From Canon Val- Gathering As a Diocesan Family
This past Sunday and Monday, in the Diocese of Huron, we gathered as a diocesan family at our annual Synod. While not quite the same format as a pre Covid Synod (we remain hopeful that 2023 will see us again back to our usual format), coming together from across our entire diocese is both an important and a necessary event. Of course, there is the business that must be seen to, the motions and the appointments but for me Synod is a wonderful reminder of our larger connectedness beyond the parish, to all those in our diocesan family. At Synod we are reminded (and reinspired) of and by our ongoing story together, as we hear of the living out of the Gospel in other parishes and through the work of different groups within the Diocese. This feels so important in these days of change and adaptation in the church, as we are living through a period where we know that challenges exist, but without question there are also opportunities, and many shared joys as we see played out before us much creativity in the discernment of God’s leading all around us.
At our Sunday evening opening service, we were reminded of the different faith journeys onto which God invites us all. As we travel these roads, our collective experiences along the way are as important as our final destination. As the preciseness of those destinations may not always be immediately obvious, it is on the journey, step by step, that we grow and change. It is on the journey that we love and support one another, and it is on the journey of serving and loving one another, that we are shaped and formed into who we are becoming in Christ.
As a diocesan family, our time together reminds us that while we hold our faith each in our own individual hearts and minds, we practice it together. So much to share with and learn from each other.
How blessed are we!
Welcome to the website for the congregation of St. Anne's (Byron), an active Anglican (Episcopal) congregation in the western part of London, Ontario. Reverend Canon Valerie Kenyon is our priest. We extend a warm welcome to all visitors, and those looking for a new church home, being blessed with visitors on a regular basis. Our church and parish hall are both wheelchair accessible.
Check out our events calendar to see what is happening in the coming weeks!
As you explore St. Anne’s website you will get a glimpse of the lives and activities of people who make up the family of God at St. Anne’s. There are many more whose names are not recorded here but whose memory is cherished, whose lives have shaped our lives and whose hard work and love of Christ built a foundation stronger than the foundation laid over a century and a half ago with field stones and mortar from surrounding farm land, a foundation that is held together by its cornerstone – Jesus Christ. We are not a perfect family; we are a real family who daily put our lives in the hands of a perfect God, who continually conforms us into Christ’s likeness.
Along with Anglicans around the globe, we at St. Anne’s hold the traditional faith of Christians through the ages. We look back with thanksgiving for blessings received and we look ahead with joy, wondering what new song we are to sing unto the Lord. (Psalm 144:9) The holy friendship we share with God and one another makes us a family and the ministry to which every person you see here and beyond these pages is called, leads us into joyful service of the community in which we live. Our work is simple, to worship God, build a relationship with His Son and love one another as Christ has loved us. (John 15:12)
To get the most out of this website, check our Events Calendar for the list of activites and then consider our other menu items such as Church Seasons. Look for updates and current news on our Outreach and Faith and Worship pages.
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