St. Giles Anglican 
Church, Estevan

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Words from Wilma+ 
September 9, 2022 

Hi everyone! Holidays are done again for another summer – I hope your summer was wonderful! First of all, I will ask you for prayers for James Smith Cree Nation, for those who are injured, for those who mourn. So many dead, so many injured, so much pain and fear over the past days and for many this pain and mourning will continue for a long time to come. 

 Yesterday Queen Elizabeth II died – May she rest in peace and rise in glory! We pray for her family and all who mourn. Whether we are pro-monarchy or not, we recognize the model of discipleship she was – how her faith shaped and directed her rule. King Charles III is also deeply faithful and now the head of the church. Bishop Helen has directed that effective immediately, all prayers for the sovereign are for King Charles. It will feel strange upon the tongue for some of us who have never known another sovereign. 

 As I return and I update my calendar I realize that there’s a lot going on at St Giles and in the Diocese in the next couple of months; a wedding, a funeral, a baptism, Feast of St Francis with Animal Blessing, Bishop Helen’s visit, the Rev. Canon Claud Shroeder will be doing a presentation on his time in ministry in Egypt last year, Synod. We will also be joining with Trinity Lutheran and St Paul’s United Church to start Messy Church once a month, rotating between the 3 churches. We go to Creighton Lodge, Estevan Regional Nursing Home and Long-term Care to do services once a month and will be adding Trinity Tower and Hillview Manor Nursing Home soon. 

You can see that there are several things happening along side regular Sunday services of Holy Eucharist, and Morning Prayer. 

 8: am services will begin again this Sunday the 11th. There will be times, such as the Bishop’s visit when they will be suspended so that we can all come together. 

Speaking of ALL coming together – 

It is my hope that if you have been away from worshiping in the St Giles church building for the past 2 years because of the pandemic, that you will consider coming to worship in the building, once again. Perhaps some of you have lost the habit of Sunday morning worship in the building, some have found new things to fill that time – there may be discomfort with groups of people (masks are welcome) – I’m only guessing at reasons.

And I know that God is everywhere and not just in the building, even so I encourage you to join with the St Giles worship community for fellowship, praise, and prayer and to partake in the Holy Eucharist. Hebrews 10. 23-25 Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. 

 BAS pg. 159 – Baptismal promises – Celebrant’s question: Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers? Answer……….. 

And while I am encouraging – 

I will also ask you to prayerfully consider renewing a ministry that you once did or taking on a new one. Ministry such as kitchen help – hosting a Sunday morning coffee time, reading scripture, doing Prayers of the People, serving at altar, taking tickets at a Bruins game, and other ministries. Many hands make lighter work – not sure who to attribute that saying to but its true! Some folks are getting tired and when that happens, they resign or step away from that service and that’s sad but understandable. I will make sure that you will have teaching or mentorship for any of the above. 

 When I go to the Creighton Lodge, nursing homes or long-term care I would love to have people from St Giles accompany me to assist with page turning, singing, and visiting with folks – they are so appreciative when we come! Could you spend a couple hours once a month doing this ministry? 

 One ministry that I loved doing as a lay person was Altar Guild. For the last while we have been heavily dependent on a very few people. It’s a ministry that rotates so you’re not on for every service. If you would like to experience this ministry, I will see that you are trained myself : ) All ministries are for both men and women and youth are encouraged to check it out as well. 

 I’ve missed you – 

hope to see you Sunday – 

Thankful for God’s grace and thankful for you – 

Wilma +

Words from Wilma+

Happy New Year!

You will find attached a letter from the Diocesan Administrator in which we are advised that there will be a suspension of public worship in the Diocese of Qu’Appelle from Monday, January 10th until Monday February 7th. Please read the letter.

I know that this decision was not made lightly or easily but with consultation and prayer. Each of us will have different thoughts and emotions regarding closure of the church buildings for in person worship. Let us above all, love our neighbour and be kind with comments and conversation.

I am grateful for the leadership provided for us. I am also grateful for the ministry and advice of our Wardens, Allison and Wendy. We were given the option of cancelling in person worship for Sunday the 9th but we have decided to go ahead with in person worship with a return to stringent guidelines.

All guidelines from the letter will be followed as well as all the usual masking, sanitizing hands, and sign in at the door. Masks must be worn over nose, mouth, and chin at all times.

In addition:

        • Alternate pews will be taped off.
        • Communion will be at back as you leave.
        • Please leave from the back as Sidespersons guide you.
        • Please don’t stand for singing.

We’ve done this before, so we have practice. : )

Starting Sunday, January 16th, for the next 4 weeks we will be doing Morning Prayer online.

You will receive the link via email.

I invite you to join us.

As Always – grateful for God’s Grace and you,

Words from Wilma+   July 8, 2021

 Hi everyone – Just a few things 

          †      July 11th, this coming Sunday we enter Phase 3 of the Pandemic Re-Opening Roadmap. Bishop Rob has sent out a                          letter outlining what the changes may be for the churches. I, as Incumbent and the two Wardens met on Wednesday                        evening to discuss the re-opening of St Giles and what it would look like for us. We decided the following: 

          o     There is no need for registration to come – just come and welcome back!! 

          o     July 11th and 18th there will be an 8:00am service as well as the 10:am service. 

          o     Masks will no longer be required but if you feel more comfortable wearing a mask to be with others at church, you are                   welcome to wear one. Some people don’t want to be the only one who still  wears a mask – you won’t be – some of us                     will still wear masks for reasons of our own and that is as it should be. No judgment from anyone whether you wear a                     mask or not – your choice! 

          o     Tape will be removed from pews. Physical distancing is something that we have learned and again, let your comfort                         level be your guide but remember that others also have a comfort level which may not match yours. Then again, some                     people never have been huggers so we may want to be cognizant of that too. : ) 

          o     No signing in any longer – contact tracing not necessary. 

          o     Communion will not be at back of church but will be at front of church within the service as before. We will not be                           using the altar rail for Communion until fall. 

                           “Until directed otherwise Holy Communion will continue to be in one kind only (bread). The Dean and Executive                                Committee will monitor the outcome of the derestriction …before decision on the sharing of communion                                          (wine) is to be made.” Bishop Rob’s letter of June 30, 2021 

          o      While food and drink may be served, we have decided to reinstitute Coffee Time in fall 

          o      Sunday School will begin again in fall – we usually paused for summer anyway.

          o      We encourage everyone to be fully vaccinated. 

          o      Live stream of the services will still be available – that will not stop. But we do look forward to seeing you back in the                     church if you are able to join us. 

Can I get a Hallelujah?! 

It has been a long 16 months and I am so glad that you are still here!!!

          †      As I mentioned above – there will be an early Holy Eucharist service at 8:00 am on July 11 and July 18 as well as the                        regular 10: am Holy Eucharist . I will be away on holiday until September 3rd. During that time the following schedule                      for worship:       

                July 25 join others online – there will be links posted. 

                August 1 10:am Holy Eucharist The Ven. Catherine Harper presiding 

                August 8 10:am Morning Prayer The Rev. Deacon Barb presiding 

                August 15 10:am Morning Prayer The Rev. Deacon Barb presiding 

                August 22 10:am Holy Eucharist The Ven. Cheryl Toth presiding 

                August 29 join others online – there will be links posted. 

Regarding coverage for Pastoral Emergencies while I am away, either of our Wardens or Heather Woodhouse will be able to direct you. Phone numbers will be posted. 

Bishop Rob’s Farewell Bike Tour at St Giles 

On July 17th Bishop Rob will be cycling into Estevan and joining us for a picnic. This is a time when we can share some food and say our Good-byes to +Rob in person. I think we have all missed having some social time together as a congregation so this will be our opportunity to come out and have a visit. More information to come soon! Save the date

Ministries Roster for Readers, Intercessors, Sidesperson

Because we will be back to worship in building with less restrictions, we are now able to have a Ministries Roster for Readers, Prayers of the People, Sidespeople and in fall – Hospitality (Coffee time) Heather will be making up the lists and if you have been any of the above in past – it is likely that your name will be on the new lists. If you have not been and would like to do any of the above ministries, please contact Heather – we will be more than happy to include you!! 

Questions or comments on any of the above welcome – call, text or email – 

 Archdeacon Wilma 306 897 0402

Words from Wilma+ Holy Week 2021

Anyone who serves me must follow me, says the Lord, and where I am, there shall my servant be also. John 12.26

  • Maundy Thursday service with Communion at 7:pm in person worship- livestreamed- then posted to YouTube. As usual                Wendy will put up the links in the usual places.

Please register to attend before 5: pm Wednesday– call Heather at 306 634 2113 or her cell 306 421 2457

  • Good Friday service – will be a taped service and will be posted on YouTube and Facebook on Good Friday at 11:am. As usual        Wendy will put up the links in the usual places.

There will be no Saturday Vigil – it is too difficult - with movement and singing and multiple readers guidelines can not be maintained, so we have decided to add bits of it to Easter Sunday morning service.

  • Easter Sunday service: 10: am This service will be in person and livestreamed. You must register before Friday at 5:pm using          the above phone numbers. The service will also be put up on YouTube as usual but….

This brings me to the realization that this is Easter Sunday and the day that most all Christians deem holiest of the year. It is a      time when we most want to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion. Because of guidelines we are not able to have as many        in worship as might like to attend and receive Communion. Missing it for a second year is a hardship for Christians.


What I will do is this. If you cannot attend in person but would like communion do one of the following.

If you can not attend because of mobility – please call and tell Heather that you would like communion to be delivered and I will bring it to you on Easter Sunday, after you have watched the livestreamed service. (I’m sorry but I must keep this delivery to within Estevan and environs)

If you can not attend because of any other reason but are able to drive by St Giles after you have watched the livestreamed service – I will remain at the church for a couple hours and meet you on the sidewalk curb outside and give you communion.

**Please note that I have said communion after viewing the live streamed service. Communion in this way means that you are a part of the congregation and have prayed and worshipped with the rest of us, even if at a distance. **

If this past year has taught us nothing else, it has taught us to be adaptable! In some things I welcome the adaptation, and this is one of them. I really don’t want you to be missing out on something so important as Easter Communion, so hopefully this works for you.

Remember to call Heather though!! Before Friday!!

May you have a Blessed Holy Week,


Words from Wilma+ March 8, 2021

     It has been a while since I’ve sent a out a ‘Words’ But a couple of things – few things – important things - to say now.

     Firstly, I want to acknowledge that next week it will have been a year since we first left the building as a congregation worshiping together in person and transitioning into a congregation that remains St Giles but now worshiping online. There was a brief time in which for 11 services we were able to come together in St Giles to worship and have Eucharist.

In the past year we, as a congregation have had some different experiences in worship, especially the worshiping on-line. While this was a measure that was taken because we were pretty much forced into it by pandemic circumstances, it has now become our ‘new normal.’ Even when we are back worshiping together in person, we will continue to have an on-line presence. Services will continue to be live streamed rather than taped and the missional work of extending our welcome to worship with us will be ongoing through streamed and online services.

How we worship is not the only change we have seen in our lives. This pandemic has and will affect not only us but generations to come. We mourn so many things about our own life changes but above all, we mourn the lives of the millions who have died in this pandemic. For every death there are countless family members, friends, coworkers, and church families who mourn each person. Our own Bishop Rob lost his mother to COVID earlier this year. In your prayers, please remember him and all who mourn.

     Secondly. The Diocese and Bishop Rob have allowed in person worship since February 22nd provided that guidelines were followed – both provincial and Diocesan. The decision to open must be made by the Incumbent and Wardens of the parish. I, as Incumbent and the Wardens, sought the advice and counsel of Vestry. Each person was invited to give their input. We also consulted parishioners while we were in conversations with them, although not everyone but as many as we were in contact with. We spent time considering all information we had, and we spent time in prayer. It was not a decision lightly taken. As we met again, we decided that St Giles will be open for in person worship on March 21st.

Included with this email is information on reopening St Giles for in person worship and how you may attend. Online services will be live streamed and continue to be available on YouTube.

There are rules. They must be followed. It will be much the same as it was last time when we opened in September but with a few additional changes.

I am sure that many will be grateful that they can once again attend Sunday services in person, in the building. There are also those who will not be ready to attend in person for different reasons. We respect your personal decision in this.

If you have questions or comments, please give me a call, text or email.

I hope you are enjoying using your Lent in a Bag!

Also, if you would like to join us any evening at 8:pm on Zoom for Pause and Pray in Lent please do!

Devotion, (music, reading, prayer) is only about 20 minutes long. We most often visit for awhile after that, but you are free to come and go whenever you like.

Grace and Peace, Wilma+

Words from Wilma+      November 23, 2020

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
 Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31.8

Hi folks, Attached to this email is a letter from our Commissary, Dean Mike Sinclair. In it he asks that every church in the Diocese be closed for in person worship, as well as other functions. 

This is something that I think we all may have been expecting – I will tell you that St Giles Vestry discussed a pro-active closure at their last vestry meeting on the 19th – with a plan to meet this week and act if necessary. 

We will be returning to taped services which will be available on Sunday at 10: am. No longer a live streamed Eucharistic service but a Service of the Word. This means more of the congregation taking part in the service – which I see as a good thing – If you are willing to come in to tape a scripture reading or prayers, please let me know and I will be happy to include you in the roster! 

As with everything during this time, things remain fluid and we will try to roll with whatever changes are necessary. My thanks and gratitude for your patience and your prayers. 

I am always available for questions, comments or just a chat.        private and confidential email 

306 897 0402 my phone or text 

Please continue in prayer for all those affected by the pandemic – frontline workers, healthcare workers – all those that we depend upon for our health and safety. Please pray for those who are sick and those who mourn – including our Bishop Rob on the death of his mother Barbara and his family as they mourn. 

As Dean Mike says, it is Advent, and we wait. During this time of waiting you may want to join us via Zoom every evening at 8: pm for a short time of scripture, reflection, and prayer. A Zoom link will be posted at the end of this week on the website and on our Facebook pages, so that you may join.. If you have questions on how to do that Wendy will also give some direction/answer question. All are welcome – invite friends and family. 

Our Bible and Brew study on Philippians concludes this week. In the last chapter, Paul says, in verse 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. A verse to hold onto in these days. 


Wear a mask, keep physically distanced, wash your hands. 

Be safe. Be blessed, 


Words from Wilma+ on reopening St Giles for worship. 

† If you are planning on attending in person worship please call and let us know by noon the Friday before – this is for each week – So, before September 11th for September 13th and so on. Seating is limited by guidelines. Only RSVP to the following: 

~~  Heather – 306 421 2457 

~~  Church – 306 634 4113 

When you RSVP you will be asked for a disclaimer stating that you have not knowingly been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and that you are without any symptoms of COVID-19. 

† We are planning one service at 10:am and will fill that service first – if there is overflow, we will have another service at 2:pm to allow for thorough cleaning between services. 

† Please wear a mask. Love your neighbour. We are asking but know that wearing a mask is mandatory – please bring one with you. If you do not have one, one will be provided for you for the first service. 

† If you feel that you have health issues that prevent you from wearing a mask, those health issues probably mean that you should not attend in person but online instead. 

† We will not be able to visit and move around before the service as we used to. If there is a line up, please follow physical distancing guidelines – 2 metres between family groups. 

† When you arrive please be prepared to have someone sign you in, and then seat you. You most likely will not be sitting in your usual seat. 

† Children must remain with their family grouping. 

† At this time there will be no singing, hugging, shaking hands or passing the peace. I know we will be happy to see one another but please remember to physically distance. 

† There will be no hymn books or prayer books – the entire service is in the printed bulletin. If you are not taking the bulletin home with you after the service, please put it in the garbage can on your way out – do not leave in pew. 

† You will be directed out at end of service, back pews leaving first. Keep social distance as you leave please. 

† There will be no coffee time after the service. 

† Service will be live streamed and available after the service online. 

Instructions re: Communion 

† are found in the bulletin and further instruction will be given at the beginning of the service. 

Website has the most recent Guidelines and Protocols from Province and Diocese for your information – please have a look at them. 

As I write these guidelines there’s a part of me that wants to say ‘I’m sorry’ because I know it will be so different, in some ways, to what you have known as worship at St Giles in past. It may be emotional, it may be a bit uncomfortable.

Yet, there is a greater part of me that rejoices that we are finally able to come together as community to worship! I know I have missed you and I’m sure you have missed one another. And to finally have Communion – 6 months is a long time to not have Communion. 

There are those who will not be able to come for worship in the building and we are going to do our best to bring worship to you via live stream and online. 

Over time there will be developments – hopefully, we can add music back in a greater way, among other things. Until we get there, I ask your grace and patience.

Meantime, wash your hands, social distance, wear a mask, be well, be safe – know that God is with us in this and in all things! 

While only the above phone numbers will be taking the RSVPs – if you have questions or comments please feel free to call, text or email me.              306-897-0402 

Giving thanks for God’s Grace, and you, 


Please check out these documents from the diocese:

Words from Wilma+                                    July 20, 2020

Wow July 20th already! Four months out of our building. We’re doing ok and sometimes and, in some ways, better than ok! We remain church. It looks different than anything we have done in the past but being out of church buildings has happened before; pandemics, wars in the past have pushed the church out into the world. The church has survived, and we will survive this time too. And is it possible we may thrive in unexpected ways? I think, yes.

Services continue online. I’ve been told by parishioners that they are really enjoying the services. The liturgy looks pretty much like what we regularly do on a Sunday but with a few twists; the Sunday service is now available whenever you want to worship, wherever you would like to sit or be.

I was never taught in seminary, or mentored on doing leadership ministry, ordained ministry, in this way. Nothing can prepare you for it really, but I am so grateful for my training as an Interim. The ‘new normal’ is still not totally comfortable; it is stressful and makes for high anxiety at times and yet I believe that what I do now is what God has called me into. For surely, I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Jer.29.11

I mourn some things. I miss meeting with a congregation in the building – doing a service and preaching to empty pews can be heart-breaking. I miss you all more than you know. I miss Eucharist as I’m sure you do. Sacramental ministry at the altar is a huge part of my call to ordained ministry and not celebrating the Eucharist is painful at times. I am not the first nor the only, priest who has had to live through this in their ministry. Although, I do feel free to complain

I am also incredibly grateful. I am grateful for parishioners who will come in to read scripture, sing psalms, play music, sing and do kid’s sermon. I am grateful for Wendy’s media skills. I am grateful for texts and phone calls, conversations, and visits in front yards and on the street. I am grateful for Zoom studies. I am grateful for Brian+’s support – both as a husband and as a colleague who has shared taking services so that St Giles can have continued on-line services while we are on holiday in August. I am grateful for technology – I can only imagine how priests and ministers struggled and served during times of earlier pandemics and epidemics. The technology isn’t perfect but compared to the alternative it is amazing. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer. 1Tim.4.4-5

A word about the finances (It’s good news)

1. Due to a parishioner who is not only generous but has a spirit of stewardship, St Giles no longer has debt. The Anglican Foundation Loan has been paid in full. They wish to remain anonymous and we will respect that.

2. And this is important too! During this time of being out of the church, services online only – the congregation of St Giles has continued their regular giving for the most part. Regular envelope giving has been maintained – equal to or a little less than the same period last year. I am so grateful!! This is stewardship! Thank you. 

Overall, we will still be struggling because some of our fundraisers have not and will not happen. But! peach sales are looking good. Thank you for buying and selling!

This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 2Corinthians 9:12 NIV

A word about opening the building to in person worship. At this time, we have a plan for opening but because the situation remains unknown for the beginning of September, the Vestry has decided that we will have a Vestry meeting the day after I

come home from holidays – August 28th to decide when we will reopen the building for in person worship. August 30th will still be an Online Morning Prayer no matter what is decided.

One thing that has been decided is that we will continue an on-line worship presence no matter if we begin in person worship or not. That may mean turning to livestream – at this time we are still in the discussion stages. There is a possibility that in

future we will have to invest in audio/visual equipment upgrades, - we have enjoyed the generosity of other people providing for St Giles’ needs in this area up until now.

When we go back to in person worship, we will be following all guidelines put out by the Provincial government and the Diocese. This means that it will not be/look/feel, the same as when we last worshipped together March 15th.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil.4.6-7 NIV



If/when we open the building for worship, we will need help. People to assist in keeping the Provincial and Diocesan guidelines; to take registration, direct traffic, seat people, and so on. If you feel that you may be able to help, please communicate with

Heather either to St Giles email or on the phone.


Brian+ and I will be away on holiday from July 27th until August 27th. We have pre-taped services for the month of August and you will be able to access them in the same way as usual.

Pastor Lori James of Trinity will be covering pastoral emergencies for St Giles until August 9th, please call Heather at St Giles and she will direct you.

Grateful for God’s Grace and You,


I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way… 1Cor. 1.4-5a

Words from Wilma+                 Church Re-opening          June 13, 2020

As you probably are aware, the Government of Saskatchewan has allowed that churches/places of worship can now be opened.

Faith leaders have met with government representatives so that re-opening of places of worship may be done in safest manner possible.

Diocesan Council met on June 6th and the following motion was passed unanimously.

That permission be given to the parishes and congregations to reopen September 1, 2020 provided they have engaged in the education and communication of the guidelines and have signed on to the plan through clergy and vestry decision. the plan must be submitted and have diocesan approval.

That this opening date be reconsidered by Executive Committee prior to September to take into account any change in guidelines and health emergency directives.

That a detailed information and education plan be shared with all parishes and congregations.

That weddings and funerals be permissible in the parish prior to September 1, 2020 with approval of the parish clergy, vestry and the Bishop and be in accordance with the government and diocesan guidelines.

This means that St Giles will continue as we are for the time being. We will continue to have services online.

My thanks to the readers, singers, musicians and to Wendy for the taping and editing!

The guidelines for re opening are many – the government’s and the ones from the Diocese which must meet the requirements of our insurance company. Church services in the building will be changed from when we left on March 15th.

There are many people who do not want to come back just yet, - vulnerable people, because of age or health reasons and those who just want to wait to be sure. But there are some that do want to worship in the building, and I know that feeling. I miss being at the altar, being with ‘my’ people, the kids of St Giles and I especially miss the Eucharist.

But I am very aware that above all, to love my neighbour means to keep them safe. In order to that, we can wait. We are not without worship.

There is scriptural evidence of people going into exile – not being able to worship in the ways that they were accustomed to. Throughout history there have been times when congregations could not meet in person because of disease, wars, or catastrophe. Interestingly, when those times have ended, faith is still there and often stronger.

We are God’s people and God will be worshiped, perhaps not in the way we have been accustomed to for a little while longer, but God is worshipped.

This reopening process is very fluid, things change from day to day, but some things do not.

Wash your hands, maintain social distancing of 2 meters/6feet, wear a mask, don’t touch your

face, Love God, Love your neighbour.

Be well,

Be blessed,

If you have questions or comments please contact me, I would be happy to have a conversation

with you – about this or anything else.

With thanks for God’s Grace and you,

Wilma+ = confidential

306-897-0402 - call or text

Words from Wilma+

April 23, 2020

     Hi everyone! I hope everyone is keeping well and healthy. I am doing well working from home, managing to get outside to walk when weather is nice. I have given up on the bread making – leaving that to those who have the gift. I am so happy that Paul reminded us that we are all differently gifted, 1Corinthians 12.4-7 Now there are a variety of gifts, but of the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord and there are varieties of activities but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” I think gifts include bread making as well as others such as music, praying and reading. Can you see where I’m heading here?

     For those of you who regularly read or do prayers at church services – and only if you feel comfortable. - would you volunteer to read for one of the online services? You would meet Wendy at the church building, no one else there, to read and have it taped for a future online service. Text or email me – my contact information is at bottom.

     Also, - this is easier – the online services are in print on the website so that you can follow along with the service. The responses are in bold so that you can participate. If you have a phone would you film yourself, your family, doing the responses and send it to Wendy so that she can add the responses to the service? The idea is that we will get to actually see one another during the service – perhaps not in real time but regardless, the more who participate the better!  You can send your videos (or questions) through text to 306-421-6122 or email

Thank You! to those who continue to give to the church! Thank you for remembering that the work of the church goes on and the bills do too. We were offered an opportunity by the Anglican Foundation to stop our payment to them for 6 months. It is a generous offer. The vestry of St Giles has decided to put aside the amount of the payment in a separate account so that it may be paid as a lump sum at the end of the 6 months. It is there if we need it in case of emergency but if people continue to give their normal amount or more, we will not need it and it can go to pay off the loan.

     The Bishop announced the Easter Offering on Easter Sunday. What ever money is donated through St Giles up until April 30th, the Diocese will match, and all money will come back to St Giles to disburse into the community. The vestry felt that the most benefit to the community would be to give to the food bank. If you have not yet given, please prayerfully consider it.

     One of the things I am missing is Bible and Brew so we will try a new format. Here is how it will work. If you want to join a Bible and Brew on Zoom email me  at either or to ask for an invitation. This is so we do not have any hackers who do rude things. If you would like to invite someone you know to participate you can share the invitation but please don’t put it on media sites. I really want to be welcoming to all to participate. If you have ever wanted to come but weren’t able to get out at night on Wednesdays now might be the time to join us with the brew of your choice – tea or ‘whatever’. I will send out an invitation for Wednesday, April 29th, 7:pm topic to be decided.

     I am missing all of you. I have managed to call most everyone on the parish list but if I haven’t called you and you would like me to, I would love to hear from you. Even if I have called and you would like to chat – call, text, or email.

‘See’ you Sunday!    

Be well, physically distance, wash your hands, be blessed!


Contact information:
email: church email – not confidential Wilma+ personal confidential email that only Archdeacon Wilma sees
phone and text: 306 897 0402

Words from Wilma+ from home –

I don’t know about you, but I am struggling to remember what day it is and how long this thing has been going on! The best way for me is to count by Sundays – we’ve been out of the building for two Sundays. I also count by the church year and I am shocked by how close we are to Easter. This coming Sunday is the Sunday of the Passion with the Palm Liturgy. Normally, I would be trying to arrange a time where a group of us could get together and fold palms. This year sadly, the palms are locked in a warehouse in Regina – we are unable to get them or to hand them out.

While we will have no palms, we shall not lament that but instead, make another plan. Matthew 21:8- A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

So, no palms then, no palms now. We can go out and get some branches, although maybe wait until the weather gets a little warmer again.

The service for the coming Sunday will once again be available through the link on the St Giles Facebook pages on Sunday morning. This email will also have the readings and parish prayers for the service attached.

Holy Week

We will be doing the Good Friday service from St Giles you will have access to that as well.

NEWS – Easter Sunday will be celebrated at the Cathedral with the Bishop, but the music, readings and prayers will be done by folks from around the Diocese. St Giles is providing some music and a reader – stay tuned! Further details next week.

I’ve been trying to do a couple phone calls a day – checking in with people. I like to hear your voices! I’ve been doing some texting a well. I welcome phone calls and texts from you too! I miss the kids! I miss Confirmation Class and I really, really miss Bible and Brew. After Easter I plan on resuming Bible and Brew in a different form – wait for it…

People also ask how I’m doing. I’ve worked from home before. It isn’t my preferred way to work because I like getting out among people for one thing but also, I’m not good at keeping boundaries on my time when I’m at home; I’m trying, but I think that I should be accessible during this extraordinary time. I’ve been able to get out and walk in the gorgeous weather we had but for now the treadmill will have to do. I am well. I am busy doing what I love to do – even if it has changed so much in the way I do it! My family is well; my niece and sister in law are on my mind and in my prayers as they are ER nurses in BC. My Mom is well and isolated on the ranch in the mountains. Overall, I am blessed. And thank you for asking.

I know that for some this is a time of stress and anxiety and I hope that you will reach out – call me, text me or email – I will answer. 306 897 0402 is a personal and confidential email – no one sees it except me.


St Giles vestry has unofficially come together over Zoom and we plan to do that again for our regular vestry meeting on our regular day. We are conducting the business of the church as usual as possible in these unusual times. The work of the church goes on, decisions must be made.

We are all conscious that church finances will quite likely be changed when people are unable to put their offering in the plate on a Sunday.

While we can not gather in the ways we did just a few weeks ago we remain church and we remain St Giles congregations. We still connect with one another by phone, texts, emails, Zoom and other means. We are still providing services although in a different way. We still provide pastoral care although we are not allowed in nursing homes or hospital we can connect in other ways.

The ministry of the church is continuing. And we need your continued financial support to meet ongoing expenses. If you have been mailing in your offering or give through preauthorized giving, Thank you! If you have not , please consider doing so.

There are a few ways to give:

-This email will also have a form attached so that you can begin preauthorized giving if you would like to start.

-You may give by e-transfer through the church’s email.

-Or you can send a cheque by regular mail. Heather will be picking up the mail as usual.

We ask you to be as generous as your circumstances will allow so that we may continue to be the church Christ is calling us to be in this moment.

I continue to pray for each of you by name in this time when we can not physically gather. Know that God is with us and will continue to be.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46: 1

Thankful for God’s Grace and you,


Words from Wilma+           March 19, 2020
            God of saving power, remember us in times of sorrow and despair.  Redeem us with your strength and guide us through the wilderness.  We ask this in the name of Jesus.  Psalm prayer for Psalm 77 BAS

            Lent is normally a wilderness time and this wilderness looks different than any other that we have experienced.  Things are fluid and change quickly – what may be true now can be changed in an hour.  But there is One who is not changed; .  And that for me, is deeply comforting.

            While our church building is closed, we will be finding new ways of being church.  Your Wardens and Vestry is being kept in touch with Diocesan responses to the COVID-19 crisis. St Giles building is now closed; services suspended, social and other events suspended until further notice. Joseph Be our regular cleaning service will be doing a thorough cleaning of surfaces. 

          Yet, we will worship.  We will be doing services of word, prayer and music and taping them.  They will be available on our Facebook page.  The first should be available on Sunday morning but you will be able to access it anytime after that. 

            I will also be putting other comments, prayers, resources on our Facebook page – some links and some as I find them.

            Not everyone has access to technology such as Facebook, Zoom, text or email – I will make every effort to contact those folks in the days to come.  If you know anyone who could use a call from me, please let me know. 

           So.   Here’s where you come in. St Giles has lots of connections with each other – one only has to listen before and after services on a Sunday morning to know that you talk and visit with one another.  Sunday morning worship is no longer happening in the usual way but the connection, conversation and visiting can and should continue – Just in a different way.  Please reach out to one another.

          Also.  Reach out to me – send me a text, an email a phone call – I will miss you!

          New things do not usually daunt me – I don’t mind change – I’m a trained Interim and yet this new thing – while I embrace it – feels entirely unexpected and unplanned.  Yep, it definitely is!

          I suspect that first efforts at doing church may not be all that we want them to be – I expect that things will be messy and maybe produce a bit of anxiety (for me) but I know it will be ok.  I know that I already live under the Grace and Mercy of Christ as you do.  It will be ok.

          The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear?  The lord is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid. Psalm 27:1

Grace and peace,

Words from Wilma+ March 16, 2020
This is my second try at writing this today.  I had an email all ready and when I was about to hit ‘send’ I received a letter from the Bishop.  The letter is attached.

 This is a very fluid situation; things change not day by day but now hour by hour.

Today church services, studies and social gatherings have been suspended in the Diocese of Qu’Appelle.

This means that Pause and Pray, Bible and Brew, Confirmation Class are all suspended until further notice.

Church services in the building of St Giles are suspended until further notice. 

We are church and there will be worship.  We are planning on doing online services and will have more information on this as the week progresses.

If you are like me, emotionally I am sad, but my head knows that this is a way to take care of ourselves and by doing so, take care of our neighbour. As I said in last Sunday’s sermon – we are being challenged to being a new way of church.  I will miss contact with you so please reach out – be in contact with one another and with me.

I have been in contact with some of our parishioners who have been south – they will soon be on their way home and face a 14-day social distancing period.  Be in contact with them also.

Read the letter from our Bishop and if you have questions or comments please contact me

phone 306 897 0402   call or text

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Psalm 46.1

Love, prayers and blessings,


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Words from Wilma+           Dec 11th , Advent 2019
     Advent began December 1st and we have been journeying through Advent, watching, praying, repenting, and more than anything – waiting.

     There is always so much focus on Christmas – the arrival of the Christ as child, but as with all things worth waiting for the anticipation of the arrival is a time of preparation and yes, excitement too.

     Advent calendars are wonderful – especially the ones with chocolate! But I fear that the meaning of the calendar has been lost. Counting down the days until Christmas is not just a yummy bit of chocolate everyday until Santa gets here - but a way to keep track of the days leading up to the arrival of the Saviour, born in a manger.

     If you preread the Sunday readings you may wonder at the last couple of Sunday’s lectionary readings – they aren’t about the baby Christ – they’re about the coming of Christ again! - and our willingness to prepare the way of the Lord, and to prepare ourselves for His coming.

     For Christians this time is not just getting the gifts, cleaning the house, putting up the tree, the shopping for and cooking special meals. For Christians preparation for the Advent – the coming of Christ, means checking on ourselves and making sure that we are spiritually ready for Christmas.

Some ways of preparing are:
          a)reconnecting with God, through prayer,
          b) reading and studying scripture (if you don’t know it, how can you live                   by it?)
          c) repentance of those comfortable sins and the not so comfortable ones.
          d) daily readings or maybe an email or podcast of a devotional.

O Come, O Come Emmanuel – Saviour of all people, God with us.
Calendar for St Giles:
     † Thursday Dec 12     Blue Christmas service at Chapel at St Joseph’s Hospital. Everyone is welcome.
     † Friday                      No Confirmation Class until after Christmas
     † Sunday Dec 15       8 AM Holy Eucharist (said service) Advent 3 – we light the candle of Joy
                                        10 AM Holy Eucharist
                                        2:pm Meet at St Giles to go Carolling at Nursing Homes-to spread a bit of Joy!
Spaghetti supper has been cancelled for this day due to many other community activities
     † During the next week the Hamper Association Toy Store will be running.
     † Friday Dec 20 Hamper Day at St Giles
     † Sunday Dec 22 10: am Lessons and Carols and the Sunday School Program. No 8:am service.
     † Dec. 24 7: pm Holy Eucharist and 9:pm Holy Eucharist

Wishing you Hope, Peace, Joy and Love in Advent,      Wilma+

Words from Wilma+          All Saints Day Nov. 1, 2019

Today is All Saints Day and tomorrow Nov 2, is All Souls Day. I am attaching an explanation of what these two days mean for us as Anglicans. The explanation comes from the book For All the Saints a publication of the Anglican Church of Canada. 

  • Sunday at St Giles we will celebrate All Saints and we will also remember our loved ones. If you would like to have a loved one remembered by name during the prayers, please let us know before the service. You may do so either on the list at the door with the greeters, or before hand by emailing or text 306 897 0402
  • ALSO The Venerable Cheryl Toth will be joining us and preaching this Sunday. Archdeacon Cheryl is from Regina and has much to offer us as preacher and teacher! 

All Saints 1 November

Today’s festival had its origins in the fourth century, when churches in the East began to celebrate “the feast of the martyrs of the whole world” on the Sunday after Pentecost.

Several Western churches adopted this festival and kept it on various dates in April or May, but in the early Middle Ages the church of Rome assigned it the much later date of November first and broadened the feast to include all the saints. Western Christendom has followed this custom ever since.

Saints are Christians who in various ways, often against great odds, showed an extraordinary love for Christ. The Holy Spirit acted in their lives so that they chose to bring aid to the needy, justice to the oppressed, hope to the sorrowful, and the divine word of forgiveness to sinners. For the sake of Christ, they were servants to the people of their day; and the service they rendered in the past makes them examples to the rest of the people of God throughout history.

The Church also believes that our life on earth has eternal consequences; and so, our remembrance of what the saints were is directed to what they are. It is the Church’s conviction — a conviction often expressed in the Anglican tradition — that the saints continue to be our partners and fellow servants before the face of God’s glory. We pray for our present needs, and the saints pray with us — not as if their prayers were better than our own, but because they are still bound to us in mutual service as members of the one body of Christ.

For this very reason, we may say of the Church’s saints what the Letter to the Hebrews says about the Old Testament saints — that they and their service shall not be perfect until all of God’s friends have answered the invitation of Christ and arrived at the banquet of glory. For that is the ministry of the saints in heaven as on earth: to help others become partners in the salvation of God.

This festival may be observed on the Sunday following 1 November, in addition to its observance on the fixed date.

All Souls 2 November

The Commemoration of All Faithful Departed — Memorial

On this day we call to mind all the faithful departed who are now with God in Christ Jesus. We especially remember all those who have touched our own lives, and the men and women of our own parish and community whose good works have sustained and enhanced the ongoing life of our Christian community.

The Church has kept this memorial of all the faithful departed since the eleventh century, when it also began to celebrate the feast of All Saints. The Church believed that the souls of departed saints were immediately taken into the presence and full glory of God, while all other departed souls still had to undergo some healing and growth before they could be strong enough to bear the radiance of God’s face. Out of this belief grew the medieval doctrine of purgatory, which taught that there was an intermediate state between death and glory, when souls were purged of the effects of those sins which still marred their wills and affections.

When the Church of England reformed its doctrine and worship in the sixteenth century, it rejected “the Romish doctrine concerning purgatory ... [as] a fond thing vainly imagined.” The Anglican tradition has not withdrawn that criticism, but over the centuries we have learned to believe what we have prayed in the Burial Office — that the good work which Almighty God began in the faithful departed may be perfected unto the day of Jesus Christ. For growth in perfection must be infinite because our perfection is communion with the infinite God. So, we magnify God’s power by confessing that the divine mercy continues to perfect the souls of the departed according to the measure of eternal life revealed in Jesus Christ.

Giving thanks for God’s Grace and you,


Words from Wilma+            October 13 - Thanksgiving 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!! I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend with family, food and those you love. No turkey at my house this year – ham this time. I would rather have turkey, but life and circumstances change, and I have always embraced change. (still working on the turkey thing tho!) Mostly I’m just grateful to have food, my husband and friends to share it with.

What about you? What are you grateful for? 

Even in the darkest of times; illness, poverty, broken relationships, - even in all these circumstances we have God to be thankful for and to. God is in all situations, whether we see it at the time or not – God is there.

I’m going to share a story from a time in my life where I really was not happy about the circumstance and was a bit ticked off at life, circumstances and God.

It was while I was at seminary, just as we broke for Christmas, I had turned in my last paper, and we went to have breakfast with friends and do some Christmas shopping on the Saturday. We were to fly back to BC on the Tuesday, so after breakfast, we stopped at Sask Made store to get some ‘Saskatchewan’ gifts. Brian got to the door and opened it for me. I stepped over the curb to the sidewalk, my right foot slipped, and I stepped back on my left foot to catch myself from falling. I heard a crack, which I thought was just ice crunching. 

Not ice. My ankle was broken and down I went. Did I mention that it was a full-on blizzard at the time – cold, snowing and lots of wind. And there I lay on the ice with a broken ankle.

The ambulance was called, drugs administered. Went to the hospital emergency, had my ankle set, surgery on Sunday morning, on 

crutches Monday, flew home to BC on Tuesday as planned.

So, where was God?

In the lady who came around the corner, saw me lying on the ice and held my head out of the snowbank. Her husband went to their car and brought back a sleeping bag to cover me.

In the ambulance attendants who were in the same shopping mall on a coffee break and were picking me up within minutes.

In the ER staff who were extremely busy but attentive and caring. All staff at the hospital were wonderful and I remember the conversations.

In the lady in the bed next to me had also broken her right ankle on the ice – she was also Anglican. In our conversation and laughter in the middle of the night.

In two Anglican priests who braved a blizzard and brought me communion Saturday evening before my surgery.

In the crew on a West Jet flight on Tuesday, and they were awesome.

In the days after I returned to the seminary after holidays, in so many people who assisted in my getting around a three storied building in which there is no elevator.

There is more. But in my time of anxiety, pain, frustration and just plain crankiness and not one bit thankful - God was with me. Certainly not because I deserved it but because - well, God! – that’s how God works – through people – ordinary people -strangers. 

It was easy for me to thank people for their kindness. But it did take a bit of time for me to recognize God in all of it. I didn’t blame God but who knows what I thought; God was just missing maybe? Even when I know that it doesn’t make sense, I did not see God’s presence in that situation for quite a while. God is with us even when we can’t see it except maybe from a distance; a distance of time and discernment.

And then, if you are like me, when we recognize God, we wonder – how did I miss that?

I know that maybe some of you have suffered far, far worse situations than I have. I know that in those awful situations it may truly be difficult for you to see God there. Let alone be grateful.

Until you do, until then, may I and the rest of us who know God’s faithfulness, hold space, hold the faith, until you are able to see, to know and to love God, and be made whole again by His Love.

If you are struggling with seeing God active in your life – if you are struggling with gratitude and being thankful – and you would like to talk about it or if you would like me to pray - please call, text or email. All is confidential!

I have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! My husband Brian, creation, love, laughter, healing, my husband, my dog, my family, my church, the Diocese - my Bishop and clergy and so much more… 

And speaking of Gratitude 

I want to thank all of you who contribute to Living the Mission. Through your generosity, the Diocese was able to buy bicycles for the clergy of the Diocese of Muyinga. They in turn, are better able to serve their parishioners who are very grateful. 

… find attached the response from our sister Diocese of Muyinga Bishop and the clergy. Please read through them and notice the smiles! These priests are dedicated and faithful servants of God.

Also note that neither the people, clergy nor the Bishop of Muyinga have ever asked our Diocese for anything – except prayer.

I am so very, very grateful for God’s Grace, and for you!



Words from Wilma+ September 11, 2019

Today I give thanks for all who made our 100th Anniversary and Mortgage Burning Service the celebration that it was! I will direct you to the St Giles Facebook page and our website for photos, and story. Such a feeling of family and community - remembering and celebration. Worship, music, food, video – all so very well done! Thank you all. 

I will be away over the next couple of days at a course in Saskatoon, Carrying the Burden of Trauma: Psychological First Aid and Spiritual Support in Times of Crisis. It is particularly well timed considering that today is 9/11. A day on which most of us who are old enough to remember that date, remember where we were when the Twin Towers fell. I suspect that there are certain dates for each of us that we will never forget where we were, what we were doing. Sadly, the reason that we remember is because they were traumatic rather than life giving. 

For Christians the worst day was also the best day. The day our Lord was put to death on a wooden cross was also the best day for us because it was the single act that afforded salvation for all of us.

As difficult as it may be, we must remember that even in the most traumatic and most terrible of situations, God is with us. God at the cross, God at the Twin Towers, God with us in our worst of times as well as the best of times. God weeps with us and accompanies us through it all.

At times of disaster there are certain phrases that those of us who do pastoral care and ministry particularly dislike and disagree with.

It was God’s plan. Nope, God does not plan for awful things to happen – not ever! Yes, I know that in the Old Testament God caused things to happen, but we live after the advent of Jesus Christ. And that changed a lot of things! God’s plan is that we love God, love one another and through Jesus Christ we have salvation.

God needed another angel. Nope. God’s got enough angels, - it is not God’s plan to cause grief to acquire an angel. We will all get there some day, but God is not ‘needing’ anyone just now.

After earthquake, flood, hurricane and other natural disasters we hear, God is angry. God caused this because… etc. God does not cause disaster because of anything that happens in nature. God created. It was good. Humans mess it up and we are now seeing results of this. 

There are more but those will do for now. These things are said, not because people know this but because certainly someone must be to blame. But it is not God. Rather it is human greed and self interest- powers and principalities of sin and death; Satan’s influence.

Remember this though, Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.


My favorite verse. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord ”plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and future”


God wants nothing but the best for us. May we be our best for God. 

Giving thanks for God’s Grace and you,


September 4, 2019 Words from Wilma+

If you read no further, please read this: [hopefully you will keep reading : )]

This coming Sunday, Sept 8th, 10:am, we celebrate and give thanks for the Parish’s 100 Years. We will also be burning the mortgage which we finished paying earlier in the year.

Bishop Rob will be preaching and presiding.

Potluck after the service.

Although it isn’t yet officially ‘fall’ all the beginnings and endings that signify fall are here. Yes, I’ve had my first pumpkin spice latte, had the desire to buy new shoes for school,(even if I’m not going) and have admired many, many ‘First Day of School’ pictures on Facebook.

Ecclesiastes 3.1– which unfortunately, you usually hear only at funerals says, “For everything there is a season, and time for every matter under heaven.” I guess that includes pumpkin spice, but I don’t think that its exactly what the philosopher had in mind.

September brings school days, a change in the leaves, cleared off fields and gardens as they are harvested. September also brings new and familiar activities to St Giles. It is about to get busy. Hopefully you can find something that you might like to attend / be involved in.

Familiar Sept 14 Beginning of Sunday School. Please let other folks know this is happening! We welcome all!

Familiar- Sept 17 St Giles begins working at the Bruins games again. If you haven’t done it yet, give it a try. Some folks really enjoy the camaraderie and meeting people as they come in. It is also a valuable fundraiser for the church.

NEW- Sept 18-19 Canadian Mental Health will be doing a course at St Giles Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. This is valuable knowledge to have. You can sign up for it through St Giles.

NEW Sept 19 Vestry will be walking through our neighbourhood around the church, praying silently for all those who live and work around us. …You shall love your neighbour as yourself. Mark 12.31 If you would like to join us please do! 7:pm Vestry meeting afterward.

Familiar - Sept 20 Confirmation Classes begin 4:05 pm

Familiar- Sept 22 Fowl Supper

NEW- Sept 25 Bible and Brew Bible study at the Beef - bring your Bible. We will study scripture and have refreshments in a place other than the church.

Workshops: Sept 15 Readers and Intercessors

Sept 29 Greeters and Counters - note changed from the 22nd

Oct 6 Lay Assistants

We are offering these workshops for those who may be interested in doing one or more of these ministries; a chance to learn more and ask questions. Workshops are also for those who already do these ministries as a refresher.

We are in need of people to do Altar Guild. If you have any inclination to do this ministry, I would be happy to talk with you.

Giving thanks for God’s Grace and you!

August 9, 2019
Here we are in the midst of summer, enjoying holidays, warm days, beginning of harvests – enjoying the bounty of “this fragile earth, our island home.” (from Eucharistic Prayer 4 BAS) 

When we live in the midst of beauty and bounty it is easy to forget or overlook what is going on in the rest of the world – or is it?  It seems as if we have any exposure to media at all, we should be aware of the brokenness of the world.  And yes, even in our own back yard.   

So much disagreement and conflict in the world!  

In any group of 2 or more people there will be disagreement over something – even if it is whether we like strawberries or not.  When there is disagreement, we can decide how to handle it – we can turn away from one another and stop the conversation.  Or we can talk about it - but that only works if the other side is listening. Some beliefs are so deeply held that there will be no changing them – but that shouldn’t stop us from listening to someone else’s belief.  There comes a time of course when we have listened long enough and heard enough to educate ourselves, then we hand them over to God.   

I have lived across Canada in different cultures and economies. Economies driven by logging and lumber in BC, fishing and seal hunting in Quebec, farming and ranching - including organic, nonGMO and not, -in BC and the prairies and of course here in Estevan, farming, coal mining and oil patch.  In each place I found that they will defend their way of life and judge the others with no problem at all.  BC isn’t afraid of a carbon tax but will protest coal mining and pipeline.  Saskatchewan defends pipelines and coalfields but has no problem telling me to cut down on the amount of paper I use so that I can save trees. Plant based burgers are an abomination to my ranching friends.  People across the board will condemn hunting the baby seals.    
What I have learned is that in each place I went to I had preconceived ideas of what I believed in and what I thought went on.  But what I learned after I got there could be quite different!!  We really need to be careful in who we listen to!  We need to check the facts. 

Politics is for another day but for now, suffice it to say that our political beliefs should be informed by our faith in God as Peter and the apostles were.  Acts 5:29  “… We must obey God rather than any human authority.”  

I am a Christian and an Anglican.  I believe in what I say when I declare my faith in the words of the Nicene and Apostles Creeds.  Being Anglican clergy, I have declared and signed the documents in which I state that I believe in both the Old and New Testaments. But this has not stopped me from learning about Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, and other world religions and spiritualities.  I have the Qur’an, the Book of Mormon, along side a Hebrew Tanakh and the Greek New Testament, the NRSV and the King James version of the Bible. I took a World Religions course while in University. It was important for me to educate myself so that I could defend my faith knowing the facts of other beliefs.  

 Where we get our education is also important.  I am horrified when I hear some people’s views on Islam! Especially when they have never spoken to a Muslim or read the Qur’an.  Just ‘heard things’ isn’t good enough.  Check the facts. 

There was a day not so long ago when there were deep divisions between Roman Catholics and other Christians. Now through serious efforts there has been much healing through education on both sides, and deep desire to know what the truth is about what we Anglicans and the Roman Catholics believe.  No, we don’t agree on all doctrine, but we are talking, listening and above all loving one another. One of my joys has been to receive Holy Communion in the Catholic Church.  Never did I imagine that could happen – yet it has! Thanks be to God.  Lutheran clergy can serve in Anglican churches and vice versa as we are in full communion since the Waterloo Declaration was signed in 2001. There is ongoing ecumenical effort with other agreements with the United Church of Canada and other Christian churches.   Ephesians 2:14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility. 

One of the things that makes my heart happy is the way the Estevan Ministerial can work together.  We do not agree on doctrine, (some closer on this than others) we do not agree on scripture always, but we do come together to represent Christ in this place and to do some good work.  How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!  (Psalm 133:1) 

Human beings that we are, there will be disagreement, but it is what we as Christians do with that conflict that counts.  When we disagree may we listen to the other side, check the facts – And may we always be guided by the Holy Spirit and the Good News of Jesus Christ.  

Matthew 7:1-5 “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged.  For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.  Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbour ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is your own eye? You hypocrite first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbour’s eye. 

Matthew 7:12 “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” 

Colossians 3:13-14  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect harmony.
Giving thanks for God’s Grace and you!
July 26, 2019
Happy Friday!

I’ve been back from holidays for about 10 days now. Holiday in BC with my family was wonderful! This year we spent more time on the water than usual, which was wonderful since water is my ‘happy place’. Sitting in a kayak out on a big lake surrounded by familiar mountains, hearing the lapping of the water against the side of the kayak, listening to the loons’ call, watching baby ducks follow their mother is wonderfully healing for my soul. God sure knew what he was doing in creating this masterpiece; this earth we call our home! Genesis 1:31God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.

I found it difficult to return to shore sometimes, but it is necessary. Life calls us back to shore, back from our times of respite and restoration to the work, the ministries to which we are called.

Worship is also a place and time in which we can find healing and restoration. Sundays and other times we set aside for worship, praise, prayer, and Holy communion heal and give us strength to go into the labours ahead. I hope and pray that each of you is able to find such a time and/or place that is restorative for you!

While I was on holiday the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada was being held. I will direct you to our website for a comprehensive report from Wendy Godfrey who was one of the Synod Delegates. I will not comment on this email about General Synod, but Wendy and I welcome questions and conversation about what happened at Synod. There was some very important and good work done, there was also an emotional response to the vote on the issue of same gender marriage. I will attach Bishop Rob’s post-synod letter.

When I unlocked the outside doors and came into the church this morning my first thought was, “What are we doing here?
I have no idea where the question came from. As I frequently do, I stopped on my way through to my office to take a bit of time to sit in a pew and to have a conversation with God. I asked that question of God. I wish I could tell you that I have a complete answer – I don’t. What I know is that a few hours later I could hear the voices of children - laughter, singing, praying - learning about Jesus with the leaders of Cross Talk Ministries and the youth leaders from St Giles. In a couple hours we will have closing worship and VBS will be over for another year. What we have done here is to share the Good News, the Gospel of Jesus Christ and sow seeds that
can change lives.

St Giles does quite a few other things here besides Sunday worship. Sometimes that’s all that some people can see or do but there are lots of things that happen here; study, hospitality to other community groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, the Metis people, Warm Welcome, Mental Health. We put Christmas Hampers together, we send out people who deliver meals, we hold suppers. St Giles is a place of prayer, a place of sending out people into other ministries of love in action.

The Vestry of St Giles has been doing a book study before Vestry meetings. We have been using the book I Refuse to Lead a Dying Church. It has been good to read it and then come together to discuss what we have read. Last week was the chapter called Choosing Fun Over Drudgery.

The Vestry minutes are always up on the bulletin board for any and all who would like to have them. Quite a few of you get them but not all.

So, here’s the thing. We are going to add the Bank Balances to the email. If you aren’t in church to pick up the paper copies you may not be aware of what the financial situation is at this present time.

Summer always brings a downturn in both attendance and the bank accounts. While both are historical and somewhat expected we need to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to financial stability. If we are to keep doing the things we do here, -spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ, - we need your ministry of faithful financial stewardship.

Talking about/ emailing about finances is not my favorite thing. But what is my favorite thing is to do the work of God and to share that with others as we share the Gospel.

Henry Nouwen in his book A Spirituality of Fund Raising teaches some wonderful things. Here is what he wrote that helped me.

Fundraising is a subject we seldom think about from a spiritual perspective. We may think of
fundraising as a necessary but unpleasant activity to support a spiritual thing. Or we might believe
that fundraising reflects a failure to plan well or to trust enough that God will provide for all our needs.
Indeed, quite often fundraising is a response to a crisis. Suddenly our organization or faith community
does not have enough money, so we begin to say: “How are we going to get the money we need? We
have to start asking for it. ...
From the perspective of the gospel, fundraising is not a response to a crisis. Fundraising is, first and
foremost, a form of ministry. It is a way of announcing our vision and inviting other people into our
mission. Vision and mission are so central to the life of God’s people that without vision we perish and
without mission we lose our way.

What he also says is, “...those who need money and those who can give money meet on the common ground
of God’s love. God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of
everything, you may share abundantly in every good work” (2Cor.9:8) *

What does fundraising ministry look like for you? It may mean increased giving, it may mean asking others for money, it may mean cooking, serving, taking tickets. It might mean some or all those things. But for St Giles to live out the mission and ministry to which we are called and to which we respond, we need an increase in your fundraising ministry.

Now, I’m going to go celebrate with the kids, as they sing about Jesus and his love for us, as they dance in joy, and go forth from this place, having heard the Gospel of Christ! Thanks be to God!

Giving thanks for God’s Grace and You!


* Henry Nouwen, A Spirituality of Fundraising. 2010. p. 14, 16.

June 6, 2019
My voice is back! Thanks be to God.  It was an interesting time for sure and I’m not sure I’m even done with figuring it all out yet. Sometimes life in faith is like that – you don’t get all the answers you want, right when you want them.  Sometimes it takes a bit of unpacking. I’m ok with that.   I have a specialist’s appointment at the end of July and hopefully that will answer at least the medical questions.  

Last week I said I would put out a list and once I began to compile it, I was amazed at how much I consume in commentary, opinion, scholarship daily and weekly!  I narrowed the list down to a few things under each heading and asked Deacon Barb to add hers.  I asked my niece, who is a millennial and a great reader of Christian material, and consumer of Christian media to give me her list as well.  I’ll add it next week.  
I didn’t even get to books and authors this time – we will do that next week.  I like to think that I listen to diverse voices, men, women, LGBTQ, people of colour, Indigenous, children, youth and elders, - and so on.  Its important that we take in other voices that may challenge us.  I don’t spend media time with many fundamentalists, literalists – I don’t go there because we disagree at the very base of our theology. But sometimes even they will at least help me to affirm what and who I believe in.  Some Progressives are a bit too progressive for me – and I am careful to think over their theology when I feel it is pushing me too far.    

Do I expect you to click on every one of these links – no.  I wish, but no.  I do hope and pray that you might try one or two.  Look for something that interests you.  A Bible app on your phone at the very least.    

Some people still prefer paper and I will list books and authors next week.  

If you have some favorites, please be sure to give me the list and I will add them.  

Jesus desired disciples - still desires disciples – attending church is a beginning of discipling as is studying, praying, being part of a church community and meeting around the Eucharist.  

I am here to help, guide, assist you in broadening your faith, going deeper, and becoming a disciple. It is my deepest prayer that God will help me and will use me to do this. Please let me know how I can help you - with this or anything else.  
Church Websites: 
Anglican Church of Canada
Diocese of Qu’Appelle
St Giles Estevan 
To assist with Daily Prayer 
The Daily Office Mission St Clare  
I really like this one – Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer also has music with words to hymns so you can sing along or just listen.  Free 
Forward Day By Day 
      I’ve used this for quite a long time. Very accessible 
Center for Action and Contemplation 
      Deacon Barb’s recommendation 
For the Love with Jen Hatmaker - lots of interviews.  Fun and educational.   
Shauna Niequist   - also an author 
Can I Say This at Church   - interviews with diverse and interesting people  
Pulpit Fiction    - lengthy but sometimes interesting 
Deacon Barb’s recommendations: - 
Richard Rohr  - Another Name for Everything 
Encountering Silence  
Super Soul – with Oprah 
Apps for your phone 
Forward Day by Day – the daily readings come with a short reflection  
Olive Tree – offers different versions of the Bible as well as many other study books – some do cost 
Bible – offers different versions of the Bible 
The Daily Office from Mission St Clare 
Malcolm Guite 
     This site offers many different Progressive Christian bloggers.  Offers diverse voices and points of view.  Some I highly recommend.
Giving thanks for God's Grace and You, 


Update May 30, 2019 Ascension Day!
Acts 1:1-11/ Luke 24.44-53  are two of the readings for the Ascension of the Lord 

“The mystery of this feast is the paradox whereby in one sense Christ ‘leaves’ us and is taken away into Heaven ,but in another sense,  he is given to us and to the world in a new and more universal way. His humanity is taken into heaven, so our humanity belongs there too, and is in a sense already there with him… In the ascension Christ’s glory is at once revealed and concealed, and so is ours.”  

 Sometimes Ascension Day is translated (moved) to the following Sunday.  I elected not to this year and to celebrate Easter 7 instead.  As it turns out I won’t actually be there this Sunday and Rev. Deacon Barb will be doing Morning Prayer at 8: and 10: am.
I saw my Doctor last Wednesday morning and he prescribed continued voice rest, a course of Prednisone and referred me to a specialist in Regina.  Prayers for healing and patience are appreciated!! 

Tomorrow is the funeral for Desiree Weinrauch.  Desiree is the daughter and daughter in law of parishioners, and related to many others at St Giles. We will be officiating at Trinity.  I will write the sermon but TBA who will preach it. Our condolences to all the family.

Lobster Supper Friday!  I must remember to get my lemons delivered to the church! So many thanks to all who contribute to this undertaking, donating, cooking, cleaning, waiting on, clean up, kitchen, selling tickets and all the other things that go into this fund-raiser.   

† one of these means I really want you to pay attention!   

† so, what I would like you to do is to have a look at Thy Kingdom Come.  I am going to forward an email that I receive so you can get yourself started.  You subscribe to the email and it comes each day in your mailbox.  The website link is   Also info on St Giles Facebook page and on our website.     It is important. Sign up.  You pray for 5 people to come to Christ. –You pray, and you become part of a worldwide non-denominational community of prayer.  You don’t have to go anywhere – do it in bed, in your lazy boy with a cup of coffee or a in lawn chair with a beer – wherever, however - just please do it.  
Sunday School - Last email I mentioned something we were working on for kids attending church Sunday mornings when the Sunday school is on pause for summer. I gave Wendy Godfrey a mission – pizza boxes! and to fill them with things that small people would like to play/craft/read while in church.  Can’t wait to see what Wendy brings!   When you bring your children/grandchildren make sure you ask for one when you arrive. 

Also:  children and church – keep your eyes open for VBS at St Giles with Cross Talk, announcements. 
I’ll end now with a poem from my favorite poet, Malcolm Guite on this Ascension Day. 

We saw his light break through the cloud of glory 
Whilst we were rooted still in time and place 
As earth became a part of Heaven’s story 
And heaven opened to his human face. 
We saw him go and yet we were not parted 
He took us with him to the heart of things 
The heart that broke for all the broken-hearted 
Is whole and Heaven-centered now, and sings, 
Sings in the strength that rises out of weakness, 
Sings through the clouds that veil him from our sight, 
Whilst we ourselves become his clouds of witness 
And sing the waning darkness into light, 
His light in us, and ours in him concealed, 
Which all creation waits to see revealed .
Giving thanks for His Grace and You,   

May 24, 2019
One thing I never expected to say was, ‘Thank you God for the rain.’ I love the sun, the light and the warmth but it is time for rain, we need it, the animals need it and the earth definitely needs it.
As you know I’ve been on voice rest. Every day is a different day in how I feel about that,- sometimes every hour! I’ve been through - stressed/ grateful/ listening/ frustrated/ yay time to read/ grrr I want to go for coffee and have a conversation with someone/ wish I could just answer the phone and not have the caller wonder “what on earth?!?” /yay no pressure – just rest/ yay my flowers are planted.  Yes, all of that. 
So grateful for technology! I have been having some pastoral conversations by text and occasionally by email, and this is great for some folks. I have been using my phone apps for Bible and Bible study for quite awhile now.  There are a lot of Bible apps available but not all are good – in fact some are awful!!
Last week I was having a conversation with someone via text and they sent me a quote that they had gotten that morning from the Bible app that they used – they were so upset and sad.  The thing is that how we hear/read scripture is somewhat dependent on what the translation is, what version of Bible is used.  They had used the Easy English Version because it was easy to read and understand.
Question for you: Does it matter what version of the Bible you read as long as you are reading the Bible? Answer: YES it does.  And here is why.  
The passage is John 3.18 King James Version - 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
New Revised Standard Version: Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
Easy English Version: God will not punish anyone who believes in his Son.  But some people refuse to believe who his one and only Son is.  God has already decided that he must punish people like that.
Sometimes someone is going through a difficult time and looking for answers in scripture, for something that speaks to them and their situation.  Maybe they are even wondering what will happen to their loved one who will not believe in God, in Jesus, or the Holy Spirit and they read John 3.18 because it comes right after that beloved verse John 3.16 so they read the Easy English Version  and they see “God has already decided that he must punish people like that”  What do you think they are feeling now?!   Where is the hope in that? Where is the loving God? Why would you want to follow a Jesus who tells you that God has already decided that your loved one will be punished?  Comfort? – I don’t think so!
Now it must be admitted, condemnation and judgment are a bit hard to hear as well, but it is there.  There is a lot in the Bible that is already hard enough to contemplate without someone adding in what is not there.  Do I
suggest that reading the Easy English Version should never happen under any circumstance? No.  But read it and know it is a paraphrase not an approved translation. And know what an approved version says first.
The Anglican Church of Canada, and the canons of the Diocese of Qu’Appelle have a list of Approved Versions of the Bible.  “New Revised Standard Version Revised English Bible King James (Authorized Version) 1611 Revised Standard Version 1952 (and its revision as Common Bible) New American Bible 1970 Today's English Version (Good News) 1976 New International Version 1978 New Jerusalem 1985” These are the versions that are to be read in church on Sundays, in other liturgies and used for study.  If other versions or paraphrases are used in study or preaching, that must be acknowledged. The following link will give you more information.

So, does it matter which version you read when you read the Bible?  Yes.  We all have our favorites and I hope that you will be discerning and careful which you choose because while scripture can bring us so much, how it is translated has much to do with how we receive it.   

And of course, the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek are the best versions and unless you want to take a languages course there are some websites that can help with that.  

How do you choose a Bible translation?  Use the above list to begin.  Remember that just going for something that is ‘easy to read’ is not the best answer.   

This coming week I will be making a list of apps, websites, blogs, writers, podcasts and books, that I can recommend, and sending it out next email. If you have one that you recommend let me know. 

Got questions about this?  I would love to hear them!  Questions are one of my favorite things!
Grateful for His Grace and you!  See you Sunday!          


Coming Up 
† Funeral for Colleen Elberg tomorrow at 2:30  

† Sunday – Baptism of Marshall Louttit-Schad and Eucharist at 10: Clergy team Archdeacon Wilma, Rev. Brian and Rev. Deacon Barb.   8:am service has been cancelled – please pass this on to others who attend this service  

† Lobster Supper on the 31st – I’m told there are some tickets still available 

† Sunday School is on ‘pause’ for the summer, but we are working on something new for children who will be at St Giles on Sunday mornings.

May 18, 2019

Happy May long-weekend!

Saturday morning is pretty quiet around our house – and I can really hear the wind blow this morning. Rev. Brian is busily writing a sermon for tomorrow to fill in for me. Rina the wee poodle is sleeping – although who knew such a little thing could snore so loud?!

Last Sunday my voice was troublesome but as I had suffered with laryngitis about 20 years ago for about 3-day periods, I wasn’t overly worried about it. Still it stayed with me until I decided to see the Doctor on Thursday. He says 2 weeks voice rest – no preaching, meetings or presentations. Not what I wanted to hear!! I have things to say!! As the Rev. Jason said to me, its pretty much a priest’s nightmare. Archdeacon Catherine thinks the Holy Spirit may have things to say to me during this time, and I’m really, really open to that!

I will be working from home; putting together some things for a study, reading some things I should have read awhile ago, praying, riding my bike (downstairs on trainer until it warms up!) and doing some planning. I know myself well enough to know if I go to the office and someone stops by, I will be talking.

I am really wanting to go out and do more work on the yard and do some planting. I’m excited to get some things started – I’m yearning for colour. But weather. Seems God is still in charge of weather.

God is in charge of a lot of my life it seems – and yours too.

Last week I spoke at a funeral and one of the readings was from Ecclesiastes chapter 3 – you know the one – For  everything there is a season, a time for every matter under heaven... We often hear it at funerals, but it deserves a read through and some meditation on it when we are not mourning. When I was in seminary, I took a course, which we called Wisdom with Walter – the books of Wisdom; Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job, and Wisdom of Solomon – taught by Dr. Walter Deller. I loved this course even though it was too short, too much material and gave me way too much to think about. Out of all of these books I found Ecclesiastes to be the most entertaining. It is ok to be entertained by the Bible from time to time as well as confounded, angered, soothed, educated, given

direction and given peace by it – amongst the many other things it does to us and for us.

Anyway, back to Ecclesiastes. I suggest that the next time you read your Bible (that would be today right?) – have a read through Ecclesiastes. It is interesting, a bit confusing and I hope it brings up some questions for you to ponder – I would love to hear them. What is it that you hear in Ecclesiastes that is meant for you?

God in charge. For me that means waiting and listening this next couple of weeks. Waiting for the weather so that I can plant things. Waiting to heal. Waiting for the Holy Spirit. Remembering again, that God’s time is a mystery. And as much as I would like to be in control of this – I’m not and God is.

Who is in charge of your life?

Proverbs 16.9 The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps.

Proverbs 19.21 The human mind may devise many plans, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established.

Until next week,

Giving thanks for His Grace and You,


May 5, 2019
Well I’m back from my short (but very, very full) holiday in BC. But so far, my voice is not – allergies are not my friend and I seem to have lost my voice, but it is partially back, and I have hope that it will be back by Saturday. So, I ask your prayers for restoration of my voice.

Voices are important when we are trying to communicate and especially to one who finds that her vocation is somewhat dependant upon it. However, there are other ways we can communicate; through our body language, texts, emails, and through other people . I know technology has been helpful for me this last week and I’m pretty sure that my husband is getting good at reading body
language and hand signals.

Now, sometimes we are silenced because of physical reasons, such as I was. But not all people are allowed to use their voices, some are stifled and shut out, some are unheard because no one will listen. Sometimes voices are muted because those who have economic, religious, or political power- silence them. People who are marginalized because of gender, age, ethnicity, will know this firsthand;
women, LGBTQ, children, the aged, the person of color, the refugee – all disregarded and not listened to in some circumstances.

As I was with my family last week, with 4 generations and 21 people in the room the decibels go up for sure. And as I found my voice leaving me, I realized that I was watching and listening far more. I  also observed that among us there were those who were louder, spoke more and those who were pretty quiet by nature. I love every one of them and the group as a whole.

Even though I am not able to spend as much time with them as I would like, I found that while I was there I could pick out certain voices; knew who was speaking – child and adult alike – louder or quieter – I could hear them and know who they were.

Have you ever felt that you were not being listened to or what you had to say was disregarded or ignored?

Who is your best listener? Do you have someone that you know will listen to you?

God knows our voice, knows us no matter how quietly we speak, or how loud we are. God knows that inner voice in us that is muted, shut down, shut out, ignored by others – God hears that voice and knows us. Even when one is forced to be silent God hears our every word. And what is more, God knows us even when we feel we can not speak – when it is just too difficult to speak to another
human being – God hears.

Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honour and power and might be to our God forever and
ever! Amen. – Revelation 7.12

See you Sunday,

If you want to talk, I’m available for coffee, visit, text, email, call - 306 897 0402

April 27, 2019
Happy Easter! Christ is Risen!  
…Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come…  Revelation 1.4
We are now up to celebrating the Second Sunday of Easter and have another 5 Sundays of Easter before Pentecost on June 9th.  This year my plan is to preach on the Acts of the Apostles readings rather than the Gospel.  The Anglican Church allows us to choose which lections of the day we want to preach on.  I’m quite drawn to Acts this year so we will see how it goes.  Come on Sunday for the first of the series!
We mark Ascension on the 30th of May and at that time we will begin “Thy Kingdom Come” – and there will be more on that sometime in May.
Have you noticed that we post the next Sunday’s readings in the bulletin? – so you can pre-read and have some thoughts, questions, opinions on what the sermon may be about.
Our Vestry meeting was held last Thursday evening.  I am so happy to be working with this vestry!  They are not just there for the business but are also doing a study from the book,  I Refuse to Lead a Dying Church.   Sometimes it is really nice to have everyone in agreement, but it isn’t always the best thing for the church.  We come together through consensus and while we don’t always see things the same way there is good, thoughtful discussion around issues.  The members of vestry also listen to the congregation and bring your views to the table at the meetings and they are heard and discussed.  So, if you have something to say, rest assured it comes to the table. 
One thing that came up at Vestry was the lack of interest that we are finding about the 100th Anniversary. I urge you to let your interest be known,  -volunteer a little time, come up with an idea, let the Committee know they aren’t on their own in this.  
I will be away on holiday – the week after Holy Week that I postponed – to go visit our family in BC.  The Rev. Deacon Barb will be taking the Sunday Services on May 5th. 
I also want to make you aware that we now have a website which is kept up to date –  
AND!!!  We have enough to buy 3 Farms through PWRDF. Well done St Giles! And there is some left over to buy something else from the PWRDF catalogue.  Sunday School will be doing the choosing.
In the Risen Christ,   

April 5, 2019

Friday again!  I really will try harder to get this out earlier! Not next week though - I will be at Diocesan Clergy Retreat so I may miss sending something.   I look forward to these annual retreats that the clergy of the Diocese of Qu'Appelle and the Diocese of Saskatoon have together.  There is the collegial aspect of course but there are times of silence, times of instruction, times when we worship together.and all of these give your clergy rest and renewal.  Retreat time is good for all of us - you too! ; a time of removing ourselves from the day to day business of life to be with our Lord.  Retreats can be any length, an hour or a month - I'll be happy with a few days for now.

The scheduling of the retreat is the week before Holy Week this year - good timing as we head into a busy time in the church year.  
I have to admit that I love Holy Week and Easter Sunday as much or more than Advent and Christmas.  Strange for some to believe that I prefer Easter over Christmas, but remember that it is a deeply spiritual time that I'm thinking about - NOT Easter Bunnies and chocolate vs Santa  and presents. 

Holy Week begins with Palm/Passion Sunday,                   April 14th 10:am
continues through the week to Maundy Thursday,            April 18th            with Trinity Lutheran, Archdeacon Wilma preaching  
Good Friday,                                                                     April 19th  11:am
Holy Saturday Vigil                                                            April 20th   7:30pm  with Hot Dog roast after service
into the Resurrection of the Lord on Easter Sunday.          April 21st                  sunrise service with St Paul United, Trinity Lutheran and Youth Group
                                                                                                           10: am    Holy Eucharist at St Giles
Each of those services has special significance as we move through the days with Jesus as he enters Jerusalem in welcome and celebration,  through to His crucifixion and then to Resurrection.  I hope that you will attend these services so that you may experience the fullness and spiritual depth of Holy Week. 

See you Sunday!


And here's some info about

Holy Week

A Preparation for the Resurrection

Holy Week, for members of the Christian faith, is the last week of the season of Lent before the
celebrations of Easter Sunday, running from Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday. It is a time to
commemorate, reflect upon, and reenact, specifically, the suffering and death of Jesus Christ, though
many liturgies expand that practice to include his entire ministry.

The Days of Holy Week
In Western Christianity, each day of Holy Week has its own significance and particular celebrations.
In general, believers are encouraged to follow the biblical passages corresponding to the days the
Week represents, beginning with Christ's entry into Jerusalem on a donkey (Palm Sunday), moving
through the Last Supper (Maundy Thursday) and the Crucifixion (Good Friday) to the Resurrection
of Easter.
Attention to the Bible highlights the contrast between the sadness and suffering of the beginning of
the week with the miraculous and joyous nature of its ending. That both sorts of emotions are
important to the Week's observance is evidenced in the Easter Triduum, the three days from Good
Friday to Easter, which are considered by many denominations to be the holiest days of the year.

Holy Week in Other Countries
Many countries have elaborate rituals and customs surrounding Holy Week, including Colombia,
Peru, and Spain, in particular. In the Philippines (a predominantly Roman Catholic nation), where the
observance is known as Semana Santa, many of the Week's days have special observances. At Palm
Sunday Mass, palaspas (palm leaves) are carried in procession to be blessed by a priest. After the
service, the leaves are taken home, where they are placed above doorways and windows to ward off
evils spirits.

Holy Monday is marked by the Pasaba, a marathon chant of Jesus' life, passion, and death, which
often lasts for days at a time. On Holy Thursday, the last Mass before Easter Sunday typically
includes a reenactment of the Washing of the Feet of the Apostles, as well as a procession of the
Blessed Sacrament before it is taken to the Altar of Repose.
Good Friday sees street processions in which self-flagellation and crucifixion as acts of penance are
not uncommon. Finally, on Easter morning, Salubong is practiced, a ceremony in which large statues
of Jesus and Mary are processed to a meeting, symbolizing the first meeting of Jesus and his mother

after the Resurrection.

For Christians the world over, Holy Week is a time heavy with the rituals of repentance and sadness

for the death of Christ. It is also, however, a preparation for the elation of the celebration of his

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Celebration time!   
Our website is up and going again - Yes I know its been the same for quite a number of years, but now Mike Sinclair's blog has been updated along with a lot of other things.  Thank you Wendy and Robert Godfrey!! 
We also have media presence on Facebook with a Group page which you can post in.  There is also the Facebook page which is where you can find information about what is going on at St Giles, Diocese of Qu'Appelle, and the Anglican Church of Canada. Like both for all the best and up to date info!

Celebration time!
We now have 2.68 farms bought for PWRDF!! We have 1.32 to go - or $620.40 to go until we meet our goal of 4 farms.  Can we do this by Easter?  Pretty sure we can -  Maybe bring your pocket change, coffee money for a day, cigarette money for a day, beverage of choice money for a day... and put it in the little barn at the back of the church.  

Celebration time! 
Congratulations to the Bruins! Also, so much thanks to all the volunteers from St Giles who have done all the regular games throughout the season.

Celebration time!
Getting on with spring, off with winter boots and even our winter coats some days.

Celebration to be continued on Sunday morning - both at 8:am and 10:am ....  the readings and sermon will have more to say.....

May each day be a celebration for you - and I would love to hear about them!


Friday, March 22, 2019

Happy Friday!  For those of you who work a regular work week, you'll be winding down.  For some of us with not so normal work week/days/hours - on we go.

Sorry this is late this week!

I've had an amazingly good week. Not every week is like this but  I love ministry and sometimes there is just so much to be grateful for!  

Monday the vestry met for an emergency meeting about the leak in the roof of the rental house.  It was a good meeting, we acknowledged there was a problem, listed some options, and made a plan. We will immediately deal with the inside problems of replacing drywall and getting rid of the wet.  We will then go ahead with making a more concrete plan for the outside issues that creates the ice dam.  We are having two contractors have a look at the inside and when they have given estimates and vestry, in consultation with others, will decide which to go ahead with.  My personal thanks to Doug MacLeod for coming to assist.

Tues - rode my bike and  I may actually be enjoying it.  Can not wait for getting outside in the sun to ride it. 

Wednesday was a full day with a Ministerial meeting - what a great bunch of people to call colleagues.  We come from all different denominations but each has a sincere desire to serve God and God's people.  And mercifully, they all seem to have a sense of humour. 

I've had opportunites to have wonderful conversations; intended and intentional, as well as accidental encouters and spontaneous chats.  I have to admit that I really love these God given times to talk with people and get to know them better.
If you ever want to go for coffee or a walk or have a visit - please call, text, email or speak to me - I'd love to do that!  306-897-0402

Thursday the Committee for the 100th Anniversary met.  They have some wonderful plans for the celebration but the committee is only 7 people at the moment - that is not nearly enough to be able to do it all.  Bishop Rob is booked to come and some plans are underway but we reallly, really, need help.  There are many areas in which you might be of assistance - setting up tables, helping with entertainment or games, but to begin with we need names, adresses, phone numbers of people that you think might want to attend.  Melodye Pierson would love to hear from you if you think you can help with any of this.  

Vestry met at 7: It was the first meeting of the 2019 vestry.  It was a jam packed agenda but it was gone through thoroughly! There is so much intelligence, and wit, along with loving and pastoral hearts!  I went away so, so grateful,  The vestry will also be doing a book study on leadership at the beginning of each meeting.  It is one thing to ask someone to attend a business meeting but another to have them study as well.  I'm really looking forward to the study, and indeed the whole year.  

Pause and Pray continues on Wednesdays at St Giles 12: - 1: and 5: - 7:30pm.  Everyone is welcome to come and go and to stay as long as they like. 

Lenten Lunch was held at Trinity Lutheran and Pastor Lori preached on the question: Did Judas want Jesus to die?  

St Giles will again have a group at the Bruins game this evening.  Thank you to everyone who gives their time to do this fundraiser. 
Wishing the Bruins a good game!

Tomorrow we meet as Diocesan Council in Regina - asking your prayers for that meeting and safe travels for all who attend.

Something I'm curious about: How many of you know what "Living the Mission" is? Have you heard about it but don't know what it does?  

You can email me at if you have something that you would like to contact me about.
Something to think about:  Where is it that you really get to touch the wonder, joy and miracle of life? What is it about that place, activity or experience that is so full of life? 

Psalm 16:11  [Psalmist  says to God] "You show me the path of life.  In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore."

So, that was the week for me. I pray that yours was at least as good if not better and if it wasn't that the next will be.

Wishing you Shalom,