UPCOMING EVENTS & SERVICES
February is Black History Month
Every February, people in Canada are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians and their communities. The 2021 theme for Black History Month is: "The Future is Now". Learn more here.
To mark this month, the Anglican Journal is turning its attention to Black and African Christians inside and outside of the Anglican Church of Canada. The paper includes a variety of articles and reflections, including one with Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, archbishop of Cape Town and primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. Read more here.
In this month's Niagara Anglican, Naomi Kabugi, chair of the diocesan Anti-Racism Working Group, penned this column which highlights the importance of anti-racism awareness in our diocesan and church cultures.
On February 28 at 4:00pm, Black Anglicans of Canada is also hosting a special online service, Black History Celebration God’s People: Grounded in Faith, Filled with Hope, Called to Action!” Click here to register.
Bishop's Lenten Books for 2021
This year, Bishop Susan Bell has chosen to recommend two books for Lent: Seven Spiritual Gifts of Waiting by Holly Whitcomb and The Way of St. Benedict by Archbishop Rowan Williams.
A source of inspiration for the bishop’s most recent charge to synod, Seven Spiritual Gifts of Waiting is well suited to a time of pandemic, especially during the season of Lent. This book presents seven spiritual gifts that waiting can teach us: patience, loss of control, live in the present, compassion, gratitude, humility, and trust in God.
The latest work by Archbishop Rowan Williams, is being recommended for individual study as a way growing in one’s faith and discipleship. The Way of St Benedict explores the appeal of St. Benedict's sixth-century Rule and shows it to be a document of great relevance to contemporary Christians and non-believers alike. The book speaks to the Rule's ability to help anyone live more fully in harmony with others while orienting themselves fully to the will of God.
Both books are readily available through online book suppliers at an affordable price.
Canterbury Hill's a Forever Memory
Canterbury Hills Virtual Camp registration is now open. Bring the magic of Canterbury Hills right to the comfort of your own home. Each week will offer a variety of activities that encourage spiritual growth, independent play, creativity, and exploration, with opportunities to connect and share with staff and fellow campers. View the dates and themes of each week here to pick the right session for your camper! Each week will also include a virtual group campfire and chapel sessions!
To register, visit the Canterbury Hills website.
Canterbury Hills Camp is excited to launch a new pen pal program. Campers will be matched with another participant of similar age and interests. Your camper will then receive five pre-addressed, stamped envelopes, and conversation starter cards. What a fun opportunity to meet a new friend who could even become a cabin mate in an upcoming summer! This will be an add on program that is accessible to campers registered in any of the 2021 summer sessions. Select this option while registering online. The pen pal program comes with a one-time $10 fee.
World Day of Prayer
2021 March 5
Cursillo Learners Workshop
Saturdays March 13, 20, 27 from 1:00-4.30 pm
All are welcome to register for this Cursillo Learners Workshop taking place via Zoom on Saturdays March 13, 20, 27 from 1:00-4:30pm. Three days of prayer, talks, worship, and an Ultreya (sharing our faith) is presented by Canadian Anglican Cursillo Secretariat (CACS) and hosted by Niagara Huron Anglican Cursillo at no cost to participants.
This is an opportunity to hear about the vision of the founder, deepen our commitment to Christ, and get a clear understanding of our role to make the movement an effective instrument in the evangelization of environments. The workshop has been developed to be relevant for today's world.
Click here for the registration form. Registration deadline: March 6, 2021.
A Year of Children, Youth and Family Ministry
Check out the new calendar of events for our diocesan children, youth, and family ministries. Existing programs have been transitioned safely to a virtual platform and we are excited to offer four new ones:
* Youth Alpha takes place weekly on Mondays
from 6:30-8:30pm and is for those aged 14-18 years;
* Junior Youth Connections (virtual youth group for those aged 10-13 years) takes place biweekly
beginning January 18 from 4:30-5:30pm - click here for the dates;
* Sparking Children's Faith - a weekly "Sunday School" program held Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00pm for those in grades 1-5; and
* Why Believe? - a five-week course for youth
ages 12-18 who are curious or interested in exploring Christianity, also considered a youth confirmation prep class, beginning March 3 from 6:30-8:30pm.