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On a very warm Sunday afternoon, July 18th, some of the families from Christ church Cathedral gathered at Trout Lake for the annual families picnic.

About 23 people came to spend some time together under willow trees near the lake, chatting, checking in and reconnecting after this time apart during the pandemic. It was around 35 degrees, so being conscious of the sunshine, a few games were played - but with lots of shade and rest time in between, refreshed by cold drinks and delicious oreo ice cream sandwiches.

The afternoon was also a chance to celebrate the ministry of the Rev. Helen Dunn, who has accompanied the family ministry during her time at the cathedral, but especially during the pandemic. Over the past 16 months Helen's ministry with the families provided not only pastoral care but also activity packs and even a traveling library and a vital sense of connection.

The picnic was also a chance to welcome the new children's youth and family minister, Lauren Odile Pinkney and continue contact with the Rev. Jonathan Pinkney, who will work together in September, sharing pastoral duties with the families.

Between playing many rounds of ring toss, parachute games, soccer and even a parent vs child egg and spoon race, a lovely time was had by all, and was a sign of brighter things to come. As we look to the fall, we can begin to get excited about getting back into the full swing of the regular children, youth and families activities. One particular thing to look forward to in the fall is the backpack blessing on September 12th and return of Godly Play towards the end of September. That is just two of the things on the slate for the fall. Watch this space for even more!

Photo: provided by Lauren Odile Pinkney 
Details provided by Laruen Odile Pinkney