This is the moment we have waited so long for! On behalf of all the members of your selection committee I am happy to announce that The Reverend Canon John Anderson, currently the incumbent at the Church of the Ascension, Port Perry has accepted the position of incumbent here at St. James starting September 15th. Canon Anderson was ordained as a priest in 2010 and is a graduate of Wycliffe College, Queen’s University and McMaster Universities. Canon Anderson and his wife Lisa are looking forward to returning to the Orillia/Oro -Medonte area where the lived and worked for sixteen years before he went into ministry.
Lisa works full time for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario as a Decision Administrator.
The Anderson family includes twenty-year-old twins, Gareth and Maggie, both of whom are talented musicians with Gareth studying at Harvard and Maggie at Julliard. To round out their family is Kimmy Bumble a 13 1/5-year-old Labrador.
Canon Anderson describes his ministry style as “respecting the liturgical and sacramental diversity of Anglicanism, through a broad-church liturgical style. Balancing the traditions of parish culture while being open and responsive to the changing needs and styles of the wider societal culture.” Rev Anderson prefers to work collaboratively with laity to promote their special gifts, skills and abilities and is looking forward to contributing to St. James’ vision of our church.
This is an update from the Pikangikum Working Group regarding their visit to Pikangikum First Nation in August:
Hello friends of Pikangikum First Nation,
Please find here the report on the outcome of meetings held from August 13 to 17, 2017 with Pikangikum Chief Dean Owen and Council and members of the community involved in Pikangikum First Nation Working Group (PWG) projects already operating or planned for.
Photos of the community members involved in the meetings can be found in this link created by Dave.
We look forward to hearing from you regarding your interest in participating in the projects we are currently involved in or other projects you would like to be involved in.
Thank you for your ongoing solidarity and support for the people of Pikangikum First Nation.
Bob White, Dave Steeves, Kim Sigurdson
Pikangikum First Nation Working Group
Our Website page has now been updated with 2017 Advent resources and current articles on our work in Pikangikum. Check it out and share it with others!
Thank you everyone for supporting the Coldest Night of the Year walk in support of The Lighthouse Men’s Mission and their Building Hope Campaign to build affordable housing units as well as a men’s, women’s and family shelter here in Orillia. Through your generosity the St. James Walkers raised $5995!