Rural Ministry

Rural Ministry

30 of the 52 parishes in Edmonton Diocese lie outside the City of Edmonton, some in larger centres such as St. Albert or Sherwood Park, the rest in smaller cities and towns spread from Jasper in the west to Edgerton in the east; Cold Lake in the north to Ponoka in the south. 

Please scroll down to see examples of the great news stories coming out of our rural parishes.

Upcoming Events

Easter Sunday Service and Easter Parade

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Tawow / Welcome at St. Mary

Friday, April 6, 2018 & other dates


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Breakfast Club in Wabamun

Because a great day starts with a great breakfast, the Mission of St. Saviour, aka 'Team Jesus,' joined parent volunteers, staff and students for the Wabamun School Community Breakfast on January 26. Research shows... Read More


Faith Matters Rural Ministry Newsletter

The January, 2018 issue of Faith Matters, a joint publication of Canadian Rural Church Network and Centre for Rural Community Leadership and Ministry, is available online. It contains thoughts on rural tourism,... Read More


Edson Churches Welcome Travelers on Journey to Bethlehem

Nine churches in the town of Edson celebrated the 50th anniversary of their church-run community thrift store with a Journey to Bethlehem walk on December 8 and 9. The idea came from Ken McCarthy who was a guide for... Read More


St. Mary's Welcomes Vegreville Community to Nativity Festival

The parish of St. Mary the Virgin in Vegreville decided to try something different this Advent. A number of parishioners and their rector enjoy collecting nativities from around the world. We decided it would be fun... Read More


St. Saviour's Mission Celebration

Sunday, November 19 was a special day in the life of the Mission of St. Saviour, Wabamun and its rector. Twenty years ago, on November 18, 1997, the Rev. Coleen Lynch was ordained a deacon at All Saints’ Cathedral... Read More


Christmas Boxes Packed with Hope, Love, Blessings and Beads

Members of St. Saviour’s, Vermilion carefully packed 56 Operation Christmas boxes on November 12. These gifts were blessed by the Rev. Elizabeth Metcalfe, who prayed for the people who prepared them and for the... Read More


Cowboy Church

Every Sunday is fun in Wabamun, but Sunday, November 5 the fun-meter was amped up a few notches. The Mission of St. Saviour congregation worshipped in the Cowboy Church way in recognition of all those folks... Read More


All Mothers and Children Count

With a little help from their friends in the dioceses of Edmonton and Calgary, the parish of St. Mary’s, Ponoka recently raised more than $930 for the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) All Women... Read More


Blessing of the Animals

St. George's in Fort Saskatchewan welcomed 23 people with their pets or pictures of pets to an after school Blessing of Animals Service on Thursday, October 5th. Thanks to everyone who joined us in giving thanks for... Read More


Thanksgiving in Wabamun

Thanksgiving was celebrated at The Mission of St. Saviour, Wabamun. Many thanks go out to Len Chambers for the beautiful decorations for the altar. We had a lovely service starting the day to a wonderful... Read More

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Blessing of the Animals

The Mission of St. Saviour in Wabamun held a Blessing of the Animals service on Sunday, October 1st. As the day was windy and chilly, Rev. Coleen had only one adorable puppy named Princess to bless. The puppy... Read More