The Diocese of Algoma is pleased to announce the formation of a new Anglican Church community in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
The Anglican congregations of St. John the Evangelist and St. Matthew, Sault Ste. Marie, are joining together to form a new faith community, Emmaus Anglican Church, effective September 2016.
The decision comes after a year-long process in which some area congregations imagined and investigated fresh possibilities for the future shape of their ministry in the city. The process resulted in a proposal that was approved by an overwhelming majority of parishioners at both St. John’s Church and St. Matthew’s Church in February 2016.
Emmaus will support a team ministry model, something new for both congregations, with deliberate attention given to enhancing and expanding upon current outreach initiatives within the city. The new church will look to opportunities for collaboration with other Anglican congregations, ecumenical partners, and various organizations in the Sault area.
Initially, the new faith community will be based at 1643 Wellington St. East, the current location of St. Matthew’s Church, with a launch date of Sunday, September 11, 2016. Plans for renovating the current facility or moving to a new location will be determined as ministry needs and opportunities emerge.
This is an exciting time for the people of both congregations. The merger reflects a strong desire to engage in ministry in new ways, redirecting more resources away from matters such as building upkeep toward addressing the needs of people in light of the Christian gospel.
For further information please contact:
The Rt Rev'd Dr Stephen Andrews, Bishop, The Diocese of Algoma
The Rev'd Dr Jay Koyle, Congregational Development Officer, The Diocese of Algoma
The Rev'd Patrick McManus, Pastor, St. Matthew's Anglican
The Rev'd Pamela Rayment, Pastor, St. John the Evangelist