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Here we are in Week 2!

Church of Saint Andrew Parishioners,

Here we are in Week 2!

I am working very hard to practice what I have been preaching about Missional Church! I keep saying that church is not a building. It is about Christ’s love being shared in our world! Our building is a resource. Well, we are out of the building a lot these days! I have been calling, texting, emailing, and messaging many of our parishioners. It is exciting to hear ways people are reaching out from their Christian hearts to be missional in this world at this time! People are praying, reaching out to each other with phone calls, making meals, delivering food, sharing their pictures, helping a friend. Thank you for your inspiration!

I have had many comments about recording our services in the church building. Thank you for your support. It has been very intentional to record people in different places so that we are aware that we can be church outside the building in a very real way. I am so amazed with the vulnerability people are sharing by being recorded. Many are stepping into very uncomfortable places. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This week we hope to add music!

In many of my calls there is the pain and worry of the economy. Please pray for our families as they encounter many struggles over the weeks ahead. Also, be aware that our CanadaHelps link on our Webpage leads you to a way of giving that can support our Needy Fund Fund and our Parish in the weeks ahead. The Diocese is also prepared for changes and additions in PAR (Pre Authorized Remittance)

The Leadership in the Parish is working hard to have many new offerings every day! Regular updates will be provided Monday, Wednesday, and Friday’s during Covid-19.

Email Distribution List:
Last week we sent out an email asking for people to opt in to be part of an email distribution list. Parish communications will be sent out via email and posted to our Website and Facebook Page. If you did not receive this email, and would like to be on the email distribution, please email the church office to be added to the list.

Pastoral Care
Our Pastoral Care Team are currently working on developing a plan on how to connect with Parishioners while we are in our homes. We have already made close to 300 connections but our Parish list is over 800 people. We will continue to make connections and have others join us in our calls. Please feel free to contact me if you need to. I am available by many methods. Connecting goes two ways. I love hearing from you too!

Sunday Services
Services will be recorded and posted on the Website by 8:30 am Sunday mornings! Our first time was last Sunday March 22.

Beer and Theology
Our first Beer and Theology will be held this Wednesday night, March 25th at 8:00pm by Zoom. Topic – Going off the Map! If you are interested to join contact Archdeacon Katherine or the office.

Family Ministry Email Communication
The family ministry group has been sending material to families to help center our lives in our faith. If you are interested on being on this distribution list please contact Nicki Hetherington or the office. Everyone is welcome!

Our Parish email is: office@churchofsaintandrew.ca

I hope everyone is staying safe!

Lots of love in Christ
Archdeacon Katherine


First Video Service!

Hello and Welcome!
With the current COVID-19 epidemic, service gatherings in the church have been cancelled for now. So please join us for our Sunday service via pre-recorded video found here:
Video Services
Please note, this was the first test, and we will be working out the kinks for the next ones.

God Bless


Christmas Services 2019

Christmas Eve Services:

6:30pm – Family Eucharist

This service brings together the joy of our children and the beauty of Christmas.  There is a Children’s time instead of a sermon. There is Communion and lots of singing and surprises!  It is fun and enables us to allow our inner child to shine!

9:00pm – Contemporary Contemplative Eucharist

This is a quiet, reflective service that will be a time to listen to the Christmas message in a beautifully candlelit surrounding.  We offer the opportunity to sing the Christmas carols we love to hear along with Communion.  A nice mix of music, silence and prayer!

11:30pm – Traditional Midnight Eucharist

Our late service is our traditional Christmas Eve Eucharist. This service includes a Christmas message, singing of Christmas carols, a beautifully prepared choral piece and Holy Communion followed by the candlelit singing of Silent Night making this a perfect way to enter into the beauty and joy of Christmas.


Student Welcome

We are pleased to be welcoming Dawn-Lea Greer, as a student from AST for the 2020-2021 placement. Her first day with us will be January 5, 2020. Please join us to welcome Dawn-Lea in our midst.

 


Yukon bishop’s ministry of presence brings him back to parish life

Yukon bishop’s ministry of presence brings him back to parish life 

Bishop Larry Robertson (left) joins a craft-making session during a Lenten event at the Church of the Northern Apostles in Whitehorse, Yukon, where he currently serves as rector. Submitted photo

By Matt Gardner

Making crafts with children is not the first activity one typically thinks of when considering Episcopal ministry. But for Bishop Larry Robertson, it’s all part of the job in his new role as rector of the Church of the Northern Apostles in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Since last summer, Bishop Robertson has been serving a hybrid role as both parish rector and diocesan bishop in the Anglican Diocese of Yukon. The move is part of an effort to meet the ministry needs of the community with limited resources in a diocese that has just three stipendiary priests. The bishop and the diocesan executive have developed a new ministry of presence, calling the bishop to engage in parish ministry for a three-year period. This will be in addition to Bishop Robertson’s Episcopal ministry.

On March 24 at the Church of the Northern Apostles in Whitehorse, Yukon, a Lenten event was held to prepare for Easter. Participants—including elders and young people—gathered for teaching and children’s ministry, a longtime focus for Robertson since before his ordination to the priesthood. Approximately 18 people attended the event, which also included a potluck, craft-making, and learning new songs for Easter.

Crafts consisted of making butterflies out of tissue paper and cellophane, as well as creating family prayer beads, which the bishop saw as a helpful way to teach children to pray.

“This is the first time we’ve had [the Lenten event], to see how it went, and it went very, very well … I thought it was a good time,” Robertson said.

“I [felt] rather awkward, because I just started [at the parish]—I haven’t been in a parish in … almost 15 years I guess, now,” he laughed. “So I’m sort of re-learning again, and the parish is just beginning to gel together.”

Officially, Bishop Robertson is only present at the parish half-time. Lay leaders and other community members support outreach, lead Bible studies, and produce bulletins and schedules for daily readers.

Along with his focus on Anglicans already attending the parish, Bishop Robertson is mindful of new outreach opportunities. He noted that construction is currently underway on a new Whitehorse suburb known as Whistle Bend, located just south of the parish.

“We’ve been very blessed with a congregation that wants to grow … We’re going to have to look at how we reach out to this whole new sort of subdivision which is just opening up,” he said. “They’re talking about 8,000-10,000 people being in there in the next few years … We have to be prepared and be ready for them.”

While the idea of a bishop taking on a parish role may be relatively new, it reflects the unique conditions that many bishops face in some northern dioceses, where parishes are often remote and isolated from each other and stipendiary clergy are a rare commodity.

“Our work compared to southern city bishops is different,” Robertson said. “Our ministries are different. I find we’re much more pastoral in the sense of hands-on [activity]. Many of our parishes don’t have clergy, and so we find ourselves doing services. We find ourselves doing AGMs. I did the AGM for St. Christopher’s [Anglican Church] in Haines Junction this year, simply because there’s no minister there now this year.”

Though he has received queries from other bishops asking about his ministry of presence and the experience of taking on a parish, there is as of yet no sign that other dioceses are considering similar proposals.

With the experiment still only in its first year, the diocese will need time to evaluate the program and decide on how it plans to proceed after the conclusion of Bishop Robertson’s three-year parish tenure.

For now, the bishop is content to enjoy the experience of returning to ministry to a parish community.

“It’s refreshing,” he said. “Oftentimes [bishops] don’t get a chance to be there, and to be with children and to be with parish things. These are the sort of happy, joyful times in a parish where you see them gathering and growing together, and for me, that’s exciting … I’m enjoying it tremendously.”

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Find a Church website offers handy reference for Anglicans, Lutherans


 

A collaboration between the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, the Find a Church website allows users to instantly find the closest Anglican or Lutheran church in their area.

By Matt Gardner

Locating an Anglican or Lutheran church anywhere in Canada is quicker and easier than ever thanks to a convenient new website.

A joint venture between the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), findachurch.ca uses a simple interface to help users instantly find a church near them or in an area where they plan on travelling.

Web manager Brian Bukowski, who played the leading role for the Anglican church in developing the new site, said the idea evolved out of talks with ELCIC communications director Trina Gallop Blank.

While the ACC had long floated the idea of a church locator for Anglicans, the ELCIC had its own church-finding website which was then in need of redevelopment.

“She and I had a conversation and there it became clear that we were both looking for a solution,” Bukowski said.

The Rev. Dr. Larry Kochendorfer, bishop of the Synod of Alberta and the Territories and a member of the Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission (JALC), praised the joint website as a “great and visible sign” of the full communion partnership between the two churches.

“The fact that you can search for Anglican and Lutheran congregations at the same time opens up a whole breath of possibilities,” Kochendorfer said.

He noted that someone looking for an ACC congregation in an area not served by an Anglican church can, “in a very Full Communion way,” locate a Lutheran church in the same area, and vice versa.

The evolution of the website, he added, further reflected that communal spirit.

“The Lutherans have had a Find a Congregation online resource for quite some time now,” Kochendorfer said. “It was great that the ELCIC site could provide the starting point for the new joint Find a Church resource.

“By working collaboratively between the two national offices, my understanding is they were able to streamline the process and provide enhancements to the resource that would mutually benefit the wider Anglican and Lutheran communities.”

With the findachurch.ca domain donated from the Anglican diocese of Ontario, the new site was built from scratch to meet modern web standards, accessible on phone, tablet and desktop alike.

The landing page features a search box in which users can type an address, postal code or the name of a church, with the option of bringing up Anglican churches, Lutheran churches or both.

Search results will pull up a list of churches with each entry containing a street address, mailing address, contact information and map. Users who wish to narrow their results can also use the Advanced Search option, which allows them to search by province, diocese, synod or by using keywords.

An additional feature, Find a Person, is currently available only for the ELCIC, but may be expanded in what Bukowski refers to as “Phase 2” of the website rollout.

To ensure information is accurate and up-to date, users may contact the web manager at any time to request changes and offer feedback—with the latter helping to further develop the site as new features are added.

“We know that as it’s being used, people will use it in new and interesting and creative ways and have ideas to improve it,” Bukowski said.

“We’ll find weaknesses to it and we’re very much open to hear what people think, both in the positive and what could be changed to make it improved, because we see it as a living site.”

Visit the Find a Church website.

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A Response to the Statement from the House of Bishops, February 2016

 

 

 

 

To the Rt. Rev. Don Phillips, Secretary of the House of Bishops


The Council of General Synod acknowledges receipt of the statement from the Special Meeting in February 2016. We appreciate the bishops’ integrity in communicating to the Council.

We share their concern that the report,
This Holy Estate
, has not been more widely engaged with across the church. We look to our bishops to ensure that members of their diocese, especially delegates to General Synod 2016, have read and engaged the report.

In their statement, they wrote that they wondered if a legislative process is “the most helpful way of dealing with these matters”. The Council has also considered other options. If a legislative solution were not the best way to proceed on this question, we would ask the House of Bishops for some concrete examples of other options.

They expressed a desire to “explore other options for honouring and fully embracing committed, faithful same-sex relationships”. We would welcome concrete examples.

We share their commitment “to achieving the greatest pastoral generosity possible.” We ask the bishops for some concrete examples. For example, if a local option is the way forward, will the House be prepared to live with and honour the choices of individual dioceses?

We continue to pray for the work of the House of Bishops and ask that they continue to uphold the Council of General Synod, and those who are delegates to General Synod 2016 in their prayers.

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A Statement from the Council of General Synod to the Church

 

The Council of General Synod (CoGS) was mandated by General Synod 2013 to bring forward a motion for consideration at General Synod 2016 to provide for same-sex marriage in the same way that opposite-sex couples are married within our church. As a result, CoGS formed the Commission on the Marriage Canon to fulfill that mandate. That commission, which reflected diverse theological perspectives, conducted broad consultation and provided biblical and theological rationale for this proposed canonical change. We received the report, This Holy Estate, from the commission in September 2015 and spent a day with them engaging its content.

We have been in conversation for some 40 years about matters of human sexuality. At General Synod 2004 we affirmed as a church “the integrity and sanctity of committed adult same-sex relationships”. At General Synod 2007, our church resolved, “the blessing of same sex unions is not in conflict with the core doctrine (in the sense of being creedal) of the Anglican Church of Canada”.

In Halifax, General Synod 2010 stated in the sexuality discernment statement “we are deeply aware of the cost to people whose lives are implicated in the consequences of an ongoing discernment process. This is not just an ‘issue’ but is about people’s daily lives and deeply held faith commitments.”
 
In the midst of our diversity of opinion and perspectives, the Council of General Synod has been a witness to the wider church that, no matter what the outcome, we are united in Christ. The church has engaged with contentious issues in the past such as the re-marriage of divorced persons and the ordination of women. Agreement is not the source of our unity; our unity lies in the faithfulness of Christ.

Decisions around the marriage canon are the work of the General Synod as a whole. We believe in the Holy Spirit at work in community; the Spirit will be at work at the meeting of the General Synod in July.

In their statement, the House of Bishops wondered if a legislative process is “the most helpful way of dealing with these matters”. The Council of General Synod is bringing forward a resolution to General Synod 2016 as it has been directed. The Council has also considered the possibility of other options. The General Synod may discern a legislative option is not the most helpful, and if so, we faithfully hope that through dialogue at General Synod an alternate way will emerge. We recommend the greatest pastoral response possible, allowing same-sex couples to be fully included in the life of our church with full and equal access to its liturgies and pastoral offices.
 
Our hope is that going into General Synod our whole church will have read and engaged with This Holy Estate. We have encouraged the House of Bishops to ensure that members of their diocese and delegates to General Synod do so.
 
In recognizing the complex theological and cultural differences in the Anglican Church, the Council has prepared a process for General Synod 2016 that will help us hear one another, maintain open hearts and minds to the Holy Spirit, and hold each other in the love of Christ.
 
We continue to hold members of the church in our prayers, and ask that the whole church uphold the work of the Council and of General Synod 2016 in their prayers.

 

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B.C. bishop plans Sacred Journey for repentance and reconciliation

Bishop Logan McMenamie (left) trains for his 480-km walk across Vancouver Island, referred to as a Sacred Journey, which is set to begin on March 6. Submitted photo

 

By Matt Gardner

When he became bishop of the Anglican diocese of British Columbia almost two years ago, one of the first charges Bishop Logan McMenamie gave to his diocese was to determine how it could work to de-colonize the church by looking at its colonial history and its relationships with Indigenous peoples.
 
At the 2014 diocesan synod, Bishop McMenamie spoke about the idea of “re-entering” the land, which had occurred to him but had yet to take concrete shape. Consulting with Indigenous elders in the following months and years, the bishop began to learn about the concept of the vision quest, inspiring him to make his own journey “to take some time with the Creator.”
 
A major part of the vision quest is removing oneself from worldly goods, which Bishop McMenamie felt to be particularly appropriate for Lent. Perhaps even more significant was its focus on repentance—a need felt deeply across the Anglican Church of Canada as it strives for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, following a colonial past symbolized by the Doctrine of Discovery and the church’s role in the residential school system.
 
“We came as if we were bringing God here,” Bishop McMenamie said. “But the Creator was already here—in the land, in the sea, in the sky, in the teachings, in the language, in the traditions of the First People.”
 
In an act of repentance for himself and all Anglicans in his diocese, the bishop will be making a Sacred Journey starting on March 6, walking across Vancouver Island from Albert Bay to Victoria to symbolically leave the land and re-enter it in a new spirit rooted in right relationships and the discovery of God in Indigenous teachings. He has invited others in the diocese to get involved by joining him on the walk, learning a First Nations language, or reading a planned Lenten Bible study.
 
Along with guidance from some local First Nations, Bishop McMenamie found biblical inspiration for his 480-km journey, which is expected to last until March 27. He recalled the crossing of the Israelites over the River Jordan in the Old Testament, and the subsequent baptism of Jesus as the one chosen to lead the re-entry of a morally purified Israel into the Holy Land.
 
“Israel entered the land as conquerors,” he said. “And I really believe that what John the Baptist was doing was, if you want, a vision quest … taking the people out of the land so they could enter into a new relationship with the land and the peoples who were there.”
 
The spirit of reconciliation
 
Key to the proper unfolding of the Sacred Journey will be following the proper protocols as the bishop seeks to enter First Nations land. In preparation, he has been actively consulting with elders, one of whom is his friend and mentor Alex Nelson, a member of the Musgamagw-Dzawada’enuxw First Nation of Kingcome Village.
 
As a child, Nelson attended the Anglican-run St. Michael’s Indian Residential School beginning at age seven in Alert Bay. He established a relationship with Christ Church Cathedral in 2010, when the cathedral and its then-rector McMenamie helped raise funds for Kingcome after it experienced severe flooding. Later Bishop McMenamie invited Nelson and his family to his consecration ceremony as bishop.
 
“When he talked about the re-entering and in the spirit of reconciliation, I caught on right away … It’s one of those undefined moments where you just know it’s good and right,” Nelson said.
 
The elder quickly offered his resources to help with protocol, drawing on his relationships with major leaders of First Nations on Vancouver Island, including chiefs and tribal councils, to help the bishop seek permission to enter their territory. Nelson also plans to walk with Bishop McMenamie during parts of the journey.
 
Meanwhile, the bishop turned to a member of the congregation at Christ Church Cathedral, retired volunteer Wayne Stewart, to serve as trip project manager and help tackle logistical challenges.
 
With only two months of preparation time, Stewart has been busy on a number of fronts, organizing transport, accommodations and food and opening communications with different First Nations.
 
Simplicity and humility
 
Throughout the journey—during which Bishop McMenamie will walk a maximum of 30 km per day—volunteers in shifts will drive a rented motor home to accompany the bishop, who will sleep in motels and billets when possible and in the motor home on secluded forestry roads when no other options are available.
 
Along the way, the bishop will connect with First Nations communities and participate in Anglican church services. In Victoria, he plans to appear at a First Nations soccer tournament and the Tent City that has sprung up in front of Christ Church Cathedral. But not seeking attention, his trip is guided by two central principles: simplicity and humility.
 
“There will be no triumphal entries into any of the communities,” Stewart said. “That’s not what this is about.”
 
In the leadup to his journey, Bishop McMenamie has been avidly training, walking greater distances each day.
 
He stressed that the Sacred Journey is not an end, but merely another step in a much longer journey towards reconciliation, suggesting that the next step might be responding to the Calls to Action made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
 
The bishop invited Anglicans across Canada to pray for those on the journey and consider how they might promote reconciliation in their own communities.
 
“The spiritual and cultural challenges of this journey will end,” he said, “at the day [we can] be a different people and a different church.”

 

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