Friday, 23 March 2018 12:35

Rector's Message

From the Rector - by Rev'd. Canon ValRev'd Val Kenyon
We live in changing times. This I’m sure will come as no surprize to anyone. As I reflected on this, I was reminded of a pastoral visit I made some time ago to an older parishioner who had recently relocated into a new home in which her space was somewhat limited. This new reality dictated that some of the things that she have carried around with her from move to move over the years would have to be set free if she was to fit into this new space. This ‘sorting’ was no simple task, as like most of us she had spent an entire lifetime collecting things. This of course is quite understandable, as we need things to live our lives: pots and pans to cook, dishes to eat from, beds to sleep in, and clothes for a whole variety of temperatures. If, in particular, we have been blessed with the task of raising children, then there will be even more ‘stuff’ that enters our lives, things that we needed to support them through their various stages and phases.

However as we are faced with changes of all kind, we find ourselves having to choose what will stay and what must go. What will fit into my new life and what will not? It can be tempting in these moments to just ignore this kind of task, yet everything that is living changes, and so change comes to us all, and when it does we are left drilling down to the essential, to allow it to guide and direct our choices.

Over the past few months different ones in our parish have taken part in a study, Listening to God, to One Another and to Our Neighbourhood. In this study we made time and space to reconsider mission, hear about its changing shape, imagining together its place both within St Anne’s and in our lives in the days ahead. Just as sometimes we have to reorganize our physical space to accommodate a move or a new circumstance, so as we reflect on our Christian story and the place of mission within that story, we may be being asked to reorganize, reconsider, and re-evaluate our ideas of what it is to live a life based upon the teaching and examples of Jesus. What does that look like in this day and age? What will we keep, and what will we let go? These are not always easy questions to answer, yet as our keenest desire is to participate with God in what God is doing around us, we strive to discern God’s Spirit and its leading of us.

Over the course of this fall season it is my hope to visit all of the different groups within church to speak about our ongoing ministries and their relationship to our overall mission. There will be time to consider together how mission is being expressed in each of the groups, and what if anything is needed to support all that is happening. Giving thanks for you all, and in anticipation of the days ahead,
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Friday, 23 March 2018 12:11

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.
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