Lenten lun­cheon pop­u­lar event for St. John’s Angli­can Church

Cape Breton Post - - NORTHSIDE/VICTORIA - BY JULIE COLLINS

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.”

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