On Sunday, September 27, members of All Saints' Drayton Valley participated in Orange Shirt Day to support residential schools survivors and proclaim that every child matters. Some parishioners came wearing an orange shirt and for those without one, orange tissue paper and napkins were provided that members fashioned into cravats and other creative items so that everybody could be included. After the morning worship service, an All Saints' ‘family photo’ was taken with members outside the front doors.
The same week, All Saints' posted a Facebook video of a recitation of Phyllis' Story: The Original Orange Shirt. Members also watched the endearing video with Bishop Jane and children. People were impressed with this and shared comments including: "I felt like I learned more from that video than I have ever been taught through school," "That was well done with the children reading the story," and "I feel this is a very important story to get out to everyone." Indeed, it is vital that we get the message out about the ongoing work of Truth and Reconciliation and continue to acknowledge that every child matters.
Submitted by the Rev. Christopher Cook, Rector, All Saints' Anglican Church, Drayton Valley