The 2016 Council of the North Lenten resource for use in your parish
On behalf of those who live and work in the Council of the North I want to thank you for the ongoing and generous support we receive from congregations like yours.
The Council of the North faces unique challenges: vast distances, isolation, the continuing effects of poverty, and the legacy of the residential school system. All of these contribute to an increased level of pastoral needs. However, the Council is responding to these challenges with faith, innovation and heroically sacrificial ministry.
This resource will assist parishes by providing a bulletin insert to be used each week during the Lenten season. Each week’s insert will feature a unique story of ministry in the Council of the North as well as a prayer. These stories and prayers will be related to the readings for that Sunday.
Your parish might choose to simply have a focus on the Council of the North throughout Lent, using these inserts each week. Or you might use them each week but also have a special Council of the North Sunday on which you feature, for example, other resources (such as our video), a coffee hour with bannock, specially chosen hymns, etc.
Our regular Council of the North print resources and the video are also available to download; we hope all of these resources will make your Council of the North Sunday easy to plan, and generate excitement and interest in the ministry of Anglicans in Canada’s North.