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JUNE 2014

Bonavista missionaries
JUNE 2014

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Happy Family! Members of the Bonavista Mission Group with an African family they have helped. Submitted by Betty Lou Genge
Submitted by Betty Lou Genge

Five or six years ago Prodigal Ministries raised money to go to Africa to help the less fortunate. They did this for a couple of years but eventually decided to discontinue the missions. Several women from Bonavista who went on a 2012 mission trip felt there was still more work to be done. It was decided that they would return again in 2013. They now operate under the umbrella of Watoto Canada. They arrange the flights, accommodations and a host and a driver. In return the ladies work at the orphanages and complete a project. In the past they have built a retaining wall and did painting in one of the homes. However, one of the main reason they want to continue their work is that they go out to the villages that do not have
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any sponsorship and they distribute food, clothing and financial aid. In 2012, the ladies helped a family by purchasing beds, mattresses and bedding for their children who previously slept on the floor on very thin mats. In 2013, they helped a family with ten children to start their own business. A motorcycle was purchased for the father so that he could start his own taxi business. Food and clothing were also given to them - enough food to last about three months and clothing for each member of the family and financial aid to assist in the start up of the business. The Bonavista missionaries usually travel to Africa in November for three weeks. Although what they do seems so little to us, it does so much for the lives of the people in Africa. They do it to spread the word and works of Jesus. And there may be a little

selfishness involved, they do it because it makes them feel good. Their goal is to put a well in one of the villages

and to continue to bring hope, joy and love to the many people who are in desperate need of this. The ladies feel there is so

much to be done and even the little bit that they contribute makes a difference. For more info call Betty Lou at 709-468-7697.

Happy Faces! Children enjoy the gifts brought by the Bonavista Missionaries.
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Letters to the Editor


Currently home and property ownership is been proven to be a much better investment than other saving plans and financial tools. There is a gap occurring in society where young families may not be able to afford to obtain a real estate investment due to the surging housing market in both urban and rural areas. Diversity of housing needs - One of the blessings presented to the Church today is that clergy present a variety of housing needs. Some have families still at home, some do not, some have families who live in separate communities, and some are single. Very often rectories are too large or are not ideally suited to clergy requirements. The ordination of women has brought forward a new blessing in the potential desire of ordained women to plan to have children of their own creating the need to deal with the issue of maternity leave on a more equitable basis. The ability of parishes to maintain property - Clergy want to serve financially viable parishes and wish to contribute to the viability of the worshipping community. History has shown that clergy usually are not demanding concerning the maintenance and upkeep of rectories. Very often, repairs are delayed until absolutely necessary and are often delayed until such repairs can be made by volunteer or other means. Perceptions - In some cases parish members assert that rectory living is free. Such is not the case. The starting salary of a newly ordained cleric in full time paid ministry is under $36,000 per year. This is a significant reason why rural parishes with rectories do not attract young graduates. A person graduating university today most likely will have student debt of over $25,000 in student loans thus making the viability of full time ministry not viable or an attractive option for young people in their career planning. The current clergy housing allowance is $18,000. Actual expenses recorded in many parish financial reports show expenses of between $6,000 and $12,000 depending on the condition of the rectory in question. Clergy occupying rectories are assessed a taxable benefit for their accommodations based on the cost of heat and lighting costs and what portion of the building is used for work purposes. Elitism - A net result is the inability to address the issue of clergy housing means that full time rural ministry will only be viable for those who have additional financial means or who are willing to accept retirement income at a significantly lower level. Security - The Diocesan Constitution states that upon the death of an incumbent, his or her spouse would have three months to find alternate accommodations. There is also the issue of clergy who transition to long term disability. Clergy spouses often feel left out, unimportant, or secondary in consideration of their living arrangements and the state of their rectory. The space is never considered as their own. Possible Changes in Government Policy - The Canada Revenue Agency has been looking more closely at taxation issues related to clergy housing and suggestions have been made that changes could be forthcoming. There are many blessings related to rural ministry. The church of the future will have to adapt to the changing needs of trained, faithful, young people who want to offer themselves to serve the Church in the rural context. We are called to be a Church that puts people ahead of property. Home ownership may not be for everyone but planning for ones future is something we all need to do. In the end we all just want to go our home: both in heaven and on earth. Lets work together to enable a more equitable future for us all.
William Strong Upper Island Cove
Dear Editor, Whenever someone says I havent read the book, but the contrarian in me immediately wants to read the book in question. So I was grateful for the Revd Greg Mercers article Stay the Course (April 14): without it, I might not have read Reza Aslans Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. The book is a good one, but ultimately flawed, although perhaps not for the reasons that Mercer suggests. I assume that Mercers charge of utter nonsense is provoked by the suggestion that the Scriptures have limited connection to any real historical events (an expression that Aslan doesnt use, but which lies at the heart of the weakness of his book). Simply put, Aslans mistake is in equating the historical Jesus with the real Jesus. The historical Jesus is an academic construct: what we can know purely from historical research about Jesus of Nazareth. This is not the same thing as the real Jesus. If you like, it is simply the shadow that the real Jesus casts on history. The details that we can know historically (as opposed to by faith, which is a completely different question) are very few. We know that there was a real person called Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified by the Romans in the time of Pontius Pilate. We know that he had disciples, and that those disciples carried on his movement under the name of Christians after the crucifixion. We know that he had a reputation for miracles. How, or whether, he actually performed those miracles is not something we can know historically. The same is true of the Resurrection. These are questions for the theologian, not the historian. But to say the Resurrection is not an historical event is not the same as saying the Resurrection didnt happen. It means we cannot say based on historical methods

JUNE 2014

Clergy housing issues


Dear Editor, Clergy housing has now become a matter that requires attention for the good of the Church, our ministry and for our clergy in particular. This issue is part of long term financial planning required for individual clergy and for the parishes they serve. The present constitution of the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador states that Parishes are obligated to provide paid clergy with either a rectory in reasonable living condition or with a housing allowance. This policy has created two levels of compensation for parishes and clergy that have potential negative long term ramifications on clergy living in a rectory. Two significant issues facing society in 2014 are retirement income and housing for seniors. A bedrock of our society is the concept of home ownership as part of retirement planning. There is real concern that those facing retirement will not be able to afford housing or have adequate income. Pension plans in the future will have to deal with the reality that there will be more retirees drawing on pension funds than will be contributing to pension plans. People today are living and working longer. This is not just an issue for the Anglican Church but for all denominations who have followed the traditional method of providing for their clergy through a stipend and the provision of housing in a rectory or a manse. Specific reasons why Housing needs to be re-considered: Retirement Planning for Clergy - There will be a significant difference in retirement income and stability for retired clergy who are blessed with equity of home ownership. People who are blessed in their lives to create equity in their homes, more often, have better options available to them to consider for their retirement as they can manage the accumulated assets of home ownership to address their particular needs. A question is: How do we best manage our assets? Inequity Among Clergy The provision of a rectory denies clergy of the possibility of earning equity in their homes to be used for retirement purposes.

Zealot misses the mark

that it happened. A good historian would also have to concede that we cannot say that it didnt happen! Here is where Aslan misses the mark. By equating historical with real, he assumes that since the resurrection is not an historical event, then it didnt happen. Thus, he paints Jesus of Nazareth as a failed revolutionary, like so many other failed Messiahs of his time. He assumes that we can apply historical knowledge of other first-century revolutionaries to Jesus, and then his biography writes itself. At this point, he has departed from the historians path, and the Jesus he reconstructs does not do justice to the historical Jesus, to say nothing of the real one. The truth is that Scripture has limited connection to historical events. This is not the same thing as saying Scripture has no connection to historical events. Neither is it the same as saying that Scripture has no connection to real events that happened. We cannot rely solely on what can be proven by modern critical history. I doubt anyone would want to. As Mercer correctly points out, there must be room for revelation. That is not to say that Aslans book is a waste. While Zealot may be a bad reconstruction of the historical Jesus, Aslans depiction of the history of first-century Palestine is clear and compelling. In order to know the real Jesus, we have to consider both the Christ of faith, as revealed in the Gospels, and the historical backdrop against which he lived. While history on its own may not tell us as much as we would like about Jesus of Nazareth, that is no reason to fear or shy away from the historical quest. We simply need better understanding of what history can and cannot tell us. Jonathan Rowe St. Johns

Letters to the Editor


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JUNE 2014

Messy Church
at Port de Grave

Walk
the talk
At the end of a visit with our son at his school on the mainland, I found myself thinking about the many senior students looking forward to their post-secondary plans. I also found myself thinking about how parents support those plans. I was pondering this because several teachers had commented on what a leap of faith it must have been for us to send our son off to a strange city to enroll in a professional dance program while he was still in high school. They were right. It was indeed a leap of faith. But not just in the way that they meant it. We have always told our son to follow his heart, discover his talents, and use them to be happy in what he does every day. We told him that God gives us our gifts and talents and He wants us to use them to serve others. We knew from the time he started lessons in grade five that our son had a great passion for dance, and a knack for teaching it. In light of knowing this, we would have been total hypocrites if we had said that we would not support his dream, and that he must choose something more financially secure. It is the natural instinct of a parent to want security for their child. However, as Christian parents, we should know that real security comes from allowing God to guide our lives along the plans that He has for us. We do an injustice to our children if we take them to church and tell them they must trust God and His plans for them, but then encourage or demand that they live in a way that runs contrary to just that. It is all about a leap of faith that is not really a

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Stella Walsh

Submitted by F.M. Morgan-Thom

The Parish of Port de Grave held an Easter Party for our little helpers and Messy Church (Sunday School) children on April 24th. The event was a great success, the children had a good time, especially enjoying the surprise visit by the Easter Bunny. Activities entailed a

music game of passing a cup, with a prize of Easter candy to the winners. The Easter egg hunt was a delight to all the children. Games and a reading of the Easter Story by Deacon John Sparkes was a highlight of the day. St. Lukes ACW Family Life organizer Stephanie Mercer and her committee, Eileen Morgan and Charlotte Morgan, planed the event. They would like to

thank all who helped make the childrens party the great success it was.

leap at all. If we believe what we teach our children, then we must be secure in telling them that God will be with them and guide them in all that they do, if they invite Him to do so each day. I wish I could tell you that we did not have any doubts and fears when we let our son leave home before finishing high school, but I would be lying if I said that. However, we have been able to find the strength and comfort that we need to get through each day because we believe that God is with us and with him. We hold our son up to God in prayer constantly and reassure him that we will support his desire to be true to the heart that God gave him. Only God knows the plans that He has for him. There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. - 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (NIV)

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to change
I was ordained in 1985, the year the BAS was published and one of my first tasks was to help introduce this new book. As you can imagine and as many of you remember, the book was not universally accepted or embraced. In the larger points of the parish I did my duty, obeyed the bishop, and introduced the book. However, there was one very small point in the parish with a tiny congregation of mainly 70 and 80 year olds. I thought that introducing this book in this place would be just too painful and so I didnt, until Lent, when I thought I would try the Ash Wednesday Liturgy; so I gathered up 8 or 10 copies of the BAS from another church a n d b ro u g h t them for the congregation. There were no complaints. The next Lent I did the same thing a n d b ro u g h t the needed number of books for Ash Wednesday. Following that service, one of the older members of this elderly congregation came toward me, waving the book. Why do you bring these books? she said. I steeled myself for a dressing down. Why dont we have our own? she asked. I told her I thought it was too large an expense for this small congregation to bear and she told me she would buy them for the congregation herself and she did. From then on we used the book regularly. I was 32 years old at the time - she was well into her 80s. In this

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situation, who was the younger? Who the more courageous? Who was pointing toward the future and who fearful of it? She taught me that young and old do not always mean what I thought they did; that vision need not disappear with eyesight. While I do not for a moment doubt the absolute need for us to constantly renew our leadership by inviting, encouraging and mentoring younger people into leadership roles, neither do I doubt the need for us to encourage, enable and continue to motivate our more mature,

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experienced leadership. The fact is, in a province whose population is aging as fast as ours, we will need to depend on leadership of all ages in the Church and in the community. There have been no generations of 60, 70, and 80 year olds in history who have benefited more from change than those of us alive now. We have benefited from improvements in health and education and communication and transport.

There is no older generation who should be more open and hopeful of innovation because, all our lives; we have been its beneficiaries. Helping to prepare the church to be the Church of the future should not be the mission of the young alone; it needs be the mission of us all. The church of the future ought not to be built over our dead bodies but with our prayerful and energetic support. In the last days it will be, God declares that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Acts 2:17 It is now for us to listen to the prophesy of our youth and catch the visions and dream the dreams that will help us be the Church God is calling us to become.

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JUNE 2014

Christ in common
Ecumenical event in Grand Bank

Ivan Illich
Ivan Illich (19262002) was a leading thinker of the 20th century. He looked at the world differently than most of us. For instance, he saw many of our systems and institutions as highly flawed and damaged, needing reforms or replacements, and he offered alternative models. Illich is a difficult read but worth wrestling with. One of his best known works is a study of the parable of The Good Samaritan There are numerous interpretations of The Good Samaritan . A common one is that my neighbour is simply the other and when he or she is distressed I should help: my neighbour is anyone in need and I am required to respond. While it is valid, Illich sees this particular interpretation as legalistic. He claims that religions often take a revelation, truth or a belief and make into a law or a creed, thereby directing or controlling how it is applied. When institutions legalize love and compassion, it turns them into duty and obligation, depriving them of life and energy. Th e o n e w h o d i a logued with Jesus had the same mind-set. He wanted a definite, black and white answer, and in his mind only in reference to his own people, the Jews, as Gentiles would not even be considered neighbours. In those times - and still too often today - neighbour would be determined by race, religion, culture and so forth. The parable concludes with Go, and do likewise , which is understood as a moral imperative, something we ought to do. In doing this, Illich argues, we may miss out on the most important moment in the story, and he had compassion on him. To do likewise is to be compassionate, otherwise it becomes an obligation. Rules have their place but as the Psalmist reminds us, we need to keep them with our whole heart. What counts is my response to a person, not to a rule. What is the nature of my involve-

The Good Samaritan

The Rev. Everett Hobbs

Columnist

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Lenten Ecumenical Services provided by the Ministerial of Fortune, Grand Bank and Lamaline. For the past four years the Ministerial of Grand Bank, Fortune-Lamaline area decided to hold a series of Lenten services each Thursday at 12:00 in various churches. Each year a church has been given the privilege of hosting this event for five weeks providing soup, sandwiches, coffee, and tea for all services. With the help of their ACWs,

UCWs and Womens League this has been a wonderful undertaking and extremely fulfilling. The first series was held at All Saints in Fortune, second, Grand Bank United, third, Salvation Army Fortune, and this year St. Albans in Grand Bank. The series we have used are, Watchers on the Hill This Lenten Road, and Angels Watch in Solemn Wonder. This year it was highly recommended that we do Watchers on the Hill again. Each service provided songs, scripture readings and a drama followed by a meditation focusing on

the cross. After the 30 minute service, all proceeded downstairs to the hall for a luncheon of soup, sandwiches and fellowship. The Services were viewed by all as a great success and a very uplifting and spiritual journey through Lent. As the years progressed the numbers also progressed from 60 130 our first year to 150 - 180 people attending this year. During our first year, on one occasion the grade one class at Lake Academy was in attendance because they were learning about the Easter Story. They were a great group and very attentive. After the service they went to the hall for hot dogs and a treat of cookies. Th ro u g h o u t H o l y Week the Ministerial are involved in a service each night, rotating churches and rotating preachers. Again this has been very successful and many were spiritually uplifted as they journeyed through Lent and Holy Week. On Good Friday the Salvation Army provided a drama at All Saints as a final Ecumenical service and of course Easter Sunday will be celebrated in each of our own churches.

ment? Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 13 that I can I can give all I have to the needy but if I have not love, it has little value. From this perspective, my neighbour is not a ought but a relationship, and it is one that I choose freely. In this relationship the neighbour is both the one needing help and the one who helps. Illich says that this relationship is not the result of looking for neighbour but how we behave to anyone we encounter in our daily life. Simone Weil, another major thinker of the 20th century, claims that compassion involves attention. Giving my whole attention to the other amounts to an offering of my self to that person. She wrote that attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity. Paying attention therefore helps define relationships and is essential in that relationship with God we call prayer. Usually we read the parables of Jesus with the head. Illich says that they should be read with the heart and with ones life. It is not just leisurely reading a story but it is an engagement and even a struggle with the text. St Benedict tells us to listen to the Bible with the ears of the heart. While we can learn from others, we also need to listen to the Bible ourselves directly and as a personal encounter with God. One way to measure the truth of the Bible is the freedom we experience in what we learn.

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Walking out of the valley of Shadow

JUNE 2014

conclusion

A Christians journey through cancer


Guest Columnist
The Rev. John Watton

There is an old saying birthed out of 19th century rural living: Fight fire with fire. People would start fires in a controlled fashion to deny a larger, natural one from finding more fuel. Thats not a bad description of going through cancer. The disease is like a fire; burning more fiercely in some than others, always searching for more fuel. Healthy tissue, is not the only thing consumed. At a time when you are least able to deal with it, your environments of finance, spirituality emotion, and self image are food for the flame. Then comes the diagnoses and treatments. This is the controlled fire. When a fire is out and you visit the scene all is quiet, black and surreal. You get a sense of the battle that took place and devastation echoes loudly in the depth of your being. After my treatments I was underweight, starving, hardly able to talk, weakened, lonely and afraid. There is an attitude that getting over cancer should be a cause for celebration. This is usually voiced by people who havent been deeply challenged ..it depends on how big your fire was. A diagnosis of debilitating illness, the treatment and aftermath, consumes a lot of the control that you had over your life . Cancer patients find themselves

overwhelmed with questions at 3 a.m. about things that others take for granted, and they no longer can. I was amazed at how hard it was to get to the point to where I really wanted to fight to regain my strength , and even more amazed at the onslaught of emotions that came when I started to fight. Through tears of frustration, in weakness and uncertainty I would walk the 60 feet or so from the Rectory to the back door of the Church in an attempt to get moving again. I used to go over to the Church to be aloneand try to face the reality of being broken, busted, angry and afraid. (Yes and deal with a bit of self pity too). When walking around St. Martins on those seemingly never-ending days I wondered how much longer I would be here...and wondering If I would ever be able to lead this Church again. At first,I held on to each pew to keep from falling. Gradually I made one, then two circuits of the Church building before I had to sit down. One day I made it up to the balcony of the Cathedral.Then I returned to lead worship. Helped through by the associate clergy and a patient, loving parish I regained my voice, strength and confidence. Now, almost four years after my treatments my MRI is good, Chest X-Ray is good and I am still headed in the right direction. Thanks to

radiation I live with some issues of the throat, and chemotherapy has left neuropathy in my hands and feet. But I can play my guitar, I can sing, and I can declare Gods Grace with a clear voice. Clearer, honestly and more joyfully I might add, than ever before in my life. Cancer challenged me to surrender and admit my frustration, anger, fear, disappointment, pain and unbelief to myself and THENhonestly and openly before God. I did surrender, and in so doing began to see the Grace that surrounded me on my treacherous sojourn in the Valley of the Shadow of Death and in even in the slow steps that I was finally able to take towards the other end, and walk out of the shadow. In the Church we describe Sacraments as something we can see, hear, feel, taste, touch and experience as that which connects us to the Grace of Our God. Somewhere along the line, I wanted to symbolically and sacramentally mark my emergence from the Valley of Darkness. I decided to walk to Glenwood from Gander as a walk of prayer and thanksgiving. It turned into much more than that. As I began to share the idea with others, many decided they wanted to join the pilgrimage. We decided that if folks wanted to donate, we would offer the gifts to the local Cancer Clinic to directly help people who needed support by provid-

ing fuel for them to travel. Our walk, in addition to the spiritual blessings raised over $11,000.00. October 26 ,2013 was a beautiful, sunny fall day. I got out of bed, shook the neuropathy out of my feet and hands and headed for the door. A group of us met just outside Gander, had a time of prayer and walked together. The Destination was St. Andrews Church, Glenwood where we would read the 23rd Psalm and Thank God for His Love and mercy. Wewere close to 60 strong in terms of actual walkers, but much larger in number through those who participated through donations, promotion and providing vehicle support, moral support. A shorter walk took place later in the afternoon as another group walked around the town of Gander. We walked in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, in the love and family of Christs Church here on earth, and in Communion with those whom we love but see no longer. I set out with the crowd after our prayer, and was able to move through the crowd while we were still close together, hugging and touching every person as a gesture of my gratitude . At one point I looked at those close to me and said...See you when you get to Glenwood! They laughed...But I had asked the Lord to bless me with a physical rhythm, and a focused attitude of prayer. I

was already loaded up emotionally as you can imagine with the imagery of Walking out of the Shadows into the warm light of Creation, and the warm love of the Church. So eventually, I moved to the front of the pack...and made it in exactly three hours. It was a good day. I had asked God to minister to me as I walked. I asked Him to place the images of people and their struggles within my imagination so that I could pray....I became very aware of the gift of nature as I looked deliberately to the Left and Right, enjoying the view and signs of life. It was a prayer walk of intentionally being before God in reflection for these people and their various circumstances that the Spirit placed in my mind. There were times while walking that I wept openly. I realized that I was still being called and equipped to be a leader in our precious Church. There were times while walking when I was overwhelmed by the knowledge of all the people who were walking behind me. Knowing you are supported...and knowing that we support each other gives meaning to the Church that is hard to put into words. Though we walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, we will fear nothing... Because God is with us... and has given us the gift of each other. We are not alone. Thanks Be to God.

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73,000+ Canadians explore Alpha


Over 20,000 teens take course
Submitted by Elaine Young

In 2013, over 73,000 people in Canada experienced Alpha, of which 20,000 were teens. Of those, an estimated 17,000 people began or restored a relationship with Jesus Christ. These figures are based on a survey completed by those who ran Alpha in 2013. Alpha Ministries Canada is pleased to report 250% growth in the number of courses run in 2013, and credits this success to God working through local churches to invite their communities to an Alpha course. What unites us is infinitely greater than what divides us. We focus on what unites us, says Nicky Gumbel on the Church and the role of Alpha. September 2013 saw the launch of the new Alpha Youth Film Series. Created by Alpha Canada with a global audience of youth in mind, its twelve episodes engaged over 20,000 high school students in some of lifes biggest questions. Alberta2013 was a coordinated invitation from the provinces denominational spread of churches for Albertans to attend Alpha. Over 30,000 did! Courses were hosted in diverse settings churches, a hair salon, tattoo parlour, etc.

When asked, on a scale of 1-10 how worthwhile is the time and effort running Alpha, the average rating was 9.02 : 73% of respondents say that their church attendance has increased in small or large ways as a result of running Alpha. 48% said, There are now people in leadership who came to faith on a previous Alpha. Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith. No pressure. No follow up. No charge. Alpha runs in churches, bars, coffee shops and homes all around the globe. Typically Alpha has ten sessions and includes food, a short talk and a discussion at the end where participants can share their thoughts. Alpha really is for anyone whos curious. The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, honest and informal environment. Alpha is the best thing I ever did, says Bear Grylls, Host: Man vs. Wild + Get Out Alive. A l p h a c h a n g e d m y life, plain and simple. It was the best thing that I could have done to jump start my faith, says Kathleen, Alpha Guest, St. Johns Newfoundland.

As with all ACW groups, God has blessed us with many talents, both spiritually and physically, and the Anglican Church Women of St. Michael & All Angels Parish in Corner Brook are no exception. One of the many projects we so proudly display are plastic mats which were crocheted from strips cut from milk bag plastic imported from Ontario. These mats will be sent to Africa for children to sleep on to defend off hookworms which are known to bore into the skin of sleeping children with serious effects and often causing death.
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Kids Klub
Bonavistas exciting youth ministry

JUNE 2014

Come One, Come All! The Pied Piper of Bonavista, also known as The Rev Shaun OConnor, leads the children to Kids Club. Submitted by Debbie Ryder
Submitted by Debbie Ryder

The Parish of Bonavista is excited to have a new outreach service for the children and parents of our community. Last September an after school program was started in the church parish center. Kids Klub is held each Thursday immediately after school. Nearly 50 children have registered to take part and we are so blessed to have a great number of our church family supporting and volunteering for various activities that we do. Some of us helped knit slippers for the kids to wear each week. Children are provided with a light snack, homework help, and various activities such as games, skits, puppets, bible based activity, crafts etc. To keep things interesting, we have had a different theme each week. Things like circus, polar expedition, Olympics and science have kept us busy. A few men from our congregation demonstrated their musical talents to the kids on Music day and we had a visit from the community nurses during March nutrition month. We think that this program is a good way to con-

nect with children and their parents to show them a loving Christ-centered atmosphere. Each week we have placed an emphasis on following Jesus and during Holy week we took a journey to the cross through different centres. We thank the Lord for providing this vision and enabling us to accomplish it through Him. We can truly see a community of faith working together here. It is remarkable how so many of our church family have been able to contribute in some way to this outreach program. For those of you who are reading this, you may have felt the Lord nudging you to begin some form of ministry as outreach in the community. It may not be in childrens ministry but it could be in any area. Trust Him and let Him use you in any way. The numbers that are coming inside our church doors are few. We must reach outside our buildings and show others that our love for God is real by loving them. God has lots of ideas, He just needs people to be His hands and feet. Pray for the Holy Spirit to move and He will. Whatever He plans for you to do, He will bless it. We are just waiting to see what He has planned next for us!

Fun N Faith at Kids Klub

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Saint Lukes Homes


Celebrating 50 years of caring for seniors
Submitted by Robert Sexty

Saint Lukes Homes, a division of Anglican Homes Incorporated, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary on June 17, 2014. Saint Lukes has progressed during the years and now serves about 335 seniors each day. Submitted by Robert Sexty

The Beginnings in the 1960s

Saint Lukes Today


The current properties and operations of Anglican Homes Inc. are: The Saint Lukes Nursing Home comprised of 117 beds and operated in partnership with and funded by the Eastern Health. The Adult Day Program which serves about 55 participants five days per week. The Clergy Cottages, six two-bedroom cottages, with preference given to clergy and clergy spouses and are occupied by about 7 tenants. Family Housing Cottages comprised of 48 one-bedroom units of which 46 are occupied by about 55 tenants who have priority access to nursing home beds. Of the remaining two cottages, one is The Mildred Boyce Cottage, #12 located on the grounds of Saint Lukes Homes, is a self-contained housekeeping unit that offers short stay accommodations to families of residents of any of the publicly funded nursing homes in St. Johns. The other is cottage # 21 and this unit was converted into a Laundromat/social centre in 2010 for use by the tenants. Bishop Meaden Manor comprised of 22 two-bedroom townhouses and 54 apartments in two buildings: Oakwood with 18 one-bedroom and six two-bedroom units, and Amberwood with 12 one-bedroom and 18 two-bedroom units. There are about 100 tenants.

Planning started in 1957 when the Newfoundland Diocesan Synod recommended the appointment of a committee to study the establishment of a home for aged people. Two years later, the Synod accepted the Committees plan for building a home. Anglican Homes Incorporated was incorporated in May 1960 to construct, hold and manage low-rental housing project. A nine acre site was acquired between Old Topsail and Waterford Bridge Roads and the construction started in 1963. Initial plans were for buildings to accommodate 180 residents: 48 rental (cottage) units, 64 hostel beds, and 24 nursing unit beds. Total cost was estimated to be $1,500,000 which included a mortgage of about $980,000 from CHMC. On September 23, 1964, the first cottage was rented, on February 1, 1965, the first admission to the hostel occurred, and on February 22, 1965, the first patient was admitted to the nursing home. Eventually, 180 residents and tenants were accommodated. Saint Lukes was the first nursing home in Newfoundland to have adjacent cottages. The Home was officially opened on June 17, 1965.
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Youre Invited
The years celebrations will begin with a visit by the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, The Most Rev. Fredrick James Hiltz, on June 17, 2014. He and Bishop Geoff Peddle will be leading a worship service at the nursing home and participating in a sod turning in the afternoon for the New 24 apartment supportive living facility that is being constructed on Old Topsail Road. A Holy Eucharist to celebrate and recognize those who have contributed to Saint Lukes will be held on June 17, 2014 at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 1 Cornwall Crescent at 7:00 p.m. Participating Clergy: The Most Rev. Fredrick James Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada; The Right Reverend Dr Geoff Peddle, Bishop of the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador; and The Reverend Donna Mercer, Priest-in Charge and Saint Lukes Chaplain. Everyone Welcome!
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The BIG C

Ron Clarke faces cancer


ation. In the meantime how am I supposed to feel? Is cancer a quick killer? For some maybe, but others like my mother, after treatment, live long comfortable lives. And maybe the biopsy will reveal a benign tumour? Maybe? In any case, if I have to face real cancer I certainly so NOT have to face it alone! I believe in Jesus Christ, my Saviour, my brother. Jesus is STRONGER than cancer, on any other fatal disease. Im 85 years old. Jesus Christ has brought me safely through ALL that these years have thrown at me. I have had a lifetime of surgeries, beginning at age 10. Five have been on my bum leg. One of these lasted for 8 hours on the OR table. Added to that was two hernias, two kidney, one hemorrhoids, one prostate, one noseand-throat. Twice I have had part of the out-of-body experience. So, Ive sort of been there; done that! The Same Jesus that brought me through all that will certainly take care of me in all, and every, thing that may come, Do not be afraid said my friend Jesus. So, why should I be afraid? All of us must truly believe in Jesus, and claim him as our Saviour. If we truly TRUST him, nothing really bad can happen to us. ALLELUIA!

Triple Baptism
in Margaree/Fox Roost

JUNE 2014

Columnist

Ron Clarke

The doctor, a personal friend, looked me straight in the eye. Youve got a tumor he said. He seemed a bit sorry for me, but, after all, hed probably said the same thing to several others that day. Thats his job. As a friendly visitor Ive sat with, and tried to comfort, countless cancer patients in hospitals and seniors homes during the last twenty years or more. Often Ive wondered how each felt as doctors delivered that dreadful sentence to them. How would I feel??? Of course I shouldnt have been surprised. After all, cancer has taken away several family members- from both the paternal and maternal- during the last thirty years or so. After 70 years of very good health my father died of cancer. My mother had a minor occurrence at age 69, survived, and went on till she was 90then she had a radical mastectomy! She lived fully until she was 98 years and 5 months. The doctor has arranged for a biopsy that will reveal the true situ-

Gift of Quilts

St. Augustines Church in Margaree Fox Roost hosted three baptisms on March 31st when two young ladies from the community and one who has many connections to the community came home to have their daughters baptized in the church that they were baptized in. Rev Maryrose Colbourne expressed the sentiment of all in attendance that it was a joyous occasion that added to our regular service. Left to right are: Jolene Weeks holding Addison, Caitlin Warren holding Ella and Janice Hardy holding Kate. Submitted by Karen Simon.

The Church women of St. Augustines Church in Margaree - Fox Roost displayed the beautiful quilts that were blessed and forwarded to the Ronald MacDonald House in St. Johns. It is our hope that these quilts will bring a bit of comfort and joy to a sick child. Some of the women present who helped with the quilts. They are back row (L-R) Roberta Warren, Rev Maryrose, Bernice Sweet. Front row (L-R) Lorena Kendell, Shirley Osmond, Joyce Clevett, Annie Walters, Sharon Billard, Clara Vautier, Phyllis Carroll, Roberta Strickland and Alfreda Walters. Submitted by Karen Simon.

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The Rev. Edward Langman


part two
Columnist
David Davis

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Our Anglican History


the Methodist message via a soldier who would be moving from military camp to camp and thus be exposed the latest ideas. In 1780 Mr Langman notes that there were large numbers of Irish living in St Johns in poor circumstances; everyone in the colony would be dependant on the seasonal cod fishery which was notoriously unpredictable.. to the people. With the limited literacy in those years the bible and religious tracts were all the books that were in homes. and meant that a bible in the home could be read to the family by a literate person and of course other persona could join the family for those readings and discussions. By 1782-3 Mr Langman was

Readers of this article are reminded of the first part of the article which is connected with mission of Mr Edward Langman which appeared in May issue of this newspaper. In 1772 the area around St Johns was visited by a sickness which is not identified but it seems to have disappeared by the fall probably due to colder weather.. In light of the lack of medical knowledge in those times any sickness was serious. Also St Johns being a seaport there was always the potential of disease brought from a foreign port coming ashore. In those years the population of the St Johns was divided about 50/50 between the English the Irish, plus the garrison. which totaled 1500 persons. The English/Irish existed on terms of mutual enmity most of the time based on the relations between England and Ireland over many centuries. About this time the Church structure was about 10 years old and was finally clapboarded and had seats installed so the soldiers could attend services. There were often disagreements about who should pay for the upkeep of the church building and needed repairs and upgrades were not done. Mr Langman notes that dissenters(Protestants but not Church of England) come to church when in St Johns. Dissenters often found themselves caught between disputes be-

tween the Church of England and the mostly Irish Roman Catholics: but dissenters were growing in numbers. By 1778 he notes that he had services in the church except when there was disease in the town or in the winter when it was too cold. When disease was abroad in the town the main means of combating it was to

in St Johns of Methodism lad by a soldier as preacher. He was removed but there was activity in Harbour Grace/Carbonear, It is interesting that at this time the roots of Methodism were developing in England and Methodism spread quickly to relatively distant places such as Newfoundland. There was a widespread feeling in England that the

Kings Beach, St. Johns, ca. 1780 From a population of just 849 in 1753, the town had over 3000 residents by 1795.
Courtesy of the Digital Archives Initiative, QEII Library, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. Johns, NL.

quarantine in their houses those infected with the disease, to keep contact with the sick to the minimum. There was an appearance

Church of England was not active enough re the important social issues such as alcoholism and poverty. Open air meeting was the primary means of spreading

A comment of this time from the missionary in Harbour Grace/Carbonear had pointed out the poor state of the fishery at that time: it might have to be deserted. In 1781 a porch and bell tower were added to the church to improve its usefulness and appearance. Mr Langman received books from the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel for use in the parish and for distribution

experiencing declining health which limited his duties. Perhaps the severe heath problem (bloody flux) he had during the French invasion and capture of St Johns in 1762-63 was having an effect on his health. Mr Langman died soon after this time and was replaced by the Rev. Walter Price who had been a curate in Dartmouth in the County of Devon, England.

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Forgiven Grand Bay


and forgiving Confirmation

JUNE 2014

The Rev. Michael Li

Columnist

Forgiveness should be the way of life. We should never stop forgiving. But we must not be indifferent to social or judicial injustice. We must not ignore appropriate discipline or punishment. Offenses must be dealt with. Criminals should go to jail. Forgiveness is easy to talk about. But we do not forgive others easily. We do not naturally overflow with mercy, grace and forgiveness when we have been wronged. Refusing to forgive others is how we punish them. It is also how we keep others from getting close enough to hurt us again. Very often we think the purpose of forgiveness is for the benefit of the one who has wronged us. We do not want the person who hurt us to gain anything. So we harbour bitterness. In reality, forgiving others is for our own good. It will transform us. It will chase away any bitterness in our hearts. In response to Peters question about forgiveness, Jesus tells him and the other disciples the parable of the unmerciful servant (Matthew 18:23-35). This parable shows that we have

been forgiven far more than we will ever forgive. We must forgive without limits since that is how we have been forgiven by God. Jesus ends the parable by saying: This is how my heavenly father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart (Matthew 18:35). Does this statement imply that if you forgive others, you will be forgiven? Or, if we fail to forgive others, does it mean that God may cancel His forgiveness? We are not saved by forgiving others. We do not earn Gods forgiveness by forgiving others. We do not earn salvation by our own good deeds. If we do not forgive others, perhaps we are not forgiven at all in the On Sunday, April 6th at 7 pm, Bishop of Western Newfoundland, The Rt. Rev. Percy Coffin, confirmed four first place. God does for- young people of the congregation of St. Pauls Anglican Church, Grand Bay. They are pictured above (left to give. The death of Jesus on right): Jami Sheaves, Chad Gillam, Bradley Kettle, Nicholas Osmond. Submitted by Effie Hewitt. Photo by Ernest the cross makes forgiveness Dowding possible. We are forgiven sinners. The church is the community of forgiven sinners. We know that we have been saved only because of the undeserved mercy of God. We should forgive others from the heart. But it is a difficult task for us to forgive others. It is not easy to forgo all retribution. It is not easy to bear the hurt, suffer the pain, endure the loss, and swallow the pride. The Christian Gospel is a message of grace, forgiveness and love. We are saved by the grace of God. Only God can forgive our sins. Divine and human forgiveness go hand in hand. Every Sunday, we confess our sins corporately and ask God to forgive us as we forgive those who sin against us. Forgiving one another in Gods kingdom of forgiveness is our Christian calling.

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The Open Door

Healing
body and soul
To whom would you trust with your health a trained, experienced medical doctor/ surgeon or a man who walked the dusty roads of Galilee over 2000 years ago in a long robe claiming to be God? The answer is both, acknowledging, of course, that the source of all healing comes from God. There is a beautiful chapter in the Book of Sirach (The Apocryphal Books) that honours Physicians as Gods healing agents. Chapter 38:1 the author writes: Honour physicians for their services, for the Lord created them; for their gift of healing comes from the Most High. In recent years we have seen a renewal or resurgence of the healing ministry of the Church. This all began with the liturgical renewal. In our own Anglican tradition and the Book of Alternative Services we saw the introduction of such liturgies as Ministry to the Sick, Anointing, and The Reconciliation of a Penitent. These were all important ministries of the early church that has been rightly restored to the liturgy of the Church. And why not? Healing is at the very heart of who God is. To say and proclaim that God is love and yet not see God at work in peoples lives is a cruel contradiction. Healing, as with other signs of the Kingdom, is a testimony to God and gives us information as to what God is like and points us to where abundant life is found. The fact is, God wants his people to be made whole, and in spite of the advances in medicine and psychology and as important as they are as agents of Gods healing people today still need the direct intervention of God. The healing that Christ offers is as extensive as the damage done. There is spiritual healing through forgiveness of sin and promise of eternal life. That is to say, our chief sickness is alienation from God. There is also the healing for the turmoil people sometimes experience within themselves or between people, i.e., the healing of relationships; reconciliation. Then there is physical healing through science and the ministry of the Church, sometimes

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Article by Rev. Canon Roberta Woodman Photo by Jennifer Renouf

Tables are set; soup is ready; greeters and servers in place; and the door is open! On April 28, 2014, the Anglican Parishes of the Humber Deanery joined together to open the door by providing a free lunch for all who enter. The Humber Deanery Joint Working Group, which is made up of laity and clergy, over the past several months have spent time in prayer, Bible study, and discussion in relation to growing the church. The discernment led us to the belief that God was calling us outside our church walls to be the church where the church is needed.

While Corner Brook is a small city there is a great need to reach out to those who are struggling with low income, unemployment, homelessness, and physical and mental health issues. Through a story shared by The Rev. Francis Drolet-Smith at out March clergy retreat, the name The Open Door was birthed. The venue is the Cathedral Parish of St. John the Evangelist on Main Street as it is centrally located and accessible to those in need. The majority of the support comes from all the city parishes with those on the outer parameters of the Deanery assisting as they are able in providing meals and servant ministry. The menu will consist of soup, macaroni and cheese, stews, goulash,

on an alternating basis. Some local businesses have provided gift cards as seed money while others are supporting The Open Door on a weekly basis. Along with a nutritious meal, there is an opportunity for fellowship and a care package is provided for our guests. There is a new found excitement as we move forward with an enhanced vision of what it means to be the church. Thanks be to God for calling us to colour outside the lines of our walls, drawing us to be a visible presence, and to reach out in loving service. Thanks be to God for opening the eyes of our hearts. Rev. 3:7 says: Look, I have set before you an open door.

The Rev. Greg Mercer

Columnist

Gander Confirmation

On Sunday, April 6th, 2014, Bishop David Torraville confirmed twenty-two young people at St. Martins Cathedral in Gander. The Confirmation service was the culmination of several months of learning, serving, sharing and fellowship along the journey of discipleship in Christ. During their time together, the Confirmation candidates took part in instructional classes, outreach with the Eliminate Project, leading and serving at worship, fellowship with their church family, and a sleepover-retreat at the Cathedral. They bonded with each other and their Christian community. The church family of St. Martins prays for every blessing on each of them and their families as they continue their journey with our Saviour Jesus Christ. Submitted by Stella Walsh. Photo by Terry Saunders.
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instantaneous, sometimes gradual. There is social healing and the restoration of people to full participation in their communities. There is emotional healing, the healing of memories; then there is societal healing, national healing, environmental healing, and the list goes on. For sure, one of the great blessings to occur in the life of the Church in recent years is the revival of the ministry of healing through prayer, and we have witnessed this as clergy and people offer healing stations of prayer and anointing during Sunday morning worship and sometimes special services dedicated to healing. By far the greatest need is for spiritual healing, i.e., to be reconciled or to be in a right relationship with God. It goes without saying that our spiritual illness is sometimes the root cause of others forms of illness, emotional, societal, and even physical sickness. Sometimes this spiritual healing comes by way of confession and forgiveness. When Paul appeals to the Church for wholeness, he talks about being of the same mind as Christ. Other times spiritual healing and wholeness comes by way of the peace of God that passes all understanding (Phil. 4:7). But by far, this inner healing comes as we begin to comprehend the full knowledge of Christs love and being filled with the fullness of God. (Read Ephesians 3:14-21). To whom do I trust with my health and my salvation? Jesus Christ!
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Your funeral
Will you miss it?
for and remember you because of the love you have shared with the world? Earlier this year I had a small brochure distributed to Anglicans in the Eastern Diocese entitled: How will you be remembered? How do you want to be remembered? Essentially, the purpose was to encourage Anglicans to think about their estate and considering leaving something in their Will for the church. I suggested that through careful planning, you can minimize taxes on your final tax return and increase the amount left for the important things you hold dear in your life your family and your churchs ministry. Anglican ministry is making a difference in many lives today. A bequest in your will can provide a lasting legacy supporting future ministry. In a series of articles over the last few years I have written often about parishioners who have decided to make a difference in the life of the church after their deaths. Many aspects of church life have been supported by these generous Anglicans through bequests, annuities and other forms of planned gifts. They knew how they wanted to be remembered. If you would like some help in determining how you too would like to be remembered, please do not hesitate to contact me. Kevin Smith is the gift planning consultant for the Anglican Church of Canada. He can be contacted at 709 739-5667 or by email: kevinsmith709@gmail.com

Milk Bag Mats

JUNE 2014

Columnist

Kevin Smith

Mark Twain is supposed to have said, I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it. The Episcopalian American broadcaster and writer, Garrison Keillor, mused in his 1985 book Lake Woebegon Days about funerals; He wrote They say such nice things about people at their funerals that it makes me sad to realize Im going to miss mine by just a few days. How about you? Will you be sad to miss your funeral because of the nice things they say about you or glad because you know they wont be saying much? New Westminster colleague Glen Mitchell once wrote about an obituary he found on a Scottish gravestone, remembering the contributions of the village baker: We miss your lovely soda scones, And your loaves both brown and plain. But its nice to know youll never want Nor knead the dough again. Glen asked the question: What will your scones and loaves be that people will miss and give thanks

St. Pauls A.C.W. Grand Bay took part in the Milk Bag Sleeping Mat Project. It provides safe, comfortable beds for third world children who would otherwise sleep on the bare ground, subject to infestation of life-threatening hookworms and it also prevents billions of non-biodegradable plastic bags from ending up in landfills. We completed seven Mats & one pair Sandals, Effie Hewitt, Shirley White, , Jessie Osmond, Nancy Mushrow, Doreen Dowding, Margie Gaulton, Viola Elms, Pat King and Brenda Anderson. Submitted by Ernest Dowding.

Caf Chocolat

Submitted by Debbie Ryder

On March 29, the women of Christ Church in Bonavista and surrounding areas were able to attend a retreat day where we examined and experienced Gods amazing grace. This is the fourth year for such an event. This year our theme was Caf Chocolat. In the different sessions, we were able to look at and discuss several miracles that Jesus performed. In our discussions, we were able to see the grace

that was bestowed by Jesus at that time and how it is given to us today. Throughout the day, we continually realized how Jesus indulges us with His grace. We were able to use chocolate as a metaphor for this. This was fun, especially for us chocolate lovers! We sang songs of Gods grace, had fun and fellowship, a nice meal together and many kinds of chocolate to sample. Each year we have an outreach project and this year we made chocolate fleece wrappers for residents at our

local nursing home. Some of us delivered these, with a little message of hope to the residents. Gods grace is so surprising and He so richly and extravagantly dishes it out to us! His grace transforms us! To deepen our learning about His grace, several of us are now doing a six week Bible study ( Chocolate boutique). How special to get together with girlfriends and know that we are His precious daughters!!

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Music Conference
For those who love music!
Submitted by The Rev. Shaun OConnor

Who is

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and billeting is available. Please register as soon as A Diocesan Music Conpossible in order to help us ference and Concert will be organize workshops and held at St. Martins Cathehospitality needs. dral, Gander from October In addition to the con17-19, 2014. It is for musiference, a special concert cians and those who love by Infinitely More will be music. It is presented by offered Saturday, OctoAnglican Diocese of ber 18, 7:30pm, at Central NewfoundSt. Martins Catheland. dral. Gerald & Allison The purpose of Fleming are a gifted this Conference is to guitar-playing, singteach about various ing, and song-writing musical instruments duo who have been and styles to all ages nominated for the who are either musiGospel Music Associans or simply like ciation Award and listening to Christian The Word Award music and want to in(the Canadian Chrisspire worship in their tian Grammys). churches. Our first Allison is originally Conference in 2012 from Newfoundland was well-enjoyed by where her father was both young and old an Anglican priest. from all over NewTo hear some of foundland & Labratheir music and get dor. to know them betA choice of two ter, please check out musical instrument www.InfinitelyMore. workshops will be ca. Tickets are $15 offered by local muand available at The sicians for acoustic Bookroom of the guitar, electric guitar, Central Diocese (34 electric bass, drums, Fraser Rd, Gander) bodhran, lute, banjo, and the door. organ, piano, keyFurther informaboard, accordion, tion, please contact: Infinitely More. Award-winning Christian digital hymnal, Rev. Shaun OConnor group will hold concert in Gander song-writing and at (709) 468-7357 some surprising inor anglicanchriststruments. church@bellaliant. A choice of two musical aged to bring their own com or call the Diocesan style workshops will be instruments. You can also Synod Office at (709) 256offered by local musicians just come and listen to the 2372 for contemporary praise, music if you want. The Christian rock, gospel, cost of the Conference is songwriting, traditional $75 per person. Meals hymns, liturgical, choral, and snacks are provided,

and others. Gerald & Allison Fleming of Infinitely More will also be giving workshops. Th e Co n f e re n c e i s open to everyone. Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult. Participants are encour-

our neighbour?

Submitted by The Ven. Charlene Taylor

Will you seek Christ in all persons loving your neighbour as yourself? Who is our neighbour? At the Church of the Good Shepherd in Mount Pearl, the Confirmation class of 2014 explored hands-on the meaning of this question. As part of the Confirmation preparation, candidates learn what it means to be a Christian in action a Christian in action is one who loves the neighbour. One of the classes was a field trip to the Food Bank. The candidates brought food, viewed the Food Bank and learned about its operation. They learned

about the purpose and need of Food Banks in our community and how it relies on the kindness of others to respond to each need. The visit to the Food Bank inspired two of our confirmation candidates to do even more. Sam Kelly and Zachary Skinner rallied their hockey team Mount Pearl Blades to do a food drive with a focus on food items for kids. They did a great job and brought many more food donations to the food bank. During each class the candidates brought a monetary offering to support a cause or event. This year, $108.00 was collected and shared between the Food Bank and SPCA. Our Confirmation class of 2014, learned much about living a Christian life by being aware of the needs of others the neighbour and how they are called to be Christ-like in the community. Pictured above are front row (L-R): Wanda Noseworthy, Sam Kelly, Zachary Skinner, Madison Gaudette, Archdeacon Charlene Taylor, Emily Newell, Mitchell McGrath, Tyler Coates, Terri-lynn Taylor. Back row (L-R): Confirmation Instructors: Beverley Vokey, Bonnie Reid, Natasha Nicolle, Kathy Hewitt.

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Losing his locks for a good cause


Rev. Jeff Blackwoods head shaved for PWRDF
Submitted by Parish of Bay LArgent

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JUNE 2014

Hair Today. Father Jeff gets ready for the hair-raising...er, losing event. Photo by Frank Blackwood.

Support for Primates World Relief and Development Fund is alive and well with the Parish of Bay LArgent. As a challenge to the 2014 Confirmation Class, Rev. Jeff suggested that a four-month fundraiser for PWRDF be the candidates mission challenge, showing them that there is more to church than just Sunday worship and attending their classes; that being a part of the church is helping out those who need it worldwide. To keep the candidates and the parish motivated, Rev. Jeff decided to take on his own challenge: from December 1st until April 19th, no haircuts. To top it off, during Lent he was not allowed to shave either. By Holy Saturday, the Parish had what may have resembled John the Baptist on their hands... or a Sasquatch. There was no set minimum goal to the Parish and the candidates, just a continued reminder of the work and witness of PWRDF. Through donation cans in the churches, bake sales, individual donations, and a Lenten recycling blitz, the

candidates were able to raise over $1,800.00 for the work of Primates! To reward the candidates for their hard work and dedication to the fundraiser, they took turns with the clippers on Rev. Jeffs hair following the Easter vigil service that was held at St. Marys Church in Harbour Mille, with a potluck meal following the service that was enjoyed by all.. While not all of the candidates were able to attend the service and the meal following, the efforts that every candidate put into the fundraiser was very much appreciated. Needless to say, after twenty weeks, there was much laughter among the parish (and much more relief for Rev. Jeff). One of the Wardens, Larry Barnes of Harbour Mille, even got a turn with the clippers! The Parish of Bay LArgent could not be more proud of the candidates for their dedication to the fundraiser, and would like to thank them and everyone who contributed to the fundraiser in any way, shape, or form.

Gone Tomorrow. The kids had a blast giving their Rector a haircut. Photo by Frank Blackwood.

Close Cut. The brave Father Jeff is now the bald Father Jeff! Photo by Frank Blackwood.

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