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Bishop announces new appointment

Posted: Jan 8, 2018

   Laurie and husband, Adrian

Bishop Anne Germond is pleased to announce the appointment of Laurie Sandham as the Bishop’s Lay Representative to the Youth Ministry Committee.  Laurie is an active member at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Thunder Bay.  She describes her passion in working with youth as follows:

I have always had a passion for teaching children about the love God has for them and have been doing so for more than 20 years.  At this age, they embrace their faith with open arms and an excitement that cannot be measured.  Seeing Christ's light shine so brightly in them and the look on their faces when they talk about Jesus strengthens my own faith every time.

I serve Him by teaching in a number of different children and family programs, such as Bible Day Camp (VBS), Advent and Lenten School and FUNtastic Friday (similar to Messy Church).  I hold the position of Sunday School Coordinator and enjoy teaching the senior Sunday School class each Sunday.  The role of Server during the Sunday morning services is one that I fill proudly and I am honoured to say that I was elected as Synod Delegate.  

St. Paul's has a program called ‘Food For The Soul’ which offers many different workshops for all people, members and non-members.  Coordinating this is constant learning experience that has allowed me to connect and form friendships with so many people that I otherwise may never have met.

Although I have a Lutheran background, I am a very proud Anglican having been confirmed at St. Paul's in Thunder Bay, and I consider myself very blessed to have the guidance of Archdeacon Deborah Kraft as I continue to grow in my faith.

We welcome Laurie to her new role and uphold her in prayer as she undertakes this important ministry within the Diocese of Algoma.

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