Church of St. Paul hosts Presbytery

Lay and clergy representatives from all the United Churches from Lillooet to Golden to Osoyoos to Princeton were in attendance

The Church of St Paul and Clearwater United Church host the Fall meeting of Kamloops-Okanagan Presbytery recently in Barriere. The Presbytery is a governing body of the United Church of Canada with 70 representatives from 35 congregations attending. The area includes communities as far south as Osoyoos

The Church of St Paul and Clearwater United Church host the Fall meeting of Kamloops-Okanagan Presbytery recently in Barriere. The Presbytery is a governing body of the United Church of Canada with 70 representatives from 35 congregations attending. The area includes communities as far south as Osoyoos

Rev. Brian Krushel, pastor/priest/minister – North Thompson Pastoral Charge

The Church of St. Paul in Barriere was pleased to host the Fall meeting of the Kamloops-Okanagan Presbytery of the United Church of Canada the Oct. 24-26 weekend.

Lay and clergy representatives from all the United Churches from Lillooet to Golden to Osoyoos to Princeton were in attendance, 75 in all.

The meeting gathered around the theme “Vitality in our Congregations” and explored what it means to meet the challenges of being a church in a changing world.

It was also a time to hear reports of what has been happening around the region and what has been happening in other jurisdictions (provincial and national).

Meetings like this always have some business to do which is necessary for keeping churches and their denomination running efficiently. All was done in a spirit of joy and enthusiasm!

Many of the presbytery delegates attended the Sunday worship service at the Church of St. Paul, which concluded the weekend. That service was a Reformation celebration honouring the church’s Protestant heritage.

The Church of St. Paul was assisted in its hosting duties by its sister church, Clearwater United Church. Together these two churches form the North Thompson Pastoral Charge and are served full time by Rev. Brian Krushel, an ordained Lutheran pastor.

The Church of St. Paul is an ecumenical shared ministry of the Anglican, United and Lutheran Churches. Their name is an acronym which stands for Serving Together as a Parish of Anglicans, Uniteds and Lutherans.