Summerlea's service of covenanting for our new minister, the Rev. Howard Clark, took place at the
church Sunday evening Jan. 26, 2003. The presiding officer was the Rev. Frank Giffen, Chair of
Montreal Presbytery. Opening remarks were offered by Fred Bowman, Executive Secretary of
Montreal Presbytery and former Summerlea member. Linda Rodrigues, Chair of the Summerlea
Board, welcomed us.|
Summerlea's senior and intermediate choir, directed by Connie Osborne, was augmented by St. Andrew's Presbyterian choir, with piano accompaniment by St. Andrew's choir director Lucia Williams. Keith Field of St. Andrew's on drums and Summerlea's John Osborne on penny whistle rounded out the music.
The congregation included members of Presbytery, of St. Andrew's Presbyterian and of other churches in the community. Also present were Howard's wife, the Rev. Sharon Moon, minister of Cedar Park United Church in Pointe-Claire and some Cedar Park members.
Symbols of the ministry (Bible, water, towel and basin, bread and wine, hymn book and dream- catcher) were presented to Howard by Summerlea members Paul Weijers, Marg Lynn, members of the Thicke family, members of the Poitras family, Victor White and members of the children's programme.
The sermon was presented by St. Andrew's Presbyterian minister Darryl Macdonald, who took advantage of his wonderful singing voice to express the principles of the covenanting process with marvellous clarity (and within the allotted five minutes!).
Following are a few photos taken before and after the service.