News from the Pews: September 2023

By on August 31, 2023

South Parkland Parish  (St. Paul’s, Dauphin & St. Michael and All Angels, McCreary), as submitted by the Rev’d Barry Nadolny








On Sunday July 30, twenty-five members of the South Parkland Parish gathered for an outdoor service of Holy Eucharist followed by a time of gathering and sharing of food at St. Michael and All Angels in McCreary. It was a wonderful time; plans are being made other times of celebration. We are thankful and in awe of God’s creation and gifts.

Christ Church, The Pas, as submitted by the Rev’d Jann Brooks


On June 25, Christ Church, The Pas held their second annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic. It was a huge success with over 200 guests attending (which is 100% more guests than they had in 2022). They had all ages groups from infants and to toddlers and young families to mebers of the podcast “Young Voices of the North” as well as the Fur Queen and court volunteering. There were games (where every participant won a prize) to face painting, to a medical tent for teddies where real doctors and nurses fixed teddies needing care. They had a bouncy castle and plenty of hot dogs, hamburgers, cake and cookies and popcorn, which were all provided at no charge to participants. The entire day was free of any cost as a way to support families of all kinds to enjoy a wifi-free old fashioned picnic day together.


St. John’s, Kelwood, as submitted by Lillian Kien (with information from the Rev’d Garry MacDowell)

On July 16, 2023, the Rev’d Canon Joy Ruddock, a former Bishop’s Messenger, and long serving priest of the Diocese of Brandon, went to St. John’s, Kelwood to sign copies of the booklet about her life. On August 13, following the Sunday service at St. Mary’s, Brandon, Canon Joy signed more copies of this booklet for well-wishers.

Those who wish to pick up a copy of this booklet on Canon Joy’s life can obtain one through the St. Mary’s, Brandon church office at 204-727-3393. There is no cost to this booklet, although donations to the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund in honor of Canon Joy would be greatly appreciated!






St. James’, Rivers, as submitted by Kathy Roberts

In June, Pat Wood coordinated a cold plate supper for the parish. In July, members of St. James’ deliver Meals on Wheels to residents of Rivers. This has been their assigned month for many years now. The meals are prepared in the hospital kitchen and are delivered to homes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  This July, the Ryalls, Allans, Carters and Roberts were on the roster for this very important ministry in Rivers. In addition to all this, a new sign for the parish has been made by Tom Ryall. Les Wood took the time to install it on the church property.





The Tri-Valley Parish (St. Mary’s, Virden; St. Mark’s, Elkhorn, St. John’s, Reston & Christ Church, Melita), as submitted by the Editor

It has been a busy summer for Fr. Matt: in May, he graduated with his (third) master’s degree: this time in Theological Studies from Trinity College at the University of Toronto.  He has no plans of returning to formal education in the near future! From June 25 through to August 26, Fr. Matt was also the chaplain to the Brandon Cadet Flight Training Centre that ran out of Brandon University. In this role, he was responsible for the morale, welfare and spiritual needs of approximately 125 souls, which included course and staff cadets as well as adult staff. (Fr. Matt’s photo in his “Word to the Editor” is also from his time as cadet chaplain!)


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