Tuesday, April 29, 2008


St Columba Anglican, Waterloo, Ontario

St Columba, Waterloo, OntarioSt Columba Anglican (right) is the only church in the Diocese of Huron named after the Irish/Scottish saint.

St Columba was born at Gartan in Donegal in 521 and was taught at the Clonard monastery and school. After he was priested, Columba founded several monasteries including one in Londonderry and another in Durrow, county Offaly. He left Ireland during a civil war with 12 companions and in 563 landed on the island of Iona, Scotland. St Aidan's, Elmira, Ontario There he built a monastery, of which Columba became the abbot. Although he visited Ireland again, his chief work was converting the people of Scotland to Christianity. He died in 597 and was buried on Iona, although his remains were later taken to Ireland.

Rector of St Columba Anglican is Rev Dana Rodgers. It was in a 2-point parish with St. Aidan's Church, Elmira (left) until it closed in 2007. A service of thanksgiving and the deconsecration of St. Aidan's, Elmira took place on September 12, 2007.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


St Mark-by-the-Lake, St. Clair Beach

St Mark-by-the-Lake Anglican
St Clair Beach, Ontario is a community in the Town of Tecumseh, just east of Windsor.

St Mark-by-the-Lake Anglican has a growing congregation with most of the 2 Sunday services exceeding 75% of seating. As a result, the Church and Parish Hall is undergoing an $800,000 expansion (model shown below). The roof to the attached parish hall will be raised adding a half-storey with 3400 sq ft of space and the church will be widened adding about 3600 sq ft.

St Mark-by-the-Lake ExpansionThe 8am service is traditional while the 10:30am service is contemporary. There is also a service at 10:30am on Wednesdays. The rector is the Rev'd Kevin George who since March 2006 has been posting 'random thoughts from the vicar' to the Revy Kevy's Corner.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Diocese of Huron Children's Festival

Christ Church, Amherstburg, OntarioOne of the ongoing events that have been a continuing success for over 35 years is the Diocese of Huron's Children's Festival. This special event for children ages 4 to 12 constantly reinvents itself to meet the spiritual needs of each generation while standing as an example of Christian love and service within the context of the "greater" church.

Diocese of Huron Children's Festival LogoThis year's Children's Festival will be held on Saturday, 10 May 2008, and once again will be a tri-regional event. There will be simultaneous programs taking place at St. Paul's Cathedral, London, Ontario; in Essex Deanery at Christ Church, Amherstburg (shown right); and in the Saugeens at St. George's Anglican, Owen Sound.

The theme for this years' Diocesan Children’s Festival is "God Loves All the Children of the World" with a focus on taking care of God's creation and each other.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008


Phyllis Lucas Retirement

Christ Church, Markdale, OntarioThe Rev'd Deacon Phyllis Lucas has retired from outreach ministry with Christ Church, Markdale, Ontario (right). The church is having a come and go tea on Sunday April 13 from 2-4 on the occasion of her 80th birthday and retirement from active ministry. All are welcome.

St. Mary's Anglican, Maxwell, OntarioChrist Church, Markdale is in a 2-point parish with the smaller congregation of St. Mary's Anglican, Maxwell (left). The rector is the Rev'd Yvonne Summerfield.

The village of Markdale has a population of about 1400. In 2001 it amalgamated with Artemesia, Euphrasia and Osprey to form the Municipality of Grey Highlands. It is home to several industries including Chapman's Ice Cream and has an annual Ice Cream Festival in August.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008


Christ Church, Lion's Head, Ontario

Christ Anglican Church, Lion's Head, OntarioThe congregation of Christ Church, Lion's Head, Ontario is celebrating 125 years in 2008. There will be a commemorative service of worship on Sunday, May 18, 2008 in which all current and former parishioners and clergy are invited to attend.

Later in the year, on Saturday, October 4, 2008, a celebratory musical evening presented by the Canadian Staff Band of the Salvation Army, under bandmaster John Lam, has been arranged. For more information on one or both of these events, please contact Ursula Barnes 519 592 5672 or Ken Hodge 519 793 3811.

Lion's Head is on the Bruce Peninsula on the Georgian Bay shore. Since 1959 Christ Church, Lion's Head has been in the 6-point Parish of the Bruce with St Margaret's, Cape Chin; St Andrew's, Howdenvale; St Peter's-by-the-Lake, Sauble Beach; St. Edmund's, Tobermory and Trinity Church, Wiarton. Earlier this year, the Venerable Dr. Jawn Kolohon, after more than 7 years as rector, left to assume the transitional ministry position at St. George's, Owen Sound. Pastor Brad Mittleholtz of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Wiarton, is serving the parish in an Interim capacity.