Visiting on Epiphany Sunday at St. Dunstan’s, Aldergrove, was a family of eight deer. (Jacque Wills photo)

Parishioners went briefly to the windows in the middle of a service at St. Dunstan’s, Aldergrove, to view some unusual visitors. The appearance of a family of eight deer interrupted the preaching of Hon. Assistant, the Rev. Helen Tervo.

The Rev. Paul Guiton said the visit occurred during the Epiphany service after the heavy snowfalls in January. After the service, he said, some discussion followed involving the wardens as to whether the deer should be included in the Sunday attendance statistics.

“Since this is now the second time this family has visited us, the stewardship committee is preparing offering envelopes and we are hoping to co-opt them for one or more committees the next time they come by,” said the rector.

The photograph was quickly snapped by parishioner Jacque Wills.


The Vancouver Police Equine Squad came to Christ Church Cathedral for the Cathedral’s “First Responders” Sunday.

Following a service in honour of Vancouver’s “First Responders,” Cathedral parishioners admire Harley, Twig, Clive, and Dalton, animals in the Vancouver Police Department’s equine squad headed by Sgt. Al Gosbee.

The special service February 15 involved police and also members of the Vancouver Fire Department, the BC Ambulance Service, and the Canadian Coast Guard.

Clergy thanked and praised all for their courage and community service, and pronounced a blessing. At the end of the service the congregation processed outside where Archdeacon Ellen Clark-King blessed the waiting horses and riders