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New deacons ordained Queen’s College honours Francis Buckle Citation given by Dr. Tom Pope
Beginning a new ministry. The Rev’d Paul Rideout (left) and The Rev’d Robert Cooke (right) were ordained to the Transitional Diaconate on 31 May 2010 the Feast of the Visitation. Deacon Rideout will be serving in the Parish of Port de Grave and Deacon Cooke is the Assistant at the Parish of St. Mark the Evangelist in St. John’s. Photo: The Editor.
ACW pyjama party
On March the ACW of St. Aidan’s Church, Port Blandford, had a Pyjama Party night at their meeting. Members came dressed in pyjamas, some bringing a favourite toy and blanket. There was the usual meeting and then some fun games with a visit from a fan of the Olympics 2010. The ladies shared a lovely cup of tea and sat around and told stories. There was even a poem and picture story of some of the ladies when they were in grade school. It was a fun and relaxing evening. Submitted by: June Holloway.
My Lord Chancellor, You would certainly be familiar with Jesus’ words to Simon - “Henceforth you will be catching people”. (RSV, slightly adapted) This indeed was the type of fishery our honorary graduate, Archdeacon Francis Buckle, was destined to pursue primarily in his native Labrador. Francis was born in Forteau, Labrador to John and Mary Ann Buckle. He grew up there and his first nine years of schooling were on Buckle’s Point, one of the three parts making up Forteau. In fact, his first three years of schooling were in a porch. He finished his last year of high school in St. Anthony where he lived at the Grenfell Orphanage and worked part-time in the barn a barn, of course, holds a special meaning for Christians. Despite that meaning, Francis was somewhat taken aback upon arriving in St. Anthony for he had understood the English nurse, who encouraged him to go, with her pronounced accent, to say that he would work at the Bond (Customs), which naturally meant a paper job. When Francis saw the shovel, he realized it was not paper he would be pushing. From St. Anthony, Francis went on to a teacher training summer school, at the end of which he became the principal of the two-room school at L’anse au Loup for three years. At the school for the first two years he had a wonderful assistant, Gertrude Webb. She was so wonderful that they subsequently became life-long assistants to each other. Following L’anse au Loup, Francis attended Memorial University, and Queen’s College where he earned a B.A. and
Licentiate in Theology, respectively. He later obtained a Bachelor of Divinity through General Synod. In addition, he spent a fall term at Cuddesdon College (Oxford) and a six week sabbatical at Virginia Theological College, coupled with numerous continuing education events Francis was made a deacon in 1962, priested in 1963, and appointed Archdeacon of Labrador in 1983 by Bishop Martin Mate. Archdeacon Buckle spent thirty-four years in the ordained ministry in Labrador: five at Cartwright, fourteen at Lake Melville and fifteen at Labrador West. He also served as an assistant priest for three years at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and was incumbent of the parish of Bell Island for three years. It was during their parish ministry that he and his wife Gertrude raised their three children - Andrea, David and Paul. Initially, Francis wanted to fish further north, namely in the Arctic. As early as 1961, while a student at Queens, he met with the Bishop of the Arctic with that in mind. Bishop John Meaden, Francis’ own bishop, was most interested in his desire and calling to the north but not at all enthused that it was beyond the northern boundaries of his own diocese. “I have other plans for you, Buckle“, the good bishop exclaimed. “It’s north to be sure Cartwright“. Thus, following ordination and a short stint in the parish of Trinity, the Reverend Mr. Buckle set out for Cartwright, “ill-prepared”, so Continued on Page 2 See “Labrador Son”
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he states, to take on the responsibility of the cure of souls but by God’s Grace he would preach of His Love and show it in action”. Despite what he only perceived as his lack of preparation, Rev. Mr. Buckle occupied the Church’s fishing premises at Cartwright and prepared to set his nets around Sandwich Bay. At the time, Sandwich Bay had about 700 Anglicans scattered along 100 miles of coastline. None of the communities were connected by a road. Moreover, there was no parish boat. Consequently, transportation was by whatever means came along. From Cartwright it was back to the Island for six years after which it was off to the Mission of Lake Melville. It was there that he would fish for a further fourteen years before moving on to Labrador City for another fifteen. With respect to the Archdeacon’s love for and commitment to ministry in Labrador, one could not find either a better or more persistent advocate. In a way, he embodied the call of St. Paul to Macedonia that St. Luke describes in the Acts of the Apostles and which the majority of New Testament scholars interpret as autobiographical. Be that as it may in the Archdeacon’s case, the call was not to Macedonia but to come across the Strait “to help us.” In that regard, it is important to note that he was not asking others to do what he was not prepared to do himself. During his years in Labrador, he had numerous opportunities to serve the Canadian church elsewhere. Like Jesus himself, however, the Archdeacon resisted all temptations, only in his case there were more than three. St. Luke seems to have had other influences on the Archdeacon’s life. Luke was a writer, a missionary, a medic and was concerned with the wholeness of people. Archdeacon Buckle is also a writer, a missionary and, upon entering Queen’s, was giving serious thought to the study of medicine. He later did several courses in that discipline. As well, the Archdeacon always found ways of entering more fully into the lives of his people. One summer, while at Cartwright, for example, his family moved to Spotted Islands where he spent the ‘holiday’ fishing commercially for salmon. Even when you see a photo of him removing a salmon from the net, you know full well that is not really what he is fishing for. Long before his own fishery in Labrador, the Archdea-
con was well aware of the fishery of the Anglican Church there. His family roots dated back to the 1790s. Again, he was born, raised, went to school and taught there. He was certainly familiar with the fact that the Church of England’s work in Labrador began officially with Bishop Edward Feild’s during the summer of 1848. During a three week period that summer the Bishop travelled in the Church’s boat from Forteau in the south to Sandwich Bay in the north. As a result, he put in place immediate plans to establish three missions along the coast. Forteau was operational as early as 1849 with the fishing premises at English Point (another part of Forteau), originally owned by an English merchant, becoming the headquarters of the Forteau mission. The next year, Battle Harbour became operational. Finances and recruitment problems delayed the opening of Sandwich Bay until 1885. Moreover, at Queen’s, Francis had read some of the writings of Canon J.T. Richards who was a priest in northern Newfoundland and southern Labrador for 40 years. As well, at Queen’s he had read about the Reverend Mr. Henry Gordon and Mrs. Clara Gordon. He even copied on some old typewriter accounts of Reverend Mr. Gordon’s trips around Sandwich Bay. Notwithstanding the significance of each of the above to the Archdeacon‘s ministry, collectively they no doubt prepared him for what is one of his greatest ministries, that is his published writings, these being: The Anglican Church in Labrador 1848-1998 (written on the occasion of the Anglican Church‘s 150th anniversary in Labrador); Labrador Diary 1915-25; The Gordon Journals; Labrador Teacher: Clara Gordon‘s Journals; My Own Mother‘s Son: Stories My Brother James Stewart Told Me along with various articles in Anglican Life. In the Forward to The Anglican Church in Labrador, it is pointed out that “the book traces the history of the Church from the time of formal establishment in 1848“. The Forward notes as well that ``it is a story of faith, hope, dedication, determination and response. And above all, it is a story of triumph, often over overwhelming odds“. When you see the photo of Canon J. T. Richards wearing his sou’wester, the truth of that description is easy to accept. Likewise, the Forward to the Gordon Journal describes that
The Venerable Dr. Francis Buckle (left) and Dr. Tom Pope (right).
book as not “just a story of missionary work but also of human endeavour and endurance in an isolated and hostile environment“. Again, the imagery found in the words of Reverend Mr. Gordon is somewhat startling. “I woke at dawn to find myself buried under snow - the snow was simply showering through the roof”. Likewise, Clara Gordon’s description of what was called her ‘coach box’, lashed to a komatik, is equally descriptive of the expected challenges ahead. My Own Mother’s Son, the title of which the Archdeacon says came to him while praying the psalms, is a booklet of his brother Jim’s incredible memory of the history of the Church, the Buckles, and other families of Forteau. Not yet published but certainly in progress is the Archdeacon’s autobiography entitled One Pilgrim’s Journey. “As the title suggests, this is simply the story of one, who from time to time, has been encouraged to share something of life’s journey“, both its calms and its storms. Both the Church and Labrador figure prominently in this book. After all he has been a priest for 47 years. Moreover, the Archdeacon states in the preface “that the misrepresentation of Labrador and the misuse of its resources have weighed heavily on his soul“. Mr. Chancellor, my very brief comments certainly do not do justice to the Archdeacon’s writings. A careful study of his books and articles reveals that they are far more than just an account of the Church’s past but rather are building on the foundation/cor-
nerstone of the apostles and prophets including earlier clergy. This theme is so apparent that it causes one to recall St. Paul’s message to the Ephesians: You are built upon the foundation laid by the apostles and prophets, the cornerstone being Christ Jesus himself. He is the one who holds the whole building together and makes it grow into a sacred Temple dedicated to the Lord. In union together with all the others into a place where God lives through his spirit. That is the message that permeates the Archdeacon’s writings. That is the message he has personified the whole of his ministry. Mr. Chancellor, the audience would be aware I am sure of Jesus’ words: “That a prophet is not without honour save in his own country….”
With the very greatest of respect for the words of Jesus, I believe that standing in front of you this evening is an exception to that statement. For the Archdeacon was truly honoured and indeed loved in Labrador as he served the Anglican Church of Canada and represented Queen’s College. Members of the Corporation, the faculty, the students and all of those assembled express their most sincere gratitude to the Archdeacon and offer him their heartiest congratulations on a most successful Labrador church fishery. Mr. Chancellor, I now present to you the first recipient of the degree, Doctor of Sacred Letters from Queen‘s College (honoris causa) Archdeacon Francis Buckle.
Nova Scotian praises Queen’s College Article Allison Billard
Judi Phillips went back to church because the Lord told her it was time. Having been away from the church for 20 years, she tried to ignore Him at first, when he called to her in 1999. But five months later, one Sunday morning, there He was again, and she decided that it was indeed about time. Despite having grown up Salvationist, she felt compelled to attend the Anglican church close to her home. Immediately she knew that this is where she was supposed to be. Her first year as an Anglican was pretty quiet. She went to church on Sundays and became a part of the community. However, soon she felt she should be doing more, so she became a lay reader and gradually she got to be very active in the church, leading services, preaching, assisting in the Eucharist, and conducting the prayers of the people. Her minister, Rev. Matthew told her in no uncertain
terms that she should enter into away from lung cancer that for me academically. Sure it was busy, and very challenging at full time ordained ministry, that same year. Armed with 18 credits times, but the community was she had more to offer than the part time, non-stipendiary lay from SMU, Judi did her research very rewarding and you learn how to ministry alwork with lowed for. He all different convinced her kinds of that neither people and her age, her personalieducation nor ties, just as her financial you will in situation made parish life. any difference “Hav- this is where ing only she was meant been an to be, her spirAnglican ituality would since 2000 not be bound. attending In 2005 school at she and her Queens rehusband ally taught moved to me a lot Halifax, so she could attend Bishop Sue Moxley (left) of the Diocese of Nova Scotia & PEI rejoices about the St. Mary’s Uni- with Queen’s College graduate Judi Phillips (right) at Convocation tradition. Thespiritual v e r s i t y 2010 life was the (SMU), with the intention of attending At- and realized that Queens Col- best part of the program - eight lantic School of Theology lege just might be a better fit worship sessions a week helped me really understand (AST). Her husband was very for her than the closer AST. “This was the perfect place and appreciate the traditions of supportive of her call and her intention to go into full time for me,” said Judi. “It is a more the Anglican faith.” Uprooting herself and ministry. Sadly, he passed spiritual school, and a better fit
moving to St. John’s may have been lonely at times, but Judi doesn’t regret it for a second. The region wasn’t totally foreign, as Judi’s parents were both from Newfoundland. And while she did live in St. John’s during school, she went home each summer to work in her home diocese. She has nothing but positive things to say about her experience in Newfoundland. “Queens College is the best kept secret in Newfoundland,” said Judi. “Anglicans definitely don’t recognize what a prize institution it is. I was blessed to be able to study here.” Judi will be working in parish ministry in the Greater Glace Bay Pastoral Unit in Cape Breton, a five point parish. She will be ordained deacon on May 13th and will work with the Rev. Vernon Reid, a native Newfoundlander who worked in Newtown and Greenspond, NL until a few years ago. In addition to parish ministry, Judi hopes to be involved in outreach and social justice.
God’s Versailles Ronald Clarke
A few years ago, with a group of students, I was privileged to visit a magnificent estate at Versailles in France. The estate consisted of a palace and very extensive gardens. The whole thing was breathtakingly extravagant. The palace was richly ornamented. The acres and acres of property consisted of plots in various shapes and designs filled with plants and flowers in a variety of colours. It was fantastic. “Who put this together?” one student asked. Very skilled architects and gardeners we all agreed. It is summer now, and all of us will soon be surrounded by a landscape far more extensive and far more “fantastic” than any French palace. Our summer landscape is truly wonderful. The blue
sky, azure waters, lush green hills and valleys, and brilliant wildflowers create a palette that Versailles can never equal. Could it be that like Versailles some wonderful architect and very skilful gardener designed and created it all? Does it make any sense to declare that all this developed by chance initiated by some Big Bang a long time ago? Of course not! Our wonderful landscape was surely designed and created by our loving and omnipotent God. Many of us will spend much of our time this summer out in the country enjoying God’s creation. Shouldn’t we be so grateful to God that we thank him and praise him every day? Or do we just take it all for granted? And since our Father god loves to see us, his beloved family worshipping him together, shouldn’t we find a church somewhere nearby on Sunday? There we can thank him and share an hour or so with some new friends. Let us all have a truly blessed summer!
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Meal for a mine-free world Article by Debbie Ford Based on a presentation by Gary Parsons
Jesus taught us that whenever we give the hungry food; the thirsty something to drink; welcome the stranger; clothe the naked; or visit the sick and the prisoner; that, whatever we do to the least of these, we do it for him. Our Christian Outreach program provides a variety of rewarding ways for us to get involved in the greater community. Through our baptism we are called to see and serve Christ in all people, love our neighbour and strive for justice and peace among all people, while respecting the dignity of every human being. We are forever reminded at the end of our worship that our Christian life service to others continues. At St. Michael’s, our Outreach Committee is actively involved in a number of ministries which we highlight during the Lenten season and we are always seeking ways to better the world in the name of our Lord Christ. For the last number of
years our church community has been an advocate for the elimination of landmines, restoration of mine infected land, and providing much needed assistance for landmine victims. We have done this by hosting a “Meal for a Mine-Free World”. The global landmine crisis is one of the most pervasive problems facing the world to-
day. It is estimated that there are between 45 and 50 million landmines in the ground in at least 70 countries. When wars end the surviving soldiers go home – not so for landmines – they stay in the ground. They are ready; they are waiting. They don’t know the difference between war and peace. They don’t know
the difference between the footsteps of a soldier and the footsteps of a child. When they are activated they blow off their victim’s feet, legs, toes and hands. They fir shrapnel into their faces and bodies and blind them or disfigure them. They kill. It is a horror beyond belief that a child’s innocent curiosity about a strange object could lead, not to a broadening of their horizon, but to a lifetime of disability, or even death; where a parent tilling the field to provide food for the family does so under peril of injury or death; and where large tracts of fertile land lay fallow, because of the threat of landmines. A focus for us at St. Michael’s is on the hope for life in Jesus Christ and the struggle for a better quality of life. De-mining is an opportunity for us to make the environment safer for all people who are endangered daily by landmines all over the world. God bless the work being done to eradicate the presence of the landmines throughout the world and to that end, God bless the countries that have made the “Ottawa Treaty” law.
Ministry in Parish of Port de Grave ‘Prayer Shawl Ministry’
‘World Day of Prayer’
Prayer Shawl Group. (Left to right): Mona Petten, Pearl Dawe, Rita Dooley, Florence Morgan-Thorn, Elsie Yetman, Pauline Lear, Effie Boone, Vera French, Margaret Dawe. Submitted by Florence Morgan-Thorn.
St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Port de Grave, formed a Prayer Shawl ministry group in March. The group was started by Florence Morgan-Thorn to support those suffering from caner or any other illness. The comfort shawls made by the group will be given to the Cancer House in St. John’s,
O’Shaughnessy Shelter in Carbonear, and the women of our community where there is a need. Their first meeting, held in Florence’s home saw nine women in attendance and at the second meeting twelve women attended. Meetings are held the 1st & rd 3 . Tuesday of each month.
Port de Grave children participate in the World Day of Prayer service. Submitted by Florence MorganThorn. An Ecumenical service was people still seek out a living on of the community also took held at St. Luke’s Church, the land, as their ancestors did. part by taking their place in the Most children attend free Chancel as their occupations March 5th, at 7:30 p.m. The theme “Let everything that has government schools. The coun- were named. Guest speaker, Rose Anbreath praise God”, written by try has one of the highest atthe World Day of Prayer Com- tendance rates in Africa. Un- drews of Carbonear, gave a mittee of Cameroon, was fortunately, due to cultural detailed description of life in one hosted by the members of St. stigma, the attendance of girls of the tribal villages of Ghana. She also spoke about the school Mark’s Church and assisted by is lower than for boys . Christianity, Islam and Kirdi that her son, Curtis, founded. St. Luke’s. The Republic of Cameroon [Animist - belief that souls/spir- A slide presentation allowed us is a diverse country with over its also reside in animals, plants to understand what life is like 200 ethnic groups. Although the etc.] beliefs are practiced in a West African village. The church altar and Chanofficial languages are French throughout the country. Rural and English, 240 local languages areas also practice their indig- cel was transformed by using colourful African cloth. The enous beliefs. are spoken. The members of the Par- children of the Parish, wearing The country is located in West Africa, just north of the ish of Port de Grave, led by Ghana clothes, were a delightequator. Unlike many other Marguerite Boone of St. ful addition to the service. All African countries Cameroon Mark’s, took part in this mean- readers and participants in the has a relatively high standard ingful African service. The sing- service were clothed in African of politics with social stability. ing of a song, telling how it takes material. Refreshments were served There is much poverty, espe- a village to raise a child was cially in rural areas, where the sung by Rose. Guest members following the service.
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The ‘S’ word Kevin Smith
The Most Rev. Douglas Hambidge – former Bishop of New Westminster, Caledonia and British Columbia and the Yukon is a recognized expert on stewardship. Recently Archbishop Hambidge, author of The S Word, spoke to a Diocesan committee in Corner Brook. The following is a summary of some of his enlightening thoughts. For decades church folk have heard “stewardship is not about money” and in the next moment they are confronted with a parish budget or a stewardship program that revolves around the parish budget. If there is to be reality and integrity about stewardship, we have to lay the biblical foundation. We need to say, “No matter what has been said in the past,
this is what Jesus says about stewardship.” Using the parable of the three servants, it is written that the slave belonged to the owner, everything they had belonged to God and the word for trusted slave was steward. Three questions need to be asked: 1. What has been entrusted to me by God? 2. What are you doing with what has been entrusted? 3. In what way does God benefit? Discussion of these questions has several effects: 1. It says that I remember that I belong to God – my whole life is in God’s hands. 2. It begins to teach that this is something bigger than the budget or making a pledge. 3. It shows that I am accountable for what I do with all that God has put in my hands. 4. It reminds me that God trusts me. This is a basis on which to build a parish attitude to stewardship. Clergy should encourage the whole congregation to have some say in the running of the church.
Other thoughts: 1. The stewardship program should begin following the AGM. 2. It is a mistake to start after the summer. 3. The stewardship committee should consist of people who are committed to stewardship. 4. The committee need to see themselves as stewards – not merely a member of the stewardship committee. 5. The committee doesn’t necessarily need to include the priest. 6. It should not include the treasurer. 7. Avoid link between parish finances and this group. 8. Key is developing an understanding of stewardship to the memberArchbishop Douglas Hambidge ship. 9. Need to choose the comof the lay people – often regarded as consumers rather than mittee carefully. 10. Begin the teaching with participants. For example, vestry minutes the stewardship committee – use should be talked about. The con- a bible study at the beginning of gregation should be informed each meeting. 11. Some bad messages inabout the minutes and asked their thoughts. The message: we are clude: a) Not putting the offering plate on the altar. b) Taking all servants of God. They should help the people realize that they are trusted stewardsandthatconsultingwiththem helps to restore the lost dignity
money out during the service to be counted. 12. Until the congregation shows signs that they share an ownership in the church, do not do a financial campaign. Otherwise, you will derail the stewardship process. 13. The process of year round stewardship will only work if the people feel there has been genuine consultation and that their voices have been heard when discussions were taking place about what God is calling the Church to do. 14. They will see this as their program,theirvisionandtheywill respond. 15. Messaging is really important a) You don’t want people giving to a budget; b) You want people to give to vision.
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A labour of love at St. Peter’s in Upper Gullies Article & Photo Jack Morgan
Nails, hammers and saws were abuzz at St. Peter’s, Upper Gullies during the months of March and April when men of the parish answered a call to renovate existing washrooms and build a wheelchair accessible washroom as part of the parish’s continuing effort to accommodate all who use the Church and Parish Hall. Last year, as part of an accessibility upgrade, an elevator was installed to service all levels of the Parish Hall and Church, making entry to the building possible for those who have physical disabilities. The project has already made a significant difference to several parishioners and will be of great benefit to others who may want to attend St. Peter’s. The two existing rest rooms were upgraded to a modern standard, including a change table in the ladies room, making it easier and more convenient for babies in their care. A third, wheel-
chair washroom, complying with provincial code, was constructed to accommodate persons with physical disabilities. Chairman of the building committee, Herb Dawe, says whenever there’s a need at St. Peter’s, all he has to do is make a few telephone calls. “These are a great bunch of guys—fellows who do what they can for the betterment of their church. We had carpenters, plumbers, electricians, painters and other help immediately available to take on the job. They worked their hearts out, and turned a difficult job into an enjoyable ‘labor of love’. Of course, the labor was free of charge! Dawe estimates that St. Peter’s saved at least $6000 in labor charges, a saving the parish can channel to another of its ministries. St. Peter’s Rector, Fr. Mark Nichols, continues to be extremely impressed by the efforts of the faithful servants of the Church. “The
wheelchair accessible washroom was the final phase of our accessibility project. Now all levels of our church and parish hall annex are accessible to all regardless of physical ability. I can’t say enough about the dedication of these men. They were in every day for several weeks trying to complete this project as soon as possible and with virtually no disruption to parish events–and free labor to the church.” A few days after completion, The St. Peter’s ACW served a lunch to all men involved in appreciation of the splendid work they had done.
The handymen of St. Peter’s, Upper Gullies. Submitted by Jack Morgan.
Everyday Christians Allison Billard
I’ve heard it said that “I don’t have to go to church to be a good person.” That is true. Going to church has very little to do with how “good” you are. But then, we don’t go to church to make ourselves good people. If all it took to be a good
person was to go to church, we would likely have more people in attendance on Sunday morning. Most people want to be “good”. While part of being a Christian is caring for others and putting others before ourselves, which may be considered “being good”, that is not why we have church services. It is just another part of a Christian’s everyday life. If we consider ourselves “everyday Christians” then attending a worship service is just another aspect of what it is to be Christian. It is a place for fellowship, where we can be with other believers, praising God, and generally coming together
as part of the Christian community. I use the term “everyday Christian” as separate from the occasional or Sunday Christian. The everyday Christian is someone who lives their whole week/month/year as a Christian. Someone who shares the good news with others, and shows through their actions what it is to be Christian. The occasional or Sunday Christian places more emphasis on the value of being at church. ”See? I went. Happy?” It is more superficial - a faith of convenience. I won’t pretend that I’m always an everyday Christian.
Sometimes I feel it is decidedly inconvenient to attend church or take part in some of the things that I should be doing to really be living a Christian life. I, too, am a sinner. I, too, get sucked in by consumerism and the misconception that life is supposed to be easy. Sometimes I just want things to be convenient, and comfortable, and I want to stay right inside my comfort zone. But that is not what we are called to do. Church, faith, spreading the word, all of these things may at times be inconvenient, or ask more of us than we are prepared to give. We will be afraid. It is at precisely
those times we should reach out to Jesus and ask for help. Take His hand and let Him show you the way. We aim to live our lives according to God’s laws. We help others, we repent when we fall into sin and try harder to avoid sin in the first place. We care for our families, love our neighbours and share the good news with others, in hopes of helping them find the love and comfort in God that we ourselves have found. No where does it say we have to go to church to accomplish any of these things. But of course, that’s not why we go to church now is it?
Peace has to begin at home Article Olive M. Grunert
Many times I remember, when my children were small, the peaceful feeling of getting up early and “sneaking out” to my church. There were times as a young mother of six children, that I needed the peaceful feeling of sitting in a quiet church. I dared to raise my eyes to the cross asking God to forgive me, strengthen me, and bless me. Then, I would pray for each one of my children for their confidence, the ability to do well in school, to be healthy and adjusted. I asked God to instil in them the faith I have and to give them inner peace. Satisfying their bodies with the best foods, keeping them healthy, and their
filling minds with the best education was important to me. But I knew I needed to give to them a little soul nourishment too and that was my biggest challenge. Every after school activity was scheduled for Sunday mornings but because I lived in a smaller community I was blessed to have the priest and parish there to influence. To be able to see them, kneeling, with their little hands clasped in prayer, was my goal, so in life, even if I were gone, they would need nothing more than to turn to HIM and their faith would be their greatest asset. I knew that the temptation of the devil was what they had to rebuke and there was only one way they could do that. Today, our children are
taller and stronger than they ever were and they lack nothing in their materialistic needs, they have the best of clothes and shoes, and food and educational supplies, good schools and colleges, but what they are lacking in my view, that makes them turn to this world’s offered evils……is spiritual strength and faith. One of the scenes that brought tears to my eyes was to see my rebellious teenager snuggled into the bosom of an 80 year old at church and then to see him assist her with getting to the Lord’s table. Where else would they learn this compassion, and it all began with MY sneaking out to go to church early in the morning. I would go home and feel so good inside, get breakfast and teach prayers and before
long, they were accompanying me to church. I depended on God to speak to their little souls and the whole parish make them feel they “belonged” to this parish family. I remember I took a neighbour’s little girl to church with us for the Children’s service. She was always unruly and playing in the mud when we passed her to go to church. This particular week, I asked my neighbour if I could take her to church with my children. The mother seemed so grateful. Well, do you know, this little girl walked up to sit at the chancel steps with the minister and listened to the children’s talk for the first time in her little life, and she walked TALL, she looked so proud of herself and the bounce in her step was one of
KNOWING she was in God’s house where she was loved. She had the prettiest little dress on and a buckle in her hair and didn’t even look like the little girl in the mud puddle. She had the prettiest smile, as she walked back down through church after being told that God loved every hair on her little head, her eyes scanned the congregation and she KNEW she was loved there. What a difference in the attitude of this little girl! Her little soul was fed that day and she sang with all her heart “this little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine”. As parents, we have to realize that to get this little light glowing, we need Jesus in our children’s lives. He said “let the little children come unto me” and we have to obey. In this troublesome world we live in, our children need more than good clothes to weather the storms they face. As parents, if we give them spiritual health, a strong faith, they themselves will TURN TO HIM and it’s at the foot of the cross that their salvation lays. The enemy has no power over them then. Our youth need PEACE in their lives and this PEACE can begin at Home, spread into the schools, into the community and with all their little lights shining, yes, they can bring PEACE in this world of darkness, and maybe then, we could all live together in God’s PEACE, side by side.
My 680 kilometre sabbatical
Archdeacon Sandra Tilley hikes to Santiago de Campostela in Spain Encountering the Divine. Archdeacon Sandra Tilley takes time to reflect and observe the beautiful landscape on her pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Submitted by Archdeacon Sandra Tilley.
My pilgrimage of walkThe pilgrimage in- beds in the many albergues ing the Santiago trail across volved walking 680 along “the way” (Camino, in Northern Spain actually kilometers from Estella to Spanish). One night prestarted before leaving home Santiago de Compostela and sented us with the reality of as everything needed for the Cathedral of St. James no bed so with twenty othseven weeks in a foreign the Apostle (Santiago, in ers we pitched our sleeping bags on the floor country was of a public packed into building and a knapsack. gave God thanks Twentyfor each other five pounds and a roof over was all I our head! I must would have confess that this and it had to experience be carried opened my eyes wherever I in a different went. This way to “no room left me with in the inn”. In a some crunew a different cial quesway I was aware tions: what of: Jesus’ birth in do I take, Bethlehem and what do I the homeless of leave beour own day hind? The The weather process inwas varied – v o l v e d sunny, windy, m a n y rainy, cold, changes bewarm and hot. fore the fiThe terrain was nal decision varied – flat, was made hilly and mounand even aftainous. The peoter the ple were wide walking beranging from gan more items were Sore Feet! Archdeacon Sandra Tilley takes care of her sore places such as d i s c a r d e d feet after hiking 680 kilometres. Submitted by Archdeacon New Zealand, Mexico, Venalong the Sandra Tilley. ezuela, Gerway! It’s much like the journey of Spanish). The end of each many, Holland, Spain and life: What do I want? What day saw us presenting our Canada. With time the spedo I need? What do I ulti- credential in order to gain cifics maybe forgotten but mately choose? access to one of the bunk the journey will live on and
the blisters will be gone but the encounters will permeate to the core: Encounters with self, Encounters with others, Encounters with God. As I said earlier, my pilgrimage actually began before I left home - this was evident in our weekly Eucharist in the Chapel of the Annunciation at Synod Office just days before I left for Spain. With knapsack in hand (or more accurately ‘on back’) I attended worship with all my coworkers as Bishop Cy offered special prayers for the journey. I was particularly aware of God’s presence, of the community’s support and the intentional venture I was un-
dertaking with the following words: Pilgrimage is an opportunity to travel lightly, to walk free of daily routine, to meet people, to make friends, to enjoy and celebrate God’s creation. An opportunity, too, in the traveling, the conversations and the silences to reflect on the journey of our lives and on our journey homewards to God. I give thanks for my two-month sabbatical to walk “the way” (Camino in Spanish). To travel lightly was an education in itself and to walk free of routine allowed for an amazing encounter with the Divine.
Snowy Spain? It wasn’t all hot sun in Spain as Sandra makes her way through a snowstorm on her pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Submitted by Archdeacon Sandra Tilley.
All Saints, Corner Brook Honour Seniors. The Outreach Committee of All Saints Church in Corner Brook has been honouring the seniors of the congregation with a cold plate luncheon since the early 1980s. This year was no exception. On Saturday, May 15th, approximately 145 seniors and guests gathered at the church. Everyone enjoyed the meal and the sing-a-long that followed. Pictured here are some of the eldest seniors in attendance: L-R: Mrs. Annie Russell, Mrs. Flo Keating, Mrs. Elizabeth Hayden, Mrs. Bertha Fradsham and Rev. Derek Thomas. Submitted by Janet Spurrell.
First Godly Play Core Training held in Newfoundland. Twelve participants representing 7 parishes in the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador were trained as Godly Play Storytellers at the Parish of the Good Shepherd in Mount Pearl April 29 to May 1. Amy Crawford, the National Director of Godly Play Canada, along with her husband, Andrew, led the event and the Parish of the Good Shepherd that adopted the Godly Play method in 2009 hosted the training. Developed over the past 30 years, the Godly Play program is directly inspired by the Montessori approach and believes that children learn through all their senses and not only through sight and sound. There is no classroom; there is a rich interactive learning environment designed to provide both children and their parents with a deep experience of God. Submitted by Parish of the Good Shepherd, Mount Pearl
Server’s Camp Phyllis Hill, formerly of New Perlican, now living in Dildo celebrated her 90th birthday on May 16th. The various organizations in Dildo threw Phyllis a Surprise 90th birthday party. Phyllis was presented with several certificates of recognition. In the picture she is presented with flowers and a certificate of recognition on 78 years membership in St. Augustine’s ACW, New Perlican. Phyllis still helps out with St. Augustine’s ACW and attends as many events as possible. Pictured L-R: Christine Chislett, Betsy Hefford and Phyllis Hill. Submitted by Eileen Matthews.
The 45th Cursillo weekend held at the Lavrock Centre was a success where twelve new Cursillistas experienced love, fellowship and training in a Christian setting. John Carter was chosen to lead this weekend and with a lot of prayer and the love of a Christian community in action it was a beautiful Spirit filled time for all.The new Cursillistas will now return to their Parishes to continue their Christian journey with a greater love for Jesus and a clearer meaning of living a Christian life as our theme says “ONE DAY AT A TIME”. Submitted by Joyce Bryant.
Server’s Camp at Mint Brook Camp Camp. With the theme: “Who is your Friend?” Servers from the Diocese of Central NL gathered at Mint Brook camp on May 7th – 9th, 2010 to attend the annual Server’s conference. There were 52 youth servers (7 of which were SITS) in attendance aging from 10 to 18. Friday night started with supper and getting acquainted with each other. Then we went to the Great Hall for a few ice breaker games, which were prepared by Rev. Neal and Beverly. Our music team consisted of three youth Luke, Owen and Kaylene and three adults Rev. Shawn, Jeff and Sandra.
They were great throughout the weekend with lively and spirit filled music. A short worship service clued up our evening and the youth had canteen and settled down around midnight. Saturday was a wonderful day starting with a worship service with Rev. Neal and four sessions prepared by Rev. Shawn and Sandra. The sessions focused on Good Friends, Bad Friends, God’s Friends and Jesus’ Friends. Each session had a discussion period and music appropriate for the theme. There was also a presentation on the leadership youth program, “Ask and Imagine,” which is offered at Huron College in
London, Ontario. The presenter for this session was Nicole Buffett, a youth who attended the program in August 2009. Nicole clued up her session with a craft (fancy Mother’s Day card) which each youth could take home. As usual the highlight of the weekend is a dance on Saturday night that is enjoyed by all. Submitted by Beverly Buffett.
Growing in God’s Garden Article and Photo by Nancy French
Growing in God’s Garden is one of the themes that will be explored when the newly appointed Director of SSJD Associates in Eastern Canada makes her first visit to Newfoundland, in June. After attending General Synod in Halifax, Sr. Sue will also explore the themes of Deepening One’s Prayer Life, and Clergy Wellness – Who Pastors the Pastor? She will also preach at Sunday liturgies and offer information sessions on her Community, the Anglican Sisterhood of St. John the Divine, as well as on the various ways one can enter a relationship of mutual support with the Community -
whether as a Sister, Associate, City, she was baptized a ChrisOblate, or friend. Sr. Sue’s journey to Christian commitment has not followed the common pattern shared by most of us – the pattern by which we are baptized as infants and brought into the Faith Community to be nurtured in Faith by our families, Godparents and the Church Community. Rather, she was born to atheist parents and raised as an atheist, Sister Sue of the Sisterhood of becoming a theist at St. John the Divine age 34, through one of the 12-Step programs. At the Cathedral Church of St. tian at the Easter Vigil, 1990. John the Divine in New York Ten years later, she was admit-
ted to the Anglican Sisterhood of St. John the Divine as a postulant, making her life profession in the Order on October 18, 2006. Along the way, Sr. Sue had worked as a secretary, medical editor and high school teacher. She also earned a PhD in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania and taught at the university level for three years in Utah. Now at age sixty, Sr. Sue comes to yet another significant milestone on her journey as she begins this new ministry in Eastern Canada. Men and women across the Newfoundland Church are in-
vited to avail themselves of these opportunities to explore, with Sr. Sue, ways by which we can enhance our lives as we journey on in Faith. Times and venues will be announced in various media. Please pray for Sr. Sue as she prepares for her time with Associates and the Church in Newfoundland. For further information, you may contact Associates Rev. Trudy Gosse at 3683313, or Rev. Karen Laldin at 785-5055. For information on SSJD, you may visit www.ssjd.ca or contact Sr. Sue at 416-226-2201, ext 308, or by email at email@example.com.
St. Philip’s launch financial appeal Article & Photo Canon Bert Cheeseman
On Sunday, March 14, the sun filled our beautiful church as the congregation gathered for the celebration of the Eucharist. Parishioners then gathered in fellowship for a tasty potluck luncheon. After lunch, everyone assembled for the parish’s Annual Meeting which was called to order with prayer at 1:45pm. Following the adoption of the minutes of the previous year’s Annual Meeting, Reverend Edward Keeping, the parish rector, presented his report which focused on the three points of interest. Firstly, he looked back on the past year praising parishioners for their commitment both spiritually and financially. On a very positive note, the parish experienced 34% increase in overall donations. While this is, indeed, very encouraging the rector indicated that parishioners had to be mindful that the large mortgage on the newly constructed church is an issue that needs to be addressed in a serious way in the coming year. Secondly, the rector announced that on July 01, 2011, the Parish of St. Philip will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary. In an effort to reduce the debt owing on the mortgage and to celebrate this happy occasion in the life of the parish, Reverend Keep-
ing announced the launching of a financial appeal leading to 2011 to meet a goal of
that this ‘new’ money in combination with access to monies already in the Anglican
debt on the church. A recent change in diocesan policy will enable the release of this
raising $140,000.00 in ‘new’ money to be applied against the mortgage. He pointed out
Joint Investment account from the sale of the rectory will assist in paying down the
investment to the parish upon the completion of the upcoming financial appeal.
Thirdly, Reverend Keeping spoke to the congregation about the incredible stress and amount of time and energy that has been used up dealing with the issues surrounding the former church building in the community. Having updated the gathering on this matter, a motion was moved to request the congregation to endorse the Vestry’s plan with regard to the old church building. The motion was carried, Reverend Keeping congratulated the congregation for their support in 2009. He encouraged parishioners to continue showing their Thankfulness to God through ongoing support for the church’s operating and mortgage needs. On a final note, he added his hope that, together, everyone would work to continue to build upon what has been accomplished in the past year and to continue God’s work in our parish!
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The Rev’d Glenn Small inducted Article and Photo by Eugene Toope
The Anglican Parish of Windsor - Bishop’s Falls which incorporates St. Alban’s Church at Grand Falls - Windsor and St. Andrew’s Church at Bishop’s Falls welcomes its New Rector... The Rev’d Glenn Small and his wife Shirley. Rev’d Small has come to us with about 25 years of ministry experience having served in many areas of the province. His first parish being Rose Blanche on the South Coast, from there he went on to Burgeo and then to Cox’s Cove - McIvers, to St. Anthony and Corner Brook then to the east coast at Harbour Grace. Prior to his acceptance to the Parish of W-BF he served at the Holy Spirit Parish in the Arnold’s Cove / Come-by-Chance areas. Rev’d Small was born at Jackson’s Arm in White Bay and even at a very young age had a feel for calling to the Anglican Faith Ministry. He is edu-
cated with an undergraduate degree from MUN and a Master’s in Divinity from Queen’s College. Rev. R o y Martin, a member o f St.Alban’s Church has been appointed to the position of Honorary Associate with the Parish. Rev’d Roy aka “The Singing Priest” is retired from active Clergy duty and he and his wife Daphne reside at Grand Falls - Windsor. March 15th was a Red Letter day indeed for this Parish of Windsor - Bishop’s Falls, in that we had what can be
termed as “An Induction for Three”. The Rev’d Glenn as Rector, Rev’d Roy as Honor-
ary Associate and The Vestries of both Churches. The Induction Ceremony with both congregations in attendance was held at St.Alban’s Church and officiated by The Rev’d Randy Lockyear of the Diocese of Central Newfoundland.
Pre-Service Music was provided by St. Alban’s Men’s Music Group. Choirs were in attendance from b o t h Churches under the direction of Edwin Phillips a n d Geraldine Pomeroy, music selections were also provided by locals M i k e Carey and Phillip Grimes. The Covenant in Ministry was shared and presented and accepted. Representatives of both congregations presented symbols of Ministry to the Clergy i.e. The Holy Bible, Vessel of Water, Oil, The Canons of the Diocese, The Keys of
the churches, Prayer Books and The Bread and Wine. The Induction of both Vestries then followed. A very interesting Homily was given by The Rev’d Russell Small, United Church Clergy at Harbour Grace, President of The United Church Conference of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador and a close friend of The Rev’d. Glenn Small. The offering was received by junior sidespersons: Dillon Coole, Kianna Hale, Brennah Reid and Brianna Saunders. The Service of Holy Eucharist followed. Guests in attendance were: Rev’d William Rice, Rev’d Walter Hammond, Rev’d Larry Chatman, Rev’d Joan Antle, Rev’d Ray Cole, and Mr. & Mrs. William Guy, MHA Ray Hunter, and Mrs Doreen Tremblett the Deputy Mayor Bishop’s Falls. The evening concluded with a very enjoyable fellowship function in the Church Hall with lunch provided by the ACW.
Happy 99th Birthday
Lucy Rowe celebrated her 99th Birthday on October 1, 2009. Aunt Lucy, as she is fondly called by everyone who knows her, is a woman of great strength and character. Lucy is and has been an example by which we can all fashion our lives - a woman of faith who has dedicated most of her life to her church. She has been an organist in the former St. John the Evangelist Church Joe Batt’s Arm and the former St. Augustine’s Church in Seldom for the past 84 years. She has provided music for many weddings and funerals some of which have been for loved ones, close to her heart. Like a lot of women and men her age, she has known heart ache and sadness but through it all she has remained faithful. On Sunday morning October 4, 2009, Aunt Lucy once again rose to the occasion and provided the music for this very special service whereby honour was bestowed upon her by the Sunday School and the Church as a whole. The children presented her with a huge Birthday card and recited words of congratulations to her. The Wardens of the Church of the Holy Spirit presented her with a cake which was made and decorated by Lucy Hart of Island Harbour. After the service her daughter Beth helped distribute it to the entire congregation. On Thanksgiving Day, women of the A.C.W. along with Rev. Terry visited at her home and enjoyed a pot luck supper. We pray that God will continue to bless her in the years ahead. And we thank God for her valuable ministry. Submitted by Blanche Bennett.
ACW ST. PATRICK’S DAY SOUP AND DESERT SUPPER. On March 17, 2010, the St. Augustine’s ACW held a soup and dessert supper to fund-raise for the Primates World Relief and Development Fund for Haiti. There was a variety of soups (including green soup!) and delicious desserts- yes green ones too! A special thank you to the ACW and those who came and supported the event. Submitted by Caren Noseworthy & Sandra Lewis
Mrs Dorothy Rector recently retired after approximately sixteen dedicated years as Sunday School Superintendent. She was presented with flowers from the ACW and a gift certificate from the congregation of Holy Spirit Church in Isle aux Morts. Many thanks Dorothy from all the children, parents,teachers and congregation. Submitted by Pam Granter
News from Parish of Cow Head Article & Photos Karen Bennett
cruciform beads, and attached a cross in the centre. They received booklets of prayers to say with the beads, such as “An Parishioners in the Parish of Evening Prayer,” and “Come Cow Head participated enthuLord Jesus Prayer.” siastically in a variety of activiLast Year, St. Mary’s ties this past winter and early ACW divided spring. Here are some of into two the highlights. teams and colReverend Jean lected over Brenton-Hickman joined $1000.00 us as Parish priest in Auworth of pengust of 2009. In Februnies for ary, parishioners from PWRDF. InCow Head, St. Paul’s, Parspired by the son’s Pond and Sally’s positive reCove went through the sults, the laframework for developing dies counted a Covenant in Ministry. coppers again Each of the two occasions this year, and began with dinner at the made over church hall in Cow Head. $2000.00 for Afterwards, lists were Daffodil complied of things our par- The LifeCycles Program explored the Stations of Place. To celish does well and wants to the Cross ebrate, the continue, challenges facing the parish, ways we could im- the Greens” near Christmas and team with the least pennies prove, and ways to support the during Lent presented the pro- cooked a turkey dinner with all parish in its work. The first gram, “A Cross for a Crown.” the trimmings for both groups. The choir of St. Mary the A rewarding evening, indeed! meeting was conducted by For several years, St. Rev’d Canon Roberta Virgin Church in Cow Head Woodman and Bishop Percy held a song-filled night titled, Mary’s ACW has chosen SeCoffin, and the second by “Sing to Mary.” While a slide cret Sisters. Each woman Rev’d Roberta and Archdea- show presented pictures rep- draws a name and for one con Ed King. The covenant resenting the Mother of Christ, year, she becomes a special but becomes official at Rev’d the choir sang, one selection unknown “sister” to another Jean’s installation as Rector being, “Mary Laid Her Baby woman, sending her cards or Down.” The women narrators perhaps a small gift on occalater this year. The LifeCycles program wore veils and read poems as sion, and remembering her in has been flourishing both in Par- though Mary spoke the words. prayer. In February, at a ValAt the annual St. Mary’s entine’s Day dinner, the secret son’s Pond and in Cow Head. At a meeting in February, on Quiet Day in March, Rev’d was out! Sometimes the ladies the subject of exploring the the- Jean’s activity was to have the guess correctly the name of ology of the cross, the partici- women make Anglican prayer their sister, other times they pants in Cow Head used pho- beads. They strung small col- hadn’t a clue. All in good fun, tos of the Stations of the Cross oured beads between the larger to honour and bless a friend. for meditation, walking from one station to the other. People agreed that it was an emotional experience to walk with Christ to Calvary. In Parson’s Pond, the LifeCycles group spearheaded the “Hanging of
Helping to build a new Covenant in Ministry in Cow Head was one of the events held recently in the parish.
To save money on heat over the winter, St. Alban’s in Sally’s Cove and St. Paul’s congregations have alternated services. St. Paul’s Church, together with Our Lady of the Coast Roman Catholic Church, held a joint fund raiser, and in October 2009, there was a Blessing of the Pets service at St. Paul’s. All four Parish of
Cow Head churches were involved in the Lenten devotional program, “Silent Witness.” So, much has been going on, and many blessings have been given and received in the parish. Many thanks to Rev’d Jean, those who prepared and participated in the services and to Our Saviour who inspired all that happened.
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St. Mary The Virgin Church ACW in Mary’s Harbour held a Pancake Supper . Pictured front row L to R - Rev. Irene Sutton, Irene Simms, Shelia Pye, Doretha Rumbolt, Stephanie Sooley, Donna Smith, Roslind Rumbolt. Back row L to R - Stephanie Rumbolt, Ivy Moss, Bella Samson, Bessie Acreman, Joyce Acreman, Ella Simms Mary Rumbolt, Joan Rumbolt, Patsy Rumbolt, Georgina Lunnen and Mary Stevens. Submitted by Jennifer Rumbolt. EFM (Education For Ministry) seminar group in Corner Brook 2009-2010: Front row (l to r): Deborah Howe, Glynda Seaborn, and Loretta Park. Back row (l to r): Cynthia Parsons, David Taylor, Archbishop Stewart Payne (mentor), Shirley Frost, Reg Woodman, and Jim Day. Submitted by Archbishop S. Payne.
Teething & Tithing The Rev. Greg Mercer
Teething and tithing – for few people both are painless. However, for most people it can be a very frustrating and painful event. Tithing, like teething, is a process and getting there can sometimes make us cranky, irritable, and even drool drool. Tithing is an Old Testament concept expressed in percent-
age terms, more specifically, 10 percent. Deuteronomy 14:22, “Set apart a tithe of all the yield of your seed that is brought in yearly from the field.” That is to say, you are to proportion a tenth of the fruit of your labour to the Lord. Today this is usually expressed in monetary terms since money is how we are paid. The New Testament expresses it a little differently. In the parable of the ‘Widow’s Mite,’ Jesus holds up this poor widow as an example of someone who gave out of her poverty. And then the apostle Paul teaches us that we are to give by grace. Regardless of how you look at it, giving in biblical terms is meant to be a costly commitment. It was Harold
Percy who said in his book, Following Jesus, First Steps on the Way, “we give until it hurts.” Anglicans are great givers when it comes to the giving of their time and talents to the work and ministry of the Church. I dare to say that you will not find more committed kingdom workers anywhere. In a report released a number of years ago it was also noted that Angli-
cans are among some of the best givers in the country when it comes to giving and supporting other charities. And rightly so, Christians should support other worthwhile causes. But when it comes to supporting the church financially, Anglicans are among those toward the bottom of the list. Very few Anglicans tithe. The truth be known, most Anglicans give less than one percent to their
church. Let me suggest to you that it is not about giving ten percent. It is about costly commitment, and what is costly differs from person to person, and comes at different times in their life. For a small minority, giving ten percent comes at no personal cost at all. They can easily give ten percent and then some. For others, reaching two, or three, or four percent is a realistic effort. The question is, “are you making effort to grow in your financial commitment; are you drooling?” If you are still giving the same $5.00 a week you were giving five years ago, then probably it is time for a root canal.
Mint Brook Boys Camp Article & Photo Beverly Buffett
Mint Brook Boys camp is a fun-filled week each year. The boys are looking forward to returning again this year. For the past eight years Director, Rev. Neal Buffett and a group of leaders head to Mint Brook Camp for a full week. They look forward to their time spent with a group of boys ages 8-13. Each year there are many events planned to attract and entertain the boys. Over the past few years we have had volunteers come into the camp to provide workshops. After many months of searching for the right presenters and fitting them into the daily schedule we were blessed to have had presentations from: forestry, search and rescue, dance studio, woodworking, public health nurse, police detachment and canoe instructor to name a few. During the week the boys have many activities planned by the leaders and SITS (youth staffin-training), for example, skit night, movie night, scavenger hunts, treasure hunts, spotlight, campfires, dodge ball, volleyball, water fights, water balloon
fights, canoeing, swimming, hiking, and a sports day on Friday then a banquet on Friday night. Since Mint Brook is considered a Christian camp we prepare a biblical theme for each camp. Some of our past camps have been called: Following in Jesus Footsteps, The Whole Armour of God, David & Goliath Bible School, The Parables of Jesus and Quest for Truth. Each morning we begin with raising the flag and chapel. At chapel time the daily bible story is read then we sing a song dealing with the theme. A shape is given to each camper (footprint, sword, key etc.) with the daily bible verse on it for a total of 6 shapes. This shape is put on the necklace with their name on
it, when they go home they have 6 verses to take with them. After chapel we go to
cloth pin bracelets, cross necklaces, sew and paint their own backpacks, find and paint pet
the great hall and prepare for our craft. A variety of crafts are completed each year for the camper to take home. Some have been with paper mache, popsicle sticks, paper and glitter glue, handprint banners,
rocks, tin can crafts, Noah’s ark mobile, nature crafts, woodworking crafts and many more. There is more to our camp than just fun, the boys are also expected to follow a few rules like being respectful to others
and they are put in groups for chores. Each day the groups have set chores to complete, which include: washing dishes, cleaning the field and gathering firewood, cleaning the bathrooms and cleaning their own cabins for cabin inspection. After a full day and night of chapel, crafts, games, swimming, presentations, canoeing and chores the boys are ready for a good nights rest. They work so hard during the day that they sleep well during the night. We have always had a great team of leaders, SITS, and campers. When the campers head home they have all of their crafts plus a camper’s certificate, a gift dealing with the theme (wooden cross necklace, compass and light key chain, WWJD bracelets etc...) and other items include handouts that the presenters leave for us to distribute. This year Boys camp will be held on August 7th – 14th, 2010 and our theme is “God’s Creation Story/God’s Gift to us.” We are in high hopes of having another successful camp. Hope to see you all again this year, plus any new campers who would like to come and enjoy a week of fun. You can get your applications from the Diocesan Synod Office in Gander at 256-2372 or from the Anglican Minister in your community.
Fishing on the Labrador David Davis
The establishment of the summer fishing stations along the Labrador coast has some similarities to the creation of the first settlements by Europeans along the coast of the island of Newfoundland. These settlements were very tiny and the main purpose for the people staying on the coasts of Newfoundland was to maintain the seasonal fishermen’s premises and do new building of structures such as stages and small fishing boats. Both these fisheries, early Newfoundland and coastal Labrador, were yearly cycles which left in the spring and returned home in the fall. Both the cycles had to deal with the presence of ice on arrival at the fishing grounds in the spring. Both of them had the fishermen living in temporary shelters during the fishing season. There are a number of lists of these fishing stations on the Labrador coast, none of them complete, as some stations were used for a long time (two hundred years) and some for sporadic periods of time. It is not possible to be all inclusive in any list so the writer has taken the decision to use a list from the Harbour Grace Standard newspaper of 1868. Harbour Grace being the principal port for the Labrador fishery in Newfoundland just as Poole in Dorset was the chief port for the Newfoundland fishery in England. Another intention of the writer was to make comments on some of the summer fishing stations. The stations mentioned in the Standard were grouped and the writer will comment on one station in each group to give the reader some information on its history. For this material the writer is heavily dependent on the excellent
community histories in the Newfoundland Encyclopedia. It would be a wonderful labour of love if someone would undertake to collect as many station names and histories as possible into a book because the memory of many of these stations is fading. It is hardly creditable that these tiny stations continued to exist right up to the end of the twentieth century. One of the main difficulties of working with these stations is looking backward to locate them. Many of the newer maps only identify road and ferry sites so one needs a map that was created before the resettlement program started to bite into traditional Newfoundland. In this light the Department of Mines and Resources Labrador Province of Newfoundland, 1960 (Scale: 16 miles to 1 inch), in conjunction with the Gazetteer of Canada- Newfoundland are indispensable guides for identifying settlements in the past. Also the gazetteer will give map co-ordinates for the stations. At present the writer is looking at a colour image of Battle Harbour. This community has been saved by the work of the Battle Harbour Foundation and is having its surviving buildings stabilized and/or restored to their condition at the time they used by summer and permanent fishermen. There is not a tree or any form of vegetation other than grass in view. If this was the case in earlier times then it must have been a challenging location in which to live, even in the summer, let alone when the gales of autumn came. Those who lived there year round must have been filled with the pioneer spirit.
The historic fishing village of Battle Harbour, Labrador
The Document As has been noted, this list was developed from the one in the Standard newspaper, the Newfoundland encyclopedia, the gazetteer, and the 1960 map. Many knowledgeable readers will be able to add to the names of stations and the details of their histories. 1865 Brig Bay, Holton, Ice Tickle, Indian and Emily Harbour were a group of fishing stations at the north side of the mouth of Groswater Bay. Most of the fishermen there were from Conception Bay Newfoundland; see Indian Harbour with premises by Charles Cozen of Brigus and fishermen from the same community. Packs Harbour and Long Island were fishing stations near Huntington Island, mouth of Sandwich Bay; Pack’s Harbour was connected with the old Devon and Carbonear firm of Pack, Gosse and Fryer. In latter years, like many of these stations, they were used by the local people from the coast of Labrador. Curlew, Grady, Black Island, Indian Tickle, Domino and Batteaux were a group of fishing stations stretching southeast from the southern entrance to Sandwich Bay to Spotted Islands. Grady was a major fishing station for a long time for English firms but then it passed to John Munn and Co., of Harbour Grace; some of the writer’s ancestors shipped to Grady from Harbour Grace. Griffins Harbour was a fishing station on Spotted Islands. Seal Island, Comfort Bight, Bolster Brook, Styles and Hawkes Harbour were a group of fishing stations south of Batteau. Bolster’s Brook or Rock as it is more commonly known was a tiny station of c.24 permanent inhabitants. Venison Tickle or Venison Island was a fishing station south of Hawke Harbour. It was founded in the eighteenth century by George Cartwright and Slade & Co. of Poole England. Eventually it passed to the Rorke firm of Carbonear which was there for many years. The decline of the fishery and the increase of wage labour killed most of these tiny fishing stations. Dead Islands, Triangs (Triangle) and Snug Harbour, Square Island these fishing stations were gathered around St Michaels Bay (Charlottetown). Snug Harbour was part of the Munn organization of Harbour Grace, Conception Bay with the Ward family as permanent residents. It continued to be used for a long time. Occasional Harbour was a fishing station just south of Cape St Michaels. It became a summer station for fishermen from Bay Roberts and Port de Grave in Conception Bay and later it became a summer station for Port Hope Simpson. Fishing Ship Harbour and Francis Harbour were fishing stations adjacent to present day Port Hope Simpson. Francis Harbour, named after the cape of the same name, was founded by English merchants then came to the Rorke firm of Carbonear. An early church was established there in 1850. Merchantman Harbour was a fishing station on the east side of Debigh Island, next to Francis Harbour. This station is most associated with the Carbonear firm of Duffs. Murray’s and Little Harbour fishing station here followed the usual history: founded from England, frequented from Conception Bay and then a summer stations for Port Hope Simpson. Spear Harbour was a fishing station just north of Cape St Louis. Mary’s Harbour is North West. Jeremiah Coghlan had a station here in the eighteenth century but he went bankrupt and the area was peopled by fisher families from Carbonear. There may have been 50 permanent inhabitants at one time. Battle Harbour, Cape Charles and Chimney Tickle were fishing stations together in St Louis Sound near Battle Island. Battle Harbour was the uncrowned capital of the Labrador coast being the headquarters of the Baine Johnson firm of England and St John’s for many years. Henley Harbour and Chatteaux these were fishing stations at the entrance to the Labrador Straits and opposite Belle Isle. Henley Harbour was associated with English firms such as Noble and Pinson and Hunt and Henley. It lasted a long time but the permanent population was never much more than three dozen persons. Red Bay goes back to the Basque (Spanish) whaling summer station during the second half of the sixteenth century. There was a summer fishing station there for a very long time, especially by the Penneys from Carbonear. L’Anse au Loup brings us down almost to the border with Quebec and in the vicinity of the great lighthouse at L’Anse Amour. This is a more typical permanent settlement which had Basque, French, American, English and Newfoundland connections, Stabb, Row and Holmwood merchants of England and St John’s were predominant for a period.
The New Jerusalem The Rev. Michael Li
The world is now more complex and interconnected than at any stage of our human history. Global communications allow us to see atrocities as they happen. A decade ago, nobody asked you to be their friends on Facebook because it did not exist. There were no MySpace or YouTube either. Many people have cell phones, Blackberries, or IPods. It has been estimated that the number of text messages sent and received every day now exceeds
the total world population. This means our thinking can be influenced by a lot of available information and opinions around us. I believe that the Middle East remains the top trouble spot in the world. In the Old Testament times, the Jews had again and again misjudged and killed God’s messengers. God was very patient with His chosen people. Finally God allowed the Babylonians to discipline the Jews. (Perhaps, God is allowing a few extremists to discipline the “Christian” West today). Jerusalem, the city of David, was captured in 597 B.C. and then destroyed in 586 B.C. by the pagan Babylonians and most of the inhabitants killed or transported. The city was rebuilt later. Then it was destroyed in A.D. 70 by a pagan Roman general.
From the early fourth century on, Jerusalem became a “Christian” city and the site of many churches and monasteries. There has been no lasting peace in Jerusalem. Successive occupiers - Persians, Arabs, Turks, Crusaders, British, Israelis - all have left their religious and cultural stamp on the city. Nevertheless, for thousands of years, Jews and Arabs lived in relative peace and indifference towards each other in the Middle East. The creation of the modern state of Israel in 1948 in the land at that time primarily inhabited by Arabs (the Palestinians) changed everything. Since 1967 Jerusalem has been unified under Israeli military might. On March 9, 2010 the Israeli government announced the new settlement of 1,600 housing units in the disputed territory of largely Arab East Jerusalem, while U.S.
Vice-President Joe Biden was visiting the country. This insulting announcement does not promote peace in the Middle East. We need a two-state solution in Palestine. Today’s nuclear weapon community includes United States, Russia, China, France, Israel, Britain, India and Pakistan. No wonder, North Korea, Iran, Syria, and Egypt want to join the exclusive nuclear club too. On April 8, 2010 U.S. and Russia agreed to reduce their missile stockpiles, but our world can still be a very dangerous place to live. Arabs and Jews are descendants of Abraham. Please note that not all Arabs are Muslims, and not all Muslims are Arabs. I believe that the earthly Jerusalem belongs to the Jews, Muslims, and Christians. The conflict in Jerusalem is affecting the Middle East and the rest
of the world. As Christians we should continue to pray for justice and peace in the Middle East, justice and peace in the whole world. With God’s help, we can make the world a better place to live. As we live on this earth, we are preparing for life on God’s new earth. God will bring heaven to earth in the New Jerusalem where He will dwell with His own (Revelation 21). We look forward to living in the New Jerusalem, which shall not pass away. The holy city will be the centre of the new earth. It is paradise, God’s goodness made fully manifest. There will be no temple in the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:22), since we will have direct fellowship with God. On the new earth the nations will live together in peace (Revelation 22:2).
Carrying the cross in Carbonear Article Wendy Coulas
Good Friday Journey. The Rev’d Timothy Parker carries a large wooden cross throughout Carbonear on Good Friday. Parishioners made the seven kilometre trek behind the cross. Photo courtesy of The Compass.
Carrying a heavy wooden cross thoughout the town of Carbonear, Father Timothy Parker, Rector at St. James’, brought the true meaning of Good Friday, not only to his own congregation, but to the whole town. The 7.7 kilometer trek began at 10 a.m. and ended two hours later, perfectly timed for him to begin the three-hour Good Friday service. Those who walked with him and those who witnessed the walk were humbled by the sight. It drove home part of what Jesus must have gone through on the first Good Friday so many years ago. Many who witnessed the walk may not have given our Lord a passing thought that day, but thanks to the determination of Father Tim, He was brought into the minds of so many and was remembered for the sacrifice He so lovingly made for us. Following the walk, Father Tim entered the Church and walked up the center aisle bearing the Cross on his back. He laid it against the railing in front of the Altar and kneeled in silent prayer before beginning the
three-hour service with the powerful theme…“IS IT NOTHING TO YOU, ALL YOU WHO PASS BY? ALL YOU WHO PASS BY THIS CROSS?” What would you say if you were there? What do you say to Him now? What do you say about Him to other people? Do you know that He hears every word you say and every word you do not say? Do you know that it is because of what you say and what do you not say that He died on the cross? Do you know that it is for your sake that He was nailed naked to a cross? What would you say if you were there? What do you say to Him now? On Easter Sunday, young and old of St. James Church in Carbonear were delighted by the special guests Father Tim brought to Church on Easter Sunday. The message? That most animals are born in the spring of the year as an annual springtime reminder that every Easter is an invitation to humanity to begin a new life in Christ.
youth ministry in newfoundland & labrador
St. James’ Youth Bowling. On Thursday, April 15, 2010 the youth of St. James Church, Botwood were treated, by the ACW & BAC, to an evening of bowling, followed by lunch at McDonalds. Nineteen young people of the congregation, ranging in age from 3 - 17 took part and by all accounts everyone had a great time. Submitted by Myles & Daphne Parsons. Photo by Marilyn Chatman.
For over 25 years, the GA of St. Lawrence Parish have been distributing Easter baskets to the seniors citizens of Portugal Cove, this includes all seniors 70 years of age and older, not just our parishioners. They start on Thursday evening after the Maundy Thursday service by making the baskets, the next day they meet following the Good Friday service to fill the baskets. Later in the afternoon they deliver the baskets. Seniors are presented with cookies, fruit, and an Easter pamphlet with an Easter message and of course a little treat of Easter chocolate. This is just one of the many contributions from the GA girls to the community. This year’s group consist of 14 girls who prepared and delivered approximately 140 Easter Baskets. They had more fun than work. Presentation of one of the Easter Baskets to long time parishioner Beatrice Somerton. Submitted by Jocelyn Miller
Bay L’ Argent Confirmation Confirmation at St. Thomas in Grand La Pierre
On Sunday, March 28, 2010, St. Martin’s Cathedral in Gander celebrated Palm Sunday with a Sunday school program and procession around the church. The children presented an inspirational piece celebrating Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. Combining the culture of Jesus’ time with the culture of today, the children waved palms and balloons as they paraded around the church and sang, “He’ll Be Riding on a Donkey.” The balloons were donated by Bishop David Torraville in loving memory of his mother, Nita Torraville. The overall effect was one of colorful and joyful celebration of Our Lord. Submitted by Stella Walsh Confirmation at St. Mary’s in Harbour Mille
Confirmation at St. Mark’s in Baine Harbour
On Sunday 2 May 2010 Bishop David Torraville visited the Parish of Bay L’Argent to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation on three classes of candidates prepared by the Rev’d Ken Abbott. The first group to be confirmed in the faith was from St. Thomas church in Grand La Pierre with 11 candidates receiving the “laying on of hands”. After the service the congregation and newly confirmed were treated to a pot luck dinner in the church hall. After the dinner Bishop David along with the parish choir and band went to St. Mark’s church in Baine Harbour for a second service of confirmation at 3:00 pm where 8 candidates were confirmed. After service the congregation, the candidates were treated to a cold plate supper at the community centre in Baine Harbour. After supper Bishop David , Rev Abbott and the choir and band were on the road to St. Mary’s church in Harbour Mille for yet another service of confirmation at 7:00 pm to confirm six candidates. Another pot luck supper at the Harbour Mille Fire Hall was served. All candidates were beautifully attired and presented themselves in an outstanding manner. At each service the candidates sang for the congregation and Bishop David gave a sermon on making choices with regard to “right and wrong”. The parish showed great pleasure in seeing the bishop visit and are looking forward to his next visit. Submitted by Clayton Johnson.