Thursday, 1 September 2016

Head over to our new website!!!

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Friday, 27 May 2016

May 2016 Circular

Click on the link to the right to get the most recent edition of our St. Paul's Circular newsletter. Or click here!! 

Parish Email: Friday, May 27, 2016

Happy Friday!
Here are some things you should know

Hi all! I am low on soup again – if you have time to make soup it would be much appreciated! There are lots and lots of containers in the kitchen. Happy Soup making J 

One of St. Paul's servers, Richard Cane, will be playing many notes on his tuba this coming Sunday, as part of Solara Quintet. The concert takes place immediately after the end of Equip on Sunday May 29, at 2:00 pmin St. Andrew's on the Square.

NOTICE IS HERRBY GIVEN of a General Meeting of Parishioners immediately following the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, June 19, 2016 to receive a report on the condition of the Cathedral and Hall roof and to consider a motion to initiate a fundraising campaign as part of a broader financial strategy.
Voice and vote is extended to all baptized Cathedral parish members who have regularly attended services of worship during the past three months and are of the full age of 16 years.
A detailed letter will be available in a few days’ time from the Dean and Wardens outlining both the agenda for this single-issue meeting and other necessary information for your consideration.
Please make every effort to attend.

The Journey ContinuesIn 2014, Evan Mutrie was a football player, with the Kamloops Broncos, in the peak of health.  Without warning, a rare virus (enterovirus D68) left him paralysed from the neck down.  Now, with the help of his family, Evan is working to regain a measure of independence after nearly 2 years in hospitals and extended care facilities.  The family is working to establishing Evan in a home he can call his own, and provide him with the professional support needed to make this a reality. 

In order to help the family in this endeavour, the Kiwanis Club of Kamloops is having a fund-raising Pub Night at McCracken Station Pub on Sunday June 5th with sittings at 5 pm and 7 pm.  There will also be a silent auction at the dinner.  Tickets are $20 each and are available from Elaine & Roger Parkes 250-374-2316 or  Elaine & Roger will be available in the parish hall after the 10 am service on Sundays.

All proceeds from this fundraiser go to the St. Paul’s Cathedral Mutrie Trust Fund. If you are unable to take part in this dinner and still wish to make a donation please make cheques payable to St. Paul’s Cathedral with the subject line “Mutrie Trust Fund”

The Strawberry Tea is set for Friday June 17th – please mark it on your calendars – tickets are $5

Why to give to PWRDF for Alberta Wildfires Relief
In response to the questions: is PWRDF eligible for matching government funds and if  not-why should I give to PWRDF, Simon Chambers has put together a thoughtful response that we hope will be helpful if and when you are asked the same questions.

The Red Cross is receiving matching funds from various levels of government for wildfire relief.  PWRDF is receiving calls from parishes and individuals asking why they should give through PWRDF when their donation will be matched through the Red Cross.

The Red Cross is a great organization that has mobilized quickly and is doing amazing work.  But they are not everywhere, and they do not do all the things we do.  So here are the two main reasons that people should consider giving through PWRDF:

1)     The Red Cross cannot be everywhere and will not reach everyone in need, especially in the chaotic early days.  PWRDF (through Anglican parishes) is already on the ground and responding and will reach people who will not necessarily be reached by the Red Cross.

2)     The Red Cross' mission is immediate relief efforts.  PWRDF will be working through the Dioceses in long-term reconstruction.  In Calgary after the floods, for example, we helped to refurbish some inner city ministries that were damaged, which allowed a day care to purchase new supplies and repaint their space.  The Diocese also sent funds to the Siksika First Nation to help with reconstruction work there.  We anticipate that similar projects will be undertaken in the wake of these fires.  As Bishop Jane Alexander of Edmonton told us, "We are in it for the long haul."

Below is the link to the eyewitness account of the Ft. McMurray wildfire that was generously shared with us by the Rev. David Greenwood, brother of our own, Dorothy Marshall, Diocesan Rep. for Edmonton.  With thanks to David for writing and reflecting so powerfully on his experience and to Dorothy for facilitating our connection with him.

Parish Picnic
June 5th after Church @ Prince Charles Park
An afternoon of fellowship at the park bring your own lawn chairs, blanket etc. Burgers, hot dogs ice cream and water are supplied but please bring a finger food item to share

COMING IN SEPTEMBER - A Season of Creation – Weekly Themes
So here is the structure. Ken hopes to invite the creation of new fine art, music, youth drama, testimony, special event/workshop, spiritual exploration and expression. For now, all options await exploration and development.

Sunday, Sept 11
What I missed in Science Class: Climate Science and the justice Jesus Preached
Sunday, Sept 18
When is enough, enough? Sabbath as a life principle
Sunday, Sept 25
Meeting Place: On Footprints, Friendship and Faith
Sunday, Oct 2
Thank you Francis: Life Lessons from Pope and Saint Francis
Sorrento Centre Corner
What can you learn this year at Sorrento Centre?
The 2016 program guide is available on line now! Plan your summer accordingly!

Week 2 – register today – this class looks great!!
Sunday, July 17 – Saturday, July 23, 2016
How to Draw Celtic Knots with Brian Dench

Why is it that the world’s most historic treasured Gospel books - Kells, Lindisfarne – are overflowing with an abundant variety of intricate woven knots... that the original mosaic pavement of the first Christian church at the site of the nativity in Bethlehem was covered in “ribbon interlace”... even in the sanctuary surrounding the entrance to the birthplace... that knots are found on vestments, altars, chalices, gravestones ... personal identity seals from 7000 BC and corporate logos of the 21st century?
What makes this pattern so remarkable as to be chosen for so many millennia, across so many cultures, on such highly valued and significant items personal and communal, sacred and secular - yet so little known about in our time? Art historians call it “geometric ornament”– surely it is more than that!
Find out first hand. The start-point is simple: you can draw a dot, a line and a square: the rest is history. You will learn a 12-step sequence of how to organize the dots and lines to produce a knot - we just tease out how to organize the order, and the first one is down in about 20 minutes.
Because you will begin to understand the pattern-making principles involved, you will discover how to analyze and reconstruct the remarkable designs of antiquity and Celtic monastic culture. Gradually you will train your eye - and mind - in ways to break the rules, and produce a fantastic curious variety of patterns out of the 12 basic steps. There are endless ways to turn your beautiful simple knot into something more fascinating and complex. Not only will you learn secrets to ways these mezmerizing weaving patterns of history were constructed, you will be able to create them yourself - for whatever purpose, whatever size or shape - to apply in arts, crafts or even casual doodling... or tattoos!
Appreciate. Marvel. Create. Meditate. When it comes to knots, deep meaning is present, built with a simplicity that holds the complexity together- all interconnected: who knew?
Learn to create the knots. Discovering their secrets can be an enriching experience, while also amusing and fun. No artistic gift or training is needed, though experienced artists will find riches to please. Bring blank paper, fine tip black marker pens, colour markers or pencils, and tracing paper.
Get ready for a few sessions of awe-robics!
Course fee: $310
Click this link for more information -

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Parish Email - May 13, 2016

Happy Friday!
Here are some things you should know

A new circular means new books on the APCI resource cart. So please return the ones you have a check out the new selection located between the hall and the church

Hey folks, here’s some necessary preparation for Pentecost Sunday at St. Paul’s. Also PLEASE WEAR RED as you are able. Let’s enter Pentecost, together. 

Ken invites anyone who is concerned to continue the journey of reconciliation with First Nations to accompany him to a listening circle this coming Wednesday Night 7 p.m. at Kamloops United Church. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Thrift Shop is open from 9:30 til 1:30 every Friday until the end of June.  When doing your Spring Cleaning, if you find anything useful that you have not needed for some time, the Shop would love to receive it.  China and kitchenware are two of the things we are short of right now.  Clothing is always welcome, mended and stain-free, please.

People of St. Paul’s you can support PWRDF in their efforts to support the people of Alberta in their fight against the wild fires. They should make their cheques out to St. Paul’s and mark it for Fort McMurray wild fires


The Strawberry Tea is tentatively set for Friday June 17th – if we receive a volunteer to look after purchasing and slicing the strawberries.  Rae Long will make the cakes.  Please contact Rae Long at 250-372-7582 or Roger Parkes at 250-374-2316 if you would like to take on this job.

Friendship Friday – May 20 at 10am with special guests our own Master Gardeners – Jo-Lynn and Miriam. All welcome.

Equip 2016
St. Paul’s is hosting Equip this year on May 27-29
Listening with the Ear of our Hearts: The Art of Engaged Leadership in the Parish
This year’s guest speaker will be the Bishop of New Westminster – The Rt Rev Melissa Skelton
They now have a web site!!

Parish Picnic
June 5th after Church @ Prince Charles Park
An afternoon of fellowship at the park bring your own lawn chairs, blanket etc. Burgers, hot dogs ice cream and water are supplied but please bring a finger food item to share

Youth Ministry Trust Account

In years past generous donations have been received to the St. Paul’s Youth Ministry Trust account. This trust account has been used since 2012 to support our youth, young adults and volunteer youth leaders in taking part in retreats, conferences and leadership development opportunities. We have supported young people in attending the following experiences: 
-         British Columbia and Yukon Anglican Youth Movement Fall Conferences
-         February Winter Retreat @ Sorrento Centre 
-         Young Sojourners Weekend @ Sorrento Centre
-         Ask and Imagine leadership program in London, Ontario
-         Leadership, Experience and Adventure Program (LEAP) at Sorrento Centre.
-         Canadian Lutheran and Anglican Youth Gathering, held every two years and moves across the country.

This trust fund has made it possible for many of our young people to attend these important retreats, gatherings and leadership training opportunities without the cost being a burden on them and their families. It also shows them that we as the Cathedral Community support learning and experiential opportunities in more ways than one.

We are inviting you to consider donating to this important trust fund. The funds raised for the Youth Ministry Trust Account will continue to be used to support our young people and the youth leadership team (a volunteer team of young people who largely are in post-secondary school) in participating in leadership training opportunities, retreats and conferences outside of the events and activities that take place at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The next two upcoming gatherings include the Young Sojourners Weekend and the LEAP Program.

We give thanks for your continued support of our young people at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Donations can be made through the Cathedral office, clearly marked for the Youth Trust Fund.

If you would like more information about the Youth Ministry Trust account or youth programming contact Melissa Green, Youth Coordinator at: or 250-682-4866

Sorrento Centre Corner
What can you learn this year at Sorrento Centre?
The 2016 program guide is available on line now! Plan your summer accordingly!

Week 5
Sunday, August 7 – Saturday, August 13
Move to Learn, Learn to Move:
Using the Anat Baniel Method℠
with Phoebe MacRae and Susinn Shaler 
Whether you are in good health or have a limiting diagnosis, the Anat Baniel Method℠ gives you tools to make the impossible possible.
Do you have a child with special needs? Do you have chronic pain or a lack of ability to focus? Do you wish to move to a new level in your area of expertise? Do you wish to better understand your self?
The Anat Baniel Method℠ is a science-based approach that transforms lives; helping people move beyond pain and limitation while enhancing physical, cognitive, and creative performance.
Gentle, innovative movement lessons create new brain organization that increases strength, flexibility, and vitality.
Find out why Phoebe’s classes in the Anat Baniel Method℠ have been a favourite at Sorrento Centre for 5 years. If you’ve attended Phoebe’s class in the past, find out how much more you can learn in this spiral curriculum!
Note: Class is designed for adult participation only Individual Private Movement Lessons will be available on-site at an additional cost. Please contact for more information and scheduling.
Course fee: $310

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Fort McMurray: A Vigil of Support and Concern

Fort McMurray: A Vigil of Support and Concern
St. Paul’s Cathedral, Kamloops, 360 Nicola Street at Fourth
Friday Evening, May 6 from 5-7 p.m.
All welcome.

Kamloops residents are invited to gather for a Vigil of Support and Concern for the community and residents of Fort McMurray in light of the tragic fire which has engulfed the city, uprooted thousands and destroyed homes and livelihoods of many.
Former resident, Bishop Barbara Andrews will share brief comments at 6 p.m. Amidst extended silence Dean Ken Gray will share some piano improvisations.
For those who wish, sample prayers and thoughtful focus texts will be provided. This is not a fundraising event.

For information contact:
Claire Tosoff St Paul’s Cathedral
360 Nicola Street Kamloops, BC V2C 2P5
250 372 3912

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Parish Email: Friday, April 29, 2016

Here are some things you should know

A HUGE thank you!
Thank you to everyone who came out and helped with the spring clean! Ron says you all did and great job and he appreciates it

SUNDAY evening Installation
(Remember Sunday morning is business as usual at 8am and 10am)

Please accept this invitation to attend the Installation of the Very Rev. Kenneth John Gray as Rector of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Kamloops and as Dean of the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior
Sunday evening, May 1, 2016 at 7 p.m.

 Everyone is invited to a pre-service reception and light buffet commencing at 5:30 p.m. in the cathedral hall
Please be seated in the cathedral by 6:45 p.m. Dress comfortably. 
RSVP to Claire Tosoff St Paul’s Cathedral
360 Nicola Street Kamloops, BC  V2C 2P5

Meet our guest preacher for the dean’s installation Sunday night at 7. 

The Circular:  The deadline for submissions is May 4th.  The theme is dancing with God.  What does it mean for you, “to dance with God”?

(From Ken) Here is a description of Romero House a gem in the Canadian justice community based in Toronto. Any of Mary-Jo Leddy’s books are worthy of purchase and study. 

It’s Planting Time!!  Sorrento Centre Farm welcomes volunteers to help get this season’s crops in the soil! To help with the planting, please contact Clay Foard, the farmer at: or call 250 803 3098, leave your name and contact number, and we will get you set up for a lovely time at the farm! Many thanks!!

You are invited to the Festival at Fourth!

Kamloops United Church, 4th & St. Paul
Centre for Community and Spiritual Discovery

Saturday, May 14, 2016
Block Party: 10:30 am – 2:30 pm 
Music, Art, Cafe, Clowns, Face-painting, Thrift Shop Open


429 Condominium Housing Completion Centre for Community and Spiritual Discovery Twenty Years as an Affirming Congregation

Sunday, May 15, 2016 
A Special Worship Celebration     10:00 am
With Guest Speaker
Rev. Keith Simmonds, President of B. C. Conference The United Church of Canada
(Lunch celebration to follow)

Handbell Concert        7:00 pm


 TVO presents CELLO CON BRIO! with Guest, Corbin Keep (The Wild Cellist).
Lively Music for Spring.  7PM Sat. May 14th.  Calvary Community Church.

41st Annual
Walk for Peace, the Environment & Social Justice
Promoting equity & celebrating diversity
Sunday May 7, 2016
Stuart wood elementary – 245 St. Paul Street
Music Speakers and food – 10:00-12:30pm
Walk starts at 12:30pm (followed by more music and food)

Kamloops Happy Choristers
“Sounds of Music”
May 10, 2016
7pm – Kamloops United Church
Admission by donation
Scent free

Equip 2016
St. Paul’s is hosting Equip this year on May 27-29
Listening with the Ear of our Hearts: The Art of Engaged Leadership in the Parish
This year’s guest speaker will be the Bishop of New Westminster – The Rt Rev Melissa Skelton
They now have a web site!!

Sorrento Centre Corner
What can you learn this year at Sorrento Centre?
The 2016 program guide is available on line now! Plan your summer accordingly!

Week 4
Monday, August 1 – Saturday, August 6
Creative Journaling: Step into resilience
with Kathie MacDuff 
In Creative Journaling, a theme is presented and participants use words, images and a variety of mixed media techniques to unearth, explore and record their responses, thoughts and emotions.
This program unites participants in hope, support and camaraderie as they journey towards creativity and spirit.
In this safe creative space, negativity is banished leaving only room for meaningful connection, self-expression and healing.
“Stand straight, walk proud, have a little faith, hold out.”
Garth Brooks sang it. We are going to explore how we might handle the challenges that life (and creativity) inevitably bring our way and how we might rise above our negative self-talk to meet them.
Course fee: $260** (Short week)

I have seen the journal from last year’s class that one of our parishioners took and the results were stunning!!!