by Brita Chell
Member, Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede
Member, Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission
The Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede
99 Turner Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3J 2S9
St. Stephen and St. Bede is located on Treaty No. 1 land, the traditional territory of the Cree, Ojibway and Dakota and also the homeland of the Metis Nation. 
At St. Stephen and St. Bede we strive to live into God's reconciling love and grace.
We are a family of Anglicans and Lutherans who worship as one on Sundays,
and who look to become all God means us to be in Christ.
Join us Sundays at 11 am.
Worship Service - Sundays at 11 a.m.
Communion and Bible Study - Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.
​​​​Enjoy the music, be inspired and uplifted
Faith In Action
Our photo gallery depicts
St. Stephen and St. Bede members
setting many different examples
of faith in action.
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Sunday, December 11

Rent Our Facilities

The Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede takes its commitment to the neighbourhood seriously. 
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Jeremiah 45: 1-5
Psalm 7: 1-10
Acts 11: 27 - 12: 3
​Matthew 20: 20-28

June 25

Pentecost 3

Opening of St. James Heritage Church
10:00 am

No ​Worship Service at our church this week

READINGS ​for July 2 

Genesis 22: 1-14
Psalm 13
Romans 6: 12-23
​Matthew 10: 40-42

HYMNS for July 2   

We All Believe - ELW 411
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing - CP 354
Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus - ELW 802
God Moves in a Mysterious Way - CP 546 Mel 230 
Our Father, God in Heaven Above - ELW 746
Take My Life, and Let It Be - CP 435
​Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer - ELW 618
St. James Anglican Heritage Church - Season Opening

​On Sunday, June 25, we will be joining with St. James Anglican for their Heritage Church Opening Service at 10:00 am., 525 Tylehurst St.

There will NOT be a regular Worship service at our church that Sunday.​
​​​Reserve 107: Reconciliation on the Praires

​A video presentation ​Thursday, June 29, 7:00 pm.

In the small town of Laird, Saskatchewan, an old injustice is providing new opportunities for dialogue, friendship, and righting a wrong.

In 1897, the Federal Government took the Young Chippewayan Indian Reservation for settlement.

Film maker Brad Leitch explores how the Young Chippewayan Band, Mennonites, and Lutherans work together to resolve this land claim.

​Brad will be in attendence at SSSB for questions and discussion.

"The Treaties will always be important to us. This is our land ... and we gave up parts of it to be guaranteed safety and to have a home."
​             - Chief Ben Weenie

​National Aboriginal Day - ​Service of the Word

​Guest Speaker: Elder George Spence on the '60's Scoop.

Wednesday, June 21, 7:00 pm. ​at St. James Heritage Church,
525 Tylhurst St.​
​Winnipeg's Indigenous Accord Signing Ceremony
Mayor Brian Bowman and the City of Winnipeg have pledged to work at reconciliation and our Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede, and St. James Anglican, were among the faith groups to sign on.
​Pastor Murray attended the ceremony in the morning of Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the Forks to sign the Accord.

​As long as the sun shines, the grass grows, and rivers flow

See our Photo Gallery for more pictures of this event and more examples of faith in action.
​Book Study:
The Inconvenient Indian:
A Curious Account of Native People In North America

In honour of Indigenous Awareness Month, June 2017, we are studying:
The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People In North America by Thomas King; 2012. Winner of the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize.
          The Inconvenient Indian … is a history of the relationship between
​          North America’s Natives and non-Natives in the centuries since the

          peoples first met. Perhaps it’s better described as a subversion of
          history, as King builds a detailed case for how Natives have been,
          and continue to be, trampled by non-Aboriginal people … The book is
          serious but immensely readable, for King delivers his message in an
          unconventional manner – with humour and biting, clever wit.
Closing discussion will take place on Tuesday, June 27 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. at St. James, with a potluck dinner at 6:00.​
​National Aboriginal Day of Prayer
Sunday, June 18

We celebrate National Aboriginal Day of Prayer as part of National Indigenous Awareness Month and in advance of Canada National Aboriginal Day, June 21 - a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous Peoples.

Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.

In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day. For generations, many Indigenous Peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.
​Honouring the Four Directions

Come Great Spirit as we gather in your name.
We face East:
To your symbol colour Red, the hue of revelation;
To your animal symbol the Eagle, strong and nurturing;
To your lessons calling us to the balance of your Spirit in Harmony
            with brothers and sisters;
To invoke your wisdom and grace, the goodness of the ages,
We pray:
​Come Holy Spirit, Come.
We turn to face South:
To your symbol colour Gold for the morning star;
To your symbol Brother Sun that enlightens our intellect and brings  
            light on our path to live responsibly;
To your lessons calling us to the balance of Mind in the spirit
            of humility;
To invoke your spirit of illumination and far sighted vision;
Help us to love you and one another with our whole heart, our whole
            mind, and our whole soul,
We pray:
​Come Holy Spirit, Come.
We turn to face West:
To your symbol colour Black, still and quiet.
To your animal symbol the Thunderbird;
To your symbol the Thunder, mighty and purposeful;
To your lessons calling us to balance our emotions in the spirit of
            Gentleness and Honesty;
To invoke your spirit of introspection, seeing within; give us your
            strength and the courage to endure,
We pray:
​Come Holy Spirit, Come
We turn to face North:
To your symbol colour White of clarity and brightness.
To your animal symbol the Swan which brings us in touch with
            Mother Earth and growing things;
To your lessons calling us to the balance of our Body in the spirit of a
            good sense of humour;
To invoke your spirit of innocence, trust and love;
Help us to open our eyes to the sacredness of every living thing,
We pray:
​Come Holy Spirit, Come.
We turn to complete the circle and to look:
To God, our Creator who cleanses our Mother Earth with snow, wind
            and rain;
To Jesus Christ, the Peacemaker who fills us with the wideness of
            mercy and Lovingly embraces all,
And the Holy Spirit who inspires us to action:
​Come Holy Spirit, Come.
​Community Garden

Our church has partnered up with Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) and Winnipeg Harvest with plans to build a Community Vegetable Garden in our front yard. The harvest from the garden will be used to supplement our Food Bank packages along with counseling on healthy meal planning by a professional dietician.

​The Seeds have been Sown. The rest is up to nature and nurture!

Special Thanks to all those who came out to help at our Soil'n'Seed Planting Party.​ Your efforts are much appreciated. 

We will be asking for help with the tending of the plants throughout the growing season. More details to follow.

If you can assist in any way, please see Tim or other council members.​
​June is Indigenous Awareness Month​​

Our two churches, St James and St Stephen and St Bede have partnered with Urban Indigenous Mission Developer Vincent Solomon to offer educational programs around Indigenous issues. This is in response to a resolution adopted at the last Anglican diocesan Synod that calls all churches to offer education on indigenous issues," as well as "a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action to the Church."​
Ministry in Motion - Boda Boda

​Our companion parish of Galatiya is in need of a “boda boda” (aka. scooter) so that the local parish rector can visit his parish members. We have decided to raise money (about $2000) for them to purchase it.

Please make your donation by marking “boda boda” on your offering envelope.​
Throughought 2017, St. Stephen and St. Bede will commemorate ​​​​500 years of the Reformation.  We have planned a number of activities through the year, including learning the music that Martin Luther wrote and appears in our hymnals. On Sundays we will feature one of Luther's hymns.  Many thanks to Carole Grier for her leadership in this project!   Meantime, watch for details of other programs honoring the 500th anniversary in the new year​!
Next week’s Luther Hymn:
​We All Believe - ELW 411
​A Learning Journey - Ray St Germain in concert

​As part of Indigenous Awareness month, our church and St. James Anglican invite you to this special concert event Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 pm.

Doors open at 6:30 at Epiphany Indigenous Anglican church, 730 McPhillips St. Tickets are $10.00 at the door or in advance (call 204-475-9956) with all proceeds going to support the Epiphany Indigenous Mission.​
​​For Love of a River: Two stories of loss and longing​​

​A video presentation ​Thursday, June 8, 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

Film maker Brad Leitch tells the story of the flooding of two northern Manitoba communities for the sake of building hydro dams. 

​Brad will be in attendence at SSSB for questions and discussion.

This 4 week interfaith discussion series wrapped up Tuesday, May 9. Thank you to all the speakers and everyone who contributed in the planning and presentation of this amazing event. Response was terrific as we hosted people from all over the city and of various faiths. The insights from our guest speakers were both informative and enlightening and concluded with the understanding that this is just the beginning of what will hopefully become a bright future of Muslims and Christians joining together for community building projects. Free-Will donations from this event are going towards the Anglican and Muslim Uganda parish projects: a washroom for Myungwe’s new health clinic and a boda boda for Galatiya’s clergy to use for travel.

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​Springing to Life! Our Spring Dinner was held last Saturday May 6 and was a great success! The Hospitality Group would like to thank everyone who helped make our dinner a success. From people helping decorate, taking dishes home to wash, working in the kitchen and helping with the clean-up. Special thanks to our chef Greg McLean for the awesome dinner, and the band “Hearts on Fire”. All your efforts were not unnoticed and we all had a tremendous time! See our Photo Gallery for more pictures of this event and more examples of faith in action.
Paint Night at St. Stephen and St. Bede was a tremendous success!  The fundraiser on Monday evening, February 6, had a great turnout, was lots of fun and produced many fine pieces of art. See our Photo Gallery for more pictures of this event and more examples of faith in action.
Thanks to the Altar Guild, we now proudly display photos of our honorary clergy at St. Stephen and St. Bede.


During a recent visit from ​​Canon Jason Mosuke of Central Buganda, we learned that our companion parish of Galitea is in need of a “boda boda” (aka scooter) so that the local parish rector can visit his parish members. We have decided to raise the money - about $2,000 - for them to purchase it. Please make your donation by marking “boda boda” on your offering envelope.  Visit our More You Can Do web page to learn about other opportunities to give and support.
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A Learning Journey - National Aboriginal Day  ​: Service of the Word

Guest Speaker Elder George Spence on the '60s Scoop

St. James Heritage Church, 525 Tylhurst St.

​7:00 pm
Mount Royal Food Bank


St. James Heritage Church Opening Service
​Sunday at 10:00 am, 525 Tylhurst St.
​No Service at SSSB that day.

​10:00 am

Reserve 107: Reconciliation on the Prairies

​Video presentation by Brad Leitch
7:00 pm

Oakview Care Home Service

​​ Jul
10​:30 am

Council Meeting. 

​7:00 pm


The Rev. Canon Dr. Murray Still