Good Shepherd, Atikokan: Diocesan life starts with travel

Good Shepherd
I would like to introduce you to the Church of the Good Shepherd in Atikokan, Ontario. We are probably the parish from the Diocese of Keewatin southern region that is the farthest distance away from Rupert’s Land. The nearest town to us is one hundred thirty kilometres away and so when we participate in diocesan affairs we have to travel great distances wherever we go.

We are a small, elderly parish that remains faithful and is looking forward to the upcoming union with your Diocese.

We are a small, elderly parish that remains faithful and is looking forward to the upcoming union with your Diocese. We were excited to meet Terence Moore and his wife Vi who recently visited us and shared in our worship service. He took the accompanying photograph.

Each year the ladies of our ACW hold a Christmas Tea and Bazaar. As well as welcoming our community with delicious fancy sandwiches and dainties, we sell lovely homemade crafts, scrumptious baking goods and various “new to you” articles. As usual, we had a good turnout in November 2013 and the affair was quite successful. It is always an opportunity for the whole parish to work together in fellowship and the event is always enjoyed by all – parish and community alike.

The picture was taken in our hall on the day after our tea and shows many of our parishioners gathered around what was left from the craft and bake tables. Perhaps they were looking for further bargains. In the background can be seen one of our lovely murals depicting the Good Shepherd. This picture was painted with an airbrush by a talented parishioner, Liz Chambers.

by Rev. Ruth Ivall, Priest-in-Charge of Church of the Good Shepherd, Atikokan