One Voice Chorus explores what it is to grow up queer on the prairies. The featured musical work will be the world premiere of Watershed Stories I by Regina composer David L. McIntyre, who based the lyrics on personal stories from the members of Prairie Pride Chorus. Guest artist: Rae Spoon. Tickets are $20 for Adults,$15 for Seniors and Students. Free for Children under 13. Tickets available at www.onevoicechorus.ca or at the door.
The Rector and Churchwardens are delighted to announce the appointment of Charmaine Evans to our staff as Deacon and Program Coordinator, effective October 1, 2017.
Charmaine is a former member of St. Stephen’s who laid the foundations for our present-day Sunday nursery program. For the past four years she has been the Coordinator of Family Ministries at Christ Church, Elbow Park.
Charmaine has a head for business and a heart for people. Her formal education brought her an International Bankers Certificate and a Post-graduate Marketing Diploma, both from South Africa, and she has held several managerial positions in both South African and Canadian banks.
But her more recent studies have included Art Therapy, Pastoral Psychology, Mental Health and Case Management, leading her to work in the not-for-profit sector, focusing on family health and emotional wellbeing and developing programs for immigrants and refugees.
To meet Charmaine is to feel immediate warmth and acceptance, and to know the assurance of competent caregiving, as befits a deacon in the church. Her personal pursuits—art-making, culture, spiritual growth and education, dance and nature—reveal an integration of her deep interest in people, culture, faith, and a grounded spirituality.
Charmaine has two grown children. Alexandria is applying to medical school for the fall and Jonathan is studying New Media and Business at the University of Lethbridge.
Charmaine will be ordained to the diaconate by the Most Reverend Greg Kerr-Wilson on June 11 at Christ Church, Elbow Park, at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
He is one of the most charmingly irreverent Reverends we know, and he takes his place proudly as a member of St. Stephen’s: this weekend the Reverend Donald Axford is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of his ordination to the diaconate.
A graduate of Huron College in Ontario (M.Div), with two graduate degrees from St. Stephen’s College in Edmonton (MA, Th.M.), Don has served the church in Ontario and Alberta, concluding his active ministry as Canon Pastor of the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in Calgary.
His longest ministry was at St. George’s, Stettler. He signed on for 3-6 months and left fourteen years later as Regional Dean—and Citizen of the Year. There, despite his own popularity in both the parish and the community, he witnessed the decline of the Anglican Church in rural Alberta—leaving him the only remaining full-time priest in the deanery.
Don has played many civic roles, including President of the Rotary Club, President of the Music Festival, and Padre to the Legion. He is a member of the Canadian Club of Calgary, the Calgary West Rotary Club, and the Eau Claire YMCA. His political activity is legendary and he has known just about every major Alberta politician of the last thirty years.
Don has survived the many battles of modern Christianity, from abortion to the ordination of women to same-sex blessings (Don was one of the “Rogue Six” who blessed a same-sex marriage at St. Stephen’s last year).
We’re just happy he’s here. Congratulations, Don!
The Calgary Welsh Society proudly presents its Spring Concert for Mother’s Day. The concert features Soloists Laura Styler, Edith Pritchard, Matthew Bruce, Aaron Dimoff with Ron Bennie as accompanist. The afternoon with feature selections from musicals, opera and Welsh favorites. Celebrate Mother’s day and join us for this FREE Concert !
The Junior Choirs Cantilena and Cantiga (ages 6 – 11) present “Sing Out With Joy”. Cantaré Children’s Choir was formed in 1997 by Founder / Artistic Director Catherine Glaser-Climie to enrich the lives of children through the power and wonder of music.
Cantaré’s commitment to training young voices and the development of comprehensive musicianship skills and literacy is evidenced by the breathtaking magic of their performances and extensive range of choral repertoire at the highest artistic level. This unique program offers four ensembles to meet the needs of differing ages and backgrounds. Come and hear the beautiful sounds of children’s voices. Tickets are $20, available at www.cantarechildrenschoir.org