How To Grow A Small Church

by Rev Dr Bruce Hart (Baptist Pastor, New South Wales, Australia)

small churchThe small Baptist Church was stuck. Fred Smith, a 75 year old farmer and faithful Christian was the senior deacon. He sat on the church steps one summer’s night after the monthly deacons’ meeting, having a yarn with Bruce Tapper, the 35 year old pastor who had come from Theological College two years before. A cool easterly blew across the wheat stubble.

“You know, Bruce, I’ve been in this church for 50 years, but over the past 20 years the number attending church has declined and we are getting older. If we keep on going at this rate it won’ t be long before we have to close the door. How can we increase the number of people attending our church?”

Eric is with the Lord

Eric RadfordRADFORD, Eric Horton

Eric Radford, born in Durban, South Africa, March 21, 1925, passed away peacefully in Sidney, British Columbia on August 6, 2008. He leaves to join Margaret, his loving wife of 56 years, who died three months prior. Survived by his children: James (Claire); John (Lorraine); Ruth (Mike); Paul (Barbara); Stephen (Alta); and Andrew (Janine). 13 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 1:00 pm at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church (Mt. Newton Cross Road) Saanichton.

Flowers gratefully declined; instead donations may be made to St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, or the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation. 490126

Published in the Victoria Times-Colonist from 8/7/2008 – 8/8/2008

Memorial Slideshow

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Email from Paul

Dear Friends,

I am sad to bring you the news that our loving Dad and Friend passed away from this life peacefully Wednesday morning (Aug 6th). He is now in the hands of our Lord and with his darling Margaret.

The last few weeks have been very difficult for Dad as it became increasingly hard for him to breath. He smiled regularly over the last two days, showing that he was accepting and at peace with the inevitable.

There will be a service to celebrate Dad’s life this Saturday August 9th at St Stephen’s Church on Mt Newton Crossroad.

May God Bless and Keep his Soul.

Paul Radford

Margaret is with Our Lord

Margaret Radford

RADFORD, Margaret

Margaret Radford, late of Sidney, passed away peacefully at home on April 30, 2008.

She leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband of 56 years, Eric, children James (Claire), John (Lorraine), Ruth (Mike), Paul (Barbara), Stephen (Alta) and Andrew (Janine), 13 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 3rd, 2008 at 2:00 PM at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church (Mt. Newton Cross Roads) Saanichton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Stephen’s Anglican Church

Memorial Slideshow

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Email from Eric Radford

Hi all my Christian Family, “Special Friends” and “Bible Study Fellowship”,

My Beloved Wife Margaret passed away peacefully this Wednesday morning at 10:30 into her “Glorified Body” and we know she is safely in “My Father’s House”.

She wrote in her advance directive that she just wanted to fly away, and that is exactly what she did!!

There will be a full funeral service at St Stephen’s Church, Newton Crossroads, Saanichton, BC at 2:00 pm on Saturday 3rd May!!

Thanks to all who have sent such wonderful email messages yesterday and this morning!!!

Love to you all

Yours in Christ Jesus Our Lord,

Eric

Volunteer of the Month

Sandy Ormiston locking up for the night.

Sandy Ormiston locking up for the night.

Sandy Ormiston at St. Stephen’s Church in Saanichton, off Mt. Newton X Road has been opening and closing the Church every day for over 25 years.

Apparently there was some trouble with young people going into the church and using it to party.

Vestry wished to close the Church during the week, but Sandy felt very strongly that Churches should be kept open during the week for prayer if needed.

The Rector at the time said that if Sandy felt so strongly that he should open and close it himself.

The Rector thought that Sandy’s view would weaken after a week, but over two and half decades later, Sandy is still going down to the Church each morning and every evening, to unlock and lock the church.

And, when you visit, Sandy is able to give you an amazing historical and colourful account of not only the church but the cemetery as well which is one of the most beautiful and peaceful cemeteries around.

Thank you Sandy!! Your dedication & devotion are greatly appreciated!!!

The Diocesan Post, April, 2008


A Visitor Comments

On two occasions recently I have visited St. Stephen’s Church and churchyard.

The first time was with Shutterbugs, a photography club I belong to and the second time was with two friends from the club who were unable to come the first time.

On both occasions I was captivated by the beauty, simplicity, peacefulness of this magical place. The second time was Good Friday, a partially sunny day but quite chilly.

We were very fortunate to meet Sandra Garrard, who was happily decorating the church for Easter. Sandra invited us inside for tea and hot chocolate, Harrods’ tea and Purdy’s chocolate, even a cookie!

The point of this email is to thank Sandra for her kindness and generosity. We were all very appreciative of her thoughtfulness.

I know I will be back, even though I was raised as a Presbyterian. I have to thank somebody for bringing me to this corner of Heaven.

Thank you.

Noreen G.