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  ANiC News 2009

Vancouver area parishes file appeal ...
On 24 December 2009, four Vancouver area ANiC parishes filed an appeal of the decision issued a month earlier by Mr Justice Stephen Kelleher of the British Columbia Supreme in the case involving the Anglican Church of Canada (ACoC) Diocese of New Westminster.
> See ANiC news release

BC Supreme Court issues mixed decision in church property dispute ...
On 25 November 2009, Mr Justice Stephen Kelleher of the British Columbia Supreme Court issued a mixed decision in the case involving the Anglican Church of Canada (ACoC) Diocese of New Westminster and four Greater Vancouver parishes in the Anglican Network in Canada.
> See ANiC news release
> See ANiC backgrounder
> See Mr Justice Kelleher’s Reasons for Judgement

Three new Bishops consecrated and installed ...
Three bishops were consecrated on November 13 in St Catharines, Ontario into the Church of God for ministry in the Anglican Network in Canada. The Right Reverend Stephen Leung, the Right Reverend Charles Masters and the Right Reverend Dr Trevor Walters were consecrated by the Most Reverend Robert Duncan in a service which saw the participation of 15 bishops and more than 60 priests and deacons from across North America and witnessed by more than 500. Bishop Masters was installed in St George’s (Burlington, Ontario) on November 15, Bishop Leung in Church of the Good Shepherd (Vancouver, BC) on November 21, and Bishop Walters in St Matthew’s (Abbotsford, BC) on November 22.
> See news release

> See photos
> See consecration photo album
(which can be ordered online)

New book published ...
The Rev Ron Corcoran has published a book – entitled The Bishop or the King – which recounts how and why he and most of the parishioners of St Matthias (Victoria) ultimately voted to realign out of the Anglican Church of Canada and form Christ the King Anglican Church (ANiC). It examines from a Biblical perspective the fundamental and presenting issues, the choices, and the consequences of the congregation’s prayerfully decision.
For more information, see Christ the King’s website. To order, those in the west can order via the church’s website. Those in Ontario and east can order from the publisher’s website. The book will also be available for purchase at synod.

Bishop Don honoured ...
On 28 October 2009, Bishop Donald Harvey, moderator of the Anglican Network in Canada, was awarded a honourary Doctor of Divinity degree by Nashotah House (an Anglican Seminary in Wisconsin). See citation and photos

St. Chad's moves to new location ...
On the afternoon of Sunday 25 October 2009, St Chad’s members loaded up vehicles with office supplies and "holy hardware" and headed for the new facility in the Presbyterian Church at 155 Wychwood Avenue (corner of St Clair Avenue and Wychwood). Bishop Don and Trudy Harvey shared in an initial prayer and Bible reading. New worship times are Sunday, 6:30pm and Tuesday, 10am. Earlier in the day, our Bishop celebrated and preached at a final Eucharist prior to the move. St Chad's is looking forward to the new opportunities for growth and witness in our new location. > Photos

ANiC responds to the Vatican’s invitation ...
The Roman Catholic Church’s invitation to disaffected Anglicans recognizes how deeply broken the Anglican Communion has become as a result of the abandonment by some Anglican leaders of historic Christian teaching and discipline. The Anglican Church in North America – of which ANiC is a diocese – has provided another means for those within North America to remain faithful Anglicans and we urge the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Primates and the other instruments of unity to officially recognize and endorse the Anglican Church in North America.” See ANiC’s full statement.

18 October 2009: ANiC welcomes 32nd parish – Holy Trinity ...
Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Marlborough, Massachusetts has had close ties to ANiC moderator, Bishop Donald Harvey, for many years and has asked to come under his temporary episcopal oversight, feeling this was a good fit for them as both an evangelical and Anglo-Catholic parish. Bishop Don ordained the rector as a deacon in 1995 and as a priest in 1996 and since October 2004 Bishop Don has served as an Episcopal Visitor to this church family, developing an excellent rapport with them. This new arrangement has received full and amicable agreement from all parties – Bishop Don, the parish’s former AMiA bishop, Archbishop Bob Duncan, and the ANiC board of directors. The parish has begun a discernment process to determine where they would best fit within the ACNA structure long-term.

Stoney Creek project now named St Paul Anglican Bible Church ...
ANiC’s Stoney Creek (Ontario) project has received Bishop Don’s approval for their new name: St Paul Anglican Bible Church. The congregation also just moved to a new meeting facility at John Knox Christian School. Please remember to pray for ANiC projects as they seek to reach their communities for Christ.

St Chad’s is on the move ...
As of October 26, the people of St Chad’s move to a facility. On October 25, Bishop Don will preside at St Chad’s last service in their current location and help the congregation transfer to their new location.

New location: 155 Wychwood Ave, Toronto M6C 2T1
Wychwood-Davenport Presbyterian Church
New phone #: 416-889-8248
New service times: Sunday 6:30pm; Tuesday 10am

IInstallation services for new bishops ...
Following the consecration of ANiC’s three bishops-elect on November 13 in St Catharines Ontario, they will be installed at the following services:
Bishop Charlie Masters – at St George's, Burlington on Sunday, November 15 at 4pm
Bishop Stephen Leung – at Good Shepherd, Vancouver on Saturday, November 21 at 2pm
Bishop Trevor Walters is – at St. Matthew's, Abbotsford on Sunday, November 22 at 3pm

ACNA women’s organization formed ...
Canadian Anglican women are invited to join the Order of the Daughters of the Holy Cross which has just formed. The group’s bylaws provide information on membership and the formation of local chapters. See their news release and website.

Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans planning launch in North America ...
The American Anglican Council (AAC) has announced the launch of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans in North America – as a ministry partner of ACNA. It will primarily serve Biblically faithful Anglicans who do not have an ACNA church near them. You can apply online to FCA.

Bishop Harding offers renewal and teaching ministries ...
Bishop Malcolm Harding is available beginning Fall (2009) to lead parish renewal and teaching sessions designed to lead churches in discovering how to release the new wine of the Holy Spirit into new wine skins and thereby nurture healthy, dynamic and growing parishes – and parishioners! You can see the workshops and teaching sessions he offers ANiC parishes here.

Arbitration involving Ontario parishes makes progress ...
On July 27, 2009, the wardens and rectors of three Ontario ANiC parishes – St George’s (Lowville), St Hilda's (Oakville) and Good Shepherd (St Catharines) – met with representatives from the Anglican Church of Canada Diocese of Niagara and Mr Justice Yates for arbitration to resolve significant issues relating to the joint administration of the three contested church properties. While some matters remain to be negotiated, significant progress was made through this arbitration where previous joint administration meetings had failed. Minutes of the arbitration – which form part of the public court record – are available here.

Collect Air Miles for ANiC ...
You can help send delegates to ANiC’s Synod this November by collecting Air Miles for ANiC. See details.

Vancouver court case, May 25, 2009 ...
A court case involving four Vancouver-area ANiC parishes and the Anglican Church of Canada Diocese of New Westminster begins May 25, 2009 and is expected to last for three weeks. The questions before the court are:
Who is the rightful trustee of parish corporations?
For what purposes are the properties held in trust?

The ANiC parishes are seeking to retain the church properties so they can continue long established ministries in their communities and to about 1500 parishioners. More information here.

ANiC now a diocese in new orthodox North American Province ...
The Anglican Network in Canada has been approved by the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) as one of the 28 dioceses and dioceses-in-formation. The ACNA leadership council also approved a constitution and canons for ratification by the Provincial Assembly meeting June 22-25, 2009, in Bedford, Texas. See the full news release.

New Toronto ANiC congregation forming ...
The group around the new Toronto Centre Church plant enjoyed an update on the Anglican Church in North America by Archdeacon Charlie Masters and continued its study in the Book of Acts. More people have joined the group. The next meeting is August 26, 2009, at 7:30 PM. Contact Claus Lenk by email or by calling 416 445-0880 Ext 102.

GAFCon Primates recognize the Anglican Church in North America ...
In a Communique issued April 16, 2009, the seven Primates of GAFCon/Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans formally recognized the emerging North American orthodox Anglican Province – the Anglican Church in North America – of whichANiC is a founding member. They said: “The FCA Primates’ Council recognizes the Anglican Church in North America as genuinely Anglican and recommends that Anglican Provinces affirm full communion with the ACNA.” Read the full communiqué.

ANiC welcomes Sudanese church plant ...
On April 12, 2009, Bishop Don welcomed St John's Sudanese Anglican Church into the ANiC family. With 5000 Sudanese in the Greater Vancouver area, many with an orthodox Anglican background, there is clearly a need to plant a Sudanese Anglican church. The Rev Emmanuel Sadarak is pastoring this new congregation of over 100 parishioners, with services in both Arabic and English.

New North America province gains further credibility
The seven Primates of GAFCon which represent move than half of the active members in the global Anglican Communion have issued a statement recognizing the new Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), of which ANiC is a founding member. They say, “The FCA Primates’ Council recognizes the Anglican Church in North America as genuinely Anglican and recommends that Anglican Provinces affirm full communion with the ACNA.” See the GAFCon Primates Communique.

Fourteen Toronto clergy protest the Toronto bishops’ arbitrary decision to proceed with same-sex blessings ...
Distressed clergy in the Diocese of Toronto have written their bishops protesting the recently announced decision to proceed with the blessing of same-sex couples. The bishops plan to implement their decision without submitting the matter to a vote of synod. See the full letter.

The Anglican Province of Nigeria formally recognizes the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) ...
“The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) has resolved unanimously to be “in abiding and full communion” with the emerging Anglican Church in North America. The Church of Nigeria, which counts more than a quarter of the world’s Anglican Christians as members, is the first Anglican province to formally accept the Anglican Church in North America as its North American partner within the Anglican Communion. In making their decision, the leaders of the Church of Nigeria’s 153 dioceses also recommended that their province send a delegation to the Anglican Church in North America’s inaugural Provincial Assembly, to be held June 22-25 in Bedford, TX, “to demonstrate our enduring partnership in the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” See the full news release.

ANiC welcomes the congregation of St Matthias, Victoria, BC ...
On March 8th, 2009, St Matthias voted over 94 per cent to align with the Anglican Network in Canada (excluding spoilt ballots). The people of St Matthias plan to change the name of their congregation in the near future. In the meantime, they are calling themselves the Fairfield ANiC project. See the news release.

ANiC parishes are asked to complete and return a brief survey ...
... as soon as possible for the Common Cause Partners Prayer Book & Common Liturgy Task Force, Common Cause Partners. You can either download the pdf or you can simply complete the survey in this email.

ANiC welcomes St Mary’s in Nanoose Bay, BC ...
On February 8th, 2009, St Mary’s voted 85 per cent to align with the Anglican Network in Canada. See the news release.

ANiC welcomes Primates’ meeting Communique calling for mediation ...
Responding to the Anglican Communion Primates’ communiqué from Alexandria Egypt, ANiC said: We appreciate the Primates’ recognition that members of the…Anglican Church in North America are fully Anglican and their…recommendation that the Archbishop of Canterbury initiate professional mediation to address the difficult issues in North America… We pray that “gracious restraint” will be exercised by the Anglican Church of Canada and that no further faithful Anglicans will be forced to leave their churches until the crisis is resolved.

ANiC provides report on situation in Canada to Primates, Feb 1-5, 2009 ...
At the request of the Global South Primates, a report was prepared for the Primates meeting chronicling evidence of departure from the historic Christian faith in the Anglican Church of Canada. See the report on the ACoC. See the report on the Episcopal Church (in the US).

ANiC welcomes Bishop Ronald Ferris ...
Bishop Ferris is the retired Bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada Diocese of Algoma. He is now planning to focus on church planting in the Lower Mainland of BC. See the news release.

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