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Note: There are two branches of the A.C.W. (Anglican Church Women) at St. Peter's Cathedral—the Binney Group and the Inglis Group. These groups take their names from former bishops of the Diocese. Bishop Charles Inglis was the first Bishop of the Diocese of Nova Scotia (with episcopal jurisdiction over Prince Edward Island). He was bishop from 1787 until 1816. Bishop Hibbert Binney was the fourth bishop of the Diocese, serving as bishop from 1851 to 1887. Bishop Binney was instrumental in the establishing of St. Peter's Cathedral Parish.
The St. Peter's Cathedral Binney Group is a very active group of ladies, who meet once a month for a business meeting, and undertake numerous fund-raising events for the parish. Together with the Inglis Group, they provide "refreshments" at numerous parish events, meetings, etc. Printed below are highlights from the Binney Group Report for the Year 2016, as presented by the President of the Group at the Parish Annual Meeting in March 2017.
Another busy year as your president -- I am extremely appreciative to the dedicated Binney ladies who work tirelessly to ensure everything we do is a success.
Once again, I wish to extend a most sincere thank you to Father David Garrett for his ongoing support, including serving as host to many Binney gatherings throughout the year. Most importantly, a big thank you to each and every member of our Congregation for supporting us in our many requests all year long.
Binney projects generate revenue that results in significant financial contributions to our priority projects which include:
• General expenses of the Cathedral and Rectory
• St. Monica's Home (school and orphanage) in Jamaica
• The Salvation Army
• Pat and the Elephant
• The Upper Room
• Anderson House
The Binney Group has seen a small increase in our regular membership. The subcommittees remain strong in the preparation of the monthly lunches for Charlottetown Christian Council, Holy Week lunches, receptions following funerals and other special occasions.
One event that I consider to be a highlight was the National Conference of the United Empire Loyalists who chose to attend St. Peter's Cathedral for the Holy Eucharist on July 10. The service was followed by a special noon meal for more than 100 Loyalists, dresssed in period attire.
Many members participated in the Sewing Machine Project for Sister Helen Warman. This wonderful project was arranged by Sally Goddard and resulted in many suitcases of fabric, buttons, etc., being donated. Sister brought greetings from her students and staff in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Sister Helen gave two very enjoyable presentations, one at our noon luncheon, with another at St. John's Church in Crapaud.
The Fall Retreat for PEI ACW members was held in our Cathedral Hall. We were extremely pleased to have as our lead speaker Carolyn Westin from Hopewell Centre, Saint John, New Brunswick.
"Carolyn seeks to serve Christ and work with Christ in her counselling work, helping people find healing and hope as they work through challenging life issues. She looks forward to sharing with us what she is learning about the Lord and growing as a disciple of Christ".
The afternoon speaker was Miriam Westin who works with the Newcomers to Canada at the YMCA, Saint John. In adition, Rev. Margie Fagan facilitated discussions on, "A visioning for the ACW in PEI". President Laura Pidgeon thanked all for a most inspiring day.
In closing, I wish to say that the Binney Group is very much appreciative of all the support received throughout the year, as it helps us to work in sight of our goal, "As servants of Christ doing the will of God from the heart" (Ephesians 6:6).
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