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A Creative Advent and Christmas?



A Creative Advent and Christmas?

26 Ideas for Advent (with Sybil MacBeth) Advent is a season of anticipation, of holy waiting . It is a waiting characterized not by idleness or even contented peace, but by prophetic yieldedness and active hope. Perhaps more than any other season in the Christian calendar, Advent acknowledges the already-and-not-yet nature of the Kingdom

Practical Stewardship – Financial Transparency



Practical Stewardship – Financial Transparency

Episcopal Church Foundation Vital Practices – Vestry Papers – Practical Stewardship – Financial Transparency Transparency is a “buzzword” in many situations. It means many things to many people, but generally elicits a positive response in most minds – transparency is a good thing. When applied to the church as a whole and to a local […]

Money — What’s it to you?



Money — What’s it to you?

Episcopal Church Foundation Vital Practices – Vestry Papers – Church Finances for Uncertain Times – Money – What’s It To You? Are you emotional about your money? A lot of people are. Think of what happens to your body when that unexpected large bill – or an unexpected windfall – comes your way. Think of […]

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 […]