Services are held on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, beginning at 10:30 am.
St. Saviours Church had a banner year in 2017. The congregation is really gelling as a community and together we celebrated 100 years since the church was consecrated by opening the sanctuary and garden to the public for the biennial Denman Island Home and Garden Tour. We had 416 visitors over the two days and thanks to Shelagh Horner’s dedication and expertise, the drought tolerant garden as well as the historic church decorated with seasonal wreaths and floral arrangements were both community favourites. We give thanks to St. Peters for help with funding for new gravel to spruce up the garden paths. The congregation also celebrated the centenary by handing out free cupcakes at the Blackberry Faire on the Labour Day Weekend.
On the more spiritual front we have been blessed by both Jim and Gordon’s dedicated service, each of them coming over to the island once a month. Gordon has also led a morning bible study every two weeks since September. On Tuesday nights there is a bible study serving both the congregation and others from the community - enquirers and followers alike. In 2018 the congregation is intending to start a monthly prayer meeting to teach and encourage people to pray for Jesus’ mission on Denman.
Two other first time events this year were a Passover Seder Meal attended by over 40 locals where people learnt how Jesus used the Passover Meal (his Last Supper) to institute the Communion celebration. We also had a service of the Blessing of the Animals attended by dogs, cats, a sheep and a hen. We were hoping for more community attendees, but perhaps next year with better publicity we will try again.
Finally, the highlight of the year has been our new sound system and the benefit of modern technology (and someone who knows how to use it) for the playing of our weekly hymns. The church now has beautiful “Surround Sound” and the congregation can sing along, or just listen in awe, to choirs from around the world worship our Lord.
Naomi Elliot, Warden: