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Who taught you about thanksgiving?



Who taught you about thanksgiving?

Episcopal Church Foundation Vital Practices – Vestry Papers – Practical Stewardship – Because God Always Gives How would I answer the question, why do I give to the church? There are plenty of references in the Bible about the generosity of our God. James 1:17 and Psalm 145, especially verses 13c-18, come readily to mind.

The Season of Creation 2018



The Season of Creation 2018

What is the “Season of Creation”? Every year, from September 1st to October 4th, churches are called to participate in the “Season of Creation.” The World Council of Churches has been promoting this theme since 2008. This special time of year has gained popularity in Europe, and the United Church of Canada was the first to celebrate […]

BELLS Challenge 2018



BELLS Challenge 2018

Our Bishop and the Diocesan Synod of 2017 challenged us to “take the BELLS Challenge to fulfill the mission of God.” In his book, “Surprise the World: The 5 Habits of Highly Missional People,” Michael Frost outlines a framework for how we might become more “mission minded as individuals.” A church with an attitude of […]

Choir School 2018 – its all about …



Choir School 2018 – its all about …

A Full Week of Busy Days …   Junior Choristers Children from the age of 8 are able to attend Choir School, with the consent of a parent or guardian (they must turn eight by the end of the current year). Overnight accommodations usually consist of two people per room, in the dormitory-styled residence buildings. […]

Hear our youth surveys requested



Hear our youth surveys requested

Hear Our Youth’s Voices Surveys The YIG team is conducting a series of surveys for parishes, families (parents and grandparents) and youth (ages 12-25) to gather information, thoughts and opinions in regards to youth ministry and spiritual practices. It should take less than 15 minutes to fill out one of the surveys. The data gathered […]

The Faces of Christ – by Sarah Petite



The Faces of Christ – by Sarah Petite

The Faces of Christ are a version of images suggested and used with the Godly Play story method. On Good Friday 2018, “The Faces of Christ” was a modified Godly Play session and part of the worship that day. The “faces” images were created by Sarah Petite. recognizable events in Jesus’ ministry, no prompting needed […]

The Penal Cross – Sarah Petite



The Penal Cross – Sarah Petite

The large crucifix that hangs on the pillar in Christ Church Cathedral during the last two weeks before Easter is an adaptation of an Irish traditional form known as the “Penal Cross.” One given to me many years ago hangs in my home, and gave me inspiration for my large version. The original is simple […]

Youth Devotional from PWRDF



Youth Devotional from PWRDF

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, seeking to build a truly just, healthy and peaceful world, works in 28 countries with a variety of local partners and covers a wide spectrum in the field of international development. We hope that this devotional will help you explore the history of PWRDF as well as the […]

Taizé worship during Lent



Taizé worship during Lent

Candles flicker in the semi-darkness of the cathedral on a cold winter’s evening as  people seated in a circle begin to softly sing in Latin to piano accompaniment. “Laudate omnes gentes, laudate dominum.” The two simple phrases, which mean “Sing praises, all you people, sing praises to the Lord,” are repeated many times by the […]