New Year Eve Dec 31, 2012 – Jan 01, 2013

Happy and Blessed New Year 2013.  Our beloved Congregation came together to praise the Lord and thank Him for everything in the past year 2012.

We started by the Kiahk Praises, followed by the Midnight Prayers and the Kids’ Choirs.  In addition the Seniors’ Choir performed a couple of spiritual songs followed by Fr. Daniel’ sermon that delivered a new message for the new year:  ”

We prayed at the end the New Year Divine Liturgy and got Aghapy together right after.  May the new Year brings Joy, Peace and Blessings to you and your family.

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Family Trip to Niagara Falls – December 24-26, 2012

Our Family Meeting organized a Family trip during Christmas Break from Dec 24 to Dec 26, 2012 to Niagara Falls.  They invested the time in getting together, having fun and established a couple of sessions talking about the seven habits of highly effective families, specifically focusing in two habits: Be proactive and set your priorities.  These discussions will be resumed in the Family Meeting (Last Saturday of each month).
 
Given that some of the Youth group joined that trip too, Abouna set up another session for them focusing in brief on how to be an effective teen.
 
We thank God for the time and looking forward to the next Family trip.
 
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Youth Christmas Celebration – December 21, 2012

Our beloved Youth Group had their own Christmas Celebration “Secret Santa” on Dec 21, 2012 @Church.
Santa offered a gift for each member in the Youth Group.  It was an awesome time and awesome Santa too.
 
Please join the Youth Group Meeting “Y for C Meeting” each Friday from 08:00 PM to 09:30 PM.
 
Thank you Santa and thanks for everyone who participated in this celebration.  God bless our Youth and their ministries.
 
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High School Christmas’ Mission @Yonge Street Mission – December 21, 2012

The High School Youth Group got extra blessings during the month of December’ 2012. They had their annual Christmas’ mission at Yonge Street Mission on Dec 21, 2012 for the second year in a row.
 
They stocked, categorized, organized and offered food, toys and books to the less-fortunate people.  They brought them joy in the Christmas season.  They helped serving the meals there.  In addition, they got the opportunity to have dinner together and thank God for an outstanding and blessed opportunity. This group offered their smiles to everybody in that day and didn’t loose theirs: It’s more blessed to give than to receive.
 
God bless and reward you all.
 
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University & Grads’ Mission @Yonge Street Mission – December 19, 2012

Our University and Grads’ Youth Group had their annual Christmas’ mission at Yonge Street Mission on Dec 19, 2012.
 
They organized and offered food and toys to the less-fortunate people in an effort to bring them joy in the Christmas season.  They stored the required stuff as requested there.  In addition, they meet and greet the people, offering baby sitting to their kids.
 
God bless and reward you all.
 
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G7 & G8 Christmas’ Trip to Raptors @Downtown Toronto – December 14, 2012

Our G7 & G8 Class enjoyed their Christmas trip to Toronto Raptors’ Game at Air Canada Centre – Downtown Toronto on FRI Dec 14, 2012.  They watched the Raptors Basketball Game there, having dinner together at a restaurant, and celebrating their Servant’s/Leader’s (Soha) birthday.  They had lots of fun and thanked God for this opportunity.
 
This is an open invitation for all students at G7 or G8 to join their weekly meeting each FRI from 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM and their SUN’ Schools Class each SUN right after the Divine Liturgy.
 
Thanks to everyone who offered the time or the effort to plan, coordinate and supervise this nice trip.  God reward you all.
 
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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.
 
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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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