On Sunday, September 9, 2018, St. Michael’s, Vancouver aka St. Michael’s Multicultural Anglican Parish and the Mission to Seafarer’s solidified what has been an historic and now a growing partnership in mission and ministry with a signed ministry covenant.
The document signed by the parish officers and the ordained leadership of the parish for St. Michael’s and by the Senior Port Chaplain on behalf of the Mission to Seafarers is as follows:
PARTNERS IN MISSION – ‘CARING FOR SEAFARERS AND THEIR FAMILIES’
Paul’s letter to the Philippians teaches us the importance as followers of Jesus of supporting one another with prayer, encouragement and giving.
After consultation and discernment the Mission to Seafarers (MTS) in the Port of Vancouver, BC and the St. Michael’s Multicultural Anglican Parish (SMM) in Vancouver, BC have decided to partner in Mission in the care of seafarers and their families.
The purpose of this reciprocal and mutually beneficial partnership is to enable people at SMM to live out their multicultural Christian service as disciples of Jesus, and in so doing broaden and intensify the ability of the Mission to Seafarers to fulfil its mandate through an increase of volunteers.
For St. Michael’s, this is a return to a ministry that they supported at the turn of the millennium. It has now been institutionalized with this covenant.
The covenant was signed by churchwardens: James Baldo, ODNW and Moses Kajoba, ODNW; the ordained leaders of the parish, rector, the Reverend Wilmer Toyoken and deacon, the Reverend Eric Stroo and on behalf of Mission to Seafarers, Senior Port Chaplain, the Reverend Peter Smyth.