Elizabeth Ruder-Celiz
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On Sunday June 25, approximately 90 people from four parishes of the Archdeaconry of Vancouver (St. Mary’s Kerrisdale, St. Faith’s, St. John Shaughnessy, and St. Augustine’s Marpole) gathered at Maplegrove Park for what is now an annual Summer Picnic.

St. Mary’s provided the shelters, BBQ’s, burgers, hot dogs, and drinks, while other parishes brought salads and desserts to share.

There was face-painting, games and races, including the now annual Clergy Potato Sack Race (Congratulations to the Ven. John Stephen’s on his 2nd win in a row!), and the soon to be annual all-out water balloon fight!  The pleasant afternoon ended with an all ages/levels softball game. 

A big thank you to everyone who came, and everyone who helped!  A special thanks to: the cooks, those who transported gear back and forth, and those on set up and clean up.  Another special thank you to Kimberly Blair, John Taylor and Jim Hilton for helping to organize this amazing event!  We’ll see everyone back next year! 

And if anyone has a rope suitable for tug of war, please email St. Mary’s!