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Issue 76, September 2023



So much has been going on in our church it is hard to know where to start. The thing that everyone talks about is the roof. Suffice to say that we now have a new roof. What has impressed me the most is the way that so many people have come forward to help. People have willingly given donations, some very generous, their time and talents and a lot of hard work and gifts in kind for fundraising events. No one has ever said they could not help and even more hopeful, people are not saying they are too old, too tired, too busy. We have shown there is a need and that need has been met and continues to be met, because there will always be a need for people to help. We do not have a fairy godmother or a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. There is only us, our congregation, our friends and our good will.

Also we have new and younger people who are worshipping with us and they have done so much to enliven our church life, with little kids, with music, with willingness to repair things and to “wash up!” We can work together because we have the same vision. Rev. Julia is working half time and she seems to be doing much more and we thank her for her hard work, understanding and sincere leadership. .Chris and Brent are sharing some of the work and we love having them with us and Chris’ wife Katyln is efficiently running our office. There will, of course, be challenges to be met in the future, but we can do it.



Hi Everyone,

I pray that you are rested, healthy and “raring to go” as we head into the fall. The Parish has had a great summer. On the good news front we have seen the return of a few parishioners who have not attended since COVID. We are also seeing some new people. We heartily welcome each and every one of you!

This summer we have had our doors open for many events outside of regular worship. With our wonderful new sign, we have been able to let the broader community know what we have been up to as well. From the Coronation Tea, to ringing the steeple bell on Canada Day, to handing our stickers and treats on Pride weekend, to “Blessing the Bikes” Natal Day weekend, to having St Luke’s open for tours it has been a fun and busy time. Also, there have been two concerts at St Mark’s, Perotte.

I would say our biggest event was the Dinner Theatre held in conjunction with the Annapolis District Drama Group. For two wonderful evenings we set sail on a Love Cruise (not Love Boat!) and had a wonderful meal as we tried to sort out “who did it”. The monies raised were for the re-roofing of St Luke’s. The roof is now complete! We are grateful it has been done before the harsher fall and winter weather blows in. The decision was made to go with metal so it would not need to be done again for at least 50 years. To date between fundraising, generous donations, and a grant we have raised about $38,000 of the approximately $95,000 needed. Our fundraising efforts will continue. Do you have your ticket for the draw that will be done on September 3rd?

And, talking about roofs, St John’s Columbarium and Church also needs a new roof. The work on the roof is expected to start later in September. Donations for the roof, coupled with a grant and a withdrawal from their account is to cover the costs. Again, they are using metal to prevent the need to re-roof any time soon.

From now until Christmas we have a lot happening. There is a list later in this edition of Parish Matters. For example, on the list are several concert dates using the wonderful Grand Piano that we have been loaned by the Wall family. Please support us in our efforts and enjoy the fun and fellowship.

What I most want to talk about is our work to “Re-Imagine” ministry in the Annapolis Parish. We are headed into the fall and it is time for our discernment work to start in earnest. First there will be a parish relay where you will be asked to share with us what your talents are and where you have time to share them. We realize some people at some stages in their life may have little or no time to share. We do hope you will indicate where you can share, if you can. The relay is planned to start in September.

Save the date! Saturday, October 21st is going to be a Parish Retreat Day at St. Luke’s from about 10 to about 3:30pm. Full details are to come. We are planning a day with prayer, fellowship (think food!), education on understanding change (and how we react to it), who we are now as a Parish, and what is to come. Please, please make this a priority. I am not exaggerating when I say the Parish’s future depends on it.

We now have a Parish Prayer as we need to ask for God’s help on our journey. Please try to use the prayer regularly.

Baptismal and confirmation preparation will be held in the relatively near future. Please let Rev. Julia know if you are interested.

“O God who makes all things new, who called our ancestors to plant the seeds of the Anglican Church in this place centuries ago, bless and guide the Parish of Annapolis in all our ventures to renew our Parish vitality and outreach; that together we may prepare the ground for enduring ways to proclaim and live your Gospel: through Jesus who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.”

I have gone on for long enough. Blessings everyone.

Rev. Julia



Dear Parish of Annapolis,

I am happy to share a brief update about what is going on in the Music Ministry in our Parish. But first, thank you very much. It has been a joy to read your hymn suggestions and incorporate them into our worship. Please keep them coming!

After a restful summer, the Church Choir will be resuming choir practices on Thursdays from 5:00-6:20pm. Anthems are once again going to become a more regular part of our services. A post-communion Anthem or Musical Offering draws us into reflection and personal prayer as we shift from Holy Communion to the closing rites. I have a whole season of wonderful Anthems planned for the coming months. We look forward to a Choir Reunion to be held on Saturday, September 9th at 1pm where we will enjoy a fun workshop with choral conductor Gary Ewer followed by some cake and coffee & tea. Please come if you have sung in choir in the past or are interested in joining.

Introducing a second Parish choir called “The Choral Evensong Choir” to attract those who long to sing and hear early music. In January, our doors will open to the community to join in a Classical Anglican Choral Evensong on Saturdays at 4pm. Beginning in September, the Choral Evensong Choir will rehearse after the Church Choir on Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:50pm in preparation for this service. I look forward to working on music from the Great Service by William Byrd, English polyphonic Anthems, and of course (my favourite) Four-Part Anglican Chant.

To celebrate the Season of Creation, I am looking forward to some outdoor worship. Join us around the campfire as the sun sets to have a Smore and raise your voice singing favourite campfire worship songs alongside the guitar. Or, join us for a simple sung compline under the stars at Fort Anne. Details to come.

Please join me on the second Sunday of Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec at 4.30 pm for a series of Roof Fundraiser Piano Recitals, admission by donation. At these concerts, I will be playing piano music by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, and many other wonderful piano composers. Come January 2024, the music will continue in the form of our very own classical chamber music series called “Second Sundays at St. Luke’s”. I look forward to sharing with you the roster of musicians who will be joining us for this series closer to that time.

The Advent and Christmas Season are still quite a way off, but even now it’s exciting to think about our Second Annual Sing-Along Messiah (Sunday, December 3 at 3pm), Christmas Carols at the Farmers Market (Saturday, December 16 at 10pm), our Festival of Lessons and Carols Service (Thursday, December 21 at 7pm), and our light-hearted Christmas Carols & Cookies around the upright piano in the hall (Saturday, December 30 at 4pm). Will Saint Nicholas be there?

Back to Liturgy, it has been on my heart to compose a new mass setting for quite some time. Keeping in mind that a fourth Fewster is arriving in November, I am gently aiming at having this ready for Advent. However, it just might be Epiphany. God knows.

Your continued prayers for music ministry at St. Luke’s and in the Parish of Annapolis mean the world.

Ever your servant, Heidi Fewster If you would be interested in joining the choir, you would be very welcome. We like to sing in parts (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) but just a love of singing is quite enough to make a joyful noise to our Lord. Please talk to Heidi. Also, of course, we would love everyone to come to listen to us at the many musical offerings coming up in our Parish. Most are free or by donation and money will go towards the roof.



Thanksgiving Sunday is October 8. If you can bring in produce, either from your garden or bought in a store or at the market or not perishables for the Food Bank it would make the day special. All produce will be given to the Food Bank.



Parish Visiting Rev. Julia and Chris are continuing to visit parishioners. They are working through all members of the parish but if you would like a visit sooner please call the office (902 532 0913. Also if there is anyone who is new in the area, please let Rev. Julia know. Ministers in Training We are very happy to have the help of two leaders in training. Chris Tidd is studying for ordination and is with us for a while as he works with Rev. Julia. We are also happy to have his wife, Kalyn as our administrative assistant. Brent Fewster is training to become a Licensed Lay Minister. They will be taking all or part of the services from time to time and we hope you will support them in their calling with your prayers and encouragement. . Old Home Services Old Home Services: These continue with services in St. John’s Moschelle on Sept. 10th at 10.00 am. And All Saints’. Gibson Lake also on Sept 10th at 2.30 pm. Blessing of the animals On Sunday, Oct 1st at 2.—pm. At the “O”. An Ecumenical service. Bring your pets and receive a blessing for them. You must be in charge of your own pets at all times and clean up after them if necessary. St Luke’s Day A Special service for the Patron Saint of our church. On Wednesday Oct. 18. Time to be announced.. Parish Retreat Day A special chance to get together as a Parish on Oct. 21st. 10.00 – 4.00 In the morning there will be workshop session with Colleen O’Toole on being ready for change and in the afternoon another session entitled “Why do we exist?”. – worship, proclamation, teaching, fellowship, service. And to crown it all, Chris and Rev. Julia are making lunc!. More details later.

All Saints’ Day A service on Wednesday, Nov 1st. Time to be announced



During Covid, St. Anne’s Camp had a difficult time and with the death of Henry Spurr they lost one of their greatest supporters. Happily, there is a new surge of interest. They will be holding the wonderful Turkey Supper at the camp on Sunday, September 24. Tickets are available at the church on Sundays and at the office. If you would like to volunteer please contact Lorrie Penny – or leave a message in the office.




Yard Sale There will be a giant Yard Sale on Saturday, Sept 30th from 9.00 to noon. Start collecting items and bring them to the Church Hall starting Tuesday, Sept 26.

Pickle Project A time for purchasing delicious pickles and jam will be announced. Please contact Brenda or Wendy if you can help. Bake Sale We hope to have a Bake Sale on Dec 2 at the Craft Fair at the Fire Hall. More information soon.


A little help goes a long way

We need more singers in the choir. It’s fun, it’s easy and it makes a real difference. Talk to Heidi.

We need more people to do practical things. Helping set up the altar (no more than once a month in your own time ). Talk to Judy.

Cleaning the brass (about once every two months) – talk to Dodie

Arranging flowers – about two times every three Months – talk to Judy

Greeting at the church door – about once every six weeks – talk to Judy

Keeping the kitchen clean – talk to Brenda

Prayers of the people – as often or seldom as you can manage – talk to Judy

Keeping the landscaping outside tidy – in your own time – talk to Rev. Julia

We always need help with fundraisers. Be available when we need you. The yard sale is next!!


God & the Spider

During World War II, a soldier was separated from his unit on a Pacific Island. The fighting had been intense, and in the smoke and the crossfire he had lost touch with his comrades.

Alone in the jungle, he could hear enemy soldiers coming in his direction. Scrambling for cover, he found his way up a high ridge to several small caves in the rock. Quickly he crawled inside one of the caves. Although safe for the moment, he realized that once the enemy soldiers looking for him swept up the ridge, they would quickly search all the caves and he would be killed.

As he waited, he prayed, "Lord, if it be your will, please protect me. Whatever your will though, I love you and trust you. Amen."

After praying, he lay quietly listening to the enemy begin to draw close. He thought, "Well, I guess the Lord isn't going to help me out of this one.." Then he saw a spider begin to build a web over the front of his cave.

As he watched, listening to the enemy searching for him all the while, the spider layered strand after strand of web across the opening of the cave.

"Ha,” he thought. "What I need is a brick wall and what the Lord has sent me is a spider web. God does have a sense of humor."

As the enemy drew closer he watched from the darkness of his hideout and could see them searching one cave after another. As they came to his, he got ready to make his last stand. To his amazement, however, after glancing in the direction of his cave, they moved on. Suddenly, he realized that with the spider web over the entrance, his cave looked as if no one had entered for quite a while. "Lord, forgive me," prayed the young man. "I had forgotten that in you a spider's web is stronger than a brick wall."


Hi from Lukie

The Day that Baldwin Arrived

This has been quite a summer for this wee mouse; there has been banging on the roof and thumping around my second favourite hiding spot. Some humans came inside and without any warning to me or asking if it would be acceptable tore out some of the soft seats and moved in a huge thing that is sort of a strange looking table but with the top that flips up to show all sorts of magic inside. Wires and sticks that hit the wires, and other stuff that I was too little to see properly. THEN they did some more magic stuff and beautiful music came out of this new ‘thing’ and filled my church, and my soul with such beauty and joy!

I was so curious to learn what the new and beautiful creature was called. I am not very great when it comes to reading but I did hear the name Baldwin discussed, so I guess this is called just that....Baldwin. A few days later the humans came into my church and the Boss Lady talked a lot, and the groaner groaned , and the humans talked together and sang and I could sense excitement . My whiskers were quivering and I knew something very special was going to happen. Well, at the end of our shared time, the pretty human who makes the groaner make beautiful music came down and sat at the new fancy table with the top that lifts up. The Boss Lady said some very solemn words, all the humans answered, “Amen:” Then it was like angels came into my church. The softest, slowest, most calming noise came from Baldwin. My church was filled with the wonder of it all. I later heard the name of the beautiful noise that is called music was ”Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” by Claude Debussy.

I bet you are thinking “That is one smart wee mouse to know such a thing! What mouse knows about music? “ Well this mouse keeps his ears to the ground to hear what is going on. He now knows that Baldwin will stay in my church for a long visit and that many others will come and make beautiful music with him. We will be blessed with the gift of the sound of Angels. I can hardly you can’t either!! I will find a new hiding spot and snuggle in to listen to Baldwin and the human that sits on his bench bring joy to my tiny grey ears. I am sure you too will find the perfect spot to listen . Shhhhh, see you there! Lukie and Rosie




Friends are someone to hug

Friends are someone to laugh with you

Friends mean having fun

Friends can be brothers or sisters or anyone

Friends can be like you or very different

To have a friend you ,must be a friend




  • Sunday, Sept 3After church: Drawing for the raffle. All tickets must be handed in before this

  • Sat. Sept 91.00 – 4.00. Choir reunion with special guest. If you sung in the church choir or junior choir at any time come along to sing and chat about old times.

  • 2nd Sunday of Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.4.30 Piano recital with our new grand piano and Heidi Fewster. Admission by donation.

  • Sunday, Sept 10 at 10.00. Holy Cross Day service at St. John’s, Moschelle

  • Sunday, Sept 10 at 2:30.Moschelle Old Home Service, All Saints, Gibson Lake

  • Sunday, Sept 24 from 1.00 – 5.00. St. Anne’s Camp Turkey Dinner and Camp Songs at Gibson Lake Tickets available at church or the office. $20.00, children $7.00 Sat.

  • Sept 30 from 9.00 – 12.00 Giant Yard Sale. Please bring donations to the Hall from Tuesday, Sept 26 to Friday September 29. Money raised is for the roof.

  • Sun. Oct at 12.00 . Blessing of the animals at the “O”. An ecumenical service of blessing.

  • Sat. October 21 at 10.00 – 4.00: PARISH RETREAT DAY. A day to talk about our vision for the Parish.

  • Sat, Dec 2 Bake Sale at the Christmas Craft Fair in the Fire Hall.

  • Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3.00: Sing-a-Long Messiah. See announcements for rehearsal times. All welcome to sing or come and listen.

April 30th, 2023

Whatever we do, it is a fact of life that people come and people go. Some of us stay in the same place for a long time and some of us fly in and out like a comet across the night sky. We are God’s Church and we welcome all people wherever they may be on their life journey. At this time we are saying goodbye and also hello to two very important people. Rev. Nita is retiring and Rev. Julia is coming to be our Priest in Charge.

The Parish would like to say a big thank you to Rev. Nita for what she has done while she was with us. For a start she is a “local girl” and many of us have known her for years and watched the way she has embraced her calling to the Ministry. Her achievements have been many including:

  • The establishment of a mission statement

  • The development of the Welcome Table

  • Experimenting with worship styles

  • Changes to the seating in the church to

  • accommodate wheelchairs

  • A hearing loop for hearing aids,

  • 200th Anniversary Celebration.

  • New blue hangings for Advent

  • Bringing us into the era of digital communication.

I remember her saying more than once, “If you don’t try something, you will never know if it is the right thing for our church or not.” This is a wonderful way of looking at things and I hope it may continue.

Finally, Rev. Nita may have retired but she has not left us. Her home is still here and after a suitable period away she will return to our congregation and is already thinking of ways she can help. We wish her and Tim a very happy retirement.



“Hello, my name is Julia Ford. I was ordained an Anglican Priest in May of 1991 in the Diocese of Toronto. (Yes, I am “from away”) After my two year curacy, I became what was called at that time a “Worker Priest”. I had both a secular career in information technology and was a Honourary Assistant at a number of parishes. Over time I also became an Associate Priest and in some parishes, Priest in Charge.

I was married ten years ago.

Fast forward to 2020 and we decided it was time to think about retiring from our secular jobs. We decided that we would like to get out of the Greater Toronto area and looked to Nova Scotia. We purchased a home and moved in full-time in 2021. We have been delighted with the reception we have received from the Parish and people of Annapolis Royal and area.

I feel blessed that the Bishop has entrusted me to work as Priest in Charge in the Parish during this amazing time when we are looking, to use Bishop Sandra’s words, “to re-imagine what ministry might look like in the Parish of Annapolis.” I look forward to working together with you on this mission. Everyone’s ideas and views are critical

My “church” email is My Nova Scotia phone number is (902) 312-4028.

Blessings to all.

Rev. Julia


April Showers Bring May Flowers and Damp Pews

As we rejoice in the coming of all the joys and beauty of spring, we look out and admire the blooming of the 200 Daffodil bulbs that were planted around the grounds of St. Luke’ Church Annapolis Royal to mark our 200th anniversary. They are putting on a brave show and hopefully will get better year by year. We also await with trepidation the Spring showers and the signs of our leaky roof ; wet pews and large cooking pots pinging with the sounds of rain coming through the roof of our beloved church. Luckily we have been able to put a temporary cover on the roof for the present but this is just a band aid.

The Raise The Roof committee has been busy with plans for this massive repair project. They have been in contact with different contractors, both local and national. We are happy to report that Interlock Roofing Systems, a Nova Scotian company, has been contracted to repair the roof. They will be installing a metal roof with proper ventilation and with a life time warranty so that a dry future for our church can be secured. This will cost approximately $100,000 which is a staggering amount of money. Because this will be a huge burden for our small congregation we will be seeking grants and other means of financial assistance as we proceed to restore St. Luke’s roof to its safe and secure place watching over our town as it has done for the last 200 years.
There will be lots of activity around our beloved place of worship. Scaffolding will sprout up as damage is accessed and work begun.

Please support our fund raising projects and there are also other ways to support this cause by donating to the Raise The Roof Fund. For details, please see the insert in this Parish Matters. With God’s help and our faith we will see St. Luke’s standing with a watertight roof for many years to come.

Sarah Neish




Thanks to the generosity of our parishioners we have some wonderful prizes to offer in our raffle. Tickets are available now in the Rosette Room. Cost is $2 for one and 3 for $5. Just sign to say you have taken a book and bring the sold tickets and stubs back to Jeanne Fox when you are done. The draw will take place on Sept 3. There will be individual draws for each prize.

  • A night’s lodging at The Seafaring Maiden and a gourmet breakfast

  • $50 worth of seafood of your choice from Clearwater Ltd.

  • A beautiful hand made queen size quilt valued at $1000

  • A picture of St. Luke’s Church in the moonlight by Louise Oliver

  • An Instapot and recipes.


The tea and sale will be held on the day of the Coronation of King Charles III, Saturday, May 6, from 2.00 – 4.00 in the church hall. Cost of the tea is $5.00. We will be serving traditional English cream tea with scones, jam and whipped cream. Gluten free option available.

There will also be a bake table with delicious home made goodies for sale. If you can bake for us we would be delighted. Bring baked goods to the hall on Friday 10.00 – 5.00 or Saturday morning May 5 and 6. Our raffle items will be displayed and tickets can be bought.


The Annapolis District Drama Group has kindly agreed to put on a dinner theatre for us.The play is called The Love Cruise and we will provide a delicious dinner.This will take place on Friday and Saturday, July 14 and 15.Final details are being worked out.Stay tuned.


Other fund raising events are being planned including The Great Pickle Project.


We do not usually ask directly for money in our Parish. Our Parishioners are very generous and we hope that when there is a need they will respond. At this time, however, we have to raise a large sum to fix the roof and we need all the help we can get. It was very evident that we needed this repair when water came through the ceiling in the main church and time is of the essence. Below are some of the ways that you can help.


This is one of the most important ways to give. Whether you support our bake sale, cook for us, buy or sell raffle tickets or donate prizes, work in the kitchen, come to the dinner theatre, make pickles, spread the word amongst your friends and above all be upbeat and encouraging, all these things are vital if we are to be a vibrant, living church. Some of them cost nothing but are valuable none the less.


We know that we need money. We also know what we can individually afford. It is not financially possible to use our capital because this is rapidly running out just to cover our everyday expenses, which, of course, continue roof or no roof. Perhaps if you can dig a little deeper into your pocket for your regular contributions. The church still needs money whether you are there or not.



P.A.R. or Pre-Authorized Remittance is an easy way to manage your church giving. You agree to give a set amount which is automatically deducted from your Bank Account or Credit Card either on the 1st or 15th of each month. This way you do not have to think about it, the Parish knows what it’s income will be and so can budget more realistically and the cost of envelopes is eliminated.

If you are interested Jeanne Fox will be pleased to guide you through the process.You can cancel or change the amount at any time.


$1000 is a lot of money and not everyone can even consider it. Do not worry. However, if you are in a position to do this, as our Treasurer said, “If 100 people gave $1000 we would be home and dry.” We have had a few donations of this amount already. Please note that a tax receipt will be given for any money donation.


The new roof will be metal but it is still in the shape of shingles. Each shingle is 18 inches by 10 inches and costs $10.00. Therefore, for $100 you could buy 10 shingles or whatever you like. We will keep a record of this and in the future you can look up, way up, and say to your grandchildren, “That is my shingle.”


You or members of your family might like to give to the roof fund in memory of a loved one. We will also keep a record of these donations and they will be acknowledged at our worship services from time to time.


1. Place the donation in an envelope and mark it clearly with your name number if you have one, and what it is for. If it is for shingles or a memorial mark this as well. Put it in the collection plate.

2. Again do as above and give it to Jeanne Fox or leave it at the office

3. Again do as above and drop it in the lock box at the Rosette Room entry.

4. You may give cash or a cheque made out to Parish of Annapolis/Roof fund.

5. If you need an e-transfer please contact Jeanne Fox at 902 532 2625 or email at

6. Add a donation when you come to any of our fundraisers.

7. Send the donation by mail to Parish of Annapolis, Attn. Jeanne Fox, P.O. Box 427, Annapolis Royal, NS. B0S1A0


It has been said that a change is as good as a rest. Right now I am not sure that that is true. We have just heard that Rev. Nita has pushed her retirement forward to April and so we will have to speed up the business of looking for someone new. Needless to say we wish her a long and happy retirement and, as she says, she has only left the job, not the Parish or the Priesthood, and she will still be a part of our community. Also, recently, we noticed tell tale drops coming through the ceiling of the main church. Obviously a leak, although where exactly it is, is difficult to say. No one can remember when the roof was last fixed but it was a long time ago and the long and the short of it is that we need a new roof. It all comes down to money and time. We will need a lot of money and we need to find a roofing contractor who has time. We will get the leak patched as soon as someone can safely get onto the roof while we raise the money and look for a good contractor. In the meantime we carry on.

Looking on the bright side, Rev. Ruby has done an excellent job of filling in for Rev. Nita when she broke her leg (another unforeseen bump in the road – literally) and Rev. Julia, who is now helping in Bridgetown, is with us for the Compline services and is running a Bible study group with both Parishes.

It will soon be spring, and it will soon be Easter. Please join us for Easter services. With fresh flowers and maybe warmer and sunnier weather we have much to be thankful for.


Dear Friends,
It has been an honour and a privilege and one of the high-lights of my ministry since my ordination in 2010 to be invited by you to be your rector. As I look back there are so many good memories of what we have achieved together, such as :
The establishment of a mission statement
The development of the Welcome Table
Experimenting with different worship styles
Changes to the seating in the church to better accommodate wheelchair
Installation of a hearing loop for those with hearing aids,
200th Anniversary Celebration of worship at St. Luke’s,
and so much more.

The years have not been without their challenges, but by far the monumental obstacle of how to confront Covid and how to adapt to the required changes was likely the biggest one we faced together. The experience of working through the difficulties of Covid did cause the suspension of in person worship, which in turn meant the cancellation of Christmas Eve and Easter Day worship services. These were difficult to accept, but on the positive side we did learn new technology which has made us stronger in the area of communication and will continue in the years ahead to be useful to the life of the parish. Another difficulty we faced is that during the heightened period of Covid our congregation shrunk significantly due to families moving away and to deaths. The circumstances of reduced membership is now being balanced out by the inclusion of new members, and it has directed the parish toward an initiative to seriously examine numerous ways of streamlining how the parish operates.

My decision to retire has been a long process of discernment and my unfortunate accident that resulted in a broken leg only heightened the reasons and it sped up the retirement date to April 30. I will miss terribly the ministry of acting as your rector, but will comfort myself by reflecting upon all that has been achieved by us which has strengthened us as disciples of Christ who share in the gospel of Christ. I will need to be absent from the parish for a period of time, but this will act as a catalyst to shine light on what I can do next as a member of the congregation and as a priest in supporting the parish. The future ahead will be exciting and rewarding as we all explore and discover the way forward. Jesus said, “Come and follow me,” so let us be the followers and disciples of Christ.


Rev. Nita

When you have been sitting in The beautiful town of Annapolis Royal for over 200 years, in all kinds of weather ,through winters and summers ;seen a few Hurricanes and many wind storms, your roof gets very worn out.

That is exactly what has happened to one of the town’s beautiful icons, St Luke’s Anglican Church. For 200 years the bell tower of this place of worship has stood out on St George Street,just across from Fort Anne. It has been a place of worship ever since King George gifted the town with the land to build a church. The Royal Charter and the Coat of Arms is seen just above the red front doors .

Worship has continued here for 200 years .The old building has seen hundreds of Baptisms, Marriages and Funerals .The walls almost echo with the lingering sounds of Hymns and the beautiful Stained Glass windows share with worshipers different stories from the life of Jesus.

Time and wear have taken their tole and the roof that has given shelter and refuge to so many over the years has sprung many leaks. It is time for us to step up and replace the roof.

This will be a monumental task ,but one that must be done . As inheritaters”. of this precious gift it is our responsibility to see the job done. Over the coming weeks and months you will see different projects being promoted by the congregation and friends of St.Luke’s in an effort to finance such an important task. We will be asking for your prayers and support as we work to restore the building we have been given by those who have gone on before.

When you see “Raise The Roof”, lend a hand. With God’s help and your support St Luke’s can enter the next 200 years of shared worship with a sound, water-tight roof.

Sarah Neish



Your Parish Council has asked the Treasurer to report to the congregation more regularly on the Parish finances, particularly St Luke’s. Salaries, fuel oil ($1500 a month on the budget plan) and our monthly ‘fee’ to the Diocese (also known as allotment) comprise the majority of our monthly expenses. Although costs continue to rise, our monthly income (offerings) stays about the same and this requires us to drawdown our investments to pay the bills. We are at the point if something is not done, we could be out of money in less than 10 years.

On top of these monthly recurring bills, are the capital expenses to maintain the Church building itself and this year we have a big expense coming - a new roof is needed. A committee has formed to recommend the best way forward - what type of roof will it be? What grants might we get? Could we switch to solar and eliminate our dependency on oil? How will we fund raise ? What does all of this cost?

While fund raising will help us over some bumps, it will not sustain us long term. We must be open to change and become part of the change. While we don’t know the way forward yet, we know with God’s help, all is possible, we will find a way, and we will be stronger.



P.A.R. or Pre-Authorized Remittance is an easy way to manage your church giving. You agree to give a set amount which is automatically deducted from your Bank Account or Credit Card either on the 1st or 15th of each month. This way you do not have to think about it, the Parish knows what it’s income will be and so can budget more realistically and the cost of envelopes is eliminated.

If you are interested Jeanne Fox will be pleased to guide you through the process. You can cancel or change the amount at any time.




Rev. Nita is retiring on April 30th. We wish her a happy and fulfilling retirement. She has said that she will still be part of our church community when the time is right. In the meantime we must look for both a new Minister and people to lead us in worship while we look. We will remember Rev. Nita for her bubbly sense of humour, her down to earth ministry and the fact that she is the first full time woman Minister that we have had in our Parish. We will remember what she started with services like Jesus in Jeans, with outreach to the community especially the Foodbank, with a lovely New Years Levee and we will remember especially her patience and caring when we were struggling through the Covid years. Happy retirement and see you soon.

We are delighted to learn that Rev. Julia Ford will be our interim Priest until we find a new Rector.



The Roof of the main church has a leak. There is a committee formed to oversee repairs. At the moment we are waiting for the weather to make it possible to look for the leak and put in a temporary patch.

After that a contractor will be hired after several tenders have been considered. We must make the decision as to whether we chose a shingled or steel roof. We do not know at this time if there is damage to the wood. We are also considering solar panels, etc. and it would to wise to include the possibility of these in whatever roofing we install.

Next we will seek grants for as much of the cost as possible. We will emphasize that this is an active church both for our congregation and for the wider community, a heritage building and a visible landmark in Annapolis Royal.

We will then fund raise, fund raise, fund raise, without burning out our workers. This has already started as you will see below. I cannot emphasize too much that we can no longer rely on our capital investments. All ideas welcome.


We have been holding our regular Sunday worship in the hall because we were spending too much money on oil by heating the whole church. We hope to return to the church by Easter. The Hall has been a good location but we will be happy to use the church again.

For a few months there was an early service at 8.30 each Sunday but this has now been discontinued. However, if you would prefer to receive communion by drinking from the chalice this will be available at the 10,00 am. service after those who prefer the wafer and the drop of wine, so that there is no cross over. Also, please note that gluten free wafers are available by request.



If you would like to give flowers at Easter in memory of a loved one please contact Judy Dickinson. Deadline is April 2nd.



Our Parish A.G.M. was held recently. Thank to Warden, Krista Wright for chairing the meeting and to the Church Guild for providing soup and goodies. . There was general concern about the state of our finances. Please stay in touch. We need everyone to help.

Thank you to those who put their names forward to stand on Parish Council.

Wardens: Krista Wright, Eric Hiscock and Brent Fewster.
Treasurer: Wendy Rickards
Secretary: Pauline Lowern
Members at Large: Brenda Nimmo, Jeanne Fox, Judy Dickinson, Deanna Oliver, Ann Denny, Jessica and Michael Dyment.
St. Anne’s Camp: Ann Denny and Heidi Fewster

We have a new communications committee of Jenn Smith and Heidi Fewster. There is also a finance committee and a roof committee.




All things come of thee. Oh, Lord, and of thine own have we given thee!
Almighty God, whose loving hand has given us all that we possess: grant us grace that we may honour thee with our substance, and, remembering the account which we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of thy bounty.

Because we believe that all things come from God, we fully and thoughtfully make decisions which give back to God, a generous portion of our accumulated wealth, resources, and blessings to support God’s work now and in the future.



It is obvious, from this newsletter, that we need more money. Some difficult decisions will have to be made in the near future. However, maybe it is time that we took stock of what we are really doing as a church. I believe that we can be stronger for it.

In the meantime, there are a number of fundraising events planned. These will not solve the whole problem but they will help and also they will be chance for parishioners and friends of our Parish to show that they care. Also we hope they will be fun. We have to remember that we all have limited time and money and strength to give, so the fundraisers will try to reflect this. These are a few things that are planned. There will be more!

BAKE SALE by the Church Guild. This will around Easter. Date to be confirmed shortly. We will be asking members of the Parish to bake for us, to do what you can do and not feel pressured but feel involved.

SING-A-LONG MESSIAH. Heidi will be leading the singing of different parts of Handel’s Messiah from 4.00 – 5.30, on April 30th in St. Luke’s Church. . You can sing, with or without practice, although practice is better, and will be held every Friday at 4.00 pm in the Hall for an hour. Music can be provided. Also you can just listen and enjoy. Admission by donation.

DINNER THEATRE. The Drama Group has offered to put on a murder mystery in our Hall on Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15. It is written by Colleen Rowland and all I know is that it is set on a Cruise Ship. There will also be a delicious dinner. Times, prices, etc to be confirmed.



I’m back! I know I have been away for a few months but now I am back in my favourite spot.

It has been a busy, sad and strange time in my wee mousie life. So many changes have happened since I last sent my tiny friends a message. My dear friend Rosie has gone away She was finding her life here a bit too difficult and so she found a safe spot to build a new nest and snuggle in somewhere that made her feel safe and secure.

This meant I was alone in my church but I was happy remembering the many adventures I had shared with Rosie . I had my very own safe spot and enjoyed the decorations that filled the church over Christmas.

THEN..... it started to rain inside the church and I was almost deafened by the noise the water made as it came down from high above me. I could hear it raining outside ;that has happened often before but never did it come inside! The “Boss Lady” and her helpers came with huge shiny pots and the noise got even louder as the drops fell into the containers. My little mouse ears ached from the sound and I began to think I needed to find somewhere drier to nest .

The next thing I knew , the church got colder and colder and the humans stopped coming in to keep me company. No more beautiful music either! Now I knew it was time to relocate!

I ventured down the ramp into the big room the humans call the Hall. And I could tell they had moved too!!! It was cosy and warm in the hall .The beautiful Altar was there with the candles and pretty pots of red flowers .The chairs were in rows and I could tell there had been some snacks too because I was able to find a few delicious crumbs to enjoy.

I have heard the humans saying a new roof or at least a new covering of shingles will be needed . I am sure , with God’s help’ this can be done. I will look forward to returning to my favourite hiding spot in the church. In the mean time I will snuggle down in the hall, listen to the beautiful music and hope lots of crumbs drop at snack time.



We all need to laugh sometimes.

A preacher went to see a member of the community and invited him to come to Church on Sunday morning. The man was a producer of fine peach brandy and told the preacher he would love to attend his Church IF the Pastor would drink some of his brandy and admit doing so in front of the congregation. The preacher agreed and drank up. Sunday morning came and the man came to Church. The preacher recognized him from the pulpit and said: "I see Mr. Johnson is here with us this morning. I want to thank him publicly for his hospitality this week and especially for the peaches he gave me and the spirit in which they were given."

After starting a new diet I altered my drive to work to avoid passing my favorite bakery. I accidentally drove by the bakery this morning and as I approached, there in the window were a host of chocolates, donuts, and cheesecakes.
I felt this was no accident, so I prayed … “Lord, it’s up to You. If You want me to have any of those delicious goodies, create a parking place for me directly in front of the bakery.” And sure enough, on the eighth time around the block, there it was! God is so good!



Check inside Parish Matters for details and in the announcements for changes.

  • Tuesdsay, March 14, 21, 28 at 11:00 AM. Lenten Bible Study with Rev. Julia. Questions you would like to ask God, if you could. Lively discussion.

  • Sunday, April 30 at 3:00 PM. Sing-Along Messiah

  • Maundy Thursday April 6 at 7:15 PM - A commemoration of Christ's last supper with his disciples where he washed their feet.

  • Good Friday April 7 at 10:00 AM - A holy remembrance of Christ's crucifixion

  • Easter Sunday, April 9 at 10:00 AM - Traditional Service to celebrate Christ's Resurrection

  • Friday July 14 and Saturday July 15 - Dinner Theatre. Come and enjoy good food and a fun performance by the Drama Group. Money for the roof!

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