Funeral arrangements for Jane Henderson

After a life well lived Alberta “Jane” Henderson, age 90, of Darlings Island, NB, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at the her residence on Darlings Island. Born in Saint John, NB, on April 18, 1926, she was the wife of the late Barney Henderson and a daughter of the late Wellington and Mary (Norris) Herrington.
Jane was born in 1926 on Adelaide Street in Saint John and started her education at Lorne School on Newman St. When her father was about to retire, the family moved to Quispamsis where she attended Rothesay Consolidated School, graduating in 1943. She then went on to Saint John Vocational School, graduating in 1944 with a diploma in Grade 12 Commercial and Secretarial Studies which included typing, shorthand, bookkeeping and law. In those days you graduated in grade 11 and grade 12 was considered first year of university.
Her first employment was with the Bank of Montreal, Main Branch, on King St. in Saint John. She continued there until she married her husband, Barney, in 1946 and moved to Darlings Island. Jane rejoined the workforce in 1966 and worked for the Government of New Brunswick in various Departments: Child and Family Welfare, Dept. of Transportation and retired from the Dept. of the Environment 1989.
While living in Quispamsis she attended St. Augustine’s Anglican Church where she taught Sunday School and was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary. After marriage she attended Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Hammond River where she again taught Sunday School, belonged to the Anglican Church Women’s group where she was Treasurer for a number of years. She was a vestry member and at one time a Warden at the church. She also assisted with the Alter Guild. While a member at Holy Trinity she helped to support five girls from Uganda who attended the Bishop McAllister College in Bushenyi. She also helped the women at the St. Andrews United Kirk in Hammond River when they made soup for Romero House.
She and Barney led a 4H group in Nauwigewauk and they would join with the Sussex group for trips and trained the young people in leading cattle for exhibition. They attended cattle shows at Sussex, Saint John and Fredericton. Jane said she went through a gallon of Javex when Barney and the kids were showing cattle as they wore white pants and t-shirts.
Jane was always interested in the Baden-Powell groups and was honored to be introduced to Lady Baden-Powell when she visited Saint John. She helped organize Girl Guides in Nauwigewauk and was the first Captain of the group. She also served as secretary of the Boy Scouts Group Committee for parents. She stayed involved with the Baden Powel groups for a number of years.
She and Barney, along with neighbours participated in a bridge club which lasted a few years. They were also founding members of the Nauwigewauk Community Club and for a number of years either of them held an office in the community club. On the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary they were made honourary members of the club. Jane was also part of the group that formed the Nauwigewauk Darlings Seniors Club, where at one time or another she had held every office. She was honoured on her 90th birthday along with her special friend Isabel Wannamaker who shared the same birthday. They called themselves the Bobsy Twins. To mark this occasion, they both were presented certificates from Provincial and Federal Governments. Jane laughed and said they received certificates from everyone but the Queen!
She loved quilting and quilted at the church, the community club and at home. She enjoyed cooking for the family, especially birthdays and Christmas. For a number of years, family and neighbours came to the family home on Christmas night where they enjoyed music, carol singing and the amazing midnight lunch Jane provided. She enjoyed travel and visited various parts of Canada and the United States. One of her favourite trips was a Caribbean cruise she took with some family members. She loved to go shopping and would drive friends to nearby cities to shop. She and her friends went to yard sales on Saturdays.
Jane would drive her children to sports and church. She was like the mother hen wanting to know where the kids were and who they with. The kids would have overnight visitors from school and often talked all night long and were pretty drowsy getting off to school the next morning. While the kids were still in school, Jane attended the home and school in Hampton visiting teachers in the classrooms.
The children were their parents pride and joy and Jane would say, “They are not perfect, but they’re all pretty good”. Her grandchildren were a joy from babies to adulthood. Trying to keep up with their modern ways and ideas, made her realize how old she was getting. She loved to visit them in their homes, especially when they had purchased new items. As she aged, her children saw that she was well looked after and kept in close contact. She enjoyed a long and happy life to the end.
Jane is survived by her sons David Henderson (Susan), John Henderson (Nancy) and Keith Henderson; her daughters Peggy Hanratty (Pat), Patti Turner (Van-Allen) and Pam Beyea (Dell Watson); grandchildren: Susan (Turner) Wolf, Simon Henderson, Olivia Burnett (Jonathan), Jesse Beyea (Jenny Glew), Jake Beyea (Beki Gamblin), Tom Hanratty, Nell Henderson and Byron Henderson; and great-grandson’s Jonah and Jack Burnett. Jane is also survived by Lynn Browne whom she loved like her own daughter; and Dell’s children Chris Watson (Robyn), Alex (Sophia Noel) and Brittannie (Scott Murphy). She was predeceased by her by son-in-law Grant Beyea; brother Norris and his wife Kaye; sister Margaret Hawkins and her husband Jim; brother-in-law Earle Henderson and his wife Alice; sister-in-law Carolyn Henderson and nephews Norman Hawkins and Norrie Hill.
She is resting at Reid’s Funeral Home (506-832-5541), 1063 Main Street, Hampton, NB, with visitation on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 11:00 AM from Holy Trinity Church, Hammond River, followed by interment at the Holy Trinity Cemetery, Hammond River.
Donations in memory of Jane may be made to the Bishop McAllister College (through St. Augustine’s Church). Personal condolences to the family and donations may be made through


Sunday November 6

St James the Less Church in the Parish of Renforth

November 6, 2016 Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Collect Eternal God, who caused all holy scriptures to be written for our learning, grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

FIRST READING: Job 19:23-27a
23I wish that my words could be written down 24or chiseled into rock. 25I know that my Savior lives,
and at the end he will stand on this earth. 26My flesh may be destroyed, yet from this body I will see God.
27Yes, I will see him for myself, and I long for that moment.

PSALMODY: Psalm 17:1-9 (Said Responsively)
1I am innocent, LORD!
Won’t you listen as I pray and beg for help?

I am honest! Please hear my prayer.
2Only you can say that I am innocent,
because only your eyes can see the truth.

3You know my heart,
and even during the night you have tested me
and found me innocent.

I have made up my mind never to tell a lie.
4I don’t do like others.

I obey your teachings and am not cruel.
5I have followed you, without ever stumbling.

6I pray to you, God, because you will help me.
Listen and answer my prayer!

7Show your wonderful love.
Your mighty arm protects those who run to you
for safety from their enemies.

8Protect me as you would your very own eyes;
hide me in the shadow of your wings.

9Don’t let my brutal enemies
attack from all sides and kill me.

God of truth and justice, watch over your people in adversity, that we may know the wonders of your love and see the glory of your presence; through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

SECOND READING: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
When our Lord Jesus returns, we will be gathered up to meet him. So I ask you, my friends, 2not to be easily upset or disturbed by people who claim that the Lord has already come. They may say that they heard this directly from the Holy Spirit, or from someone else, or even that they read it in one of our letters. 3But don’t be fooled! People will rebel against God. Then before the Lord returns, the wicked one who is doomed to be destroyed will appear. 4He will brag and oppose everything that is holy or sacred. He will even sit in God’s temple and claim to be God. 5Don’t you remember that I told you this while I was still with you? 6You already know what is holding this wicked one back until it is time for him to come. 7His mysterious power is already at work, but someone is holding him back. And the wicked one won’t appear until that someone is out of the way. 8Then he will appear, but the Lord Jesus will kill him simply by breathing on him. He will be completely destroyed by the LORD’S glorious return.
9When the wicked one appears, Satan will pretend to work all kinds of miracles, wonders, and signs. 10Lost people will be fooled by his evil deeds. They could be saved, but they will refuse to love the truth and accept it. 11So God will make sure that they are fooled into believing a lie. 12All of them will be punished, because they would rather do evil than believe the truth.
13My friends, the Lord loves you, and it is only natural for us to thank God for you. God chose you to be the first ones to be saved. His Spirit made you holy, and you put your faith in the truth. 14God used our preaching as his way of inviting you to share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15My friends, that’s why you must remain faithful and follow closely what we taught you in person and by our letters.
16God our Father loves us. He is kind and has given us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope. We pray that our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father 17will encourage you and help you always to do and say the right thing.

GOSPEL: Luke 20:27-38
27The Sadducees did not believe that people would rise to life after death. So some of them came to Jesus 28and said: Teacher, Moses wrote that if a married man dies and has no children, his brother should marry the widow. Their first son would then be thought of as the son of the dead brother. 29There were once seven brothers. The first one married, but died without having any children. 30The second one married his brother’s widow, and he also died without having any children. 31The same thing happened to the third one. Finally, all seven brothers married that woman and died without having any children. 32At last the woman died. 33When God raises people from death, whose wife will this woman be? All seven brothers had married her.
34Jesus answered: The people in this world get married. 35But in the future world no one who is worthy to rise from death will either marry 36or die. They will be like the angels and will be God’s children, because they have been raised to life. 37In the story about the burning bush, Moses clearly shows that people will live again. He said, “The Lord is the God worshiped by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” 38So the Lord isn’t the God of the dead, but of the living. This means that everyone is alive as far as God is concerned.

Sentence: Jesus Christ is the first born of the dead; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen see Revelation 1:5-6
Donations for seafarers Christmas packages are now being requested. There is a list in the Narthex. Please sign up and let us know now what you would like to contribute. We will be purchasing what ever else is needed the week of December 4th – 10th Sunday after church on the 11th will be the packing day.

On Thursday Dec 8 St James the less church welcomes seniors in the area to:
an Advent Afternoon Tea. 2:00-4:00 Please talk with Sue, Sharon or Ada if you would like to help plan and run this event.
Exchange of ideas and resources for personal needs.
A cup of tea and light snacks
Some entertainment
Some inspirational thoughts

We are looking for a volunteer to take the Remembrance Day Wreath to the Cenotaph service on the 11th. Please indicate to Eric if you are able to do that in remembrance of the members of this Parish lost in war.


Readings for Sunday Oct 30

There were three sets of readings that we could have used for today. This is the one I have selected.

St James the Less Church in the Parish of Renforth

Reformation Sunday / Day
October 30 / 31, 2016

FIRST READING: Jeremiah 31:31-34

​31The LORD said:
​The time will surely come when I will make a new agreement with the people of Israel and Judah. 32It will be different from the agreement I made with their ancestors when I led them out of Egypt. Although I was their God, they broke that agreement.
​33Here is the new agreement that I, the LORD, will make with the people of Israel:

“I will write my laws on their hearts and minds.
​I will be their God, and they will be my people.

​ 34″No longer will they have to teach one another to obey me. I, the LORD, promise that all of them will obey me, ordinary people and rulers alike. I will forgive their sins and forget the evil things they have done.”

PSALMODY: Psalm 46

1God is our mighty fortress,
​always ready to help in times of trouble.
2And so, we won’t be afraid!
Let the earth tremble
​and the mountains tumble into the deepest sea.
3Let the ocean roar and foam,
​and its raging waves shake the mountains.

4A river and its streams bring joy to the city,
​which is the sacred home of God Most High.
5God is in that city, and it won’t be shaken.
​He will help it at dawn.

6Nations rage! Kingdoms fall!
​But at the voice of God the earth itself melts.
7The LORD All-Powerful is with us.
​The God of Jacob is our fortress.

8Come! See the fearsome things
​the LORD has done on earth.
9God brings wars to an end all over the world.
He breaks the arrows, shatters the spears,
​and burns the shields.
10Our God says, “Calm down, and learn that I am God!
​All nations on earth will honor me.”
11The LORD All-Powerful is with us.
​The God of Jacob is our fortress.

SECOND READING: Romans 3:19-28

​19We know that everything in the Law was written for those who are under its power. The Law says these things to stop anyone from making excuses and to let God show that the whole world is guilty. 20God doesn’t accept people simply because they obey the Law. No, indeed! All the Law does is to point out our sin.
​21Now we see how God does make us acceptable to him. The Law and the Prophets tell how we become acceptable, and it isn’t by obeying the Law of Moses. 22God treats everyone alike. He accepts people only because they have faith in Jesus Christ. 23All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. 24But God treats us much better than we deserve, and because of Christ Jesus, he freely accepts us and sets us free from our sins. 25-26God sent Christ to be our sacrifice. Christ offered his life’s blood, so that by faith in him we could come to God. And God did this to show that in the past he was right to be patient and forgive sinners. This also shows that God is right when he accepts people who have faith in Jesus.
​27What is left for us to brag about? Not a thing! Is it because we obeyed some law? No! It is because of faith. 28We see that people are acceptable to God because they have faith, and not because they obey the Law.

GOSPEL: John 8:31-36

31Jesus told the people who had faith in him, “If you keep on obeying what I have said, you truly are my disciples. 32You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
33They answered, “We are Abraham’s children! We have never been anyone’s slaves. How can you say we will be set free?”
34Jesus replied:
I tell you for certain that anyone who sins is a slave of sin! 35And slaves don’t stay in the family forever, though the Son will always remain in the family. 36If the Son gives you freedom, you are free!



Sentence: God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, and he has entrusted us with the message of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:19

Today at the Rectory: Pizza! We will be eating together and then doing a “Taster” of one of the “First Spiritual exercise” This is easy and an enjoyable experience! Then we will be taking some time in Spiritual conversation about what God is calling us to in our ministry together.

This Thursday Evening: Live well to the Finish! An expert panel on living life to the fullest right to the very end while navigating the mysteries and obstacles of aging and the healthcare systems. 7:00 This is for you and your friends. It is a ministry of this Church. Please come out and support it and help lead it. It would be great if we had some refreshments organized for this.

Alpha has begun at the Rectory; If you know someone who would like to explore the faith it is not too late to join us.



Many thanks go out to Anne Ross and Kent and Bonnie Jones for taking the time and sharing their gifts of creativity with us in doing some seasonal decorating. Thanksgiving weekend often marks the change in season as we go from summer into a canvas of beautiful pastel colours that prepare us for the winter. Our minds are full of the memories of summer and special times with family and friends through our vacation time. School has begun and the preparation for winter is well underway. Lawnmowers are being put away and Snowblowers are being dragged out to be in position near the driveway. Flower beds are being put in condition for the winter, boats are out of the water and winterized. Tools are being shifted around in the garden shed. What do you do to get ready for the winter?

This is a great time to reflect on all that God has provided in the season of growing and recreation and for how he is preparing us for the long winter. Take a moment to utter a prayer. Maybe it is just in silence by yourself. Maybe it is around a family table. But do it. Give thanks for the provision. Give thanks for Family and Friends. Give thanks for our freedom to worship. Give thanks for our Nation. Give thanks for all our hard won freedoms and liberties.

If there are not special envelopes available for your special Thanksgiving offering (due to the book store being closed this week) please simply mark the outside of your regular envelope with the portion of your total offering that is over and above your regular giving as “Thanksgiving”

Rector of Renforth


Prayer Walk and Cornboil

Here are the details. After a short (45 min) service.
Please organize your selves into groups as quickly as possible.

*Every person matters Young or old.
*Prayer is the “work” of the Church.
*We are praying “on site with insight”
*Ask God to prepare your heart to “listen” as well as to help you pray
*Prayer is a two way communication.

At approximately 11:15 we will depart in groups to the following places.
Places to pray.
1 Dorothy Buckley’s home overlooking the entire parish. (Max 6)
2 Walking through K-Park
3 Walking along Rothesay Road and along the Shore Road.
4 At the top of the Fox Farm Road. Entrance to the community.
5. Walking or Driving through some of the side streets as the spirit leads

What to Pray
Lord Reveal your heart for this place
Lord what have you already begun?
Lord show us where to join you

When to eat and share
Please return to the Rectory by 12:15 at the latest.
We have asked people to bring a salad or a dessert to share.
Eric will have corn and hot dogs ready to serve. We will eat and then share and note our impressions.
We should be done at about 1:30


Prayer Walk/Drive

Prayer Walk 2016
This sunday is our annual prayer walk and corn boil. We will have a short (45min) service at 10:30 followed by a time to go into the community to pray in a number of designated locations. After the time of prayer you are invited to come back to the Rectory and enjoy some Corn and Hot Dogs. We are asking you to come and to bring a salad or dessert to share as well. Prayer is the work of the church and we hope that you will join us this sunday. Specific instructions and options will be given out during the service. Please call Eric if you have questions. Volunteers would be welcome to help with making tea and coffee and setting out the food.


Education oppoutrnities

Our new ministry training school, Threshold School of Ministry, has an incredible group of instructors who want to see leaders trained and formed who can reach our communities and rapidly changing culture. This fall, we have the following courses scheduled:

October 17-18, 2016 with Peter Fitch, DMin.
You’ll look at and understand some of the major emphases and movements in spiritual formation in pre-Reformation Christian history; highlighting ideas and practices from monks, martyrs and mystics.
Course outline and registration

October 20-21, 2016 with Brian Metzger, MMin.
We will cover the principles for studying the Bible with the goal of hearing what the original author wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The student will be introduced to the important things interpreters and communities bring to the text. Special attention will be paid to the Biblical narrative contextualizing Biblical exegesis in the contemporary world as the revealed Word of God that shapes and informs contemporary life.
Course outline and registration

October 24-25, 2016 with Cam Roxburgh, DMin.
Explore your understanding of pioneering mission and evangelism and ways in which the Church has responded to changing contexts through history, making links with key theological and Biblical ideas.
Course outline and registration

October 27-28, 2016 with Merv Budd, MDiv
We will explore what it means to be Christian witnesses in the current Canadian cultural context. We will wrestle with what it means to be living in a post-Christendom, post-modern and pluralistic society. We will explore how we are to bear witness to our culture in this context and how we might engage with other worldviews and beliefs which are at odds with the Christian faith.
Course outline and registration

It’s not too late to register for one or more of these exciting opportunities to learn from our gifted practitioners. Click here to register. Course outlines and syllabi will be made available upon receipt of registration. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call Wendy at (506) 642-2210, ext 221.



Thankyou for attending and sharing

Thankyou so much for coming out last night to our discussion. Your input was valuable to me and also to Bishop David. It was valuable to me because it showed me the range of thinking and feeling for the parish, which is likely not much different for the Diocese. Some want and need more information. Some continue to struggle with what they will do either in the near future or in three years time. Some have worked out a way to deal with the issue. Some have remained silent.

David’s message to us was clear. He is the bishop of the whole diocese, the mission of Christ is the most important thing and we need to continue to listen to each other and process this. It has wide ranging effects that have not been fully considered.

There will be more to come. In two weeks time the Delegates to Synod will meet meet in fredericton to do much the same thing that we did. Out of that will emerg some kind of way to process all of this. I urge your full participation as we go forward. Surely our parish is worth this effort.

David has Called us to remain in unity for the sake of the Gospel and I call you to that as well.

I would also commend to your reading the work that Chris Smith did in commenting on the report “This Holy Estate”. If you would like to read it then email me or Chris and we will send it to you. There will also be a copy in the church narthex.

Both documents are available below




Some Thoughts on changing the definition of Marriage

To the faithful Members of St. James the Less Church in the Parish of Renforth

This Thursday we meet with Bishop David to talk about the implications of the actions of General Synod. General Synod has passed the 1st of 2 required readings of this motion. The motion redefines marriage by removing the traditional prescription of one man with one woman and restating it as simply two persons. The problem that I have with this action is that the definition that we have accepted for thousands of years has come through the scriptures not through synods. It has never been up to us to define or redefine marriage. It just is as the scriptures say that it is. By doing what they did General Synod has down graded its view of scripture. This is not a trivial thing. They have also in their so called debate preparation taken liberty with methods of bible study and with the nature of the Holy Spirit. I listened to several of our delegates talk about this at our recent clergy conference. The document that was given as the report of purposed change is also deeply flawed and offers no real theologically sound argument. In other words the whole thing was rigged and manipulated from the beginning. Perhaps a better thing would have been to simply remove the cannon on marriage altogether.

To some of you this will not be a big deal. So what? The Church is becoming more and more like society and generally in harmony with the laws of the land. Can’t we just all get along and be fine with it?

Wait a minute; I made a vow before my bishop and God and the gathered public at my ordination: Here is what it says: Will you be ready, with all faithful diligence, to banish and drive away all erroneous and strange doctrines contrary to God’s Word; and to use both public and private monitions and exhortations, as well to the sick as to the whole, within your cures, as need require, and occasion shall be given? .. and I said: I will, the Lord being my helper.

And so I have to say here in my blog that I believe that General Synod has erred grievously in what they have done. I warn you as people of God to not accept this change in doctrine. Examine the word of God and your on conscience. I would be out of compliance with my ordination vows if I did not say this.

On the other hand… and there is another hand… how do we proceed? How do we proceed as Christ’s hands and feet, light and truth in the community that we are planted in. Should we advocate that we simply return to a “don’t ask, don’t tell” position. That will not work now and was also always sub christian in its values set. This is a real time to ask the very important question What would Jesus do? The world that we live in today is much more complex than the world that Jesus lived in, yet he still walks with us today in this world. The world we live in is much more sexualized and given over to human and individual rights and expressions. This stuff is enshrined in our laws and acceptable practices. You can be shocked by this or ignore it personally if you like, but as a community church that would not be an acceptable position.

I was briefly encouraged this spring when the house of bishops could not find support for the motions and the primate indicated that perhaps a legislative solution was not the answer here, but that direction did not come to any fruition. They were able to create a few more liberal bishops that would turn the vote. Was this sneaky and dirty politics? If only they would have struggled with the scriptures and talked with the rest of the Church around the world.

I believe that there is a way forward for us. It begins with prayer and it begins with Jesus. What do you think we should do? Bring your thoughts and your prayerful self to our meeting this Thursday.

Rector of Renforth


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