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Presbyterian Church in Canada Millennium, 125th Jubilee.

Montreal celebration

People walking by The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in downtown Montreal on Sunday afternoon, May 28, slowed down when they heard church bells ringing and saw blue and white balloons tied anywhere it was possible to tie balloons outside the church. The Presbytery of Montreal was holding a special service of worship to celebrate the new millennium and the founding of The Presbyterian Church in Canada in Montreal 125 years ago.

A combined choir of 140 from many congregations led the Moderator of the 125th General Assembly, Rev. Arthur Van Seters, ecumenical guests, special guests and members of presbytery into the sanctuary to the singing of "Praise, my soul, the King of heaven." Children, young people, members of past and present congregations, the Women's Missionary Society, many ethnic congregations and our singing of hymn verses in French -- all represented many areas of presbytery life. The floral tribute on the Communion table, reflecting the colours of the flames of Pentecost, recognized all the faithful over the past 125 years.

The Renewal Fellowship Within The Presbyterian Church in Canada thanks God for the response by commissioners to the 126th Assembly and the 10 congregations that hosted the drama Blood Red last spring. The play was about the 17th-century Scots Presbyterians called Covenanters. They were willing to live and die for the sake of worshipping Jesus as the only King and Head of the church rather than using religious forms forced upon them by the government. The Fellowship undertook this project as its part in the Millennium/125th Anniversary celebrations of our church. It provided congregations with an opportunity to share the gospel with friends and neighbours. It portrayed the rich heritage of committed faith that inspires Presbyterians today to live more boldly for Jesus. The Renewal Fellowship partnered with Admit One, a drama ministry from Burns Church in Erin, Ontario, to co-produce it and with Crieff Hills Community for the evening with the commissioners to Assembly. A Western production under the leadership of Yvonne Johns of Creston, British Columbia, is available to congregations in Western Canada.

Millennium quilt exhibit

December 19 - January 2

St. David's Church, St. John's, Nfld.
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Date:Dec 1, 2000
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