St. Anne's is a lovely stone church built in 1853 by Robert Flint and our story is one that continues today. We have deep community roots on which the foundation of our church is built.
St. Anne's is guided by our Mission Statement: "A loving Christ-centered community serving God and neighbours through worship and exploration of faith that values inclusivity, the dignity of all persons and the sacredness of God's creations."
To help us focus our energies and activities, we have a Mission and Ministry Plan, first adopted at our January 2018 Vestry meeting. The Plan is reviewed several times every year and is guided by the Five Marks of Mission. Those Five Marks are: Evangelism, Discipling, Service, Transforming Society and Safeguarding and Renewing the Earth.
Land Acknowledgement and Indigenous Ministries
We want to acknowledge that the land we are gathered on today, each of us in our own homes, is First Nations’ territory, the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Attawandaron (Neutral), and Wendat peoples. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties. We also want to offer respect to our neighbouring Indigenous nations, including the Metis, Cree and Inuit amongst many others.
Our necessities of life are here and our work today is possible because of the stewardship of the 7 generations who came before us.
To learn more about the Anglican Church and Indigenous Ministries, visit https://www.anglican.ca/im/. Additional resources may also be found on the Anglican Church website including this Resource Centre. A timeline of the church's history with Indigenous peoples may be found here: https://www.anglican.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/timeline.pdf.
Rev. Rosalyn Elm has shared a way to walk together inspired by Isaiah 40: 25-31, to respond to our calling and build a relationship of justice with truth telling. We are invited “to spread our wings and let go”. The prayers are written by Lutheran Pastor Janaki Bandara, member of the Primate's Commission of the Doctrine of Discovery and music by Scott Knaar, Lutheran Three Ministry at Six Nation's Grand River Territory.
Rev. Mark Loyal of St. John the Baptist, Walpole Island First Nation, created this video to mark this year’s National Aboriginal Day (Sunday, June 21).
National Indigenous Day of Prayer Service
“Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen lands, Strong Hearts” is a film about a devastating decision, made over 500 years ago, which continues to profoundly impact Indigenous and Settler people worldwide. Pope Alexander VI ruled that the lands being discovered by European explorers at the time was “empty” land and its millions of Indigenous inhabitants were “non-human”. This film is one of the responses of the Anglican Church’s Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice. The purpose of this film is to respond to the calls to action by helping to provide education and insight into the racist foundations of many of our property and other laws still in existence to this day.
Welcome to St. Anne's
Welcome to the website for the congregation of St. Anne's (Byron), an active Anglican (Episcopal) congregation in the western part of London, Ontario. Reverend Canon Valerie Kenyon is our priest. We extend a warm welcome to all visitors, and those looking for a new church home, being blessed with visitors on a regular basis. Our church and parish hall are both wheelchair accessible.
Check out our events calendar to see what is happening in the coming weeks!
As you explore St. Anne’s website you will get a glimpse of the lives and activities of people who make up the family of God at St. Anne’s. There are many more whose names are not recorded here but whose memory is cherished, whose lives have shaped our lives and whose hard work and love of Christ built a foundation stronger than the foundation laid over a century and a half ago with field stones and mortar from surrounding farm land, a foundation that is held together by its cornerstone – Jesus Christ. We are not a perfect family; we are a real family who daily put our lives in the hands of a perfect God, who continually conforms us into Christ’s likeness.
Along with Anglicans around the globe, we at St. Anne’s hold the traditional faith of Christians through the ages. We look back with thanksgiving for blessings received and we look ahead with joy, wondering what new song we are to sing unto the Lord. (Psalm 144:9) The holy friendship we share with God and one another makes us a family and the ministry to which every person you see here and beyond these pages is called, leads us into joyful service of the community in which we live. Our work is simple, to worship God, build a relationship with His Son and love one another as Christ has loved us. (John 15:12)
To get the most out of this website, check our Events Calendar for the list of activites and then consider our other menu items such as Church Seasons. Look for updates and current news on our Outreach and Faith and Worship pages.
Did you know that you could donate online to St. Anne's? Whether making a one-time donation or scheduling regular monthly ones, your donation can be made via the CanadaHelps website.
Help St. Anne's raise money by buying cash/gift cards at www.fundscrip.com.
Buy a cash/gift card to any number of participating businesses through St. Anne's and the church receives a commission on your purchase. For less than $1 in postage for online orders, the card comes right to your mailbox. To order online, go to www.fundscrip.com and use code 5MW25S. Payment must be made at the time of purchase.