Welcome to our website!
We are a group of people who travel a path together, discovering what it means to be Christian by putting our faith into action in everyday life. ''Christian'' is really more a verb that it is a noun! Living a compassionate life that is grounded in God is a worthwhile adventure, but it is not a simple task; so, it''s good to be part of a community.
Community can give us companionship and strength when we need them, and reminds us that we are rooted in something much larger than often we notice - God's faithful presence.
In response to God's invitation, we come to our churches to pray, to grow spiritually, to reach out to people in need, and to support one another. We are also invited by God to be a generous people as we offer all of ourselves in the ministries to which God calls each of us.
Here at St James and St John's we've been engaged in rebuilding and rejuvenating our life as individual church communities living and working together in the Parish Of Franktown/Innisville. Each church has a history of supporting its own individual outreach initiatives and programs while also working together, from time to time, liturgically and programmatically. Many people have contributed to the work and ministry of our churches in the past, and many others carry on their work in the present.
And so, again, a warm welcome to our website! Ultimately, it will probably always and forever be a ''work-in-progress" - partly because we're pretty busy around here, but also because we, too, are a work-in-progress!
In the Peace of Christ, David +
Note: On Wednesday, March 22nd, a majority vote from all three churches decided to start the collaboration process between St. James’ Carleton Place, St. John’s Innisville and St. James’ Franktown. Now the work begins to work out all the details.
Also: Come out and watch (or help) Dry Stone Canada members repair some of the Stone Fence at St. James on Saturday, April 1st from 9:00 - 4:00!!
Our Mission is to be a visible and Spirit-filled sign of God's presence in our community.
The Reverend David Vavasour, B.A., M.Div., has been ordained since 1979. He has served in the dioceses of Ottawa, Eastern Newfoundland & Labrador, Niagara, and Toronto. David has done extensive community work in all of the diocese of which he has been a part. As a former professional musician he still seeks out opportunities to play his bass for charity work and in liturgical settings. David is married to The Reverend Mary Ellen Berry. Their team ministry to the two parishes of Franktown/Innisville and Clayton is an unusual and hopeful one for the Ottawa Diocese.