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 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 be joining with the youth group of Westside Evangelical Lutheran Church of Barrie on the second and forth Friday of the month. 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. Dec. 1st
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Youth NightJoin us for a movie night at St Margaret's. Bring your favorite movie (so we have some choice of what to watch), some snacks and invite a friend. We will provide pizza and popcorn. Talk to Father Simon for more details.

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.

Click here to visit Barrie Out of the Cold.
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

Click here to visit ACSI in Haiti.

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
Celebrating the life of Randy Packham
Service on Sunday, November 19th, at 3:30 p.m.

It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that Randy Packham passed away early Tuesday morning November 14th.

Visitation at St. Margaret's on Sunday, November 19th, from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Communion Service at St. Margaret's to celebrate the life of Randy Packham on Sunday, November 19th, at 3:30 p.m.
Followed immediately by a Reception at St. Margaret's

Please keep Joy and all her family in your prayers at this very difficult time.

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.

Sunday School
Runs every Sunday during the 10:00 am Service
Another excellent Sunday School Program is offered this school year and we invite you to bring your children with you to any of the 10:00 a.m. Family Service. You will be delighted to see the fun they will have while learning Christian values from this program. Rev. Simon also wants to involve the children regularly in the Sunday Communion Service.

Bible Study - Book of Hebrews
Wednesday, Oct. 25th, at 7:30 - 9:00 pm
We will be starting a Bible Study of the Book of Hebrews that will run for eight weeks ending Dec. 20th. (No study on Dec. 6th as this evening will be the Blue Christmas service.) Please speak to Rev. Simon for more details.

Click to open the VISTA order form.
Click here to visit the Vista website..
Remember to use Vista for your Gift Cards and Day-to-Day Purchases
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No, this is not a Windows operating system but rather a prepaid debit card that St. Margaret's gets a small percentage from when you buy them to purchase what you would normally purchase anyway. They are also convenient to use as gift cards. See Shelley Sweazey with any questions or for a list of merchants that support the program.

VISTA orders will be taken on Sunday, November 5th
with pick-up on the following Sunday.

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Men's Breakfast
Wednesday, Nov. 1st, 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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Meat Pie Baking
Donations are Needed
Tenderfiake Lard, ground beef, steak, chicken, eggs, frozen veggies, frozen hash brown potatoes, foil pie plates (sample on table outside office), medium plastic bags, or cash if you would prefer us to do the shopping. Our pie sales have become a nice little fundraiser for us so anything you can donate would be much appreciated. Speak to Colleen or Lorraine Whitwell if you have questions.

"Knok Your Socks Off!"
Please Donate
Have you ever had cold feet? Many in our community have cold or wet feet. You can help with a donation of a pair of warm socks. Socks will be donated to The Busby Center, Youth Haven and Samaritan House. Socks are needed for both women and men. This was originally an initiative of St. Giles and we want to keep it going. With winter quickly approaching we need to start collecting. We will have a basket in the foyer for the collection. Thank you for your support. Speak to Laura Johnston if you have further questions.

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Christmas Bazaar Craft Night
Thursday, Nov. 9th at 7:00 p.m.
In preparation for the Christmas Bazaar we are holding a Craft Night on Thursday November 9th at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to come out. We have some ideas but we encourage everyone to bring your own crafty ideas with you.

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Book Club

Our next meeting is on Thursday, November 16th. We will meet at Do’s for our start time of 7:00 pm. We will discuss Monkey Beach by the Canadian author, Eden Robinson.
Monkey Beach by the Canadian author, Eden Robinson. "Monkey Beach"
by Canadian author, Eden Robinson., will be discussed in November.

Please note that there will be no meeting in December.

Effective January 18th, 2018, the bookclub meetings will be changing to be at 1:30 pm. in the afternoon at the church and also still the third Thursday of each month.

Making Anglican Rosaries
Thursday, November 16th, at 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 23rd, at 7:00 p.m.
We will be having two sessions of Rosary making. One will be the afternoon of Thursday, November 16th at 1:30 p.m. and the other will be an evening session, Thursday, November 23rd at 7:00 p.m. We ask for a donation of $5.00 to cover the cost of the materials. Please speak to Margaret Paradis if you have questions.

Faith on Tap
Thursday, November 16th, 8 - 10 p.m.
at the Bull & Barrel Pub
75 Cedar Pointe Drive, Unit 901, Barrie, On, L4N 5R7

You're invited to join Father Michael at the Bull & Barrel from 8:00 until 10:00 p.m. for conversation, some pints and wings, and a chance to talk in a friendly and informal way about our faith. Our first meeting on Thursday, September 21st, was well attended, so we are planning to make this a monthly event. Please speak to Fr. Michael if you are interested in participating, so we can get an idea of numbers.

Christmas Tea, Craft and Bake Sale
Saturday, November 18th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

We are looking for donations of craft items, baked goods, preserves and gently used items suitable for gifting. NO clothing please. There are a limited number of tables available for rental as well.

Please drop off your items to the church between Sunday, November 12th up to the evening of Friday, November 17th. Any last minute baked items must be delivered to the church before 9:00 am on the day of the event. The doors will be locked until 10:00 A.M.

We are also looking for helpers to serve the tea, assist with the sale tables, set-up and clean-up after, etc. Please sign up on the list on the bulletin board in the Narthex.

This is a major fundraiser for St. Margaret's and all help is appreciated. Any questions please speak with Beth Steffler or contact Colleen in the church office.

Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7:00 p.m.
“The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain”

During the days of World War I, a small Welsh town relies on its local mountain as a source of pride. When two English cartographers, Reginald Anson (Hugh Grant) and George Garrad (Ian McNeice), arrive to measure the mountain, they discover the landmark is 16 feet short of achieving the official "mountain" classification. Disheartened that their mountain has been deemed a hill, the townsfolk devise a plan to make up those 16 feet. Meanwhile, Anson falls for a local woman (Tara Fitzgerald).

This dramatic comedy, released in the USA on 12 May 1995, is rated 6.6* by IMDb and 58% on the Tomatometer.
Director: Christopher Monger
Writers: Ifor David Monger (story), Christopher Monger
Stars: Hugh Grant, Tara Fitzgerald, Colm Meaney

This is a free night but please bring an item of food for our Deacon's Cupboard.
All are welcome!

Salvation Army Kettle Drive
Wednesday, November 22nd, noon to 6 p.m.
Thursday, November 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
We will be assisting at the Georgian Mall (lower level — by Rocky Mountain Candy Store) on Wednesday, November 22nd from noon to 6 p.m. and Thursday, November 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. High school students can also use this time towards their community service hours. Students under 16 do need to be accompanied by a parent or other adult. If you are able to take a turn for an hour or two please contact Pauline Cook.

Youth Group

Fri. Dec. 1st
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Youth NightJoin us for a movie night at St Margaret's. Bring your favorite movie (so we have some choice of what to watch), some snacks and invite a friend. We will provide pizza and popcorn. Talk to Father Simon for more details.

Christmas Dinner
Saturday, December 9th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Price $10.00, Children under 10 $5.00

Our annual Christmas dinner is Saturday, December 9, 6:00-9:30 p.m. Tickets will be available for sale shortly. Price: $10.00/person, $5.00 children under 10. If you would like to sign up to entertain after the dinner (sing a song, play an instrument, put on a skit, dance, etc.) please speak to Rev. Simon or Colleen. We will be posting a sign-up sheet in next couple of weeks.

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

Click to view the Planned Giving Brochure.
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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