Wow! What A Centennial Celebration!
The formal Centennial Celebrations for St Thomas Church were held this past weekend and what a party it was! On Friday night we had a wine and cheese party and many former parishioners came to the event. It was great to catch up on old friendships and people came from as far away as Alberta and Vancouver Island.
Our big day was Saturday and we started off with words from our distinguished guests: Deputy Mayor of Vancouver, Tony Tang, our Member of Parliament, Wei Young and of course our Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Michael Ingham. They all spoke eloquently about the importance of this church to the community and the lasting legacy the parishioners of St Thomas have made for themselves. The very twin of St Thomas then joined us (via a play written and performed by Nicky) and we learned about our patron Saint. Bishop Michael then unveiled our centennial plaque and it read:
Saint Thomas Church Centennial 1912 – 2012 We dedicate this plaque in thanksgiving for 100 years of ministry. We honour all those who have gathered in this place in faith, friendship and service; and we give glory to our almighty and gracious God, who sustains and guides us, yesterday, today and tomorrow. Unveiled on this 9th Day of June, 2012 by The Bishop of New Westminster, The Right Reverend Michael Ingham
Our very own Cliff Caprani then presented his wonderful film about the history of St Thomas. It was truly a fantastic highlight of the afternoon and Nick and Cliff can and should be very proud of their contributions to our Centennial as we most certainly are of them!
To end this very special day Arlene took us on a very informative and moving tour of the church’s memorial gifts over the years, and then John Green and our Music Director Rita Attrot finished the afternoon with a wonderful hymn sing of our ten top favourite church tunes.
To end our weekend of celebration we had a special Sunday service where a number of former Priests of St Thomas came and gave reminiscences about the church and their time here. Their stories were moving, funny and inspirational.
We would like to thank all who worked so very hard to make this Centennial Weekend a spectacular success and in particular the Centennial Team for time and dedication over the past year putting this event together. And thanks to Mike Roberts for taking these great pictures.