Julian of Norwich. Ordained ministers of other Christian churches may, however, assist and participate, usually at the point of the homily (sermon) and/or prayers. Couples desiring this must contact the Priest to discuss this and to obtain approval to do so, before inviting another minister to participate.
Q Do we need to do a Marriage Preparation course?
A Yes, it is a mandatory requirement of marriage in our Church and the link is found above.
Q Costs?
A Our fees are set by the Parish Council. The fees include: The celebrant, for the rehearsal and wedding (250.00). A professional musician (organist, and co-ordinator of the music used during the ceremony) (300.00). A donation to the church for the use of the church for the rehearsal and ceremony (300.00). This donation is a contribution to the ministry of the church. All payments must be made two weeks prior to the rehearsal.
Q What about the Rehearsal?
A The rehearsal normally takes place during the week prior to the wedding. Typically, the rehearsal will take about 45 minutes. The main purpose of the rehearsal is to practise the entry of the couple and their attendants into the church, and to give the bride and the groom some practical instructions about where things happen and how the service proceeds. The time and date of the rehearsal is arranged in consultation with the Priest.

Funerals and the Columbarium

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“Funerals … belong to the circle of family and friends of the person who has died and, when that circle is Christian, they find an appropriate setting in the larger Christian fellowship.” (BAS 567)

May the souls of the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Funeral liturgies at Julian of Norwich may be followed by burial or committal of ashes to their final resting place, such as a niche in the Columbarium of our onsite Chapel of Christ the King. Please consult as early as possible with The Reverend Deacon Elizabeth December-Lovell at for funeral planning.

Columbarium

A Columbarium is a sacred place for the inurnment of ashes of beloved members of our parish and the wider community. The Columbarium at Julian of Norwich Anglican Church is located along the walls of our Chapel of Christ the King. There are 160 niches on each wall with oak doors, a four-inch oak spacer beneath the doors and two cherry wood crosses inlaid in each wall.

We are blessed indeed to have this Columbarium. It exists not only as a tranquil haven, a peaceful place, but also as a vibrant place of worship. The remains of our loved ones are never alone or forgotten in this most Holy of places.

A niche in the Chapel of Christ the King costs substantially less than at a cemetery. The niche price includes opening and closing of the niche, an inscribed brass plate, and a perpetual care and maintenance fee that is placed in a Trust Fund. Our Columbarium is registered with, and is governed by, the Cemeteries Act of the Province of Ontario, and we are required to submit an annual report to the Ministry.

For more information, please contact Don Wilson.

Children’s Formation

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The church school offers programming during the 10 a.m. Sunday Family Eucharist service from September through June each year (typically for children from age from 3 to 12 years).

Sunday School provides a safe and welcoming environment for children to explore the meaning and mystery of the Bible and how it relates to their lives. The curriculum is based on Illustrated Children’s Ministry. The weekly lesson plans contain a story and a variety of activities and crafts that the children really enjoy.

Children are also most welcome in the sanctuary (and at least once every six weeks they stay in the sanctuary for the entire worship time). There is an activity table in the sanctuary for children to sit at during the service.

If you have any questions about children and youth formation please contact Rev. Monique at .

Here is a lovely article that highlights our approach to why children should come to church (and that however they seek to participate is awesome):

Why you Have to Go to Church…
Written by: Laura Kelly Fanucci (Source: https://practicingfamilies.com/2014/04/02/why-do-you-have-to-go-to-church/)

I thought I wasn’t going to have to answer that snarly question for a few more years. But here we are today, already five minutes late and you’re standing at the back door whining in protest, coat clenched in your fist and your stubborn stocking feet kicking the mud-caked boots you refuse to put on so we can scramble into the car. Do you want my answer? Ok. This is why you have to go to church.

It’s good for you to go to church.

Here’s part of what church means: faith, ritual, music, art, and community. Experts agree those are good things for growing kids, healthy like tall glasses of milk and long nights of sleep. But I don’t need an expert to tell me what I see on Sundays. You leafing carefully through the hymnal pages, pointing when you find what we’re singing. You leaning quietly into my side as we listen to the readings. You lunging across the pew to shake hands with everyone at the sign of peace.

You like church.

Even when you claim it’s only because of the snacks afterwards.
Here’s another part of what church means: it’s a place where you aren’t in charge. And neither are your parents, the ones who usually get to call the shots. Church is not about you or me. It’s about God. It’s about believing in something bigger than yourself. It’s about the amazing and aggravating people that come together under one big tent. Life, you will find, is also like this. Church is good practice.

So it’s good for you to be there.

It’s good for the rest of the community to see you in church.

To remember that you’re part of the Body of Christ, too, even if you’re the antsy legs that can’t sit still in the pew. Even if you’re the dancing feet that are itching to run up to the choir and clap while they sing. Even if you’re the loud voice that asks WHY WHY WHY a hundred times during the homily.

It’s good for the frazzled mom with lanky teenagers to remember when her kids were that small. It’s good for the gentle grandparents to watch the hard work that they did as parents. It’s good for the single friends to remind us how to see you in a fresh light as your own person. It’s good for the young couple in the back pew to fast-forward a few years and wonder what it might be like to wrangle their own restless kids in the front row. It’s good for all the grown-ups to remember that you belong there, too. That you are beloved and baptized like the rest of us.

So it’s good for the congregation to have you there.

It’s good for our pastors to have you at church.

They see children in a keen way – a bright-eyed, hey-guys, gimme-five way that makes me think the Jesus of slow-down-I’m-just-going-to-play-with-these-kids-for-a-minute would grin, too. You give them hope, and they give you someone tall and important and not-your-parents to look up to. We need more priests like them, and maybe you might be one, so it’s good for you to see each other across the altar on Sundays.
So it’s good for our ministers to have you there.

It’s good for our family that you go to church.

We only have a few years to set this rhythm before school and sports and schedules for every extracurricular on God’s green earth begin to pull at the fabric that holds our early years together right now. And before all those activities and enrichments and after-schools start to trickle into every gap of free time on weeknight and weekend, I want to be sure we’ve carved out space for what your dad and I think matters most.
Which includes: God, silence, song, beauty, service, community, and the inner life. (See also: church.)

So it’s good for your mother that you go to church. You make it harder to concentrate and easier to remember why I’m there. It’s good for your father that you go to church. You let him show you what it means to be a man who can tear up at aching hymns or fist-pump at zinging sermons. It’s good for your little brother that you go to church. You are his two-sizes-bigger role model, and when you pester me again about when you can be an altar server or when you can start taking communion, he listens, too.

So it’s good for all of us to have you there.

Why do you have to go to church, oh sharp-eyed, stubborn-cheeked, wild-haired four-year-old of my heart? Because? Because you have to? Because I said so? Because that’s just what we do?

No.

Because you are church, too. Because you are asking questions and growing into answers and challenging the status quo and making me wonder about God. And you deserve a place that is safe and warm and welcoming for your big, hard, important questions. A place where we will sing and pray and laugh and think and thank together. A place where we remember, again and always, what we are to do and who we are to be. A place like our church.

And we are now ten minutes late. So let’s go. Shall we?

Adult Faith Formation

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There are a variety of ways for you to explore and expand your faith journey at Julian of Norwich. We consider all of our ministry and social justice actions a way to follow your call as a Christian and, as such, one key way to strengthen your faith journey is to consider volunteering in the many outreach activities we do (like cooking at our annual Pancake Supper, volunteering at our Nearly New Shop, supporting our fellowship times after church on Sundays, attending Dinner Church, and more!)

In addition, we run a variety of formation opportunities:

Advent & Lent Programs

These programs are promoted through our “Community News“, which is published every week and may be accessed via the home page.

Bible Curiosi-Tea

On the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Fridays of the month, a small group meets in the Sanctuary at 10:00 a.m. to have tea and discuss the upcoming Gospel Reading. You are invited to join others at a faith enriching study of the Gospel in a relaxed, cozy atmosphere. We enjoy tea and fellowship, as we discuss the scripture, relating its meaning in our lives today. All are welcome to share thoughts about what the scripture is saying, what we are learning and how it relates to our lives and the Julian community today. The group size will vary week to week and opinions and thoughts of participants are welcomed in the spirit of mutual respect and attention. The study session concludes with prayer and clean up at 11:30.
As the group name suggests, all are welcome who are curious about the Bible and enjoy tea!

If you would like more information, please contact Pam Middleton through the Admin office at 613-224-7178.

Christian Meditation

Every Monday, a group meets in the church sanctuary for Christian meditation from 3pm – 4pm. These sessions are open to anyone who wishes to spend time in silent prayer, with instructions provided for newcomers. The group is coordinated by Julian of Norwich parishioners, but also includes people from other denominations. During each session, a discussion video by a Christian Meditation leader is followed by a period of silent reflection. The session concludes with questions and discussion. For more information, contact Gayle Ascah (613-226-8161) or Marg Dumbrille (613-225-0806).

Book Studies

At least once per year we run a book study on a current Christian book. Our last study in October 2019, used Richard Rohr’s newest book; The Universal Christ. Keep an eye on our newsletter for the next study during Lent 2020.

Journeying as Allies Book Study

Julian of Norwich is happy to host the Journeying as Allies Book Study, sponsored by the All My Relations Working Group of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa.

The book study is focused on Indigenous authors and conversations around reconciliation.

For each of the books chosen, we will have two loan books available in the parish office.

Future Book Study Dates:

January 26th in the Sanctuary 
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Book: The Break (Metis)

March 29th in the Sanctuary
2pm – 4pm
Book: Seven Fallen Feathers (Northern Ontario)

May 31st in the Sanctuary
2pm – 4pm
Book: Those who Run in the Sky (Inuit)

Truth and Reconciliation

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Julian of Norwich Anglican Church acknowledges the location of its worship and community space on the traditional, unceded territories of the Algonquin nation.

The Anglican Church of Canada, along with the Presbyterian Church in Canada, the Roman Catholic Church, and the United Church of Canada were partners with the Government of Canada in running Indian Residential Schools. These schools, in policy and practice, were an assault on Indigenous families, culture, language and spiritual traditions. Great harm was done.

We continue to acknowledge and regret our part in that legacy, and to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 2015 Calls to Action in fostering new and just relations with Indigenous peoples.

The Anglican Church acknowledges the significant responsibilities arising from its role in residential schools, and the need for a continuing and active commitment to reconciliation.

As a national body, the Anglican Church of Canada appointed Mark MacDonald as the first National Indigenous Anglican Bishop and Melanie Delva as the Reconciliation Animator to develop reconciliation as a spiritual practice built into who we are.

Through the Anglican Healing Fund, the Church continues to financially support local, community-led healing projects that encourage and initiate programs to help heal, educate, and recover Indigenous language and culture.

Joining with the National Church and parishes throughout the country, Julian of Norwich also prioritizes its participation in a continued journey of reconciliation.

Responding as a Church to the TRC’s Calls to Action

Call to Action 59 calls on churches to:

develop ongoing education strategies to ensure that congregations learn about their church’s role in colonization, the history and legacy of residential schools, and why apologies to former residential school students, their families, and communities were necessary. (Sourced from Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver.)

We are responding to this call through various activities including the hosting of the Journeying as Allies Book Study, weekly acknowledgment of the land before our 10 a.m. service, addition of prayers for reconciliation throughout the year, and the celebration of National Indigenous Day in June each year.

At Julian

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A wide variety of activities take place inside the Julian of Norwich Anglican Church, Ottawa campus. Some of the activities are ministries of the church while others are ways in which the space is used to support our local community.

Nearly New Shop & Book Nook

We operate a used clothing shop and book store at our church.
The shop provides a low-cost option to families to shop and the money raised is used to support the church’s many activities. Items can be dropped off inside the church’s main entrance at 7 Rossland Avenue any weekday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m; We also accept donations of books, toys and small household items. 

Please consider us when you want to make a donation of used or new items.

On Tuesday mornings, we have a crew who sorts through donations, cleans, and irons items which are then placed in the shop for sale.

The Nearly New Shop is open every Thursday and Friday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. If you would like to volunteer to help on Tuesday mornings, call the parish office at 613-224-7178.

Even if you don’t choose to shop at our location, don’t forget that we also have an annual Christmas Bazaar in November and a large garage sale in May.

Book Nook

We have a lovely little book shop called the “Book Nook”. We offer a wide variety of hardcover and paperback books at prices below other used books stores in the city. You can browse through children’s books, how-to’s, fiction and non-fiction. We have CD’s, VHS tapes, DVD’s. Drop by any Thursday or Friday afternoon between 1:00 and 3:30, we’re sure you’ll find some great reading material.

When you’re done with your books you can always donate them back; Re-use, Reduce, Re-cycle!

The Community Cooperative Preschool

The Pre-School’s qualified team provides an environment designed to foster the total development of young children. Teachers create a resource-rich setting and child-centric programming that allows children to choose from various learning activities. The school’s goals are to help increase children’s self-confidence, problem solving abilities and enhance inspired learning. The cooperative school, which first opened in 1962, runs programs for children from 2 to 3 years of age. Call for more information, or to arrange a visit. Phone: 613-224-6173. Website: communitycoop.ca.

Days of His Power Ministries, Pastor James Agumata

Days of His Power is a small church community that gets together in the lower level hall 2 – 3 times a week. For more information please contact:  jamesagumata@yahoo.com.

Sunday Evening Discussion Group

This is an AA group.  For more information, call the church office (613-224-7178).

115th Cub Pack 

The pack meets at Julian every Thursday evening from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Church Hall.

Address Contact
115th Parkwood Hills Scouts Phone: 613-224-5910
38 Silverwood Road, Nepean Fax: 613-224-0114
Ontario, CANADA, K2E 6Y3 E-Mail: 115thphscouts@gmail.com
Website: www.115thphscouts.tripod.com
Foot Care Clinic

Wednesdays at Julian of Norwich Anglican Church. Please bring your own clean towel to your appointment. Please call the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre to make an appointment for foot care: www.wocrc.ca.

New Star Children’s Theatre

This program is unique because all of the actors and actresses are 8-15 years old. The program consists of a mix of all aspects of the theatre. Children are taught, through weekly rehearsals (6-8 hours per week): acting techniques, comedy, musical theatre, chorus and solo vocal performances & dance. As well, the children are given the opportunity to take part in building and painting sets, props, stage management, assisting with directing, lighting, sound etc. Each year several musicals are presented after a few months of hard work and commitment. There are generally 2-4 casts (e.g. 3 “Nicely Nicely’s” 3 “Benny’s etc.) and when not in their main role, the cast member is in the chorus. We stress that all cast members are “Equal” – there is never just one star. 2 winter sessions (October-December & January-April), Spring and Summer session (April – October). Rehearsals are 2-3 times per week. We also have 2, one week long summer camps in the July and August. For more information please call 613-523-3264, email us at newstarottawa@gmail.com, or visit us on Facebook.

Victoria’s Quilts

Victoria’s Quilts Canada (VQC) provides handmade quilts to people living with cancer in Canada. By providing these quilts, we hope to bring physical comfort to those dealing with cancer as well as spiritual comfort in knowing that they are not alone in their struggle.

Our organization now comprises over 1,300 volunteers in 24 communities across Canada, plus Ottawa. The quilts we provide are made by individual quilters who work independently or in groups in a team setting similar to the quilting bees of times past. Since 1999, we have delivered over 50,000 quilts to people living with cancer across the country. We now make and distribute about 500 quilts per month.

The work we do is generously supported by our corporate sponsors, who help by donating or discounting their products and services and by making financial grants and donations. Community groups and organizations also support our program through financial contributions to the National Office and to the Branches. The major source of our funds, however, are donations from private individuals, who are often the recipients of our quilts, and their families and friends. As we do not have any paid staff, we rely solely on the generosity of these donors and our volunteers to carry out our mission.

The demand for quilts continues to rise steadily and we welcome new volunteers to help us meet that demand. You do not need to be an “expert” quilter or a sewer, as there are many other ways in which you can help.

For more information: Telephone: (613) 843-9212, E-mail: info@victoriasquiltscanada.com.

Clergy and Leadership

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The Reverend Monique Stone

Monique joined the Julian community on May 17th, 2018. The Reverend Monique Stone’s professional journey has taken many paths, from high profile roles in the private sector to consulting work in the areas of environmental and social sustainability. However, it is her work as Anglican Priest at the Parish of Huntley in Carp which has fused both her professional and personal commitments into one.

Reverend Monique has been an ordained leader since 2011, and is well known in west Ottawa for her outgoing, approachable style, whether she is interacting with children, blessing animals or helping community members deal with life’s most difficult moments.

No one, no matter their faith, background or circumstance, is ever marginalized in Reverend Monique’s presence. From pumpkin carving gatherings, to a “Hunger Games” themed Church service, to suicide-prevention programs, to encouraging cross-generational dialogue, her goal is to foster a dynamic where people pull together to make communities and lives better.

Monique is married to Chris and they have two teenagers, Lily and Rory.
She can be reached at

The Reverend Deacon Elizabeth December-Lovell

The Reverend Deacon Elizabeth December-Lovell was ordained deacon in 2015. The ministry of a deacon is to act as a bridge from the gathered church community to the world, “to interpret to the Church the needs, concerns and hopes of the world…and to show that in serving the helpless they are serving Christ” (BCP p.543).

Elizabeth was born in Guyana, South America, and lived in Montreal and Toronto before settling in Ottawa, where she was a long-time member of the former parish of St Michael and All Angels. With her strong ties to the community and history of that parish, we are very fortunate to have her appointed in November, 2015, as part time Pastoral Associate in the new parish of Julian of Norwich.

Elizabeth’s current work at Julian of Norwich is to provide and coordinate Pastoral Care and Christian Education activities. Elizabeth has academic degrees in Public Administration and Arts, as well as training in Hospital Ministry. She is now completing studies towards M. Divinity at Saint Paul University, Ottawa. Elizabeth is married to Malcolm Lovell, and they have two daughters Amanda and Vanessa. You can contact Elizabeth at  or by phone at 613-723-1980.

Sue Dow – Office Administrator

Working closely with the Clergy, the Corporation and come to think about it, with almost everybody associated with the parish, Sue is the person you want to talk to about anything that is of a non-liturgical nature (although she is involved in the liturgy and worship preparation too!) Simply put, Sue is the ‘go to’ person at Julian of Norwich.

Originally from the Eastern Townships, Sue also spent portions of her youth in Kingston, Jamaica before settling with her family in the west end of Montreal. She married her husband (David) in 1975 at St. Phillip’s Anglican Church in that city and then they moved to Ottawa in 1979. Their son (Eryk) was born in 1982 and was followed five years later by their daughter (Tracy). Sue is now the proud Grandma of Carson and Peyton.

Before starting her () career as an Office Administrator with the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, Sue spent five years with Dominion Textiles Quality Control Department in Montreal, chaired the Anxiety and Panic Disorder Support Group at the Royal Ottawa Hospital, worked as a teacher’s assistant at W.E. Gowling Public School and was office manager for a small tech firm. God truly uses all things for the good of those who love Him. Sue has a big heart for serving any and all who require an empathetic ear. She can be reached at 613-224-7178 or by email at .

Lay Leaders
  • Tom Granger (Retired, but very active Priest)
  • Chuck Belaire (People’s Warden)
  • Sue Davies (Rector’s Warden)
  • Maté Al-Kafajy (Music Director/ Organist/Pianist)
  • Mac Lindsay (Deputy Warden)
  • Paul Dumbrille (Licensed Lay Reader)

Prayer at Julian of Norwich

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Christians are encouraged to be “People of Prayer,” connecting with God through prayers:

  • Adoration: Prayer expressing love and adoration for who God is.
  • Thanksgiving: Prayer of thankfulness for what God does.
  • Confession: Prayer acknowledging our imperfection, and asking God’s forgiveness.
  • Intercession: Prayer for others who are in need of healing of body, mind and spirit.
  • Petition: Prayer for ourselves.

You are welcome to ask anyone in the congregation to pray with and for you at any time. Here is a brief summary of some ways we nurture prayer at Julian of Norwich.

Prayers of the People during Worship Services

Most worship services include a time to offer prayers. These opportunities are called the “Prayers of the People” or “Intercessions,” which are usually led by members of the congregation. You are invited to write your request in a Prayer Request binder, located near the entrance to the sanctuary, behind the back pew. The binder includes a loose leaf sheet for each Sunday, with spaces under a few headings to enter names or situations that you wish to include in the Prayers of the People. This sheet is provided to the prayer leader who will include your requests in the prayers they offer during the service.

Confidential Prayer by a Prayer Chain

Julian of Norwich has a dedicated group of people who pray in confidence for those who are ill, in distress, or otherwise in need of prayer. If you wish to have prayer for yourself or someone you know, please fill in the Prayer Request form, found in a Prayer Box on the table at the back of the church. Place the completed request back in the box, where it will be retrieved by a member of the Prayer Chain. Alternatively, you may give your request to a member of the clergy or Marg Dumbrille who can be reached at marg.dumbrille@gmail.com. Please note the date of your request. Prayer for each request will continue for one month, unless otherwise indicated.

Christian Meditation

Every Monday, a group meets in the church chapel for Christian meditation from 3 to 4 p.m. These sessions are open to anyone who wishes to spend time in silent prayer, with instructions provided for newcomers. The group is coordinated by Julian of Norwich parishioners, but also includes people from other denominations. During each session, a discussion video by a Christian Meditation leader is followed by a period of silent reflection. The session concludes with questions and discussion. For more information, contact Gayle Ascah (613-226-8161) or Marg Dumbrille (613-225-0806).

Pastoral Care

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Jesus calls all of us to care for and be present to others. Pastoral Care is a ministry of presence, based on faith and prayer, to provide support and love to anyone in need. The role of those involved in Pastoral Care is to be present and available to support people in times of sickness or joy, in sorrow or celebration, in crisis or transition.

Pastoral Care can be provided by anyone with a listening heart who is willing to set their self aside to support anyone who needs a friend or a listening ear. Pastoral Care is a journey shared by two people and the journey is equally significant in the lives of both travellers. A parish Pastoral Care Team, led by the clergy, is dedicated to this ministry and is available to listen, to pray, to share, and to be a friend. The team responds to Christ’s call to minister not only to members of the parish, but also to our neighbours.

At Julian of Norwich, Pastoral Care is carried out by:

  • The Rev. Deacon Elizabeth December-Lovell and The Rev. Monique Stone
  • Our Pastoral Care Team and other members of the congregation

If you feel any situation or person could be helped by the Pastoral Care Team, please contact the clergy or the Church Office at 613-224-7178.

The Pastoral Care Team participates in these regular activities:

  • Visiting shut-ins and those who are facing challenges and need support
  • Visiting residents at surrounding Long Term Care Facilities and others
  • Visiting parishioners at hospitals and other facilities
  • Helping with a monthly service of Holy Communion at local retirement and long-term care communities
  • Assisting with Holy Communion at the Ottawa Civic Hospital
Pastoral Care Team:

Our team of support is comprised of members of the church. Team members are invited to take a ten-week (2½ hours per week) training course, where they further develop their listening skills, their ability to respond pastorally when a crisis arises, and the importance of maintaining confidentiality. Ongoing training programs offer opportunities for further development in the ministry of care.

The Coordinating Committee meets once a month (except July and August) for mutual support, sharing and learning. If you wish to be part of the Pastoral Care ministry at Julian of Norwich, please contact the Rev. Deacon Elizabeth at 613-224-7178.

Volunteer

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There are many opportunities to serve through volunteering at the church activities and ministries. The best way to discuss how you might want to get involved is to speak with the Rev. Deacon Elizabeth or the Rev. Monique.

Volunteer during Worship

Everyone is welcome to participate regularly in worship services.
Please speak with the clergy or the contacts listed below if you wish to volunteer for any of the following worship activities.

Altar Guild

THE ALTAR GUILD looks after supplies and linen for worship services, and prepares the vessels for midweek and Sunday services. Contact Rob Hindle or Sylvia Brennan through the parish office (613-224-7178)

Choir and Music

The CHOIR sings at the 10 a.m. Sunday Service, on special occasions, and during weddings and funerals held in the main sanctuary. The choir is accompanied by organ/piano, guitars and other instruments. Choir practice starts at 9 a.m. on Sunday, or one hour before each special event. Contact Maté Baker at mate.al.khafajy@gmail.com

Intercessors 

INTERCESSORS lead the Prayers of the People at Sunday services. Contact Paul Dumbrille at paul.dumbrille@sympatico.ca

Lay Assistants

LAY ASSISTANTS assist in administering the bread and wine at Holy Communion. Contact the clergy through the parish office (613-224-7178)

Lay Readers

LAY READERS read the Scriptures at Sunday services. Contact Paul Dumbrille at paul.dumbrille@sympatico.ca

Servers

SERVERS assist the clergy in preparing and cleaning the altar before and after Holy Communion during Sunday services: Contact the clergy through the parish office (613-224-7178)

Service Assistants

SERVICE ASSISTANTS welcome worshippers and help at the 10 a.m. Sunday service. Contact John Brennan through the parish office (613-224-7178)

Sunday School Teachers and Nursery Assistants

SUNDAY SCHOOL teachers and nursery helpers accompany the children to their rooms during the first half of the Sunday 10 a.m. service. Contact Alex Dopplinger through the church office at 613-224-7178

Contact Information

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Mailing Address: 8 Withrow Avenue, Ottawa, ON K2G-2H6

Main Entrance: 7 Rossland Avenue (at Merivale Road)

Phone: 613-224-7178

Fax: 613-224-9710

Email:

Office Hours:
September to June – Monday to Friday – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
July and August – Thursdays – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Locate us on: Google Map

Parking

Free parking is available in the parking lot near the main church entrance, at 7 Rossland Avenue and two handicap spots at the 9 Rossland entrance.

On-street parking is permitted according to the posted signs.

Additional free parking is located on the opposite side of Rossland Avenue, at Elizabeth Wyn Wood Secondary Alternate School.

Accessibility

Julian of Norwich Anglican Church is fully wheelchair accessible, via the main church entrance (7 Rossland Avenue), as well as via the hall entrance (located east of the main church entrance).

Audio headsets are available to assist the hearing impaired at every service. Our greeters can provide you with a headset and instructions. Alternatively, you can pick one up from the small table behind the last pew on the right side of the main sanctuary.

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Dinner Church

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All Are Welcome

Dinner Church is a non-traditional eucharist that is celebrated over the course of a meal. Dinner Church begins at 6pm in the Sanctuary and concludes at 7:30pm (with clean-up ending by 8pm). Soup, cheese and bread, and veggies are on the menu.

All are welcome! If you would like more information please email the Rev. Monique at

Dinner Church Schedule

Soup Maker?

If you would be interested in making soup for one of the dinner church evenings, please let Rev. Monique know. A small compensation to cover costs will be provided. All soups must be vegetarian with a gluten free option.

Who is Julian of Norwich?

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Our Church

Julian of Norwich Anglican Church Ottawa was established in 2015 in response to an amalgamation of two existing congregations coming together for ministry renewal.

Our Namesake

Julian of Norwich was an English Christian mystic, philosopher and theologian.

During her early life, the Black Death hit the city of Norwich three times. It is estimated that the plague killed about a third of England’s population in one single epidemic. People died so quickly and in such numbers that “the dead could not receive proper burial and in the worst of times, lay stacked in carts like so much cordwood, or in hastily dug pits on the edge of town, or simply where they fell, in the streets”. [Pelphrey, B (1989), Christ Our Mother: Julian of Norwich, Michael Glazier, p.65.] Seeing these images may have affected Julian, who was just six years old when the plague first hit Norwich. Although she does not speak of the plague directly, her book shows a deep sensitivity to suffering and dying.

Julian had a series of visions, which she wrote down, and spent her life elaborating upon. The photo on the home page depicts a statue of Julian of Norwich, holding the book, Revelations of Divine Love, at Norwich Cathedral.

Shortly after the shewings, Julian wrote what is known as the Short Text. The text is written from an autobiographical perspective, as Julian essentially narrates what she had just experienced.
Over the next 20 years, Julian reflected on her experience and the result was what is known as the Long Text.

Available PDF:

We have a tri-fold document that is available in printed format in our church office. You may choose to view the document in PDF format Here

New Here?

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New Membership Information Package

Download our Information Package or contact the office at 613-224-7178

Words of Welcome

We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, rich, comfortable, or dirt poor. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying newborns, skinny as a rake or could afford to lose a few pounds. You’re welcome if you are Old Ottawa, New Ottawa, not from Ottawa, or just passing by. We welcome you if you can sing like Pavarotti or can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woke up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you’re more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been in church since little Jack’s baptism. We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast.

We welcome keep-fit dads, hockey moms, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like organized religion. We’ve been there too! If you blew all your money on the horses, you’re welcome here.

We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church. We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throat as a kid or got lost on the 417 and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts…and you!”

Julian of Norwich is part of the Anglican Church of Canada who define themselves in this way:

We are a people seeking to know, love, and follow Jesus in serving God’s mission. We invite you to join us. Canadian Anglicans are a diverse community. We worship in small chapels and large churches. Some of us worship with guitars and drums, while others prefer organs and choirs. We speak many languages.

The Eucharist (also known as the Lord’s Supper or Communion) is a central part of many Sunday services, but many Anglican congregations also meet for services throughout the week. Anglican services also follow a pattern that begins with the gathering of the community, then listening to and reflecting on the Scriptures. The community then brings the needs of the world and the community to God in prayer, and the group partakes in the holy meal of bread and wine, before being sent forth into the mission of daily life.

What is the ‘Anglican’ church?

The Anglican Church in Canada traces its roots back to the Church of England, and today it is an independent, self-governing church in communion with the other 44 churches of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Anglican Church in Canada includes more than 500,000 members in nearly 1,700 parishes, and like Canada, the church has become culturally diverse. On any given Sunday the tradition of common prayer is expressed across Canada in many languages, including Inuktitut, French, Spanish, and Cree.

From the Anglican Church of Canada: We invite you to read more about our beliefs, our organization, our history and what to expect by visiting our website at: www.anglican.ca

Who is the Incumbent at Julian of Norwich?

The Reverend Monique Stone

What is the History of the Parish?

Julian of Norwich Anglican Church Ottawa was established in 2015 in response to an amalgamation of two existing congregations coming together for ministry renewal.

What is Happening at the Parish?

There is always something interesting happening at Julian of Norwich. To learn what is happening right now, please view .

Are There any Major Initiatives Under Development?

Indeed! There are many exciting changes coming in our plan.

Is There a Program for Children?

The church school offers programming during the 10 a.m. Sunday Family Eucharist service from September through June each year (typically for children from age from 3 to 12 years). For more information, please refer to “Children’s Formation”, available via the main menu under the heading “Learn“.

What is the Music Program?

The Choir sings at the 10 a.m. Sunday Service, on special occasions, and during weddings and funerals held in the main sanctuary. The choir is accompanied by organ/piano, guitars and other instruments. Choir practice starts at 9 a.m. on Sunday, or one hour before each special event.

What about Accessibility?

Julian of Norwich Anglican Church is fully wheelchair accessible, via the main church entrance (7 Rossland Avenue), as well as via the hall entrance (located east of the main church entrance).

Audio headsets are available to assist the hearing impaired at every service. Our greeters can provide you with a headset and instructions. Alternatively, you can pick one up from the small table behind the last pew on the right side of the main sanctuary.

Parking?

Free parking is available in the parking lot near the main church entrance, at 7 Rossland Avenue and two handicap spots at the 9 Rossland entrance. Additional free parking is located on the opposite side of Rossland Avenue, at Elizabeth Wyn Wood Secondary Alternate School.

Julian Community News

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Every week, we publish the Julian of Norwich community newsletter to feature upcoming events, inspirational thoughts and recent news items.

We also publish a weekly bulletin, “News in a Nutshell“, which is handed out in paper form during the Sunday services, but is also included as a menu item in the Julian Community News.

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Ministry Redevelopment

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Take a look at this video to hear about this project:

Julian of Norwich Anglican Church, with support of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa are currently discerning a call to transform our property to create a new collaborative community that aims to increase the quality of life for the neighbourhood and community. The property transformation will include a diverse mix of housing (affordable and below market), commenity space, green space and worship space. The project is complex and includes a variety of not-for-profit partners and organizations who share a vision for the social good. In addition we are working towards creating one of the most environmentally sustainable communities in Canada. If you have any questions please contact the Reverend Monique Stone for more information.

Over the past two years the parish and community have had access to a variety of communications materials. Though some of the information has changed over time these documents are provided for your exploration.

Julian Discernment Update September 2018

The Building Blocks of Julian Commons (Fall 2018)

Julian Discernment Update January 2019

Julian Discernment Infographic June 2019

If you would like to provide comments and ideas on the project please complete the survey below:

Julian Community News

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Every week, we publish the Julian of Norwich community newsletter to feature upcoming events, inspirational thoughts and recent news items.

We also publish a weekly bulletin, “News in a Nutshell“, which is handed out in paper form during the Sunday services, but is also included as a menu item in the Julian Community News.

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Main Entrance: 7 Rossland Avenue (at Merivale Road)
Phone: 613-224-7178
Email: julianofnorwichottawa@gmail.com

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Acknowledgement of Territory

Julian of Norwich Anglican Church acknowledges the location of its worship and community space on the traditional, unceded territories of the Algonquin nation.

Security

This site is fully SSL certified for your protection. There are websites linked to from this site that are operated by organizations outside of Julian of Norwich Anglican Church. Those organizations are solely responsible for the operation and information found on their respective websites.

Accessibility

Julian of Norwich Anglican Church is fully wheelchair accessible, via the main church entrance (7 Rossland Avenue), as well as via the hall entrance (located east of the main church entrance).