NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SUNDAY
June 19th at 10am
In worship this Sunday we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day and honour our indigenous siblings and the path to healing and reconciliation. We will wonder about what it really means to be a good neighbour. We look forward to hearing from Jay Bailey, who grew up as a teen at Knox Waterloo and has now returned in his retirement, sharing what he has learned about being an ally and building relationships of respect, trust and love with the Indigenous community.


Jay Bailey’s Biography:

The headwaters of the Grand River rise north-east of the village of Dundalk and Jay was born here, where his father, Albert Bailey, was serving as the student minister at the Erskine Presbyterian Church. His father became the minister of Knox Waterloo when Jay started Grade 6. At age 16, his rebellious statement was, “Don’t call me Christian. I don’t want to be associated with hypocrites.” At the same time Jay acknowledged that “any good that comes out of my life is because of Christian influence.” At 19, he realized that God loved him as he was/is/will be and didn’t need him to be perfect, just accepting of, and committed to, God’s kind of love.

Jay entered Ewart College of Christian Education, becoming their first male graduate. He was sent to a congregation in Elphinstone, Manitoba and to the Saulteaux people (plains Anishinabek) on reserves nearby, just a few years after residential schools had closed. After three years, he shifted into teaching French and took students to the Festival du Voyageur, where he was bitten by the voyageur bug. It combined his interests in Indigenous peoples and French language. In Manitoba, he helped develop Core French curriculum for Éducation Manitoba and developed some computer applications for teaching French. Moving back to Ontario, he was asked to share his voyageur expertise with other teachers and their students. Even though he is now retired, he continues to share his expertise and to live the voyageur life, traveling over 4,000 km on the fur trade routes, equipped as in 1800.

Jay and his wife Hope raised their family in Simcoe, where they lived for 34 years. Jay is an ordained elder in the PCC. Just last year they moved to Kitchener, where they have one daughter and two grandchildren as well as two daughters in Guelph with another two grandchildren. Jay was drawn back to Knox Waterloo because we are inclusive and willing to engage with Indigenous people. Jay is co-founder of the Two Row on the Grand.

Scriptures:
Matthew 22:34-40
1 Corinthians 13

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CONGRATULATIONS TO SHANE AND STACEY GUSE!
The Western Swing Authority took home ‘Roots Artist or Group of the Year’
at the 10th annual Country Music Association of Ontario Awards

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Celebrating a life well lived!
Steph Prysnuk (January 22, 1990 – May 1, 2022)
She had an extraordinary ability to connect with others!
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CONGRATULATIONS
to
Kathryn Hare
for the designation of
Distinguished Professor Emerita
University of Waterloo
(This honorary award is granted to retired faculty members with a distinguished record of service in teaching and research in the University.)
CONGRATULATIONS
to the following Food for Thought folk who completed their degrees this spring and/or attended convocation ceremonies this week:
Lisa Koenig — Personal Support Worker program from Conestoga College
Matthew Robbins — PhD in Physics from University of Waterloo
Marie Tsai — BSc in Honours Kinesiology from University of Waterloo
KNOX COMMUNITY NEWS

We are sad to announce the passing of Walker Bennett
April 7, 1946 – June 8, 2022
beloved husband of Leah Christensen.

Condolences to Amy, Brent, Jack and Blake Wolf on the sudden passing of Amy’s father and Jack and Blake’s grandfather, Leonard Ray Noake on May 29, 2022 at age 75.
JUNE IS PRIDE MONTH
…and YOU are INVITED to MARCH WITH US in the
PRIDE PARADE SUNDAY, JUNE 26th
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KNOX HEALTH & SAFETY COVID UPDATE
  • Knox has lifted its seating reservation requirement.
  • Prefer to have social distanced seating? Ushers will direct you to the streetside section of the sanctuary.
  • Masks are mandatory while in church building.
  • Congregational singing is permitted.
  • Post Worship Social Time –
    • outside with juice provided weather permitting.
    • indoor in the Hall – masks mandatory; no food/drink.
  • Please stay home if you are feeling ill the morning of worship.
  • Passive screening is employed. Do not attend if you are unwell. Read the online screening tool.
Knox COVID Health & Safety Team: Hugh Donnelly (Chair), Courtney Crawford, Elizabeth Denbeigh, Vaughn Sauvé, Ruth Song

FINAL THOUGHT…

“In the end, reconciliation is a spiritual process, which requires more than just a legal framework. It has to happen in the hearts and minds of people.”
— Nelson Mandela
We acknowledge that Knox Waterloo is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Neutral Peoples. Read the full Territorial Acknowledgement.
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