Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Christ Anglican Church, Tara, Ontario

Christ Anglican Church, Tara, OntarioTara is in Bruce County and since 1999 has been in the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie formed when Arran, Elderslie, Chesley, Tara and Paisley, Ontario amalgamated.

Christ Church, Tara is in a 3-point parish with Holy Trinity, Chesley and Church of the Ascension, Paisley. Rector is Rev. Linda Nixon who is also chair of the Diocese of Huron's EnviroAction Committee. The committee's aim is to help the people of Huron do their bit to help heal the planet both in the parishes and in life outside the church.

On Saturday April 19th to celebrate Earth Day EnviroChallenge Day will take place from 10am to 3pm at the Huron Church Camp, Bayfield, Ontario.

The Diocese of Huron's EnviroAction Committee, the Diocesan Children and Youth Ministry Working Group, and Huron Church Camp are presenting the event which is open to young people aged from 11-15 years. The cost is $10 with a registration deadline of April 10. Over the day music, stories, prayers, food and fellowship will be shared ending with a joyful celebration of the Eucharist. Electives are papermaking, low ropes, beach walk and Tai Chi.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


St Jude's, Mt Brydges, Ontario

St Jude's, Mt Brydges, OntarioSt Jude's, Mt Brydges joined the Parish of St. John's Church, Glencoe and Christ Church, Newbury in 2001.   Rector is the Rev'd Christine Crawford.

On Sunday March 30 from 7-9 pm, St Judes is sponsoring a benefit concert at Hope Christian Reformed Church, 22636 Adelaide Rd, Mt Brydges.   Proceeds will go towards helping rebuild the "Igloo Church", St Jude's Cathedral, Iqaluit. Cost is $10 per person with music by Route 66, In A Heartbeat, Caradoc Community Choir and Milestone.

St. Jude's, the Cathedral of the Diocese of the Arctic, (seen below in 1995 photo) was structurally damaged by an arson fire November 5, 2005 and as a result had to be demolished in 2006.

St Jude's Cathedral, IqaluitThe cathedral is to be rebuilt. The original building, completed in 1972, was built to resemble an igloo and the new cathedral will retain the familiar igloo shape of its predecessor. The cost of the new cathedral is estimated to be $5.7 million. The Diocese of the Arctic received approximately $770,000 towards reconstruction from the insurance and is making an appeal both within and beyond the borders of the Arctic, and both within and beyond the borders of the Anglican denomination, to raise the additional funds needed.
Elsewhere in the diocese, last year the Anglican Church Women of St. John the Evangelist Church, Kitchener, Ontario started a 'stocking' project for St Jude's Cathedral. Everyone in the parish was given a little stocking and was asked to save quarters throughout the year. There was a cute little verse and instructions as to how many quarters should be put in each month. By December, each stocking had $20.00 in it. They were able to send a cheque for $1,000.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


St Aidan's, Windsor, Ontario

St Aidan's, Windsor, OntarioLast month, the Congregation and Leadership of St Aidan's Anglican Church, Windsor, Ontario voted to become an Anglican Essentials Network parish.

In September 2005 the Congregation and Leadership of St. Aidan's Anglican Church, Windsor, Ontario ascribed to the Statement of faith found in the Montreal Declaration of Anglican Essentials Canada.   St Aidan's had outlined their concerns over the direction of the Anglican Church of Canada in a brochure that said:

At its general meeting (Synod) in June, 2004,the Anglican Church of Canada made two decisions by majority vote that challenge the foundational beliefs that we have at St. Aidan's.   The first is a motion declaring adult same sex relationships as being holy.   Our problem is simply that such a statement implies that the moral exhortations in Scripture encouraging holy living are declared by the Church to be in error.   We cannot agree.

The second is a dilution of the standards surrounding Christian marriage. We believe that marriage is a gift from God, and we receive the gift by coming in repentance and faith into His presence.   The Anglican Church of Canada has removed the requirement of application for remarriage in the Church, and allows for marriages outside the Church building.   At St. Aidan's, in order to uphold our biblical understanding of marriage, we have instituted our own pastoral procedures for re-marriage, and insisted on the Church as being the place where marriage ceremonies will be held.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008


St. George's, Goderich, Ontario

Goderich, Ontario is on the shore of Lake Huron. The townsite, laid out in 1829, has wide streets radiating from a central octagonal square. The present St. George's Anglican, Goderich, one block north of the square, was opened St. George's Day 1881 replacing a frame building burned in 1879.

Sanctus Georgious, GoderichSt. George's, Goderich, OntarioThe church was built with its spire placed at the street intersection for greatest visibility, resulting in the church having a west rather than the more usual east orientation. Also unusual in an Anglican church is the floor sloping towards the pulpit, a feature more common in Methodist churches.

The Parish Hall was built as a separate structure in 1882, and was joined to the church in 1924. The window shown right illustrates "Suffer the little children to come unto me" and is in the baptistery, which was originally the front door. It was manufactured by Wippell's in England.

St. George's is a 2-point parish with Christ Church, Port Albert, which is about 15km north of Goderich. Rector is the Rev. Allan Livingstone.

Saturday, March 01, 2008


Sesquicentennial Service DVD

First Nations DancerThe Diocese of Huron's 150th Service of Celebration now available on DVD. The celebration Eucharist, held in London, Ontario at the John Labatt Centre (JLC) included the entire Anglican House of Bishops and many dignitaries from various denominations. Also included, about 9,000 worshippers from the diocese supported by First Nations and liturgical dancers, a 410 voice choir and amazing music.

Deacon Ken BrooksShown right is Rev. Deacon Ken Brooks of St. Anne's Anglican Church, Byron who read the Gospel.

Bottom right is Bishop Bob Bennett, Bishop of Norfolk reading the Renewal of Baptismal Vows.

The JLC Service DVDs are available from:
Sarah Doucette, Administration Coordinator
Anglican Bishop Bob BennettHuron Church House
190 Queens Avenue
London, ON N6A 6H7
519-434-6893 ext 233
1-800-919-1115 (Ontario Only)
519-673-4151 (fax)
sdoucette @ huron.anglican.ca

$15 (tax included) 90 minutes.
$35 (tax included) 90 minutes high definition blu-ray