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In-person services are held every Sunday at 9:15 am in Erieau and Dresden, 9:30 am in Aughrim, and 11 am in Blenheim, Ridgetown and Florence.
Not comfortable gathering with others yet? Unable to attend one Sunday because of a cough or other symptom? Live too far away to drive in, but wish to stay in touch? Join us online! A live service is broadcast by Zoom from Florence every Sunday at 11 am. The link is in your parish newsletter. Don't get a parish newsletter? Sign up above!
All are welcome both in-person and by Zoom! We love seeing you!
Dresden Bible Studies on Wednesday mornings at 10 am include Eucharist. All are welcome.
These small group discipleship study sessions happen every Monday at 7 pm via Zoom.
At present, we are studying and discussing the second part of the "Revive" program, "Engaging with Scripture."
Would you like to know more? Write to stmatthewsflorence at diohuron.org and we will get you homework, links, and next steps!
Parish and Partnership Meetings and Events
Next Partnership Council Meeting: Watch this space for the date, place and time!
'We Can with Your Help' is the food drive that takes place in Erieau and is held by St. Paul's Church. The food drive began about 18 years ago with a Sunday school lesson about 'Going the extra mile'.
The kids make posters and we used social media to get the word out. Members of the community and congregation donate food and money.
These goods are then unloaded on the day (Sunday, May 28) and we line them along the sidewalk and measure to see how much food we collected in feet. The purpose of lining the food is for the children to get a visual of how much food is donated and how far it can go! The morning of the food drive the Sunday school kids go out and do chalk drawings and words of encouragement.
The first year the food drive was held we collected...maybe 200 ft of food.
In 2019, our last food drive because of Covid, we did 3,600 ft which is almost 3/4 the length of the boulevard.
Here are this years numbers for 2023:
We had $4,845.00 in monetary donations! Divided by 2 (2$ = a foot of food) = 2,423 ft!
Then we had 1,900 feet in actual food donations!
SO....our grand total for 2023 = 4,322 ft of food collected!
Our little church has always been blessed by our community. When we ask, they never hesitate to give!
The parish study group's Advent Conspiracy donations and "Soap for Water" campaign raised over $2,800 for the PWRDF Mishamikoweesh Water Partnership this December. Our optimistic goal had been $1,000. Thanks to our parish and communities for the amazing support!
St Matthew's started a Little Free Pantry uptown in the village of Florence during the pandemic and find that now the need is higher than ever. It is emptied nearly daily.
It's Village Stitchers group meets on Tuesday mornings in St Matthew's Hall to sew quilts for shut-ins, the shelters, Westover Treatment Centre, and the new local respite, Three Oaks Cabin, and to knit hats and mittens for men's, women's and children's programs.
What do you have going on? Let us know and we will add it here!