St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Fort Garry, in south Winnipeg has been around for nearing 100 years. We are a suburban gathering of people meeting in Fort Garry, but residing, working, schooling and playing all over the city of Winnipeg. We refer to ourselves as Paulinians, as a sign of respect for our patron, and as a clever way to distinguish ourselves from other communities of the same name.
We strive and struggle to be a welcoming, warm, and friendly people; sometimes awkward like a couple at their first dance, sometimes like ships in the night, yet always with the hope that we are seeing Christ in the stranger’s disguise.
People of all ages comprise Paulinians, infants to our elders, we are all fully members of the one Body of Christ. Our worship is a blending of old, new, creativity and originality and is somehow woven into our fabric, which is Anglicanism.
We endeavour to be open to and accepting of all peoples; especially in our age of diversity and change. Although we could never be all things to all people, we can share the road with all people.
The Golden Rule is an idea that spans all religions. It can be said in many different ways, and in many different languages, but the basis of the principle remains the same.
The Reverend Canon Geoff Woodcroft
Geoff was ordained in 1990 and served in Northern Ontario in parish and chaplaincy ministries. He came to Manitoba in 1999 to serve as Chaplain and Dean of Residence at St. John’s College.
When The Rev. Canon David Pate retired in December 2001, St. Paul’s embarked on a search for a new incumbent, and were very blessed to welcome Geoff in August 2003. Geoff brings many wonderful gifts to his ministry with St. Paul’s. He has been instrumental in much change, yet has a profound respect for tradition. Change is never done for the sake of change, or to be “modern”, but for growth – as we grow individually in our life in Christ, as we grow in our church community, and as we grow in our ministry in the world.
A gifted musician, Geoff works with the Rejoice Group and choir so that the music speaks to the theme of the ceremonies. Geoff encourages and works to equip the ministry of all, as we seek to do God’s work in the world, including and inspiring children and youth to fully participate in the life of the church.
One way to describe Geoff’s ministry at St. Paul’s, and indeed the world, would be building relationships/ community.
Geoff Woodcroft publishes a weekly update on "What's God Up To?". Please see below for this week's insight.
Our planet is a miniscule speck in one distant corner of a very big universe. Human lives are an even tinier part of all creation. It's easy to feel small, insignificant, alone. Actions seem to have little or no impact or importance in such a vast place. When taken in the context of all space and time we could be forgiven for thinking who we are and what we do has no effect on anything.
Take a look around. We're an important part of something much larger than ourselves. Our smallest and most routine actions impact the entire planet every day. When we act from a place of selfishness and self-interest these effects are negative and dangerous. Drastic climate change, social inequality, and larger conflicts all result from the cumulative actions or inaction of everyone.
When our actions and routines are demonstrations of love and caring our little corner of creation flourishes. It's not enough to say I care or that I have love for creation. My actions need to reflect and express those feelings. We are called to be part of the body of Christ that is God's love manifest on earth. I am called to receive God's unconditional love and acceptance and I am called to be a steward and a servant tasked with loving all of creation as fully and perfectly as I am loved.
The miracle is that in all of the vastness of space and time we are here, alive and taking part in the Creator's infinite project. Our role, to enact the message of universal love, perfect mercy, and forgiveness is a calling to all living things. The kingdom of heaven surrounds us and is gradually revealed through acts of charity and kindness so take heart. Heed the good word and also the good deeds, motivated by love for you and for creation, of your fellows. Be inspired by your community and know that in building relationships founded on loving faith we are doing the most important work of all.
....Alex JacksonClick here to see more of Geoff's insights on the St. Paul's Anglican Facebook Page
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