Our community seeks to be fully affirming of LGBTQ+ people, their relationships and their gifts being shared in our midst.

Join Us as We Leave

It’s time to take a stand. Please come and sign on to our “Join us as we leave” website. We’re hoping that this will create a very visible and positive message about the number of people who stand behind the need for affirming churches. It is so fun to watch the number of supporters rise!
So grateful to Jackets Creative for making this beautiful platform for us.

Upcoming Events

  1. Prayer & Healing Team

    January 26, 2020 - January 3, 2021
  2. Victoria Street Community Garden

    April 1 - October 1
  3. Broader Community

    May 1 @ 12:00 am - June 30 @ 11:59 pm

St. Croix Church E-News

Sunday Mornings at SCC
We are talking of new ways to do our meetings in the days ahead, not rushing and being sure we have all the safety parts in place first. 

During these days of social distancing, we continue to offer some online meetings. The Early Celtic Service is available by Zoom invitation (contact Walter for info). Peter has been recording a short message each week and posting to the website and on Facebook and Instagram, then doing a follow-up Zoom conversation on Tuesday night (contact Mary Ellen for info). We have Joy doing a Facebook Live story with the kids on Sunday mornings (contact Joy for more info). Music is being shared through youTube, Facebook, Instagram and on the website. This 

Find safe and creative ways to practice social distancing. Keep aware of your neighbours who are vulnerable and may not have social or internet connections. We are all in these days together. Love one another. Be kind!

The United Way is providing funds to help seniors in our area with food security. They are partnering with Meals on Wheels to make sure that seniors (65+) who don’t have enough food will get a solid meal once a day. They will also provide a week’s worth of frozen meals for seniors who live outside of town. These will be delivered once a week to a central location. Peter and Mary Ellen have contact information if you would like to take advantage of this service or if you know someone that who would benefit from this initiative. 

Also, some of the people who would benefit from this do not have support systems, so I’m sure the MOW crew would love volunteers to drop off to housebound folks without transportation!
Listen at Home

Lindsay and Teena have gathered a playlist together of an assortment of songs well loved by our community. You can listen on Apple Music , Google Music or Spotify. Enjoy!
Live Life Together  (Apart…)

These are difficult times for many. We’ve heard about people in our church who have lost their income during the crisis. Some will be eligible for government programs but others may not. If you are strong in resource these days and would like to help, it may be that we can get some extra supplies to families that need them. Or, if you are among those who need extra supplies like food, please do let us know as well.
Contact Peter or Mary Ellen.

Changes/ The New Normal …

We will not be meeting for services or other activities at the Victoria Street Centre for the next bit of time. On Sundays, we will be posting a video message on our website and a worship/meditation video. Would be great if anyone wanted to share ideas from these talks, either openly in the Facebook group or by email. 

You can connect via the new St. Croix Church Facebook Group or our old Facebook Page. If you are not on Facebook, you can connect directly by email or on our website. If needed at any time you may call our (Fitch’s) landline, 1-506-466-5725.

Super thankful for Joy and Janell who are reaching out and connecting with our kids and junior youth online! 

Find safe and creative ways to practice social distancing. Keep aware of your neighbours who are vulnerable and may not have social or internet connections. We are all in these days together. Love one another. Be kind!

You can join this group on Facebook for the early service , Celtic (Early) Service – St. Croix on Victoria. If you have trouble finding it, contact Walter for an invite.

There are so many services online that are now available free. One is the St. Croix Courier, our local newspaper. See all the local businesses and services that you can support at Together St. Stephen

We are now on Instagram! Search ‘stcroixchurch’ and join!

St. Croix Church on Facebook

Join our  St. Croix Church group and our St. Croix Church page  (click ‘receive notifications’ under the ‘Like’ tab). All the ‘live’ events and most communication will be in the group.

You can join this group on Facebook for the early service , Celtic (Early) Service – St. Croix on Victoria. If you have trouble finding it, contact Walter for an invite.

Also, if you are not receiving these weekly Email Updates on Friday afternoon, check your spam files.
Victoria Street Garden​ 

The season is fast approaching, deadlines for securing your beds for this year!
Please email  vicstreetgarden@gmail.com for garden details and you can check out all the info here in the Welcome Pack. If you know anyone who is interested in gardening at VicStreet please have them email or connect them with Kendall Kadatz! Check this link for more info. You can also follow on our Facebook page.
Prayer & Healing Team

The purpose of the prayer & healing team is to provide people support, compassion, and a safe place to seek something from God, whether it is healing or otherwise. How to meet with the Healing & Prayer team? Email alexander.r.henderson@gmail.com or call Alex at 506-321-1884 to set up a prayer time at the St. Croix Vineyard, 32 Victoria Street, St. Stephen, NB or another location, upon request. Interested in helping in the prayer room? Contact Alex. 
Broader Community Events

Check out Together St. Stephen for what’s available in town. Click on ‘Broader Community‘ for Covid-19 info and resources.

You can also check out the town of St. Stephen’s website here.
Giving at SCV
Last fall, we had a meeting in which, among other things, people shared a request for quarterly budget updates to be posted on our website. We have now posted the first of what we hope to be regular updates for everyone who wants to know where we’re at financially. Please connect with Lorna if you want to understand the different ways that you can give. One of the easiest is to e-transfer to givetoscv@gmail.com
Here is a link to our latest budget info.
If you have questions about finances at SCV, feel free to ask Peter, Walter or Lorna any time.
The Gathering is cancelled until further notice!
The Gathering is a ministry of SCV. Every month on the 3rdSaturday, a group meets to prepare and celebrate a meal together. During this time, a store is run upstairs and the proceeds go to the Food Bank in St. Stephen.
The Gathering is centered around 4 values: friends, faith, food and fun.To learn more about what’s happening and how you can be involved please talk to Geordie or Kathy Hull or email or contact Peter or Mary Ellen Fitch (506-466-5725). Also you can check us out on Facebook under “The Gathering”!
Helpers are always welcome and needed! You can help with set up/ clean up, cooking, or just hang out and have conversation and enjoy people.
Thanks to all who donate gently used clothing and household items to the Gathering Store.  If you, or someone you know has a need for these items, please contact us and we’ll try to hook you up!
Volunteers/Helpers Always Welcome!

Would you like to feel more a part of things at SCV? We are always looking for people to help with coffee, greeting, working with the kids and youth, helping with powerpoint and sound and computer stuff, being a part of the music and worship, helping at the Gathering, helping with local needs. So many things to do! It takes a community! If you are interested in becoming more involved, please contact Mary Ellen by email or call 466-5725.
 The ZimbabWays
The Ways are preparing for their return to Zimbabwe.  
***Good news – the container has arrived at Eden!***
Check out their website here, and Facebook page here, you can find all the latest on this great adventure!
SCV on Facebook

If you want to get the SCV Facebook page  and Facebook group, you should click ‘receive notifications’ under the ‘Like’ tab. 
Also, if you are not receiving these weekly Email Updates on Friday afternoon, check your spam files.

Wifi Connections at SCV

Connect to the network called ‘FibreOP101‘ and use the password ‘thevineyard‘ 

SCV Finances

Please connect with Lorna if you want to understand the different ways that you can give. One of the easiest is to e-transfer to givetoscv@gmail.com

Here is a download form to our proposed budget for 2020.

Here is a download on our latest info as of March 31, 2020.

If you have questions about finances at SCV, feel free to ask Pete, Walter or Lorna any time.

Community Gardens

Anyone interested in turning some of the SCV property into a community garden? Let’s talk!

Canada’s community gardens

From new friendships to just-picked produce, women across the country are harvesting the benefits of shared green spaces. Here are six community gardens that stood out to Best Health

By Kim Pittaway



Michelle Obama planted one on the South Lawn of the White House and a new one has sprouted at Vancouver’s City Hall, as well. Fuelled partly by a boom in interest in the health benefits of locally grown food, community gardens are popping up across North America. The idea is not entirely new—”victory gardens” in this country date back to the Second World War—and Canada’s biggest cities all have shared garden spaces that date back several decades.


Some are allotment-style gardens, where each gardener gets a plot, while others feature a single communal area where both the work and the literal fruits of that labour are shared or donated to local charities. Still others are a mix of these two approaches.“We’re seeing an explosion of interest in starting new ones,” says Troy Glover, director of the Healthy Communities Research Network at the University of Waterloo, who has studied community gardens and advises gardening groups.


“It’s a vitamin D sport,” says Sylvia Holland, a gardener with Vancouver’s Green Streets program, who says she has seen full-body benefits from her gardening, including improved strength and aerobic health. “But community gardening is also about creating a healthy society, a healthy planet.”


Carolyn Bailey, community gardens coordinator with EcoSource, an environmental education charity in Mississauga, Ont., sees that in her Garden of the Valley program. “The garden benefits the Mississauga Valley Park’s ecosystem by bringing more flowering plants into the park, encouraging pollinators like bees,” she says. “But there are less tangible health benefits, too, from the friendships that gardeners make with each other, or as seniors share their knowledge with young families, or new Canadians literally put down roots in their new community.”


And while both men and women take part, many gardens are initiated and led by women, says Glover, who co-authored a 2004 study of gender roles in community gardens. As one male garden coordinator put it, speaking anonymously so as not to offend his male volunteers: “Women get things done.” Here’s just a sample of what they’re getting done, coast to coast.

Montreal: The urban rooftop garden


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For Gaëlle Janvier, one of the best things about working on the rooftop garden at McGill University is the shared knowledge. “I’ve learned so much,” says the 25-year-old, who joined the program as a student and then was hired as a project leader. The 150-square-metre garden, which sits on a first-floor roof, is a summertime hub of activity: 100 volunteers and two project staff tend the tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables and flowers; university staff and students stroll through or stop to eat lunch; and events such as gardening lectures, yoga classes and outdoor film festivals also take place.


The garden, started in 2007, is a joint project of the university and Santropol Roulant, a meals program for seniors. The vegetables—grown in self-watering containers—help feed about 100 seniors during growing season. And the so-called “edible campus” demonstration garden also helps plant the seeds for other such projects. “What we’re offering is a new way to green surfaces on asphalt, gravel, rooftops and balconies, without changing the existing structures,” says Ismael Hautecoeur, 36, the garden’s coordinator. “All kinds of hostile surfaces become possible gardens if you have enough light.”


Janvier has been surprised at how well the garden has done. “We’re out in the open. I thought people might steal from it, vandalize it.” But with a couple of minor exceptions, that hasn’t been a problem. “People respect the garden—they’re happy to have it here.”

Spryfield, N.S.: To grow healthy children


Marjorie Willison laughs as she describes each year’s first session of the Come Grow With Us program at Urban Farm on the fringes of Halifax. “We walk up the hill with the kids, who always complain about how far the walk is. When we give them their treat—carrot sticks or apples—they complain because it’s not junk food.” But by the fourth week, the kids are racing up the hill and enjoying their fresh snacks. “They love being outdoors and playing in the dirt,” says the long-time gardener and community organizer.


Willison, 58, along with friends Michèle Raymond and Pat MacLean, has worked for more than a decade to get Urban Farm up and running. It’s designed to reflect the area’s agricultural heritage, so volunteers garden organically and by hand whenever possible, even using oxen to initially plow the fields. The one-hectare garden also hosts a harvest fair and other events, with about 500 people taking part in garden programs in a typical summer.


Willison’s favourite is the kids and parents program, which typically attracts a dozen or so children every Saturday in the growing season. They help plant and tend the crops—including tomatoes, pumpkins and corn—and get to sample the harvest. Produce grown in the communal beds is sold as a fundraiser for the farm, as is a Foods of Spry’s Field cookbook of harvest recipes. “We need to pay more attention to where our food is coming from,” says Willison. “And this is one way to encourage people to grow food.”

Lutselk’e, N.W.T.: The great northern gardeners


It’s not easy to water a garden when there’s no pump or tap nearby. But when it really needs water, Stephanie Poole, 37, and the other Lutselk’e Community Garden volunteers call on the local fire department. The truck fills up its tank at Great Slave Lake, rumbles through the community of about 300 to the 15-square-metre plot in the town’s centre. Then the volunteers give the garden of potatoes, turnips, beets, radishes, beans, sweet peas and carrots a thorough soaking.


“Everything that grew here was like a miracle,” 
says Poole, who helped start the garden last summer. Lutselk’e sits on the southeastern shore of Great Slave Lake. It’s not accessible by road, so garden supplies—including seeds—had to be flown in and, this past winter, composters were brought by snowmobile over the frozen lake. The growing season runs just from June to September, but with many long hours of sunlight, it’s also intense.


“One of the kids just couldn’t understand why we were digging out rocks in the hot sun when we could just go to the store and buy potatoes,” says Poole. But as she explained how far those store potatoes had to travel and how much better the ones they were growing would taste, he listened. And come harvest time? “It was pouring rain, but all of the high school kids came out to help us.” Each volunteer and student took home some of the harvest, with the rest donated to a feast for the elders in the community. “We could all taste the difference,” she says.

Vancouver: Greener city streets


Sylvia Holland speaks of the gardener’s “grumpy tendencies” that were surfacing one afternoon as she tended a curbside flower bed in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. The bed is part of the city’s Green Streets program, one of 305 spaces in Vancouver’s traffic circles and intersections that have been adopted by residents who fill them with flowers and shrubs. As Holland, 56, gardened, a group of kids was playing ball hockey. “I was wondering which plants they were going to damage this time,” she says. Then she heard a quiet voice behind her: “I like that one the best,” said a young boy, pointing to a plant before heading back to his game. His words banished her grumpiness. “A lot of those kids don’t have a balcony, have never had a garden,” she says. And when Holland experienced “a dark year emotionally,” it was gardening that “helped haul me back into well-being. It reconnects you with the world.”


While most adopters get one or two spots, Holland and partner Catherine Kerr, 64, have more than 20. Both work from home—Kerr is a web content manager, Holland helps multi-stakeholder groups design new systems and places—and say the gardens get them outside, as well as making the city more pleasant. In fact, Kerr started gardening in “orphan” spaces before she even knew Green Streets existed. “My walk to the bus was so dispiriting, so I started asking apartment managers if I could plant on their neglected patches,” she says. “For both Sylvia and me, it came out of wanting to love the place we live in more.”


Kerr spends a little time gardening every day, while Holland is more of a marathoner, devoting a full day when she can. They focus on low-care perennials and shrubs and are experimenting with xeriscaping—gardens that don’t require a lot of work or watering (other than rain). “If you’re putting in native plants and paying attention to shade, light and soil, the space will be in better condition than it was before, and stay that way if you leave,” says Holland.

Edmonton: The multicultural garden


When Edmonton’s Millwoods-Wagner Community Garden holds its annual summer potluck picnic, the dishes shared are as varied as the cultural backgrounds of the 65 or so gardeners. Mediterranean tomato dishes are passed to hands offering Ukrainian cabbage rolls; Polish latkes get swapped for Korean greens. “Everyone tastes everything, even if it’s only one bite,” says garden coordinator Odette Dionne, 56. And it’s all washed down with her fresh rhubarb juice. (Dionne’s recipe: Put rhubarb through a juicer, then mix one part of the resulting “concentré” with one part sugar—half in mid-summer, when rhubarb is sweeter—and three parts water.)


The gardeners range in age from “nine months to 80 years,” says Dionne (who adds with a laugh that the nine-month-old gardens with her mom). The 2,700-square metre garden was started in 1997. Today, gardeners are drawn from the neighbourhood, as well as students in the agriculture program at W.P. Wagner High School—on whose property the garden sits—who contribute as part of their coursework.


As well, since 2007 the Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton has facilitated a group for Korean seniors. While language can be a barrier, gardening 
is a great bridge, Dionne says. “We learn from each other.” Most of the gardeners grow vegetables, and while they each tend their own raised bed, there are group “work bees,” picnics and education events.

Sackville, N.B.: It takes a village


This community garden, which was started in 2003 by a Mount Allison University student, is relatively small at just 15 by 30 metres, but the list of people who have helped it take root is long. There’s the farmer who plowed the field, the construction crew that built the shed, the city officials who donated the land, the works department employees who built the berm to block the wind, and a master networker and brainstormer from Renaissance Sackville, a community development organization. There are also the university students and town residents who tend their own plots as well as the communal market garden, and the farmers’ market shoppers who buy its produce. Not bad for a town of just 5,000.


The garden’s impact has been significant, both in creating interest in local food production and in cultivating a market for it. Volunteer coordinator Theresa Richards, 24, likes to grow the oddball vegetables that local farmers don’t grow—like patty pan squash and spicy greens. Then when consumers start buying them, she passes on suggestions about growing the vegetables to the farmers, who can step in the following year with more volume grown on their own land.


“We don’t want to compete with the farmers,” explains Richards. “We want to help them figure out what will sell.” The garden donates proceeds from the market sales to the local food bank, and Richards has worked with neighbouring community gardens to help them get up and running.


“Working in the garden is an amazing way to connect with your community,” says Richards. “We’ve had so many people involved who’ve never gardened before, and by the end of the season, they’re pros.”


Have you ever been involved in a community garden? Would you like to be? Share your questions, tips and stories below.


This article was originally titled “Canada’s Community Gardens,” in the Summer 2009 issue of Best Health. Subscribe today to get the full Best Health experience—and never miss an issue!—and make sure to check out what’s new in the latest issue of Best Health.


Best Health Magazine, Summer 2009

Learn Projection!!!

We need people to help with the powerpoints and recordings on Sunday mornings.

 You will receive full instruction and have a chance to be part of serving the community in a new way. 

If you are interested, please contact Jeff Way by email or call 466-4454.

Or Mary Ellen by email or call 466-5725.

SCV on Facebook

Did you know that you can visit SCV on Facebook. Our old facebook page disappeared (?) but we are gradually adding pictures and videos to this new page. Visit and click ‘like’.