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

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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.

Bishop visits St. John's - Borden / Radisson News

Bishop visits St. John's

Borden / Radisson News

Lorraine Olinyk , Correspondent / Battlefords News-Optimist

APRIL 10, 2019 10:21 PM

Lorraine Huxley waiting to be baptized by Right Rev. Harper on April 7, while his parents, Courtney Gerow and Nathan Dubasof, and godparents, Melissa McIsaac and Kevin Monaslyski, look on. Photos submitted by Lorraine Olinyk

Lorraine Huxley waiting to be baptized by Right Rev. Harper on April 7, while his parents, Courtney Gerow and Nathan Dubasof, and godparents, Melissa McIsaac and Kevin Monaslyski, look on. Photos submitted by Lorraine Olinyk

Ann Brand confirmed by Right Rev. Harper with Rev Carr and Tim Latimer looking on.

Ann Brand confirmed by Right Rev. Harper with Rev Carr and Tim Latimer looking on.

Bishop Harper cutting the special cake with Ann Brand helping.

Bishop Harper cutting the special cake with Ann Brand helping.

Presentations - Ray Latimer with a wooden cross for Bishop Harper, bouquets of flowers to Ann Brand and Mrs. Tracy Harper.

Presentations - Ray Latimer with a wooden cross for Bishop Harper, bouquets of flowers to Ann Brand and Mrs. Tracy Harper.

A special service was held April 7 at St. John’s Anglican Church, when celebrant The Right Reverend Christopher Harper, Bishop of Saskatoon Diocese, baptized Huxley Cain Dubasov Gerow and his great grandmother Ann Brand was confirmed into the Anglican Communion. Rev. Sheldon Carr assisted with the service and with the Celebration of the Eucharist. Organist was Linda Hosegood and assisting Rev Carr was Tim Latimer. Right Reverend Harper also presented a lighted baptismal candle to the godparents who in turn gave it to Huxley’s parents and told them to light it every year on the anniversary of his baptism or on his birthday until he leaves home then give it to him to take with him. The family of Huxley and Ann Brand supplied the luncheon in the lower hall following the service. Presentations were made from St. John’s with large bouquets of flowers going to Ann Brand and Tracy Harper, wife of the bishop. A wooden cross on a chain, crafted by Tom Hrenkiw, was presented to the bishop. A large decorated cake honouring the occasion was then cut by Bishop Harper and Ann Brand and everyone enjoyed cake for dessert.

For Good Friday the United Church will have a joint service with the Anglicans at 11 a.m. with Rev Carr officiating and a light lunch to follow. On Easter Sunday there is a joint service at 1:30 p.m. with Gayle Wensley assisting Rev. Carr with Holy Communion. There is no 10:30 a.m. Anglican service that day. Riverbend Fellowship, who meet in the Borden Seniors Room, will hold a brunch on Good Friday at 9:30 a.m. followed by the service and a regular Easter service at 10:50 a.m. on Sunday.

The article above, and the photographs, were published by the The Battleford News Optimist on April 10, 2019.



Bill C-262 rally calls for better recognition of Indigenous rights - from Star Phoenix, March 3, 2019

Kimowan Ahenakew dances onstage at the Francis Morrison Library Theatre during a rally in favour of Bill C-262 on Saturday, March 2 in Saskatoon. Bill C-262 supports a United Nations declaration of Indigenous rights made official in 2007.   MATT OLSON / SASKATOON STARPHOENIX / SASKATOON

Kimowan Ahenakew dances onstage at the Francis Morrison Library Theatre during a rally in favour of Bill C-262 on Saturday, March 2 in Saskatoon. Bill C-262 supports a United Nations declaration of Indigenous rights made official in 2007. MATT OLSON / SASKATOON STARPHOENIX / SASKATOON

"We're hoping that Bill C-262 will be that one step to really make a push, a change within the government itself," Bishop Chris Harper said.

MATT OLSON Updated: March 3, 2019

Representatives and public supporters gathered at the Francis Morrison Library Theatre on Saturday afternoon to rally for Bill C-262 — a federal bill that would be seen as a huge success for the Indigenous peoples of Canada if passed.

“We’re living here in this country together, so we have to learn to walk together,” Valerie Wiebe, one of the event organizers, said. “Bill C-262 is an important step in that process … and acknowledging that Indigenous people have important rights, and we have to respect them.”

Bill C-262 was brought to parliament as “an Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” according to the text of the bill. Referred to more colloquially as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, the aim of the bill is to bring the tenets set out in the declaration adopted by the UN back in 2007 in line with Canadian law.

Supporters of the bill say the legislation could provide a framework for reconciliation to move forward  in Canada. According to Bishop Chris Harper with the Anglican Diocese in Saskatoon, it has the potential to positively impact the official Calls to Action already laid out by the federal government.

“We’re hoping that Bill C-262 will be that one step to really make a push, a change within the government itself for the wider population … for us to again walk with a little respect and dignity for the history of our people and our communities,” Harper said.

The rally at the Francis Morrison Library in downtown Saskatoon brought together delegates from around the city who support the bill, including NDP MP Sheri Benson, Harry Lafond from the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Bishop Chris Harper, and Senator Lillian Dyck from Gordon First Nation.

Saskatoon Tribal Council Chief Mark Arcand also voiced his support.

“I find it very important that we lobby the senate, we lobby the federal government, we lobby the provincial government, to recognize the rights of Indigenous people,” Arcand said.

Arcand pointed to a number of cases in the city as examples of still-missing equal rights for Indigenous citizens, including the recent debates over creating an Indigenous preschool in the Montgomery Place neighbourhood. Arcand described being in city hall meetings when letters received from neighbourhood residents during the consultation process were overwhelmingly opposed to the school.

“It’s disheartening,” he said.

Bill C-262 is “sitting at the doors of the senate,” according to Harper. As the fate of the bill is set to be decided, Harper said this is a decision at the federal level with the potential to impact how Canada considers both the past and future of Indigenous culture.

“In the best-case scenario, the federal government will have to recognize the (Indigenous) peoples, and their sovereignty, and be in deeper consultation with them,” Harper said. “We were there, we’re still here, and we will be there in the future.”

Another article in the Eagle Feather News is well worth reading. Click here to go to the article.

Commemoration Service for St. Chad in Christ Chapel at the Lutheran Theological Seminary

February 28, 2019

We attended a lovely service of Holy Communion, commemorating St. Chad, Bishop of the Northumbrians and subsequently Bishop of the Mercians and Lindsey People, and the patron saint of the college.