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Chancel Guild

The Chancel Guild is made up of 12 members who are invited by the rector to serve God in His church by preparing the altar for the Holy Eucharist each Sunday and at other times as needed through the year.  The Guild is responsible for cleaning and caring for the Sanctuary and Sacristy, keeping all the linens clean and in good repair, and caring for vestments and hangings.

The Chancel Guild Flower Convener arranges for altar flowers each week.  These are usually provided by parish members who have offered this gift to the church as a memorial or in thanksgiving (a sign-up list is kept on the parish Info Centre in the Narthex).  The Guild also arranges for the purchase of candles for the Sanctuary, which can be given as gifts by parish members, as for the flowers.  (Sign-up sheets for these are posted in the Narthex)


This was my first year as Chancel President and it has been a year of change and transition. Diane
Townsend stepped down as President but continues to provide assistance and guidance. Cathy Ferguson
replaced me as Chancel Treasurer. We welcomed new members Sandra King and Andrea Armstrong to
our Guild.
During the year we prepared the altar for weekly services, additional services for lunch bunch, baptisms,
weddings, funerals and our festival seasons.
I would like thank the parish members who support our appeals for special donations, festival donations
and the weekly flower and candle donations to decorate our church. Donations for flowers remain at $40
and candles are $20 (two weeks). Envelopes and a list for signing up are on the info board. Once
completed with a dedication and payment included the envelope is forwarded to Rosalie in the church
office to ensure your dedication message can be placed in the bulletin. Our annual sale of Anglican
Church Calendars has been well supported.
Projects completed this year included improving storage of reusable decorations in our cupboard and the
removal of unused furniture in the sanctuary to improve the space and appearance.
A donation was made to the daily bread program instead of decorating the sanctuary with fresh fruits and
vegetables at Thanksgiving. This was done in 2012 and continued this year. A change to our set up
included a wreath displayed for Remembrance Day. At Christmas we continued our move to safer
decorations and purchased LED flame candles for the window greenery, completing the decor with new
bows that matched the aisle candelabras.
Although Father Phil has retired from St Jude’s we are thankful for his support and guidance to our group
over this past year and during his Ministry. We look forward to serving the interim and our permanent
Priest in the year ahead. Thanks also to Rosalie Hopkins who assists us with calendar dates and notices
in the bulletins and weekly updates.
It has been a pleasure and honour to serve as Chancel Guild President this year. Thank you to all the
members for their dedication and service to this important work at St Jude’s.
2013 Members: Diane Townsend (Past President); Cathy Ferguson (Treasurer); Ann Duffield
(Secretary); Anne McFarland (Flower coordinator); Anne Patton (Candle coordinator); Susan
Goodbrand (Supply coordinator); Andrea Armstrong; Mary Anne Campbell; Sheila Dempster; Sandra
King; Valsa Thomas.
Sherry Shadlock
Chancel Guild President