The second was a
service for healing, with the laying on of hands as intercessions for the world
around us, as well as prayers for healing for us as individuals.
Our care extended
beyond the human realm to animals with a blessing of the pets service the
Sunday afternoon close to St. Francis Day.
We had 10 dogs and 2 cats and a rabbit.
All were very well behaved.
We also continue to
have Bible Study on Thursdays, although small in number, we have great
discussions and insights for all.
At the end of October,
we had the new area Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Riscylla Shaw come to the combined
service with a wonderful lunch following.
There was a great deal of fellowship and good will.
We began the Natural
Church Development Program with the questionnaire in the Fall, (0-Our first
cycle,) and the results, which were encouraging.
Leaders empower others for Ministry Leaders let go of responsibility and let
God’s energy be seen in other members.
Pastors need to be both goal and relationship oriented.
People are able to recognize and use their God-given talents and Spiritual
gifts for ministry both inside the church and in the local community.
Christians in these congregations are “on fire” (Spirit filled). They have a
genuine relationship with God. People’s lives are committed to their faith.
They are enthusiastic and joyful.
Functional structures the
structure in a healthy church promotes growth rather than hinders it. This book
suggests that department heads may work best, recommending that a co-leader (or
a person in training) also be an automatic part of the structure. The right
person for each job is one who has the appropriate Spiritual gift.
service Spirit-filled worship with the people thoroughly involved in the
Holistic small groups
Groups are to go beyond study and discussion to applying God’s message to daily
life. Small groups are the place where Christianity can really be practiced.
Groups multiply by having the co-leaders form two separate groups after a time.
Each new group invites new participants and selects an additional co-leader.
evangelism the pastor knows which 10% of the congregation have the gift of
evangelism and encourage them to make use of it. She/he also encourages all
members to individually share Christ with those they do know. Evangelism
efforts should be focused on the person’s questions and needs. Congregation wide
efforts would take the energy of the people’s interests and the community’s
needs and redirect them to God’s ways.
Loving relationships this
is the experience of Christian love, not just talking about it. Examples
include spending time together, compliments, being aware of personal problems,
Our highest essential
quality was Empowering leadership and our lowest was Passionate spirituality. It is not unusual for parishes, particularly
Anglican to be low in Passionate spirituality.
But overall, we were fairly high in all eight and with a workable difference
between the high and low. With this in mind, we
were encouraged to work on one quality at a time. Thus we are beginning our
Wardens’ and Advisory meetings with the talking stick, when we go around the
circle and say what is happening that week in our lives if we so desire, and a
second time of expressing prayers if we wish. The prayer time tends to be for
the people and issues mentioned in the check in the first time around the
circle. The service for healing
was also part of the way of improving our passionate spirituality. Thanks to
the committee who made this all happen; Piet Goemans, John Moroz, Sandy Philp,
Marlene Dooher and our facilitator from Brighton, Val Whalley and all who
answered the questionnaire.
There have been some
program changes this year, a loss and a gain. Pallets in the Park, was an event
in Old Mill Park which replaced the Waterfront Festival, and we provided food
in the park for the event.
We began the School
Breakfast Program in October, but due to change in regulations re: Teacher
supervision of the program and the school now having a kitchen on the premises,
the Breakfast program was moved to the school.
A few of our volunteers are assisting with the program. We have had some
changes in leadership over the year; Connie and Glen Woodcock moved away to be
They departure meant we had
to find others to become involved in activities in the church….
Connie was both head of
the Altar Guild, Server and Lay Delegate to Synod. Glen was Rector’s Warden and
Cemetery Co-ordinator. Both Connie and Glen were members of the Choir.
We have new leadership
and involvement; John Moroz moved from Deputy Rector’s Warden to Rector’s
Warden. Ann Chambers was elected Deputy
People’s Warden. Joy, as Alternate Synod
Delegate went to the Diocesan Synod. Jocelyn Williams became head of the Altar
Guild and Kevin Alstrup agreed to be Cemetery Co-ordinator. Also but not
related to Connie and Glen leaving, Mary-Lou Steinmann became the Screening in
Faith Co-ordinator. Edythe Chard is not going to continue as Deputy Rector’s
Warden, after being involved in some Warden’s role for a number of years. Her experience will be missed, as the team is
relatively new as Wardens or Warden here at Christ Church. A replacement for Edythe has of yet, not been
We also saw and mourn
the passing this year of: Janice Gordon, Bert Whitfield and Helen Ryan our
prayers go out to all their families.
We continued most of
our activities this year, with some changes. We will no longer be involved in
cooking at Hoard Station and we did not have the Ducky Races this year either,
but new are the teas organized by Nicole Ellwood and Dianne Smith. They organized two last year (the second was hampered
by the Hasting construction which prevented access to the from entrance to the
church and confusing detours.) They are planning four
this year with a portion of the proceeds going to a charity.
Thanks to the Lay
Readers; Dianne Smith and Nancy DeKuyper who led Morning Prayer and preached
one on the first and one on the third
Sunday, of the month when I was at Roseneath. And when Nancy was in Hasting she
also preached in Campbellford that Sunday.
I understand Amy
Levesque will not head our Sunday School this coming year; she and her
daughters will be joining us in Church.
We continue to work
together and care for one another. It
seems our prayer list is longer than the numbers in church on Sundays. It was mentioned that for the first time in
its history, St. James had only one row of people and the altar rail for
Thanks to Ross, Alison
and Alan who run the computer on Sundays and Mark who continues to install the
hymns in the computer to play the organ we have music and sometimes choirs to
accompany or singing. Richard was able to come with me or drive to take
Christmas communions to our shut-ins and those in hospital etc. both in and
around Roseneath and in Cobourg.
We celebrated the
Roseneath Fair Service again this year with The Rev. Jamie York and the United
Church, the last Sunday in September. In
a previous year we had a sheep, and others the dogs to bless for the Blessing
of the Animals part of the service. This
past Fair was the first time dogs were not allowed in the fair. Also, the day of the Fair it was so hot that
those in attendance were all on one side, sitting in the shade, because it was
too hot in the sun.
We did have one
significant funeral this year with the passing of Theodore McCracken, who will
be sorely missed, and our condolences to Shirley and Alan and the family.
I would be remiss if I
did not mention Drew Simpson, our Parish Administrator, who does so much for
all three congregations which saves me in particular a great deal of work and
concern. Thanks to one and all and I won’t mention you all by name, as this
report is long enough, (And I will leave someone out of this but.)
Thanks to all Wardens,
and Deputies, all members of Advisory Boards, Treasurers, Altar Guilds and ACW
members, Organists, and those who are in the Choirs and otherwise help with
music, Lay Readers and Readers and Intercessors and Administers of Communion
and all those who wear multiple hats and do so much behind the scenes when no
one is watching.
Thanks to the Rev Steve
Smith who led services for me while on I was on holidays as well as the Rev
Canon Byron Yates, who was able to celebrate on July 9th at Christ Church and
St. George for the last time. Little did
we know that he would be diagnosed with a brain tumor after that and we mourn
his passing and offer our prayers and support to Sandy and family.
Maybe we are sent to be
together to bring peace and a sense of being there for each other through these
times of concern for individuals and for us as a whole community. The events like the Combined Services and the
Bible Study as well as support from all three congregations for any of our
social events. We do break bread
together in various ways. Let us not
only continue to recognize our need for one another, but that we are better for
the sharing and caring for one another and the people in the communities we
We may question the
value we bring, but in the power of the Divine Spirit we are great support for
one another. Given the relative smaller size of our congregations not only is
mutual support for all three crucial, but each of us is invaluable to both
bring and receive peace and support from each other.
It is not by accident
that the dismissal I use is: Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord, in
serving one another.
And my final prayer for
all of us together.
Pray for the peace of
‘May they prosper who love you.
Peace be within your walls,
and security within your towers.’ Psalm 122:6, 7