On Sunday July 9, Holy Trinity, Vancouver welcomed family, friends and neighbours to a free ‘smokies’ BBQ in celebration of Canada’s 150 years of Confederation.
The BBQ was held in the garden of Chalmers Lodge next door to the church, which has an accessible ramp from the sidewalk – as well as making it welcoming for all our guests, the ramp also made life easier for the volunteers who moved tables, chairs, displays, and the portable BBQ out and back from the church building!
In addition to a very light-hearted Canadian trivia quiz and a paper airplane competition, guests were invited to fill out a paper strip saying, “My name is……….. My family has been part of Canada’s history since………….” There were two large maps on display, one of Canada and one of the World, for guests to put in pins showing their place of birth. A number of guests also added their family info-strips to the maps. The games initiated conversations and sharing about family stories and histories, and there were opportunities for everyone to sing together and to share in the BBQ lunch and a celebration cake.
The weather cooperated beautifully, warm but with a slight overcast, which made it comfortable for sitting outside, especially for the seniors who joined us from Chalmers Lodge.
Photos: Courtesy of Karl Przywala and the Holy Trinity, Vancouver Community