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Mercury Poisoning and Our Neighbours in Grassy Narrows

Posted on Feb 3, 2020 in News | 1 comment

In December 2019, St. Paul’s, Fort Garry, led by the commitment and organizing efforts of our interim minister, the Rev. Canon Mary Lysecki and myself, held a Write for Rights petition-signing bee in solidarity with the Indigenous community of Grassy Narrows. They were joining forces with other communities of faith and organizations, including Amnesty International, to demand that the federal government fulfill its long-standing commitment to construct a health care and healing centre in the community for those still suffering from the devastating impacts of mercury poisoning. The Anishinaabe First Nation of Grassy Narrows was once a largely self-sustaining community dependent on traditional practices, a successful commercial fishery, and tourist operations located on the English–Wabigoon River systems, approximately 100 kilometres downstream from the city of Dryden and the Reed Paper Company. Beginning in the 1960s, Reed Paper dumped tons-upon-tons...

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Rupert’s Land Wechetowin – People Helping People

Posted on Jan 19, 2020 in News | Comments Off on Rupert’s Land Wechetowin – People Helping People

It is now 2020 and a good time to reflect on the work of Rupert’s Land Wechetowin since 2012. We are in the process of discerning God’s continuing call to us and to dream forward on how to build towards next steps and goals. God is calling us as Anglicans to embrace reconciliation. We need God’s help to see how to work together so Indigenous people in Rupert’s Land can continue to heal and thrive in the midst of challenges and opportunities. This letter is an invitation to all Anglicans in Rupert’s Land, Indigenous or Non-Indigenous, to recommit to the work of Wechetowin (People helping People). Our hope is to have one or two people from each parish community to be involved in Wechetowin efforts. Come answer the call to actions, using the gifts God has given you. Come...

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Missional Leadership in the Diocese of Rupert’s Land

Posted on Jan 10, 2020 in News | 1 comment

Clergy and lay leaders of parish communities know that the times in which we are living are calling for new ways of leading. We know that we are being invited to live into God’s mission in the world around us. For many of us, maybe most of us, these are challenges for which we have not been trained or prepared in the past. Bishop Geoff reminds us all regularly that the purpose of leaders in the Church is: To nurture the health and wellness of the Body of Christ sent into the world. Therefore he invites all clergy and lay leaders in the Diocese to participate in these education events to take place over the next four months. Each day will be a stand-alone event, but those who attend all three will gain great benefit as they are able...

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New Theology Courses

Posted on Dec 9, 2019 in News | Comments Off on New Theology Courses

During the Winter 2020 term, St. John’s College will co-sponsor two theology courses with Canadian Mennonite University (who will be granting course credit). These courses can be taken at either the undergraduate or graduate level. “The Christian Life” with Graham MacFarlane at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church in Winnipeg on Tuesday evenings, 6:30 through 9:30 p.m. This course focuses on various aspects of the Christian life flow from the prior acts of God. The course considers the life of the individual Christian and the life of the Church. It explores how ethics and ecclesiology are grounded in the doctrine of God. “History of Liturgy: Eucharist” with Andrew Rampton at St. John’s College on Tuesdays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. This course traces the origins and development of Western eucharistic liturgies. Primary and secondary sources will be explored with an aim to critical assessment of why liturgies change, develop,...

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AFC Awards $520,000 in November 2019 Grant Cycle

Posted on Nov 29, 2019 in News | Comments Off on AFC Awards $520,000 in November 2019 Grant Cycle

Thanks to donors, AFC reached its goal of $1,000,000 in disbursements to support ministry in Canada! NOV 21, 2019, TORONTO, ONTARIO—The Anglican Foundation of Canada (AFC) has announced $520,000 in funding to support new projects across Canada in its November cycle of awards. AFC’s board of directors met in Toronto on November 20–21, 2019 to review its strategic road map and begin to chart a new course for 2020–2023, in addition to awarding grants to over 40 applicants. “At a time when it is possible to feel discouraged about current statistics about the future of the Anglican Church of Canada, AFC’s Board of Directors is inspired to receive applications from all across the country for project proposals that will build up faith communities,” says the Rev. Canon Dr. Judy Rois, AFC’s executive director. “I am encouraged by the resilience...

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The Harvest is in! And What a Harvest it is

Posted on Nov 8, 2019 in News | Comments Off on The Harvest is in! And What a Harvest it is

2019 Anglican Grow Hope Report First, the money raised: $19,814.18 has been deposited in PWRDF’s account at the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. This money will go to feed people, to help small hold farmers diversify and grow better crops as well as enhance their livelihoods. Our Diocese – through individuals, parishes and multi-parish events raised $7,462 (or 38 percent of the total). The sale of the canola grown by Chris Lea generated: $5,909 (or 30 percent of the total). Events largely in the Pembina Hills area of our Diocese raised $5,151 (or 30 percent of the total). Finally Nancy Howatt raised a calf for auction and that generated $1,292. People’s generosity is fabulous and all our gifts large and small together add up to fewer people being hungry in our world! Secondly, our relationships: Over this season, there have been...

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A New Book on Joshua

Posted on Oct 21, 2019 in News | 1 comment

For many people – believers or not – the Old Testament book of Joshua is a difficult book to read. The lectionary pays scant attention to it, and doesn’t engage any of the difficult passages. I grew up in the church, and well remember the (very old!) flannel-graph portrait of Joshua: it was all about the walls of Jericho falling down. It was an exciting story! But in my priestly vocation, the more I taught Joshua in churches and academic settings, and as our world was repeatedly shocked by religiously-related violence, that child’s view of Joshua grew thin. I wondered about the lives of the real people in the land. I wondered about the commands to do violence and “totally destroy” the inhabitants – was that really what God was saying? And I wondered how – and if –...

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St. Saviour’s Youth Planning Build Trip to Mexico

Posted on Oct 11, 2019 in News | Comments Off on St. Saviour’s Youth Planning Build Trip to Mexico

Nine youth from St. Saviour’s Anglican, in the company of family and friends, are headed to Vicente Guerra, Baja California, Mexico from July 16–25, 2020 to take part in a humanitarian experience. The group will be going to build a home along side a family living in poverty. Many of the families living in this small agricultural area do not have warm or safe housing. Dirt floors combined with tarps and cardboard for shelter creates health issues and many challenges that affect all parts of peoples lives. The youth will build the home with the family, which creates the opportunity to foster a new relationship, learn a new language, and participate in a new culture. Edmund Laldin, Incumbent at St. Saviour’s, stated: “The young people at St. Saviour’s and our church leadership are very excited to be going to Mexico to help...

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Raise the Roof at St. Thomas, Morden

Posted on Sep 25, 2019 in News | 1 comment

Good news! In February, St. Thomas, Morden was faced with having to re-shingle our roof with not a lot of money in our fund. We are grateful for help from the Diocese of Rupert’s Land Mission Fund, the Anglican Foundation, diocesan leaders, and for our church family that worked very hard and had fun as we rallied support from the community and beyond through the “Raise the Roof” campaign and events. We even put a float in the Corn & Apple Parade with Sunday School and adults promoting our Strawberry Haven Ice Cream. The roof is now finished and paid in full! Plus an anonymous donor offered to give $5,000 towards painting the outside and all of that is also complete and paid for. God has indeed blessed us through the spirit within St. Thomas, and the very generous...

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Season of Creation 2019

Posted on Aug 21, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Season of Creation 2019

During the Season of Creation, Christians work towards protecting the earth. General Synod 2019 passed Resolution A202 re. Climate Crisis to adopt the Season of Creation as a time of prayer, education, and action and encouraging dioceses and parishes to participate. If your parish is celebrating the “Season of Creation” anywhere in our Manitoba community, please register the event, and the location will show up on the map with others around the globe. The Anglican Church of Canada has many resources available. We are also recommending this resource written by Rev. Chris Brouillard-Coyle from the Diocese of Huron: “This program is designed to incorporate lectionary readings during the Season of Creation. To inspire reflection on the upcoming readings, sessions can be held in the week prior. The dates indicated here identify when the associated reading(s) will appear in Sunday worship....

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It Gets You to Think: Experience in Education for Ministry

Posted on Jul 2, 2019 in News | Comments Off on It Gets You to Think: Experience in Education for Ministry

Education for Ministry is a four-year program of Theological Education by Extension, provided and administered by the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, for lay people, because all baptized people are called to ministry. You do not have to feel called to be ordained deacon or priest at some point in the future. You don’t have to be Anglican. While you will get continuing education credits for your efforts, there are no tests whatsoever, and you can take each year as interest and circumstances permit. For each year, a thoughtfully laid-out “Reading and Reflection Guide” is provided, showing assignments for participants in year one, two, three, or four and what is read by all together. For anyone starting new in EfM in year one, the primary reading is a book about the Hebrew Scriptures. Year two continues with...

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Mama Bears Child Loss Retreat

Posted on Jun 21, 2019 in News | 6 comments

The loss of a child is devastating. It’s as simple as that. I know. I’ve personally had five miscarriages, and three years ago, our son Daniel David was born prematurely, going home to God only a short while after his birth. It’s a loss you don’t know how to navigate through. What’s worse, the people around you don’t know how to react either. Rediscovering my relationship with God was difficult. My husband too had some very pointed responses to people offering encouragement. When planning Daniel’s memorial, he point blank told our minister that if it was suggested in the homily this was God’s plan, he might very well walk out. Being as considerate as Reverend Donald is, he took this to heart. Donald’s homily has stayed with me to this day. His message was simple. “We need to be...

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Conference for Anglicans in Spiritual Care: The First of its Kind

Posted on Jun 11, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Conference for Anglicans in Spiritual Care: The First of its Kind

On May 30, 2019, 35 people from across the country descended upon the Diocese of Toronto for what is hoped to be the inaugural Annual Conference for Anglicans in Spiritual care. Six Rupert’s Landers attended, including Bishop Geoff. It was a weekend of learning, covering such topics as self-care and MAID [Medical Assistance in Dying], but it was also a time to begin the development of a network that has not truly been present in recent years. Historically, hospital chaplaincy has been run by the Catholic Church, but over the years, the link between the Church and chaplains has been broken. Changing names over time from chaplain to spiritual care associate, among a few others, the relationship with the Church has been strained as the department moves from a Catholic-based service to a multi-faith one. However, from the discussions...

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Theo Robinson’s Ordination

Posted on May 6, 2019 in News | 1 comment

Theo Robinson was ordained to the Diaconate on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at St. Luke’s Anglican. In September 2018, RLN ran a story about Theo’s journey as a transgender man, training to become a priest: “Honouring Your Authentic Self.” Congratulations, Theo! Photos: Joe Barnes from J. Barnes Photography Rev. Theo Robinson and Bishop Geoff Woodcroft. Cass Smith and Theo Robinson and their kids: Kathleen Smith (left) and Elly Gibson...

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20th Anniversary Urban Retreats Garden Tour: Volunteers Needed

Posted on Apr 22, 2019 in News | Comments Off on 20th Anniversary Urban Retreats Garden Tour: Volunteers Needed

The 20th Anniversary Urban Retreats Garden Tour, Tea and Craft Sale will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Organizers are currently looking for volunteers. Available positions are below: Garden Hosts: 4 garden hosts for each of the 14 gardens (28 morning hosts 9:45-1:00 and 28 afternoon hosts 12:45 to 4:00). It is always more difficult to fill the afternoon shift. Paired at each garden, the hosts fill the reception function: greet visitors, check tickets, answer questions but gardening knowledge not required. Hosts sit. Plant Set Up and Sale: 2 volunteers to assist at each shift (9:00-10:30, 10:30-12:30, 12:30-2:30). An active job, moving pots of plants. Some knowledge of plants is an asset but not required. Tea Ticket Sales: 2 volunteers to assist at each shift (10:30-12:00 and 12:00-2:00). Paired sellers greet customers, sell tickets and distribute door prize tickets...

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Grow Hope Second Annual Project

Posted on Apr 1, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Grow Hope Second Annual Project

Grow Hope Second Annual Project for PWRDF Rupert’s Land and Canadian Foodgrains Bank You can’t miss the excitement in the voices of the Anglican Grow Hope committee for Rupert’s Land Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund. “We are planting 15 acres again this year, with canola, and the crop will once again be sold to raise funds for the PWRDF account through Canadian Foodgrains Bank,” says Chris Lea. The Lea family donated 15 acres, plus their time, equipment, and talent, to raise a crop of wheat for last year’s Grow Hope project. This year, they look forward to continuing to grow the rural-urban connection with parishes. All are invited to come to St. Luke’s Pembina Crossing south of Manitou for a Rogation Service and blessing of crops on Sunday June 9 – watch the PWRDF Rupert’s Land Facebook page for...

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Less Plastic for Lent

Posted on Mar 5, 2019 in News | 2 comments

The Anglican Communion Environmental Network and Anglican Greens have put out a “Less Plastic for Lent” calendar. Download a pdf copy here....

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Rupert’s Land PWRDF Reps Meet to Connect, Learn, and Grow Together

Posted on Feb 27, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Rupert’s Land PWRDF Reps Meet to Connect, Learn, and Grow Together

Snow and wind gusts did not dissuade 30 people from attending a gathering of Rupert’s Land Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund parish representatives this past Saturday, February 23. We met at St. Peter’s Anglican Church hall in Winnipeg, with Bishop Geoff Woodcroft opening the morning with song and prayer. Bishop Geoff reminded us that PWRDF work involves compassion and empathy, and from that stems passion and joy in the work we do to support it. Lynne Spiring Whitten, chair of the diocesan PWRDF committee, emceed the day and introduced the rest of the committee to the representatives present. Mike Ziemerink, Communications representative for PWRDF at the national office in Toronto, shared many valuable resources that our reps can use to promote the work of PWRDF and provide ideas for fundraising. Chris Lea shared how he and his wife...

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Fun Fair at St. Paul’s

Posted on Feb 3, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Fun Fair at St. Paul’s

On Sunday January 27, St. Paul’s Fort Garry held a Time and Talent Fun Fair. The goal was to highlight all the parish groups and outreach ministries at an after-service luncheon that included games, prizes and carnival-style food. Our goal is to find new energy for volunteer opportunities and to celebrate long standing commitments. This is one of several initiatives that Parish Leadership and the Outreach Committee are sponsoring as a response to our engagement with the Natural Church Development process. During Advent, we held a “get to know you” turkey supper where newcomers were hosted and we all shared stories of how we came to St. Paul’s. At the Fun Fair, 14 groups set up displays. We made passports that described each group or ministry. Everyone was given a passport and invited to visit each display and to...

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Canadian Foodgrains Bank: International Development Week

Posted on Feb 3, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Canadian Foodgrains Bank: International Development Week

International Development Week celebrates Canadians who care about Canada’s commitment to ending global hunger and poverty February 3–9 is International Development Week, a week set aside to celebrate the important role that Canada plays in making the world a better place for all. “Canadians show they care about international development through the Foodgrains Bank in many ways,” says Foodgrains Bank executive director Jim Cornelius. “Hundreds of Canadians show their support for international development by volunteering for or supporting growing projects. Others attend or participate in Common Vision concerts, make donations, lend their voice, or reach out to others to raise awareness. We are grateful for all they do.” This year’s theme of Together for Gender Equality recognizes the important role women play in ending global poverty and hunger. “Women and girls are often the most vulnerable to food insecurity,...

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WPCU Ecumenical Worship Service

Posted on Feb 3, 2019 in News | Comments Off on WPCU Ecumenical Worship Service

On January 20, a city-wide Ecumenical Worship Service was held to mark the 2019 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. You can see a few group photos below, as well as in this YouTube video. All photos taken by Paul Swart. Names of those in the first photo (from left to right): Most Reverend Richard Gagnon Very Reverend Paul N. Johnson Very Reverend Archpriest Taras Udod Louise Hébert-Saindon Right Reverend Geoffrey Woodcroft Reverend Jason Zinko Reverend Dwight Rutherford Reverend Professor Dr. James Taylor Christie Reverend Noël Suministrado Most Reverend Albert LeGatt Reverend Dr. Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd Reverend Tyler Gingrich Reverend Robert Polz Major Brenda Critch Major Shawn...

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Stewardship Monday

Posted on Oct 1, 2018 in News | 1 comment

It’s often called Consecration Sunday. It’s often known as “the day they come after my money.” But it shouldn’t be limited to Sunday, and it doesn’t belong in the accountant’s inbox. Stewardship comes from an old English word that goes back to cattle. A steward was the person who kept the barn in order. Later it was the commoner who looked after the royal estate. Eventually it became anyone who keeps any estate (including God’s good Earth) running smoothly and in good overall health. In the church context, stewardship means nurturing a healthy congregation of people who are supported by their parish in a life of serving their God and their neighbour. Note the wording. It doesn’t mean parishioners helping their church serve God. It means serving God themselves – through their church. The stewardship part is when the...

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Rupert’s Land Shows Up at Pride

Posted on Jun 13, 2018 in News | 1 comment

On June 3, 2018, approximately 30 Rupert’s Landers and Lutherans from MNO Synod joined together in the Pride Winnipeg Parade from the Manitoba Legislative Building to The Forks. It was the first time that Rupert’s Landers marched as a group at the parade. “We wanted to support our friends and family members in the church and beyond the church who are LGBTTQI* and show that the church is a welcoming place,” said Jane Barter, incumbent at St. Peter’s, Dynevor, who organized the group. “We also wish to state that the church stands with them in opposition to the many forces in society that would oppress, repress or otherwise marginalize their lives and loves.” Many people walk for different reasons. For Samantha Klassen, who attended the parade for the third time this year, walking is about the practice: “Practices are...

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Anglican Grow Hope Rogation Service

Posted on Jun 7, 2018 in News | 3 comments

On Sunday June 3, almost 200 people gathered at St. Luke’s Pembina Crossing Church for a rogation service celebrating the first ever Rupert’s Land Anglican Grow Hope project. The service was held in a tent outside the church building, with displays from Canadian Foodgrains Bank and the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund. Chris Lea began the service by sharing thanks for the commitment of those supporting the project. His two goals for the project are “to bring urban and rural parishes together” and “to help feed the hungry around the world.” Cathy Campbell also gave the sermon, highlighting how fitting it was that the people were gathered on ground, “touching the very earth that will bring forth the crops that will feed the hungry.” Lunch was enthusiastically consumed by all, with generous helpings of salads, hamburgers, hotdogs, and...

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News from St. Matthew’s Maryland Community Ministry

Posted on Jun 6, 2018 in News | Comments Off on News from St. Matthew’s Maryland Community Ministry

June 2018 Transforming News from St. Matthew’s Maryland Community Ministry For over 45 years, St. Matthew’s Maryland Community Ministry (StMMCM) been serving the people of West End Winnipeg as a joint ministry of the Anglican and United Churches. Programs have varied over the years, but there has always been a strong presence in the neighbourhood where guests found generous hospitality, food, community, loving care, and a sense of belonging. The Ministry has always been housed on the lower level of St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, now part of WestEnd Commons, at 365 McGee Street. The Anglican presence in the Ministry has been strong, first through the parish of St. Matthew’s and, more recently, through the Anglican Consortium in Support of StMMCM. Parishes in the Consortium include St. Mary’s Charleswood, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Matthew’s, St. Paul’s, and St. Peter’s. But...

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Anglican Foundation Press Release

Posted on May 31, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Anglican Foundation Press Release

AFC awards $337,000 in April 2018 grant cycle May 24, 2018, Quebec City, QC.—The Anglican Foundation of Canada (AFC) has announced $337,000 in grants in support of new projects across Canada in its April cycle of awards. AFC’s board of directors met in Quebec City on May 23 & 24, 2018 to set its strategic direction and to award grants to over 60 applicants across Canada. “Canadian Anglicans are truly engaged in some very imaginative and creative expressions of faith all across this great country of ours,” said the Rev. Canon Dr. Judy Rois, AFC’s executive director. “We are seeing such a diversity in applications and proposals that manifest imagination and ingenuity,” she said. In addition to infrastructure and restoration grants of $118,000, AFC provided $80,000 for innovative ministry projects, $36,000 for theological education bursaries, $15,000 for church music,...

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Anglican bishop cycling across Canada

Posted on May 11, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Anglican bishop cycling across Canada

News Release Anglican bishop cycling across Canada for unity, healing, and reconciliation Anglican Bishop Robert Hardwick is cycling across Canada on a pilgrimage to foster unity, healing, and reconciliation within the Anglican Church of Canada, with Aboriginal Peoples, and with those who are hurting. Hardwick will meet and pray with people during his 62-day, 7,877-kilometre journey that began at Holland Point Park in Victoria, British Columbia on May 19 and ends in St. John’s, Newfoundland on Aug. 1. He will attempt to raise $2 million during his journey, to support indigenous ministries within the Anglican Church of Canada ($800,000), build a medical centre in Muyinga, Burundi, help construct a Habitat for Humanity home in Regina, Sask., and conduct evangelism and mission work in the Diocese of Qu’Appelle in southern Saskatchewan ($1.2 million). Bishop Hardwick has been preparing for this...

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Anglican Grow Hope

Posted on Mar 31, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Anglican Grow Hope

Anglican Grow Hope is a Diocesan initiative to support PWRDF’s work through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. It has three purposes: To grow a crop in Canada to create revenue for the alleviation of hunger around the world through Canadian Foodgrains Bank and its member, PWRDF. To engage urban non-farming individuals, families, churches and groups in the farming process and in the alleviation of hunger in the world by inviting them to provide funds to cover the input costs of raising a crop in Canada. For non-farmers to learn about farming and food production in Canada, about the challenges of food production and about the people whose lives and health depend on food relief and/or food related development projects. This project will generate understanding and much needed funds for PWRDF’s work through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank around the world, and,...

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Job Posting: Choir Director and Organist

Posted on Mar 9, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Job Posting: Choir Director and Organist

St. Aidan’s Anglican Church is seeking a Choir Director and Organist. This is a contract position for 10 hours per week. This position will be responsible to direct the choir at the principal service, lead the choir in singing choral anthems and special music selections, and play the organ or piano as appropriate to the music selections so that God may be glorified and his people inspired to worship. To act as a Worship Leader within the Worship Team, and provide backup support to other music leaders, if requested. Specific skills and attributes desired include: Musical training with proficiency in vocals, organ, and piano Experience in directing choirs, preferably in a church setting Strong interpersonal leadership skills Strong organization and time management skills At time of interview, a skills demonstration is required. Those interested can email a resume and cover letter to...

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Job Posting: St. Aidan’s Office Administrator

Posted on Mar 1, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Job Posting: St. Aidan’s Office Administrator

Wanted: Church Office Administrator St. Aidan’s Anglican Church is seeking an Office Administrator to cover an extended maternity/parental leave (76 weeks). Position is 35 hours per week. Part time paid training hours in March 2018, full time hours begin April 9, 2018. Responsibilities include serving in the Church Office as receptionist, preparing and distributing the weekly bulletin, service rosters and other schedules, performing regular website maintenance, preparing cheque requests for payment and filing. The successful candidate will also be responsible to maintain the monthly church calendar, monitor users of the church building, and serve as executive assistant to the Incumbent. Skills desired: friendly, warm personality; strong oral, written, and typed communication; proficient in Microsoft Publisher, Word, Powerpoint, and Excel; ability to work alone and in collaboration with others; an eye for design; good organization. Respecting confidential and private information...

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Diocesan Survey

Posted on Feb 12, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Diocesan Survey

The Diocesan Search Committee has the task of putting together a Diocesan Profile to help them with the election of the Bishop Coadjutor, who will become bishop after the Rt Rev Don Phillips retires. To help them create a clear profile of our Diocese and its needs moving forward with new leadership, the Diocesan Search Committee has put together a Diocesan Survey for the clergy and parishioners to complete. Please go to this link and fill in the survey; it will only take a few minutes. Please complete it only once. Hard copies will be provided by your parish for those who prefer, or you can download them here. If you fill out the survey on the hard copy, please mail it to Anglican Lutheran Centre, 935 Nesbitt Bay, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 1W6, Attn: James Dugan. The survey will...

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Message from the Diocesan Search Committee

Posted on Jan 22, 2018 in News | 2 comments

January 22, 2018 The Search Committee for the election of a Bishop Coadjutor held its first meeting on Friday January 19. The members of the committee are: James Dugan, Chair, Heather Birtles, Rob Hardwick, Ted Henderson, Helen Kennedy, Karen Larsen, Gary Russell, Scott Sharman, and David Widdicombe. Bishop Don Phillips, while named in Provincial Canons as a member, chose to chair the first meeting, and then to remove himself from the work of the committee. Norms for confidentiality and collegial working relationships were agreed upon. The Constitutional and Canons of the Ecclesiastical Province were reviewed which sets out a process for the amount of time available for developing a Diocesan Profile, receiving nominations, and circulating information about the nominees to synod delegates. Various methods of input into a Diocesan Profile were discussed and will be determined at the next...

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The Path and Process for Discerning and Electing a New Bishop

Posted on Jan 16, 2018 in News | Comments Off on The Path and Process for Discerning and Electing a New Bishop

At a diocesan Synod meeting on October 21, 2017, the Diocese of Rupert’s Land decided to elect a coadjutor bishop prior to the retirement of the current diocesan bishop, Donald Phillips. A coadjutor bishop, once elected and ordained, serves in episcopal ministry, subordinate to and alongside the current diocesan bishop. However, once the diocesan bishop retires, the coadjutor bishop automatically becomes the new diocesan bishop without any further process needed. To celebrate that transition, the new bishop will be installed at a service at St. John’s Cathedral. Most of the ministry and mission of our diocese falls under our own jurisdiction. However, the election of a bishop is governed by the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert’s Land (made up of 10 dioceses in central, western, and northern Canada). Hence, on November 16, 2017, the Executive Council of the Province received...

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Support for Rupert’s Land Orphan’s Fund

Posted on Oct 23, 2017 in News | 1 comment

The Companion Diocese partnership between Rupert’s Land and Central Buganda Diocese in southern Uganda is entering its third decade of shared ministry. This valued partnership rooted in the great commission of the Gospel is a constant reminder of the good work to which we, on two separate continents, are called. The partnership consists of two programs: the Parish Links Program and the Orphan’s Fund Program. During a 2002 visit to Rupert’s Land by a delegation from Central Buganda Diocese, our African partners were asked what assistance could be offered? Their response: “Help with the orphans.” At that time, Uganda had one of the world’s highest rate of orphaned children due to the aftermath of civil war, malaria, and the AIDS epidemic. Soon after, the Rupert’s Land Orphan’s Fund was created. Its purpose was to provide education and basic healthcare...

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Job Posting: St. Aidan’s Christian School

Posted on Aug 9, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Job Posting: St. Aidan’s Christian School

St. Aidan’s Christian School is looking for a a new principal. St. Aidan’s Christian School, Winnipeg, is a small Christian school in Winnipeg comprised of two campuses, one in the North End, working mainly with Indigenous students, the other downtown, working mainly with an immigrant and refugee student population. View full job details here. Please submit a resume outlining teaching/administrative experience by August 28, 2017 to: C. Holland at...

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Gracious and Compassionate

Posted on Apr 8, 2017 in News | 1 comment

Brad Elliott, February 2, 1963 ‒ January 26, 2017 Remembered by Lisa Wojna A witch’s hat. A pair of Spock ears. A headband with Valentine hearts bobbing atop a springy antenna. A shamrock tie. If there was a special occasion in the near future, chances were you might find Rev. Canon Brad Elliott of Christ Church Anglican in Selkirk donning some such article of clothing while visiting shut-ins at one of Selkirk’s nursing homes or medical facilities. It was one of the many ways Brad brought a smile to the people in his life. “He had a wonderful sense of humour,” said Christ Church secretary Nancy Bollenbach. That quirkiness had a serious edge at times. Parishioners in both Carmen and Selkirk might recall a particular Christmas sermon that included a special gift of chocolate for every member of the...

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Anglican Foundation Update: April 2017

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Anglican Foundation Update: April 2017

The Anglican Foundation of Canada supports parishes across the country. Membership to the Anglican Foundation enables each Diocese to apply for a total of three grants per year for: ministry initiatives; construction and renovation; church music in Canada; education and programs in Canada’s North; and worship initiatives, liturgical arts, outreach and community endeavours. As of the most recent General Synod in 2016, seven parishes were members of the Anglican Foundation. Since then, another 25 have signed up, for a total of 32. During Synod, a motion was passed that the Diocese of Rupert’s Land would encourage all parishes to sign up for membership. Because of this, we’ll update you quarterly on which parishes are members. For more information, or to sign up, visit the the Anglican Foundation’s website. Those who have already signed up are listed below. In Winnipeg:...

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New Employment Opportunity

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 in News | Comments Off on New Employment Opportunity

MNO Synod Administrative Assistant Areas of Responsability: – Administrative support to synod staff, council and committees – Maintenance of synod website and ELCIC database – Maintain office in regards to communications, supplies, technology and equipment – Work with Synod Archivist in regards to historical documentation – Assist with planning, organizing, registration, and logistics for events and conventions – Prepare and distribute an e-newsletter, in consultation with other staff Qualifications and Skills: – Ability to work cooperatively in a team – Ability to work without regular supervision – Computer, word processing and filing skills – Warm and welcoming manner – Familiar with or willing to work in a Christian environment – Flexible working hours between 9 and 3 pm, Monday to Friday Terms of Employment: 17 hours per week, $17 / hr plus benefits as per GSI requirements Applications close:...

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Festivals of Lessons and Carols 2016

Posted on Nov 13, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Festivals of Lessons and Carols 2016

Are you going to miss the festival of lessons and carols at your church? Or perhaps your community doesn’t have one? Join one of these other congregations for their annual celebration: November 27, 3:00 p.m.: St. John’s College December 2, 7:30 p.m.: St. Peter’s, Dynevor, with the Selkirk Community Choir December 3, 4:30 p.m.: St Peter’s, Dynevor, with the Netley Colony Youth Choir December 4, 2:30 p.m.: St. Peter’s, Dynevor, with the Back Pew Boys December 11, 10:00 a.m.: Pinawa Christian Fellowship December 11, 10:00 a.m.: St. Stephen’s, Winnipeg December 11, 4:00 p.m.: St. James’ Winnipeg, (celebrating 165 years of ministry, with members of the Winnipeg Boys’ Choir and Bishop Mark MacDonald) December 18, 11:00 a.m.: St. Stephen and St. Bede December 18, 4:00 p.m.: St. Luke’s, Winnipeg December 18, 7:00 p.m.: St. George’s, Cresentwood December 18, 7:00 p.m.: St. Peter’s, Winnipeg December...

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Dedication of Cross at St. George, Wakefield

Posted on Oct 30, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Dedication of Cross at St. George, Wakefield

On September 18, 2016 Bishop Donald Phillips presided at the dedication of the new cross in the church yard at St. George’s, Wakefield. After the service the parishioners celebrated in the parish hall with a potluck lunch.   Submitted by Sally Bullivant/Bob...

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