Tuesday, 20 December 2011


December 24 CHRISTMAS EVE:

4:00 p.m Pageant and Family Eucharist

7:00 p.m. Candlelight Eucharist - Cathedral

11:00 p.m. Candlelight Eucharist – Cathedral

December 25 CHRISTMAS DAY:

10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist - Cathedral

January 1 NEW YEAR’S DAY:

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Chapel

10:00 a.m. Festival of Lessons & Carols

Cathedral office closed Dec. 24th, and re-opens– Jan. 3rd

Tuesday, 6 December 2011


Paula Schmidt



Parishioners gathered to share experience and thoughts about the future of the St. Paul's Cathedral building.  The very capable Paula Schmidt conducted the sessions and lunch was provided by Jo-Lynne & Reid.  The results will be posted later.  For now, here are some photo's taken that day.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011


Prayer and Meditation on the Mountain
Sundays at 1 pm
Sun Peaks Chapel
Join us if you are skiing for a time of prayer and reflection
All are welcome.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011


Christmas Services at St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral:

Christmas Eve, December 24th

 4:00 pm        Pageant & Family Eucharist in the Cathedral
 7:00 pm        Candlelight Eucharist, in the Cathedral
11:00 pm       Candlelight Eucharist, in the Cathedral

Christmas Day, December 25th
10:00 am       Holy Eucharist, in the Cathedral


Join us Saturday nights for prayer and contemplations.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011


  Where Do We Go From Here? 

A Day of Discernment to discover God's Direction for us at St. Paul's Cathedral
Saturday November 26, 2011
9 am. - 4 pm.

Hills of Peace Lutheran Church
695 Robson Drive, Kamloops BC

Facilitator: Paula Schmidt

All are Welcome
Lunch provided
phone or email the office to preregister
250 372 3912 stpaulscathedral@shawbiz.ca


Thursday, 27 October 2011


Here are some clips from the Youth Conference weekend in 2011.  Check the links along the right column for all the videos. 


To celebrate All Saints Day November 6th, St. Paul's is asking for donations of NEW shoes or walking boots for men and women who gather in the Out of the Cold Shelter held in our basement. Bring the shoes and boots to the Sunday morning service ON NOVEMBER 6TH, please.

The Shelter re-opens for the winter on November 6th and runs Sunday/Wednesday nights. It also opens when the temperature drops below -10C. Guests are given a warm place to sleep overnight and food. St. Vincent de Paul organizes the volunteer team. If you can volunteer time and/or money for this initiative, please call Ron at 250-554-0098

Thursday, 20 October 2011


Saturday, November 12th at 5:00 pm, join us in celebrating Armistice Day with a Lemon Chicken dinner, shared stories, songs and fellowship. Tickets available at the office, Tues. thru Friday 10 am to 1 pm. $12/adult; $5/child; $30/family. As this event sells out, there will be no tickets available for sale at the door. All tickets must be pre-booked!

Thursday, 6 October 2011


Oh those industrious Sunday School class participants! Under the supervision of coordinator Nancy, the class filled 75 containers with turkey/chicken/vegetable/noodle soup to share with our neighbours in need. A hearty meal packed with loving care and much enthusiasm. This evidence of selfless giving on the part of our next leaders gives this old adult much hope! Well done faithful servants.

Friday, 23 September 2011


Sunday, October 9th, St. Paul's celebrates Harvest Thanksgiving. There will be a display of produce on the altar, and a celebration of Baptism during the 10 am service.

Join with us for Sunday Worship as we enjoy the bounty of harvest and joy of life.

Thursday, 8 September 2011


Summer holidays are over, and the Cathedral is preparing to celebrate the season of Harvest. Upcoming events during this period are:

Starting September 27th for 10 weeks Experiencing Jesus, with Barb Paterson as the faciliator. Participants need a copy of Jesus, Uncovering the Life, Teachings and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary by Marcus Borg. There will be a course handbook available for $8.

Saturday, October 1st, St. Paul's will host a Harvest Dinner at 5:30 pm. Call the office for tickets or registration.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011


St. Paul's Cathedral has been soooo quiet, and we welcome the return of our vibrant congregation. A big part of that vibrancy is the return of our young people.

Sunday School will resume September 18th, with registration before the class. We welcome all little people to our classes.

St. Paul's and Hills of Peace youth gather every second week at St. Paul's beginning September 12th. Contact Melissa Green at St. Paul's for information.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011


It's time to submit your memories of God's world:

St. Paul’s 5th Annual Photo Contest

In God’s Love & Peace

first place will be awarded in three categories

1. families & friends
2. sacred places
3. open

Entries may be dropped off at: 360 Nicola Street.
OR sent by email(jpeg) to: stpaulscathedral@shawbiz.ca
entry deadline: Sunday, September 11, 2011

Photo Contest Guidelines

Entries must be submitted by the photographer.
Entry is open to all of God’s children.
Entries are limited to six (6) per person.
Please include your name, phone number plus a title or a brief description.
Comments as to why the entry depicts God’s love and/or peace are encouraged.
Please indicate if you wish your original photographs returned.
First place will be acknowledged in each category with a certificate plus a book about photography.
First place photographs will be published in the St. Paul’s Circular.
All photographs will be displayed in the Cathedral Offices.

Prints may be dropped off at the office: 360 Nicola Street.
Prints may be sent by email (jpeg) to: stpaulscathedral@shawbiz.ca

Tuesday, 26 July 2011



You will have heard by now that the Canadian Government is matching donations made to the famine in East Africa:
For every dollar an individual Canadian donates over a 10-week period (retroactive to July 6, 2011, and ending September 16, 2011) to an eligible registered Canadian charity responding to the drought in East Africa, the Government will contribute an equivalent amount to the East Africa Drought Relief Fund. The Government of Canada will administer the relief fund separately, disbursing funds to organizations best suited to make an effective and real difference in the lives of people affected by the drought.

Donations may be receipted by the parish and funds forwarded directly to PWRDF, clearly identified East Africa Drought Relief. As CIDA is requesting weekly updates of funds raised, please forward collections as frequently as possible.

It is our privilege to serve God’s people in their time of need. Thank you for your help and support during past crises. For the additional workload that this appeal may generate, we thank you in advance.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

PWRDF Responding to the Horn of Africa Drought July 14, 2011

The worst drought to hit the Horn of Africa in six decades is currently affecting up to 10 million people. The United Nations describes the situation in the region as the most severe food security emergency in the world today, with the Famine Early Warning Systems Network warning that the response is “inadequate to prevent a further deterioration”. Levels of severe, acute malnutrition in this area, particularly among children, are also of great concern. The mix of drought, skyrocketing food prices, food shortages, and deaths of livestock in large numbers has combined to make this situation a devastating one for millions of people in the region.

PWRDF, through the ACT Alliance, is responding to this emergency. ACT is a global coalition of 111 churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance, and advocacy. The current needs as discussed with ACT members are as follows:

Kenya: Food distribution; supplementary feeding for nutrition targeting children, the elderly and nursing mothers; and water supply are the needs during the crisis phase. Farmers will need seeds, fertilizers and livestock restocking for the recovery process.

Ethiopia: Food distribution, water supply-- including the rehabilitation of water points and water harvesting; livestock restocking, and rehabilitation of pasture and growing of future animal feed.

Somalia: The Programme Coordinator for the Somali Refugee Program who was in the Dadaab refugee camp, which hosts 370,000 people and is currently receiving about 1300 new arrivals a day, communicated on July 13, “Here, things are changing by the hour and the situation has never been this bad”.

You can donate to support the relief efforts in several ways:

At the CanadaHelps website you can designate “Horn of Africa Drought”.

By Phone
For credit card donations contact:
Jennifer Brown
416-924-9192 ext. 355; 1-866-308-7973
Please do not send your credit card number by email or fax.

By Mail
Please make cheques payable to "PWRDF", mark them for "Horn of Africa Drought" and send them to:
The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund
The Anglican Church of Canada
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 3G2

PWRDF Donations Contact:
Jennifer Brown jbrown@pwrdf.org
416-924-9192 ext. 355; 1-866-308-7973

PWRDF Humanitarian Response Coordinator:
Naba Gurung ngurung@pwrdf.org
416-924-9192 ext. 321

Wednesday, 29 June 2011


The Office will close at 1 pm, Thursday, June 30th for the long weekend, and will re-open at 10 am Wednesday, July 6th. For that week, the office will be on shorter hours, and will be open from 10 am to noon.

The following week, beginning July 11th, the floor is being refinished and the building will be closed & sealed completely for the week. There will be no Wednesday, Holy Communion July 13th as a result. The office will re-open at 10 am, July 19th. However, the hall will remain sealed and no one is allowed into that room until July 24th.

The Voice Mail will be monitored, so leave a message with explicit details for a call back. We thank you for your patience.

Friday, 24 June 2011


As always, summer is slow for activities in the church, so our Maintenance crew takes this time to spruce up the building. The floors in the basement, kitchen, sacristy, and entrance to the Parish hall will be washed and waxed June 30th and therefore closed to traffic until Sunday, July 3rd.

Then a week later a major floor job will be done, requiring complete closure of the entire building from July 11 to 17th. Therefore, there will be no Wednesday Holy Communion service on July 13th.

The building will re-open to occupancy July 17th, but the Parish Hall remains sealed until July 24th. The Parish Hall floor is well used, and we want the finish to be solid. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Friday, 17 June 2011


Isn't it a beautiful font. Much discussion and thought went into replacing the old font. The group wanted something lighter, and pored over volumes with a variety of models. Finally, the choice of the bowl came down to this one which was designed by Martha Sturdy Designs in Vancouver.

Then it was down to the supporting structure. St. Paul's is truly blessed with a brilliant wood worker. Using wood salvaged from furnishings no longer being used, Ivan designed and manufactured this gorgeous base.

Thursday, 16 June 2011


St. Paul's recently installed a new Baptismal font.

The "retired" font has found a new home in the Community Garden in Brocklehurst.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Picnic fun

A great day of fun, food and fellowship was shared June 5th at Pr. Charles Park

Tuesday, 7 June 2011


St. Paul's Cathedral hosts an annual Strawberry Tea, and this year's tea will be Friday, June 10th from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. The Thrift Store will remain open until 3:30 as well so that you may shop before or after you've enjoyed tea and strawberry shortcake. Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011


June 5th, Parish Picnic at Pr. Charles Park on Columbia Street following morning services . Bring chairs/blankets, and join the parishioners for fun and fellowship. Food & refreshments will be supplied

Wednesday, 11 May 2011


Summary of May 8, 2011 table discussions.

Responses to "Wouldn't if be great if we could ……"


Wouldn't it be great if we could :
- reach out to University young people with a stronger presence
- have more parties at the church like the recent Royal Wedding party
- be a welcoming face for groups such as those needing wheelchair access
- have a space for people who are traveling, such as youth groups
- continue with support to groups such as out of the cold
- provide kennel facilities to those using shelters who have pets
- get involved with groups working to provide seniors' housing
- work more with other downtown churches, and cooperate on conference and accommodation space
- work together with other groups to be more effective in social justice
- retain the chapel in whatever we do in the future. It is a safe sanctuary for small
- hold Evensong, or other alternative forms of worship such as Taize, Iona, from time to time, and follow the service with a potluck supper
(We did not have time to discuss involved risks)


- Develop professional quality electronic communications for St. Paul's that could include some engaging and interactive materials that would be particularly appealing to young people and young adults. They may be a vehicle to tap into and respond to spiritual questions and important issues in their lives. It could open the door for other young people to participate if complemented with face-to-face activities.
RISKS: Will require expertise and costs to develop and maintain. Some also felt that the virtual medium, though very popular, takes away the personal contact that the church has always greatly valued.
- We presently hold small services at various Senior and Extended care facilities. It was suggested that perhaps, with the support of these facilities, we could take the whole church out on a Sunday morning to the communities that we minister to. This could happen once or twice a year to help us broaden our focus and bring the residents more fully into our worship.
RISKS: There are various logistical limitations but not really a lot of risks. Perhaps having both services but with a larger team of St. Paul's members participating would be a compromise alternative.

- The arts can bring out new people and encourage and strengthen the gifts that are already in place among our community. The Church has historically used these mediums to reach out to people beyond the church walls. Organizing and promoting a professionally managed production would provide all kinds of connection to the broader community and subject to the choice of production could be a new way to share our faith and church with the community at large and opens new doors.
RISKS: There is concern that these types of productions take huge amounts of time, energy and resources, and cause a dilution of the somewhat limited capacity within the congregation. Perhaps we can draw from people and talents beyond the congregation.

- It was suggested that if we knew of the right person(s), perhaps we could bring him/her/them to the congregation for a weekend or other event and use it as a motivational event to stir up, inspire, encourage and guide. While it was noted that this suggestion, in and of itself, is not a ministry, the commitment to bring in quality speakers and leaders to educate and inspire us is already happening to some extent.
RISKS: Some costs and some concern that speakers could have their own agendas.

- It was pointed out that Sunday mornings are not the best time for all people, especially young people and families. It was also pointed out that traditional music and some aspects of our service could be adapted to a more youth friendly format both in time and content.
RISKS: again we face resource problems for this in terms of separate services, leadership and music.

- Some parishes have tackled a project to sponsor and build a seniors' home or housing project, such as an Abbeyfield home. Would that be something of interest or relevance to St. Paul's as our demographic continues to age?
RISKS: Again, the ability to resource such a project is a risk. This requires several years of planning and negotiating with funding partners. It could be better to get it going, and then spin it off as a semi-autonomous society.

- The provision of quality daycare continues to be a challenge for most young families. Past experiences with this at St. Paul's led to closing down the day care due to new rules and requirements. However, it does provide a vital service for young families, and with the new house next door, perhaps in time we may have facilities that could support this.
RISKS: This would likely be a service that the church could encourage and support in some way, but likely not want to operate.

This table felt that we need to be thoughtful as to what new Ministries we step into as they may divert resources and attention from other things, and there may be limits to the number of things we can be doing at the same time. However, most of the group seemed open to exploring new ministries and activities for St. Paul's. They also decided that a discussion on music would be better suited to another time.


Wouldn't it be great if we could :
- have a fund to provide opportunities to those who cannot afford opportunities
- provide an opportunity on a regular basis to talk over problems and get some help
- have hymns that were more energizing and contemporary; easy to sing and with contemporary words. Several people mentioned Graham Kendrick as a resource. The hymns should relate to the readings for the day.
- have the sermons published
- have a better sound system. Hearing is a problem for many people.
- arrange assistance with small jobs for seniors, perhaps provided by the youth group.
- have better acoustics in the hall
- provide more handicapped accessible washrooms and twice as many stalls for women as for men
- broadcast our services
- do more activities with St. George's
- invite other churches in APCI to the Cathedral. One table member would be willing to contribute towards expenses for this.


Wouldn't it be great if we could :
- balance our books
- see more folks from around St. Paul's coming here
- relate to the people in the neighborhood so that they can relate to us
- be relevant in today's age
- liven up the songs
- have lively music
- have contemporary music RISK: we might lose people, but might attract younger families
- use Voices United - second version
- have a few more instruments
- turn the church around and face east
- didn't have enough room for all the Sunday school kids
- have meetings that accommodate working people. eg the noon bible study, centering prayer. We are catering to the retired.
- have more people involved
- do more outreach
- incorporate other liturgy resources (Iona, etc)
- have either a round or square worship space so that we could reconfigurate successfully. RISK: changing the building might lose people, but might attract younger ones.
- be more welcoming to new people

Comments and questions from this table: we need to attract more people and become more financially viable. Can Kamloops upkeep 2 (Anglican) churches? Would it be stronger as one? Would building a new church attract more people? If you were a new person who walked into the church, would you have stayed? We need to have a welcoming attitude.
If we are constantly balking about the music, why isn't anything happening? Do we need a committee to look into the music?


Wouldn't it be great if we could:
- have more theological education to understand what the bible says, what the liturgy and Eucharist mean, and how they have implications for how we live, based on adult education principles. Not being educated in church may make people move on.
- have a Mom's study group to support moms
- have a parish that would be a place of discernment ie a member's vocation and place in the world. We would be able to support each other in our calling. We need to tell our stories to each other.
- have book clubs
- structure decision making differently so that everyone has a stake
- have time to discuss things with each other
- address the music issue, so that it would be more uplifting and more contemporary
- give the congregation a chance to become more familiar with unfamiliar music - choir practice in church prior to service. Those wishing quiet could use the chapel.
- have lay ministers participate more visibly
- have less "us" and "them"
- host parish social justice things, such as forums
- have Taize services
- advertise activities that the public could join –ie walk the labyrinth, sing

Friday, 29 April 2011


The last Round Table discussion on the Future of Ministry at St. Paul's Cathedral will be held following Sunday Services May 8th at 11:30 a.m. The topic will be Opportunities. All parishioners are encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion. There will be a session in the fall to review the outcomes of the discussions and input from the parish.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011


Put on your best p.j.'s and join the Cathedral family as the Royal Wedding is live streamed from London. Bring snacks to the Chapel at 11:30 pm Thursday, April 28th and be prepared to spend the night.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011


Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Holy Week Study has been cancelled. A new date for this series will be announced--watch this space.

Also, the two remaining Round Table discussions are being combined and will take place May 8th following the 8 am and 10 am services. There will be no June gathering. Topics covered May 8th will be Opportunities for Ministry and Associated Risks.

For more information, please call the Cathedral during office hours.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011


Summary of April 10 table discussions.

The topic was “ What are the opportunities for growth and improvement in Ministry at St. Paul’s Cathedral at this time. (What can we do better).”

Group 1
Hold Taize services?
Hold services on another day or night.
Is Evensong a possibility?
Let’s celebrate our resources: children, youth, families, and seniors.
Let’s focus on people rather than “stuff”.
How can we attract more people?
How can we prevent burnout of our leaders?

Group 2
The church must appeal to youth, so we will have to make major changes. In 20 years, youth will not be attending as adults. Be more flexible in what we are, and be willing to accept change. Liturgy has less appeal to young people. Use modern technology – Facebook?
Be more involved with Outreach programs in the Community.
Be more involved with other Anglican churches in our area.
Put up or shut up. We need to move forward with our building.
Aging demographics.
Music leaves a lot to be desired. It is not uplifting.

Group 3
Do we need a formal way of recognizing new people and making them feel welcome?
Name tags would help those of us who forget names.
Do we give lots of praise to those who do ministry quietly or where we don’t see it?
Encouraging personal discussions of how our faith affects our life and our life affects our faith.
More contemporizing of liturgy and music, ie the written creeds.
Something to attract younger families. We could ask them what they need.
Hold a Sunday morning open house at St. Paul’s and get it out via the media.
Articles on various activities and ministries.

Group 4
More flowers.
More variety and choice in music – use new resources (Sorrento music, faster tempo, Voices United, John Bell, Taize)
More musical instruments.
There should be no age restrictions for joining the choir.
Handicapped access,
Make bulletin more colorful.
Hall access for the Youth Group, as more youth are attending.
Paint the outside of the church.
Have a suggestion box.
Braving into the community.
Young families.
Can be intimidating outside of the service.
More potluck dinners.
Frontier Fair.
Youth services, with youth music.
Team building activities with the whole church (icebreakers).
Asking opinions.

Group 5
Hearing in the Cathedral is difficult for some people. We need a wired sound system that would allow people to use headphones.
Tape sermons so that others may hear them.
Worship space needs to be consistent.
At worship, most of us are the same age. What is our future?
Change the music. Cursillo music would be better. We need music that makes us feel better and more uplifted. There is lovely music available. The words of many of the traditional hymns are not great and do not make much sense today.
Use more contemporary music.
Passing of the Peace at 10 AM sometimes becomes a bit of a zoo.

Group 6
Have a welcome package for visitors. Recognize visitors. Give them a personal invitation and take them to coffee.
Combine ministry displays with various functions to which community is invited.
Invite your friends and neighbors to church.
Increase amount of contemporary music. Ask young people to bring instruments to play.
Use music that we can sing – not pitched as high. Put music on a screen.
Try other ways of reconfiguration – eg in the round.
Make more use of Lay Ministers of Word and Sacrament. There could be a rotating preaching schedule.
Advertise what we do - eg Confirmation and Baptismal classes.
Invite those outside our church community to our parish events and activities, such as bible study, movies, community gardens, youth group. Make personal invitations, big color advertisments.
Vacation bible school in the summer.
We have an opportunity to increase our ministry at seniors’ residences – eg healing services.
We don’t know who in the community needs prayers, because at the prayers of the people the names in the basket are not shared.
Hold healing services at St. Paul’s.

Thursday, 7 April 2011


To complete the survey online for our Worship Space Re-configuration, please click on the highlighted area:
Survey Monkey.

Thursday, 24 March 2011


Special services planned for Easter:

MAUNDY THURSDAY: Foot washing & Eucharist, 7:30 pm, April 21st

GOOD FRIDAY: Meditation on the Cross and the Passion, 11:00 am

HOLY SATURDAY: The Great Vigil of Easter and Confirmations, 9:00 pm

5:00 am - Sunrise Service at Beach Avenue & Schubert
8:00 am - Holy Communion, Chapel
10:00 am - Holy Eucharist, Cathedral

Wednesday, 16 March 2011


Three Marys
Mother - Lover - Friend

April 18th
Mary the Mother; led by Sandra Sugden

April 19th
Mary Magdalene; led by Louise Peters

April 20th
Mary of Bethany; led by Isabel Healy-Morrow

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday of Holy Week in the Cathedral
1:00 - 3:00 pm; repeated 7:00 - 10:00 pm

St. Paul’s Cathedral, 360 Nicola Avenue
phone: 250-372-3912 email: stpaulscathedral@shawbiz.ca

Thursday, 24 February 2011


Here is the series for 2011 Lenten Lectures beginning in March:

St. Paul's Cathedral Annual Lenten Lecture Series 2011
Imago Dei: Image of God

This year's series will explore how we view and imagine God, and how our perception of God influences our faith and life.

March 10: LeAnn Blackert
March 17: Louise Peters
March 24: Brian Puida Mitchell
March 31: Brian Krushel
April 7: Teri Meyer
April 14: Mary Dove
April 21: Wendy McNiven

Thursdays in Lent at 12:15 pm 360 Nicola St. Kamloops. Light lunch to follow. Free. All are welcome! For more info: 250-372-3912

Tuesday, 22 February 2011


St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral is a very busy place during Lent.:

join us in Lent for five movies dealing with life and/or death themes. The March 16th movie starts at 5:00 pm.(all others start at 7:00 pm); supper will be provided - by donation - at 6:30 pm on March 16th only. Discussions will follow each movie

March 16th @ 5:00 pm in the Chapel
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett star in this 2008 movie which explores ageing as expressed through the case of a man who starts ageing backwards with bizarre consequences.

March 23rd @ 7:00 pm in the Chapel
One Week

This 2008 Canadian-movie, starring Joshua Jackson, chronicles a motorcycle trip from Toronto to Tofino, BC - a trip to find meaning in life, by a young man after he is diagnosed with cancer.

March 30th @ 7:00 pm in the Chapel
Truly, Madly, Deeply

This delightful British movie starring Juliet Stevenson and Alan Rickman, is about a woman grieving the death of her boyfriend and is visited by his ghost.

April 6th @ 7:00 pm in the Chapel
Pay It Forward

Haley Joel Osment, Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt star in this 2000 drama about a boy whose school project is about repaying good deeds, not with payback, but with new good deeds to three new people.

April 13th @ 7:00 pm in the Chapel

Commonly interpreted as “blessing”, in Arabic languages Baraka means “spiritual wisdom and blessing from God” and in a Sufi context, “breath of life.” Director Ron Fricke’s 1992 non-narrative film shows us the world, with an emphasis not on “where” but on “what’s there.”

St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, 360 Nicola Street, Kamloops, BC V2B 4M6
phone: 250-372-3912; email:stpaulscathedral@shawbiz.ca

Tuesday, 1 February 2011


If you are a member of St. Paul's parish, you need to be aware of potential changes:
The Cathedral’s Facility and Ministry Committee has spent the last five years exploring our shared ministry at St. Paul's, as well opportunities for our facility. The mandate has been to look at:
• what our ministry is,
• how our ministry is supported or hindered by the present facility,
• what the future might hold for our Cathedral Parish in terms of our long range plans.

Last year presentations were made to the community which outlined three options to consider for our future life together. These options were:
• to stay as we are,
• consider rebuilding,
• renovate.

A survey was taken in the spring of 2010 with the results showing a high engagement in this process, but no clear decision as a community at this time. The survey results were shared in small group discussions with the community and from this came helpful input offering direction to the Facility and Ministry Committee for their future work.

The process of the Committee’s work continues, and will involve a number of monthly after church conversations looking at our ministry together now and into the future. You will receive more information about this before our first conversation in March.

The Worship Reflection Group, a sub-committee of the Facility and Ministry Committee, has been meeting for the last two years. This group has been evaluating our present worship space, exploring other models and researching designs and liturgical concepts and needs that can be supported by the physical structure of the worship space. They have worked with resources written by Richard Giles: “Creating Uncommon Worship”, and “Re-Pitching the Tent”. From this work and that of the Facility and Ministry Group, in addition to input from the parish conversations and input from the surveys, it has been discerned that it is time that we as a community together begin to explore and experience our worship space in a new way for a limited time period.

A trial reconfiguration of the present space will assist us as a community to consider possible changes, and provide the opportunity to reflect with actual experience in the context of our worship in the Cathedral building.
Reconfiguring the liturgical space of our worship will provide several opportunities:
• education – a chance to learn more about what we do in worship and why we do what we do
• experience – a new perspective that might reveal to us differently the challenges and blessings of the space we presently share as it is now
• open us to a new understanding – of our worship as Christian Anglicans nourished by Word, Baptism and Eucharist

The Cathedral worship space (the Narthex, Nave and Sanctuary) will be reconfigured for the Liturgical Season of Lent in 2011. From the period of March 13 – April 17, we will experience different seating and liturgical furniture arrangement in the Cathedral. A detailed plan of this reconfiguration will be shared with the community in mid February, along with tools to assist us in our evaluation of the experience. The proposal is to change the entrance way, place the holy table at the east end of the building and arrange the pews differently.

The committees working on this, in partnership with the Cathedral Committee, Rector and Wardens wanted to inform the Cathedral community well in advance so that we are all able to enter into these changes prepared. We know that change is challenging, and that changes of worship space will provoke numerous responses. We want to emphasize that this is not being proposed or done in a cavalier fashion, but with the intention of providing opportunities for engaged community education, reflection, and conversation about what we do when we worship and how the space in which we do this can best support our worship of God and our growth as the community of Christ's body in this place.

There will be more information about this coming to you over the next month.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011


Here are the details of Dr. Lind's presentation:

A February Faith Lecture:
Is a Moral Economy Really Possible?
with Dr. Christopher Lind
Sunday February 20, 2011
7:00 pm.
St. Paul's Cathedral
360 Nicola St. Kamloops BC

admission by donation with proceeds going to
The Canadian Food Grains Bank

All are welcome to join us for the lecture and conversation about morality, faith, ethics and economy.

About our speaker: Dr. Lind has done comprehensive work in the areas of ethics, economy, eco-justice and personal transformation. He is presently the Director of the Sorrento Centre.

For more information about Dr. Lind and his provocative new book: “Rumours of a Moral Economy”

Friday, 21 January 2011


Dr. Christopher Lind (the new Director of Sorrento Centre), will be offering a lecture and discussion on Ethical Economy at St. Paul's Cathedral. 7:00 pm, Sunday, February 20th, open to all, no charge.


The Education Committee has chosen Sunday, February 6th to show "The Last Temptation of Christ" in the Chapel. Film begins at 5:00 pm, with a break for a light supper at 6:00 pm. Please let us know if you plan to attend.


In addition to the request for household and clothing articles, St. Paul's Thrift Store is in need of plastic bags. Anytime you have an over-abundance of either, please drop them into the Church office during hours of opening.

Friday, 14 January 2011


Here are some events to help us survive those winter blahs:

January 14, HAWAIIAN DINNER, 6 pm, in the Parish Hall. Tickets $10/person; $30/family. Call & reserve.

January 29, CALLING ALL MEN, for breakfast at 8:00 am in the Parish Hall. Join us for the meal and some fellowship

February 26, A NIGHT OF SONG, Coffee House at 6:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Bring along a song or 2 and your own accompaniment, or just come and listen. If you plan to participate as an entertainer, please contact Mollie Both or Ron Ste. Marie.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011


As the normal rhythm of life returns to the Cathedral, the Primate's message provides Anglicans in Canada with renewed hope and faith.