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Daphne Parsons
5, 2023
Brothers and Sisters in Christ.
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In the past number of weeks, we have been very busy. There has been a total of ten Annual Meetings: 4
congregational, 4 ACWs, 1 budget committee meeting, and our Annual Parish
Council meeting. All of which went very well. We are very thankful to report
that our parish (all 4 congregations) are not in survival or maintenance mode,
but continues to be sustainable and missional! Thanks be to God! This is made
possible through the faithfulness, dedication, and commitment of so many people
in the parish.
In most recent weeks, we have been worshipping every Wednesday night, rotating from one congregation to
another, as a parish family. This year we have journeyed with Jesus through the
places of His passion. We have taken a close and intimate look into Jesus’
journey to the cross of Calvary. We have gained a deeper understanding and a
greater appreciation for His unconditional love for us, helping us to be more
and more like the people He has called us to be.
On Palm Sunday, we were able once again to wave our palm branches and process through our churches with
loud “Hosannas”. We give God thanks for seeing us through the difficult and
struggling times of Covid 19 and now giving us the freedom to worship in a more
“normal way.”
Tomorrow we will begin the “Triduum” of Holy Week.
Our Maundy Thursday Worship will be at St. Alban's Church with "The Washing of the Feet Ceremony",
the Celebration of The Holy Eucharist and the Stripping of the Altar.
On Good Friday, we will look and the birth, life and crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ by way of a Drama entitled, “The
Cloth of Christ.” This drama will involve young children, youth and adults. It
will be a very powerful presentation which will touch the hearts of all who
On Holy Saturday, we will be at St. John the Baptist Church for the Great Vigil of Easter, the Renewal of
Baptismal Vows and Holy Eucharist. During the Renewal of Baptismal Vows,
everyone will be given an opportunity to come forward to dip their finger into
the bowl of blessed water and to say a silent prayer.
On Easter Sunday Morning we will gather at St. Mary the Virgin Church for our Easter Sunday worship to
celebrate the glorious resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ with
much rejoicing and thanksgiving! Following our worship we will gather for
fellowship, coffee/tea and muffins. We will be able to sing “He lives within my
heart” as we have been drawn closer to Him during these past number of weeks.
I pray that you all have a very “Blessed, Holy and Happy Easter”. I pray that we will all make a
greater commitment to follow and serve our Lord, and to love and serve each
other in the time that He gives us here on earth.