On Sunday, August 27th, the Parish of St. Michael and All Angels’ in St. John’s marked a sad milestone as they took part in their final service before the parish’s disestablishment on August 31st. A devoted congregation came together at the Anglican Cathedral for the Eucharist, worshiping with the Cathedral congregation as they had done throughout the summer months. Following the service, the current members of the congregation gathered in the south transept to express their deep gratitude to Fr. Jonathan Rowe and his family. They presented them with heartfelt gifts, recognizing their unwavering dedication and support during their nearly eight years as integral parts of St. Michael’s.
Fr. Rowe emphasized a vital point: the conclusion of St. Michael’s does not mean that it has failed, but only that it has ended. The congregation’s resolute support of the parish amidst constant upheavals, and their willingness to embrace the changes and challenges, underscore the remarkable sense of community that has thrived over the past few months. It serves as a shining example of true Christian fellowship and family. It is unfortunate that the parish had to close due to a lack of money, and that the funds from the sale of their church building were not able to be used to fund the new downtown ministry project that they had hoped for.
Additionally, the congregation expressed their appreciation to the Cathedral and its leadership for the extraordinary and healing welcome extended to members of the St. Michael’s congregation.
While the congregation of St. Michael’s was gathering for their farewells in the south trancept, a baptism was taking place down at the font, and coffee hour was happening in the north trancept. Through the sadness new beginnings and old friendships could be seen and celebrated.
The closing chapter in St. Michael’s journey was a drop-in coffee gathering at the Jumping Bean coffee shop on Kelsey Drive on Thursday, August 31st. This tradition was initiated in the wake of the pandemic when the parish hall was still unavailable for use. Over the last year, it had grown in popularity, drawing both parish members and friends to come together and share in this special time.