Welcome to St. Peter's Anglican Church
- St. Peter's is a Christian community seeking to love God, grow in faith, and serve the world.
- We invite you to join us.
The Parish of St. Peter is a Christian faith community in the Anglican tradition located in beautiful Winnipeg, Manitoba.
St. Peter's is committed to establishing relationships - with God and with one another. We believe that relationships are critical in our high-tech/low-touch world and we want to create an environment in which everyone has the opportunity for a life-changing relationship with God.
Daily Bible Readings
Have you ever wondered how to make Bible reading a part of your daily life? There are many ways to do this but one resource for Anglicans is the Daily Office Lectionary beginning on page 450 of the Book of Alternative Services (B.A.S). This resource offers daily Bible readings on a two year cycle.
Of course, not everyone has a B.A.S. at home so, for the convenience of our readers, St. Peter's is pleased to connect you with Forward Movement Daily Reading which provides readings for each day based on the Lectionary.
December 2016 Elm Leaf
The latest edition of the Elm Leaf is now available. In addition to providing a retrospective of articles published on our website over the last few months, this edition has a number of brand new articles. Check out the wide range of topics including an article from Roy Bowkett on Christmas in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, Fall Book Studies and an interview with Charmaine, our new Director of Music Ministry. Learn about the rhythm of the seasons of the church year and about the labyrinth . Read the newsletter.
Another Side of Christmas
Pangnirtung Fjord - Ice Fishing
By Roy Bowkett
In Pangnirtung, the week of Christmas games begins on the morning of December 26, after the feasting has ended. During the previous 24 hours, about 300 people will have crowded into each of the 2 services at St Luke's Anglican Church. The sign at the door informs us that the capacity of the building is 264.
People linger outside the porch, quietly talking, occasionally laughing as they share in the contemporary and most universal of rituals, the last cigarette. Later in a tongue borne by a people accustomed to ice and tundra and rock, songs of shepherds, cattle and stable assume a poignancy by their very unfamiliarity.
But the birth of a child and the breaking of bread are actions that transcend all human languages. We drop to our knees, we raise our empty hands, we accept the love of God. Much of human activity in the Arctic is lived on land, sea and ice, so there is an appropriateness to beginning the five days of games (five only, for there are none on Sunday) on Pangnirtung Fiord under the open sky. The air is -25°C, similar to many places in southern Canada at this time, and between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. there are three hours of dawn-dusk twilight. The combination of light and temperature add a briskness to the pace, and an energy to the contestants.
To warm up the youth, the games master begins with a seal race. "All in a line, prone position on the ice, face down - elbows at right angles to the body – no using feet or legs – drag yourself like a seal to that 25-metre mark ... Go!" Puff! Gasp! Laugh! Collapse! "And now for the mechanically inclined, a skidoo race..." All the speedsters gun their engines, but the directions continue: "...balancing an empty five-gallon drum on your back!" This demands a different skill, speed being only a part.
Earlier, some contestants had gone off to the lower slopes of the mountains with hopes of bringing back the first fresh ptarmigan. Now, everyone is chopping holes in the ice. The children are going to jig for kanayuk, a local lungfish whose spiky body and "ugly" face probably keep it safe from most predators. Maybe not enough time to catch one – the light's going – we'll start with that tomorrow.
In the evening at the hamlet centre or the school gym, there are games less physically demanding, though still requiring skill. A larger crowd than on the ice. A much more leisurely pace. Some games involve 50 or 60 people and are resolved only after 40 minutes or so.
The men are shown an exquisitely embroidered flower. Then they are given thread and material, and work carefully to replicate the original. The prize goes not to the first who completes, but to the man who most accurately reproduces it. All are allowed to finish.
Women have to make fishnets out of string! A small panel of judges adjudicates these kind of games, so that there will be no dispute or disappointment. And all of this activity is accompanied by "coaching", talk, laughter.
There is delight in celebrating the birth of the child of Bethlehem through play and games.
Art Exhibition and Sale
Call for Artists:
This will be St. Peter’s fourth annual art event to help new artists present their works to the community. Spring is a great time of year to showcase your talent, and by planning this early, all artists will have time to prepare for and participate in this event. Download the application form and submit electronically, by mail, or in person. For more information, contact the church office at 204-488-8093.