Social Justice Concerns

Indigenous People

Territorial Land Acknowledgement
We want to acknowledge that the land we are gathered on today is First Nations’ territory, the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Attawandaron, 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.

Orange Shirt Sunday Group Photo 2022Sept25

Our Creator
Our Creator who dwells in the sky world
Your name is sacred.
Bring us your kingdom and let your will be done on mother earth and in the sky world.
Give us today the harvest of your land.
Forgive us for what we have done wrong.
Forgive those who have done wrong to us.
Don’t let us be led into wrong doing.
But let us walk the good path with a good mind.
You are our everything and you are everywhere.
You are powerful and you dwell in glory.
Before, now and forever.

Photo: Orange Shirt Sunday - September 25, 2022

National Indigenous Day of Prayer -  June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

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.

More information on the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples, their work and many other resources may be found at:

Navajo Beauty Way Prayer “Walk in Beauty” from the women of the Episcopal Church in Navajoland. Blessing led by the Rev. Canon Cornelia Eaton at Sheep Camp, Navajoland.

Prayers, an adaptation of the Great Thanksgiving. Led by Ms. Judith Moses and Mr. John Haugen, members of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples.

Homily by the Rt. Rev. Chris Harper, Bishop of Saskatoon

The Strawberry Story, written by the late Canon Ginny Doctor, read by Donna Bomberry.

One particularly inportant resources is Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen lands, Strong Hearts. The purpose of this one hour long 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.

Other resources:

In 2019, St. Anne's hosted a Blanket Exercise and were pleased to have 29 people join us for this event.


In 2021 St. Anne's grew some fresh food for the local Byron Cares Food Bank. A greenhouse was supplied to the church20210701 Greenhouseinsidesm by Business Cares London and the London Food Bank.  In 2022 we continue this project with thanks to Green Horizon Sod Farms/Big Yellow Bags and Home Hardware Komoka for their donations to help us restart the greenhouse operation. Many thanks to the people behind these organizations for caring enough about their neighbours to support this effort!

Volunteers will spend time caring for our garden beds several times a week from May until the end of September, weeding and watering as needed so the plants have good ventilation and moisture. You can also sign up for harvesting when the crops are ready to deliver to Byron Cares. Signing up to help will continue this year with internet based Reminder emails are sent out so volunteers know which task to do.

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A pdf formatted guide to working in the greenhouse pdf is available and updated for 2022. Everyone from the community is welcome to participate. 2021 was a season of learning for us and we will putting those ideas into practice in 2022. If you are interested in participating or have questions, please send us a note.

 St. Paul's Daily Bread Program, a registered charity, is an ecumenical social service provider supported by over 50 London and area churches of various denominations, a number of service and fraternal organizations and hundreds of caring individuals on a regular ongoing basis. The Daily Bread Program is available to anyone need in the community who is in need and is one of the few agencies in London that offers emergency financial assistance in crisis situations pertaining to shelter and/or utilities cut off as funds permit.

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The Trap, created by the Ontario Government, simulates the realities of being targeted, recruited, and exploited by a sex trafficker. It is designed to be used as part of a discussion facilitated by an adult, helping you teach your kids about human trafficking in an interactive, impactful way.

Courage for Freedom is one organization working to increase awareness of this practice of human sex trafficking and its presence along the 400 series highways and have a Project Maple Leaf intitiave to spread the word -  Can you spread the word?

In 2019, 14 members of the congregation attended a public rally in July to learn more about what can be done to decrease human trafficking. It was both informational and inspiring.

Internationally, human trafficking, bonded labour and slavery are still very prevalent in some parts of the world. The International Justice Mission (IJM) - - partners with local authorities in 24 program offices in 14 countries to combat slavery, violence against women and children, and police abuse of power against people who are poor. IJM is a global organization partnering with local justice systems to end violence against people living in poverty.

An article in Christianity Today about an IJM opearation to end slavery on Lake Volta.

From the Deacon’s Bench - February 2023

Lent is a time for us to look within to see where change might be made and how it might be made. But it is hard not to look outside as well. It is obvious change is needed in the world around us.

I was completely disappointed and discouraged recently. I had read an article on-line in the London Free Press about the new initiatives to address homelessness in the city. The proposals sound like an innovative start in order to help those who live on the streets due to their poverty, mental illnesses or addictions. In reading the story, it seemed to have so much support.

But then I made the mistake of reading the comments from readers. I usually try not to because they are often negative. It struck me how many readers were opposed to any initiatives to address homelessness. They wanted their tax dollars used for other things that were more supportive of their wishes, like better roads. They wanted the homeless removed from the downtown somehow because they see them as a blight. Many comments were about how the addicted placed themselves in that situation and so they should get themselves out of it, as opposed to having taxpayer supports. Others talked about forcibly putting the addicted in rehabilitation programs or the mentally ill in institutions to force them to get treatment. The prevailing thought was that these people put themselves there and so they should get themselves out of it, without using “our” money or “our” resources. Oh and the other thing was that by having these programs, London will become a magnet for the homeless throughout the region, and possibly the province. The homeless will choose to come to London for food and shelter and the addicted will come to London to get free drugs from the safe injections site.

I was really surprised by the vitriol and the opinions. I was very surprised that this was the vast majority of comments. I couldn’t help myself but to reply to point out how addiction isn’t a choice and a person can’t simply choose to stop. I pointed out how the mentally ill can’t choose to stop being sick. I made reference to Charles Dickens and Scrooge’s comments about the prisons and workhouses, and letting the poor die to decrease the surplus population. I should know better than to respond from prior experience but I couldn’t help myself. Not only was it to no avail, with the exception of one other reader who clearly felt as I did, I received even more negative comments. I was accused of being a bleeding heart communist and a bible-thumper. I was told that those of us that feel that way should let the homeless and the addicted live in our homes. My decades of experience working with the homeless, the addicted, the mentally ill and the impoverished meant nothing. It was clear they saw “those people” as less than human.

As I said, I was completely disappointed and discouraged. While I know that there are those who share my opinions, I was surprised how the vast majority of comments from those who responded were hateful. So with this being Lent, is there a way to see if there are ways to change the opinions of people from hate to love of neighbour? How do we make them see that these vulnerable people are our neighbours, someone’s parent or son or daughter? Is Lent a way to strengthen my own faith so that I can spend the rest of the year challenging the hate in today’s world? These are some of the things I will be contemplating during this Lent in 2023.


Outreach at St. Anne's

Outreach Projects Group - as of June 2022
You will recall at our Vestry meeting in January that we unanimously passed a motion to use one-time funds for both capital needs and initiatives in outreach. To that end a review committee and process for outreach submissions was established and to date, we have received four submissions that have now been approved by Parish Council for a total of $2,400 for the 2022 allotment of $7,000:
1. Healthy Snacks to Northview - $400
2. Sending Children to Huron Church Camp - $500
3. Engaging in social activities with three gentlemen and their staff who live on Halls Mill Road, a home which houses three medically fragile adult individuals operated by Participation House.- $500
4. Ongoing support of the greenhouse and providing food for the Byron Cares Foodbank. Also, adding two 4'x3' elevated garden beds to the area behind the hall to both expand production capacity and encourage participation from people who may have mobility challenges. - $1000.

The Huron Hispanic & Migrant Farmworkers Outreach Ministry - February 2022 letter pdf

The Huron Hispanic & Migrant Farmworkers Outreach Ministry is a new initiative in the diocese of Huron commencing in spring 2022. The first phase of this outreach ministry will begin in Norfolk County. We are seeking donations of men’s clothing such as pants, sweaters, T-Shirts, warm jackets, socks, gloves and toques. Items should be in the small to large size category, clean and in good condition. The collection place in London is the Parish of St. Michael & all Angels Church, 397 Springbank Drive, London,

All donations would be appreciated by March 28th.

Past efforts

2020 and 2021 were challenging years for outreach givenhow COVID-19 closed churches. In 2021 we were able to provide backpacks and other supplies to the Byron Northview Public School along with Advent gifts of warm socks, mitts, hats scarves, etc.Nutritional snacks have also been provided for children arriving at school without a meal.

We continue to develop our conection to a Syrian family new to Canada in 2020 and as they welcomed a daughter in 2021.

St. Anne's supports the Byron Cares food bank and a $500 donation was made thanks to the Christmas Star initiative in December. We also tried our hand at growing food for Byron Cares in a small greenhouse provided to us through the London Food Bank and Business Cares London.

In 2019 we continued to gather gifts of backpacks and supplies in September and warm hats, socks, mitts etc during Advent for Christmas distribution at the local school. We also participated again in the creation of a number of Shoeboxes for women living in shelters here in London with several teams of parishioners also serving meals at Inn Out of the Cold in St Thomas. At the encouragement of the ACW financial gifts were made to Merrymount ($1000) and El Sistema South London ($1000). The Hostess group raised funds so that we could contribute to the work of Life Spin ($500) and Inn Out of the Cold ($300), as well as collecting egg cartons for the Daily Bread at St Paul’s. A further gift was made to Inn Out of the Cold ($200) to further their work.

Combined with funds raised by the children of the parish at the Spring Sale and the Bazaar, we were able to make a $350 gift to the PWRDF purchasing, one cow, a goat, seeds for farmers, and 40 chickens for distribution to those living in Africa in very difficult circumstances. These gifts will change their lives. In addition to this, after a number of years, we were able to send $4,050 to the PWRDF towards a Cuban Water project.

In addition to this, items not sold from the Spring sale were donated to Mission Services for families in need. As well books were donated to CPRI for their fundraisers. The Library raised funds to send cards to those at Parkwood and support their programs (see Library report for more details about this) with a certain percentage of the funds raised by the sidespeople’s Pancake Dinner also going to Outreach.

Our heavenly pie ladies (and some gentlemen, numbering 20 or so) not only made pies to support the church, but also hosted the two Seniors’ Luncheons that took place each year, as well as making pies available from time to time for pastoral support, and inviting some of our young friends from Northview over to learn the fine art of pie-making.

The ladies of the prayer shawl ministry kept knitting, creating shawls that would surround the recipients with love and prayers; and Laurie H. continued to organize and send the Bales north to Indigenous communities twice a year. Collections were made for St Monica’s house and blankets were crafted for the London Children’s Hospital Trauma Unit.

We made space for the VON to hold their twice-weekly exercises for seniors as well as providing a room for an ALANON group’s weekly meetings. We also hosted two separate Tuesday evening groups for Ability Through Drumming classes. The badminton group also continued to meet regularly in our Parish Hall.

In 2019, we hosted a Blanket Exercise and were pleased to have 29 people join us for this event. Our Social Justice page has more information on our parish's acknowledgement of Indigenous matters.20190730CourageForFreedom

Also, 14 members of the congregation attended a public rally in July to learn more about what can be done to decrease human trafficking. It was both informational and inspiring.

We were pleased in 2019 to have raised $4,050 in support of Water Filtration systems in Cuba, as initiated by our deacon Ken B. As well through supporting a visit to our pollination garden, we did provide students at our local public school with opportunities to learn more about the pollination garden and how it helps to safeguard the integrity of creation.

We were able to connect to our local school and to provide for them a gift in the amount of $500 towards the purchase of equipment to support children’s learning about sustaining the earth.

We were able to invite students to our pollination garden to share with them how these kind of gardens support butterflies and bees in their pollinating efforts. There are additional funds left for the beautification of the gardens.

PWRDF is an important outreach arm of the Diocese of Huron

St. Paul's Daily Bread Program, a registered charity, is an ecumenical social service provider supported by over 50 London and area churches of various denominations, a number of service and fraternal organizations and hundreds of caring individuals on a regular ongoing basis. The Daily Bread Program is available to anyone need in the community who is in need and is one of the few agencies in London that offers emergency financial assistance in crisis situations pertaining to shelter and/or utilities cut off as funds permit.

Anglican Church Women (ACW) - The Bale
St. Anne's gathers donations of suitable, gently used washable clothing, sheets and towels and toiletries and sends them to the northern Diocese of Keewatin for the many individuals, families, communities and programs (safe shelters, rehab, and hospital) who rely on several agencies for support. The Diocese of Keewatin includes 45 parishes in the central region of Canada straddling the border of the provinces of Manitoba and Ontario and comprising over 900,000 sq kilometres.

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Our library is a resource that is beyond books. In addition to fiction and non-fiction books that are suitable for all ages there are DVDs, royalty magazines, diocesan newspapers from across Canada (donated by Bishop Nigel) and a few CDs.

You are welcome to fill up a Summer Smiles Sack with various items from our library resource room. These can be taken out beginning in mid-June and returned mid-September. Here are the various suggestions but there are always more choices in the library. Library hours are Sundays after 9:30 am. worship service and Mondays 10:30 am. to 12:00 noon. You can also contact Louise K. at 519-474-3226.

Childcare and Caregivers
God’s Dream (picture book) by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and D. Abrams
Paddington Bear by Michael Bond A Lift-The-Flag Rebus Book
The Darkest Dark by Astronaut Chris Hadfield (Canadian)
The Short-Sighted Giraffe by A.H. Benjamin and Gill McLean
Imagine A Day by Sarah L. Thomson
Farm Lift A Flap Book by Julie Haydon
Have You Seen Bugs? By Joanne Oppenheim (Canadian)
My Neighbor Is A Dog by Isabel Minhos Martins and M. Matoso (Canadian)
The Golden Compass Bk.1 by Philip Pullman youth novel
Why? Over 1,111 Answers To Everything by National Geographic Kids
Dr. Dolittle 3 – DVD “PG”
Charlotte’s Web – DVD “G”
The Lion King – Disney animation “G”
Knut and Friends – DVD “G”
The Sound Of Music – 50th year edition – DVD “G”

A Mystic Garden Working with Soil, Attending to Soul by Gunilla Norris
The Seeds of Change Leah’s Garden Bk.1 by Lauraine Snelling Novel – Large Print edition
New Annuals for Canada by Rob Sproule - Lone Pine
Perennials for Ontario by Alison Beck and Kathy Renwald – Lone Pine

Adult Fiction
Five Little Indians by Michelle Good (Canadian) CBC Canada Reads 2022 winner
Memories Of Glass by Melanie Dobson
Here and Now by Santa Montefiore
Last Light by Terri Blackstock
Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Adult Non-Fiction
The Inner Voice of Love A Journey Through Anguish to Freedom by Henri J.M. Nouwen
The Gift Of Years Growing Old Gracefully by Joan Chittister
Neglected No More The Urgent Need to Improve the Lives of Canada’s Elders in the Wake of a Pandemic by Andre Picard (Canadian)
Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez
Rising from the Holocaust- The Life of Fanny Goose by Fanny Goose with J. Fridman (Canadian London ON)
Call Me Indian From the Trauma of Residential School to Becoming the NHL’s First Treaty Indigenous Player by Fred Sasakamoose (Canadian)
Feeding My Mother Comfort And Laughter In The Kitchen As My Mom Lives With Memory Loss by Jann Arden (Canadian)
The Mitford Bedside Companion by Jan Karon and B. Furman (ed.) and tie-in At Home In Mitford - DVD “NR”

Platinum Jubilee Queen Elizabeth II
Sisterchicks Go Brit! by Robin Jones Gunn Novel
The Gown A Novel of The Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson (Canadian)
The Other Side Of The Coin - The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe by Angela Kelly LVO

Puzzles and Activities
Cobble Hill jigsaw puzzle with cats and Rose Art with sunflowers
Jumbo Sudoku book with 400 puzzles and extra big grids
How To Draw 101 Animals Activity Station Book + Kit (ages 8-88)

Viewed on our Monday Morning Movies with Lenten, Easter and the 5th Marks Of Mission themes:
A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood; Harriet; Hairspray; The Grizzlies; Woman In Gold; Dolphin Tale 1
Pentecost themes: The Good Lie; Breathe; A Girl’s Best Friend; The Zookeeper’s Wife; Soul Surfer; Dolphin Tale 2

Child and Youth Ministry 

Sunday School Videos

Lenten Resources from the Diocese of Huron

Easter Resources for Families and Children

St. Anne's Resources - links to books recorded on YouTube as well as songs to sing and even a little bit of Ukulele sing-along for those who are missing their Sunday Ukulele lessons.

Our Ministry includes: Sunday School and occasional youth activities.

We hold Sunday School most Sundays during the school year (there is no Sunday School offered on Sundays where the Monday following is a holiday). We continue to average approximately 4-10 children each Sunday, with as high as 12 on some Sundays. For the past year we have had a dedicated group of volunteers: Jeff W., Jean G., Jessica B. and Janet S. and Sharon P. We take four-week blocks in groups of two adults each Sunday so that we meet Safe Church guidelines. Reverend Val has a Children’s Focus at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service.

Supporting this ministry can be done in a variety of ways and does not necessarily mean you need to “teach” Sunday School. Curriculum supports are provided that follow the lectern schedules so that what the children are discussing is the same things the adults are considering.
Opportunities to service in this ministry are always needed. If you are interested please speak to Rev’d Val.

Youth Server’s Guild at St. Anne’s
We would love to welcome you!
Youth are invited and encouraged to join the Servers' Guild here at St. Anne's. Our servers are wonderful – they help us worship well assisting the clergy in the leadership of the service at our 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. services every Sunday, and on special occasions during the church year. Servers sit near the altar, presenting the holy bread, water and wine, they prepare and clear altars, carry the cross, light the candles, lead the procession, receive the offertory – we love our servers and thank them for their ministry!
Youth at least 11 years old who have their First Holy Communion and been trained and apprentice for one to two months with the rector and head server,

What are others saying? Here is a small sample for today's culture:

  • Consider your faith and commitment to God with My Hope videos. Personal stories about the impact of faith from well-known and everyday people.
  • has lots of great resources for younger children, from art to stories
  • Bible Gateway is a great resource for anyone who wants to know anything about the Bible. It includes many english translations and many texts from other languages as well.
  • links to online resources to answer faith question for today's culture. Ask a question or chat online if you need to talk.
  • Busted Halo is a site created by the Paulist Youth Ministries in New York that contains lots of current affairs commentary. Consider the Trivia Inferno game.
  • Huron Church Camp has lots of activities for youth of all ages. Visit their site to see camp details and how you can contribute by volunteering or providing supplies or assistance.
  • Trailblazing - a course of study for youth ministers and those working part-time with youth groups. Created through the National Youth Initiatives Team and Huron University College's faculty of theology.

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Founded circa 1832 and incorporated as an Anglican Cemetery in 1853, St. Anne’s Cemetery has a long history of serving the Byron community. St. Anne’s Anglican Cemetery is an active cemetery registered with the Cemeteries Branch of the Department of Business and Consumer Affairs, Toronto. Sales of full size and cremation only graves are limited to the active members of St. Anne’s Vestry or, on approval, their immediate family. There are 700 graves in total in the cemetery with approximately 70 available sites left.

Each year the cemetery board and the church hold a Cemetery Memorial Service on the first Sunday in May. At this service family, friends and parishioners have the opportunity to remember the members of St. Anne’s and the community who have been interred at St. Anne’s Cemetery over the past year, and also to remember other family members or friends who have passed.

Sadly, due to the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, the St. Anne’s Cemetery Board must, for the second year in a row, announce the postponement of the Annual Cemetery Memorial Service. We are praying for our community and our country as this pandemic has taken so many lives from us and we continue to strive to offer everything we can to families who have suffered loss during this period. We are praying for you and your family as you grieve, even without being able to have closure and a proper funeral/ memorial service for your loved ones. Please know that we are committed to honouring all those parishioners and family and friends that have passed during this difficult time.

If you would like to support St. Anne’s Cemetery Board and its efforts to maintain the cemetery grounds during this unprecedented time, please make an online donation or send your contribution to St. Anne’s Cemetery Board, 1344 Commissioners Rd. W., London, Ont. N6K 1E1. Be sure to tell us the name of the person for whom the memorial donation is being made. Memorials are noted in our weekly newsletter and a tax receipt is issued for all donations received.

These are difficult times, and in such times there is solace, comfort and peace in familiarity. If you are in need any of these things, please visit our website at and join us for our online services found under the worship menu.

Yours in Christ,
St Anne’s Byron Cemetery Board

Consumer Information Guide - Bereavement Authority of Ontario

St. Anne’s Cemetery Board is pleased to announce that the first phase of the columbarium project is now complete.

St. Anne’s Cemetery Notice to Parishioners

St. Anne’s Cemetery is a closed cemetery offering interment rights only to the Parishioners of St. Anne’s Anglican Church (Byron). The interment options and their cost are:

  • Full size grave (very limited availability): $ 1,200.00 (one full size casket or several urns)
  • In ground cremation grave: $ 750.00 (up to three cremation urns)
  • Columbarium Niche: Niche prices range from $ 900.00 to $ 1,200.00
    (Space in a niche is designed for up to two cremation urns not taller than 30 cm (11 ½”)
  • Scattering Garden: $400

For information on purchasing interment rights please contact Peter Hawkins, 519-472-3262 or e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Many parishioners also take the opportunity to advance plan their service particulars as well. If you are interested in speaking to Rev’d Val about this, please get in touch with her directly at 519-854-9998.

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It is the purpose and goal of the cemetery board and the church to provide a reverent, peaceful and relaxing environment for parishioners and visitors to enjoy.

pdf Interments as of December 2019.pdf
For pictures of headstones, please visit the CanadaGenWeb Cemetery Project.

pdfSt Annes Cemetery Bylaws 2012.pdf

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