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A Rule of Life

This outline of a Rule is designed to get you asking the questions you need to ask, to frame your life as much as possible in keeping with God's purposes for you. Remember that a Rule is between you and God-you commit to it freely, and God's grace is with you both when you are fullfilling it and when you fall short of your aim.


Knowing God

What regular practice of reading Scripture works for you?
What habits of prayer do you already have, and how can you realisitically bring more and deeper prayer into your life?


Remembering God's Presence

What daily practices remind you of God's presence? What weekly practices?
How can you observe special times and seasons like Advent, Lent, the great celebrations and fast days of the Christian calendar?

 

Keeping Sabbath

How can you bring balance to your regular pattern of work, rest and play?
Do you need more space for renewal in your life, e.g. A retreat or longer "sabbatical"?

 

Sharing the Life of God's people

What is your committment to worship and other regular activities of the church?
What other committments to individuals and groups do you have, and how do you live out your faith within them?
How do you reach beyond those you know, to discover God in the stranger?

 

Serving God's Creation

How can you put yourself in a position to "seek and serve Christ in all persons"?
How do you focus on the beauty of creation and protection of its intergrity?

 

Stewardship

What has God entrusted in your care and how do you use it? (Time, talent, treasure)?What do you need to do to be healthy in your own mind, body and spirit?
What opportunities are there to continue lifelong learning and develop your gifts?

 

Accountability

How, and how often, do you review your commitments to God and to other people?
Is there someone with whom you share the joys and challenges of discipleship?

 


 

 St. James' Cathedral 

 

 Clergy

The Right Rev. Fraser Lawton, Bishop

The Very Rev. Jason Haggstrom

The Venerable Canon Terry Leer, Archdeacon

The Rt. Rev. John Clarke, Archbishop

 

 

Vestry

The Very Rev. Jason Haggstrom

Bishop's Warden- Bill Gish

People's Warden - Sue Bowling

Treasurer - Kathy Budd

David Cambridge (Chair)

Irene Goddard

Wanda Laurin

Steve Pasquan

Recording Secretary - Triston Ruddock (St. James' admin)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wardens

The wardens, along with the clergy, are responsible for taking a leading role in ensuring, that to the greatest degree possible, the local parish is effectively managed, provides a high level of spiritual and pastoral care, and pursues the mission of the church.
The wardens also serve as advisers and confidants to the rector on a regular basis and have diocesan responsibilities, including ensuring that the constitution, canons, regulations of the diocese and the bylaws of the parish are adhered to within the parish.
The wardens, along with the treasurers, are the signing officers for the parish.

Rector’s Warden, Bill Gish, , at the annual parish meeting held February.

People’s Warden, Sue Bowling, was elected at the annual parish meeting held February. She is the representative of the parishioners, she brings any concerns they may have to the vestry. She also takes on a lead role in any social functions held for the parish.

 


 

Sunday School

Our Sunday School program is for children ages 3-12 and is held during our church service. The children begin by going directly to their classroom to sing songs, read a scripture story and do an activity. The children rejoin the service at communion and all are welcome to sit with the Rector during their children’s talk time at the end of the service. The is a separate playroom available for children too young to enjoy craft time.

 

Music

Our music ranges from traditional music played on our beautiful pipe organ to contemporary music with a full group of singers, guitars, piano and drums.

 

Cathedral Arts Council

The Cathedral Arts Council is a group whose focus is to fundraise by putting on productions like Baroque and Beyond,  Romantic Rebellion, Songs of Freedom and most recently, The Christmas Carol. The funds are used to enhance the cathedral and make it more user friendly and technically up to date so that groups such as the Music Festival can hold their events there. They will then have access to better lighting, sound, electrical outlets, power point capabilities and most recently a stage. The CAC is on Facebook and can found by searching St. James Cathedral Arts.

 

Programs and Ceremonies

Include Marriage, Confirmation and Baptism preparation, Marriages, Baptisms and Funerals. Please contact  780-624-2743 to inquire further.

 

Fellowship

Like all good Anglicans we like to eat! So many of our fellowship opportunities arise around sharing a meal. During Lent our ACW group sponsors Lenten Lunches, where the congregation takes turns bringing soup, bread and cheese to share. It is a greatly anticipated event with many great soup recipes being shared. Other gatherings centre around Holy Thursday Foot washing and Altar stripping, Maundy Tuesday pancakes, Guy Fawkes and New Year’s Even games nights, the annual golf tournament, the annual Ladies Night, September Start Up Sunday Beef on a Bun. Not to be forgotten, there is coffee and goodies almost every Sunday after the service.

 

Synod
http://www.dioath.ca/synod14.php

Here you will find documents of all the proceedings of our last Synod, including the Bishop's Charge, draft minutes, resolutions, elections and guest speaker notes. Our Synod delegates for are: Susan Bowling, Bill Gish, Kathy Budd, Dave Cambridge and Irene Goddard (Alternate) and youth delegates for the Peace Deanery are Finn Marceau and Robert Lawton. Synod staff from Peace River are Bishop Fraser Lawton, Archdeacon Terry Leer, and Danielle McKenzie, Secretary.

 

 

You can find the weekly readings at http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/