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Friday
Dec302011

Staging a Fine Christmas Pageant

(Photo: Sophie Traub)

By Cheryl Thornton

I LOVE Christmas pageants and have been involved with many throughout my life. For seven years in a row, I wrote and directed pageants for a church in north Toronto. Each year as the Bethlehem dust settled on the manger scene

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Friday
Dec302011

A Christmas Collection for Young Families

By Ruth Flannigan & Manya Egerton

CONSIDER GIVING some of these books this Christmas, either to your own children, grandchildren or godchildren, nieces or nephews, or to the children in your church through their Sunday school or children’s church library.

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Monday
Nov142011

My Many-Coloured Days: Books about the Emotional Lives of Young Children

By Beth Allen & Manya Egerton

“AWAY IN A MANGER, no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head.” We sing this carol and others because December is the time in the church year when we remember the birth and early life of Jesus. The New Testament doesn’t tell us much beyond those first days and weeks, weeks full of trauma, heartbreak, glory

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Monday
Nov142011

Moving Church

By Julie Lane Gay

After losing a court appeal, the largest Anglican congregation in Canada learned it must move church. One member of St. John’s Vancouver, formerly St. John’s Shaughnessy, tells how it felt.

Rev. Daniel Gifford, Canon David Short and Canon Dr. J.I. Packer stand outside the church buildings after the final Sunday service at the Granville Street location on 18 Sept, 2011.  (Photo: www.stjohnsvancouver.org)

 

THE PROSPECT of moving church felt like a mandatory road trip with ten children in a dilapidated minivan across endless dirt roads. While the actual distance would be only two kilometres

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Monday
Sep262011

Grad Camp celebrates 50th anniversary

The Lodge

By Graham Gladwell

FIFTY YEARS AGO, in the summer of 1961, Wilbur Sutherland, then President of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship and a long-standing member of Little Trinity Anglican Church in Toronto, started Grad Camp. He did so in response to university graduates who wanted a conference at the graduate level to explore issues of faith. We have

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