Despite the many moving parts and people, everything went beautifully at Helen's induction service on Tuesday, August 31. Bishop John Stephens presided, while Archdeacon of Capilano Stephen Muir and Regional Dean Patrick Blaney were among the many vested clergy who were in attendance.
Also in attendance were many from the Christ Church Cathedral Community (from whence Helen has come), members of the Mt. Olivet Lutheran community, and the Rev. Franklyn James, our new neighbour in ministry at Lynn Valley United Church. The Rev. Miranda Sutherland, vicar of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Maple Ridge, was a companion of Helen's in a diocesan vocational program and she offered a spirited sermon.
Many took part in presenting Helen with the traditional symbols of her ministry, such as the prayer book, the church canons, bread and wine for the Eucharist, and even the keys to the building. Newly added at this service was a presentation of a pot of soil from the parish ground, with the intent that Helen work with us in stewarding this corner of God's creation. Youth group leader Mark Trendell-Jensen gave a special welcome on behalf of the youth.
The service was followed by a garden reception, beautifully presented by the hospitality team at St. Clement's and bedecked with strings of twinkly lights.
Thank you to Kath Biebrich for capturing the evening in photos!