By Rev. Brian Krushel, Pastor/Priest/Minister
North Thompson Pastoral Charge
The Church of St. Paul in Barriere was pleased to host the Fall meeting of the Kamloops-Okanagan Presbytery of the United Church of Canada this past weekend (Oct. 24-26).
Lay and clergy representatives from all the United Churches from Lillooet to Golden to Osoyoos to Princeton were in attendance, 75 in all.
The meeting gathered around the theme “Vitality in our Congregations” and explored what it means to meet the challenges of being a church in a changing world.
It was also a time to hear reports of what has been happening around the region and what has been happening in other jurisdictions (provincial and national).
Meetings like this always have some business to do which is necessary for keeping churches and their denomination running efficiently. All was done in a spirit of joy and enthusiasm!
Many of the presbytery delegates attended the Sunday worship service at the Church of St. Paul which concluded the weekend. That service was a Reformation celebration honouring the church’s Protestant heritage.
The Church of St. Paul was assisted in their hosting duties by their sister church, Clearwater United Church. Together these two churches form the North Thompson Pastoral Charge and are served full time by Rev. Brian Krushel, an ordained Lutheran pastor.
The Church of St. Paul is an ecumenical shared ministry of the Anglican, United and Lutheran Churches. Their name is an acronym which stands for Serving Together as a Parish of Anglicans, Uniteds and Lutherans.