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Layreaders Training Weekend a Great Success!

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LAYREADERS' WEEKEND A FIRST IN MANY YEARS

 

Over the weekend of March 4-6, some 42 Lay Readers of the southern Moosonee deaneries of Cochrane and Kenogami gathered at St. Matthew’s & St. Paul’s Church in Hearst. The planning for such a training event started last fall when it was realized that the Lay Readers had not met together in some years (some who were present indicated since 1991). We hoped for 20-25 to register so were thrilled when twice that number showed up. Dr. John Hurd, retired from Trinity College, Toronto and Bishop Bill Hockin, retired Bishop of Fredericton provided excellent teachings on the New Testament and preaching and David Macdonald of Thorneloe University provided updated materials on studies available for the Lay Readers. The participants spent the weekend working hard, enjoying fellowship, worshipping together and enjoying the wonderful hospitality of the host parish. The decision was unanimous that arrangements be made to bring the LayrReaders together again, sooner than later!

Examining Chaplain Appointed

The Rev. CJ Adams has been appointed the Bishop's Examining Chaplain.  CJ is currently the Regional Dean of Cochrane and the incumbent of both Holy Trinity Parish in Cochrane and St. Mark's Parish in Kapuskasing.  CJ has extensive experience in teaching and training in both secular and religious organizations.  

Bishopstope to Be Sold

A motion was passed at an Executive Council Meeting held by teleconference on Friday, February 11th to list Bishopstope for sale. A Buildings and Property Task Force set up following the Executive Council Meeting in November has made the recommendation to sell the building so the diocese can focus its scarce resources on ministry rather than buildings. Many Members of the Council expressed sadness at the prospect of parting with the lovely historic house and property, but recognized that keeping the large building is no longer in the best interests of the diocese. The Task Force will seek rental housing for the bishop.

New Vision Quest 2015 Resource Center Website!

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There is now a website dedicated to the Diocese of Moosonee's "Vision Quest 2015". The website will be updated regularly with Vision Quest 2015 information and resources. The site can be found on the left side menu of the diocese website or you can visit it now by clicking here!

Lenten Study "Dreams & Visions" Download Now!

 

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The Rev. Deborah Lonergan-Freake, a member of the Vision Quest Task Force, has prepared a Lenten Study for use throughout the Diocese of Moosonee.  The study is called "Dreams & Visions, Dreams & Visions...the Steady Stuff of Love".  The study is five weeks long which enables parishes to do their own programs in Holy Week.  The purpose of the study materials is to assist people to understand why it is necessary to examine our current practices and to facilitate hopeful discussion of dreams and visions of future ministry.

 

Click Here to download!

 

 

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You'll need Adobe Reader to view the lenton study. Click the picture above to download it free!.

 

"Dreams & Visions" will also be mailed to those parishes that do not use internet or email.

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