Remembering the Past and Dreaming for the Future of Canterbury Hills Camp

Reflections From the New Director By Sharon Millar I have a very distinct memory from the first time I ever set foot at Canterbury Hills Camp. In the winter of 1998, I attended family camp with my parents and my younger brother. One evening for snack we’re presented with tortilla chips and shredded cheese. We […]

Faith Formation Boxes Spread Joy across Niagara

By Sarah Bird The children, youth, and family ministry (CYFM) leader network is celebrating the completion of our largest faith formation box build for Advent! Through the pandemic the network of leaders gathered bi-weekly through Zoom to pray, share creative and innovative ideas, discuss challenges, and brainstorm new initiatives. The largest challenge frequently discussed was […]

Today’s Children Are Watching

By Brenda Still September 14, 2021 Brenda Still As an early childhood educator, I have a “kid filter” in my brain. I know that children watch everything we adults do. They listen to our conversations, they watch our body language, and—no matter how hard we try—they hear and see what is broadcast on the news and […]

Canterbury Hills Camp: A Light in the Darkness

By Zoe Oliviera and the Canterbury Hills Camp staff Ever since I was a kid, summer camp has been a beacon of pure and undeniable joy. There was always laughter to be found between the walls of beloved cabins and memories to be made in the rolling hills of the woods. New friends embraced you […]

Order of Niagara: Honouring Faithful Ministry to the Church

A Selection of Profiles from 2021 Order of Niagara Awardees Each year, parishes are invited to nominate a person for the Order of Niagara, someone who has faithfully given of themselves to their parish, diocese, and the wider Church. It is an important way of honouring the vital ministry of lay people in the diocese. […]

Niagara Paves The Way

by Sarah Bird & Katherine Kerley The Anglican Family Hub was co-created in response to the immediate need of families, grandparents and parishioners as they embarked into a new lifestyle of isolation. The Hub came to life after the cancellation of services, gatherings and programs from the ideas and passion of a handful of CYFM […]

One Year In …

by Sarah Bird It is amazing how fast this year has flown by in my new role as the diocesan Program Consultant for Children, Youth, and Family Ministry (CYFM). Taking the time to write this article is a blessing as it allows me to reflect and celebrate the many spiritual refreshing moments, growth of new […]

Canadian Anglicans respond as pandemic disrupts family life

“Right now, we are all the caterpillar in the cocoon, unaware of what is coming next. This is a time of transfiguration!” says Kate Newman, children’s, youth and family coordinator at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, B.C. Newman, like many others across the Anglican Church of Canada, has been bringing her ministry online to reach families […]

Children’s, youth ministry shifts online

“We typically average around 70 kids at our VBS in the summertime … and we have 80 children participating in our virtual VBS this year,” says Yvonne Kern, children’s pastor at St. James Anglican Church in Calgary. Photo: Hananeko Studio/Shutterstock Since mid-March, churches have been grappling with how to connect when in-person meetings are no […]

Voices From The Table

The Table is a young adult ministry initiative that gathers people between the ages of 19–35 with some older participants. It was launched in the fall of 2019 as an in-person gathering in Hamilton at a coffee shop located across from Christ’s Church Cathedral. This monthly meeting has no agenda, but rather offers a safe […]