Walking Together on Saturdays in Advent

November 27th to Christmas Day

During the Season of Advent we are pleased to expand our weekday online devotional, Walking Together, to include Saturdays beginning on November 27th and continuing through to Christmas Day. 

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We are delighted to introduce this year's guest writers:

Nov. 27th Rev. Dr. Ray Kibler III, a retired Lutheran pastor, professor and author living in Claremont California who is part of our online worshipping community and active in our weekly Bible Study.

Dec. 4th Rev. Jim Sanderson, is the Minister of Mimico Baptist Church, Toronto with a profound involvement in the wider community of Mimico.

Dec. 11th Rev. Bonnie Parsons, is the Minister of Pastoral Care at Weston Park Baptist Church, Toronto and a leader of the liturgical dance program at L'Arche Daybreak in Richmond Hill.

Dec. 18th Rev. Phillip Jones, is a recently retired Congregational pastor living in Taunton, Somerset, England, Phillip has been worshipping online with us for many years and looks forward to his first in person visit to Yorkminster Park in 2022.

Dec. 25th Barry Morrison, M.Div. (McMaster), Th.D. (Toronto) served Baptist churches in Saskatoon, Montreal, and Hamilton before being invited to Acadia Divinity College where he was the first incumbent in the John N. Gladstone Chair for Preaching and Worship.

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BIOGRAPHYS:

Saturday, November 27th
The Rev. Dr. Ray F. Kibler III
is a retired Lutheran pastor residing in Claremont California where he serves as Chair of the Faith and Order Commission of the Southern California Christian Forum of the National Council of Churches, and Scholar of the History of Christianity with Ecumenical Theology and History. He has pastored a number of churches in Southern California and served as Professor of Research on the faculty of a Lutheran college in California. Ray holds the B.Mus. degree cum laude from California State University, Long Beach, the M.Div and M.Th degrees from Luther Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Claremont School of Theology, and a Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary. Due to a medical disability Ray has been confined largely to his home for more than ten years but continues to serve via electronic means. After a friend told him about Yorkminster Park he searched for us online and has been worshipping with us ever since. More recently Ray has become active in our mid-week online Bible Study and we have been blessed by his participation. 

Saturday December 4th
Rev. Jim Sanderson
has been pastor of Mimico Baptist Church (MBC) since November 1994. He is married to Jennifer and they have three grown children, Jesse, Jillian, and Jemma. Jim loves the outdoors, kayaking, fishing, hiking, snowshoeing. He loves his church and community. MBC is particularly excited about their vibrant Mandarin Ministry and their other focus on children and youth. Jim trained four years to be an illustrator, served one year with Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship, and three years as a director of a ministry to young offenders and troubled youth. He completed his MDiv at Tyndale University. Prior to coming to Mimico, Jim served as associate pastor at First Baptist Church Ingersoll and Pastor of Beachville Baptist Church. While at Mimico, Jim was instrumental in the establishing the Annual Mimico Party in the Park Festival, the Mimico Residents Association, the Christmas Tree Lighting service and an Annual Remembrance service for the Guiding and Scouting groups of south Etobicoke. MBC recently completed a significant renovation to make the building fully accessible. in 2020 the church celebrated its Centennial. Jim serves on the Advisory Board of The Gardens, a collaboration between LAMP, Humber College and other community partners to address food insecurity needs in South Etobicoke.

Saturday December 11th
The Rev Bonnie Parsons
serves in part-time ministry at Weston Park in the role of pastoral care, as well as leading Spirit Movers (liturgical dance group) at L'Arche Daybreak. She first received the call to ministry through volunteer work in palliative care. When Weston Park's youth outreach centre, Frontlines, was on the verge of closing in 1999, she resigned from her job at Green Shield Canada to ‘keep the doors open'. Soon after, she began her divinity studies at Wycliffe and was eventually ordained in 2019. Relationships are the heart of ministry for her, patterning after perichoresis ~ danced relationships, whether to music or the breath of God. 

Saturday December 18th
The Rev. Phillip Jones B.A; B.D.
Born in the South Wales County of Monmouthshire to a Baptist father and Congregationalist mother, I followed my mother! Worked in the tinplate section at Ebbw Vale Steel Works. 

Recognised and Commissioned by the Congregational Church in England and Wales as a Lay Preacher in 1967-1980 regularly conducting worship in various Congregational/United Reformed Churches where there was a ministerial vacancy or when the minister was on holiday. In 1972 the Congregational Church in England and Wales united with the Presbyterian Church of England forming the United Reformed Church.
Trained for the Ordained Ministry within the United Reformed Church at Manchester (1980-1984) where I first came across the Revd Dr Brian Haymes.
Ordained at Banstead URC (Surrey) 1984-90, Sanderstead URC (Surrey) 1990-2003, Weybridge URC (Surrey) 2003-2009, Guildford URC (Surrey) 2009-2020. My leaving gift from Guildford was a trip to Toronto but because of the Pandemic (Covid 19) I have not been able to take this up, I hope to visit you in person circa mid-October next year.

Now retired living in Taunton, Somerset and an active member at Paul St United Reformed Church here in Taunton and now since our minister left in August I have been conducting worship twice a month. So much for retirement!

Saturday December 25th
Barry Morrison, M.Div. (McMaster), Th.D. (Toronto) served Baptist churches in Saskatoon, Montreal, and Hamilton before being invited to Acadia Divinity College where he was the first incumbent in the John N. Gladstone Chair for Preaching and Worship. From there he was called to the ministry of Wolfville Baptist Church - the oldest continuing Baptist church in Canada. In retirement, he is pursuing his interests in music and art as well as continuing his service with the Association of Theological Schools - the major accrediting body for seminaries in North America. He is married to Jean, née MacDonald; they have two children - Jillian and Thomas 

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