Social Justice Concerns

Indigenous People

Territorial Land Acknowledgement
We want to acknowledge that the land we are gathered on today is First Nations’ territory, the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Attawandaron, 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.

National Indigenous Day of Prayer -  June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Indigenous Ministries supports the Indigenous Peoples of Canada (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) spiritually, socially, economically and politically. We recognize that the purity of the land base provides for all our needs. As active participants in the life of the church, we strive for reconciliation with the Anglican Communion and work towards Indigenous self-determination.

More information on the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples, their work and many other resources may be found at:

Navajo Beauty Way Prayer “Walk in Beauty” from the women of the Episcopal Church in Navajoland. Blessing led by the Rev. Canon Cornelia Eaton at Sheep Camp, Navajoland.

Prayers, an adaptation of the Great Thanksgiving. Led by Ms. Judith Moses and Mr. John Haugen, members of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples.

Homily by the Rt. Rev. Chris Harper, Bishop of Saskatoon

The Strawberry Story, written by the late Canon Ginny Doctor, read by Donna Bomberry.

One particularly inportant resources is Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen lands, Strong Hearts. The purpose of this one hour long 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.

Other resources:

In 2019, St. Anne's hosted a Blanket Exercise and were pleased to have 29 people join us for this event.


Do you have 10 minutes to spare in your day? You can do something amazing and simple with no gardening experience required!20210701 Greenhouseinsidesm
Take about 10 minutes out of your morning or evening to help us help our neighbours as St. Anne's grows fresh food for the local Byron Cares Food Bank. A greenhouse has been supplied to the church by Business Cares London and the London Food BankFisher's Landscape Depot and Home Hardware Komoka also made donations that helped us to put the greenhouse into operation. Many thanks to the people behind these organizations for caring enough about their neighbours to support this effort!

At this time volunteers are needed to open or close our greenhouse each day so the plants don't get overheated. It is as easy as zipping or unzipping the doors and rolling up the flap to allow good air flow. If you have ever camped this will bring back memories (hopefully good ones)! From time to time the plants may ask you for a drink and we have a convenient hose and watering wand ready to do the job. A step-by-step guide will be posted shortly. You can also contact Keith B at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or if you have a question. Everyone from the community is welcome to participate.  A pdf formatted guide to working in the greenhouse pdf is available for you.

Here is our signup process.

Please sign up for Growing Food at St Anne's!

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St. Paul's Daily Bread Program, a registered charity, is an ecumenical social service provider supported by over 50 London and area churches of various denominations, a number of service and fraternal organizations and hundreds of caring individuals on a regular ongoing basis. The Daily Bread Program is available to anyone need in the community who is in need and is one of the few agencies in London that offers emergency financial assistance in crisis situations pertaining to shelter and/or utilities cut off as funds permit.

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Courage for Freedom is one organization working to increase awareness of this practice of human sex trafficking and its presence along the 400 series highways and have a Project Maple Leaf intitiave to spread the word -  Can you spread the word?

In 2019, 14 members of the congregation attended a public rally in July to learn more about what can be done to decrease human trafficking. It was both informational and inspiring.

Internationally, human trafficking, bonded labour and slavery are still very prevalent in some parts of the world. The International Justice Mission (IJM) - - partners with local authorities in 24 program offices in 14 countries to combat slavery, violence against women and children, and police abuse of power against people who are poor. IJM is a global organization partnering with local justice systems to end violence against people living in poverty.

From the Deacon’s Bench - June, 2021

When I wrote last time about the seven Grandfather teachings, it struck me later that we are fortunate to have them and to be able to talk about them. Starting after Confederation, there was a concerted effort to eliminate Indigenous culture. The government used residential schools and the Indian Act, among other initiatives to try to make “them” like “us”. Unfortunately the Churches went along with it. There seemed a mission among many to “save” them and bring them to God as Europeans thought God to be. Authorities at times made various aspects of their language and culture illegal. We are lucky today that they did not completely succeed.

One aspect of Anglicanism in Canada that I appreciate is that we can at times be more open, tolerant and eager to learn. About some things anyway. There are other Christian denominations, as well as denominations within other faiths, that believe they have all the answers and that their faith focus is the only correct one. I acknowledge that I have some intolerance about intolerance. Even in matters of faith. I guess my perspective is that life isn’t black and white at all, just thousands of shades of grey. Part of that has developed in my job. The number of times folks have suggested things because they have read it on the internet and accept it has increased exponentially. With a bit of work, it can sometimes be researched further to determine if there might be a grain of truth in what has been suggested. Again due to my work, I have dealt with enough experts over the years to realize that not all are as expert as they would like you to think. I had thought that this was an increased phenomena due to the internet, but now I’m not so sure.

When I think about it, perhaps humanity has always been that way. If what we hear or read aligns with what we wish or want or have been told, then it must be right. How else could Europeans over generations have believed non-white non-Europeans to be inferior? Everyone just knew it. Who would question something that everyone knew to be right? It allowed humanity to vilify people or faiths that were different from their own.

Isn’t’ that what Jesus faced as well? We read the Gospels and say, well of course Jesus was right. What were the Pharisees thinking? The Pharisees and others in authority were probably thinking, “Who is this guy and what is he thinking? Everyone knows that the Law is what is important. That’s the way it has always been. How could the Law be wrong if that is what we have learned over the generations since Abraham and Moses, the prophets and the judges?”

Somewhere through life I remember hearing or reading, “God gave you a brain, why aren’t you using it?” Then isn’t that what we are supposed to do? Question assumptions. Research what others have said. Think about things through another lens when possible? If that hadn’t been done, is it possible that what Jesus told us would never have survived his crucifixion? Is it possible that we know Jesus today because his disciples used the brains God had given them to question matters of faith through the Christ lens?

Looking at the world through the Christ lens increases the possibility that humanity might survive the mess that we are creating. We can live our lives loving God and all our neighbours. We can live our lives in the way of the seven Grandfather teachings. We can live our lives in ways of charity as outlined in the Quran. We can be the people Jesus told us to be.


Outreach at St. Anne's

In 2019 we continued to gather gifts of backpacks and supplies in September and warm hats, socks, mitts etc during Advent for Christmas distribution at the local school. We also participated again in the creation of a number of Shoeboxes for women living in shelters here in London with several teams of parishioners also serving meals at Inn Out of the Cold in St Thomas. At the encouragement of the ACW financial gifts were made to Merrymount ($1000) and El Sistema South London ($1000). The Hostess group raised funds so that we could contribute to the work of Life Spin ($500) and Inn Out of the Cold ($300), as well as collecting egg cartons for the Daily Bread at St Paul’s. A further gift was made to Inn Out of the Cold ($200) to further their work.

Combined with funds raised by the children of the parish at the Spring Sale and the Bazaar, we were able to make a $350 gift to the PWRDF purchasing, one cow, a goat, seeds for farmers, and 40 chickens for distribution to those living in Africa in very difficult circumstances. These gifts will change their lives. In addition to this, after a number of years, we were able to send $4,050 to the PWRDF towards a Cuban Water project.

In addition to this, items not sold from the Spring, sale were donated to Mission Services for families in need. As well books were donated to CPRI for their fundraisers. The Library raised funds to send cards to those at Parkwood and support their programs (see Library report for more details about this) with a certain percentage of the funds raised by the sidespeople’s Pancake Dinner also going to Outreach.

Our heavenly pie ladies (and some gentlemen, numbering 20 or so) not only made pies to support the church, but also hosted the two Seniors’ Luncheons that took place each year, as well as making pies available from time to time for pastoral support, and inviting some of our young friends from Northview over to learn the fine art of pie-making.

The ladies of the prayer shawl ministry kept knitting, creating shawls that would surround the recipients with love and prayers; and Laurie H. continued to organize and send the Bales north to Indigenous communities twice a year. Collections were made for St Monica’s house and blankets were crafted for the London Children’s Hospital Trauma Unit.

We made space for the VON to hold their twice-weekly exercises for seniors as well as providing a room for an ALANON group’s weekly meetings. We also hosted two separate Tuesday evening groups for Ability Through Drumming classes. The badminton group also continued to meet regularly in our Parish Hall.

We had hoped that we might manage to connect to Habitat for Humanity in 2019 and to host a community lunch, however, these initiatives did not take place.

In 2019, we hosted a Blanket Exercise and were pleased to have 29 people join us for this event.20190730CourageForFreedom

Also, 14 members of the congregation attended a public rally in July to learn more about what can be done to decrease human trafficking. It was both informational and inspiring.

We were pleased in 2019 to have raised $4,050 in support of Water Filtration systems in Cuba, as initiated by our deacon Ken B. As well through supporting a visit to our pollination garden, we did provide students at our local public school with opportunities to learn more about the pollination garden and how it helps to safeguard the integrity of creation.

We were able to connect to our local school and to provide for them a gift in the amount of $500 towards the purchase of equipment to support children’s learning about sustaining the earth.

We were able to invite students to our pollination garden to share with them how these kind of gardens support butterflies and bees in their pollinating efforts. There are additional funds left for the beautification of the gardens.

PWRDF is an important outreach arm of the Diocese of Huron

St. Paul's Daily Bread Program, a registered charity, is an ecumenical social service provider supported by over 50 London and area churches of various denominations, a number of service and fraternal organizations and hundreds of caring individuals on a regular ongoing basis. The Daily Bread Program is available to anyone need in the community who is in need and is one of the few agencies in London that offers emergency financial assistance in crisis situations pertaining to shelter and/or utilities cut off as funds permit.

Anglican Church Women (ACW) - The Bale
St. Anne's gathers donations of suitable, gently used washable clothing, sheets and towels and toiletries and sends them to the northern Diocese of Keewatin for the many individuals, families, communities and programs (safe shelters, rehab, and hospital) who rely on several agencies for support. The Diocese of Keewatin includes 45 parishes in the central region of Canada straddling the border of the provinces of Manitoba and Ontario and comprising over 900,000 sq kilometres.

St. Anne’s Library/Resource CentreLibrary

Our library is a resource that is beyond books. In addition to fiction and non-fiction books that are suitable for all ages there are DVDs, royalty magazines, diocesan newspapers from across Canada (donated by Bishop Nigel) and a few CDs. New Christian fiction include Amish romance and Canadian historical events. The non-fiction authors such as our Indigenous writers often highlight race, education and social class. Another recent addition is I Shall Not Hate A Gaza Doctor's Journey. We welcome visitors from the Byron community to share our resources.

The library is also a collection hub for donations to the ACW Bales, Monica Place and the Huron Church Camp. The 11th annual Christmas cards for the Parkwood veterans sales will begin in late October.

There will be approximately 130 original cards taken to the Parkwood Institute residents in time for Christmas. There is also a wide selection of original recycled greeting cards (eg. birthday, sympathy) for sale at only $2.00 each. The original cards are also donated to to the ACW card ministry that Laurie Hawkins takes to the residents of Country Terrace. Come and see the creativity of the two library ladies CJ and Joy P. When our materials are no longer needed they are donated to various outreach programs including the CPRI book sale, Mission Thrift Store, London Library Store, area retirement and care homes.

Come and visit your library on Sunday and Monday mornings. Home deliveries can also be happily arranged. Contact Louise K.

Bishop Nigel’s Book Reviews: Heroes and Heretics
The book Heroes and Heretics is just one of the books from a series called “The Hinges of History” by Thomas Cahill. The other title that is best known is How the Irish Saved Civilization which focuses on the critical role of the Irish monastic communities in safeguarding classical knowledge. Put simply their location was remote enough that they were not destroyed be the Barbarian waves of the early Dark Ages.

As the series title implies the author’s focus is on pivotal moments in European history. Sometimes the emphasis is on institutions, or broad movements, but in the book “Heroes and Heretics”, which is his latest book and historically the closest to the present, the focus is on key individuals. The period of time is the renaissance and the reformation, i.e. primarily the 1500s and moving into the 1600s. If you have an interest in the broad outlines of history, with a strong emphasis on religious history, this volume, as well as his previous works will probably suit you. He writes in a clear fashion, is very informative, and proposes some interesting theories about European development without getting bogged down in an overly academic style. He makes frequent use of side panels to include further information without restricting the flow of the narrative. He also includes a number of colour and black and white plates to illustrate the points he is making. This is especially valuable when he discusses the changes happening in the world of Art and the significance of those changes.

If you are looking for the best place to start, I would recommend How the Irish Saved Civilization which is the most standalone of the volumes. There are three in the series that are grouped together as “The making of the Ancient World”; The Gifts of the Jews, Desire of the Everlasting Hills and Sailing the Wine Dark Sea. There are two volumes in the grouping “The Making of the Modern World”; Mysteries of the Middle Ages and Heretics and Heroes with an additional volume planned to complete the grouping.

The author describes his intent as telling the story of the Western world as the story of the great gift-givers and a recounting of those essential moments when everything was at stake. It was at these times of crisis that the great gift-givers provided for transition, for transformation and even for transfiguration.

Call the office @ 471-0800 or Louise.

Child and Youth Ministry Update

Sunday School Videos

Lenten Resources from the Diocese of Huron

Easter Resources for Families and Children

St. Anne's Resources - links to books recorded on YouTube as well as songs to sing and even a little bit of Ukulele sing-along for those who are missing their Sunday Ukulele lessons.

Our Ministry includes: Sunday School and occasional youth activities.

We hold Sunday School most Sundays during the school year (there is no Sunday School offered on Sundays where the Monday following is a holiday). We continue to average approximately 4-10 children each Sunday, with as high as 12 on some Sundays. For the past year we have had a dedicated group of volunteers: Jeff W., Jean G., Jessica B. and Janet S. and Sharon P. We take four-week blocks in groups of two adults each Sunday so that we meet Safe Church guidelines. Reverend Val has a Children’s Focus at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service.

Supporting this ministry can be done in a variety of ways and does not necessarily mean you need to “teach” Sunday School. Curriculum supports are provided that follow the lectern schedules so that what the children are discussing is the same things the adults are considering.
Opportunities to service in this ministry are always needed. If you are interested please speak to Rev’d Val.

Youth Server’s Guild at St. Anne’s
We would love to welcome you!
Youth are invited and encouraged to join the Servers' Guild here at St. Anne's. Our servers are wonderful – they help us worship well assisting the clergy in the leadership of the service at our 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. services every Sunday, and on special occasions during the church year. Servers sit near the altar, presenting the holy bread, water and wine, they prepare and clear altars, carry the cross, light the candles, lead the procession, receive the offertory – we love our servers and thank them for their ministry!
Youth at least 11 years old who have their First Holy Communion and been trained and apprentice for one to two months with the rector and head server,

What are others saying? Here is a small sample for today's culture:

  • Consider your faith and commitment to God with My Hope videos. Personal stories about the impact of faith from well-known and everyday people.
  • has lots of great resources for younger children, from art to stories
  • Bible Gateway is a great resource for anyone who wants to know anything about the Bible. It includes many english translations and many texts from other languages as well.
  • links to online resources to answer faith question for today's culture. Ask a question or chat online if you need to talk.
  • Busted Halo is a site created by the Paulist Youth Ministries in New York that contains lots of current affairs commentary. Consider the Trivia Inferno game.
  • Huron Church Camp has lots of activities for youth of all ages. Visit their site to see camp details and how you can contribute by volunteering or providing supplies or assistance.
  • Trailblazing - a course of study for youth ministers and those working part-time with youth groups. Created through the National Youth Initiatives Team and Huron University College's faculty of theology.

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Founded circa 1832 and incorporated as an Anglican Cemetery in 1853, St. Anne’s Cemetery has a long history of serving the Byron community. St. Anne’s Anglican Cemetery is an active cemetery registered with the Cemeteries Branch of the Department of Business and Consumer Affairs, Toronto. Sales of full size and cremation only graves are limited to the active members of St. Anne’s Vestry or, on approval, their immediate family. There are 700 graves in total in the cemetery with approximately 70 available sites left.

Each year the cemetery board and the church hold a Cemetery Memorial Service on the first Sunday in May. At this service family, friends and parishioners have the opportunity to remember the members of St. Anne’s and the community who have been interred at St. Anne’s Cemetery over the past year, and also to remember other family members or friends who have passed.

Sadly, due to the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, the St. Anne’s Cemetery Board must, for the second year in a row, announce the postponement of the Annual Cemetery Memorial Service. We are praying for our community and our country as this pandemic has taken so many lives from us and we continue to strive to offer everything we can to families who have suffered loss during this period. We are praying for you and your family as you grieve, even without being able to have closure and a proper funeral/ memorial service for your loved ones. Please know that we are committed to honouring all those parishioners and family and friends that have passed during this difficult time.

If you would like to support St. Anne’s Cemetery Board and its efforts to maintain the cemetery grounds during this unprecedented time, please make an online donation or send your contribution to St. Anne’s Cemetery Board, 1344 Commissioners Rd. W., London, Ont. N6K 1E1. Be sure to tell us the name of the person for whom the memorial donation is being made. Memorials are noted in our weekly newsletter and a tax receipt is issued for all donations received.

These are difficult times, and in such times there is solace, comfort and peace in familiarity. If you are in need any of these things, please visit our website at and join us for our online services found under the worship menu.

Yours in Christ,
St Anne’s Byron Cemetery Board

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St. Anne’s Cemetery Board is pleased to announce that the first phase of the columbarium project is now complete.

St. Anne’s Cemetery Notice to Parishioners

St. Anne’s Cemetery is a closed cemetery offering interment rights only to the Parishioners of St. Anne’s Anglican Church (Byron). The interment options and their cost are:

  • Full size grave (very limited availability): $ 1,200.00 (one full size casket or several urns)
  • In ground cremation grave: $ 750.00 (up to three cremation urns)
  • Columbarium Niche: Niche prices range from $ 900.00 to $ 1,200.00
    (Space in a niche is designed for up to two cremation urns not taller than 30 cm (11 ½”)
  • Scattering Garden: $400

For information on purchasing interment rights please contact Peter Hawkins, 519-472-3262 or e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Many parishioners also take the opportunity to advance plan their service particulars as well. If you are interested in speaking to Rev’d Val about this, please get in touch with her directly at 519-854-9998.

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It is the purpose and goal of the cemetery board and the church to provide a reverent, peaceful and relaxing environment for parishioners and visitors to enjoy.

pdf Interments as of December 2019.pdf
For pictures of headstones, please visit the CanadaGenWeb Cemetery Project.

pdfSt Annes Cemetery Bylaws 2012.pdf

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