St Chad’s: New beginnings in a new home

Mar -- Presentation to bishop colour

On December 1, 2013, the first Sunday in Advent, the Rt Rev Donald Phillips installed our interim priest, the Rev Dr Susan Titterington, as our new incumbent. Rev Susan has been with us during this last two years of our journey of discernment, which has led us to the realization that our faith community is not defined by a building.

Letting go of Assiniboia Christian Centre, our long-time parish home, has not been the end for us but a new beginning.

Letting go of Assiniboia Christian Centre, our long-time parish home, has not been the end for us but a new beginning. Now on Kirkfield Street, in the building we share with Kirkfield Park United Church, we are better able to focus on what God is calling us to do next.

Now on Kirkfield Street, in the building we share with Kirkfield Park United Church, we are better able to focus on what God is calling us to do next.

At our December 1 service, our Sunday School children presented Bishop Donald with a cheque, on behalf of our Mission and Hospitality Committee, for the work of the Diocese of Rupert’s Land’s Refugee Sponsorship Initiative.

Our first Christmas Eve service in our new location at 472 Kirkfield Street in Westwood was a joyous occasion, with a full house enjoying both the music and message of Christmas. Rev Susan’s children’s conversation, a reading of the story God Gave Us Christmas, was listened to attentively by our children and our music was enhanced by solos and a duet performed by our organist Daniel Clark and guest trumpeter and former lay reader John Pittman of Toronto.

Christmas Bells

On January 5, St Chad’s participated in an “Epipha Party” meet and greet with members of Kirkfield Park United Church. On one of the coldest Sundays of the winter, Kirkfield Park parishioners showed up early to set up a brunch while St Chadians worshipped and we stayed after the brunch to clean up while KP parishioners held their Sunday service.

On January 9, St. Chad’s book club resumed its weekly meetings, which are held after our 11:30 a.m. Thursday services. We have given this group a new name, Westwood Ecumenical Book Club, as members of Kirkfield Park have been invited to join parishioners of St. Chad’s and Blessed John XXIII who have been enjoying this activity for the past two years.

Ministering to shut-ins is a major focus in our parish. Rev Susan, along with members of our Pastoral Care Team, bring monthly Eucharist services to Kiwanis Courts, Heritage Lodge, The Boulton Retirement Residence and The Parkway Retirement Community. In addition, pastoral care team members visit shut-ins in their own homes, often taking frozen dinners and/or goodies prepared in our licensed church kitchen by members of our Mission and Hospitality Committee. Visiting shut-ins in our community is a very rewarding and often humbling experience as we are sometimes the only outside visitors these shut-ins come in contact with on a regular basis.

By Pamela Bann