March 2021 Issue

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Bishop Attends Webinar with Dr. Theresa Tam

In January, the Canadian Council of Churches, on behalf of the Government of Canada, organized an information webinar for faith …

I don’t expect everyone to rush out a buy an electric car – although that would be amazing!

Be a TOM For Earth’s Sake

When Archdeacon Bill Mous was an assistant curate at St. James, Dundas, (a while ago) he gave an inspiring sermon …

New Archdeacon for Trafalgar

Bishop Susan Bell has appointed Jeff Ward, rector of St. Cuthbert’s in Oakville, to serve as the Archdeacon of Trafalgar. …

Lent, Lockdown and Landscapes: A Living Opportunity

Living through the latest lockdown has many of us carrying a weight much heavier than last year’s stay-at-home orders. I …

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Broken Authority

Lent is a time for tracking thoughts to their origin. This ‘tracking’ can take us across surprising ground. Sometimes the …

2021 Opens News Doors for Ministry

2021 has brought forth a new, exciting, and spirit filled energy as we introduced faith forma- tion programs for all …

Let Justice Roll Like a River

When I started in parish ministry back in the mid-80s, I always loved being the first to bring in the …

Building a Mystery: The New Normal

It seems like it was only yesterday that Sarah McLachlan’s song, Building a Mystery, topped the summer charts. In fact, …

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The Deacon’s Bench

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet,” writes …

Canterbury Hills Plans for Summer of Virtual Camp

Hello friends of Canterbury Hills Camp! We are excited to announce that registration for the second year of our virtual …

A New Model of Engagement for Cursillo in Niagara Approved by Bishop

BY THE NIAGARA HURON ANGLICAN CURSILLO SECRETARIAT A new model of engagement has emerged for Cursillo in Niagara and the …

Living the Great Commandments Through Lockdown

It’s not the first time it’s happened, and I fear it won’t be the last. But the punishment of six …

Reflecting on a Year of Ministry in a Pandemic – A Special Feature

On March 13, 2020 the Bishop issued a pastoral letter suspending all Sunday worship services, in concert with all dioceses …

Archdeacon Michael Patterson preaches during one of the parish’s Zoom worship services.

Reflecting on a Year of Ministry in a Pandemic – A Year Unlike Any Other!

In my more than 30 years of ministry, nothing prepared me for what I was about to encounter one year …

While most socks knit by Donna Ellis during the pandemic have been given away, this pair was kept.

Reflecting on a Year of Ministry in a Pandemic – God is in the socks

2020 began as most do with lots to be done for the upcoming year. Plans were underway and gaining momentum. …

A winter morning at the University of Guelph campus during the pandemic.

Reflecting on a Year of Ministry in a Pandemic – Grace and Transformation Abide

As followers of Jesus, we affirm that so much transformation happens when we gather at the table together.  For our …

Ann (left) and colleague and fellow parishioner Dr. Bev Hattersley pose in their pandemic wardrobe.

Reflecting on a Year of Ministry in a Pandemic – Prayer Beads

The wardrobe of the pandemic: masked to protect our eyes, nose, and mouth, covering ourselves with protective gowns and latex …

Tom Vaughn prepares to livestream from home to the people of St. David’s Welland.

Reflecting on a Year of Ministry in a Pandemic – For I Am About To Do A New Thing

This pandemic which we are all experiencing has served as the impetus for many of us to attempt new and …

St. James Fergus parishioners prepare to make a delivery as part of the parish’s food security ministry.

Reflecting on a Year of Ministry in a Pandemic – Forget your Perfect Offering

There is no doubt that Canadian poet Leonard Cohen taps easily into the heart and soul of our people. Although …

The Nourishing Neighbours team at St. Luke’s, Palermo gives thanks for the generosity of their community.

Reflecting on a Year of Ministry in a Pandemic – Trust God, Trust Jesus, and Trust the Holy Spirit

At the beginning of the pandemic, I thought it was only a temporary measure of coping with the change, like …

Blossom By Blossom The Spring Begins

For winter’s rains and ruins are over,… And frosts are slain and flowers begotten, And in green underwood and cover …

Redeeming Atonement: Good Friday and the Prodigal Son

The camera always lies. Yes, yes, I know it’s not what we were taught, but think about it.  Here is …