St. Anne's is a lovely stone church built in 1853 by Robert Flint and our story is one that continues today. We have deep community roots on which the foundation of our church is built.
St. Anne's is guided by our Mission Statement: "A loving Christ-centered community serving God and neighbours through worship and exploration of faith that values inclusivity, the dignity of all persons and the sacredness of God's creations."
To help us focus our energies and activities, we have a Mission and Ministry Plan, first adopted at our January 2018 Vestry meeting. The Plan is reviewed several times every year and is guided by the Five Marks of Mission. Those Five Marks are: Evangelism, Discipling, Service, Transforming Society and Safeguarding and Renewing the Earth.
Land Acknowledgement and Indigenous Ministries
We want to acknowledge that the land we are gathered on today, each of us in our own homes, is First Nations’ territory, the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Attawandaron (Neutral), and Wendat peoples. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties. We also want to offer respect to our neighbouring Indigenous nations, including the Metis, Cree and Inuit amongst many others.
Our necessities of life are here and our work today is possible because of the stewardship of the 7 generations who came before us.
To learn more about the Anglican Church and Indigenous Ministries, visit https://www.anglican.ca/im/. Additional resources may also be found on the Anglican Church website including this Resource Centre. A timeline of the church's history with Indigenous peoples may be found here: https://www.anglican.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/timeline.pdf.
Rev. Rosalyn Elm has shared a way to walk together inspired by Isaiah 40: 25-31, to respond to our calling and build a relationship of justice with truth telling. We are invited “to spread our wings and let go”. The prayers are written by Lutheran Pastor Janaki Bandara, member of the Primate's Commission of the Doctrine of Discovery and music by Scott Knaar, Lutheran Three Ministry at Six Nation's Grand River Territory.
Rev. Mark Loyal of St. John the Baptist, Walpole Island First Nation, created this video to mark this year’s National Aboriginal Day (Sunday, June 21).
“Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen lands, Strong Hearts” is a film about a devastating decision, made over 500 years ago, which continues to profoundly impact Indigenous and Settler people worldwide. Pope Alexander VI ruled that the lands being discovered by European explorers at the time was “empty” land and its millions of Indigenous inhabitants were “non-human”. This film is one of the responses of the Anglican Church’s Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice. The purpose of this film is to respond to the calls to action by helping to provide education and insight into the racist foundations of many of our property and other laws still in existence to this day.