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Len­ten lun­cheons be­gin March 1 at St. John the Bap­tist Angli­can Church


St. John the Bap­tist Angli­can Church in North Syd­ney will once again be of­fer­ing weekly ec­u­meni­cal lun­cheons as part of its Len­ten cel­e­bra­tions, some­thing the church has been do­ing for nearly 40 years.

Lent, which be­gins on Ash Wed­nes­day (March 1) and runs for 40 days, is the Chris­tian sea­son of prepa­ra­tion be­fore Easter.

There is usu­ally a full house for the lun­cheon, which be­gins at noon and av­er­ages about 100 peo­ple. There is a min­i­mum do- na­tion of $5.

The menu in­cludes fish chow­ders, home­made beans, home­made soup, shep­herd’s pie and beef casse­role, com­plete with tea, cof­fee and desserts.

Es­tab­lished in 1979, pro­ceeds from the lun­cheons go to the Pri­mate World Re­lief De­vel­op­ment Fund.

The fund 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.

Ini­tially it was called the Pri­mates World Re­lief Fund and later re­named the Pri­mate’s World Re­lief and De­vel­op­ment Fund, which con­tinue as a way for Angli­cans across Canada to help those in need.

The weekly lun­cheons pro­vide fel­low­ship within the com­mu­nity and usu­ally be­gins with a dis­cus­sion group, fol­lowed by the lunch at noon.

“Each year we get a wide va­ri­ety of peo­ple com­ing for lunch,” said St. John’s Angli­can Church war­den Ce­cil Day. “We get folks from all de­nom­i­na­tions, the com­mu­nity, busi­ness peo­ple and we al­ways get quite a few se­niors. It’s the good food and fel­low­ship that brings peo­ple out, and we hope that trend con­tin­ues again this year. Ev­ery­one is wel­come.”

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