Diocesan Refugee Coordinator changes

The Rev. Jan Bigland- Pritchard 

stepped down as diocesan refugee co-ordinator as of July 31 in order to take up a full-time refugee position with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon.

Ms. Tigist Gebeyehu-Ketsela

was offered and accepted the post of refugee co-ordinator for our diocese, beginning in August. Tigist completed a four- month internship with our refugee office at the end of July.

She is studying for the L.Th. diploma through the College of Emmanuel & St. Chad. We wish her blessings and all of our best wishes in her new position.

Announcement originally printed in the September issue of the Saskatchewan Anglican

Epiphanies - a new digital magazine from The Anglican Journal


“The apple trees were coming into bloom,
but no bees droned among the blossoms,
so there was no pollination and there would be no fruit.”
Rachel Carson, Silent Spring


Issue 1 | Volume 1 | Summer 2019

And all who live in it— Matthew Townsend

No hiding place— Linda Nicholls

Global danger, spiritual danger— Mark MacDonald

‘Ten months away from the next flood’: deluge now a fact of life, Ottawa-area priests say— Tali Folkins

General Synod passes environmental justice resolutions— Matthew Townsend

For the love of bees— Joelle Kidd

How to plant a pollinator garden— Joelle Kidd

Climate change in the North— Matt Gardner

O greenest church?— Tali Folkins

Ten ways to green your church without breaking the bank— Tali Folkins

‘Nothing’s like it used to be’— Matthew Townsend

Anglican Voices: Living as ecological refugees— Vivian Seegers

Download issue as PDF

Cover image: The Rev. Sheilagh Ashworth holds out a frame filled with bees from one of her hive boxes. Photo by Saskia Rowley

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New Anglican Hall in Watrous - June 16, 2019

New Anglican Hall in Watrous

Rev. Marie-Louise Ternier

On Sunday, June 16 members of All Saints Anglican Parish had much to celebrate as they inaugurated a new chapter in their community presence in Watrous. After seven months of major work, the church hall was officially opened and blessed by Anglican Bishop Chris Harper from Saskatoon. An impressive display of photos, articles, and documents chronicled the history of the hall and the church while a great crowd enjoyed a lavish pot luck lunch. As a token of partnership and friendship with the Anglicans, Lutheran church members gave a beautiful clock to be installed. The large cross now adorning one of the walls and blessed by Bishop Chris Harper came originally from the Anglican church in Colonsay. This cross connects the renovated facility with the past, signifying the presence of Christ and the parish’ call to ministry and outreach.

While the Anglican church building is marking its 110th year of existence this year, the hall dates from a later time and has undergone various metamorphoses. The original part initially served as the dwelling of the local parish priest and was later repurposed into a full hall when the house next door was built as the new rectory. Its shape is odd or unique, depending on one’s point of view. Some minor renovations were done in past decades, but structural work and significant upgrading had never been addressed.

This all changed this past winter. Much meticulous work was done to stabilize and level the floor, ceiling, and walls, securing them for long and trustworthy use. New windows after the pattern of the old ones were installed, as well as new doors with code locks. The kitchen underwent a complete redesign, and the new washroom is now wheelchair accessible. The welcoming and fresh space is equipped for a new season of activity for the next decades.

Financing for the renovations was provided through a substantial loan from the Anglican Diocese of Saskatoon which needs to be paid back in the coming years. Roughly 8% of the total cost was covered through a grant from the Anglican Foundation of Canada.

Besides using the hall for parish meetings, educational gatherings, and fundraising projects, it now has the potential to increase its reach in the community. Already home to AA meetings and yearly art displays during the Spirit of Manitou Studio Trail, other groups are encouraged to consider it as a suitable home for their events and activities.

By far the church’s own most popular community event is the free weekly BBQ Suppers in July and August which attract a wide range of people from Watrous and area, including tourists/campers from Manitou Beach – watch for further details on this summer’s dates. Average attendance in past years has hovered around 100, filling the hall with a crowded but happy buzz of activity and socializing.

The renovated hall is now available as an attractive mid-size rental facility for various occasions, with or without kitchen use. For details and bookings, please contact/text Joyce Potts (306-946-9920) or Connie Woiden (306-946-8288).

Post-Trauma Survivors Ministry

A Prayer Ministry for Post-Trauma Survivors evolved as I saw a need for this ministry.

I prayerfully discerned with another person on how to bring the art and ministry together.

From my trauma recovery come creative expression in art, dance, music, and prayer. Creative expression facilitates healing of the inner child affected by trauma. Creative expression speaks to the soul.

This ministry is open to anyone who is post-trauma or affected by someone’s trauma and in need of this healing ministry. Counseling is not provided but may recommend a counselor if needed. Anyone is welcome, but the focus is on trauma issues, and confidentiality is required.

We meet on the first Monday of each month September to June at St. Matthew’s Anglican 135 – 109th Street West Saskatoon 5:30 to 8 pm. Closed July and August.

Submitted by The Rev Karen Walter, Deacon


Wycliffe College Convocation - May 13, 2019

Convocation at Wycliffe College, Toronto

Finally, we are together again.  Bishop Chris flew into Toronto in the morning and was picked up by our son. We were very thankful to have our Son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren with us to celebrate this day.  The evening began with Holy Communion in Wycliffe Chapel, followed by a delicious supper and then off to the ceremony.  Our National Indigenous Bishop Mark MacDonald gave the introduction for Bishop Chris; Bishop Adam Halkett also attended. Overall an amazing day.

 Photographs courtesy of Tracy Harper.

Wycliffe College Convocation 2019

Even the rain wasn't enough to dampen spirits on Monday, May 13, when the Wycliffe College community gathered to celebrate 39 new graduates and to award honorary degrees to Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Bishop Chris Harper, Bishop Susan Bell, and Hazel McCallion (who addressed the graduates). Congratulations to all, and also to Gary Shaw for receiving the Archdeacon Harry St. Clair Hilchey Award and Karen Stiller for receiving membership to the Alumni Association as Honorary Alumnus.

Photograph and text from Wycliffe College May newsletter

Photograph and text from Wycliffe College May newsletter

In a written message to the graduates, Alumni Association President, Jonathan Turtle (W12) wrote, "You now stand in a long line of men and women whose courageous service to the gospel of Christ has impacted families and communities across Canada and abroad. Wherever you may go from here we hope that Wycliffe has adequately prepared you and will remain a very happy chapter in your life and ministry. ... As you go now in the peace of Christ know that our prayers go with you." 

Manitou Wisdom Weekend

Rev. Marie-Louise Ternier of All Saints Anglican Parish and Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church shared some photos of the Wisdom Weekend currently going on at Manitou Beach, in which Bishop Chris is participating. See the poster below for description; this event is part of the Centennial events of the Village of Manitou Beach in an effort to reconnect the spiritual significance of Little Manitou Lake with our Indigenous sisters and brothers. The photos are all courtesy of Bev Jay Photography – they were posted on Facebook last night and shared on the churches' FB page with the appropriate credit.  Bev posted more photos at the Watrous Manitou Beach Events FB Page:https://www.facebook.com/groups/WMBComingEvents/

All photographs courtesy of Bev Jay Photography

Another article about the weekend is available on the Discover Humboldt website. Click here to access the article.

Good Friday at St. John's Cathedral

Here are a few photographs of preparation for the Good Friday service at St. John’s Cathedral. Photographs courtesy of Sarah Donnelly.