It was windy but warm and sunny at 1410 Nanton for the Aboriginal Day Feast and Celebration held on the green space between the Trendell Lounge, (the facility shared by the Synod Office and St. John’s, Shaughnessy) and the Church.

Last year on July 25 the first such event was held and it was decided that this year it be held closer to Canada’s National Indigenous People’s Day which is celebrated on June 21.

Diocesan Indigenous Justice Ministry Coordinator, Nii K’an Kwsdins (Jerry Adams) put a great program together and also arranged for a delicious catered lunch of seafood, hearty soup, salads and other treats both savoury and sweet.

The welcome was given by the Venerable Douglas Fenton, Executive Archdeacon of the Diocese and Archdeacon of Vancouver and the event’s MC was Jerry, who made everyone in attendance feel very welcome.

There were three cultural performances:

  • Kwhlii Gibaygum Nisga’a Dancers
  • V’ni Dansi, Yvonne Chartrand Metis Dansers
  • Love Medicine, the Big Drum

and two speakers; CEO Kevin Barlow, Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council and Constable Rick Lavallee VPD.

Article by Randy Murray  https://www.vancouver.anglican.ca/news/aboriginal-day-celebration-and-feast-at-the-synod-office Accessed 20th June 2019)

It strikes me with the Corpus Christi Mass coming this evening (I’m writing on Thursday) that the body of Christ is far more complex, far reaching and beautiful than we can ever understand, The Spirit was moving and present in the celebration yesterday and I look forward to the next time that I will be invited to share and learn with the First Nations and Metis of this place we are blessed to call home.

See you soon,

Mother Lucy

In the reflection this week you will see that I’ve noted the 5 Marks of Mission and the Mission and Vision Statements of our church here in the Downtown Eastside.

We are a parish which is trying to grow. What does that look like? Not all growth is about numbers, but growing our numbers is part of our mission. Consider our mission objectives: We are committed to inviting and welcoming friends, family, and strangers into our midst. We are committed to developing relationships and fellowship in open, honest, and spiritual ways. We need to gather and listen to one another, we need to gather and delve into scripture together to continue our spiritual growth.

Acts 2:46-47

Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home[k]and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

On a larger scale as a church we have affirmed the 5 Marks of Mission: to teach, baptize and nurture new believers, to respond to human need by loving service.

Over the next few weeks you are going to see me with a large map of the greater Vancouver area. I have been listening to your feedback about your longing for community outside of Sunday mornings, and our current formation sessions. The feedback on formation has been positive, however, the clergy team is hearing that not all of you are able to make the Thursday evening or Sunday sessions, and for some of you, it would be easier to meet closer to home.

So here is what I propose with the map. Each of you are invited to place a pin where you live so that we can see where would be good locations to offer small group Bible studies, that would allow us to learn and pray together, and make small group gatherings more accessible for all.

Please take a look at the reflection and let me know where you think we are as a parish. You can email me, or better yet, make an appointment and let’s talk.

See you soon,

Mother Lucy