Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of British Columbia and former minister of Uclueletâ€™s former St. Aidanâ€™s on the Hill Church recently visited the West Coast.
Bishop Logan McMenamie oversees 46 parishes across Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the mainland.
â€œMy role is to visit and have pastoral oversight over all those congregations,â€ he told the Westerly News. â€œThe reason Iâ€™m here is to visit to visit the ministry thatâ€™s in Tofino and to visit the ministry thatâ€™s in Ucluelet and get to know whatâ€™s happening.â€
McMenamie was a minister at St. Aidanâ€™s in the 1980â€™s and said the West Coast carries an important significance in his life.
â€œBefore I was consecrated a Bishop last year, I came on my retreat here because it was that important to me. This was a place that I wanted to come before I went on this new journey in my life,â€ he said adding that during his time as the local minister he found inspiration at Long Beach.
â€œIt used to be a place I would go every Saturday morning and sit there by myself and write my sermons for the weekend.â€
St. Aidanâ€™s was deconsecrated by the church in 2010 and sold to a developer in 2011. It has since become embroiled in a zoning dispute between its owner and the district.
McMenamie said he felt â€œsadnessâ€ to see the current state of the building he used to minister in but he was excited to see West Coast Reverend Will Ferrey working to reunite the congregation.
â€œSt. Aidanâ€™s congregation continues in a different shape and in a different form and Iâ€™m really grateful to Will for the work heâ€™s done here to reestablish and draw people together, through bible study and through worship services, the ministry in Ucluelet because I think itâ€™s really important for the community,â€ McMenamie said.
â€œAll that stuff fits into our dioceseâ€™s vision that weâ€™re working through at the moment of renewed spirits, renewed heart and renewed people. Itâ€™s a whole renewal of what church means for this generation and our day in age.â€
Ferrey has brought Sunday services and Thursday bible studies to Uclueletâ€™s community centre for the local Anglican and United congregations.
McMenamie attended a Thursday bible study and said the small group has room to grow but is rich in leadership potential.
â€œWhat I saw today was strong lay leadership,â€ he said.
â€œAnother part of our vision as a diocese is a new understanding of lay ministry and lay leadership within our churches…and I think there is strong lay leadership so thereâ€™s a good potential here.â€
While in Tofino, McMenamie visited with St. Columbaâ€™s parish council and was impressed.
â€œSt. Columbaâ€™s building is important to the town of Tofino as an iconic location. Itâ€™s an iconic building for that community but thereâ€™s also a piece of work thatâ€™s really important which is to reach out into the community, beyond the walls of the building, and to minister to the population,â€ he said.
â€œThe work thatâ€™s been done is very, very, good.â€
McMenamie offered a ringing endorsement for Rev. Ferry, who arrived on the West Coast in 2013.
â€œIf I had a vision for a priest in the West Coast here, and a vision for what a priest needed to do in the West Coast: the personâ€™s connection with the community, the personâ€™s knowledge of the community, the engagement of the community on a whole bunch of levels outside of Sunday morning, outside of church, Will is that,â€ he said.
â€œHe also does a very good piece of work in the church and his leadership as a priest and also the work that I see him doing here in Ucluelet is a very important piece of work.â€