April Newsletter Letter

“The angel said to them, ‘You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.  He has been raised…'”.  Mark 16: 6

We’re going to talk a lot about the Resurrection on Easter Sunday morning.  This month is a great month because Easter comes.  We’re going to talk about the Resurrection then, but let me say just a few things now.  About where I see resurrection, new life, good things in this community of Christian faith called Briarwood.

I see resurrection and new life in the recent youth group community scavenger hunt, when 13 youth from Briarwood and the vicinity gathered for here games and prayers.

I see resurrection in the newly formed parents and tots Bible study here on Wednesday mornings, where 3-5 parents with children gather each week for spiritual conversation.

I see resurrection and new life in the 5-8 CEGEP, University and early career-ers that meet twice a month for study, sharing and prayer at the Heusers’ home in Senneville.  Their focus is a C.S. Lewis book and the Gospel of Matthew.

I see resurrection and new life in the relationships of care in the monthly book club, now going on past book #75.

I see resurrection and new life in the 15 children under 10 that enjoyed the children’s program last Sunday.

From Living Faith/Foi Vivante:

“Jesus suffered, died and was buried, but God raised him from the dead.  Risen and ascended, he is alive now, the living Lord.”

Best wishes, and Happy Easter!


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Greetings Everyone!

This Sunday at Briarwood we will be celebrating Palm Sunday. This is the day Jesus entered Jerusalem for the last time, and the week that will see his trial and crucifixion. Sunday we will explore the life of Jesus and the events that have led to his entry into the city. This is Amanda Henderson’s last Sunday preaching at Briarwood! So sad!!

At both services we will receive New Members, with Communion at 11:30 a.m.

After the second service everyone is invited to a free lunch.

Here is a link to “Ride On Ride On in Majesty”, one of the hymns we will be singing at the first service at Briarwood.

Here is a link to one of the songs we will be singing at the 11:30 service:
“Mighty to save”

There are three photos that we are sharing today: the first is of the new members night Tuesday at the Davidsons, the second of the Evelyn M. at the last Lenten lunch , and the third of a crocus fighting up through the Spring snow on the Christchurch lawn.

Finally, here is a link to all the Easter and Holy Week services at Briarwood.

Best wishes




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A huge thank you to everyone involved in Saturday’s Polar Bear Swim for the Special Olympics.  Here are some photos and more.

This Sunday is Anointing with Oil for Healing at both services, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.  Anyone who wishes is invited forward, much like Communion by Intinction, to receive this anointing and a prayer. You can come forward for healing in your life or for someone you love.  Mark 8: 31-38.   The opening hymn at the 10 a.m. service can be heard in advance here.  One of the songs from that 11:30 a.m. service can be heard in advance here.

There is amazing news from Judy P. and Jim M., who have secured a grant of $7000 from the Creative Ministry and Youth Ministry Fund from the Presbyterian Church in Canada.  Stay tuned for news on how this grant will be invested in ministry at Briarwood and in the community.

Best wishes,


Polar Bear Swim

This is Nabih S., Sonya B. and me at the polar swim for the Special Olympics. Sonja goes to Briarwood and competes at these games. Nabih and I did the swim in 1 degree Celsius. Thanks to everyone; $52,000 was raised.



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This week, a message by Amanda.

Good Day Everyone!

I hope Spring is slowly finding everyone! It is always exciting to see robins return, and grass reappear.
We are thrilled to welcome Barbara Summers this week from Presbyterian World Service and Development. She will be speaking on Mark 6:30-44, the feeding of the five thousand. She will also be sharing some of her pictures with us. Here is a link to the PWS&D website if you would like to see what it is about.
This past Wednesday evening the church was broken into. If you are driving through the area maybe take a quick drive through the parking lot to keep an eye on things.
This week at Briarwood the youth group will be meeting Friday from 7-9pm.
The Lenten study series will continue at 11:15 on Sunday and the topic this week is “Life, Faith and Worship in the Early Church.”

This week we remember in prayer:
Baby Oliver;
Don McO;
Rev. Greg, who polar bear dips for Sonja B. and the Special Olympics Saturday at 1:15 p.m.!

Have a great week, and see you Sunday!

Amanda Henderson
In-Ministry year student

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This Sunday at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. we continue with Mark’s Gospel, 6: 1-6, where Jesus shows up back home only to be surprised to by what he finds.

Amanda H., has posted a new church tour video on the website. Click here to see it.

Maya C., has been practicing on the organ. Her grandfather arrived from Sweden and Virginia B. drove them both to the church so Maya could record a video audition for a music school bsck home.

This week we remember Don McOu. in the LGH, Betty W., and to change our clocks forward Saturday night.

Best wishes

L’Église Presbyteriénne Briarwood Presbyterian Church

Song of Songs

Train arriving for trip back home today after teaching Introduction to Wisdom Literature today at Queen’s University, Kingston. Today’s focus was Song of Songs. It is one of the most commented-on books in the Bible and has historically been seen as an allegory for God’s relationship with Israel and Christ’s with the Church. Recent scholars read it more plainly as a love poem between young lovers. Although in the Bible, the book never refers to God by name.

Origen (3rd CE) says, that blessed is he who enters the Holy of Holies….and even more blessed is he who songs the Song of Songs.

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
For your love is better than wine,
your anointing oils are fragrant,
your name is perfume poured out;
therefore the maidens love you.
Draw me after you, let us make haste.