On Sunday, July 1, four Alberta Avenue churches joined forces to host an outdoor Canada Day Celebration.
Avenue Church, Crossroads Christian Community Church (Salvation Army), the Norwood Wesleyan Church and St. Faith Anglican Church gathered for the third year at the old Alberta Cycle site (currently a green space waiting for development), and worshipped God through song, the reading of the Word and Communion.
Following the service, the Crossroads Christian Community Church sponsored a BBQ. The Rev. Arthur Dyck, deacon of St. Faith’s, welcomed the community with a call to worship, following which Paul Mercier, Norwood Wesleyan Church, with musicians from the community, led those present in song. The Rev. Paul Telfer, Norwood Wesleyan Church, led the prayers of the people. The Ven. Travis Enright, rector of St. Faith’s, provided the homily and spoke about how just as Jesus crossed over to the other side to heal the sick woman and Jairus’ daughter, we as churches in Alberta Avenue must also cross over to the other side to engage our community to offer healing and new life. The Rev. Aaron Au, Avenue Church, then led the community in a celebration of the Lord’s supper.
In spite of the blustery winds, people were grateful to gather together and worship and then share a meal of hotdogs and hamburgers. Submitted by Arthur Dyck