This newsletter has been running an ad for several weeks now, encouraging congregations to engage Missional Coaches for training sessions in various ways (see below). It is exciting and encouraging to learn that several parishes have taken up the offer. Soon, the Diocese will be offering an opportunity for training as a Missional Coach, for those called to this ministry.
It is vital that we take these opportunities to equip ourselves in the how’s and why’s of reaching out, to spread the Gospel of Christ to all the world. We need to be able to leave our “comfort zones” and speak the Good News, to offer mercy where it is needed, and to embody the love of God to all we encounter.
Being missional involves the head as well as the heart. Just as Jesus taught his disciples by word and example in the ways of spreading the Gospel, so we need to learn how to engage in outreach, at the parish and personal level, in loving and faithful ways. We are all called to this work; our Baptism vows compel us. “Will you proclaim by word and example the good news of God in Christ?” In the service, we declare, “We will!” So...let's do it.
We are so encouraged by all that has already happened in and through the current Missional Coaches. Please prayerfully consider if you are feeling called to join us!
The Missional Coaches are excited to bring you workshops - especially now that we are able to come in person. We have a foundational workshop which gives the background and helps to understand the history and how that affects our perceptions. Then there are more specific workshops after that, including:
Missional Organization Structures
Missional Youth and Children
Missional Small Groups
Sharing our Personal Faith
We would love to come and work with you as a parish to see how you are already being missional, and how we can support you in small ways to consider a new mindset about becoming more missional. Please contact the Diocese Office to set up a time to chat about your missional goals and book your workshop!
Archbishop Greg is pleased to announce that, God willing, he will ordain to the Priesthood, The Rev. Dean Hartung on Tuesday, May 10 at 7:00 pm, at Dean's home parish of St. Aldhelm, Vulcan. Please pray for Dean as he begins a new phase of his ministry. Color is White.
Archbishop Greg is pleased to announce that, God willing, he will ordain to the Diaconate Tom Hubschmidt, who will be interning at Holy Cross, Calgary from May to July, and will be a Transitional Deacon, and Carol Tubman, who will be a Vocational Deacon. The Service of Ordination will take place at Holy Cross, Calgary, on Thursday, May 19 at 7:00 pm. Please pray for Tom and Carol as they prepare for their new ministries. Color is White.
Archbishop Greg will, God willing, conduct a Service of Induction for The Rev. Nicole Janelle as Incumbent of St. Stephen, Calgary, on Sunday, May 15, at the 10:30 Service. Clergy who are available are asked to attend to support their sister in her ministry. Color is White.
Archbishop Greg's Activities and Events
May 8: Baptism Service at St. Andrew, Calgary
May 10: Ordination Service at St. Aldhelm, Vulcan
May 15: Induction Service at St. Stephen, Calgary
May 17: Diocesan Council
May 19: Ordination Service at Holy Cross, Calgary
May 21: Deacons' Day, All Saints, Cochrane
May 22: Bishop's Visit, celebrating a First Communion, at St. George, Calgary
May 27 - 28: Spring Rains Healing Conference, St. Barnabas, Medicine Hat
May 29: Bishop's Visit, St. Barnabas, Medicine Hat
Job Posting - Full-Time Incumbent
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer, Calgary
Search has begun for a Full-Time Incumbent position for the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer.
If you are interested in reading the parish profile, please be in touch with the Executive Officer by email.
Job Posting - Full-Time Rector
St. Laurence, Calgary
The Anglican Parish of St. Laurence, Calgary is seeking a full- time rector.
St. Laurence, located in southwest Calgary, Alberta, is a spunky, open-minded Anglican community. We love to ask questions, experiment with new things and, through the Wisdom Centre, to contribute to the larger conversation about how to renew and revitalize Christian life in the 21st century.
As a 60-year-old parish, we have never been reluctant to embrace new challenges and to bravely travel down “roads less taken.” We are seeking a spiritual leader to walk with us, side-by-side, into the future, always keeping Jesus’ steadfast instruction to “be not afraid” in our collective hearts.
Would you like to join us on this journey?
To obtain a parish profile and/or to apply, please contact: The Ven. Dr. Pilar Gateman, Diocesan Executive Officer.
Spring Rains Healing Conference
Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28
Cursillo Revival Weekend Report
The Diocese of Calgary Cursillo Secretariat, under the direction of Archbishop Greg Kerr-Wilson, planned and held an in-person Revival Weekend at Entheos on Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30. The purpose of the gathering was to begin the process of rekindling Cursillo after the two-year COVID timeout, and to seek Cursillista feedback on the Southern Alberta Anglican Cursillo ministry with respect to all aspects of the Movement’s processes and procedures.
Thirty-three people were able to attend and it was a blessing to reconnect with friends not seen in a long time, and the joy of experiencing time in the Rollo Room cannot be measured.
The schedule featured music, key talks, prayer, a video message from Archbishop Greg, table discussions, personal witnessing, a Compline service on Friday night, and concluded with a Eucharist on Saturday. The talks focused on Overall Vision, Sponsorship, Grouping, Ultreya and a Summary of the table group discussions.
As we know, the Cursillo theme of “Make a friend, Be a friend, Bring a friend to Christ” really sums up what the ministry is all about and our Weekend focus was to identify the best, prayerful, most efficient and productive ways to do that.
The Summary identified several areas where our Cursillo Movement can be promoted, as well as a number of recommended tweaks or changes to consider.
If anyone has any questions on more detail, please contact Stew Perram or any Secretariat member. We are looking forward to a Fall 2022 set of Weekends and now is the time to pray about who God may be calling to be there.
Celebration of Anglican - Lutheran Full Communion
Twentieth Anniversary of the Waterloo Declaration
An Opportunity to Visit and Study in the Holy Land
The Hiltz Scholarship, set up by our former Primate Fred Hiltz, offers funding to support anyone (clergy or lay persons) in taking a trip to the Holy Land, and to study at St. George, Jerusalem.
This is a wonderful continuing education opportunity to explore the Bible on the land where it took place.
More information is available by contacting the Diocese Office.
St. Saviour Anglican Church, Riga, Latvia
On behalf of Joe Horgan, Warden at St. Saviour Anglican Church in Riga, Latvia, we are announcing a "strange request."
At the end of May each year in Latvia, churches across the country put on different events for visitors on the "Night of Churches." For St. Saviour's, as the only Anglican church in Latvia, their annual event is usually an art exhibit, aimed at explaining the Anglican tradition.
This year, they are hoping to put together a wall of postcards sent from different churches all throughout the Anglican world, each with a small greeting for St. Saviour's or Latvia in general. This would illustrate not only their parish on this special occasion, but the entire denomination and participating churches as well.
Please consider sending a postcard with a small message for St. Saviour's or Latvia, preferably with your church pictured (if possible). If not, any postcard from your parish will do. You could also send a picture of your church along with a digital greeting, which can be printed to postcard size. If you are so kind as to send a postcard, the people of St. Saviour's will send one back!
Please contact the Diocese Office for the contact information. Thank you in advance!
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Sneak-a-Peek at Ambrose University
Tuesday, May 31
Sneak-A-Peek into University life at Ambrose! On Tuesday, May 31, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, join us to learn about our programs, take a tour and have some pizza on us! Bring yourself or a group. Register to join us!
Thy Kingdom Come
May 26 to June 5
Join the global wave of prayer calling all Christians to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know the love and peace of Jesus Christ. May 26th - June 5th, 2022. More information can be found here.
Mental Health Basic First Aid Course
Friday to Sunday, May 13 to 15
Mental Health First Aid (Basic) is intended for adults interacting with adults (18 years and older). This course focuses on the four most common mental health disorders including substance-related, mood-related, anxiety and trauma-related, and psychotic disorders. Participants who take this course are well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with their family, friends, communities, and workplaces. Tickets are $60. Click here for more information or to register.
Sorrento Programs in 2022
Registration is now open for our Summer programs. Come for one week, or come for them all. You will find environmental and nature-based programs, as well as outdoor spirtuality and experiential spiritual teachings, including core Anglican, reconciliation and interfaith offerings. As always, you will have the opportunity to enrich your heart and soul through arts and craft-based playful creativity. Start planning here.
We are hiring permanent staff. Details can be found here.
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Please remember in your prayers:
- our clergy and churches;
- those who are sick, suffering, fearful or in need, remembering those suffering from COVID-19 and their caregivers, those feeling isolated and those who are vulnerable;
- for peace within our country, and in the world;
- for Monica, Howard, Dana, Bob, Terry, Janet, Dawn, Fariborz, Victoria, and Rick;
- those who have died and those who mourn;
- the victims of violence and natural disasters;
- our Indigenous brothers and sisters, especially remembering their hurt and grief at this time;
- refugees, remembering those fleeing the Taliban regime, and those fleeing war in the Ukraine.
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