Synod Scene April 7-13, 2014

Artwork by Barbara Marquis


“Meekness” in my understanding, is that facet of humility which fosters approachability. Jesus invites us into the heart of God.  We intuitively realize that our acceptance is welcomed by He who has made the offer of reconciliation. – excerpt from an Easter reflection by Archdeacon Jacques Vaillancourt. The full reflection is attached.

Feet Washing Montage - completeAn Easter Montage
The washing of the feet is an act of service. It teaches us to give and receive from one another. The people in this montage are from different ethnic groups and are all connected to one another as participants of the washing of the feet.
The cross placed in pieces shows how fragmented we become when we are out of relationship with God, others and ourselves. It uses the symbol of the 100 anniversary rainbow cross, connecting St. Peter’s Parish with the rest of the Anglican Diocese.
The rainbow is a symbol of hope for a future; it is a symbol of new beginnings.
Barbara Marquis
St. Peter’s Anglican Church


Please remember in your prayers this week:

  • For those who are sick or suffering: please continue to pray for AnnE, Doreen, Fred, Kathleen, Paul, Peter, Robert and Shirley.
  • For those who have died; and those who mourn.
  • Theological students, all in the discernment process and all in theological colleges.
  • Bishop Sixbert Macumi and our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Diocese of Buyé, Burundi Africa.

Please pray for our friends in the Athabasca Diocese. Efforts are currently underway to clean up the lower hall of St. James’ Cathedral and the diocesan office, both significantly damaged in the downtown Peace River flood yesterday. A letter from Bishop Fraser Lawton is attached.


Maundy Thursday Service: Clergy of the diocese are invited to a Blessing of Oils, Renewal of Ordination Vows and Foot Washing service on Maundy Thursday, April 17, 10:00 am, at All Saints’ Cathedral.

Interface Worship Easter Vigil: Holy Saturday, the day of the tomb, serves as a borderland between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, joining the two holiest days of the Christian calendar. Interface Worship offers the alternative liturgy “Altarwalk Redux: Dead Man Waiting,” April 19, 7:30 pm at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 10127-145 St, Edmonton. Through art, music, poetry, scripture, symbolism and communion this multi-sensory worship experience invites congregants to the stillness of the tomb as a place to ritualistically join Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.

Introduction to EfM: An Introduction to EfM (Education for Ministry), will be offered Sunday, April 27, from 2:30-4:00 pm, at All Saints’ Cathedral (10035–103St, Edmonton).

EfM is a four-year program of study to help Christians personally relate faith to their lives and to fulfill their baptismal ministries to love God, to serve Christ, and to proclaim the Gospel in word and deed.

The program blends study of the Old and New Testaments, Church History, Theology, and Ethics with work in seminar groups guided by accredited mentors. The heart of EfM is a practice called ‘Theological Reflection’ through which one learns how to become more attuned and open to God’s gracious gifts and guidance.

Bishop Jane Alexander endorses EfM as a valuable learning resource and the Edmonton diocese formally sponsors the program so that people can enroll at a reduced rate.

To register for the Introduction to EfM , or for more information, please contact Ed Brownfield at /780-474 0724. INVITATION attached

Come to the Water – Women of Faith, Women of Courage: Please join the ACW in celebrating 100 years of women’s ministry! A special two-day Conference will be held at All Saints’ Cathedral, Edmonton on Friday, June 6 – Saturday, June 7, 2014. The conference will begin with a Friday Celebration Banquet welcoming guests from our sister diocese of Buyé in Burundi. Saturday will include several instructive presentations on women’s ministry, including words from Clotilde and Bibiane, leaders in the Diocese of Buyé Mother’s Union.

Participants may register for the Friday banquet ($20), Saturday conference ($20 – lunch provided), or both ($40). Please visit our website for more information, including group hotel rates. ACW members will receive registration forms by mail, after which the conference will be opened to general registration.

Ascend-logo-climbing-cross (1)Ascend Young Adult Ministry: In September 2014, eight young Christians (aged 19-29) will move into Ascension House (the rectory of Christ Church) in downtown Edmonton and live in community for 10 months. Monday to Friday, 9-5, these young leaders will have the opportunity to work. On evenings and weekends they will participate in project activities, including daily prayer, mentorship, and developing their spirituality and leadership skills through hands-on experiences. If you are a Christian young adult who wants to grow in your spirituality and leadership skills next year, the Ascend Leadership Project welcomes your application. POSTER / FAQs For more information or to apply, visit


PrintMake Room at the Table – University Chaplaincy Dinner and Auction: Join us on May 1, 2014! With guest speaker Mayor Don Iveson, dinner, and a silent auction, the evening will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our faith and support the student ministries in our Diocese. The event will be held at the University of Alberta Faculty Club, 11435 Saskatchewan Dr., Edmonton, with cocktails beginning at 5:30. See the attached POSTER for more information.

WWME black  white logoMarried couples…”Grab your Sweetheart” & join us for DATE NIGHT 2014!
See Poster. It’s a dance, social, food & fun on Sat., May 3rd at the Winspear Room, U of A Faculty Club from 7 – 11:30 pm. $25/person. Ltd tickets, advance sales only by Fri., April 25th  or 780-436-0625. Hosted by Edmonton Anglican Marriage Encounter.

(Note) Our next Marriage Encounter Weekend is in Edmonton on Nov. 7-9, 2014.  Is this your year to refresh your good or ho-hum marriage into an AMAZING one?  Registration & Information Form

Lay Reader Training Course: The 2014 offering of the diocesan training course for prospective lay readers has been scheduled. All sessions take place on Saturdays, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, at St. David’s Anglican Church (corner of 79th Avenue and 85 Street in Edmonton). This course is for those seeking to be licensed as diocesan lay readers in their respective parishes, and who have the support of their parish incumbent and leadership. The course covers eight sessions, taking place on the following Saturdays: April: 26; May: 10, 24; June: 7, 21; September: 20; October: 4, 18

A course syllabus will be made available at the first session. To register, or for more information, please contact the diocesan chaplain to lay readers, the Rev. Cameron Burns, at ,or by phone at (780) 469-7530.

TheFirst100YearsCentennial Corner:
What’s Your Story? Bishop Jane would like to hear “Why Jesus for You?” To share your story, call or email Margaret Marschall at the Synod Office 780-439-7344/ We also welcome written faith stories for The Messenger. Please email your story (max. 500 words) and a picture (high res.) to: Faith stories can be viewed online at

Parish of the Month: In celebration of our Centennial, The Messenger began a special series featuring parishes in the Edmonton diocese. To share the story of your parish in action, please complete and email the attached form along with one or two high resolution pictures, to

Base Camp Registration Coming Soon! After a three-year hiatus, Base Camp is back July 7-13, 2014! Rev. Nick (Trussell) and Dr. Mark (Armstrong) are excited to lead teens on an outdoor adventure at beautiful Pine Bay in William Switzer Provincial Park. Base Camp offers canoeing, hiking, swimming, Christian fellowship and much more in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains! Registration information coming soon. POSTER

Hastings Lake Bible Camp – Registration Opens Feb. 20! Register at
Adult Camp—————————— June 24-27
Kidz 1 ——————————– June 29-July 4
Family 1 ————————————  July 6-11
Jr. Youth ———————————  July 13-18
Family 2  ———————————- July 20-25
Kidz 2  ——————————– July 27-Aug. 1
Single Parent Family ——————- August 4-8
Family 3 ——————————- August 10-15
Sr. Youth —————————— August 17-22

2014NWCPostcardNational Worship Conference: Discover how art, drama, food, fun, poetry, multimedia, music, movement, nature, spiritual elements, and storytelling can be interwoven with Anglican, Lutheran, and cross-generational threads, to create meaningful and transformational worship. The National ELCIC/ACC Worship Conference: “Weaving Strands: Liturgy for Living” will unfold July 20-23, 2014 in Edmonton. Presenters and participants from across North America will explore diverse, yet intrinsic styles of worship. For more information see the attached postcard and poster or visit

Share the Gift of Music
In preparation for the conference, congregations are invited to sing the hymn “Great God, Whose Story” during worship. Please email Margaret Marschall ( to share a videoclip of your congregation singing on the NWC 2014 website.

Justice Camp 2014 – “Land”: Registration Now Open! This summer, the Edmonton diocese will host the national Anglican Justice Camp, from August 15-21, 2014. Through a program of directed immersion experiences and hands-on workshops, including trips to Fort McMurray and Jasper National Park, participants will discover ways to safeguard creation. There are seven plenary streams to choose from, including: The Arts and Social Change, Inter-religious Perspectives, Food Ethics, Ecology and Conservation, Aboriginal Reconciliation, Urban Poverty and the Oil and Gas Industry. Through reflection, worship, and relationship building exercises participants will develop skills to become effective social justice leaders within their own local communities. Online registration is now open  POSTER / BROCHURE attached


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Kids from All Saint’s Cathedral Sunday School created an Easter garden this Sunday, April 6, 2014, with the help of Peggy Anne Field. 

Sturgeon County Churches: The Anglican Churches of Sturgeon County (Holy Trinity Bon Accord; Emmanuel Gibbons; St. Andrew Morinville and St Mary Redwater) have a new website. Check it out at:

Soup’d Up Cross Walk: Soup’d Up Worship is a Fresh Expressions Ministry of St. Thomas’ Church (4A Raven Drive) in Sherwood Park and provides a chance to connect with others, engage in conversation, explore faith questions, think creatively, reflect, and worship God. We gather in a relaxed, family-friendly setting where everyone from youngsters to grandparents are welcome.

This month, Soup’d Up falls on Palm Sunday. We will walk the path of Jesus’ passion with eight reflection stations. Join us for music and meditation on the mystery of God’s Redemption. Each station, created by members of the congregation, will be child and adult-friendly.

Join us! Sunday, April 13, for FREE soup and buns at 5:00 pm, followed by conversation, children’s program, coffee, tea and dessert at 6:00 pm. The evening wraps up around 7:30 pm.

Connect with us on Facebook at

Annual Rummage Sale: A Huge Rummage Sale will be held at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 101 St. & 84 Ave, Edmonton, on Friday, April 25, 6–9:00 pm, and Saturday, April 26, 9:30 am–1:00 pm. Featuring: small furniture, clothing and household items, books, toys and treasures. Something for everyone! FREE ADMISSION!

St. George’s Fort Saskatchewan Roast Beef Dinner at 10029 – 99th Ave, Fort Saskatchewan
Saturday, April 26th, 5:00pm and 6:30pm
Tickets available by calling 780-998-3620
Adults:  $12    Children 12-16:  $6.00  Children 5 & under:  Free

St. Timothy’s Presents “The Fourth Cross”: On Sunday, April 27, 7:30 pm, the choir of St. Timothy’s Anglican Church, 8420-145 Street, presents “The Fourth Cross,” a cantata by Derric Johnson. Directed by Pamela Graham, the performance features Jung-Suk Ryu on piano and Bruce Hogel as Barabbas. Join us for the story that might have been!

PrintCentennial Celebrations – St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 11203 68 Street, Edmonton:

  • April 13 at 10:30 am: Service of Baptism, Confirmation and Reception with Bishop Jane
  • May 3 at 5:00 pm: Centennial Banquet at Beverly Heights Hall. Tickets $25 per person / RSVP deadline April 20.
  • May 4 at 10:30 am: Homecoming Service

For more information or to purchase banquet tickets, call 780-477-5458 or email

St. Mary’s has a new website. Check it out at:

Badlands Passion Play Tour: The parish of Emmanuel, Gibbons is sponsoring a full-day bus tour to this summer’s edition of the Canadian Badlands Passion Play on Saturday, July 19. Tour will leave from St. Michael and All Angels (5003-146 Ave, Edmonton) at 8:45 am and return at 10:45 pm. Cost of $115/person includes motor coach transportation to Drumheller, admission to the play, lunch and dinner. For more info, or to register, please contact: Penny Pawlechko at 780-942-4554 POSTER / BROCHURE

Good Shepherd Seeks Music Director: The growing parish of Good Shepherd in northwest Edmonton is now accepting applications for the position of music director. Initially, the position will entail 5-7 hours per week including Sunday worship, one evening’s practice, and other occasional services during Holy seasons. Remuneration will be in accord with RCCO guidelines based upon experience and will be renegotiated as the ministry grows! Interested candidates should contact Jon at or on 780.456.4643. For more info, see attached document

FillTheSideWalkFill the Sidewalk: St. George’s is hosting a food drive for the Edmonton food bank with a goal of filling the church’s sidewalk with food! Food can be dropped off on Saturday, May 31st from 10am -3pm, or you are welcome to drop it off earlier in the week by calling the church at 780-439-1470 to make arrangements. St. George’s is located at 11733 – 87th Ave NW, Edmonton. Poster attached.


OutdoorWayOfTheCrossGood Friday Way of the Cross: Churches of the city are invited to come together for the 34th annual Outdoor Way of the Cross, a powerful walk of testimony to the relevance of the Gospel in relation to the world today. The prayer walk takes place Good Friday, April 18, 10:00 am, at 9908-106 Avenue (Hope Mission) and returns there about Noon.

This year’s theme focuses on 1 John 4:18: “There is no fear in love. Love drives out fear,” and asks us to consider how the Christian practice of love can drive out the fears that hurt the lives of many marginalized people.

Each station offers a reflection on an aspect of the overall theme, woven together with music. Participants walk from station to station, on a route of 1.8 kilometres on paved streets and lanes, so it should not be difficult for most children or people with mobility challenges. Participants are encouraged to check the weather forecast and dress for conditions. Light refreshments are available at the end of the walk.

Call Linda 780-466-6327 or Jim 780-218-6989 for more information.

Shroud of Turin Exhibit: An official replica of The Shroud of Turin, authorized by the Archdiocese of Turin, is currently on display at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, 10825-97 St, Edmonton. The shroud can be viewed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-9 pm, with brief presentations at 6:30 and 7:30 pm, or on Sundays from 1-4 pm, with an in-depth presentation at 2 pm. There will be an All Night Vigil on Holy Friday and Holy Saturday, from 1:00 pm on April 18 to 7:00 pm on the April 19. Please bring a food bank donation. POSTER


Ronning Centre Talks: Come, listen, and engage with issues of public life and religion, at the Augustana Campus in Camrose:

  • Saturday, April 12, 1:00-3:30 pm, “Is the prophet necessarily a voice crying in the wilderness?” with Martin Tweedale, Prof of Philosophy Emeritus, 11116 – 82 Ave, Edmonton

We also invite you to consider several courses taught by David Goa:

  • June 21-25: “Faith and Culture,” at St Stephen’s College (see poster attached)
  • September 8-December 1: “Ultimate Questions in a Post-Christian Age” at Augustana (see poster attached–members of the public welcome)
  • May 1-3: The 17th annual Dietrich Bonhoeffer Lectures.

Little Warriors Prevention Workshop:

Little Warriors is an Edmonton-based, national, charitable organization aimed at raising awareness, prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse. We offer a 3 hour child sexual abuse prevention workshop, which educates adults on how to recognize, react and respond to child sexual abuse. 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday, and 95% of them will know their perpetrator. Participants leave the workshop feeling informed and empowered. A schedule of upcoming workshops can be found at If you would like a workshop at your location email or call the office at 780.447.1343.

Star of the North Retreat Centre: 3A St. Vital Ave. St. Albert, AB T8N 1K1

Away Days with Sandy Prather
Through a combination of presentations and reflective time, we will explore the themes and ideas of author Richard Rohr in A Lever and a Place to Stand: The Contemplative Stance, The Active Prayer, 2011. It is not necessary to have read the book.
Wed.Apr.16: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Advance Registration:       $40.00/day     OR   $45.00 at the door         (lunch included)

Courting the Muse: Renewing Inspiration for Our Work & Our Lives
In this workshop, we’ll look at ways of replenishing our creative energies and to enhance our being in the world. Together, we’ll explore what renews and/or depletes our energy, what’s most important to us, and what holds us back. Please bring a notebook and pen.
Facilitator: Alfred DePew
Thursday, May 1, 7pm. Cost is $29. Please register by April 22.

A Journal Keeper’s Workshop
Join us in a workshop designed to free your imagination, renew your enthusiasm, and have fun in bringing your journal practice to the next level. Together, we will explore such techniques as Dialogues, Drawing, Dreamwork, Maps, and Mandalas, and how they can be used to enhance creativity, overcome obstacles, deepen the inner life, and create new strategies for living. For beginners and seasoned diarists alike. Facilitator: Alfred DePew
Friday, May 2, 7-9 pm and Saturday, May 3, 9am-4pm
Live in: $149. Commute: $89. Please register by Apr. 22

Call 780-459-5511 to register at least 1 week before program begins.

Providence Renewal Centre: 3005 119 Street NW, Edmonton, AB, T6J 5R5

Join Sandy Prather for THE ‘EASTERING’ LIFE
Friday, April 11 (7:00 pm) to Sunday, April 13 (1:00 pm)
Let [Christ] Easter in us,” writes the Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. What does that mean? What would it mean to know Easter as more than a liturgical event we celebrate yearly? What if we knew Easter as a verb, something we do? Come explore the rich invitation to let Christ Easter in us!

with Bishop Emeritus Gerry Wiesner
Sunday, April 13 (7:00 pm) to Sunday, April 20 (9:00 am)
We will accompany Jesus to Jerusalem by examining key events along the way. We do so with the hope of entering into a deeper personal relationship with Jesus in our lives. After all, Jesus did say, “I call you friends.” What is our response to this offer? Come for the week or for one day.

Post-Easter Retreat! YOU ARE MY WITNESSES: Understanding the New Evangelization
with Archbishop Emeritus Sylvain Lavoie
Friday, April 25 (7:00 pm) to Saturday, April 26 (4:30 pm)
Through input, quiet time, prayer, optional sharing, and ritual this retreat will explore new avenues of evangelization aimed at deepening our call to be joyful witnesses to Christ in our lives today.

For more info, or to register call 780-701-18554

Holy Body-Talk: a Retreat for Women in Ministry: This retreat is designed for women employed in their respective churches as a time away to re-center, to pray for and with one another, to share joys and sorrows of ministry, and to support our mutual call to serve the Body of Christ in all of our churches. The retreat will be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from April 27-29, 2014. Please see the attached brochure for more information.

Alberta Pastoral Care Association – Annual Conference: Open for clergy, volunteers, social workers, and everyone else interested, this year’s conference is themed on The Spiritual Journey: Embracing Life and Becoming. The conference, taking place in Edmonton this year, will be held on April 28-29 and is an excellent opportunity to expand one’s awareness and skills in pastoral care. See the attached brochure for more information.

Church Admin Lunch & Learn: Taylor Seminary, 11525-23 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB, invites church administrative professionals to a Lunch & Learn session, Wednesday, April 30, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Microsoft Office specialist Joanne Swensrud of Edmonton-based computer training centre Know It Sooner will present a variety of tips and tricks to use Microsoft Office effectively and efficiently. Please join us for some lunch, some learning and hopefully some laughs too! Sign up at or for more info, contact Heather

ECPWRParliament of World’s Religions Conference: From May 1–4, the Edmonton Committee for a Parliament of the World’s Religions (ECPWR), presents “Faiths Coming Together through awareness, compassion, justice “at the University of Alberta. The conference will feature workshops, panels, films, concerts and presenters, including keynote speakers, Amir Hussain, editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and Dawn Waring, an environmental activist and professor at St. Stephen’s College, Edmonton. The ECPWR is a committee of the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Action and Education For information, or to register visit: BROCHURE attached

Becoming a Missional Church and Leader: Alan Roxburgh, one of the foremost thinkers in everything missional, suggests that the missional church, ideally, is a unified body of believers intent on being God’s incarnational presence to the surrounding community. This intensive three-day workshop focuses on answering the question, “HOW do we become that church?”
Where: Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton, AB,  7th annual Western Canada Spring Training Institute for Church Leaders
When: May 6 to May 8, 2014
Cost: $450 including taxes, lunches, and materials (discounts available for groups of 3 or more)
More Information:

Online Crisis Response Training: The Centre for Rural Community Leadership & Ministry (CiRCLe M) is offering free webinars on Rural Church and Community Crisis Response Training, May 15 and 22, 2014, to help churches, EMOs, and other local organizations prepare to respond when crises arise in rural communities. To register, contact CiRCLe M by phone: 306-966-7864; or email:

Sorrento Centre Appoints Interim Director: Following the sudden illness of Executive Director Chris Lind who currently on medical leave, Sorrento Centre has appointed Peter Roundhill Interim Executive Director, from May through September. News Release

P/T Chaplaincy Positions Available: Kairos Pneuma Chaplaincy Inc. is seeking qualified and authorized individuals to fill a variety of part-time Chaplaincy positions with the Correctional Service of Canada in the Prairie Region. Positions are listed on our website ( Information about requirements can also be found on the website ( Interested individuals are urged to be in touch with us as soon as possible.

King’s Seeking Marketing Manager: The King’s University College is looking for an energetic and creative Manager of Marketing & Communications with at least five years related experience and a degree in Marketing, Public Relations or Communications. The marketing role includes advertising, web services, media relations, internal and external newsletters, social media and the production of various types of print and other materials in support of the University College’s mission, goals and objectives, as well as supervising the work of the Communications Coordinator. Check it out at or contact

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