of the Rector to St. James Parish for the year ended 2011.
To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common
refugee partnership group needed a name when it began its work two years
ago. It settled on the title "Partners for Refugees". The
name was most appropriate. Members of
the Sponsorship Committee from St. James,
other parishes, the dioceses, community agencies and government
programs worked together as partners to make sponsorship successful.
In the fall of 2011 Partners went on to sponsor a second family.
I was privileged, last May, to address our Diocesan Synod on the work
of refugee partnership. I noted how the task of refugee sponsorship
has drawn out the many gifts that God had
given those who are participating in
this important work. Collaboration for the common good brings
out the best that God infuses in us.
Partnership is a major theme in the many other ministries
characterizes our parish. We have entered into an exciting
with The Society for Cultural and Recreational Inclusion, 'The
Club". We share not just a
building, but also a vision for service and community
making. We recently published in our Sunday leaflet the list of
the outreach activities supported by groups and individuals from St.
James. The list catalogues the many outreach
connections between St. James and
organizations in our community and beyond.
September we welcomed Ms. Cydney Proctor as contract Youth
Cydney's position was made possible in part by an estate
The development of the Youth worker position was the major
of the Congregational Development Committee during 2011.
the church year servers, Eucharistic ministers, lay readers, readers,
altar guild members, and our choirs provide a weekly ministry with great
dedication. The St. James Orchestra and other musicians join them on
special occasions. The Mothers' Union, ACW, Men's Group also take
opportunity for corporate Communion.
collaborative nature of our common life at St. James is highlighted at the
seasons of the liturgical year. Colleen Day and I worked with the
children on the Lenten project, "famous trees of the bible".
We had a great Holy Week this past year with solid attendance at
all the services. Our servers were given their seniority ribbons on Maundy
Thursday. A large orchestra played on Good Friday. Gael Page
provides consistent leadership to our servers. On All Saints Sunday
we remembered all those who have left a legacy of commitment to the life
and work of St. James. Our Christmas celebrations drew parishioners
and visitors alike.
Photo-Directory project provided an opportunity for parishioners to
celebrate their connection with the parish. Thank You to Richard
Stoodley for his help with the directory.
past year has been a very busy one for Gene Searle and the Property
Committee. I want to thank Gene, Norman Raine and the property
chairs of previous years for their ongoing attention to the rectory.
The house has benefited from ongoing upgrades and maintenance. It is an
asset to the parish as a result. Property Committee, like our other parish
committees, function as a team.
have attempted to cluster my role and responsibilities as pastor and
rector around some particular focal points i.e., liturgy,
preaching/teaching, pastoral care, children's ministry, outreach, and
enabling the ministry of every one of the whole people of God in
is my final report as your rector. So, I would like to name just a few of
the projects we have worked on together as pastor and parish. These
ventures have given me a deep appreciation of the rich diversity of gifts
possessed by the people of St. James. Special projects included: The
introduction of church wide initiatives such as The Book of Alternative
Services, The Book of Common Praise, The Revised Common Lectionary; Life
in the Eucharist; Pastoral Visitors; All Souls Columbarium; The Stained
Glass Window Project; Parish Website (Bill Li); Mission Statement
and Goals; Property Development; Refugee Sponsorship and our relationship
with SCRI. Such are tangible evidence of "the manifestation of
the Spirit for the common good."
want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Canon David Boston for
his support and mentorship. I'd like to thank Canon Carolyn Tomlin
and The Rev. Randy Townsend for taking calls during my holidays
over the past number of years. I wish to thank our parish staff: Betty
Rice office volunteer extraordinaire, Allen and Karen Simpson our
publishers, Music Director David Wilson, Custodian Ron Josey
and our previous custodian of many years Mike Hadley. A thank you
is extended to our wardens Tom Beckett, Reg Hann, and Heather
Baltzer, and immediate past warden Ron Josey, and to our
treasurer Sarah -Jane Raine and envelope secretary Hugh McGinn.
I want to extend that thank you as well, to all those who have served in
those positions over the past 14 years. Parish officers make a significant
contribution of time and expertise to parish life --even in the midst of
their own commitments to work and family.
always a very special thank you is extended to my family and my
wife Wendy. Throughout our entire time in parish life Wendy has
been, not behind me, but along side me, as a partner in ministry. I simply
could not have undertaken the kind of ministry I have without her.
will likely complete my Sunday duties on April 29th before taking
final holidays. I cannot express in words what it has meant to me to be a
pastor for the past 35 years, and rector of this parish for these near
fourteen years. May that same Spirit that has equipped you all for
ministry in the past, equip you now, and into the future to which Christ
Jesus beckons you. It has been a privilege and a blessing to be part
of the St. James Community.
Rev. Canon Rod Gillis, rector St. James Armdale.
Statistics. Pastoral appointments (182). Attendance: Christmas (423)