Groups and Committees Descriptions
Bishop and Chapter
Finance and AdministrationThe Finance and Administration Committee of Bishop and Chapter is comprised of those who provide various important ministries of an administrative nature. The charge of oversight and advice to both the Chapter and the Cathedral Treasurer includes: matter of a financial nature, records management, staff review processes and Christian stewardship.
Project 2045 is being created to symbolically set our hearts and our minds solidly on the future. Bishop John Medley began construction of the Cathedral in 1845. As we look ahead to 2045 and the 200th anniversary of the date the cornerstone was laid, we are now asking “What can we do now to be sure that those who follow us will have the best opportunity to continue to proclaim the Gospel?” and “What will the Cathedral structure and congregational ministry look like, what worship services and other events will be held there and what other needs will it meet in the year 2045?”
Buildings and Property
Guild of St. Joseph The Guild of St. Joseph, also known affectionately as the “Holy Joe’s,” is a men’s group whose motto is “Serving God and Church with heart and hands.” The focus is the maintenance and repair of the fabric of the Cathedral, the Green and Memorial Hall. As well, the Guild responds to requests for work from other Cathedral groups and, in some cases, from Anglican groups outside the Cathedral. The Guild hosts the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and provides a Halloween watch, spring flood watch and the “Greening of the Cathedral” during Advent. The Guild meets on the first Monday of each month (September through June), and warmly welcomes all new members.
Christian FormationChristian Formation Committee
Life in the Eucharist
During October and November, when offered, Life in the Eucharist is for young people 7 and up preparing to make First Communion. More information.
- We present a pewter ornament to all of the newly baptized.
- Financial donations are sent to the MU international literacy and development projects.
- Childcare is provided in the Nursery during the 10 am service.
- Every year on Mothering Sunday, members take leadership roles at the services and home-baked Simnel cake is offered to the congregation.
- We make beeswax candles for our annual Advent candle sale.
Health and Pastoral Care
Health and Pastoral Care Committee
Prayer Chain The Prayer Chain is made up of Cathedral members who are committed to divine intercession on behalf of any who request prayer for the needs of others. The chain is accessed by phone or email to the prayer chain co-ordinator and provides a confidential and immediate prayer response. Members are connected by email and/or phone and are able to receive prayer requests as they are submitted. This ministry is a response to Jesus' call to all Christians: "Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7
Medley Teas Medley Tea's are held normally (September - June) on the first Thursday of the month. This is an opportunity for socializing and is enjoyed by many Cathedral members as well as guests. While there is a usual attendance call list, anyone is invited and welcome to attend.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
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Mission and Outreach
The Missions Committee wants to encourage and promote mission work as a means of living out our Christian faith, – as individuals and as the Cathedral family. Our mission statement is, “Serving God in mission, sharing Jesus with the world.” The committee supports, both financially and prayerfully, several mission based causes such as Bishop McAllister College in Uganda and the work of the Mejia family in Honduras. The committee is also involved in the support of St. Hilda’s school and sponsor students in Belize. Committee members continue to look for opportunities to invite guest speakers to share their experiences with mission work, highlight and endorse the work of PWRDF, link to and support the local Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) group, and facilitate interested parishioners and groups to attend missions conferences. Through these activities we hope to lead our congregation into action that will make a difference around the globe and here at home. We use a rotating chair for our committee meetings.
- we provide friendship, food, used clothing, music and a Bible study to people in need on Monday mornings from September until May, adding lunch vouchers or bus tickets monthly
- we supply a tote box of donated groceries to the Fredericton Food Bank weekly
- we deliver 80 Christmas angel gifts to the Fredericton Food Bank, representing about $2,000 worth of toys and stocking stuffers for needy children
- we send funds at Christmas to assist the Fredericton Community Kitchen, Fredericton Homeless Shelters, and Women in Transition House Inc.
- we co-ordinate teams (about 40 people) from the cathedral to serve meals and do dishes Saturday evenings at the local soup kitchen
Ending Homelessness in Fredericton - Penny Ericson
Anglican Church Women (ACW)
Welcome and Hospitality
Greeters The team of greeters endeavour to meet individuals as they arrive at the Cathedral, collect the offering, and assist as required at all regular and special worship services held at the Cathedral Approximately 50 members of the congregation actively participate as Cathedral greeters. Greeters and/or teams of greeters are on duty at Sunday Services (8am, 10am, 11:45am and 4pm services) throughout the year; as well as at special services, especially during the Advent, Christmas and Easter season. Greeters also assist at Diocesan events hosted by the Cathedral.
Kitchen Committee Formed in 2013, this committee shares responsibility for the operation of the busy kitchen at Cathedral Memorial Hall. Members, who represent the ACW, Guild of St. Joseph, Outreach Committee, and the Saturday Morning Breakfast team, meet monthly to focus on the need for a clean, safe and efficient kitchen. We review a kitchen manual and checklist for users, in order to address concerns promptly. We identify items for repair, replacement or disposal. Cupboards now have labels, and all hazardous materials are stored in locked areas. We post signs as needed; for example, about the need to date and label food put into the freezer and the refrigerator. On a rotating basis, the kitchen is cleaned seasonally, including the refrigerator, stoves, ovens, freezer, microwave, cupboards and windows. We also arranged for training from the provincial health department concerning protocols for the safe handling of food and its proper storage.
WorshipSeveral ministries engage members of our Cathedral family in the most central of activity at the Cathedral - the worship of God.
The Cathedral Quilters meet in the lounge of Cathedral Hall on Tuesday and Thursday mornings to quilt by hand beautiful quilts ranging in size from baby to queen. The money we raise through this activity goes to support girls attending Bishop McAllister College in Uganda.
Cathedral Matters' Guild of Rug Hookers
The Guild meets every other Tuesday afternoon from September to May. We create rug hooked items, inspired by the stained glass windows of the Cathedral and other interesting subjects. These items are hooked and sold by our members; the proceeds go to The Cathedral Restoration Fund. Anyone interested in learning how to rug hook and in helping provide funds for the Restoration may join us. Last year, two of our rug hooked articles were exhibited at Old Government House with the Heritage Rug Hooking Guild. We create works of art using hand dyed wool fabric, a rug hook and a small frame. The technique is the same age-old technique our grandmothers used to create decorative hooked items for their homes. For the last few years we have been influenced by John Leroux’s book “Glorious Light: The Stained Glass of Fredericton.” We are very grateful to Johnny for sharing his slides and DVD with us.
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Continued thanks to those who oversee our pandemic operational plan: Catherine Macdonald, Wayne Burley, Mike Toole, Kathleen Snow, Thomas Gonder, and the Dean. Physical distance, intentional cleanliness, wearing of masks when distance is in question and tracking attendances continue to be the more important “new” practices.
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