Resolved, That, on behalf of the Church in the Prairies Provinces, we would express our most profound appreciation of and gratitude for the generosity of the Church (chiefly Eastern Canada) in response to the appeal made by the M.S.C.C. in the hour of our extreme need.
That response not only made unnecessary the curtailment of the Church's work in our needy fields, and supplied to our hard-working Incumbents the deficit on their all too limited stipends, but has drawn the hearts of the Church people in the affected Dioceses to the Church in the East in a unique way.
We would request that the M.S.C.C. express to the Church in Eastern Canada our more sincere thanks.
Message No.22 was received from the Upper House "Report of the Church Bible and Prayer Book Committee."
That this House concurs in Message No.22.
No.22 Report of the Church Bible and Prayer Book Society
That, the Lower House concurring, the Report of the Church Bible and Prayer Book Society be adopted and that this Synod heartily and gratefully appreciate the work carried on by this Society whereby within the last three years grants of 6,668 volumes have been made in all parts of the Dominion and in the Diocese of Honan; and commends to the members of the Church the objects of this Society and the need of support by voluntary subscriptions.
That the Lower House concurs in Message No.22 of the Upper House.
This report was presented by the Archbishop of Kootenay. Considerable discussion arose out of the report which was, on motion of the Archbishop of Kootenay, seconded by Mr. R.W. Allin, carried in both Houses.
Your Committee regrets that it cannot submit any report either on the "state" of the Church or on statistical returns. The information supplied is insufficient in both cases. Only nine bishops have replied to a request for a Church report of conditions in their areas; for the year 1944 statistical returns were not received until this year, and the figures of two important dioceses are still unavailable; less than half the returns for 1945 have been received.
Your Committee requests that it be relieved of its duties unless fuller cooperation is forthcoming and needful information supplied. It would however stress the great loss which the Church would suffer, if information as to the ebb and flow of Church life in various parts of the Dominion is not available. It may point out that the proportion of active to missing Anglicans would never have been known if statistics had not been collected and synthesized.
That this Synod requests the Committee on Statistics and State of the Church to continue its labours and calls upon all Dioceses to extend to the Committee the fullest co-operation so that all needful information may be supplied. CARRIED in both Houses.