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Tim is leaving St. Mark’s

Sunday October 18, 2020

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
Isaiah 41.10

Bishop Susan Bell announced this morning that she has appointed me Rector of Christ’s Church Cathedral and Dean of Niagara, effective January 1 ,2021.

This has not been an easy discernment for us as a family. You know how much we love sharing God’s ministry and mission with you at St. Mark’s and we really enjoy Brantford. Over the past few months, God’s call on our lives to serve the Cathedral community in Hamilton became more insistent. Bishop Susan’s offer confirmed for us that call.

I have heard it said that there is never a good time to leave a parish. Certainly, being called to another parish in the midst of a pandemic means that our leave-taking will look different (as much else in church life does too right now!) The wardens and I will do the best we can under the circumstances.

Please rest assured that you are in very good hands. The Bishop’s office will be working closely with the wardens to ensure as smooth a transition as possible. As you may recall, the Diocese typically appoints an interim priest while the parish begins the process of discerning whom God is calling to be the next Rector.

The past six years have gone very quickly. We are so grateful for all the ways in which you have stepped into the various ministry initiatives God has inspired in our midst. I am so thankful for the consistent support of the wardens, our ministry team and various lay leaders. Most of all, I thank and praise God for all the ways in which you have opened your hearts to us, invited us to share your life journeys and blessed us in so many different ways with your care, encouragement and practical help.

Our final Sunday together will be the Reign of Christ on November 22. Please be assured of our prayers for you as we navigate together this time of transition.

God’s abundant blessing upon you all.

Tim +

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Office Hours

The St. Mark’s office will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily beginning on Tuesday, September 8th. Our in-person worship services will also begin in September. See our calendar of events page for times, ways to register and guidelines for attendance.

Food Bank Drive-Thru Drop-Off

St. Mark’s has always been a great supporter of the Brantford Food Bank and during this time they continue to need our help.

We will be holding a FOOD BANK DRIVE-THRU DROP-OFF of non-perishable goods on the 3rd Saturday of each month starting on April 18 from 10:00 a.m. – noon. […]

Note that the meetings, events and worship services may not take place, depending on the situation around the corona virus in our region. For the most up-to-date information, visit our COVID-19 information page.

Click this link to participate in our recorded online worship services.

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St. Mark’s Wardens – A Message of Thanks

Thank you to everyone who is pitching in to keep our community worship and support strong during this time, and especially to our Rector, Tim.

We appreciate the support of the Diocese and the Anglican Church of Canada for the prayers and other resources they are offering to parishes. Neil, Christine, Brenda, Sharon