Amazing Together

Anglican video depicts a united, faithful church

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December, 2008 – What started as an orientation exercise for a national communications committee has turned into an unprecedented display of unity and generosity by thousands of members of the Anglican Church of Canada in congregations right across the country.

When Is It Time To Leave My Church?

The Venerable Christopher Page - Rector, St. Philip’s Oak Bay - Archdeacon, Tolmie Region

The Venerable Christopher Page - Rector, St. Philip’s Oak Bay - Archdeacon, Tolmie Region

In twenty-five years of parish ministry I have seen many marriages end.

The end usually comes when the talking is over. When it is no longer possible to have conversation, any hope of  keeping a relationship together is usually dead.

There are those in the Anglican Church of Canada who have concluded that the talking is over.

For some members of the Anglican Church there seems no longer to be any value in continuing the conversation. Our differences are too great; the gaping chasm separating us cannot be traversed by words.

But perhaps people are more complex than this simple scenario suggests.

Bishop’s Announcement

~ It is with the greatest of regret that I, Bruce Bryant-Scott as Bishop’s Commissary, have accepted the resignation of The Reverend Pam Orman as Incumbent of St. Stephen, South Saanich effective February 2nd, 2009.

The Reverend Pam Orman will continue as Rector of St. Mary, Saanichton.”

10 Spiritual Principles of Church Health

by Dr. Philip Van Auken

The Book of Acts is the most frequently used Scripture for church growth. It records the explosive beginnings of the church in Jerusalem at Pentecost (see Acts 1-2), its continuing growth through the witness of Peter and John (see Acts 3-5), the enduring impact of Stephen’s martyrdom (see Acts 6-7), the scattering of the church of Jerusalem under Paul’s persecution and Philip’s consequent impact in Samaria (see Acts 8), and the subsequent spread of the church through Paul and Barnabas (see Acts 9-28).


Luke was the author of both Acts and the Gospel of Luke. The two books actually are one account, stretching from the birth of John the Baptist in Luke 1 to the death of Paul in Acts 28. The Gospel of Luke is less frequently used as a reference for church growth. In Luke, however, the foundational ideas are laid that support the growth found in Acts.

The Gospel of Luke is prescriptive, whereas the Book of Acts is descriptive. The Gospel of Luke focuses on why things happened in the church while the Book of Acts focuses on what things happened in the church. The Gospel of Luke turns our attention to principles, while Acts turns our attention to practices.

Much literature has been developed on the phenomenon of church growth. Its focus has been to develop positive prescriptions by describing the practices or actions necessary for managing church growth. Its thrust has been on what the church must do to be successful. By contrast, our focus is on the phenomenon of church health-on determining what the church must be to be successful.

Bishop’s Announcement

~ “The Reverend Edwin Taylor will be the Priest Associate in the Parishes of St. Mary, and St. Stephen.

This appointment is effective December 1st, 2008, and will conclude in mid-October 2009.

For those who are new to the Diocese – Wynn was Rector of the Parish of St. Alban, Victoria, since 1986, served in St. Mary, Oak Bay, and has been an Armed Forces Chaplain.

He is the Principal of the Lay School of Theology which is run through Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria.

As a pastor and teacher Wynn will bring gifts for the greater good of the Church in the parishes of St. Stephen and St. Mary.”