St. Margaret of Scotland
Anglican Church

161 Hanmer St. West, Barrie, Ontario, L4N 7S1
(corner of Ford and Hanmer, beside the West Bayfield Elementary School)
Office Phone: (705) 721-9528 Fax: (705) 721-9455

Welcome to St. Margaret's Anglican Church
Weekly Sunday Services 8:30 AM & 10:00 AM
Mid-Week Holy Communion Service, Wednesday 11:00 AM
Our office is normally open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. but many times we are there for extended hours. To serve you better, we ask you to please call ahead for an appointment.
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We are fully
wheelchair accessible.
Hearing assist device
available upon request.
Glassed in Nursery
with service audio & visual.
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New Incumbent
Rev. Simon Bell
Easter Message 2018

Christmas Message 2017
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Our mission at St. Margaret's is to be a loving, leading community of God's people, dedicated to involvement in the life of the parish and surrounding community, following the example of Christ and welcoming all in friendship.
At St Margaret's, we pride ourselves in having many programs to offer support, education in the way of Christ and more. In our local community we offer support & volunteer to help with the Out of the Cold program and Rainbows. We have a youth group for children and teens from about ages 13+, offering events about once every week or so. For adults, our church offers Bible studies, the Alpha course, Men's breakfast, and much more.


St. Margaret's originally started out as a weekly service in the one of the local elementary schools' gymnasium. Since that time, in the last ten years, it has grown; having moved from the gym, to the Letitia plaza storefront, to a portable at its current location, to its existing partially completed permanent location, which was officially dedicated in April of 1999. Within the next few years or sooner, it is hoped that we will be able to expand our facilities to better serve the needs of the church and the community.

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At St. Margaret's we feel it is very important that our youth are exposed to the teachings of the Lord and learn how to be better people through Christianity. Our Youth Group allows teenagers to learn more about God and make new friends, in a fun-filled setting.
The group participates in a variety of activities in and outside of the church, including drama, helping with the readings and prayers at the family services, fundraisers, and activity nights.

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Youth Group for Children of All Ages

Usually Friday Nights 6:30 to 8:30 at St. Margaret's

Starting in January we will still have a gym night but we will have other activities too. There will be things like movie night, parties, pizza night, laser tag, rock climbing, snow tubing, camping etc. Come out and help us plan the fun. Remember you must be 12 or older.

Fri. Apr. 20th
6:30–8:00 p.m.
Gymn NightMeet at St. Margaret's.

Community Outreach

First Sunday Every Month

"They gave to anyone as he had need" Acts2:45

Almost every week lately, we have people approach us at St. Margaret's looking for something to tide them over until the end of the month or until they can get appointments with other organizations. We have decided to re-establish a St. Margaret's Food Shelf to help those in our community who are in immediate need of food. We will still have our Food Bank program running on the first Sunday of the month but we are asking that you consider bringing just one or two items: canned goods, tea, instant coffee, cereal, etc. to church each week or so. Then we can have a supply on hand to help those who are in desperate need. We know the present situation is challenging for most families but anything our congregation can do to improve life for those most seriously in need will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your assistance with this initiative.

Click here to visit the Barrie Food Bank website.

Each month we ask you to provide donations to the food-bank. Of course donationd are needed and very welcome at any time. For more information on this program please speak with Al McPhee.

Click here to visit the FaithWorks website.
A unique partnership of clergy and laity, Faithworks supports the Toronto Diocesan Mission Statement to embody God's love, justice, compassion and liberation in action by seeking and distributing funds from individuals and parishes for the delivery of direct, practical assistance to people in need or at risk in the Diocese. Community ministries supported by Faithworks are located across the Diocese of Toronto and include the David Busby Street Centre and Samaritan House here in Barrie. Faithworks is a living, viable example of how our faith in action can work to bring a better life for those in our community in need.

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Click here to visit Barrie Out of the Cold.
Providing shelter and meals for those in need. Volunteers are urgently needed.

For several years, the parishioners of St. Margaret's have shown their compassion and generosity for those less fortunate in our community by providing meals for the "Out of the Cold" program, one evening a month throughout the winter months. Once again this year, we have been asked to participate by preparing and delivering 4 lasagnas to Collier St. United Church, hot and ready to serve, by 5:30 pm.

Click here to visit the David Busby Street Centre website.

88 Mulcaster St, Barrie, ON L4M 3M5
(entrance on McDonald Street)
Phone: 705-739-6916

The individuals and families using services of the David Busby Street Centre are often suffering from poor health, social isolation, complex mental health concerns, physical, cognitive and social challenges, and the devastating impact of violence and abuse. Service delivery is based on a non-judgmental acceptance of, and respect for, anyone who accesses our facility. The drop-in support centre is the core of our support. The services offered include:

  • Individual case counselling
  • Housing support
  • Practical & basic needs assistance
  • Administrative support
  • Addiction support
  • Infant needs & supplies
  • Health care services
  • Mental health services
  • Harm reduction services
  • Mobile outreach
  • Central Intake for Barrie Out of The Cold
The David Busby Street Centre has a long-standing relationships with other service delivery organizations in Simcoe County and, when not available at the Busby Centre, our team is equipped to advocate for and link participants to the appropriate social services and resources in the larger community.

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Samaritan House Community Ministry

Samaritan House is an ecumenical Ministry offering Christian support services for adults and children. Families who have been affected by poverty or violence are empowered to become self-sufficient through counselling, education and other programs. Samaritan House has a women and children's drop-in, providing clothing and household items, crisis intervention and advocacy, at Burton United Church.
Samaritan House also offers computer training, a weekly children's literacy program and assists youth referred by Community and Social Services within the justice system. Future plans include the development of Transitional (Safe) Housing and programs for women and children.

Could you help a child improve their reading? Samaritan House Community Ministries is looking for volunteers to help with their Literacy Program. The commitment is after school one day a week during the regular school year (October to May). If you are interested please contact SHCM at pager 705-720-7111 or email at High school students requiring community hours are most welcome to volunteer.

Clothing (men's and infant wear) are urgently needed for the Samaritan House Clothing Depot Centre, as well as financial support for the Transitional (Safe) Housing Project.
You can drop off donations from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday at the SHCM Resourse Centre, in the basement of Burton Ave. United Church at 37 Burton Ave.
For more information, send email to or call (705) 720-7111
Location: 37 Burton Avenue, Burton Avenue United Church (lower level).

Operation Christmas Child

Click here to learn more about Operation Christmas Child.
This project of Samaritan's Purse gives you and your family an opportunity to make Christmas brighter for a needy child by sending a message of love and compassion to children in crisis areas of the world. The principles of Operation Christmas Child are reflected through three simple, yet powerful, words - joy, faith and compassion.

"How to Pack a Shoe Box?"

Suggested Gift List

Small Toys: stuffed animals, dolls, balls, cars, harmonicas, etc.
School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, colouring books, writing pads, paper, stamps and ink pads, etc.
Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, comb/brush, washcloth, nail clippers, etc. Others: Bible story picture books, ball caps, sealed hard candy, music box, sunglasses, lead-free jewellery, hair clips, T-shirts, etc.
Please do not include: food items, used items, breakables, anything that can melt or freeze, etc.

Christmas Cheer

This past year, 2016, we supported one family whose lives have been recently devistated and if there are any funds remaining they will be used to support additional families. The support is actually in the form of Gift Cards provided by the merchants who support the VISTA program. If you would like to make a donation to the Christmas Cheer fund please put it in an envelope marked "Christmas Cheer" and put it in the collection plate, or hand it in at the church office.

All applicants must be known to and referred by one of our parishioners.

ACSI Haiti Outreach

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The Association of Christian Schools International ( ACSI ) is the largest Christian School Organization in the world, serving more than 5,000 schools in 102 countries. In 1996 they began serving Christian schools in Haiti. 60% of all Haitian students attend private Christian schools where facilities and resources are extremely poor. Funding provided by ACSI Eastern Canada enables Teacher Training Conferences, translation, printing and distribution of teacher training materials, and the shipment of French language books and supplies to Haiti.

How you can help school children in Haiti:
1) Pray for Christians in Haiti who are struggling to survive in a society largely controlled by the Voodoo religion and organized crime
2) Donate money (tax receipts are issued for all donations over $10.00) to help send trained teachers and supplies to Haiti;
3) Donate school supplies including pencils, pens, paper, chalk, erasers etc.

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Purple Day
March 26th

This day is now officially a day promoting epilepsy awareness to support the 300,000 Canadians living with the disorder. Inspired by Cassidy Megan, "Purple Day" dispels the myths about epilepsy and helps people living with the disorder understand that they are not alone. Epilepsy Simcoe County is a local non-profit charitable organization that relies solely on your generous donations to keep valuable programs operating.
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Upcoming Events & Important Notices
For complete details on the following, please see the weekly bulletin

Join us every Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m
for our Mid-Week Holy Communion Service.

This service provides a wonderful opportunity for a quiet worship and reflection in a small congregational setting. Come and experience this unique opportunity to draw closer to God in this setting! Please bring your bagged lunch and join us for a coffee or tea and a chat after the service.

Join us when we gather in the pastors's office before the service at 10:30 a.m. for a time of prayer for our family, our parish, community and beyond.

"Petition to Reject the Teedon Gravel Pit Permit"

Concerned Citizens of Tiny Township and Springwater Township started a petition to Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change asking them to protect the water source for the Alliston Aquifer by denying the application by CRH Inc. (Dufferin Aggregates) for renewal of the Teedon Gravel Pit permit to take water from a site in the Waverly Uplands known locally as French Hill. This area is a critical groundwater recharge area and granting this permit will endanger water quality and quantity in local aquifers.

Rev. Simon asks us to be aware of this protest and support it by signing the petitions at or on the Council of Canadians website.

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Men's Breakfast
Wednesday, April 4th, at 8:30 am
We'd like to see you the Men's Breakfast on the first Wednesday of every month. Please join the men of our parish this month at The Breakfast House, 355 Bayfield St., just south of Cundles on the east side across the street from Tim Hortons. Please speak to Kevin LeMoine or Rev. Simon if you have further questions or are interested in joining the group.
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Book Club

Our next meeting is on Thursday, April 19th. We will meet at St. Margaret's for our start time of 1:30 p.m. We will discuss Chai Tea Sunday by the author, Heather Clark. The books are available in the church office. Please join us for our usual engaging, fabulous, fun and very thorough discussion! If you would like more information, need a book or ride please contact Michelle. Feel welcome to join us even if you have not read the book.
"Chai Tea Sunday"
by author, Heather Clark, will be discussed in April.

"Faith on Tap"
Thursday, April 19th, 8:00 p.m.
Our next Faith on Tap night is Thursday, April 19th at 8:00 pm, at the Bull and Barrel pub (901-75 Cedar Pointe Dr, Barrie). Please join Fr. Michael for discussion and fellowship. Our theological discussions will be about Easter is Over! What now?. This night's discussion asks how the Resurrection is important to our day to day lives as Christians? Please join us for a conversation that may leave you feeling better, and not worse!

Youth Group

Fri. Apr. 20th
6:30–8:00 p.m.
Gym NightMeet at St. Margaret's.

"Murder Mistery Dinner"
Saturday, April 28th, 5:00 p.m.
"A Tale of Wine & Murder"
We are still looking for youth to take part in our Murder Mistery Dinner on Saturday, April 28, 2018. If you would like to join the cast please speak to Bill Goodyer.
Adults $15.00
10 and Under $7.00

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AWARE 2018, May 4, 5 & 6
Anglican Women Alive Renewed Enriched
The 2018 AWARE Conference will be held at Elim Lodge Peterborough. The cost is $250.00 (including HST) recieved by March 1st and includes dinner Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. with registration starting at 4:00 p.m. After March 1st it will cost $265.00 with the deadline April 7, 2018.

The theme is
"Come to Jesus"

Speaker: Christine Watts
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Click here to open the Prep Day Poster
Prep Day takes place on Saturday, April 7, 2018, 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at All Saints, 300 Dundas St. W. Whitby, Ontario

Click here to open the Registration Brochure for this Year's Conference

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St. Margaret's Participants 2016

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"Get What You Need"
Saturday, May 12th, 2018
Performances at 1:00 & 7:00 P.M.
Tickets $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door
This play is a comedy created by Jackie Bennett and presented by the Anglican Mattawasaga Deanery and performed at St. Margaret's Church by local actors.

All profits go to the David Busby Street Center.
Tickets available at St. Margaret’s
Watch "Get What You Need" trailer on YouTube.

Blessing of the Bikes
Saturday, May 19th, at 10:00 a.m.

Bikes will roll into St. Margaret's at 9:45am and service starts at 10:00am. This blessing is a opportunity for motorcycle riders of all ages to come together for some fellowship and individual blessings for each rider and their bike for a safe riding season. Please invite anyone you know who rides or who would enjoy this short service - all are welcome to attend.

After the service bikers will take of for a short ride. Then return for an inexpensive barbequed lunch.

In an effort to encourage safety on wheels, we invite you to also bring your trucks, cars, bicycles, skateboards, strollers, etc. to be blessed at this service.

Saturday, June 2th, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Celebrate Barrie is an annual waterfront festival that celebrates the contribution that Barrie’s businesses, clubs, organizations and community services provide to make our community the wonderful place it is to live. Since 2003, our church has had a tent there to show that we are an important part of Barrie but we need volunteers to manage the games we will provide during the day.

"Feminine Supplies Needed"
Please Donate to the David Busby Centre and Out of the Cold
Thank you for all who donated sweater & coats, etc. We do not need any more of these items now but we are in desperate need of Feminine Supplies, ladies hygiene products (Tampons etc.), feminine deodorants and antiperspirants, ladies underwear (M-L) and spandex tights. Men’s soaps and deodorant are also needed. If you have or can supply such items they can be dropped off at our church.

Casserole Team
We are looking for new members to join our casserole team. Men and women are all welcome to join in to help with this Ministry. We provide casseroles for families in our parish who are having difficulty with illness or treatments, etc. and need a warm meal prepared for them occasionally. A casserole once a month is what we anticipate. If you would like to help, please contact Margaret Paradis, the church office or sign up on the sheet in the narthex.


If you have yarn that you no longer need and would like to donate it to the church, we have a few senior citizens who are knitting hats, scarves and mittens for us to donate to the local schools as part of or Missional Transformation and Outreach project. If you are a knitter or crocheter and would like to help make some items either for our Outreach Project or the craft table at our Christmas Bazaar please speak to Lorraine Whitwell or Colleen.

"They gave to anyone as he had need" Acts2:4

Almost every week lately, we have people approach us at St. Margaret's looking for something to tide them over until the end of the month or until they can get appointments with other organizations. We have decided to re-establish a St. Margaret's Food Shelf to help those in our community who are in immediate need of food. We will still have our Food Bank program running on the first Sunday of the month but we are asking that you consider bringing just one or two items: canned goods, tea, instant coffee, cereal, etc. to church each week or so. Then we can have a supply on hand to help those who are in desperate need. We know the present situation is challenging for most families but anything our congregation can do to improve life for those most seriously in need will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your assistance with this initiative.

Food Bank Program

The first Sunday of each month we ask for donations to the Barrie Food Bank but donations are always needed and very welcome at any time. For more information on this program please speak to Al McPhee.

Don't Forget - to save your stamps for the Leprosy Mission.

We also are collecting Canadian Tire Money to help with various church activities. Please give them to one of our Church helpers or hand them in at the office.

Click here to visit the Barrie Food Bank website.
Remember the Barrie Food Bank when you are shopping.
Most needed items:
  • Powdered Skim Milk
  • Baby Formula
  • Large Size Diapers
  • Can vegetables
  • Sugar
  • Toiletries
  • Drinking Boxes
  • Lunch snacks
  • Cash Donations

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Legacy Giving

A legacy gift is a gift deferred - a way of expressing your wishes now about how your resources are to be used later. A legacy gift is a commitment made to protect what you love - and an opportunity to benefit this Church for generations to come.

Your legacy gift can provide to support to:
St. Margaret of Scotland Anglican Church in Barrie
The Bishop's Company
The Anglican Diocese of Toronto
The Anglican / Anglican Journal
The Ministries of General Synod

Clicking on the graphic will open the Planned Giving Brochure, which will provide much more information on this subject.

Pre-Authorized Giving

Please give serious consideration to start giving through our P.A.G. program. It makes budgeting for our monthly expenses much easier and it is simple for you because once a month your donation to St. Margaret's is automatically debited from your bank account and you can change it or suspend it at any time. If you would like to change over to P.A.G. or perhaps increasing your current giving, please speak to Joy after a Sunday Service or call the church office for her contact information.


Please note that names submitted for the prayer list will be removed after two weeks unless we are asked to keep in the bulletin. Also, people need to inform the office whether or not a name should be moved to the "bottom" list of those in "continuing need of God's healing touch and grace" and when/if the name should be removed.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

We are looking for knitters and crocheters to help make shawls for this worthwhile endeavour which gives comfort to sick, infirmed or bereaved adults and children. If you are able to help make shawls please contact Colleen (728-8761) or Maggie (719-6083). We will provide suggested prayers and patterns.

From the Diocese: "Screening in Faith"...

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Directions & Information

St. Margaret's Anglican Church is located on the corner of Hanmer and Ford in the city of Barrie Ontario.
Weekly Sunday Services are at 8:30 & 10:00 am.

Map and Driving Directions (pdf format)


Diocese of Toronto
Anglican Journal
Anglicans Online
The General Synod of the Anglican Church
The Anglican
Anglican and Theological Links
the Revised Common Lectionary
the Text this Week
AWARE - Anglican Women Alive Renewed Enriched
Camp Koinonia - a Christian summer camp located in Parry Sound
Daily Prayer Online
David Busby Street Centre - 88 Mulcaster Street (entrance on McDonald Street), Barrie, Ontario L4M 3M5, (705) 739-6916
Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre
Rainbows Canada - fosters emotional healing in grieving children
80 Bradford St. Suite 545, Barrie, ON L4N 6S7 - (705) 726-7407
Samaritan's Purse
Christ Church Vespra Cemetary
Mother's Union - is a worldwide Anglican organisation that supports children in the parish; in their spiritual upbringing and learning.
Natural Church Development

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