A Visitor Comments

On two occasions recently I have visited St. Stephen’s Church and churchyard.

The first time was with Shutterbugs, a photography club I belong to and the second time was with two friends from the club who were unable to come the first time.

On both occasions I was captivated by the beauty, simplicity, peacefulness of this magical place. The second time was Good Friday, a partially sunny day but quite chilly.

We were very fortunate to meet Sandra Garrard, who was happily decorating the church for Easter. Sandra invited us inside for tea and hot chocolate, Harrods’ tea and Purdy’s chocolate, even a cookie!

The point of this email is to thank Sandra for her kindness and generosity. We were all very appreciative of her thoughtfulness.

I know I will be back, even though I was raised as a Presbyterian. I have to thank somebody for bringing me to this corner of Heaven.

Thank you.

Noreen G.

Churches take grapes from vine to chalice

“St. Stephen’s church in Victoria, diocese of British Columbia, overlooks Mount Newton Valley and has had a working vineyard on the church property since 1996”, said sexton David Scarth, one of the three founders of the vineyard.


Burl Deatherage, one of three founders of the vineyard at St. Stephen’s church, Victoria, tends to some cabernet sauvignon grapes ready for harvest. At right is a label from the church’s special 2006 vintage.

Burl Deatherage, one of the three founders of the vineyard at St. Stephen’s church, Victoria, tends to some cabernet sauvignon grapes ready for harvest. At right is a label from the church’s special 2006 vintage.

When you buy a bottle of wine for the table, you probably care about its origin. You might want California chardonnay, Australian shiraz or riesling from Ontario or British Columbia. But when you kneel at the altar rail and sip communion wine, do you know where it comes from?

Forms of Address for Anglican Clergy

The following brief notes are intended as a quick reference for individuals wishing to know how to address members of the clergy.  Abbreviations such as Rt. for Right are commonly used but abbreviated and unabbreviated forms are equally correct and given here.

Deacon or Priest

Address (outside of envelope):

The Reverend Jane Smith

The Rev. John Brown

Salutation (letter or conversation):

Dear Ms. Smith

Dear Mr. Brown

 

Canon

Address (outside of envelope):

The Reverend Canon John Brown

The Rev. Canon Jane Smith

Salutation (letter or conversation):

Dear Canon Brown

 

Dean of Cathedral

Address (outside of envelope):

The Very Reverend Jane Smith

The Very Rev. John Brown

Salutation (letter or conversation):

Dear Dean Smith

 

Archdeacon

Address (outside of envelope):

The Venerable John Brown

The Ven. Jane Smith

Salutation (letter or conversation):

Dear Archdeacon Brown

 

Bishop

Address (outside of envelope):

The Right Reverend John Brown

The Rt. Rev. Jane Smith

Salutation (letter or conversation):

Dear Bishop Brown

 

Archbishop

Address (outside of envelope):

The Most Reverend Jane Smith

The Most Rev. John Brown

Salutation (letter or conversation):

Dear Archbishop Smith

 

Revised 7 March 2007

Welcome to the Anglican Church of Canada

All Are Welcome

Acts 2.42 Holy Eucharist - St Stephens Anglican ChurchFor over 150 years St Stephen’s has welcomed all to the worship of God through the liturgy of the Anglican Church.

Like the early Church (Acts 2:42), we meet each Sunday to celebrate the Holy Eucharist.

Eucharist means “thanksgiving” and refers to the thanks we give to God for the gift of life, for the continuing presence of the Holy Spirit, and most of all, for the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.