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  ANiC events 2016

Ordinations ...
April 24, 6:30pm – The Revs Ken Light and Alvan Lewis will be ordained priests by Bishop Trevor Walters at Resurrection (Kelowna, BC) - 2279 Benvoulin Road.

On May 29, 4pm Bishop Charlie will ordain the Rev Ray Smith to the priesthood at St George’s (Burlington, ON).

August 21 – The Rev Chris Ley, who serves at St Mathias and St Luke (Vancouver), is to be ordained a priest by Bishop Stephen Leung at Good Shepherd Vancouver.

August 28 – the Rev Danielle Martell, now serving at St Andrew's (Delta), will be ordained a priest by Bishop Trevor Walters at Sojourn Church Vancouver.

October 2 – Deacon Isaac Fisher will be ordained as a priest and Gianluca John DeMartinis will be ordained a deacon by Bishop Charlie Masters at Holy Trinity Anglican in Marlborough, MA

October 9, 1:30 pm Iris Lau, of Good Shepherd Calgary, will be ordained a deacon at The Lantern Church, 1401 – 10th Ave SE, Calgary.

December 17 – Allan Tan will be ordained a deacon at Good Shepherd Vancouver

December 18, 4pm – The Rev Grady Buhler will be ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Trevor Walters at St Timothy's (North Vancouver, BC). All are welcome to witness and celebrate with the people of St Timothy's and encourage Grady+ in this new stage of ministry.

November 8 – Prayer Day with Bishop Charlie and the Rev. Garth Hunt ...
Tuesday November 8th from 10:00 to 3:30 pm at the Valley of the Mother of God retreat centre, located near Orangeville, ON.  Cost $15. Pre-register required with New Song church at

November 6 (or 13) – International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church ...
This November, millions of Christians worldwide will unite to pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ. Plan now to join in; a wide variety of helpful materials for are available online here and here. This year the focus is on Somalia and Iran.

October 25-28 – Synod 2016 in Vancouver again ...
Church of Good Shepherd Vancouver was outstanding as host of Synod 2015 – perhaps too good. After investigating alternatives (which proved too pricey), ANiC Council asked Good Shepherd to host Synod next year as well. So, with the Church’s kind agreement, Synod 2016 is scheduled for October 25-28 at Good Shepherd Vancouver. The following year, 2017, Synod will return to Ottawa where we will be celebrating both Canada’s 150th and ANiC’s 10th anniversaries.

Our thanks to everyone who took the time to complete the post-synod survey and provide constructive suggestions for how we can make Synod 2016 even better than previous events.

Find out more.

October 22 & 23 – Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali visits Bethel South Asian, Brampton, ON ...
Bethel South Asian Church in Brampton, ON will host Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali for two services immediately prior to his speaking engagement at ANiC's synod in Vancouver. On Saturday, October 22 he will speak in an English language service and on Sunday afternoon, October 23 at 3pm, the service will be in Urdu. All are welcome!

October 1 (Saturday) – Southern Ontario Women's gathering ...
October 1, 9:30am-2pm - An ANiC women's gathering is planned for Saturday, October 1, 9:30am – 2pm, at Church of the Epiphany in Hamilton. All ANiC women and friends are invited. The Rev Vicky Hedelius will address the topic of God's will for us. The $25 cost includes lunch. Please register by September 16. For more information see the brochure

Sept 30 - Oct 1 – New England Clergy and Spouse retreat, Maine, USA ...
Archdeacon Michael McKinnon has arranged the annual retreat for clergy in his deanery for September 30 - October 1 in Maine.

Sept 30 - Oct 1 – AMMiC plans 4th Two Generations Leadership Conference ...
Bishop Stephen Leung and the Asian and Multicultural Ministries leadership are planning the fourth in a series of well-received annual conferences addressing the thorny conflict between first and second generation immigrants – an issue common to across ethnicities. This year’s conference, ““Honouring Your Parents: God’s Word, Cultural Heritage, and Christian Community”, will be held Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 at Good Shepherd Vancouver. See the AMMiC website for more information.

5 AMMiC churches plan joint summer conference and retreat, June 30 – July 3 ...
Church of All Nations (Vancouver), Good Shepherd (Calgary), Good Shepherd (Richmond), Good Shepherd (Vancouver) and St Matthias and St Luke (Vancouver) are planning a joint summer retreat at Summit Park Conference Centre in Abbotsford, BC. This five-church retreat will enjoy teaching for both Chinese and English speakers. The Rev Sean Love (St John’s Richmond) is teaching the English track on discipleship from the book of Philippians. While a parallel track for Chinese-speakers will be led by the Rev Dr Ka Lun Leung, president of the Alliance Bible Seminary in Hong Kong will explore the conflicts and alignment of Chinese culture and Christianity, especially in relation to evangelism.

June 14-15 & 16 – National apologetics & preaching conferences ...
Registration is now open for two conferences, both under the banner God's Written Word: The Truthfulness, Dependability, and Power of the Bible, and both held at Westside Church in Vancouver, June 14-16. "Biblically grounded" is one of ANiC's 5 ministry priorities and these conferences have been planned by Canon George Sinclair and his team to advance us toward that goal. George+ says that the purpose of the two-day teaching conference is "to grow in clergy and laity a deep confidence in the Bible and a clear understanding of what the Bible teaches about itself as God's word written."

Apologetics conference, June 14-15 - A top-notch line-up of speakers is confirmed for the two-day conference, including three able apologists - Dan Wallace, Mike Licona and Greg Monette - as well as two excellent Bible teachers, J I Packer and David Lyle Jeffry. Learn more about the conference and speakers here.

Preaching conference, June 16 - This conference will focus on expository preaching and will be led by Back to the Bible's Dr John Neufeld. It will refresh and equip clergy (and laity) in the basics of Gospel-hearted expository preaching.

Clergy and lay members are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to deepen our understanding of and confidence in God’s Word. Register now!

June 7 – Southern Ontario Prayer event ...
Bishop Charlie Masters and the Rev. Garth Hunt are inviting everyone in the southern Ontario area to join with them for a special Prayer Event on Tuesday June 7th (10:00 to 4:00) at the Coptic Retreat Centre located outside of Orangeville. This event is open to everyone.  Cost will be $15 and includes lunch. Please pre-register with 

Some background: Almost 2 years ago Pastor Garth Hunt, the Prayer Co-ordinator for ANiC, wrote a series of devotions in his monthly prayer newsletter called “Praying for Revival”. In response to these articles the area ANiC clergy began meeting for focused prayer. These clergy prayer gatherings have continued, at first on a seasonal basis, and then since October on a monthly basis. For this upcoming Prayer event on June 7th Bishop Charlie has decided to invite everyone (and not just the area clergy).

The location: This prayer event is being held at a unique location -- a Coptic retreat centre outside of Orangeville.  The Coptic church is the main Christian church in Egypt. The 12 young men who were beheaded by ISIL on the beach in Libya were all Coptic Egyptian Christians and their testimony is certainly an inspiration to our generation.  The full name of this retreat centre is "The Valley of the Mother of God" located at:  953376 7 Th Line Ehs, Orangeville/Mono, ON L9W 2Z2

May 12 – March for Life 2016 ...
Anglicans are awakening to the urgency to stand for life. ANiC has taken a strong stand. What will you do? As a start, please participate either in the Ottawa march or in a march in your region – usually held in provincial capitals. So far we know of Anglicans participating in marches in Edmonton and Victoria, as well as Ottawa. But we’d love to have Anglicans for Life represented in all the provincial marches. You might need to take some initiative to organize Anglicans in your area to join together under the Anglicans for Life Canada banner. Email the Rev Vicky Hedelius, director of Anglicans for Life Canada for information.

ANiC’s participation in the Victoria (BC) March for Life is already being organized. The Rev Richard and Jenny Roberts, who will lead ANiC’s participation, report that Bishop Trevor Walters will be marching. And highly visible signs and florescent green caps are ready to go. Rich+ and Jenny will be coordinating transportation from the Vancouver area, so do email them if you can join the group.

Each year ANiC’s participation in the March for Life has been growing. Let’s have a strong showing from in 2016. It’s time to take a stand and be counted!

If you'd like to participate with other Anglicans in the Edmonton, AB March, contac Dr Nancy Craig.

For those joining the growing contingent in the Ottawa march, please contact The Rev Vicky Hedelius.

Whether or not you are able to march, you can join in prayer. Anglicans for Life is partnering with the Colson Center for Christian Worldview to offer the 21 Days of Prayer for Life: Calling Christians to Unite, to Pray, and to Engage Prayer Guide. This guide will unite us in praying for the children lost to abortion, mothers and fathers considering abortion, family members hurt by abortion, and the pro-life community struggling for basic human rights at all stages of life. Download the guide and join in prayer starting at any time.

Watch the Anglicans for Life Canada website for more information.

May 2-5 – Western clergy retreat at Malibu Club on the rugged and remote BC coast ...
Clergy and their spouses are invited to enjoy a retreat at Young Life’s spectacular Malibu Camp on Princess Louisa Inlet. You will experience solid teaching together with worship, physical rest, spiritual refreshment, and enriching fellowship. We want to strengthen and encourage one another in our ministry and refocus on our Christ-ordained, Kingdom-advancing mission. This year’s teacher is our own Rev Dr Jon Vickery (Christ Church, Kelowna). Join Bishop’s Trevor and Charlie and many of your fellow clergy for this annual highlight. Mark your calendars and see flyer for more information.

May 1 – Be sure to mark Sanctity of Life Sunday this year ...
The third Sunday of January (17 January 2016) is Sanctity of Life Sunday for US parishes, while in Canada we celebrate it on the first Sunday of May (1 May 2016). On this day, churches celebrate God's gift of life. This is a day for honouring the children lost to abortion in our nation each year, and the parents and grandparents whose lives are forever affected. We also renew our commitment to protecting all human life and at every stage – including those who are elderly, disabled or ill.
Connect with Anglicans for Life Canada and checkout the training and resources. New resources specifically for Canadians are planned for the New Year. Contact Vicky Hedelius+ for information.

April 30 – CMJ Canada speaker, Kelvin Crombie addressing "From Exile to Restoration: God's Call to the Nations"
April 30 (Saturday) at 7pm, at Good Shepherd Vancouver, 189 W 11th Ave, Vancouver. A freewill offering will be taken.
See poster for more information.

April 16 – ANiC Southern Ontario women are invited to another special gathering at New Song, Port Perry ...
The Rev Aretta Hagle says, “Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. As you know, these have always been fruitful times together.” For details, see the information sheet here.

April 12-14 – Ontario clergy silent retreat ...
The 2016 Clergy Silent Retreat will be April 12-14 at the Valley of the Mother of God centre near Orangeville – the same venue as last year. And once again, Bishop Charlie will be the retreat leader. The retreat starts on Tuesday, April 12 at 5pm and end on Thursday, April 14 at 11:30am. See the flyer. See information sheet.

April 8-10 – David Festival, a celebration of Christian worship through the Arts ...
ANiC’s New Song (Port Perry, ON) is one of the forces behind this annual event begun in 2008. This year, Dove Award winner, author, musician, Juno nominee Carolyn Arends is the featured speaker. All sessions take place in Port Perry or Uxbridge. Early bird rates apply through March 8.

April 7-10 – New Wineskins Conference for Global Mission ...
Claus Lenk is organizing a group to go down to North Carolina for the 2016 New Wineskins conference, April 7-10. New Wineskins is focused on mobilizing North American Anglicans for world mission. Watch for more information and email Claus if you are interested.

March 5 – Liveword Vancouver women’s conference ...
Vancouver area women have a wonderful opportunity to attend this annual conference designed specifically for women by women with the purpose of elevating women’s ministry with Biblical expository teaching of God’s Word. This year’s conference is focused on “True Life: Grace & Godliness in the Book of Titus”. For more information on the conference see the conference website.

March 5, 2016
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm (doors open at 8:45 am)
Location: Broadway Church (2700 Broadway E. Vancouver BC)
Cost: $45 per person($55 after February 14) Lunch and snacks provided.
Register on the St John’s website

February 7 – World Missions Sunday in ACNA ...
The last Sunday after the Epiphany is traditionally designated World Mission Sunday in ACNA churches. In 2016, this falls on February 7. You may wish to use (and adapt as needed) a liturgy posted on the New Wineskins website. Please also consider a special offering for missions, including the ARDFC.

January 29-31 – MissionsFest Vancouver ...
Vancouver area churches are invited to promote the annual Vancouver Missions Fest in your congregation. It offers a terrific program focused on global missions, as well as special music, a popular Christian Film Festival, youth rallies – which gather young people from all over the region to worship, fellowship and have fun together – and even children’s activities.

January 29-31 – Women’s retreat planned for Ottawa-area ...
ANiC women are invited to a weekend retreat on the topic of “Cultured Pearls” – January 29-31 at Maison de Retraits Notre-Dame-de-la-Providence, Orleans. The Rev Liba Staznicky will facilitate. Space is limited. For full information, see the Living Waters Healing Streams website.

January 21-22 – Anglicans for Life summit in Washington, DC ...
Anglicans for Life is planning a summit in Washington, DC to coincide with the US National March for Life, January 21-22. Mark your calendar and watch for more information. Also, Anglicans for Life Canada has a new resource, Project Life, which you or your church can order: an 8-week DVD-based adult Christian education series.

January 18-29 – Holy Land pilgrimage ...
Bishop Trevor Walters is co-leading a study tour to Israel with fellow ACNA bishop Neil Lebhar (Diocese of Gulf Atlantic) on January 18-29. The trip is especially designed for leaders ­ both clergy and lay. A brochure with full information – including detailed itinerary, pricing and registration form – is posted here. Bishops Trevor and Neil invite you to prayerfully consider this tremendous learning and growth opportunity.

January 17 (US) & May 3 (Canada) – Be sure to mark Sanctity of Life Sunday this year ...
The third Sunday of January (17 January 2016) is Sanctity of Life Sunday for US parishes, while in Canada we celebrate it on the first Sunday of May (3 May 2016). On this day, churches celebrate God's gift of life. This is a day for honouring the children lost to abortion in our nation each year, and the parents and grandparents whose lives are forever affected. We also renew our commitment to protecting all human life and at every stage – including those who are elderly, disabled or ill.
Connect with Anglicans for Life Canada and checkout the training and resources. New resources specifically for Canadians are planned for the New Year. Contact Vicky Hedelius+ for information.

January 16 – Youth ministry training in Vancouver ...
The compelling Engage Initiative of the Young Anglicans Project was ntroduced to ANiC at our last synod. If you are involved in youth ministry or want to engage youth for Christ you'll want to learn more about this initiative. And if you are in the Vancouver area, you need to attend this workshop led by experienced trainers with years of youth ministry experience who are members of the Young Anglicans Project.

Who – Clergy and lay members who are either currently engaged in some form of youth ministry, or are interested in beginning ministry to youth.
When – Saturday, January 16, 10am-5pm
Where – Church of the Good Shepherd, 189 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
What – This workshop is designed toprepare volunteers to engage teenagers in ongoing relationship, centred around reading the Bible together. During the training, participants will be matched with coaches who will provide ongoing support and encouragement in the important role of building the Christian faith of young people.
Cost – No charge (lunch included)
Contact – the Rev Dave Little by email or by calling 778-986-7041.

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