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FALL 2020
        On January 26, a celebration was held for retiring organist, Diane Hampton, from St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church in Salt Springs, N.S., and the West River Pastoral Charge of the Pictou Presbytery. Along with a “Litany of Appreciation” for her more than 30 years of sharing her musical talents, Diane received gifts from congregants at a special fellowship time. Pictured is Diane with the Rev. Mary Anne Grant.
For the past few years, First Presbyterian Church in Brockville, Ont., has participated in “The Big Give,” where churches across Canada bless their communities with generosity on the first Sunday in June. COVID-19 restrictions meant being creative in finding new ways to give. Through the generosity of the congregation, volunteers filled “blessing bags” (which were handmade by members) for the Brockville and Area Food Bank. The bags were filled with personal care items, and toys and snacks for children. Each bag also contained a handwritten postcard from our church, letting the recipients know we are praying for them, and providing church contact information. First PC delivered 50 blessing bags to be distributed throughout the summer. We are thankful for our many blessings, so we had the privilege to bless others.
The Rev. Shelly Chandler held “Drive-thru Prayer” at First and St. Andrew’s Presbyte- rian Churches in Pictou, N.S., to connect with parishioners during the church building closures due to COVID-19. Many parishioners, along with several people from the com- munity, drove up to share concerns and a time of prayer. Pictured above is Drive-thru Prayer at First Presbyterian Church.
The choir at Knox Presbyterian Church in Guelph, Ont., has continued to meet online during the church building closure.

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