A worshipping, loving and welcoming community, joyfully sharing God's gift
For over 160 years this parish has been a vital part of the community of Spryfield. We have experienced much change in the Anglican Communion and in the Parish. It is hoped that the future will hold new growth, and that we will continue to be receptive to all the changes that may be necessary to keep our family strong and united in our goal.
We remind each other and the world that "God is with us."
The following is a poem written by Jane Borthwick that was included in the Emmanuel Church, Spryfield Annual Report for 1949 and continues to be relevant today.
Come labour on,
Who dares stand idle on the harvest plain,
While all around him waves the golden grain.
And to each servant does the Master say,
"Go work today."
Come, labour on.
Claim the high calling angels cannot share.
To young and old the Gospel gladness bear;
Redeem the time; its hours too swiftly fly.
The night draws nigh.
Come, labour on.
Away with gloomy doubts and faithless fear!
No arm so weak but may do service here;
By feeblest agents may our God fulfill
His righteous will.
Come, labour on.
No time for rest, till glows the western sky,
While the long shadows o’er our pathway lie,
And a glad sound comes with the setting sun,
" Servants, well done."
Sunday school is held every Sunday in the Sunday school room in the basement of the church for children to learn Spiritual development, play and do activities.
Sunday School – Spiritual Development Team
Teachers – Roxanne Jesso, Jessica Jesso
Rector - Reverend Michelle Bull (902-809-9371)
Retired Priests - Rev. Ed Coleman, Rev. Charles Bull and Rev. Janet Hatt
Deacon - Reverend Mary Wilkie (retired)
Greeters & Sidespersons – Allen Johnson, coordinator
Offertory Counters - , coordinator
Layreaders - (leader), Betty Bowdridge, Carol MacDonnell, Elizabeth Mahoney, Avon Fancy, Barb Patterson, Allen Johnson, Donald Cameron.
Life in the Eucharist and Confirmation – Alternating annually if required.
Organist, Choir Leader – Rebecca MacEwen
Readers – Diane Parsons, coordinator
Sanctuary Guild – Sarah Durnford, coordinator
Servers Guild – Elizabeth Mahoney, leader
St. Elizabeth’s Baptismal Preparation – Kathy Melvin, chairperson
Webmaster - Donald Cameron ()
Rector - Rev. Michelle Bull
Wardens – Carol MacDonnell (902) 479-3963 & Donald Cameron (902) 444-2742
Treasurer – Wendy Graham
Parish Council Secretary - Liz Mahoney
Members-at-Large – Sarah Durnford, Sandra Whitehead, Allen Johnson, Barb Patterson, Keith Lefrense, Linda Hindle, Brenda Kirby,Roxanne Petrossie and Gordon Durnford
Cemetery Committee – Sandra Whitehead
Pastoral Care Team - Rev. Michelle Bull
Property – Keith Lefrense
Safer Church - Allen Johnson
Spiritual Development Team – Reverend Michelle Bull
ACW - Clara Purcell
ELF - Alecta Jollimore
Mothers' Union - Barb Patterson
Food Bank – Liz Mahoney, 902-477-1954. ATTN: this number will only be available to receive calls on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 08:00-10:30 AM.
Synod Delegates – Barb Patterson and Liz Mahoney; Alternate - Carol MacDonnell and Sarah Durnford
Regional Council Rep - Pat Hawbolt, Allen Johnson
Envelope Secretaries - Diane Parsons (405-1374) & Roxanne Petrossie
Finance Committee - Rev. Michelle Bull, chair