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A Product of Many Churches

A Product of Many Churches  by  Evelyn Black   posted December 2016

I have been involved with “church” all my life.  I was baptized as a newborn at a Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Regina, Saskatchewan.

When I was small I went with my friend to a Catholic Church for summer school.  Indeed, my friend Hilda became a nun, and when she was 70 years old she told me that I was the person who taught her the Lord’s Prayer. I hadn’t known this.

When I was about 5, I went to a Pentecostal family home every week to learn about Christianity.

At age 7, I became a member of the Presbyterian Mission Church in our area through the Mission Band program.  I then graduated to the Explorers and as I got older, to the C.G.I.T. (Canadian Girls in Training); and I also became a member of the choir of this small church.  When I was 13 I then joined the Presbyterian Church in the downtown area.

Then when I was 19, I became a leader with the CGIT group in the local United Church.  When, at 21, I got married in that church, I decided to transfer my membership from Presbyterian to United Church.

This denomination has kept me busy for the last 50 years.  I have taken dozens of course at Universities and training centres at Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatoon, Regina, Edmonton and Toronto.  I represented my church at Presbytery, directed children’s summer camps, did some pastoral visiting in hospitals, and worked as a “Staff Associate” for six years.  I was called several times by rural churches, at the last minute, to do a Sunday service.  I was a guest preacher at the Women’s World Day of Prayer.  And for a couple of years, together with several other Staff Associates, I helped write and develop a curriculum for the United Church’s Sunday School.

My husband and I moved from Regina to the West End of Vancouver in 1989.  Although we transferred our membership from Regina to St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church, we didn’t get involved at that time.  But a few years later, after my husband died, I met Rev. Gary Paterson at a Community Centre meeting, and decided to check out the church. I have been a diligent member ever since.  I became a member of the Board, then a member of Presbytery.  I helped organize a Healing Touch Group.  For the past eight years I have been a storyteller and musician (accordion player) for the Parent and Tots group, which I love; and for the last 3 years have been helping with the Eat, Pray Love monthly alternative worship service/community.

My life would be somewhat vacant without this church, and all the friends that I have in it.

Thanks be to God.

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