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The Sponsorship Committee is in the final stages of preparation for the arrival of our Refugee Family. After almost 30 months of planning, waiting, and re-planning, the family has been advised that all the paperwork is completed, and they are set to travel to their new home in Canada on Thursday May 29th. Things have come together, we have a place for them to live, and the furniture move is planned for May 24th. The committee is grateful for all the support we have received from the congregation, and look forward to helping the family settle into their new home and the Canadian way of life.
Bishop Logan McMenamie will induct the Rev David Chillman as the Rector of St Philip’s on Monday May 26th at 7pm. Please come and join us in celebrating this important event in the life of the Parish.
On Sunday February 9 the Rev David Chillman assumed his duties as our new Rector and celebrated the eucharist at both the 8 am BCP and the 10 am BAS services. Thus ends a period of almost 2 years of interim service by a number of ministers, and the congregation is looking forword to a long period of stability and hopefully some renewed enthusiasm and focus to our ministry.
It was announced on Sunday 29 September that the parish has a new Rector effective February 9th, 2014. Our new Rector is the Rev David Chillman who hails from Bagshot, Surrey, UK where he is presently the Vicar of St. Anne's. The Rev David is married to Jude, and they have two adult children, Joshua and Isobel.
The entire congregation rejoices in this news and look forward to their arrival and the beginning of their ministry here among us.
Pastor Gary Schenk of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada has been appointed as our Interim Priest for the balance of 2013, or until the appointment of a new Rector. In 2001 the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada (ELCIC) and the Anglican Church of Canada entered into an historical Partnership. This has meant that ordained clergy in either ELCIC or the Anglican Church may serve in ministry appointments in one another’s parishes.
Pastor Gary will begin his ministry in October and his ministry will be on a part time basis, consisting of Sundays plus three half days each week. He will also attend the monthly Parish Council meetings and be available in case of pastoral emergency. Through the second half of December his hours will increase in recognition of the extra events and services around the Christmas season
Cheryl Hayward-Brown is spearheading the Safe Church Project, which is a Diocesan mandated initiative to ensure that all activities at St. Philip's are being done so in a safe and caring manner. This means that all those who do voluntary work at the church have to undergo a Criminal Records Check to ensure compliance with the guidelines of the initiative.
Recently several members of the congregation attended the Safe Harbour training provided by the Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society; this means that St. Philip's is now a designated Safe Harbour which means that we provide "Equitable Treatment for All", and we are capable of providing a "Safe Harbour" for those targeted by racism and hate.
From May through to October St. Philip's will once again be hosting the Lantzville Farmer's Market. The market will be held every Sunday from 1:30 to 4 pm on the church grounds. The market organizers have additional activities planned for this year so come out and enjoy a quiet afternoon and support the food producers and crafts people who provide lots of variety and good value.