For December 2018
Advent Devotional: Throughout Advent you are invited to follow a daily devotional Celebrating Abundance by Walter Brueggmann. In a world where abundance is too often equated with financial prosperity the message that God is among us doing a new thing is both welcome and challenging news.
Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital: We will lead worship at the hospital on the transitional care ward. During this special service we will bless the prayer shawls as part of the pastoral care ministry of the hospital. This service will take place on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 beginning at 10:30am.
Everyone from the community is invited to join in any of our special activities and worship services – if you would like additional information please contact Rev. Patrick Gushue at email@example.com
Women’s Candlelight Service: (Wednesday, December 12, 2018 – 7:00pm) The annual Women’s Candlelight Service is a time for women in our community to step back from the busy-ness of the season and contemplate the message of Christmas. This years’ service will focus on the journeys of those in the Christmas Story and reflect on how their experiences can provide insight into our own life journeys. A time of fellowship will take place immediately following the service.
Cookies & Carols: (Wednesday, December 19, 2018 from 2:00-4:00pm) With a little nostalgia for the way that things use to be, we will gather and sing together the favorite carols of Christmas. The historic sanctuary of Knox Presbyterian Church Sixteen is a wonderful setting where we can remember Christmases long ago and anticipate the Christmases yet to come. Cookies, carols and conversation will make the season bright!
Christmas Eve Service: Our annual Christmas Eve lessons and carols service begins at 7:00pm. Please join us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus!
For November 2018
Remembrance Day: Our service of worship next week – November 11th – will include a time of remembrance during which we will we celebrate the 100 anniversary of the Armistice and the ringing of the bells that signaled the end of the war. You are invited to bring a bell to ring as part of our remembering.
Presbyterian World Service and Development (PWS&D): A leadership webinar entitled, Development, Mission and Giving at Christmas, will be held on Thursday, November 15th at 1-2 pm. Talk to Rev. Gushue if you are interested in participating for registration information.
Advent – Group Study: Throughout Advent you are invited to follow a daily devotional and then meet at some time during the week (when and where will depend upon those who are participating) to share your experience of preparing for Christmas. We will use the devotional Celebrating Abundance by Walter Brueggmann as our guide. Please let Rev. Gushue know if you wish to participate.
Prayer Shawl Ministry: We have begun knitting! If you are interested in being part of this ministry in support of the spiritual care of patients in the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, or if you have questions about what the ministry involves, please ask Cathie Best or Rev. Gushue.
For October 2018
Thank-you!! A big thank-you to everyone in the congregation for making our 185th anniversary celebration such a tremendous success!!
Communion – October 7th: as part of our Thanksgiving Service of Worship we will be sharing communion together. Everyone and Anyone is invited to share in this celebratory meal of thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving Coffee & Pies: Following our Thanksgiving Service of Worship on October 7th – we will have coffee and pie (actually tarts … which are really small pies!).
OTMH Worship: On Wednesday, October 10th we will lead worship at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. We meet here at the church at 10:00am. Chat with Pat if you are considering joining us!
Rev Wayne Baswick: On Sunday, October 21st, Rev. Baswick will lead worship as Rev. Gushue fulfills his responsibilities as Interim Moderator at St. Mark’s.
Reformation Sunday – October 28th: We will join in worship with our sister congregation from ICF and then share a time of table fellowship as part of our monthly meet-n-eat.
Prayer Shawl Ministry: We will begin knitting in October! If you are interested in being part of this ministry in support of the spiritual care of patients in the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, or if you have questions about what the ministry involves, please ask Cathie Best or Rev. Gushue.
For September 2018
Presbyterian Connection: The Latest Issue of the Presbyterian Connection newspaper is now on-line. Follow the link to find out what’s new!
Knox 16 – 185th Anniversary: Plans are well underway to celebrate our Anniversary with a splash. If you would like to help out in some way please let one of the members of Session know of your interest.
- Welcome back Coffee & Cookies Sept. 9th
- 3rd Annual Hook-n-Slice golf tournament Sept. 12th
- Lions Valley Retreat Day Sept. 15th
- Anniversary Worship Service & Luncheon Sept. 23rd
- Doors Open Halton Sept. 29th
Doors Open Halton – September 29th :Knox Sixteen provides visitors with a glimpse into the past. This historical Gothic revival-style church – with its beautiful stained-glass windows and a well-maintained pioneer cemetery– invites visitors to a place of quiet and peace.
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Anniversary Worship & Luncheon – September 23rd: A special service of worship will also be held Sunday, September 23, 2018 commencing at 10:30am. Reflecting on the world in which we live, this service will help us to rediscover how we can be a light to the worldby caring for those in our community who need to experience caring support. All are welcome to join with us! A special luncheon will be served following the worship service.
Lions Valley Retreat – September 15th : As part of the activity to mark the occasion a ½ day retreat will be held on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 from 8:30-12:00. Individuals of all ages and experience with spiritual practices are invited to participate in this practice that will combine time for gathering as well as time for solitude and individual reflection. Participants will gather at Knox Presbyterian Church Sixteen for a short orientation prior to entering into the beautiful Lion’s Valley Park.
3rd Annual Hook-n-Slice Gold Tournament – Thursday September 13th: This best ball tournament – for people of all ages and abilities– is more about the shot that could have been than the shot that was! With the first tee-off around 1:00pm
Welcome Back Coffee & Cookies – September 9th: Following our regular worship service at 10:30am we will share a time of fellowship where we can catch-up and chat about our summer adventures.
For August 2018
Vacation Bible School: Our first VBS in a long time will take place during the week August 20-24, 2018. Children from ages 7-11 will discover how to they can shine God’s light into the world! This half-day camp will combine activities, games and crafts to help campers explore what it means to know God and to care for their neighbors. For more information or to register call Chloe at 905-344-2004 or contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OTMH Worship: You are invited to join Rev Gushue and Lloyd as they lead worship for the long-term patients of the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, August 1st.
For July 2018
Evangel Hall Mission (EHM): Urgently Needed Items
Socks and undergarments are the two most requested items at EHM. Knox 16 will be collecting donations of new, lightweight socks and underwear, through the month of July, as we support the outreach of the Evangel Hall Mission.
Living History of Knox 16: Over the next couple of weeks Chloe will be reaching out to schedule time for an interview that will focus on your involvement in the community of Knox 16 and what it has meant to your life. Take some time over this week to remember the significant events and relationships at Knox 16 that have shaped your life. Your telling your story will add depth of the story that we share together.
70th Anniversary: On July 8th we celebrated with Mary & Lewis Campbell their 70thanniversary! The sanctuary was decorated for the wedding, Rev. Gushue provided a special blessing and we gathered together for a short reception with a toast in the Scottish style.
For June 2018
Summer Student: This summer we welcome Chloe Hamilton a recent graduate from the Queen’s University Global Development studies Program. In her role as Community Outreach Associate, Chloe will be assisting Rev. Gushue as he continues to reach out into the community making new connections. Part of her responsibility will be to organize a Vacation Bible School in August. She will also support the minister as we organize the Meal, a Game and a Prayer out-reach project. This mission involves our congregation inviting those in Oakville who do not have community support to join with us for a time of food and fellowship. It is hoped that through this initiative we will – in our own special way– provide a welcoming and supportive space for people of all ages.
OTMH Worship: Rev Gushue and Lloyd as they lead worship for the long-term patients of the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, June 27st. During this service of worship the participants will have an opportunity to receive a prayer shawl as a way of experiencing the closeness and comfort of God.
Church Cleaning – Saturday June 16th. Everyone is invited to join us as we give the church a good spring cleaning!
Oakville Food Drive -Sunday, June 10th. Churches across Oakville will be going door to door to collect food items to replenish our local food banks. More information to follow from Nancy..
Bible Study: Our Bible Study will continue on Tuesday afternoons during the month of June. We will continue to use The Joy of Discovery in Bible Study as our guide. It is never too late to join us!!
For May 2018
Service of Remembrance & Hope – Sunday, May 27th. This special service will provide for us the opportunity to remember those who have passed and reflect with hope upon the promise of eternal life.
May 27th – Meet-n-Eat & Cemetery Decoration: Following worship we will meet for a quick lunch – hot dogs, salad, and potato chips will be provided – you are invited to bring sandwiches or desert. After a quick lunch, we will spend time together decorating the cemetery. Everyone is invited to bring flowers to add to the beauty and serenity of the garden.
Yard Sale: Saturday, May 26th we will host a giant yard sale fundraiser. This will be a huge community undertaking and many, many hands will be needed – please ask Nancy or Bryce how you can help!!
Pentecost Sunday – Sacrament of Communion, May 20th : All who are present and wish to participate in communion are invited and encouraged to do so. This is the Table of God and all who desire to receive are welcome.
For April 2018
OTMH Worship: You are invited to join Rev Gushue and Lloyd as they lead worship for the long-term patients of the hospital on Wednesday, April 18th.
Bible Study: The Bible Study will continue on Tuesday afternoons during the month of June. We will continue to use The Joy of Discovery in Bible Study as our guide. It is never too late to join us!!
Week of Guided Prayer will begin on Sunday, April 15 and end April 20. The theme of the retreat is Living in God’s Time. Please hold those who are participating as retreatants and companions in your prayers.
Yard Sale: Mark your calendar and don’t throw out your stuff! On May 26th we will host a giant yard sale. This will be a huge community undertaking and many, many hands will be needed – please ask Nancy or Bryce what you can do to help make this fundraiser a success.
Winter Weather Alert, due to the winter storm, please be advised that Knox 16 Church will be Closed today April 15, 2018, at 10:30 am for Safety concerns.
For March 2018
Easter Worship Services
Palm Sunday: During this service, we will follow Jesus through his last days and consider what his message of love means for us today as we celebrate communion together. Worship begins at 10:30 am. All are welcome to attend our monthly time of fellowship following the Service.
Good Friday: Our Good Friday Worship will begin at 10:30 am. This contemplative service will provide space and time for all gathered to reflect upon the Last Words of Jesus from the cross and the implication for our lives today.
Easter Sunday: Join us as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the promises of eternal life spend in the presence of a loving God! Hallelujah!! Hallelujah!! Worship begins at 10:30 am.
Bible Study continues on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00-3:30 pm. The New Joy of Discovery in Bible Study is the resource that we are using to help us learn to read the Bible in a more meaningful way.
Helping our neighbor: Loblaw’s is offering a $25 gift card to every eligible person in Canada as a result of Canadians being overcharged for bread products. We have an opportunity to “Pay It Forward” with Kerr Street Mission. 3 simple steps – (1) apply for the $25 gift card; (2) bring the card to Knox 16 (3) Knox 16 will donate the cards to KSM – you will receive a tax receipt for the donation. Contact Rev Gushue at email@example.com if you would like to participate.
For February 2018
Knox 16 will be hosting a Pancake Supper on Tuesday, February 13th, 5:30 pm. All are welcome!!
As is our tradition on the night before the beginning of Lent we will be in a party mood – and will invite all present to join in our games! This is the official start of our “A meal, A Game and A Prayer” outreach to the community and hope that you can join us. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can prepare to welcome you!
For January 2018
OTMH Worship: You are invited to join Rev Gushue and Lloyd as they lead worship for the long-term patients of the hospital on Wednesday, January 10th.
Mission – New Horizons for Seniors Program: The proposal for A Meal and A Game and a Prayer community outreach was approved by the Federal Government. We are very excited about this initiative which will help us reach out and offer support to families in our neighborhood.
Scottish Themed Meet-n-Greet: On Sunday, January 28th we will celebrate our Celtic heritage with traditional fare, the wearing of tartan and the address to the haggis. A not to be missed time of fun and fellowship!
Joint Service of Worship: we will celebrate with our sister congregation from ICF on January 21st , as part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25). This year’s theme is “Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power”
Bible Study: Through the season of Lent we will have another Bible Study. We will use the The Joy of Discovery in Bible Study as our guide. All are welcome to participate; if you are interested in participating please contact Rev. Patrick.
Knox 16 Annual Meeting: will be held Sunday, February 25th following worship
For December 2017
Christmas Eve Worship Service will begin at 7:00 pm. This traditional service of lessons and carols with our sister congregation the International Cornerstone Fellowship is a wonderful service that reminds us that Emmanuel, the Prince of Peace was, is, and will always be with us.
Christmas Eve Morning: Sunday worship for the 4th Sunday of Advent will be held beginning at 10:30 am.
Christmas Tea & Cookie Exchange: On December 19th from 1:30-4:30 pm the ladies of the congregation are invited to share a time of fellowship. You are also invited to participate in a cookie exchange as a way of supporting each other to entertain this Christmas. Speak with Brenda or Diane for details of how the cookie exchange will work.
Women’s Candlelight Service: Christmas Cake and a Cup of Tea is the theme of this year’s contemplative worship service that will take place on Tuesday, December 5th. You are encouraged to make time to participate as well invite a friend! Service begins at 7:30 pm with cake and tea to follow!
For November 2017
Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital Worship: On Wednesday, November 29th Rev. Gushue will lead the weekly worship service for the patients who are receiving long-term care. You are invited to assist with the leadership of this service – please let Rev. know if you are able to attend.
Joint Worship Service: on Sunday, November 26th we will worship together with our sister congregation from ICF and share a time of fellowship as part of our monthly meet-n-eat.
Sunday Nature Walk: Following a light lunch after service on November 19th, Rev Gushue will be leading a walk through Lions Valley Park to enjoy the colors of creation! All who are able and willing are invited to join.
Remembrance Day Service: Knox 16 will hold our annual Remembrance Day service next Sunday, November 12th.
Christmas Poinsettias: this year we are trying a new fundraising idea by selling Christmas Poinsettias: a portion of all sales will be given to Knox 16. A price list is available and we hope that you will share this opportunity with your friends and neighbors who would normally purchase poinsettias for the season. Orders are needed by November 22nd and the flowers will be available for distribution on Sunday, December 3rd – the first week of Advent – following our worship service.
What Changed at the Reformation? A lecture with Rev. Dr. Stuart Macdonald. Explore how our understanding of the Christian life, our understanding of authority within the church, and how we read and interpret Scripture was permanently changed. Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 7:00pm Clarkson Road Presbyterian Church.
For October 2017
Reformation Sunday: Next Sunday, October 29th we will celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. As part of worship, we will share communion and then fellowship at our monthly meet-n-eat.
Halloween Treats: on Sunday, October 29th, our children will be invited to dress-up for Halloween and “visit with the congregation” to receive small treats. Please bring some small treats to share. We will carve pumpkins as part of the celebration!
Week of Guided Prayer: Each day during the week of October 22nd a reading, a reflection and a question will be sent to everyone in the congregation. You are invited to spend time reading, reflecting and spending time with God in Prayer. You are also invited to respond by e-mail to Rev. Pat or to meet with him by phone or in person if you have questions or would like to share your prayer experience.
For September 2017
2nd annual Hook ‘n Slice golf tournament will be held on Monday, Sept. 25th at Deerfield Golf Club in Oakville. First t-off is 1:00 pm. Once again, this will be a “best ball” event where everyone gets to hit each shot and the best one is selected. Burger and beverage to follow at the clubhouse along with awards and prize presentations. Orange sign-up sheet can be found on the table at the back of the church. A small admission fee of $10.00/person this year to cover cost of the prizes.
Anniversary Sunday: on Sunday, September 24th we will celebrate our 184th Anniversary as a church in our community. We will celebrate communion together during our service of worship. As it is also the last Sunday of the month we will share a time of fellowship at our meet-n-eat!
Sunday – Funday: On Sunday, September 10th following service we will gather outside for games and activities as we welcome everyone back after the summer. Hot dogs and fun will be the order of the day as we play and laugh together. “Children” of all ages are invited and encouraged to participate.
For July 2017
You are invited to a party! REALLY! no work involved. On July 23rd following worship service the young children, youth and their families – as well as those who want to play – are invited to the Pat and Diane’s (305 River Glen Blvd) for a BBQ and pool party. This time together will give us time to play and chat as well as get to know the needs of the younger members of our congregation.
For June 2017
North Oakville Food Drive: Knox 16 will join together with the churches of North Oakville on June 11th to collect food for the Oakville food banks. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to meet our neighbors as we do God’s work. Talk to Nancy McNamara to see how you can help.
For May 2017
Euchre Party: On Saturday, May 27th we are invited to the home of Bev and Bryce McBain for an entertaining evening of cards and fellowship. Confirm your participation with Bryce McBain or John Best.
Service of Remembrance & Hope – Sunday, May 28th . This annual service provides space for those who are grieving to remember those who have died and reflect with hope on the promise of the Gospel: an eternity spent in the presence of a loving God. As part of the service, the cemetery will be decorated through the planting of flowers.
For April 2017
Sunday, April 30: Meet-n-Greet: A Following our service of worship we will share a light lunch, conversation, and fellowship.
Palm Sunday Service: the last week in Jerusalem
Good Friday: the last words of Jesus
Easter Sunday: the first day of the week
All Holy Week services begin at 10:30 am.
Week of Guided Prayer: dates to be determined
Woven with Gods Love is the theme for this year’s WoGP retreat. Our lives are part of a tapestry that began at the dawn of time. God, the Master Weaver, drew in rich colours to create light and dark, seas and skies, earth, plants, animals. Then God did an amazing thing. In love, God wove people into this wonderful, ever-changing picture of life.
We invite you to join us for this week so you may experience a deepening relationship with God. The opening two-hour session will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, and will include instruction on praying scripture. The closing two-hour session will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 6th.
We are not just part of God’s creation but are invited to be co-creators with the One who is Holy Mystery and Wholly Love. Through prayer, we are drawn closer to the One who continues to weave with love.
For March 2017
The congregational Annual Meeting will be held Sunday, March 26 following a worship and a time of fellowship.
For February 2017
Bible Study / Book Study: this winter our study will focus on a reading and sharing of the book The Shack by Wm. Paul Young. The subtitle of the book is where tragedy confronts eternity and will provide for us an ability to wrestle with the timeless question – Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?
Thinking Day Service: on Sunday, February 26, 2017, we will welcome the 16th Oakville Sparks / Brownies and their families. The World Thinking Day Theme for 2017 is “Grow”. The Thinking Day Service will engage the children to discover that there are many things that are needed for people and organizations to grow. The Service will use the parable of the sower from Matthew’s Gospel to help the children discover that for things to grow the “soil” needs to be prepared, the “seeds” need to be planted and nurtured, and then we need patience – because seeds and relationships take time to grow.
For January 2017
Sunday, January 22: During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity we will celebrate together with our sister congregation from the International Cornerstone Fellowship. On the occasion of the 500th anniversary year of the beginnings of the Reformation, the 2017 theme is “Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us”.
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY: JANUARY 18–25, 2017
The theme: “Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us” (2 Corinthians 5:14-20) has been chosen in order to reflect upon two areas. The first reflection focuses on the main concerns of the churches marked by Martin Luther’s Reformation and the second reflects upon the pain of the subsequent deep divisions which have afflicted the unity of the Church. In selecting this theme, it is viewed as an opportunity to take steps toward reconciliation. Resources for the service have been prepared by the Canadian council of Churches: https://www.councilofchurches.ca
Sunday, January 29: “Scottish Themed” Meet-n-Greet: A day to wear the tartan and to remember all things Scottish (or to learn a thing or two about those who come from the Celts). Following our service of worship we will share some traditional favorites, including the Haggis – which will be addressed with flair!