Anglican Foundation Sunday

The Anglican Foundation of Canada is pleased to announce the first observance of Anglican Foundation Sunday on May 2nd, 2010.

The Very Rev. John vanNostrand Wright, Executive Director of the Foundation says, “we are truly excited about the invitation we have made to clergy across the country to encourage this first annual observance and we hope this nationwide worship celebration will give people a chance to learn more about the Foundation’s work and how their membership can make a difference.”

For more than half a century the Foundation has perhaps been best known for its support of traditional bricks and mortar projects. Dean Wright says “it is absolutely true that the Foundation has been a lifeline for the ongoing care and stewardship of our built heritage — but even this has largely been about helping churches overcome the physical barriers to expanding ministry.” Dean Wright is hopeful about sharing the good news of the Foundation’s recent work, saying “the Board is branching out into some truly innovative territory — supporting projects like Fresh Expressions through Institute of Evangelism, the Good Shepherd Project in the Diocese of Rupert’s Land and a Virtual Sunday School Program in the Council of the North — and this is just the tip of the iceberg.”

Since its establishment in 1957 the Anglican Foundation of Canada has awarded more than $26 million in loans and grants to parishes across Canada for an enormous variety of ministry projects. Dean Wright says, “this is a huge investment and one we are very proud of, but for every project we support I think of the dozens more that have gone unfunded and it makes me think about how much more we could accomplish through a strength-in-numbers approach and by working together.”

The Foundation has made a personal invitation to its own members, Diocesan Bishops, as well as all clergy across Canada, offering a menu of resources to encourage this nationwide celebration of Anglican Foundation Sunday on May 2nd. A parish kit order form has been part of the national mailing and is also available online at www.anglicanfoundation.org/parishkit. The Foundation is also encouraging parishes to order a supply of its new membership brochure for parish distribution, and is also asking churches to designate a representative to serve as Foundation liaison for the coming year.

For more information about the Anglican Foundation of Canada or to obtain some of the resources in the Anglican Foundation Sunday parish kit, please contact:

The Anglican Foundation of Canada
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 3G2

Name: Michael Wilmot, Administrative Assistant, or Kavitha Gunaseelan, Executive Assistant
Email: membership@anglicanfoundation.org
Phone: (416) 924-9192 ext. 322 or 253


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