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Back row, from left David Pickett (St. John’s Anglican), Rita Klein-Geltink (Ancaster CRC), Robin Wilkie (Marshall Memorial United), Renée Desjardins (St. John’s Anglican), Gordian Okpuruka (St. Ann’s Roman Catholic) and Aaron Gerrard (Ancaster Village Church). Front row, Bob Bernhardt (Alberton Presbyterian), Brian Dunlop (Turning Point), Ian Duffy (St. Ann’s Roman Catholic), Everett VaderHorst (Meadowlands Fellowship CRC) and Henry Huberts (St. Andrews Presbyterian).

Ancaster Ministerial Association represents several different traditions within the Christian faith

 Rev. Aaron D. Gerrard, Special to The News

The Ancaster Ministerial Association has over a dozen active participants representing several different traditions within the Christian faith in Ancaster, including Redeemer College and University.

It is a vibrant group that has existed for decades and has played an active role in the community: hosting an annual ecumenical gathering for all the churches, an annual Lenten Lunch series, parenting seminars, leadership at the annual Remembrance Day gathering at the Old Town Hall and providing graduation awards for all of Ancaster’s secondary schools, among many other ventures.

Together, the churches of Ancaster are also an economic leader and investor in the community, employer and provider of a highly motivated volunteer force. Two facts about the AMA of which many in Ancaster are not aware is that Ancaster Community Services was founded by the AMA, and that the old rugged cross located near the Wilson Street and Montgomery Drive intersection was placed there by the city in recognition of the church’s work in the community.

I like to use that old cross as an illustration of how the church in Ancaster is sometimes viewed. Most people do not even know that the cross on Wilson Street exists. Most drive by completely unaware of its meaning and purpose. The same could be said of the churches in Ancaster. Although Ancaster’s churches serve the community in many different and valuable ways, there is no escaping the fact that for many, the church is an after-thought. For that reason, the AMA is committed to continued service in Ancaster and is seeking to raise its profile as a group invested in our community’s well-being.

One of the new ventures in which the AMA will be investing is the 2015 Music At Fieldcote series.

Plans are already underway for the AMA to sponsor a great night of music and entertainment for the community in August 2015. We are also committed to providing the annual Lenten Lunch series in the spring, an activity for many of Ancaster’s seniors, and maintaining many of our current initiatives.

For more information on the Ancaster Ministerial Association or to contact the AMA, click here.

 

— Rev. Aaron D. Gerrard is pastor, Ancaster Village Church, and chairman of the Ancaster Ministerial Association 

 

 

 

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