Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

Each winter, the congregation of St. John’s “decorates” our Charlie Brown tree with a variety of winter apparel. All of the clothing collected is then donated to a neighbourhood school (Machray School this year). The Charlie Brown Christmas Tree will appear in the narthex next Sunday and remain up until December 10.

Our Goal

We are invited to decorate the tree with hats, mittens, scarves and socks. Our goal for delivery to Machray School is mid-December. This special project is a tangible way for us to express our support of the schools in our community. Your willingness to participate in this Advent project will be greatly appreciated.

Ministry in Action: Catherdral Grounds

Ted’s been busy – again!

Sundial Restoration

Ted Stebbing, who spent his summer tending the garden, also found time to install a fountain (the gift of a parishioner) and is now working on restoring and setting up the sundial which stood for years in the cemetery. The sundial will stand at the north end of the garden between the tower and the office door. Our thanks to Ted for the time and effort he puts into beautifying the Cathedral.

Help Wanted: Painting the John West Hall

How good are you with a paintbrush?

not the artistic variety, but the brush used to paint walls? Volunteers to repaint the walls in the John West Hall on September 4 and 5, so that it’s all fresh and spruced-up for the Selkirk Settlers Bicentenary luncheon following the Service of Thanksgiving on Sunday, September 9. If you have the time and the inclination, we have the drop cloths, the paint and the brushes. Please speak to Roger Stag to offer your services.

In the Neighbourhood: Adventure Day Camp 2012

Christian Programming
for Kids in our Community

Our neighbours at Tabernacle Baptist are having an Adventure Day Camp for the kids in our community, July 30 to August 3! Day Camp activities are free of charge, and all children ages 5 -12 are welcome to attend.

To register or for more details,
see the Adventure Day Camp page of the Tabernacle Baptist website.

Want to help kids in our community
learn more about God?

If you would like to help this project by volunteering your time (or even a plate or two of cookies!) email Bernie or Linda, or call them at 421-4748.

Ministry Opportunity: Annual Flower Planting

Our annual planting of flowers in the cemetery, one of our very important fund raising projects, is scheduled for early June. Please sign up on the clipboard in the narthex.

Planters will need to bring their own trowels, knee pads, gardening gloves and watering cans. Planters might also want to bring a hat and mosquito repellent.  The Cathedral will provide the plants and lunch. We start at 9:30 a.m. and are done before Noon! Hope to see you there! Many hands make light work!

Ministry Opportunity: Supporting Rio+20 Earth Summit in Prayer and Action

Earth Summit: Rio+20

“With hope, audacity and renewed faith, I call on the Anglican Communion around the world to assume their prophetic duty to ‘take care of Creation.”
– Brazilian Primate, the Most Rev. Mauricio Andrade

Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue: a symbol for Christian support of the UN’s Conference on Sustainable Development.

The Earth Summit, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development will be held in Rio June 13 to 22 to discuss a green economy and an institutional framework for sustainable development. The event will gather leaders from governments, the private sector and NGOs. As Christians, what can we do to participate in Rio+20?

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Ministry Opportunity: Yinka Dene Alliance Freedom Train

The Yinka Dene Alliance is taking a Freedom Train across Canada to enforce their legal ban on the Enbridge Northern Gateway oil pipelines and tankers project, and to stand up for their freedom to choose their own future.

They will be in Winnipeg from May 3-6.

Your Chance to help out!

a message from Liz Williams, St. Michael’s and All Angels

Hello! We are hosting 50 people from BC. Yinka-Dene Alliance Freedom Train I am wondering if you or groups within the diocese are able to give us a hand for our upcoming events next weekend? Please let me know if you are able to help out! And please join us at the events!

Thanks so much,
Liz Williams, St. Michael’s and All Angels

I am in need of:


a few drivers on Thursday night from VIA rail station to HI Hostel downtown, meeting at 8:30 pm – approx. 10:00 pm


food for our community potluck feast on Friday night FOOD We are looking for feasters for Friday May 4th at the Thunderbird House, to welcome the Yinka-Dene Alliance Freedom Train. This is a big potluck to feed lots of people, including our out-of-town guests, so please bring yummy eats to share at 6pm. Food and financial contributions for the event (to cover some equipment rental costs) are greatly appreciated!


Join us for the other exciting events we have planned that weekend, including a panel, rally and water ceremony. Spread the word!

list of events
Freedom Train 2012 website
Freedrom Train on facebook 

Sunday School helps send an orphan to school in Uganda

Wondering why our flyer boys are actually boys and girls?

As a fundraiser for the Rupert’s Land Orphan Fund, the kids of St. John’s Sunday School and their friends were out delivering our Easter flyers this spring. The money we saved on sending the Easter Invitations through the mail was donated on their behalf to help send  an orphan to school for an entire year.

The kids raised enough money to sponsor an orphan for a year.
Paying school fees allows orphans go to school and makes it financially easier for them to stay with their extended family.

One in every seven children in Uganda is an orphan. Our sister group of churches, the Diocese of Buganda is helping the orphans of Uganda by providing for their school fees. Basic tuition is paid for by the government up to grade seven, but the additional costs for uniforms, lunches, examinations, school supplies and building fund are not provided. Paying these fees ensures that the orphans will be able to attend school and reduces the financial burden on the extended families caring for them. Money raised through the Rupert’s Land Orphan Fund goes directly to this effort.

Thanks to all the volunteers: our Sunday School children and their friends, their teacher, Gary and the parent volunteers who came out to lend a hand, as well as the organizers and Bud Oliver from the Rupert’s Land Orphan Fund whose important ministry helps us help others. A very special thanks to the Teakles who had the delivery teams over to their house for brownies and ice cream!

Learn more about our Sunday School
Learn more about the Rupert’s Land Orphan Fund:
brochure: part one
brochure: part two

Ministry: Prison Related Ministry

You Visited Me…

Recent research has shown that prisoners who are visited are less likely to re-offend.

Anglicans and Lutherans have planned a meeting on prison related ministry on March 20th.

Recent research has shown that prisoners who are visited are less likely to re-offend.  Last fall the Roman Catholic Archbishop Weisberger called a meeting for his diocese to find out what was going on in ministry in Corrections and to see what more should the church be doing. It was very successful, and we are trying to duplicate it for our churches.

A panel will include a family who had a member who was incarcerated, prison volunteers from our churches, an ex-offender and a Christian NGO helping prisoners.

If this gathering is to be a success we need people to attend who:

  • Work or have worked in the Justice System
  • Families who have or have had a member incarcerated
  • Victims
  • Volunteers
  • Potential volunteers
  • Anyone interested in the Justice System
  • Interested clergy

Tuesday, March 20th

Registration 4:30 pm, wrap up at 8:45pm. Meal will be served.
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
600 Cambridge Street (Cambridge & Corydon)

Please RSVP to Tom Collings 204-772-2892 or
or Ken Kuhn 204-885-2821 or by March 13th.