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Highlighting recent events in the Presbyterian community in the Hamilton area.


Introducing Melissa Kuipers

(June 2016)  Central Presbyterian Church, Hamilton, is pleased to announce that Melissa Kuipers, M.A., will be Centralís full-time Director of Discipleship, overseeing and building this ministry with a strong focus on children, youth and young families.
   Melissa was raised in Aylmer, Ontario on a chicken farm. She attended Redeemer University College where she majored in English and minored in art history and missions. From there she completed her education degree at Western University and later received her Masters of English in the Field of Creative Writing from University of Toronto. She has taught English at Niagara Christian Community of Schools as well as at Tyndale University College, has worked as a youth minister at St. Clementís Anglican Church, and most recently was an associate chaplain with the Christian Reformed Campus ministry at Western University. She has also been a camp counsellor, a relief staff with Christian Horizons, and a program coordinator with YouthWorks summer missions. She enjoys writing, singing, cycling, crafting of all kinds, board games and doing cryptic crosswords with her husband, Mark.

An Angelic Visitation?
No, not exactly! This intriguing photograph was recently (December 2014) taken in the sanctuary of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Hagersville by Paula Dumas. The alignment of the lighting fixtures creates the impression that a shining angel is hovering over the sanctuary. This unusual picture was featured in the Haldimand Press weekly newspaper and is displayed with permission here on PresbyKirk.

The Rev. Reay Duke, who retired as Minister of St. John's Church in Grimsby, passed away peacefully on November 17th., 2014.   A celebration of his life was held on Thursday, November 20th. in St. John's Church, Grimsby.
We extend our condolences to his wife Jean and his family.

Test of Faith: On October 11, 2014, the Hamilton Spectator published a front page story called Test of Faith that explores the threatened future for traditional Protestant Christian congregations. Though this is not exactly fresh news it is a reality that remains to be recognized and appreciated by the wider church community.

Ordination of Alex Douglas

On May 25th., 2014, Alex Douglas was ordained as a minister of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. A graduate of Knox College, Alex is currently serving as the Children and Family Pastor at Cheyne Church in Stoney Creek. However, commencing on July 1st., Alex, along with David Moody, will priovide the leadership for the "replant" of Heritage Green Presbyterian Church, 360 Isaac Brock Drive in Stoney Creek (corner of Isaac Brock and Mud Street). For additional information about the current plans for Heritage Green visit www.heritagegreen.cc/friends

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