Harry Balsom: Lay Leader

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The Rev’d Canon Tanya White

The All Saints’ congregation and vestry in Corner Brook, along with their rector the Rev’d Canon Tanya White and Bishop John Organ, were all honoured to acknowledge and congratulate Harry Balsom for 60 years of lay ministry on Sunday, October 16th. Harry’s lay ministry began in September 1962 in Old Bonaventure, Trinity Bay, and then continued at All Saints’ in 1964, the same year that All Saints’ opened for worship (on January 26th). Except for the 12 years that Harry spent in Deer Lake where he was active at St. Michael and All Angels’ church, Harry has served at All Saints’, and we have been blessed to have him. Harry has not only lay led at All Saints’, but he has also taken on duties with the vestry, served as the chair of several committees, been part of the men’s service club and the couples’ club, and also the scouting movement. He’s always one to lend a listening ear, and does many visits to retirement homes, hospital and other places. Harry has acted as reader and pall bearer at the funerals of many of the faithful at All Saints’. Harry has been, and continues to be, a dedicated, dependable, faithful, kind servant and disciple of our Lord, and as you can see a man who we all hold in high esteem. We are blessed here at All Saints’ to call Harry, ours. Your work in lay reading and building of God’s kingdom are second to none; you have indeed loved God and neighbour! May God grant Harry many more years of service to come.

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