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St. Matthew - St. Aidan

Victoria Matthews to step down as NZ bishop

Victoria Matthews, a Canadian Anglican who once served as bishop of Edmonton, is stepping down as Bishop of Christchurch in the Anglican Church in Aoteaora, New Zealand and Polynesia.

According to an ACNS story, dated Monday, March 19, Matthews announced she would be resigning May 1 after discerning through prayer that God wanted her “to lay down this particular position of leadership.”

In a statement to her diocese, Matthews said,

I have discerned in my prayers that I am called by God in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit, to lay down this particular position of leadership. I’m not retiring and I’m not in ill health, I am merely following where my Saviour is leading me, wherever that may be.

She said it had been an “extraordinary privilege” for her to serve as bishop.“This beautiful diocese has been through many challenges brought about by earthquakes, wind, fire and floods,” Matthews said. “But through it all, people have been their best selves by helping others, working together and finding new ways of doing things.”

In 2011, an earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand, partially destroying its cathedral.

In November 1993, Matthews became the first woman to be elected a bishop in the Anglican Church of Canada, when she was elected suffragan bishop in the diocese of Toronto.

She served in that role from 1994 to 1997. She was elected to lead the diocese of Edmonton in 1997, becoming the first female diocesan bishop in the Canadian Anglican Church.

In 2004, she would have been the first woman nominee for primate, but [withdrew] her name from the ballot after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

She became a candidate for the primatial election in 2007, and finished a close second behind Archbishop Fred Hiltz.

Later in 2007, she announced she would resign as bishop of Edmonton, and was elected bishop of the diocese of Christchurch in February 2008.

The Synod of the Diocese of Toronto will elect a Coadjutor Bishop in June 2018 See list of current nominees.

By Anglican Journal Staff 20 March 2018 with excerpt from ACNS added

A model for self-determination from New Zealand?

The Anglican Journal

The two existing primates of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia (ANZP) have announced that the province’s third primate will be Bishop Don Tamihere, currently bishop of Tairawhiti.

The Church of ANZP is unique in the Anglican Communion in having three primates of the whole province, but with special responsibility for the three Tikangas, or geographical and cultural streams: Polynesia, Maori and Pākehā (people of European descent).

Tamihere will succeed the late Archbishop Brown Turei, who died in January 2017 at age 92, just two months ahead of his planned retirement.

As part of the planning for Turei’s retirement, Tamihere was nominated as bishop of Tairawhiti—or Te Pihopa o Te Tai Rawhiti—in October 2016. The diocese serves the tribal district on the eastern seaboard of New Zealand’s North Island. He was consecrated and installed in March 2017.

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Indigenous Ministries in Anglican Church of Canada

Indigenous Ministries supports the Indigenous Peoples of Canada (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) spiritually, socially, economically and politically. We recognize that the purity of the land base provides for all our needs.

As active participants in the life of the church, we strive for reconciliation with the Anglican Communion and work towards Indigenous self-determination.

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Lent in three minutes …

What is Lent all about? Why do Christians receive ashes on Ash Wednesday? Why 40 days?

If you’re looking for answers, you’ve come to the right place. In a BRAND NEW version of our classic video (with a bonus extra minute — because there’s a lot happening here!), Busted Halo explains the significance of this season of prayer, fasting, and giving, and how you can make the most of this time of repentance and renewal.

The Pretzel: brought to you by Lent

Pretzels come in many flavors, shapes, and sizes — not unlike us. These treats are great for cheese or other dips or just by themselves. But have you stopped to consider they actually have a historical place in Lent?

If you take a moment to look at the typical twist pretzel, you can see that it is a model of the common prayer position from the early 600s of folding your arms over each other on your chest and putting your hands on your shoulders.

Pretzels were developed as an option to satisfy abstinence and fasting laws of the time. Eggs, fat, and milk were forbidden during Lent. So, the remaining ingredients that one could use included water, flour, and salt. A young monk baked the first pretzel — making a Lenten bread of water, flour, and salt, forming the dough into the prayer position of the day and baking it as soft bread. These first pretzels would have been much like the soft pretzels we have today.

Greg Dues, in his book “Catholic Customs and Traditions,” explains more of the pretzel history:

“These little breads were shaped in the form of arms crossed in prayer and were called bracellae (Latin, ‘little arms’). Among the Germans the word became ‘bretzel’. These pretzels were a common Lenten food throughout the Middle Ages in Europe, and became an all year round snack, in its original shape only in the last (19th) century.”

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Looking for something in Lent — an invitation

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry of the Episcopal Church USA — The ECUSA Presiding Bishop serves a similar function as the Primate in The Anglican Church of Canada

Have you ever wished to deepen your relationship with God? To experience a warm friendship with God? Maybe even fall in love with God – again – or for the very first time?

With a beautiful prayer journal, facilitation guidance for small groups (and more) from the Center for the Ministry of Teaching, and videos from the monks of SSJE, Meeting Jesus is a six-week journey and reflection on the Gospel According to John, available now.

Watch the Video Meditations
Get your Prayer Journal
Facilitation Guidance for Groups
Resources for Communicators
Questions? Get Help

Click link to: Sign up for daily prayers and get more info …and to download the journal and companion materials for free, or buy the prayer journal at cost.

Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John invites participants on a six-week journey into deeper intimacy with God by praying with the words of John the Evangelist (The Gospel According to John and First Letter of John). These two texts describe how God, out of deep love, sends God’s only Son Jesus into the world, to take on human form and live among us. By learning from Jesus, his human friendships, and his teachings about the God he calls ‘Father,’ we will discover God as One who longs for deep intimacy with each of us. We will take to heart the words of Jesus: “I and the Father are one.” We will find that God is not a judge, a disapproving parent, a policeman, or a taskmaster; rather God is our companion, our friend, our confidant, our beloved. We are even invited to abide in God as God abides in us. It is in relationship with Jesus that such extraordinary communion with God becomes a personal reality.

During this six-week offering, participants are invited to draw close to the God revealed in and through Jesus by meditating on the words of a daily verse from John. The monastic tradition in the church, with its hallowed practice of sacred reading, has since ancient times found John’s gospel a treasured key for opening the praying heart and awakening the praying mind. This remains true today for the Brothers of SSJE, who take their name and inspiration from John’s gospel and epistles. In a short video each day, an SSJE Brother will comment upon the daily scripture verse, share facets of his own relationship with Jesus and suggest possibilities for further reflection. At the start of each week, participants are prompted to pray for a particular grace; at the end of each week, an inviting question helps participants to translate that grace into daily life. To assist parish and small groups, we have produced a printed Prayer Journal. Facilitator’s Guides and other additional supporting materials are available online.

What’s involved with being Bishop of Toronto

What’s really involved in being the Bishop of Toronto? Archbishop Colin Johnson offers advice to Synod members as they consider the upcoming electoral Synod to be held on June 9.


“Becoming the Bishop of Toronto is not a promotion. It’s a special calling among the three Orders of Ministry–Deacons, Priests, and Bishops.”

Archbishop Colin Johnson

Notice of Meeting

Synod members in the Diocese of Toronto are called to assemble at St. James Cathedral, 65 Church Street, Toronto, at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018 to elect a Coadjutor Bishop. The Rt. Rev. John H. Chapman, Bishop of Ottawa, will preside at the Synod.

A Coadjutor Bishop is elected by Synod to assist and ultimately succeed a Diocesan Bishop. A Coadjutor has the Right of Succession, i.e. when the Most Rev. Colin R. Johnson, Diocesan Bishop of Toronto, retires on December 31, 2018, the Coadjutor will assume the office of Diocesan Bishop on January 1, 2019 without the need for a further election by Synod.

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Caring for others

Caring for others


The people of St Matthew - St Aidan are committed and serious about putting their caring for others into action. Throughout every year, the parish undertakes a number of special events in order to support those in need in the local community and beyond.

With the continuing encouragement of Father Glenn, parish priest, the Parish Planning Council (PPC) recognizes the importance of the parish's active engagement in doing things that are relevant and that make a positive and visible difference for the community especially for those in need.

"It is not a matter of serving ourselves. The teachings of Jesus are clear and they tell us that our reason for being is to serve the poor and those in need," Father Glenn said.

"We're a small parish in the scheme of things but we try to 


It's not a matter of what we can do for ourselves. It's entirely a matter of what we do for others, especially for those in need.

'Breakfast Betty' herself (aka Sue Swankie) with Mary Lou Wright, Principal Buckhorn Public School

push beyond our weight," Olive Walduck, People's Church Warden, observed.

At the beginning of each year, the PPC plans out events to be held throughout the year. This is coordinated with specific goals to meet needs the council has identified.

In the Fall of 2018, the parish will introduce a new event -- The Ribfest -- in order to keep parish events fresh and fun for those who attend and support these parish initiatives.

Every year, many people from the local community come out to enjoy the special events and to support the work and ministry of the parish.

"We are so fortunate that our parish family and friends of the parish take an active part in supporting our parish events during the year. We think they also have fun being there," Eunice Blakeley, Rector's Church Warden, added.

Total direct outreach dollars in 2017 $3,938.00

  • Buckhorn School Breakfast Programme, $1,000
  • Cameron House (shelter for those affected by domestic abuse and addiction), 235
  • Cameron House -- purses filled with personal care goods
  • Primate's World Relief and Development Fund for disaster relief, 350
  • Council of the North, Support for ministry in Arctic, 250 
  • The Warming Room, Peterborough, daily cooked meals for those in need, 350
  • Clean Water Project for Pikangikum, Northwest Ontario, 500
  • The Healing Fund, TRC, 100
  • Sleeping Children around the World, Sleeping kits against malaria, 7 kits, 245
  • Lakefield Community Food Bank plus canned goods donations, 125
  • Trent Lakes Outreach, Buckhorn and area, 125
  • Trent Lakes Community Care, 125
  • Victim Services, Peterborough, 125
  • Anglican Church Women, Special Projects, 208
  • SOS Children's Villages Canada for project in Surrey BC, 200

The parish also contributes to local Christmas and Easter hamper programmes as well as food goods for local food bank during the year.

All parishes throughout the Diocese of Toronto contribute annually to ministry carried out throughout the Trent-Durham area and the wider diocese. In addition to the direct outreach projects outlined above, St Matthew - St Aidan will also contribute over 9 thousand dollars in 2018 for ministries throughout the diocese which include numerous outreach initiatives.

Electing a new Primate for Canada

Archbishop Fred Hiltz announced January 9 that he will resign as primate of the Anglican Church of Canada in July 2019. At that time, a new primate will be elected to lead the national church and represent it internationally. But how will this process unfold?

Hiltz has stated that he will resign July 16, 2019, the final day of the General Synod. Voting for the new primate will take place that same day. But before that happens, Canadian Anglican bishops must choose between three and five nominees for the office of primate.

According to Canon III of the Handbook of the General Synod, these nominations must take place between 30 and 120 days before the primatial election. In 2019, nominees will be chosen at the House of Bishops meeting, April 29–May 3, 2019, in Niagara Falls, Ont. Any active (not retired) bishop is eligible for nomination.

The waiting period after nomination is a relatively new addition to the election procedure. The 30- to 120-day timeline was adopted by the 1998 General Synod in Montreal. Before that, in primatial elections, candidates were nominated and elected on the same day.

Prior to the House of Bishops meeting, each bishop may nominate between one and three candidates, with those candidates’ consent. Until the 2004 election, nominees were chosen at the bishops’ meeting, but this gave candidates little time to consider their nomination, pray and consult with family. Now, nominations are sought by the primate approximately six months before General Synod—though additional nominations will be received until 10 p.m. the night before the vote at the House of Bishops meeting.

Voting by secret ballot will determine which three to five nominees will move on to the primatial election.

Though bishops nominate candidates from among their own number, they do not vote in the actual election. The primate will be elected by clergy and lay members of General Synod.

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With many thanks

Special tokens of thanks and appreciation


On Sunday, 7 January, there was a surprise on hand for "the three lads". The surprise was a heartfelt thank you to Donnie, Nick and Jim for their care and cleaning of the parish facilities throughout the year. Also, included in the crew is Don Bowles who was away due to work obligations. He and the other "lads" each received a gift card from the nearby Adult Toy Store -- more recognized by the name Canadian Tire. Our most sincere thanks to each of the lads.

Another person who plays an immense role in the behind-the-scenes functioning of the parish is Eunice. On Sunday just prior to the Presentation of the Gifts at the Eucharist, Father Glenn presented a special token of thanks to Eunice on behalf of the parish. Each week she prepares the Order of Service and bulletins along with scheduling and coordinating readers, intercessors, and lay administrants. A special gift card from The Keg was how the people of the parish offered their appreciation.

Christmas Eve in Buckhorn


Over ninety people packed the quaint little country church of St Matthew – St Aidan to overflowing on Christmas Eve for the Holy Eucharist. The Communion Service was “for all in town” and many local folks attended in addition to parishioners and people who had travelled from nearby Lakefield and Peterborough.

The music of The Knights-Wevers Ensemble brought a festive touch to the evening. The Ensemble played several anthems to enhance the quiet moments during the Service for pondering the meaning of Christmas. Before the reading of the Gospel, the lights were dimmed and candles lit throughout the congregation while the people joined in singing “Silent Night”.

Shannon Knights and husband, Scott Wevers, are musicians who play with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The National Ballet Orchestra of Canada, and Tafelmusik. They were joined by Shannon’s parents. Susan and Jonathan Knights, who are also accomplished musicians. We extend our most heartfelt thanks to The Ensemble members for their gracious Christmas gift of music for the parish. And to The Venerable David Peasgood, our sincere thanks and appreciation for his music on the organ.

For those who wished to attend but were unable:

See and follow along in the Order of Service.

Listen to the audio of the Service. Prelude music precedes the Service which begins at minute 17:00. The entire Service is just over 60 minutes. Audio is best for this clip in Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer. A version of the Christmas Eve Service with improved audio is available for local folks from the parish on CD.

Here also is a link if you wish to cut and paste in the browser:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/2c8q7gwcaw1bhkj/Christmas_Eve_buckhorn_2017.mp3?dl=0


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