The Anglican Church of Canada and the Church of the West Indies are planning joint work tours for this summer that will involve about 70 young people of Canada, Venezuela, British Honduras, Guyana and Jamaica. The two-way, educational and cultural projects seek to promote mutual understanding and friendship.
The international exchange will send 10 Canadians to British Honduras. Six others will go to eastern Venezuela and a similar number to Jamaica.
Youth groups from Jamaica and Guyana will tour Ontario and visit Montreal. On the six- or seven-week tours in July and August the visitors will have as partners an equal number of young people representing the countries acting as hosts.
In 1967, Canadian parties went to Jamaica and Antigua and last year the scheme was extended to include Guyana. So successful were these efforts that the Canadian church decided to move farther afield, and at the same time issued invitations that will bring Guyanese and Jamaicans to Canada for the first time.
The Canadians going to sub-tropical British Honduras are chiefly school teachers. They will engage in an educational-recreational program in schools, most of which are church-operated with governmental assistance.
Two Spanish-speaking young people are included in the group going to El Callao and San Felix where, with their Venezuelan counterparts, among other things, they will renovate a church. In Jamaica the Canadians will work and play with children at Grace Hill Mission, situated in an under-developed area near Montego Bay.
Guyanese and Jamaicans coming to Ontario are expected to number about 20, but this figure awaits confirmation. With Canadian volunteers they will split into groups and carry out novel assignments. Some will learn of inner-city work being done at Sault Ste. Marie and Toronto and attend camps in these areas. Another party is to make a religious census of the Tyendinaga Indian Reserve near Deseronto, while others will clear a site for a chapel at Camp Hyanto near Lyndhurst. The entire party will visit Ottawa and Montreal near the end of their visit.
More than 300 Canadians in the 18-25 age group, from all over Canada, have expressed interest in the Anglican Church's work-tour plans this year and of these 40 are being selected after screening and interviews. The unit cost for each is $500 to be shared by the applicant, his parish and diocese and the national church. Unsuccessful applicants are advised of other volunteer service projects undertaken by a variety of agencies.
The Anglican Church of Canada has taken an historic step in sending a staff member to the Diocese of Melanesia in the South Pacific to serve at Honiara, Guadalcanal, British Solomon Island Protectorate.
The appointment of the Rev. Paul A. Moore, 43, Rector of St. Mark's Church, Vancouver, was announced by the Executive Director of Program, Anglican Church of Canada, Canon J.C. Bothwell.
The Rev. Moore will be teaching at the Theological Centre, named after John Coleridge Patteson, Missionary, First Bishop of Melanesia, Martyr 1871.
Mr. Moore takes up his new duties in mid-February, 1971. He was born in Peterborough, Ontario, and was educated at Trinity College in Toronto. He then served in St. Catharines, Hamilton and Vancouver.
The Rev. Moore will be in the South Pacific for three years and will be assisting in the Diocese under Bishop John Chisholm, an Australian.
Concurrently, but quite independently, another British Columbian is going to Honiara. She is Sister Helen Jane of the Order of the Sisters of the Church, formerly Miss Helen Dewar of Victoria (Cathedral Parish) and Vernon. She is one of three Sisters who are beginning work in the Solomon Islands along with three members of the Franciscans.
The Rev. Michael Collier (with his family), from Prince Edward Island, was inducted as rector of the Anglo-Catholic parish of St. Martin's Boroko in the National Capital District of Papua New Guinea on 3 March 1995. The Church of Papua New Guinea is an Anglo-Catholic province and enjoys very close relationships with the local Roman Catholic Church. The province does not ordain women.
Christian fellowship will take on a new meaning for a party of young Canadian Anglicans undertaking a work-tour this summer that will involve a 3,000-mile flight to South America, followed by a 250-mile, 15-hour trek by steamer and motor-truck into the Guyana hinterland.
Together with a number of other young people going to Jamaica, they make up a group of 33 participating in a scheme which links two sister churches of the Anglican communion - the Church of the West Indies and the Anglican Church of Canada.
In promoting the work-tours, the churches aim at stimulating a sense of vocation among West Indians and Canadians who work, learn and live together for a six-week period from mid-July until the end of August. Last year, Canadian groups went to Jamaica and Antigua.
In Guyana, the 10 Canadians will be jointed by a similar number of young Guyanese. Nearly three weeks will be spent at Issano, a mining town in the interior, where they will build a schoolhouse. Later they will live in Guyanese homes in various parishes and conduct vacation schools.
Jamaican church leaders plan a 10-day work project in the Tower Hill area near Kingston in which 18 Canadians and their West Indian counterparts will work together. For the rest of the tour the group will also participate in vacation school activities.
Nearly 400 inquiries about the Canadian church's 1968 project were received and 70 were selected for interviews and screening. From these, 28 were approved of whom four boys and six girls were chosen to go to Guyana, while eight boys and ten girls make up the Jamaica group. Five leaders, two for Guyana and three for Jamaica, will be in charge of the party.
The work groups range in age from 18 to 24, all having expressed willingness to do physical work and to assist in educational and recreational programs. The cost for each is $500 to be shared by the applicant, his parish, his diocese and the national church.
Before leaving for the south on July 12 the party will attend a three-day briefing course at Canterbury Hills, the Anglican Conference Centre near Hamilton, Ontario.
Group members and leaders going to Guyana:
Chesley Skinner, St. John's, Nfld.; Richard Westall, Colborne, Ont.; Miss Jane Reymes, Cobourg, Ont.; Miss Marie Crosson, Downsview, Ont.; Miss Linda Parsons, Burlington, Ont.; Miss Kathleen Standish, Port Colborne, Ont.; Jack Brown, London, Ont.; Peter Dalziel, London, Ont.; Miss Susan Latimer, London, Ont.; Miss Mary Rossiter, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Leaders - Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Gardner, Courtenay, B.C.
Group members and leaders going to Jamaica:
Miss Mary Tanton, Charlottetown, PEI; Robert Rick, Lennoxville, Que.; Robert Hall, Lakeport, Ont.; David Payne, Whitby, Ont.; Miss Susan Doy, Unionville, Ont.; William Reynolds, Toronto; Miss Barbara Tweddle, Toronto; Keith Leonard, Willowdale, Ont.; Timothy Taylor, Oakville, Ont.; Miss Beverly Bowlby, New Hamburg, Ont.; Hugh Carson, Kitchener, Ont.; Douglas Mathias, Gravenhurst, Ont.; Miss Helen Locke, North Bay, Ont.; Miss Joan Northan, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.; Miss Sandy Smith, Port Arthur, Ont.; Miss Wendy Tolboom, Winnipeg; Miss Lily Humphries, Maple Creek, Sask.; Miss Susan Hampson, Penticton, B.C. Leaders - Miss Joyce Simmons, Toronto; Miss Jean Mitchell, Guelph, Ont.; Timothy Belford, Niagara Falls, Ont.
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Youthful Canadians from places as far apart as Sechelt, B.C. and Amherst, N.S., will work and play this summer alongside young West Indians in projects that my find them in urban youth centres in Jamaica or village schools in Antigua.
Behind the scheme are sister churches of the world-wide Anglican Communion - the Anglican Church of Canada and the Church of the West Indies. Twenty-nine Canadians have been chosen for the work-tour, aimed at stimulating a sense of Christian vocation among the participants from the form of community life.
Five Canadian leaders will help to supervise the party which will spend July and August in the Caribbean islands. Nineteen will go to Jamaica and the others to Antigua. Members of the group range in age from 18 to 23.
The work-tour is under the auspices of the Canadian church's Anglican World Mission Committee which this year has earmarked more than $100,000, voluntarily subscribed, for the support of a variety of projects under way to extend the activities of the Church of the West Indies.
The young people visiting Jamaica will take part in work and recreation and vacation school activities at Negril Youth Centre which was built with Canadian funds. Miss Eleanor Rice of Toronto, who is consultant on youth work to the Diocese of Antigua, will direct the program for the Canadians going there.
Before leaving Canada on June 30, the work-tour group will attend a three-day orientation course at Canterbury Hills, the Anglican Conference Centre near Hamilton, Ontario. Cost of the project will amount to $500 for each member and financing has been worked out by mutual arrangement between the participants, the parishes and dioceses they represent, and the Anglican World Mission Fund Committee.
Members of the work-tour party:
Miss Marian Jakeway, Vancouver; Miss Alice Potts, Sechelt, B.C.; Scott Hammond, Pincher Creek, Alberta; John Firmston, Calgary; Miss Lorraine Overacker, Athabasca, Alberta; Miss Brenda Rae, Saskatoon; Miss Nancy Larson, Winnipeg; Eric Ralph, Espanola, Ontario; Miss Deborah Cooke, Windsor, Ontario; Miss Stephanie Hobson, Miss Cathie McFadden and Miss Carol Patterson, Kitchener, Ontario; Miss Janice Simkins, Oakville, Ont.; Timothy Belford, Niagara Falls, Ont.; Miss Lorraine Ollmann, Hamilton, Ont.; Gregory Finlayson, Port Credit, Ont.; Miss Linda Savory and Miss Candy Traynor, Islington, Ont.; Miss Heather-Jane Alexander, Miss Jocelyn Brown and Miss Joyce Tyler, Toronto; Miss Margaret Mason, Ajax, Ont.; Miss Judy Quick, West Hill, Ont.; Miss Margaret Peel, Agincourt, Ont.; Miss Margaret Jackman, Ida, Ont.; Miss Susan Darley, St. Lambert, Que.; Miss Elizabeth Munster, Sherbrooke, Que.; W.A. Schofield, Renforth, N.B.; Miss Charlotte Leitch, Amherst, N.S.
Leaders of the party will be Rev. J.B. and Mrs. Ferguson, Mission City, B.C.; Miss Edith Galbraith, Calgary; Mr. Lynn Ross, Lennoxville, Que., and Rev. J.M.G. Soutter, Wellington, Ontario.
Scattered up and down Canada are some 400 young people who take a dim view of hippies, drop-outs and others whose activities are getting widespread publicity in today's mass media.
The 400 are young Anglicans who expressed interest in sacrificing time and money to work, learn and participate in social activities for a two-month period this summer with teen-agers in Jamaica and Guyana in the spirit of mutual understanding and friendship. The response came as a surprise to the Anglican church's co-ordinator of overseas work-tours who has places for 30 young people on the team going to the West Indies.
Last year a similar group went to Jamaica and Antigua, but its members were selected from only about 100 enquiries. Of the 400 interested in the 1968 work-tour, about 70 were selected for interviews and screening and names of the 30 chosen will be announced after completion of medical examinations. Unsuccessful applicants have been advised of other volunteer service projects being undertaken by a variety of agencies.
"The church sought young people in the 18-25 age range who were willing to do physical work and assist in educational and recreational programs," said Rev. Canon Charles P. Bishop, the project co-ordinator. "The unit cost for each is $500 to be shared by the applicant, his parish, his diocese and the national church."
The young people are showing resource and imagination. Some will address service clubs to gain interest and support. Others will benefit from variety shows and other projects planned by their parishes. Even baby-sitting and menial chores are being tackled by other lucky applicants.
"Sharing the cost of the program is vital to the spirit and reality of mutual responsibility and interdependence," said Canon Bishop. "The involvement of many people in parish and community in support of the young church member virtually assures the success of the plan, but willingness to take part in what is essentially an act of Christian service is the all-important factor."
A young theology student who participated in the 1967 work-tour said the young people of today want to be challenged. "What is the church doing?" he queried. "I do feel that work-tours are a beginning and yet I know many Christians oppose them. We spend thousands maintaining obsolete church buildings and buying expensive chalices, but people complain when asked to give money to give money to help a young person serve in a foreign country."
"A youth exchange team is in Nelson, B.C., participating in a six-month program sponsored by PWRDF [Primate's World Relief and Development Fund], Canada World Youth and there Episcopal Church of the Philippines. The team is made up of two project supervisors and eight youth each from the Anglican Church of Canada and the Episcopal Church of the Philippines." "The exchange is intended to help the diverse group further their knowledge and experience of community and international development in a cross-cultural setting. Participants will examine community issues, reflect on them theologically, and share their learning with their church communities."