Faith & Worship

Faith & Worship Contacts

The Reverend Valerie Kenyon | Rector | | 519-471-0800

What We Offer

Our worship services consist of both traditional and contemporary language services in the Anglican tradition.  Every first Sunday of the Month at both our 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. service you may receive laying on of hands for healing.  The rector, and commissioned pastoral care ministers of healing prayer are ready to pray with you and lay hands upon you as you ask for private prayers for yourself or those you name.   Keith B. is commissioned for this ministry.

The 8:00 a.m. service is a traditional service of Holy Communion using the Book of Common Prayer.

Our 9:30 service will be Holy Communion from the Book of Alternate Services with Morning Prayer typically held on the third Sunday.  A Parish Family Eucharist service is usually held the second Sunday of the month.

Prayer Box
You will notice a new addition to the table in the Parish Hall entry way, a Prayer Box. If you would like to include a prayer request of any kind in the box, you are invited to do so. It will be cleared regularly. If you would prefer to remain anonymous in your request, you may do so.

If you want to learn more about our annual cycle of worship and how it recognizes certain biblical events, please visit our Church Seasons information. Use our Contact Us form to make suggestions that would be helpful in our common faith journey.

Parking for services
We would like to remind everyone that there is additional parking available at Byron Northview School (entrance on Stephen Street).

Prayer...the world's greatest wireless connection...takes various forms at St. Anne's ....more.

Reaching out in prayer
Just as we each have our own way of sharing God's love with others, there are probably also many ways in which we pray. We pray in church and out of church, for our own concerns, our families and friends, and for the world and its troubles. James 5:16b (New Living Translation) says "The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results." Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said “In praying 'Thy Kingdom Come' we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities."

The Archbishop has invited people to join him in prayer specifically between Ascension and Pentecost (May 25th to June 4th). He is simply asking people to pray in whatever way they want, with whoever they want and wherever they can, that others might know Jesus Christ. Will you join in this global effort to open hearts to the message of Jesus? And there is no need to wait until May so why not start now!

Loads of ideas are offered on the website Feel free to browse the site and consider the ideas that fit your life. A few of those ideas have been noted below, but the key is to simply start and make prayer a habit.
- as spring buds start to show on the trees, think of members of your own family tree and pray for them to discover or rediscover the new life offered by Jesus
• use reminders to pray for five friends:
◦ write their names on five small stones and put them on a desk, in a basket or bowl or in any convenient place. Hold the stone in your hand as you pray for the person;
◦ tie five knots in a string and either wrap the string around your wrist or put in in a visible place;
◦ put post-it notes up where you will see them regularly;
or add five names to your smartphone list of reminders;
◦ use Scrabble letters to name someone; jumble the letters to give you a new first initial and start another name
◦ go through a newspaper and pick out a few articles and pray for God's will to be done in those situations
◦ pray the Lord's Prayer – slowly
◦ when you go walking, pray for the people living in the houses or working in the businesses you pass. Ask God to show you what He sees and to know His heart for your community.

And as we are urged in 1 Timothy 2 (The Message) "The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live."

Bringing Holy Communion Into your Home
In Anglican church tradition, the rector may commission qualified laity to deliver the consecrated sacraments to those less mobile in hospitals or homes, Guidelines for such selection include the person being:

  • a practicing church member of St.Anne’s, distinguished in the Christian life, faith and morals
  • have received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist
  •  demonstrating a deep reverence for and devotion to the Holy Eucharist
  • been prepared and commissioned by the rector for this ministry

Lay people at St. Anne's are actively involved in the worship service in a number of roles. The short list below reflects some of those roles.

  • Chancel Guild
  • Servers
  • Lay readers and lay communion assistants
  • Sidespersons

Interested in knowing more about these ministries? Send us your questions or contact information to find out more.

We believe that when we live the Gospel we find peace in our lives
We believe in the power of prayer
We believe that you, your children and all life are precious
We believe that we can help each other in times of grief, trouble or sorrow
We believe that in community we can work, laugh and offer each other joy.

Report From Fran C, St. Anne’s Parish Representative for the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer  - still a good reminder
On Saturday, October 3, 2015, St. Anne’s Parish Hall was the setting for the Diocesan Anglican Fellowship of Prayer Fall Gathering.
The topic was: “Praying in Times of Change and Transition”
Sister Elizabeth Ann Eckert, a former Reverend Mother of the Sisters of Saint John the Divine, an Anglican Order in Toronto, led us in trying to understand that “Change Happens” and how we can deal with it. There are changes constantly in the world and its various sectors; E.g.: economy, people becoming refugees, shootings, etc. Change is everywhere, including the Church.
Sister Elizabeth Ann referred to theologian Phyllis Tickle’s idea that the Church changes every 500 years. “Each time it’s like a Grand Rummage Sale: What will go? What will be retained?” Remember when the BAS took over from the BCP? (That brought a reaction from the group.)

Yes, changes and transitions are a part of our life in various ways and forms. We shouldn’t be afraid of the “NEW”. It can be a path to clearer understanding and a new way of looking at things. The “OLD” can give depth to the “NEW”. If we understand the ways in which one is able to deal with change, we have a better opportunity to work through the phases of transition.
From the book, “Transitions” by William Bridges, Sister Elizabeth Ann talked about these phases.
• Every transition begins with an ending. How we respond to that ending is a personal thing.
• This is an empty or fallow time which people handle differently. There may be anger or denial. Some people will grieve the ending. Some will record their feelings. Some may even put
things on hold. Some will breathe deeply, trying to be the “Breath of God”. Some may have other ways of dealing with this phase. Above all, it’s important to take one’s time, to listen and to pray.
• Endings have to be worked through in order to let go of the “OLD”. Then we can ... Begin again with the “NEW”. Of course, it isn’t always that easy to work through endings. Sister Elizabeth Ann gave us a list of thirty things that can trip us up in dealing with change. These things can be external or internal.
Some examples:
— Do you see change as a process?
— Do you tend to dig in your heels as an initial response to change?
— Do you ‘run’ when there is conflict, especially about some aspect of change?
— Do you feel out-of-control when change seems forced upon you?
— When you are stressed out, do you wish to change everything or everyone else but yourself?
— Do you get very exuberant about your ideas and then feel hurt if others do not share your enthusiasm?
— Do you remain still with God or search out wisdom from scripture and tradition which helps inform your beliefs and how you act about times of change?
(If you’d like to see the rest, I’d be happy to give you a copy of them all.)
The fact is change happens: in our personal life; in our Church and community; in our country; in our world;
— Everywhere!

Sometimes we bring change upon ourselves, both good and bad. Our reactions may depend on the type of and reason for change. Change for growth can be good and very difficult at the same time. It’s likely necessary that we have to give up something, especially when aging demands change. Change can happen concurrently. Each time a new change (read, ‘a new ending’) comes along in our lives, we will be set back in our progress towards the new beginning. We may be gentle with ourselves!

In conclusion, ‘Prayer in Times of Change and Transition’ is vital to help bring us through the chaos times to clarity and vision of a new beginning. There are many passages to help us in this Transition: Psalm 23; Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi; Prayers of St. Teresa of Avila; etc. – to name a few. Perhaps one of the most well-known and certainly the easiest to remember when we need encouragement to continue is the “Serenity Prayer”:
“God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Let Us Pray!
Please watch for the announcement of the next event sponsored by the Diocesan Anglican Fellowship of Prayer.

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