The “Open House” on 19 June 2016 was a success! A first for the Diocese, the event offered a counter-balance to the reality of recent annual Synods where it has become difficult to provide a venue for diocesan groups and ministries to tell their story. Pleasingly, Christ Church Cathedral contributed well, with several displays by Cathedral groups and ministries.
Included from the Cathedral: the Guild of St. Joseph, Cathedral Quilters, Parish Nursing (with a diocesan emphasis), the Cathedral Matters and Lucy’s Sewing Group. Of course many others from around the diocese, some of which are also recognized Cathedral ministries, took advantage of the opportunity. Tours were offered of the Cathedral, the Synod Office, Bishop’s Court and Discipleship House and Farraline Place. It was a glorious weather day and considered all in all a great success.
“Anglicans are not very good at telling our stories,” said Dean Geoffrey Hall. “Perhaps its the humility that is such a hallmark of the Anglican faith. We just want to serve, and seldom are we looking for credit for the enormously significant ways in which we serve our Lord. That’s a good thing. We’re not looking for credit. But not telling others about the good things God is doing through us leaves us diminished. We find ourselves feeling down because more is not happening. Plenty is happening. Not all that could be, but much. Its important for us to find a balance between a healthy witness and being the servants we are intent on being.”