Moved by Rev. Canon W. Cooper, seconded by Rev. A.T.F. Holmes,
That Whereas many Parish Priests of the Church of England in Canada have resigned their Parishes and are on leave from their Dioceses for the purpose of serving as Chaplains to the Forces, and
Whereas the majority of these Priests will desire on demobilization to return to Parish work,
This Synod requests His Grace the Primate to establish a Commission of General Synod to watch over the interests of these returning Chaplains.
And further, this Synod requests the Diocesan Bishops to set up Boards in their several Dioceses charged with the duty of keeping contact with Chaplains from their own Dioceses; and who shall also, as demobilization approaches, work in liaison with the General Synod Commission for the happiest and best re-settling of returning Chaplains in the cure of souls throughout the Dominion, endeavouring to care both for the wishes of the Chaplains and for the best interests of the Church's work as a whole.
And further that a report in this work be made by the Commission at the meeting of the Executive Council in September 1944, and at succeeding meetings of the Council or of General Synod until the work is finished.
That the question of appointing a Commission regarding returning chaplains be laid over until the Report of the Commission on Reconstruction be considered. The amendment was CARRIED and sent to Upper House.
"The Commission of our Church dealing with the Church and Rural Work has been preparing this past year for a more general observance of the Sunday before the Rogation Days. The Bishop of Athabasca [Arthur Henry Sovereign, 1881-1966, a member of the Commission, wrote `that Rogation day should be seen not only to draw attention of all our clergy to the use of prayers for God's blessing on the seed sewn, but also as a day on which special emphasis and thought should be given to the town and country work of the Church throughout all the parishes of our wide Dominion'. `The season', he says, `calls for a widening use of Rogation Sunday for a purpose well justified and traditionally correct'." .... We believe that a more general observance of Rogationtide would ultimately have the effect of leading our people to a deeper sense of our dependence upon Almighty God for the necessities of life; it would also make us realize the needs and the possibilities for good of our many small country parishes. It would help all areas of society to realize more deeply the economic and social needs of the farming community. The Church before the Reformation said in effect, `Without a strong peasantry there can be no strong Church and no strong country'. In our day this means the farmer and their helpers. In the words on our study pioneer forefathers in Canada, `the farmers are the backbone of the nation'."
At the request of the Rural Commission, we publish a form of service derived almost wholly from the Prayer Book, which might be suitable for use in parish Churches or the grounds pertaining thereto, particularly in a rural areas. We point out that there is no authority in the Prayer Book for the use of this form of service, but the Commission, we are informed, hopes that the Bishops will authorize it or something similar for use in the dioceses. It is published on behalf of the Commission on Rural Work.
The prize for the Vernon-Woods Memorial Essay, sponsored by the Council for Social Service, for 1945 was won by Mr. George A. Young of Emmanuel College, Saskatoon. As it deals with the Rural Church and life, its publication in this Bulletin is appropriate. The Article, `Mechanizing the Ministry', prepared by a member of the Rural Commission, is challenging to the Bishops and to the missionary spirit of our whole Church." -- Editorial Note.
Contents: Editorial Note / W.W. Judd -- Religion and Daily Life : A Statement from the Commission on Rural Work -- Suggested Prayers and Readings for Rogation Observance -- Mechanizing the Ministry -- Part 2: The Church in Rural Life : The Church's Contribution to the Reconstruction of Rural Society : Vernon-Woods Memorial Essay, 1945 / George A. Young -- Pertinent Books in the Council's Library.
The article "Mechanizing the Ministry" is about the need for cars for rural clergy. "Now that the war is over there is probably no single problem of more pressing nature for the rural and missionary clergy than the problem of transportation".
"It is sometimes said that the Church of England in Canada and the Episcopal Church in the United States have a genius for work in the cities, but lack it for work in the country. To acknowledge this would be a negation of the Church's catholicity and of the relevancy of the Gospel to all classes of society. But there is a problem to be faced. The appointed services of the Church and the services of the ministry to the community must be made to meet the needs of rural life. The rural Church must be vitalized to serve its constituency, including both the active, devout members of the Church and the `unchurched' populace. How can this best be done, with the clergy themselves, the local congregations, and diocesan and central authorities co-operating. In its broadest sense the problem is one of preaching the Gospel and of spiritual ministrations as always, but it is also one of understanding the economic and social problems of the farm and countryside, and of community co-operation. The articles in this Bulletin have been gathered by a committee of clergy and laity appointed by a conference group in Toronto, last April , who gathered under the auspices of a Rural Church Committee of Toronto Synod assisted by the Council for Social Service". -- Editor's Note.
Contents: Editor's Note / W.W. Judd -- A Conference on the Rural Work of the Church / E.G. Bruton -- Resolutions from the Toronto Conference On Rural Church Work, April 12-14, 1948 -- Ottawa Diocesan Policy in Rural Areas / H.C. Vaughan -- The Rural Clergyman as Leader / L.C. Harding -- The Rural Church and the Conservation of Soil and Forest / W.E. Steele -- Rural Clergy and Transportation / L.J. Delaney -- Some Possibilities of a Rural Rectory / Harold F. Cross -- The Problem of the Basic Stipend / John O. Peacock.
File consists of oversize copies of the register of marriages.
Places included are Fort Chimo, Leaf River, George River, Makalik (Whale River), Lower Koksoak, Aupaluk, Fort Mackenzie, Payne Bay, Great Whale River, Kokapic, Upper Koksoak River, Tameruseak, Mukalik, and Diana Bay.
Photo consists of a group photo of kindergarten children, a clergyman, and missionaries. Verso says: Back row - Mr. Gale, Rinko Koyima (Kg. tr.), Miss Ryan (United church missionary), Mae Walker, Frances Hawkins, Mrs. Kimura (Kg Tr.), Helen Bailey. (Miss Hawkins and I are both teaching in the kindergarten. Miss Bailey concentrates on the church work.) These are the children who didn't graduate and will still be in kindergarten for another year.