Shared Ministry Becomes a Reality!
We are happy to announce that Neepawa United
Church and St. James Anglican Church have formed an Ecumenical Shared
Ministry. This is an agreement between congregations from different
denominations who want to join together for worship and fellowship in a
new community of faith. From July 1 onward, parishioners from the two
congregations will form the Neepawa United-Anglican Shared Ministry and
will worship and serve our community together for the long term.
The Reverend Chad McCharles is the new
minister of our Shared Ministry. He has returned to the pulpit in Neepawa
after a few years of service in Nova Scotia, and is looking forward to
connecting with members of both congregations and working with the
committees that currently serve both churches.
During July and August, joint services will be
held at St. James Anglican Church at 11:00 am. With strict Covid protocols
in place, we have limited space. Parishioners are asked to call the
secretary of Neepawa United Church, Dawn Gardy, at 476-5881 to reserve a
place. An additional service will be offered at 1pm if we are blessed with
a full congregation at the 11am service. We anticipate that by September
we will be worshipping as a combined congregation at the Neepawa United
Church building, which is to be the new home for The Neepawa
United-Anglican Shared Ministry.
Reverend Chad will also record the services for
airing on NACTV.tv at 10 am Sundays and they will also be available for
viewing on the Neepawa United Church YouTube site after 11:00 am each
Members of both congregations have been working
together for several months to make this new community of faith a reality.
We are excited about a future where we can worship together, be united for
outreach, fellowship and spiritual enrichment, just as Jesus taught. By
uniting together, we are stronger!