As Diocesan Administrator it gives me great pleasure to announce the "return" of the very popular"Q" Event of the past. A lot has happened in our diocese and in our church since the last Diocesan "Q" Event took place. We are all called to be Disciples of Christ and this event will provide the impetus, opportunity and the enthusiasm to carry that discipleship into the world! As we begin a new chapter in the life and history of our diocese the "Q" event will inspire and encourage us all through worship, workshops and opportunities for building community within our parishes, congregations, diocese and beyond.
The "Q" Event is open to everyone -- babies, toddlers, children, youth, adults, seniors -- clergy and lay -- Anglicans and non-Anglicans -- it is an event that will embrace a broad spectrum of Christian life and witness within and throughout our diverse and ever changing faith communities.
The event will take place at Briercrest College and Seminary in Caronport (a short distance outside of Moose Jaw) on October 27th and 28th, 2012. The venue was chosen as it is a central location for the entire diocese and affords reasonable accommodation for both individuals and families. Our dynamic and inspirational guest speaker is none other than the Very Reverend Kevin Martin former Dean of St. Matthew's Cathedral, Dallas, Texas, who was our key note speaker at our 2009 Diocesan Synod. Those of you who were privileged to hear Dean Martin will know firsthand what an uplifting and thought provoking experience it was.
I would encourage you to promote this event as widely as possible, and as often as possible, throughout your congregations and parishes. Let your friends from other faith backgrounds know, tell your neighbours, your co-workers! During this time of transition in our diocese this is an opportunity to come together -- to joyfully celebrate who and what we are as children of God and Disciples of Christ.
We would hope that no one would be turned away from this event because of affordability so please consider making bursary assistance possible within your parishes should that be needed.
Let us move forward in joy and in hope -- transforming Anglican't into Anglican!
(The Very Reverend) Michael Sinclair, Dean of Qu'Appelle and Diocesan Administrator