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ANiC members participate in the 2013 March for Life
For the first time ANiC officially fielded a small contingent in the Ottawa-based March for Life on 9 May 2013. Similar events are held across the country, some with ANiC member participation. See photos.
Welcome to Christ the King in Edmonton, AB ...
A new congregation has formed in Edmonton, under the Rev Roy Dickson. The congregation held their inaugural service April 21 and has now selected a name – Christ the King. They currently meet in a community hall and average about 100 on a given Sunday.
ANiC Governance Task Force calls for submissions ...
The Governance Task Force, created as at the request of synod, is calling for submissions from ANiC members. The task force, comprised of Bishop Ron Ferris (chair), the Rev Mike Stewart and the Rev Dr Brent Stiller, was established to “address Anglican polity with a special focus on the relationship between, bishops, diocesan council, Synod, clergy, and parishes”. Submissions, which must be received by May 31, are invited from individuals, parish councils, clergy groups, or any interested cluster of ANiC members. The responses should be sent to email@example.com. See Bishop Ron’s letter for more details.
New Song (Port Perry, ON) moves into permanent church home ...
New Song Anglican Church which joined ANIC in late 2011, has purchased a 6000 square foot former Odd Fellows Hall and converted the building into a lovely permanent church home. The site was recently consecration for worship and community outreach. While much of the work is now complete, some renovations are still under way.
Don reports from the New Wineskins conference ...
Trudy and I had the
pleasure of attending the New Wineskins Conference at Ridgecrest, North
Carolina, during Easter Week. This event, which takes place every three years,
has its main emphasis on Mission and draws together an amazing number of
missionaries and their families, as well as the Bishops and Primates with whom
they are serving. It also coincides with the SAMS [the South American Mission Society]
gathering and a CANA conference.
While the presentations
were excellent, the Bible Study by Bishop Ken Clarke of Ireland was
outstanding, and the personal testimonies on the still unfinished task were
challenging and at times heart rending, the great strength of this event is the
opportunity to check in with old friends in the mission field and to make new
It was very moving to
hear a panel of first generation Christians tell their stories and in some
cases, the danger they still face from families and hostile regimes back
home. The cameras were shut off for this presentation and a strong request that
this section not be put on the social media was made.
The enormity of the task was emphasized by the fact
that out of every ten missionaries, seven are ministering to people who already
are Christians, two and one half to those who are exploring the faith, and less
than one to the unreached - that is
those who have never heard the name of Jesus and have never seen a Bible. In
terms of the Great Commission, that is very sobering.
Much of the programme
can be viewed on Anglican TV and is well
sets priorities and confirms committees at February 28 – March 1 meeting ...
of ANiC’s council meeting in Toronto, February 28-March 1are…
response to a resolution passed at the last synod, Bishop Ron Ferris is leading
a task force, which includes the Revs Mike Stewart and Brent Stiller,
addressing ANiC polity – specifically the relationship between the
bishops, council and synod. Meetings with the bishops, archdeacons and council
have already taken place. The next step will be to call for submissions from
members and groups within the ANiC community. This input, combined with further
research, will shape the report which the task force intends to submit to
ANiC’s coadjutor Bishop Charlie Masters by the end of August.
Among the strategic priorities the
council identified were:
support, specifically by providing further training in preaching and teaching
evangelism and discipleship ministries in parishes
on council committees was confirmed as follows:
Bishop Charlie Masters, the Rev George Sinclair, David Gibbs, Victoria Huyer, Claus
and audit: Ed Lewis (chair), the Rev Ray David Glenn
Victoria Huyer (chair), the Rev George Sinclair, Mike Donison, the Ven Darrell
Critch, the Rev Karen Berginstein
planting: the Ven Michael McKinnon (chair), the Rev Sean Love, Marion Karasiuk,
the Very Rev Archie Pell, Bishop Ron Ferris, the Rev Dan Endresen, the Rev
Denys Scully, the Rev Barclay Mayo
Mike Donison (Chancellor)
the Ven Paul Crossland (chair)
Tom Carman has kindly created three - yes three - 2013 Liturgical calendars. One
following the BCP tradition, one is in line with the BAS, and the third synced
to Common Worship (Church of England). These are particularly helpful for
clergy and altar guilds, but are great for all of us who follow the church
year. The calendars can be downloaded (in pdf format), along with an
introductory letter, from the ANiC
Ash Wednesday and Lent ...
In his Lenten pastoral letter, Bishop
Don Harvey, our diocesan and moderator, addresses some of the disciplines which promote spiritual growth. Read the letter here. See the children’s Lenten calendar here.
Time to Build ...
ANiC’s council has launched a Time to Build campaign under the leadership of the Venerable Ron Corcoron. Time to Build is intended to both encourage support for ANiC ministries and instill a culture of generous tithing in ANiC. Archdeacon Ron is available to visit parishes across the country. For more information see the Time to Build page.
anniversary Bishop Don ...
diocesan and moderator Bishop Don Harvey
celebrated 20 years in the episcopacy on January 25. Please join us in congratulating
him and Trudy and praying for God’s continued blessing on their ministry.
Welcoming 3 new congregations ...
congregation ministering to Japanese-speaking Canadians joined ANiC in
December. Church of All
Nations is pastored by the Rev Shihoko Warren, who was ordained to
the priest hood on January 13.
Good Shepherd Calgary will officially launch as an ANiC church plant with Bishop Stephen Leung officiating at a Holy Communion service on February 9 (Saturday) at 1pm. The service will be held at St Maronite Roman Catholic Church, 504 – 30th Ave, NW Calgary. All are welcome.
Christ the Redeemer is forming in downtown Toronto with a focus on prayer and with a number of people currently taking the confirmation class. Worship services are expected to begin in March 2013.
Announcements from our Moderator ...
In a New Year’s letter, Bishop
Don Harvey, announced that:
Three of ANiC’s Manitoba congregations – in
Brandon, Dauphin and Kinosota – have been transferred to the eastern area
of our diocese while remaining under Archdeacon Paul Crossland.
All Saints Anglican (Rutland, VT) is now a full parish in ANiC and its mission priest, Father Dwight MacPherson,
is now the rector.
Two clergy in ANiC have been honoured by Bishop Don
with the title of Canon in recognition of their service to ANiC: Canon George Sinclair and Canon Tom Carman.
ACNA World Missions Sunday, February 10 ...
Duncan has written ACNA members reminding us that, since the beginning of ACNA, the last Sunday
after Epiphany has been observed as world missions Sunday. This year it is on
February 10. Archbishop Bob writes, “On that day I am asking all ACNA churches
to highlight this call to world mission through prayers, testimonies,
stewardship and education. I would also like to ask your congregations to
collect a special world mission offering…”
ACNA House of Bishops meeting communiqué ...
ACNA House of Bishops met this past week, working through a heavy and intense
agenda. Their communiqué provides insight into their
discussions and fellowship, including:
teaching based on Ephesians from Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali
of the proposed six-stage study process for the Theological Task Force on Holy
Orders, which will examine women’s ordination. For more information, see the
new draft Prayer Book liturgies developed by another task force. Prayer was
asked for the ongoing work of this task force.
updates on: the Catechesis Task Force (a first draft of a new Catechism was
presented), Anglican1000 church planting, Anglican Relief and Development Fund
(ARDF), and international relations.
with the matter of geographically over-lapping dioceses with the goal of
organizing “each region for the long-term sustainability of the movement in
recognizable, godly Anglican Church structures”. ANiC Suffragan Bishop Trevor
Walters chaired the committee presenting this information to the House.
about progress made by the Ecumenical Relations Task Force in forging relations
with Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Messianic Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist,
Presbyterian and other Evangelical denominations.
relations between and among the bishops where there was need for restoration. Bishops Thad Barnum, Terrell Glenn and Todd Hunter were welcomed back to full membership in the College. In addition, the College approved the consecrations of three bishops-elect, confirmed the election of Bishop Charlie Masters as ANiC’s coadjutor bishop, and received Bishop Frank Lyons, former Bishop of Bolivia, as Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
the sanctity of life and the sin of abortion.
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