The Rev. Bruce Chalmers, an Anglican priest, began his ministry with the North Thompson Ecumenical Shared Ministry on June 15, 2020. He was appointed by Bishop Barbara Andrews from the Territory of the People of the Anglican Church of Canada after receiving affirmation of this decision from Bishop Greg Mohr of the BC Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Rev. Victoria Andrews of the Pacific Mountain Regional Council of the United Church of Canada.
Many in our Parish see God’s Spirit being in our midst as we sought our next minister. Being an ecumenical shared ministry, there is an attempt to rotate the denominations serving in the position of Priest/Minister/Pastor. It was the Anglican denomination’s turn. We feel blessed, that Bruce, an Anglican with experience in a shared ministry, felt called to apply and then to accept our offer to join us in our ministry in the North Thompson. His assertion that “Music is my prayer.” resonates with us.
For over 60 years the folk of the United Church in the North Thompson Valley have been one church family – the North Thompson Pastoral Charge of the United Church of Canada.
For many years the Pastoral Charge was made up of 3 points: Blue River, Clearwater, and Barriere. The Charge begins in McLure and goes to Blue River (a distance of almost 200 km). In the 1980s Blue River United Church closed and thus the charge became 2-point.
In the late 1990s, Clearwater United Church sold their building and have been worshipping in St. James’ Catholic Church since 2000.
In 2008, Barriere United Church began experimenting with becoming Church of St Paul, recognizing the coming together of the Anglicans (from Barriere’s Church of the Redeemer), Uniteds, and Lutherans in town. Church of St Paul is an acronym for Serving Together as a Parish of Anglicans, Uniteds, and Lutherans. This was made real on Pentecost Sunday 2010 with the signing of the Shared Ministry Agreement!
In the Fall of 2015, the entire Pastoral Charge became an Ecumenical Shared Ministry when representatives from the three denominations and the Pastoral Charge gathered to sign a new Shared Ministry Agreement. Clearwater United Church became Trinity Shared Ministry!
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been several changes to the how, when, and where of worship for our two faith communities. Currently, both congregations are meeting at their usual times and places. The Safety Protocols for Trinity Shared Ministry are found here. The Safety Protocols for the Church of St Paul are available here.
Normally, worship is held each Sunday. All are welcome.
- Trinity Shared Ministry (Clearwater) worships at 9:00 am in St. James’ Catholic Church (324 Grant Rd, Clearwater, BC).
- The Church of St Paul (Barriere) worships at 11:00 am in the Church of St Paul, Barriere (4464 Barriere Town Rd., Barriere, BC).
Both churches are Ecumenical Shared Ministries relating to The United Church of Canada, The Anglican Church of Canada, and The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.
So, if you’re looking for a church family, or some way to re-imagine your experience of church – come out and check us out! Our doors are always open for you!
It doesn’t matter who you are or what you think you’ve done that you won’t be welcomed here – you will be. It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female or trangender, straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or questioning, it doesn’t matter how great you feel your faith is, or how small, it doesn’t matter if you feel like you are a Christian or a questioning person of another faith – you are welcome in these churches.