Kids’ Choir Performance @Pickering City Hall – Dec 12, 2013:

We thank our Dear Lord for this opportunity to expose our Coptic Church to the community at Pickering City Hall for the second year in a row.

On Dec 12, 2013, two groups of our beloved SMSJB Church (G3 to G6 and G7-G8) performed Christmas Carols for the second 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.

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Poetry Night – November 22, 2013

SMSJB Youth Group organized their third yearly Poetry Night on FRI November 22, 2013 @St. John the Beloved’s Building.  It was a great event where all the Youth from multiple churches and Youth Groups outside of our Congregation were invited to present their poems, spoken words, their songs, etc.  Around 15 acts were presented in a professional manner.  In addition, our SMSJB G7 and G8 and Youth’ Choir performed some Christian songs.
This event explored lots of talented Youth.  They can rhyme their words and deliver significant messages.  Everything was well organized.  Refreshments and snacks were served at the end of the event. Every participant and audience are looking forward to repeating this event.
Thanks to everyone who organized and participated in this night.  Great and awesome job.
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Heavenly Hall Grand Opening – November 17, 2013

On November 17, 2013, our beloved SMSJB Church celebrated the Grand Opening of the Heavenly Hall and Catering Kitchen located in St. John the Beloved’s building.
We were honoured by the presence of Mr. Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
who shared us this special moment of the successful project’s completion.
Our beloved Kids’ performed Choir and Drama in this occasion.  Everyone felt the presence of God and felt cheerful. We enjoyed Agapy together and prayed the Thanksgiving prayer at the end.


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MON October 21, 2013 – Babah 11, 1730 AM

Departure of St. James the Patriarch of Antioch

On this day was the departure of the holy father Abba James, the patriarch of Antioch. Great tribulations befell him, and he was exiled for keeping the Orthodox faith. After he remained in exile for a period of time, the people of the city gathered and brought him back. Then the Arians went back and exiled him again and he stayed in exile for seven more years, then departed in peace.

May his prayers and blessings be with us all. Amen.

نياحة الانبا يعقوب بطريرك إنطاكية

في مثل هذا اليوم تنيح الأب القديس الأنبا يعقوب بطريرك إنطاكية. وقد لقي شدائد كثيرة ونفى في سبيل المحافظة على الأمانة المستقيمة. وبعد أن ظل في النفي مدة من الزمان اجتمع أهل المدينة واستحضروه. ثم رجع الأريوسيون ونفوه ثانيا. فمكث في المنفى سبع سنين. ثم تنيح بسلام

شفاعته تكون معنا. آمين

Departure of St. Pelagia

On this day also departed St.Pelagia. This righteous woman was born in the city of Antioch from pagan parents, and she had both a corrupt faith and a corrupt manner of life. She met a holy bishop whose name was Paul who preached to her. She believed in the Lord Christ through him, and confessed to him everything which she had done. He encouraged her and taught her not to despair but to repent with a true determination. Then he baptized her in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit and she was illuminated by the grace of baptism. She led a penitent life with a firm heart and a pure determination, and she consumed her body with strenous worship. Then she dressed herself in the garb of men and went to Jerusalem and worshipped in its sanctuaries. She met Abba Alexandros the patriarch of Jerusalem who sent her to one of the convents outside Jerusalem. She dwelt there for forty years and departed in peace.

May her prayers and blessings be with us all, and Glory be to God forever. Amen.

نياحة القديسة بيلاجية التائبة

في مثل هذا اليوم تنيحت القديسة بيلاجية. وقد ولدت هذه البارة بمدينة إنطاكية من أبوين وثنيين، وكانت قد جمعت إلى فساد معتقدها، نجاسة السيرة أيضا. فصادفها أسقف قديس يسمى بولس، ووعظها كثيرا فآمنت بالسيد المسيح على يده، واعترفت له بجميع ما صنعت. فقواها وعلمها ألا تيأس. وأن تتوب بنية صادقة. ثم عمدها باسم الاب والابن والروح القدس. فاستنارت بنعمة المعمودية. وتقدمت إلى التوبة بقلب ثابت ونية خالصة وأضنت جسمها بالعبادة الحارة. ثم تزينت بزي الرجال وذهبت إلى أورشليم. وسجدت في هياكلها واجتمعت بالأب الاسكندروس بطريرك أورشليم فأرسلها إلى بعض الأديرة التي بقرب بيت المقدس فمكثت فيها أربعين سنة وتنيحت بسلام

صلاتها تكون معنا. ولربنا المجد دائما أبديا. آمين

SMSJB Youth South Africa Mission – Aug 05 to 19, 2013

o Under the leadership of Fr. Daniel Bessada, the Undergraduate, Graduate group and the High School Youth embarked on a two weeks’ journey to Johannesburg, South Africa.
o 27 of our Youth ventured in a mission for charity work, humanitarian service and self-spiritual development. They raised around $14,000 in cash donations and took over 50 suitcases of various clothing, school supplies, christian gifts, and medication.
o They were joined by a group of Youth under the leadership of Fr. Dawood Lamey from Egypt.
o As a Charity Mission, they served 7 perishes, visited 3 monasteries, a hospital, 3 orphanages and 13 schools.
o As a Spiritual Mission, they had the blessing of meeting Bishop A. Markos, Fr. Abdel Messih and Fr. Takla as well as some native priests.  They prayed 3 Liturgies.  They held a Pre-Baptism seminar at a
church in Soshanguve for potential converts and atheists.
o During their stay in KwaZuluNatal, they partook in house visitations, Bible studies and Youth Groups.  Following each Liturgy, Sunday School classes were held by this group, for all ages.

To give you a little background about the Youth Group at our church:  They are a group of University and College Students and Graduates that have come together as one under this church.  The Youth Group are active in the church and its services.
This is a group of young adults coming together for their love of one another, their love of God, and their love of service!  The Youth Group welcomes all those interested in becoming part of this group to join them in any of their meetings and services.
“Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let they heart cheer in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment” (Ecclesiastes 11:9)


SMSJB Youth Gym Grand Opening – May 25, 2013

On SAT May 25th, 2013, our beloved SMSJB Church was delighted by the opening of the Youth Gym at St. John the Beloved’s building by the presence of:
+  Mayor Mr. Dave Ryan, Mayor city of Pickering.
+  MPP Mr. Corneliu, Member of Parliament, Pickering – Scarborough East.
+  MPP Mme Tracy McCharles, Member of Provincial Parliament for Pickering – Scarborough East.
+  Scotiabank Managers and Representatives: Charlene Lee and Gabrielle Bird.
Fr. Daniel Bessada, SMSJB Board of Deacons, Servants, Youth, and the entire Congregation welcomed our Guests, kicked off the first game and had lots of fun.
Fr. Daniel emphasized on the importance of building Youth rather than building walls and the Gym is a tool to build our Youth.  All Guests were impressed on how the Gym is built in a professional way to serve our Yourth and our community.
Thank You Lord for Your Blessings and God bless everyone for his/her support and prayers.
For more photos, please visit the Multimedia Centre and choose 2013′ Photos.

Donkey Ride @Palm Sunday’ Eve – April 27, 2013

On Lazarus Saturday (Palm Sunday’ Eve) April 27, 2013, our beloved SMSJB Church organized a fun and educational event about the Palm Sunday story and the significance of the donkey.
This special program started by the Donkey ride at our Church, followed by the Palm Sunday story and the significance of the donkey, Palm braiding, donkey’ craft and colouring.
Right after, we prayed Palm Sunday’ Vesper Prayers with Procession of the Cross, followed by Drama practice for our beloved Kids.
God bless all servants who organized this event and reward them many folds.
For more photos, please visit the Multimedia Centre and choose 2013′ Photos.

Kids’ Activities during March Break – March 11-15, 2013

Our beloved Kids from different ages enjoyed (JK to G8) enjoyed multiple activities during March Break from Mar 11 to Mar 15, 2013.
Our beloved SMSJB Church organized the following trips and activities:
o LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre: G1 to G6
o Bowling and Lunch together: G7 & G8
o Sleepover Night @Church: G1 to G6
o Rainbow Park: JK & SK
Our beloved Kids had lots of fun and are seeking more trips during Summer Camp.
God bless everyone who invested the time and the effort in participating in these trips and activities.
For more photos, please visit the Multimedia Centre and choose 2013′ Photos.

G7 and G8 Mission on March Break – March 15, 2013

Our beloved G7 and G8 group visited VIVA Retirement Home in Pickering on Friday March 15, 2013.
The main purpose of this visit was to show care and love to the Seniors’ people in our community and offer them joyful entertainment time.
This visit was full of activities: Cupcakes’ decoration, socialization and tour, performing 3 songs, attending Irish show there for St. Patrick’s Day, and music performance. Some of our kids opened an informative discussion with one of the Seniors’ member there who was involved in World War II.
It was a fruitful time for our kids.  They got another invite to visit that place in the near future.  We ask the Lord to bless their ministries and bless them.
For more photos, please visit the Multimedia Centre and choose 2013′ Photos.

Youth Mission @Trent University – March 01, 2013

Our Youth Group (G7 & G8, High School, University and Grads) participated on March 1st in a “Celebration of Black History and Culture” event at Trent University in Oshawa Campus in an effort to get people knowing and reminded about Jesus Christ the Savior and Holy Redeemer as well as knowing about the Coptic Church and her activities.
They prepared a flyer about the Coptic Black Saints to match with this event.  They displayed as well the clip of their Kenya Mission last summer.  G7 and G8 performed a couple of songs that delivered a valuable message about Humanity to match with this event on celebrating Humanity.
It was a blessed opportunity to expose our Church to Durham Community and attract Youth from multi-culture to visit our Church and know Jesus Christ.
God bless everyone who invested the time and the effort in participating with great manner in this remarkable event.
For more photos, please visit the Multimedia Centre and choose 2013′ Photos.