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News – ANiC and AEN
New multicultural ministries launched
ANiC’s Asian & Multicultural Ministries in Canada (AMMiC) is launching new ministries among Japanese-Canadians in the Vancouver
area, among Iranian-Canadians in North Vancouver, and among Chinese-Canadians
in both Calgary and Toronto.
The Japanese ministry is
headed by Shihoko Warren who is currently building contacts and starting Bible
studies. Church services may begin as early as May. Please pray for Shihoko and
The Iranian ministry is a
partnership between AMMiC and St John’s Vancouver and involves an existing
group meeting for Bible study in North and West Vancouver. Please pray that God
will graciously prosper this ministry.
A Calgary Chinese Bible study group that has been meeting for two
years is a partnership between AMMiC and Good Shepherd Vancouver. The group
comprises about 20-30 members, about half of whom are seekers. Bishop Stephen Leung,
rector of Good Shepherd and bishop of AMMiC has arranged for the group to have
part-time leadership from Tom Lo, an experienced evangelist and theology student
in Calgary, beginning in February. Please pray for God’s blessing so that this
group will ultimately form a church plant.
A Toronto Chinese ministry
is also in the works.
Please email Ka Man Ng at the AMMiC of call 604 872-1884
if you are interested in being involved or know of someone who would be
interested in any of these ministries.
Archbishop Bob and Bishop Don call us to observe World
Missions Sunday, Feb 19
Again this year, the last Sunday after Epiphany, February
19, is World Mission Sunday. Archbishop Bob Duncan asks that all Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) churches set aside this day to
focus on missions as we work together to spread the Gospel to the ends of the
In a letter to congregations he says, “On that day I am asking all Anglican Church
in North America churches to highlight this call to world mission through
prayers, testimonies, stewardship and education. In Acts 1:8, Jesus says, ‘And
you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the
ends of the Earth.’ This is each Christian’s call to engage in mission
at every geographical level, from local to global.”
Part of Archbishop Bob’s
call includes the request that each congregation collect a special offering on
February 19 for the work of missions. ANiC’s moderator Bishop Don Harvey asks
ANiC congregations to participate in this missions focus and to consider taking
a special offering for the work of the Anglican
Relief and Development Fund Canada (ARDFC).
Anglican Relief and Development Fund Canada (ARDFC) launches new projects
With funding now received
in full, ARDFC is wrapping up a project in the Congo which supported the
Diocese of Kindu’s work in helping returning war refugees get reestablished
with the seeds, tools and training they need to farm their land. In February
ARDFC will launch two new projects – both conducted in partnership with Five Talents International (FTI) and the
local Anglican dioceses and/or Mothers Union. Both projects will help rural
women escape poverty by providing working capital to start small businesses.
Five Talents currently
works with Dioceses in 11 developing countries throughout the worldwide
Anglican Communion, promoting the formation of savings groups, making small
loans and providing business skills training as a way to create jobs and help
whole communities to move from poverty to self-sustainability.
The two projects ARDFC
will be launching are:
||In Peru, for which we will
be raising $39,200 US
||In Myanmar, for which we
will be raising $37,856 US
Lenten resources and ideas for World Missions Sunday, February 19
Our US Anglican aid
partner, the Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF) – which is a
partner with, but distinct from ARDF-Canada, also known as ARDFC – has
prepared some helpful Lenten resources available for use in your parish on
World Mission Sunday, February 19 and during Lent.
||DVD – Each ANiC
parish should have a short DVD prepared by ARDF which you could show, if your
congregation hasn’t seen it already. Check with your ARDFC ambassador for the
DVD. If you don’t have the DVD, the video is available online.
for World Mission [pdf] which includes a mission litany
and prayers of the people.
||Lenten Sunday School lessons - ARDF has prepared Lenten
Lessons in Giving, a collection of Scriptures, stories, and activities to acquaint
children aged 5-11 with world missions during the upcoming Lenten season. You
can download these Sunday School lessons from the ARDF website.
ACNA and ANiC to be represented at the installation
of the new primate of SE Asia
ACNA Archbishop Bob Duncan
and ANiC’s Bishop Stephen Leung have been invited to attend the installation of
the Rt Rev Datuk
Bolly Anak Lapok as Primate for the Anglican Church in SE Asia. Archbishop-elect
Lapok, who is Bishop of Kuching (which covers Sarawak and Negara Brunei
Darussalam), will be installed on February12 at St Thomas’ Cathedral in
Kuching, Sarawak. He succeeds Archbishop John Chew. Bishop Stephen Leung, together
with his wife Nona, will also visit various SE Asian dioceses during this trip
to strengthen our mission partnerships with them.
Dean Archie Pell
represented ANiC and our Asian & Multicultural Ministries in Canada at our
Asia Mission Symposium in Bedford, Texas on January 26-27.
Please be in prayer for
those who have just been ordained and who are being ordained to the priesthood
and diaconate in ANiC. May God use ANiC clergy to make disciples, plant
churches, and build the Kingdom of Our Lord Jesus Christ. ANiC clergy are
strongly urged to participate in all ordinations in your area. Your support and
encouragement for new ordinands is vital.
||On January 22, the Rev
Denys Scully was ordained to the diaconate at St Matthews Abbotsford, BC. The
Rev Scully is a student at Nashotah House School of Theology.
||On January 25, the Rev
James Carriere was ordained to the diaconate. James will serve as associate
priest at Good Shepherd.
||On January 29, the Rev
Garth Hunt was ordained to the priesthood at St George’s Burlington, ON. The
Rev Hunt is responsible for ANiC’s national prayer ministry and men’s
ministry, as well as serves as honourary assistant at St George’s.
||February 4, Saturday, at
2pm, at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Marlborough, MA:
The Rev Bruce Thayer to
the priesthood. The Rev Thayer is assisting pastor
The Rev Ronald Wheelock to
the priesthood. The Rev Wheelock is assisting
pastor at Holy Trinity and serves
a small fellowship in Attleboro, MA.
||February 5, Sunday, at 3pm
at St John’s Richmond, 8140 Saunders Rd, Richmond, BC:
The Rev Dr Michael Dobson to the priesthood. The Rev Dobson serves at
St Andrew’s Delta, BC.
The Rev Ben Roberts to the
priesthood. The Rev Roberts is curate at
St John’s Richmond.
A revised document
outlining the ANiC’s ordination process is available on
St Matthias & St
Luke’s Vancouver, BC has begun the search for a priest, a successor to the Rev
Simon Chin, the current rector, who will be retiring in 2012. Full information
on this – and other ANiC parish job postings – can be found on the ANiC website.
St Peter by the Park,
Hamilton, ON is seeking a part-time rector to succeed the Rev George Quibell
who has just retired. The interim priest is the Rev John McIllmurray who began
January 29. Information about the position and how to apply can be found on the ANiC website.
ANiC clergy retreat, March 20-22: Register now!
are asked to register as soon as possible to the annual ANiC clergy retreat at
lovely Cedar Springs, just south of Abbotsford, BC, on the US side of the
border. The speaker is Dr Lyle Schrag, director of the Fellowship
Centre for Leadership Development at the Northwest Baptist Seminary. Clergy
outside of ANiC are most welcome, as well. For more
information, see the ANiC
website and then register
Parish and regional events
Anglican 4th Day events –
If you wish to explore establishing an Anglican 4th Day (A4D)
chapter in your area, please email the Rev
Gary Stobbs, ANiC’s A4D coordinator, or call him at 604 854-5380.
||Hamilton-area Ultreya – The Hamilton chapter of Anglican 4th Day (our version of Cursillo)
holds Ultreyas (fellowship gatherings) on the 4th Friday of each month at
St Peter by the Park, Hamilton. The event starts at 7:30pm and is open to
everyone who is interested in coming. For more information, email St Clair Cleveland or call his at 905
632-6250 or email Zandra
Pennylegion or call her at 905.975.6413.
||BC Ultreya – The BC
Lower Mainland chapter of Anglican 4th Day holds its monthly Ultreyas on the 3rd
Friday of each month. Full information on these monthly meetings, which are
held in different churches around the Lower Mainland, is available on its webpage. A men’s A4D
weekend is planned for October 5-8 and a women’s weekend is set for October
18-21 – both in Abbotsford.
Ottawa-area ANiC men’s
weekend, March 2-3 – The Rev Garth Hunt will offer a men’s seminar, “Rise Up, O
Men of God”, at St Peter and St Paul’s, Ottawa on March 2-3. Please contact the Rev Hunt if
you wish to explore holding a men’s weekend in your area.
conference, February 18 – A women’s conference, Out of Context – A
Fresh Look at the Lord’s Prayer, will be held in Vancouver on February 18. Carolyn
Hindmarch, an ANiC parishioner, will be one of the teachers. The conference
will provide teaching on the Lord’s Prayer in a fresh, engaging and reverent
way. The intent is that women who come will be encouraged to read the bible in
a way that allows deep engagement with God’s Word. For more information see the St John’s
Vancouver website and email Jan or call 604-558-4400 ext 225.
St John’s Richmond (BC) asks
for your prayer support as it searches for a new meeting facility. Ministry
initiatives at Broadmoor Baptist Church, its home for the past five years, mean
that St John’s will no longer have access to meeting space on Sunday mornings.
A task group has been formed to find and evaluate potential facilities within
Richmond. Join with the people of St John’s Richmond in trusting God to open up
new opportunities for ministry in Richmond. More information is available at on their
St John’s Vancouver was an
exhibitor at Missions Fest
Vancouver on January 27-29. The exhibit provided an opportunity for
the congregation to thank the broader Christian community in the Lower Mainland
of BC for the tremendous prayer support offered over the last few years –
and to let people know that St John’s is continuing with the Gospel mission. Missions
Fest is an annual missions conference and exhibit held in downtown Vancouver at
the convention centre.
John’s Vancouver parishioner Dr Will Johnston has written a timely article in
the Anglican Planet regarding assisted suicide: “A recipe for
elder abuse and ‘suicide contagion’”. Dr Johnston is a family
physician and chair of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition of BC.
Peter & St Paul’s, Ottawa – After a parish council
discernment process, the Rev Paul Donison has been named as the next rector,
effective June 16, when current rector, the Rev David Crawley steps back from
full-time ministry. The Rev Donison is current associate priest for
discipleship at St Peter & St Paul’s. The Rev Crawley will assume the role
of rector emeritus. The parish will then seek a full-time assistant priest to
assume responsible for youth and young family ministries, effective July 1. Please
pray for the parish and clergy during this transition.
email your parish news and communication ideas to Marilyn or call
1-866-351-2642 extension 4020.
ANiC and ACNA events calendar
19 – World
6-8 – Anglican 1000’s 2012 Church
Planting Summit in Plano, TX.
20-22 – ANiC clergy
retreat, Cedar Springs, WA
7-9 – ACNA
Provincial Assembly, Ridgecrest, NC
June 11-12 – Asian
& Multicultural Ministries in Canada (AMMiC) 2nd annual
conference, Regent College, Vancouver
News – Anglican
Church in North America (ACNA)
Church of England General Synod report on ACNA
Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) is welcoming a report to the Church of England (CoE) General Synod
signed by the two senior Archbishops, the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan
Williams and the Archbishop of York John Sentamu. The report was initiated by a
General Synod motion on 10 February 2010 which recognized and affirmed the “desire
of those who have formed the Anglican Church in North America to remain within
the Anglican family”. The report states that clergy within ACNA are viewed in
exactly the same way as Anglican clergy from Communion provinces outside the
CoE and are equally “interchangeable” in terms of their ministry. It also notes
that the ACNA as an institution is in an ongoing process of “open-ended
engagement” with the institutions within the Anglican Communion.
their analysis of this report, on the video news magazine Anglican Unscripted, long-time Anglican journalists
Kevin Kallsen and the Rev George Conger speculate that this Church of England
report, had it come out a year earlier, would have changed the outcome of the
Supreme Court of Canada case which awarded ANiC church properties in the
Vancouver area to the Anglican Church of Canada. In their view, it places ACNA
on an equal footing with the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of
the ACNA’s response, Archbishop Bob Duncan said, “We
are encouraged by the desire of the Church of England to continue to embrace
the Anglican Church in North America and remain in solidarity with us as we
proclaim the Gospel message and truth as revealed in Scripture in the way it
has always been understood in Anglican formularies,” said Archbishop Duncan…
“As we have demonstrated successfully to the GAFCON primates, the Anglican
Church in North America remains committed to our growing relationships with
Anglican provinces outside of North America. Our biblical orthodoxy and
ministries are strengthening our bond to our Anglican brothers and sisters
around the globe. We are gratified that we are already in a relationship of
full communion with many Anglican Provinces and look forward to expanding that
circle. “In that regard, we appreciate the work of the Faith and Order Commission
of the Church of England, whose report and recommendations to the Archbishops
of Canterbury and York form the basis of the document now released for General
Anglican1000 church planting summit registration
The early bird registration deadline for this
annual highlight for church planters is January 31! Rates increase after that
date. Full details are on the Anglican1000 website. The conference runs
from March 6-8 and features speakers: David Taylor, Mike Breen, Archbishop Duncan, Scot McKnight, and
Youth ministry conference in Plano,
Texas, March 5-6
Immediately prior to the
Anglican1000 summit, a youth ministry conference is planned for March 5-6, also
at Christ Church, Plano, Texas. This pre-summit event will focus on models
to help church plants and small churches reach teens for Christ. The event is
hosted by the Young Anglicans Project, an ACNA ministry. The ACNA website notes that, “While traditional church youth ministry
relies on large groups and paid youth ministry staff, this exciting conference
will highlight alternative models for youth ministry that take advantage of the
strengths of church plants and small churches to reach and disciple teenagers
for Jesus Christ. There is no question that the models that work for large
church youth ministry differ from the effective models for smaller churches.
The cost for the conference is only $50, with a $20 discount for those
registered for Anglican 1000 Summit.” You can register online here.
The continuing AMiA saga
– but now some good news
Onesphore Rwaje of Rwanda led a Sacred Assembly earlier this month attended by
300 representing 109 churches. ACNA’s Archbishop Bob Duncan also participated.
The statement from this assembly says it “was a rich time of
worship, prayer, and communion with God… [which] featured … dialogue,
reconciliation, healing, and – most importantly – listening to the
Lord.” A team was formed to provide short-term leadership and care of clergy
and churches wishing to remain affiliated with Rwanda. This team will work
collaboratively with Rwanda and the ACNA to explore long-term options,
including: 1) joining existing ACNA dioceses; 2) remaining affiliated with
Rwanda while forming a sub-jurisdiction within ACNA; or 3) remaining affiliated
with Rwanda and distinct from ACNA.
clergyman who attended the “Sacred Assembly” of those who wished to remain
aligned with Rwanda, provides an encouraging report of the meeting – which he says was entirely focused on prayer, worship,
Bible teaching and repentance. He reports, “I don’t believe I have ever been at
such a large gathering where there was such intense seeking and subdued,
worshipful, spiritual energy. To see such large number of clergy and laity
seeking the face of God together in an atmosphere of open prolonged, sincere,
and dignified worship, humility, sorrow for sin, confession, and repentance was
an awesome thing.”
AnglicanTV has full video coverage of the key
speakers at this Assembly.
us of how powerfully God has used AMiA in the past to plant new Anglican
churches, Canon David Roseberry urges those in both ACNA and AMiA to
not get distracted or discouraged by this attack on our unity, but to keep
focused on our mission of planting churches and reaching North Americans with
the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
continue to pray for all those in AMiA – leaders, clergy and parishes. Pray
that, where needed, there will be repentance, forgiveness, healing and
Archbishop Bob joins other church leaders in signing
Primate, Archbishop Robert Duncan was one of 34 Christian leaders from a range
of denominations to co-sign an open letter to Americans which defends the
traditional understanding of marriage and demonstrates how the threat to
traditional marriage is also threaten religious liberty. The document is
entitled Marriage and Religious Freedom: Fundamental Goods That Stand or Fall
Together. An ACNA statement is here.
Vancouver area renewal
mission, February 24-26
Rev Ed Hird of the Anglican Coalition in Canada invites Vancouver-area Anglicans
to the 25th annual Renewal Mission at St Simon’s which meets at Kenneth Gordon
Maplewood School, 420 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver. The speaker is the
Rev Dr Bob Grant from South Carolina and the theme, from Joshua 1, is Breakthrough
into God’s Future: Entering the Promised Land. For information or to
preregister, email Elsbeth Turner or call her at 604-929-4224.
Other news in brief
Samizdat reports that St John’s Shaughnessy, which is now in the
hands of the Anglican Church of Canada’s (ACoC) Diocese of New Westminster, is
having trouble bringing in both people and money. According to this report, the
newly established ACoC parish is running a $20,000 per month deficit and often
sees fewer than 13 people in services on Sundays. The ANiC congregation of St John’s Vancouver which
left their long-time church building – which is now occupied by St John’s
Shaughnessy – meets in a nearby 7th Day Adventist church building.
You can watch
AnglicanTV video of sessions from the recent Mere Anglicanism
conference in South Carolina. Speakers included: Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop
Ben Kwashi, Bishop Mark Lawrence (TEC Diocese of South Carolina), Bishop
Richard Chartres (CoE Diocese of London), the Very Rev Dr Justyn Terry, Dr John
McCardell, the Rev Dr Richard Turnbull.
Beacon Journal article explores what became of five Anglican churches
in northern Ohio which lost their church properties in mid-2011 to the US
Episcopal Church following a court decision. All have found new homes in the
church buildings of other denominations, and are building new ministry relationships
in the process. One rector said, “’One of the great things that has come from
this is that we don’t just have a renter’s relationship with St Thomas [an
Eastern Orthodox church]. It’s a genuine friendship,’ said the Rev Michael
Kraynak, pastor at St Luke’s. ‘All of the five churches have been instrumental
in unifying the Christian community because each is involved in a relationship
where one Christian community is helping another… The Lord has done something
in our vision and our heart to help us see that we can do much more to serve
others when we are in relationship with others. Mission, for us, is more
important than a building.’” Most of the churches former properties are now closed
or are for sale.
reports that a “reverse ordinariate” has been set up by the Anglican
Diocese of Peru, which is part of the Southern Cone, to receive a Roman
Catholic bishop and three of his priests. The article says indicates that most
of the clergy in this Anglican diocese have come from other denominational
backgrounds. It reports, “The Anglican Church in Peru has existed since 1849.
Until the 1990s, it was largely an English Protestant Chaplaincy, working
mostly with expatriates. Under Bishop Godfrey, who came in 1998, it has grown
from four to about forty clergy and from about five to over fifty worshiping
communities. We now have two bishops, a seminary, and are a dominantly Peruvian
Church working mostly among the poor in shanty towns and rural villages and
cities. They are developing their own liturgies as part of the development of a
Peruvian Anglican Prayer Book.”
Due to church growth, the Southern
Cone is expected to petition the Anglican Consultative Council in October to divide the existing
province into two – a western and an eastern province.
The World Evangelical Alliance
is appealing for
prayer for Egypt on this 1st anniversary of the revolution. The
Evangelical Fellowship, of which ANiC is a member, says that “Tension and fear
are widespread as the Army and the Islamic Parties appear to be aligning
together against all the other parties, especially the Revolution and liberal
parties. Please pray for the sovereign Lord to grant genuine democracy in which
all Egyptians, including the sizeable Christian community, can play their full
part.” Please pray for Presiding Bishop Mouneer Anis, bishop of Egypt and
Primate of Jerusalem and the Middle East, and for the Anglican Church and all
Christians in that country.
A Sharia (Islamic) court
in the northern India state of Kashmir has convicted an Anglican priest and another church leader of blasphemy for baptizing Muslims
converts to Christianity.
Why young people leave the Church
Anglican website recommends a new research-based book that helps
explain why some young people are disillusioned with the Church and offers ideas
gathered from church leaders and young Christians for making needed changes. The
author of You Lost Me:
Why Young Christians are Leaving Church…and Rethinking Faith says
that “relationship is central to disciple making – and…the dropout
problem is, at its core, a disciple-making problem”. For those interested, you
can also see the book’s website.
Just for fun
A little boy opened the
big family Bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages.
Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked
at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages.
'Mama, look what I found,'
the boy called out.
'What have you got there,
With astonishment in the
young boy's voice, he answered, 'I think it's Adam's underwear!'
And now a word from our sponsor
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I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good
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As for the saints in the
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The sorrows of those who
run after another god shall multiply; their drink
offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips.
The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for
me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart
I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand,
I shall not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad,
and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.
For you will not abandon
my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption
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