Lenten luncheon popular event for St. John’s Anglican Church
the few opportunities they get to share a meal with others.”
Primates World Relief Development was established following the Springhill, N.S., underground mine explosion in 1958. There were 174 men in the mine when it collapsed, and 75 died as a result of the disaster.
The tragedy moved Anglicans and other Canadians to respond with assistance for the stricken families. As a result of this experience, the church recognized the need for an efficient process to channel assistance quickly in situations of emergency and the General Synod established the Primate’s World Relief Fund in 1959. In 1969, the name of the organization was officially changed to The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund.
St. John’s usually has a full house for the luncheons, averaging about 110 people. The menu includes fish chowders, homemade beans, homemade soup, shepherd’s pie and beef casserole, complete with tea, coffee and desserts.
“ The day begins with a video and breaks into discussion groups and a sing-song,” Hare said. “I think people really like the idea of being able to share ideas on what they see, others just like to listen.”
Rev. Carl Fraser said as people’s lives go faster and faster, they crave the opportunity to slow down and be with one another.
“ That is what happens during these discussion and the luncheons,” Fraser said. “People get to talk, share a laugh, learn something interesting about their local community and at the same time help the Primate World Relief Development Fund.”
Fraser said the primate fund is about improving lives, not just in Canada, but around the world.”
“Overall, St. John’s gives 20 per cent of everything that comes in to work beyond ourselves, which is a measure of what this congregation is about.”
For those people who can’t make it during the day, there are the soup and serving sessions from 5-6:45 p.m. with discussion on a variety of topics.
“ We ask that people register for the evening sessions.”