Got Deep Roots?

Register now for the diocesan gathering planned for June 14-15

Gisele McKnight
Gisele McKnight May 21, 2019

The church landscape is changing dramatically, as are the communities in which we live. All that has been taken into account in the planning of the Deep Roots diocesan gathering. It’s taking place at the University of New Brunswick’s Fredericton campus June 14-15, and you are invited.

“This is a great opportunity for the diocese to gather — to be equipped for where the church is at and where our communities are moving,” said organizer and parish development officer Shawn Branch.

“I’d love to see the people of the diocese empowered and strengthened to play their part in sharing Jesus in their communities and living out their faith day to day.”

The planning has been going on since last fall, with the gathering intended to take the place of the various council team workshops held throughout the year, putting everything into one event.

The gathering’s focus is described in two words: discipleship and missions. That focus is directly related to Bishop David Edwards’ three charges to diocesan synod.

Michael Frost, a name well-known to Anglicans in the diocese, is the keynote speaker. The resident of Australia wrote the book Surprise the World, which was a focus of the 2017 Diocesan Synod and last year’s Easter season book study.

Michael will also speak at Christ Church Cathedral on June 16 at the 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. services. There is one last chance to see him in Moncton on Tuesday, June 18 for an ecumenical church leaders gathering. Click this link for information on the Moncton event:

Two other speakers are on the agenda: The Revs. Lisa Vaughn and Renée Embree. They will speak on church leadership today and reaching the next generation, respectively.

Other aspects of the gathering include tool box sessions — short informational workshops on such things as Godly Play, stewardship, personal worship with the BCP, and social enterprise.

Information booths will include Camp Medley, Central Saint John Community Ministry, PWRDF, Farraline Place, Anglican Fellowship of Prayer, layreaders and Lucy’s Sewing Group.

To make the event as user-friendly as possible, childcare will be provided during the speakers’ presentations.

Shawn and an ad hoc committee have been working on making the gathering relevant for the challenges facing the church today.

“I’m most looking forward to people getting together — building relationships — and it’s not about the business of the church, but about being the church,” he said.

Clergy, layreaders and anyone with an interest in discipleship, missional behaviour and growth as a Christian is encouraged to attend.

But in order to do that, you must register. Early bird registration, at $75, ends June 1. After that, it’s $85, which covers the gathering and meals. Accommodations are extra, but rooms and suites are available at UNB starting at $36 a night for a single room, up to $115 for a three-bedroom suite.

If university dorms aren’t your thing, the Amsterdam Inn has rooms available for the conference at $104 and $114 a night. You must mention the Anglican Diocese of Fredericton for these hotel rates. As well, you must book your own accommodations.

To register, find information on accommodations and other information, click here:   Registration ends June 10.

Gathering schedule:
Friday, June 14
1:00 p.m. Registration begins
2:00 – 4:30 p.m. Ministry presentations
5:15 p.m. Supper
6:30 p.m. Worship, welcome from Bishop David
7:30 p.m. Keynote 1: Michael Frost
8:45 p.m. Evening worship
9:00 p.m. Kitchen party

Saturday, June 15
7:45 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
9:00 a.m. Keynote 2: Michael Frost
10:15 Break
10:30 a.m. Deep Dive with Renée Embree – Next Generation Ministry
11:00 a.m. Deep Dive with Lisa Vaughn – Leadership
11:30 a.m. Toolbox sessions
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Keynote 3: Michael Frost
2:30 p.m. Geographic round tables
3:30 p.m. Eucharist and Gathering wrap-up

Donations may be dropped off at St. Paul’s on
Tues. May 21 and Wed. May 22 between 9am – Noon
or Thurs. May 23 and Fri. May 24 all day. 

Please no clothing, baby furniture
or electronics (tv’s, computers)

Books and toys are most welcomed!

All proceeds will be used to help Campers in Need
experience the JOY of CAMP

Bishop’s Pilgrimage 2019

Bishop David is getting ready to walk again – this year through both the Archdeaconry of Saint John (May 30-31) and the Archdeaconry of Kingston and the Kennebecasis (June 1-12).  This year the walk starts on the Day of Ascension and goes to just after the Day of Pentecost, which means it lines up with the global prayer initiative Thy Kingdom Come which invites Christians to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. 

Please check the daily route and how you can participate.  Everyone is invited to join Bishop David on the pilgrimage in whatever way works for you.  Also, be sure to follow Bishop David’s daily blog here.

Bishop David will be walking from Christ Church, Bloomfield to St. Paul’s Hampton on Tuesday, June 11th, starting at about 1pm, if you live in the area and would like to go on a mini-pilgrimage close to home.

It’s Still Easter

The Easter long weekend is long gone, and most of the candy may be too, but for followers of Jesus the celebration of his rising from the dead is far from over.

According to the writers of the New Testament, after that first resurrection morning Jesus appeared to his disciples repeatedly over several weeks to show them that he had truly risen from the dead and to prepare them for the mission that lay ahead and the coming of the Holy Spirit in power.

To honour those weeks that the risen Jesus spent with his followers and to focus on our own equipping for mission, here at St. Paul’s we follow the tradition celebrating Easter over several weeks.

Wherever you may be on your spiritual journey we hope you’ll be able to join us over the next 4 Sundays (May 5 – May 26) as we continue to explore and to celebrate the significance of Jesus’ rising from the dead and the difference it continues to make in our lives to this day.

Mondays, April 29 – June 17
6:30 – 7:45pm
14 Centennial Rd, Hampton

Alpha is a series of interactive sessions exploring the basics of the Christian Faith. Each session looks at a different question and is designed to create conversation. There’s no pressure, no follow-up and no charge; it’s just an open, informal, and honest space to explore and discuss life’s big questions together.

Childcare Program for kids
‘K’ – Grade 5 available
drop-off at 6:15pm

You can register online HERE


Find out more at

“They are like trees planted along a riverbank,
with roots that reach deep into the water.”
Jeremiah 17:8

June 14-15, 2019

University of New Brunswick, Fredericton NB

A Gathering for the Whole Diocese
Teaching / Worship / Prayer / Fellowship

  Mark your calendars and plan to join us as we come together for prayer, teaching and equipping as we enter our Season of Intentional Discipleship and grow together in our walk with Christ and our mission as congregations.

Speakers will include:

  • Michael Frost, author of “Surprise the World”
  • Lisa Vaughn on 21st Century Church Leadership
  • Renee Embree on Reaching the Next Generation
  • Bishop David Edwards on The Future of Our Mission

Registration: 75$ (early bird) / 85$ (after June 1) / 30$ (ages 3-15)
Childcare activities provided by Camp Medley staff.

Register HERE

Not only is Camp Medley an amazing place for kids to have fun and learn about the goodness and love of God, but it has a very generous campership program to ensure that every child has the opportunity to experience the joy of Camp. Here at St. Paul’s, we want to help make that happen too.

We are now accepting donations of any size to support the Camp Medley Campership Program and would greatly appreciate your generous support.
  Donations by check can be made out to ‘St. Paul’s Anglican Church’ with the note ‘Camp Medley Campership Campaign’ on the memo line.
We’ll also be having a fundraising Yard Sale on May 25th, for which we are also now accepting donations.

Thank you for helping every child experience the JOY OF CAMP!

Holy Week + Easter

This year, the Riverside Anglican Churches (which include the Anglican parishes of Hampton, Upham, Central Kings and Apohaqui) will be journeying through Holy Week together.

Please pay close attention to the locations of our gatherings on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.  

We really hope that you can join us, if not in person than in the Spirit, as we remember and celebrate the week God changed everything.

April 14th   St. Paul’s, Hampton
On Palm & Passion Sunday each of the Riverside Anglican Churches will be worshiping in their parishes.
8:45am & 10:30am with children’s program

April 18th Christ Church, Bloomfield
Maundy Thurs. will start with a simple meal of soup and bread to remember the meal that Jesus and his followers shared on the night before his suffering and death. 
6pm – Simple Supper
7pm – Maundy Thurs. Liturgy

April 19th St. Paul’s, Hampton
In addition to commemorations and meditations prepared for mature worshipers there will be a children’s program available for younger worshipers to learn about and reflect upon the meaning of Good Friday.  
10am – Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion

April 20th Church of the Ascension, Apohaqui
We don’t know much about what Jesus’ first followers did on the Saturday after he died, but we know they were together. We hope you can gather with us as we prepare to celebrate Christ’s victory over death.  
7pm – Easter Vigil &
           Reaffirmation of
           Baptismal Vows

April 21st St. Paul’s, Hampton
Each of the Riverside Anglican Churches will return to their respective parishes to celebrate and proclaim the good news of Christ’s Resurrection.
8:45am &10:30am with children’s program

a brief history of St. Paul’s

Anglicans in our region first gathered to worship God on the present site of St. Paul’s in the spring of 1811. The site was chosen for its access to the river which, in those days, was the region’s primary mode of transportation, and people came from all over the area to gather and worship there. The members of the first Vestry were from as far away as Rothesay, Upham, French Village, and Lower Norton, which would have been considerable distances before the advent of the automobile.

In spite of the distances, people came and worshipped. In 1819, the Rev. James Cookson, the first Rector of Hampton, reported that the average Sunday attendance was roughly 300 souls. In  1826, during an episcopal visit by Bishop John Inglis, the church building in which services had been conducted for over 15 years was finally consecrated and 123 candidates were confirmed.

The demand for places of worship in the area was met with the completion of many new church buildings, including St. Luke’s, Gondola point in 1835; St. Peter’s, Upham in 1843; St. Andrew’s, French Village in 1846; and Trinity Church, Hammond River in 1854.  By 1867 it became evident that St. Paul’s, Hampton was in need of extensive repair, and it was decided that a new church building should be constructed on the same site.

Later that same year, the Ladies Sewing Society approached the parish corporation with the sum of $1400.00 to contribute to the construction of a new building. Two years later, on October 18th, the then brand-new St. Paul’s Church was consecrated by Bishop John Medley at a celebration of the feast of St. Luke. More than 100 years later, in 1985, that very same building underwent extensive renovations to make it better able to serve the ministries and worship of the people of St. Paul’s.

Although not as well documented as the history of our buildings, the real history of this church is the life of faith and mission that has fed and continues to feed our companionship and worship whenever and wherever we gather.

The people of St. Paul’s have been worshiping God and serving their neighbours along the Kennebecasis river and beyond for more than two centuries, and in that time whole generations of people have come to know and experience and grow in the goodness and love of God through Jesus Christ.

That’s the real history of St. Paul’s, the history of God’s faithfulness to his people in this place and their faithful response. That is the history and the future hope that we celebrate whenever and wherever we gather. It’s also the history and the future hope to which our building stands tribute, and for which we will continue to thank and praise God long after this and every other church building is long gone.