November at the Cathedral
St. Paul’s had a busy and exciting month!
At the beginning of November we hosted a baby shower for the Bishop’s new granddaughter – Leah. A well-attended and fun event, there was A LOT of tiny pink outfits opened!
The following weekend brought the entire Territory together to celebrate the upcoming retirement of Bishop Barbara Andrews. She was honoured to have so many people celebrate with her and there were lots of laughs, jokes and of course the bears! Each table was decorated in a bear theme by various parishes and they looked amazing!
Perhaps the most exciting part of the month was a visit from the New Primate of the Anglican Church – The Most Rev Linda Nicols! She flew in to attend the Retirement party for Bishop Barbara and stayed for the weekend. She had a “meet the territory” event and there was meaningful and important conversations that occurred. She had an opportunity to meet different people from the Territory and hear their stories and get a real sense of who we are as Anglicans and as part of the Territory of the people.
On the last day of the Primates visit she attended the 10am service at the Cathedral and preached a wonderful sermon. She also gave the Anglican Award of Merrit to our beloved Melissa Green. The Award of Merrit recognizes lay people for their contributions to the Anglican Church of Canada.
From the Anglican Journal “Melissa Green, of the Territory of the People, has worked for the church in a number of roles, including serving as associate director (and interim executive director, during two vacancies) of the Sorrento Centre, an Anglican retreat centre in the interior of British Columbia. Green has been a member of the 2010, 2013 and 2016 General Synods, and of CoGS in each triennium since 2010. She also represented the Anglican Church of Canada at the World Council of Churches Assembly in Busan, South Korea in 2013.
Green said she was indebted to the many people across the church who had “mentored, supported and encouraged” her.
“It is through a community of many that the opportunities to serve the church at the local, provincial and national levels opened before me,” she said. “I am so appreciative of how each experience has formed and shaped me into who I am today and who I am still becoming. I am sincerely touched to be nominated for this award and profoundly honoured to be receiving it.”
Thank you to all who participated in this busy and exciting month!!
Photo Credit – Rae Long, Philomena Hughes