Twenty-five people from the neighbouring communities of Sedgewick and Lougheed, as well as Edmonton, passed under a wooden archway at the Iron Creek Museum and made their way along the boardwalk to All Saints’ Anglican Church (only open to museum-goers and for special services), on Sunday, September 10.
They were greeted at the door by the Rev. Colleen Sanderson who had made the two-hour drive from the city to lead the community service offered annually by the Parish of St. John’s, Sedgewick. She was assisted by people’s warden Sheila Tanton, who accompanied the congregation’s singing on an antique pump organ and read the lessons and Psalm.
Many Anglican and United church members, from school age to age 98, participated in the service of Morning Prayer, and afterward gathered for lunch and fellowship in the museum’s log cabin.
With fewer than 10 people now attending St. John’s regularly, the parish remains an integral part of its surrounding community. Churchwardens Sandra Rosiechuk and Tanton are retired schoolteachers and farmers who helped start a community garden in the green space behind the church in Sedgewick; and parishioners regularly volunteer at the Good as New thrift shop, an ecumenical and community ministry offered out of the town’s former Lutheran church.
St. John’s, Sedgewick worships on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. All are welcome!