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Inside Living in Community Sisters of St. John The Divine invite women aged 21 and up to join ‘Companions on an Ancient Path’. nPage 3.
Season of Creation Rev. Dr. Ian Ritchie invites parishes to observe a liturgical Season of Creation focussed on creation care.
‘From the Glory of the Palms to the Glory of the Empty Tomb’
Archbishop Fred Hiltz spends Holy Week with Bishop Michael Oulton on a pilgrimage in the Diocese of Ontario. See more photos on pg. 6-7
Litany of Reconciliation Brockville parish hopes to see the Litany become a broad diocesan ministry. nPage 5.
Good Shepherd Legacy Centre Habitat to begin construction of ministry centre. nPage 11.
Ragdoll Prayer Project at Christ Church Parishioners create ragdolls representing faceless victims of Human Trafficking Donna Faye Bruce
n a cold and wintry Saturday in February over 100 people representing over 15 churches gathered at Christ Church to hear the hard truth of Human Trafficking in our area of Belleville. Deacon Kate Ann Follwell led the three part event with opening remarks and greetings from Rev. Michael Rice followed by MPP Todd Smith, a very informed supporter of fighting this crime. Guest speakers for the morning were
Each ragdoll features a shackle around the leg representing the trap they find themselves in. Photo-Nora Bottomley introduced. Retired Police Chief Cory MacKay and Kaitlyn Ouimette of Victim Services, Belleville. They were quick to expand explicitly on
this ‘modern day slavery’ in their analysis of the traffickers and their victims. A common misunderstanding is that ‘this happens in another country or to girls from another country.’ The truth is that it is happening here to our own young girls (25% under the age of 18) who are recruited in malls, wellness centres, schools and worst of all the ‘INTERNET’ through Social Media. These manipulative traffickers pose as fake boyfriends with promises of love, money, expensive gifts etc. preying on vulnerable girls who may show signs of difficult situations at home or school. As Kaitlyn said “Human Trafficking is complex.” Hotels and motels along 401 are prime locations for them to carry on the business of their sex trade often eluding police despite their best efforts. We were in awe of the passion and commitment of these two women to get the message of this horrific crime out to the public. All agencies including police services, community services, school boards and we sitting here, must work to raise awareness of the seriousness of this
problem. Some of the chilling facts of the morning were set aside as grace was said and bowls of heart warming soup, rolls and goodies were served by a wonderful team of parishioners. Early afternoon brought us into the workshop part of the program. Prepackaged ragdoll kits were made available to everyone. Our hearts and hands turned to stuffing and dressing our ragdolls that represented the faceless victims of Human Trafficking. Each doll featured a shackle around the leg representing the trap they find themselves in. Attached to it were “40 Prayers for 40 Days of Lent”. Upon completion we held up our Ragdolls to be blessed. A visible reminder of this horrific crime. That all who see them would be inspired to action and prayer for the release of the captives. In a dramatic closing ritual, we all held onto a long and heavy chain as prayers for the victims were read. The chain then dropped with a thud. Very symbolic and meaningful. See RAGDOLL on page 11
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The Sabbath rest Bishop Michael Oulton
uite a number of years ago, I was at a meeting where some of my colleagues were considering the best day on which to hold an event. The Regional Dean asked each of the clergy around the table to identify their day off so that those days could be avoided. One of my colleagues simply said: “I never take a day off, schedule the event any time you want.” I found that statement deeply concerning, not the least because the Sabbath Commandment is one of the ten written on the tablets of stone given to Moses and there is good reason for human beings to take their rest. The command to rest, spoken from the mouth of God and reiterated both within the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament, is one we should take to heart as much as the call to good works that spring from a true and lively faith. The seventh day lies at the pinnacle of the first creation account in Genesis and is filled with the blessing of the whole
of creation that God declared to be very good. God rested and in resting the day itself was made holy. The giving of the Law to Moses included the Sabbath Command to revere the seventh day in honour of God and to take our rest in the midst of that adoration. We are called to emulate the resting of God, the hallowing of the day, as we recite in the fourth Commandment: “Wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath Day and hallowed it.” God also linked the command to personal rest and the honouring of God with creation itself. God declared to Moses on Mount Sinai that the land the Israelites would possess is to be given a complete rest very seventh year. It is a “Sabbath for the Lord.” (Leviticus 25:4) I see this as a harkening back to the perfection of God’s creation with complete harmony between heaven and earth. The full revelation of the God we serve, who created the heavens and the earth
Justice and Peace Commission report Bridget Doherty
Justice and Peace Commission Coordinator
t happened for the first time in the life of the Church last November. Just before Advent. Pope Francis made the official declaration that it be added to the Church’s liturgical calendar. Remember? November 19, 2017 was declared to be the first World Day of the Poor. Undoubtedly the day was marked in a variety of ways in parishes across the Archdiocese of Kingston. For its part, the Justice and Peace Commission was inspired to invite parishes, both Roman Catholic and Anglican, to respond to a survey. The results of which we hoped would reveal how the Commission might better serve our parishes in their ongoing efforts to contribute to the promotion of justice and peace in our world. Many parishes responded. For this, we express our appreciation. A few trends emerged, perhaps the strongest were the number and variety of community orientated efforts to address poverty…from food and clothing drives to housing and care for the aging and infirm. While evidence of global outreach was evident through initiatives like support for development and peace, care for creation, and support for refugees, it was clear that parishes generally have prioritized local issues. It was affirming to see how typical it is in parishes for a variety of groups, committees and organizations to assume some degree of responsibility for works of justice and peace. It was equally evident that in almost all cases, lack of volunteers
and a perceived lack of expertise in the parish seemed to be common challenges facing parishes in all parts of the dioceses. Not surprisingly, the liturgical seasons of Christmas and Lent seemed to book mark the efforts of many parishes. So what’s next? On the part of the Commission, we have begun to explore two actions: • Developing leadership at the parish level. • Making information and resources more accessible at the parish level. Over the next few months, the Commission will be developing strategies in this regard. It is our present hope to be able to offer both resources and learning experiences to address these needs. In the meantime, the Commission continues to welcome requests from individuals and parish organizations for information and support for their own justice and peace initiatives. Such requests may be directed to bridget.doherty@ providence.ca. While the designation of a World Day of the Poor by Pope Francis is an important demonstration of the Church’s ongoing concern for the poor, we recognize that work for justice and peace in our world takes no holiday. It is the Commission’s hope that, together, we might continue to give courageous witness to the raise the poor and marginalized and advance the cause of peace in our communities and the world.
and all that is in them, is found in the person, life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Jesus calls his disciples and sends them out to spread the Good News of a new life, a new creation and a restoration at the end of the age to the perfection God intended. Through the ages, disciples of Jesus have shared that Good News, being called and inspired by the Spirit and working tirelessly in service of the Mission of Jesus. Jesus called them and calls us to enjoy Sabbath rest in him. The beautiful phrases from the Gospel: “Come ye apart and rest a while” (Mark 6) “Come unto me all ye that are weary and heavy laden” speak to the God who calls us to enjoy life in all its fullness. The beauty of Jesus’ call to us is the call to maintain a healthy balance in all of life. Through the moments of resting in God, we are still being nourished and sustained in heart and spirit by the Holy Spirit. From May until the end of August, I have the joy and privilege of taking a sabbatical leave. Throughout that time I look forward to having ample opportunities to rest in the Spirit of the Living God and be nourished for the vocation to which the Spirit has called me. Jeanie and I will hold you in our prayers over this time with thanks for the prayers of support extended to us. May the Spirit who grants us rest and refreshment attend you and strengthen us together for the continuing call to mission we share in the name of the Living God.
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Learning to Live Well in Community
Companions on an Ancient Path provides unique opportunity for women Rev. Frances Drolet Smith
oday many Christians are seeking fresh ways to express ancient truths. The Sisters of St. John the Divine (SSJD), an Anglican order based in Toronto, is planting new seeds of community life and mission, renewing the monastic life both in the church and for the church. Companions on an Ancient Path, an 11-month program begun in 2016, invites women of any denomination, age 21 and up, to spend a year in spiritual formation, learning to pray, serve others and study while living among the Sisters in intentional community. Why would anyone want to embark on such an adventure? The experiences of those who embraced the program in its inaugural year bear witness to the program’s value. Amanda Avery, a Companion last year and a director of a program for low income children in Halifax, described her time in the Companions program as “exciting, stressful…yet joyful.” She went on to say “The experience has changed me and has given me new insights and new ways to look at not just God, but myself and my community and the people that are in my community.” Christine Stoll, a mathematics teaching assistant, found the Benedictine balance of the Sisters’ life formative. “Living here, for me, has been good and healing,” she said. “In terms of discernment, I wasn’t expecting to have everything all figured out at the end of this year, but I think I have a clearer sense of what it is I need to do.” SSJD’s community life is based on the 6th century St. Benedict’s Rule which has guided individuals and groups of people to live well in community by engaging
Sisters of St. John the Divine Companions on an Ancient Path program offers women 21 and up the opportunity to spend a year in spiritual formation. Photo-Contributed. in a balanced life of prayer, work, study and leisure. Benedict invites his readers to “listen with the ear of your heart,” an invitation welcome in a noisy world. This early monastic rule is part of the Wisdom tradition of Christianity and is rooted in and inspired by the Scriptures. Despite its antiquity, it remains fresh for our time for it is primarily a guide to daily life lived in Christ, and is a call to live such a life extraordinarily well with others. Despite our being instantly connected to people and events half way around the world through technologies, individuals
can feel increasingly disconnected from others. While the internet offers an on-line community for every interest, it lacks tangible, in-depth human interaction. Products such as Facetime and Skype offer visual community in real time but the warmth of human proximity remains illusive. Living in an intentional community provides needed face-to-face contact. Those who engage the Companions program step into a challenging daily rhythm of prayer, study and service. Alongside their personal spiritual quest,
a key aspect to being a Companion is committing to a life lived fully, faithfully and authentically with others. Community life, both inside a Convent or out in the world, calls us to be our best selves. Maria Potestio, currently in the Companions program and formerly a Customer Relations Co-ordinator for a bank, has found the program to be a life-changing experience. “Through the acceptance and love of the sisters, I have been able to see God’s love for me in a way I never saw it before. I am learning to be more vulnerable, open and honest with myself which has been healing.” Alice Chiu, appreciates the convent as “an oasis in the city,” particularly in her vocation as a hospital chaplain. “Companions have a schedule similar to the sisters which at the beginning felt overwhelming. But after several months, I am learning how to find balance in the program. I go to the chapel ten minutes before each daily service and let the Spirit hold me in a few moments of peace. It is in the silence and stillness that I feel God is really near me.” The 2018-2019 cohort begins in September. A woman interested in exploring the Companions’ program may request a detailed Program Description, application and further information from the Companions’ Coordinator, Sister Constance Joanna, by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning (416) 226-2201, ext. 316. You can also visit the website at: http://ssjdcompanions.org/. Applications will be considered anytime before June 15. “Thus says the Lord: Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies; walk in it, and find rest for your souls.” - Jeremiah 6:16
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Celebrating the SEASON of CREATION Rev. Dr. Ian Ritchie
ver the past few decades momentum has been building around the idea of inserting into our liturgical calendar an additional liturgical season; the Season of Creation. God’s saving acts in human history are the focus of the seasons of Advent, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter. But the Scripture readings and propers assigned in our lectionary for the season of Pentecost lacks any one emphasis. Yet Pentecost lasts over half of the church year. There is room for a season in which God’s special work in Creation is recognized, appreciated and explored for its unique meaning and value. God’s hospitality in creating a universe with such marvellous diversity and complexity, in creating a home for humans and all the species God took joy in creating; all of this, along with the special responsibility of humans to take care of Creation is certainly worth an entire liturgical season. Classic Christian theology has always asserted that God’s work in human history, as recorded in the Bible, has unfolded in three stages: Creation, Fall and Redemption. Yet the liturgical year, traditionally devotes no season to the foundational work behind all others; Creation. The Eastern Orthodox churches (often thought to be the most conservative) have led the way on this. In 1989, Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios proclaimed September 1 as a day of prayer for the natural environment. His successor, Patriarch Bartholomew (the “Green Patriarch”) followed and developed this emphasis further, encouraging all Orthodox Christians to observe a time of Creation, as September 1 marks the beginning of the Orthodox ecclesiastic year. On October 4 Roman Catholics, Anglicans, and other Christians mark the life of St. Francis of Assisi. His Canticle of the Creatures is one of the most loved canticles in all Christian tradition. The Orthodox churches adopted a Time for Creation at an assembly in 2007, followed by the World Council of Churches’ 2008 invitation to all churches to observe Time for Creation through prayers and actions. In 2015 Pope Francis designated September 1 as a World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation in the worldwide Roman Catholic Church. Since 2016 Anglicans, Lutherans and other denominations have joined this initiative, recognizing the Biblical mandate to care for God’s Creation. At Trinity Parish this past Fall, we celebrated the Season of Creation with Scripture readings focussed on God’s work of Creation, care for Creation, and human responsibility for it. The first two weeks I used the suggested lectionary readings for those weeks in the season of Pentecost, with the sermon directed towards the attitudes a good steward of God’s garden should have. This type of approach does not require any change to the liturgical structures printed in our existing prayer books and lectionaries, and it is one way a church could approach this. But for the remaining three weeks of Creation I developed a set of Scriptural readings focused more directly on Creation, based
There is room for a season in which God’s special work in Creation is recognized, appreciated and explored for its unique meaning and value.
The Cathedral Concert Singers performed in support of the Heritage Preservation Trust. Photo-Diana Davis Duerkop.
Concert for the Heritage Preservation Trust Diana Davis Duerkop
on a set of readings suggested by the Uniting Church in Australia. Readings for a five week Season of Creation for the three years of our liturgical cycle are found there. I made extensive modifications because it seemed strange to me that the beautiful Christological hymn in Colossians was missing. Colossians 1:15-20 (all things in heaven and on earth were created by Him… in Him all things hold together…) This is clearly one of the central texts of our Christian faith, and has such obvious connections to our theology of Creation. This passage does come up twice in year C of the Revised Common Lectionary; but because Epistle readings in general are usually not commented upon in sermons it is wise to include this passage in a context where its purpose in an intentionally Creation centred season will be more likely to bring its meaning out, enabling people to hear with new ears. The sermons from our Season of Creation hold together as a sermon series, and I’ve made them available at: https:// ianritchie.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/ season-of-creation/. I’ve prepared a draft schedule of readings for Season of Creation, which I offer as an addition to the many resources available online. This is a work in progress, so feedback is welcome. There are many resources available online for Season of Creation. The Anglican Church of Canada website lists many at https://www.anglican.ca/publicwitness/ creationmatters/season-of-creation. Its a good idea to plan ahead so that your parish will be prepared to celebrate this liturgical season when September comes.
n Saturday, Feb. 17, there was no admission charge for a concert at St. George’s Cathedral. Instead, members of the audience were invited to support, or to pledge support for, the Cathedral’s new Heritage Preservation Trust. The Trust seeks to engage community support, and testamentary planning, to maintain the iconic Cathedral building—parts of it 190 years old—not only in its primary role as the mother church of the diocese and home to a functioning parish, but also as a public building notable for its architecture and as a venue for the arts. The concert introduced a new choral ensemble, the Cathedral Concert Singers, assembled from members of many Kingston and regional choral groups, who met for a month of regular rehearsals. Dr. David Cameron directed them and the Cathedral Chamber Orchestra, in a program of music by Buxtehude,
Mendelssohn, Parry, and others. With the orchestra, Fran Harkness and Cathedral Music Director Michael Capon played Bach’s Concerto for Two Keyboards, BWV 1060, countertenor Damien Macedo sang a newly re-edited solo cantata by the Italian Alessandro Stradella and soloists in Heinrich Schütz’ Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross included two diocesan clergy—the Very Rev. Don Davidson, Dean of the Cathedral, and the Rev. Kris Michaelson, Rector of St. Paul’s, Kingston. Author and Cathedral Archivist Peter Gower spoke at the intermission, sharing with the audience some of the background to the Heritage Preservation Trust and the reasons for its establishment. According to Dr. Cameron there are no further plans this season for the Cathedral Concert Singers, but he hopes that they will return with more music in the 2018-19 season. Singers who would like to take part can reach him through the office at the Cathedral.
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Saint Lawrence Parish and the Litany of Reconciliation Rev Michael Read hopes more congregations will engage in this powerful work of prayer Mark Hauser
n a BBC radio broadcast on Christmas Day in 1940, Provost Richard Howard of Coventry Cathedral asked his listeners to “build a kinder, more Christ-like world,” advocating for reconciliation and forgiveness. Just over a month before, German bombers had reduced the medieval cathedral of St. Michael to ruins, only the outside walls remaining, in a raid on Coventry on November 14. Howard had the words ‘Father Forgive’ inscribed on the wall behind the Altar of the ruined Cathedral. Canon Joseph Poole wrote the Litany of Reconciliation in 1958 and used these words as the response. The Litany is prayed in the new Cathedral at noon every weekday. 74 years later Bishop Michael Oulton, while attending the 5th Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue, would stand in the ruins of the old cathedral in Coventry and first learn of the Litany. Inspired, he brought it back to our diocese and began praying it on the steps of St. George’s Cathedral every Friday at noon beginning in September of 2014. Sadly, today’s world is just as in want for reconciliation and forgiveness as 1940. Inspired in turn by the Bishop’s commitment at the Cathedral, Canon Michael Read saw the value of bringing this ministry to his parish in Brockville. “I realized that we really needed to begin to do the similar thing here and so about two
years ago now, we began to do the Litany of Reconciliation on Friday at noon here at St. Lawrence Church and a group began to gather on the front steps as they do at the cathedral” he says. What started as 2 or 3 people turning out to pray has now grown to a core group of 10 or 12 people every Friday. Plans to take it further are in place with offering a Eucharist of Reconciliation on the second Friday of each month after the Litany is prayed. Prayer is powerful. Jesus himself taught prayer to his disciples and often sought out solitude to pray. Paul advocated continual prayer and James declared the power and effectiveness of prayer. Those that gather at St. Lawrence each Friday know and believe their prayers are making a difference. Says Michael, “For the core group that comes out on a weekly basis I know they have a deep sense that what they are doing is making a difference in the world as we do it.” For the purposes of using the Litany at St. Lawrence Parish, Michael has introduced a couple of editorial revisions to the text of the Prayer. “Instead of saying ‘Father forgive’ after every prayer we say ‘God forgive.’ We did that to suit what we understood our cultural but also our faith context is. We have added things like the difference between race and economic status, we have also added faith differences as well” he says. “We have also added a dismissal at the end of the litany that in a sense to reengage people with the world around us. We ask people to go as reconciling ambassadors of love.” Michael also dreams of the Litany as a means to connect more broadly with his community. Especially as a form of ecumenical outreach. One group he would love to connect with more is the local Muslim community. The Imam is a friend of his congregation. “I would love
Members of the Parish of the Saint Lawrence in Brockville gather every Friday at noon on the steps of the church to pray the Litany or Reconciliation. Photo-Mark Hauser. to be able to have him come and lead those prayers” says Michael. “With the way they are now we could share in those equally. We have tried to connect it in a different way to the world around us to make it more open to people from various experiences to come and share in it and feel included and a part of it.” Ultimately, Michael believes, along with Bishop Oulton, that the Litany of Reconciliation can impact a broader number of people across the diocese. Although planted at the Cathedral, it was not intended to just remain a Cathedral ministry—but rather a diocesan ministry that began at the Cathedral. Aside from its
regular gathering at The Cathedral and the Parish of the Saint Lawrence, the Litany has also been prayed at Christ Church Athens, Newbliss, Lyndhurst and Christ Church Gananoque. The intent is that more congregations will make the Litany and part of their regular parish ministries. Says Michael “I know it would be his [Bishop Oulton’s] deep desire to see more congregations engaged with the Litany and understanding how that connects to their ministries and their worshiping life in the world around us. I think the only thing holding it back is just people understanding what it is all about.”
The Anglican Diocese of Ontario: Building for our future Archdeacon Bill Clarke
he Anglican Diocese of Ontario Foundation quietly works away at its principal task: the building up of the church in this piece of God’s Kingdom. The inception of the Foundation grew out of the Diocese’s commitment to stewardship and congregational development and was a means to support these two key areas of ministry. Independent of the Diocese with its own set of by-laws and Board of Directors the work of the Foundation began in three key areas, with some examples of that work: Promote and Develop Clergy and Lay Leadership For several years Foundation grants sponsored the Clergy College developed by Canon David Smith in his role as Stewardship Education Officer. As well, there have been grants to the Training and Development Committee to support students working in advanced degree studies. Promote and Develop Parish and Diocesan Ministries St. George’s Cathedral received grants
for two years to fund their Youth Choir. St. Luke’s Lyndhurst received a grant to assist in buying materials for their Thrift Shop which operates out of their Parish Ministry Centre. Assist with Infrastructure Projects Parishes like St. Paul’s, Sydenham received grants to help cover up to 50% of capital projects, and in this case their kitchen renovations. There has been some thought that parish and diocesan building projects be directed to the Anglican Foundation of Canada and our diocesan Foundation focus solely on ministries. In recent years a fourth area of Emerging Ministries has also received attention and seed funding for new and innovative ministries. As an example, Hyanto Ministries received a grant toward their Vacation Bible School program in 2017. Earlier in 2018 the Board provided grants to St. Peter’s, Kingston for the rebuilding of their retaining wall and St. George’s Cathedral for the development of promotional heritage videos to be shared throughout the Diocese. Funding for the Foundation has come
from three sources—individual and parish memberships, bequests and through the Love in Action campaign. The latter has been used to fund such initiatives as above, while all other funds were used to capitalize (provide a financial base) for the Foundation. Memberships are available for parishes or individuals, at $100 and $50 respectively. Membership is a prerequisite for any parish that makes an application. Under Canada Revenue Agency guidelines, individuals may not receive grants. Applications are available by contacting any Board Member or referring to the Foundation link in the diocesan website. The next meeting of the Foundation is on Tuesday, September 5 at 2:00 pm in St. Thomas’ Church located at 130 Lakeview Avenue, Kingston. All members are encouraged to attend and participate, but everyone is welcome to be present and learn more about the Foundation. For more information on the Anglican Diocese of Ontario Foundation contact the president, The Ven. Bill Clarke at email@example.com or phone (613) 389-0683.
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In Pictures: Holy Week with Archbishop Fred Hiltz
Photos by Mark Hauser
(Top) The Primate visited St. Thomas’ Belleville on Palm Sunday to deliver the sermon. (Bottom) The Primate at Christ Church Tyendinaga with (L-R) Chief Donald Maracle, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Bishop Michael Oulton, Rev. Kate Ann Follwell, Rev. Rod BrantFrancis, Debra Vincent, Rev. Lisa BrantFrancis
Archbishop Fred Hiltz annoints the hands of Rev. Michael Rice at St. George’s Cathedral during the Blessing of the Oils, Revewal of Vows service.
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(Far-Left) Easter Sunday at Holy Trinity Merrickville with Bishop Michael Oulton. (Middle) Preaching at St. Luke’s Lyndhurst. (Left) The Primate serves dinner at St. Martha’s Supper, St. John’s Stirling with Bishop Michael Oulton. (Below) With Bishop Michael on the steps of St. George’s Cathedral for the Litany of Reconciliation.
(Left-Top) The Primate presented a certificate to Jenny Hurd and Lunch by George recognizing it as the longest running lunch program in Kingston. (Left-Bottom) Archbishop Hiltz with L-R Douglas Fox, Susan Zambonin, Bishop Michael and Virginia Lovelace at Virginia’s new Habitat home built on the property of the Good Shepherd Mission. (Top) The Primate with Rev Dr. Ian Ritchie and Valerie Lynds at the New Legacy Centre in Tamworth.
The Primate administering the Holy Eucharist at Saint Lawrence Anglican Church on Holy Saturday.
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All Saints South Grenville mission trip to Morningstar in Napanee Kathryn Smith
n March 2018, twelve people from All Saints Anglican Parish embarked on our seventh mission trip. Six youth and six adults travelled to Nappanee where we would be working at the Morningstar Mission. We were excited to begin working, albeit a bit nervous about the new experience. For many of us, it was the first time ever working in a homeless center and being around impoverished people. The Director, Kevin Alkenbrack, welcomed us warmly into the mission and we were given a tour of the mission center. A church building that’d been converted for the Morningstar to use. We saw the main room, the basement, and the kitchen, all places where we’d be working. We went to our billets for the night, and early the next morning Kevin put us to work. There was a lot to be done. After a devotion, we were split into teams and assigned different jobs. Three people cleaned the office, closets were reorganized, floors were swept and mopped, and the craft room was emptied for the shelves to be put in. I was one of the three who emptied the craft room. It took us nearly an hour to bring out and sort the boxes overflowing with craft supplies, old tax files, and donations for the clients. When we were done we cleaned the room from top to bottom to allow shelves to be put in. After the craft room was finished, we moved on to the monstrous task of replacing the entire ceiling in the basement. Meeting the clients touched all of us. These people, who’d fallen on such hard times, were extremely grateful for the help we gave them. I’d never received so many compliments simply from serving
12 members of All Saints South Grenville spent a week in March helping out at the Morningstar Mission in Napanee. The group was especially touched by their interaction with the clients of the Mission who were extremely grateful for the help the group offered them. Photo-Contributed. food! More than that, all these people wanted was to talk—someone to lend a listening ear as they shared their troubles, which many of us were happy to do. Contrary to the stigma that surrounds the homeless, these people weren’t crazy or violent or even bitter. They were ordinary people who’d seen better days. That was a surprise to many of us. By the end of the week, we were sad to leave as we felt like we’d become a part of the community. Though we were only there for a short time, our connection to each other and the mission felt more real than ever. We saw people who needed
our help and we did the best we could. On the Sunday of our departure, Kevin summed up the experience in a beautiful presentation at St. Mary Magdalene Church. He expressed how much we’d done for the mission, and what it meant to them. I can’t say there were many who didn’t feel a bit emotional from the whole thing. After returning to Prescott, Kevin sent us a letter to thank us once again for everything we did. “I am writing this letter to thank you and your group for all the wonderful work that your team did while they were here.
As I mentioned during my talk on Sunday, the way in which each member of your team modelled a servant’s heart has had a great impact on all who came in contact with the members of your team… we are very grateful for all the help that was provided, but most importantly we were impressed by the way in which your team modelled a love for Christ in every task they undertook.” The whole team is proud of what we accomplished. But pride is not the best reward from this experience. The best reward is knowing that we did what we were meant to do, according to God’s
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Synod 2018 November 1-3
Mark your calendars for these Pre-Synod meeting dates: June: Consultation Meeting on Constitution and CMM Structure Art Hewer of St. Andrew’s Wellington presents a cheque to the Taylor family for assistance with thier daughters surgery. Photo-John Whyte.
One small deed at a time Art Hewer
ove thy neighbour, pay it forward, one small deed at a time, these are all part of the teachings of our Lord. Indeed Jesus told us that what we do (or not do) for mankind, we are doing to Him. It was with these teachings in mind that the congregation of St Andrews joined together in a very special outreach program. The church was contacted by the Wellington District Lions Club who asked for support for a young county woman, Andrea Taylor, who had a life threatening disability called Intestinal Malrotation. Since there are no doctors in Ontario with the expertise for a special operation, she had to apply to a surgeon in Cleveland Ohio. This is an expensive process as OHIP would not cover any part of the operation or costs. The operation cost was $175,000 plus travel plus accommodation (8 weeks). The family desperately needed financial support. This is where our congregation jumped in. Within 2 weeks, the congregation has raised close to $1,500 in cash, another grant of $1,500 from the church endowment fund as well as providing some articles towards the silent auction run by the Lions Club.
For ingenuity, a hydrangea plant was adorned with gift cards ranging from $5 for Tim Hortons to $50 for a Clothing Store (a total of approximately $250). This allowed everyone in the parish to donate, no matter what their own financial position was. The preceding is what we did but this is only the start. The joy, happiness and gratitude of the Taylor family, not only for the cash donations but also for the prayers of our congregation for Andrea, the family and the hospital staff lit a flame of hope and charity in the hearts of our members. Other local groups are joined in the fund raising as they see that they too could help. Businesses gave donations with the help of their employees. This outpouring of community support resulted in the surgeons moving Andrea’s operation date forward and in early April it was successfully completed. Yes, one small deed will keep on giving and it will keep on growing. The rewards are immense and priceless. I encourage all parish congregations to open their ears, eyes and hearts to those in their community who may need help and support. One small act of kindness at a time.
June 12: 7pm, Host location: Synod Office, 165 Ontario St. Kingston with phone or online access. September: Pre-Synod Deanery Meetings September 18: 7 pm, Holy Trinity Oak Leaf. September 19: 7 pm, St. Peter’s Collins Bay. September 20: 7 pm, Christ Church, Glen Miller.
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The Diocesan Canons: why they need changing Synod 2018 to seek adoption of draft Canons following broad consultations with diocese Mark Hauser
ur 2018 Diocese of Ontario Synod will see members vote on whether to formally adopt the draft Constitution and Canons for the Diocese of Ontario that were approved (as policy) at Synod 2016. But what exactly are the Diocesan Canons and why do we need them? And why are changes needed? All questions you may ask if you are reading this. For answers I turned to Diocesan Chancellor Roy Conacher, who is Chair of the Canons and Governance Committee for our diocese. “The Canons are basically the laws which govern the way the church operates” says Roy. Having been historically separate from the state, the church needed its own set of rules governing how it is organized, who leads it, how parishes are operated and who they are responsible to. The canons are the bylaws by which the church operates allowing for an accountability structure. Federal and provincial governments previously had no say in how church law governed itself. But now with Ontario’s new Not-For-Profit Corporations Act,
Handling changes Diana Duncan-Fletcher “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” - Psalm 118:24.
e are now half way through 2018. At the beginning of the new year we all hoped, and maybe even planned, to have 365 days that are marvelous. Unfortunately it seldom works out that way. No one wants to have a house fire, a serious illness or injury, a broken relationship, a bankruptcy, or the death of a parent, child, or good friend. Nor do we want, after 182 years, to have a de-consecration of a beloved church. But, sadly, it does happen. Tragedies happen. In our case, our year began very happily with a month-long visit from my three grandchildren and their parents from Berlin, Germany. It was a very busy and enjoyable time. As a result, I was able to celebrate my birthday with all three of my children and families in the Niagara Region. That has not happened for many years. Last Christmas, my husband, Fred, and I decided to give each other half a dog! So in January we chose a beautiful puppy, Carrie, from a litter of five, and brought her home at seven and a half weeks. She filled our home with enthusiasm and mischief. Less than a month later, however, my husband slipped on ice outside our country home and broke his right leg. As you can perhaps imagine, life changed in an instant!
minimum requirements for accountability and governance structure will be imposed on charitable organizations. “One of the reasons we are redrafting our corporate structures to bring them into compliance as much as we can and allow us to deal with our own organization and not have the government dictate to us through legislation what we should do” says Roy. Surprisingly, there is no ‘canon template’ for dioceses to follow. Each diocese has its own set of canons. “For the Diocese of Ontario” says Roy, “It goes way back to when the English settlers first came to Canada, they set up a church and they used the canons from the Church of England.” A major rewrite has not happened in more than 20 years in our diocese. “What we did as a canons committee was to see
if there were any sets of canons across the country that would update us and allow us to deal with this not for profit corporations act and allow us to change things overall to bring things into the 21st century.” “We used the Toronto Canons as our template, but we made some drastic changes to bring in what we thought were appropriate for our rural as well as urban diocese. We presented that to Synod two years ago. After discussion they approved it. It still has to be brought back to Synod for formal adoption.” Following the draft approval at our last Synod, the Canons Committee has been engaged with a broad diocesan consultation for feedback on the draft canons. “We are consulting with all the stakeholders in the diocese. Everyone we can approach to provide their thoughts
and input in to the new set of canons” says Roy. Changes in church structure (since the last update) have also facilitated the need for rewrites. “There have been amalgamations of different congregations and different formats for ministry” says Roy. The current Canons have no structure to deal with that scenario. For example, parishes with 3 or 4 congregations may have a central treasurer, but who is that treasurer responsible to? “We are trying to develop a set of canons that are flexible enough to allow for those scenarios but still set up the required structures that deal with accountability, reporting requirements, and authorized decision making” he says. In the end it’s about being missional. The Canons provide the necessary structure that assists the diocese and its parishes in carrying out mission. It’s also not an easy process. There is no one size fits all approach. Says Roy, “It’s impossible to draft a set of documents that everyone is happy with. What we are trying to do is be as flexible as we can be within these parameters and allow for these changes to occur but in an organized manner.”
As we know, the disciples’ lives changed overnight too. After three years of being with Jesus on his travels around the countryside, watching Him pray, preach and heal, He was gone. Their lives and their routines ground to a halt as Jesus was arrested and then crucified.Even after he re-appeared before His ascension, their every-day lives were very different. Nothing could be taken for granted anymore. Their own spirit-filled ministries began immediately. As we know from Biblical readings it was not a life of luxury
for any of them—but they responded to the love Jesus had given to them on His journey, and shared their faith with others. A small child learns from parents how to cope, and, eventually the time comes when he or she leaves home and uses those skills for the future. Often it is when disaster strikes—whether earthquakes, or any of the examples I have already mentioned—that those of us with deep faith are able to cope and survive. That knowledge, should we choose to share it, can help others whose lives have also
been disrupted. We all learn from making mistakes. Maybe something to think about today is: If the disciples had not used the training Christ had given to them, where would we be today? A beautiful prayer by Flora Slesson Wuellner says: “God of mercy, God of healing, help me in my reflections and experiences of this day to see into your heart more fully and to respond to the mystery of your love more deeply. In the name and light of Jesus. Amen.” Thanks be to God!
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BISHOP’S VESTRY ‘CALL to ENGAGE’ Parishes respond to Bishop Michael’s 2018 vestry video message asking how their congregations enagage in mission, what opportunities exist and how the diocese could help. Here’s what you said: Parishes responded with a range of activities that spoke to how their congregations were carrying out and identifying new opportunities for mission
The Lovelace family about to open their new front door after the key ceremony. Photo-Mark Hauser.
Habitat build to begin ministry centre construction at Good Shepherd Legacy Rev Valerie Kelly
t the Key Ceremony and Home Dedication on March 19, 2018, the Moedt and Lovelace families officially received keys to their new homes. The Good Shepherd Church had standing room only, greetings were extended to all, volunteers were recognized and the new homeowners gave their remarks. A tour of the duplexes followed and a reception to welcome and extend gratitude to those involved in the completion of Phase One [of three]. Habitat for Humanity Kingston Limestone Region and the Anglican Diocese of Ontario partnership continues with Phase Two scheduled for the summer months. Before that can happen the deconsecration and emptying of the Good Shepherd Church needed to occur. On April 8 Bishop Oulton presided at the service of de-consecration; all were invited to the reception in the hall, the last formal use of the hall before demolition. The Diocese of Ontario, in exchange for the property, receives a new ministry outreach centre, the Good Shepherd Legacy Centre. Located on the same property, it will provide outreach programs for the local community. A number of community partners have been consulted, a steering committee and roundtable established in order to best determine the needs to be met. As a diocesan project, all viewpoints, suggestions and recommendations are
welcome. If you or your parish have areas of expertise you’d like to share, know of effective and meaningful programs to offer and/or are have gifts and skills to offer, these would be welcome. Please contact Rev. Valerie Kelly at vkelly@ontario. anglican.ca or Archdeacon of Ministry and Program, Wayne Varley at wvarley@ ontario.anglican.ca. In September a series will commence on financial literacy. As well, seniors’ information and social gathering events will begin. If you’d like to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, contact https://habitatkingston.com/. So many individuals and churches in the deanery supported lunches during Phase One, and for that thank you! I know those who built the duplexes were very grateful and well nourished! This amazing gift of housing has untold positive effects on individuals, families, organizations and the overall spirit of the community. As Phase Two unfolds, please keep the volunteers in your prayers, offer to help if you can and know that this ministry of the diocese fulfills the “maintenance to mission” vision it currently embraces. We know this well: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (Jn 13:3435). The essence of these words is shown on the faces of the Moedt and Lovelace families. We too are blessed. May God’s grace and blessings continue to guide the
RAGDOLL Continued from page 1 Deacon Kate Ann had a long time vision to make this Lenten Ragdoll Prayer Project happen in partnership with the Anglican Renewal Ministries Missionary Outreach. It was a huge success! There are many to gratefully acknowledge: Rev. John VanStone, St. Paul’s Church Kingston; Christ Church and St. Thomas Church, Belleville; All Saints Church, Tyendinaga Territory; the Diocese of Ontario and the wonderful team of
workers from the parish and community. With our Ragdolls prominently displayed at home or workplace to inspire conversations about Human Trafficking, our prayerful journey of LENT had begun. The Theme for the day was: YOU MAY CHOOSE TO LOOK THE OTHER WAY, BUT YOU CAN NEVER SAY AGAIN YOU DIDN’T KNOW.
Most responses fell into these 6 catagories:
• Youth Ministry • Community Partnerships • Seniors Outreach • Food Security • Parish Engagement • Community Outreach
16% 10% 19%
Examples of current and future parish mission activities included: • Vacation Bible Schools. • Eucharist services in nursing and retirement homes. • Partnering with community groups such as VON, Girl Guides and Hospice. • Prayer Shawl ministries. • Community suppers. • Financial support of PWRDF and Council of the North. • Ecumenical services. • Refugee support. • Collecting for Food Bank. • Messy Church. • Partnering with local affordable housing. • Parish thrift shops. • Support of local youth groups.
What opportunities for mission exist in your parish?
10% Community Outreach 20% Parish Engagement 30% Food Security 10% Seniors Outreach 20% Community Partnerships 10% Youth Ministry IT’S NOT TOO LATE!
If your parish was not able to respond to the Bishop’s vestry video message, you still can. Go to www.youtube.com and search ‘Anglican Diocese of Ontario’ to watch the video. Email responses to: email@example.com
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