Message from the
The Rev'd Canon Ed Swayze
December 21, 2017
I am pleased to be the pastor at St. Stephen's. People pride themselves on it being a friendly parish. St. Stephen's is a small parish, but a busy one. We are active with worship, mission work, socials, and Christian Education. We are trying to be faithful in following Jesus.
My sense is that many people feel that their relationship with God is important, but life is very full and there is not enough time available to fit it in. People would like to work through their own beliefs without anyone telling them what to believe. The primary sources of information about faith for most people are friends, family and the media.
The church has something real to share. The church offers people access to God through worship and to a community of people. The Anglican Church is open to those who would like to explore their faith. To belong, you just attend worship as you are able. We will invite you to take part in our parish life, and accept the level of involvement that you are able to commit to. As people are interested, opportunities to discuss and learn about the Christian faith will be offered. You may have your name put on the parish list, which enables the parish to contact you.
We all need people in our lives. Some have their families nearby to rely on, while others do not. Some rely on co-workers at their place of employment, while others have retired or been let go. If you have a need for people in your life, consider the church. The Church community is a good group of people. The church is not a perfect community, but it is one of the safer communities. Please drop in and check us out.
Whether you become an active member of St. Stephenís or not, I hope that you invite Jesus into your life and make him your companion on your lifeís journey, and that you show kindness to the people around you.
Please use this web site, and let us know suggestions for improvement. It has been set up for those interested in finding out more about St. Stephen's as well as active parishioners.
Canon Ed Swayze
(807) 626-2571 cell
Rev'd Canon Ed Swayze
He came to St. Stephen's in April 1994. Previously he was the Pastor at Trinity Church Marathon and All Saints White River from 1989 to 1994 and Assistant at St. Luke's Cathedral in Sault Ste. Marie from 1987 to 1989. Ed has a Honours Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Lakehead University (1983) and a Masters of Divinity from Huron College of the University of Western Ontario (1987).
He is involved in the community as a Canadian Forces Chaplain at HMCS GRIFFON, and has a sail boat at Prince Arthur's Marina.
Venerable Dr. Eric Paterson
Eric may lead Sunday worship in Canon Ed`s absence.
Rev'd Barbara Fugelsang
Barb has a Bachelor of Theology and a Master of Arts in Spiritual Discipline and Ministry Practice. She retired as Spiritual Care Specialist at St. Joseph's Care Group.
She will be able to assist at St. Stephen's with pastoral care needs as well as lead Sunday worship in Canon Edís absence, including the distribution of reserved sacrament at a communion service.