bishop's vicar believes church today is more than worship
BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Rev. Dr. Wayne Malott has been the Bishop's Vicar for Trinity Anglican Church in Bayfield and St. James', Middleton since early Dec. 2011. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Rev. Dr. Wayne Malott describes himself to be a “Kelly Girl” priest. For the past three months, he has been Bishop’s Vicar at Trinity Anglican Church in Bayfield and St. James’, Middleton. This placement was given to him by the Bishop of the Huron Diocese filling in for a priest on leave.
“I think there are currently three Bishop’s Vicars in the Diocese. Our placement can be for longer as opposed to an Interim Priest who serves a church between priest placements,” explained Rev. Dr. Malott. “I’m not sure what my longevity is here as Trinity still has a Rector and she is able to come back if she chooses to do so.”
Rev. Dr. Malott was ordained to the priesthood at the end of November 2010 and this is his first independent charge. But the Vicar is quick to point out that there was a 30-year period where he didn’t go to church at all having become disillusioned at a very young age.
His first career was as a Chiropractor. “I always thought I was going to be a teacher but then in my last term of university I took a detour and found myself studying to be a chiropractor.”
He earned his B.A. at the University of Windsor and a doctorate at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He then worked as an associate for six years in Chatham before establishing a successful practice in Stratford for 20 years.
In 2001, his youngest stepdaughter became sick and he and his wife, Lori, decided to return to Windsor to be closer to her as well as other family members.
“I was supposed to retire then but I found myself with way too much time on my hands so I began filling in for a chiropractor on long term disability. I also got involved with the church we were attending,” he said. “I went into the kitchen and picked up a tea towel…and then I was on parish council, serving Eucharist, a warden and on the property committee. In the middle of all that we had a 22-month vacancy for a priest and by the time it was filled I was already going to school to become one.”
Rev. Dr. Malott credits Lori with bringing a vibrant, lively faith walk into his life.
He has explored a number of religious denominations but found the Anglican community in Windsor in 2001 to be a very welcoming fit.
“We went one Sunday and never looked back we just kept going,” he said. “Community is a big part of what church is today. It is a community of faith but it’s not just worshiping together, it is caring for each other.”
Rev. Dr. Malott spent the year prior to coming to the parish as a Priest Assistant at St. David’s and St. Mark’s in Windsor.
While living in Stratford the Malott’s had a cottage in Grand Bend for about 10 years so they were familiar with Bayfield when the Bishop assigned him the placement.
“It was a surprise, however, because it wasn’t on the open parish list. I was very excited to be assigned here, as it was an area I had hoped to retire to. And I’m very happy that my wife has settled in so well too. I knew that if I found her a good Bridge game she’d be off and running,” he said.
The people of Trinity and St. James’ have impressed Rev. Dr. Malott. He notes that there is a great people resource here.
“Both congregations are filled with many gifted people who have the ability to organize large projects and carry them out successfully. In many respects I am taking advantage of my learning time in Windsor as a Priest Assistant as it was there I learned not to micromanage but to let people do what they are best at.”
He noted the strong outreach work that the congregations are doing sighting the “Feed My Sheep” Food Bank that runs out of Trinity as a good example.
The number of school buses that he sees on his daily walk through the village intrigues him and he wonders if renewed programming for youth might also be explored within the church.
First among his priorities, however, is reconnecting with those individuals that for whatever reason have dropped away from the church.
“We do more here than just have services, we have relationships. At times we are going to have disagreements, whenever you have a gathering of people you are going to have different points of view but if we focus on community and family we will come to know that just because we disagree it isn’t the end of the world.”
All are welcome to attend worship services at Trinity on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. or St. James’, Middleton at 11 a.m. The services are Holy Eucharist using the Book of Alternative Services. During Lent a special Wednesday service is also held at Trinity at 10:30 a.m. The Vicar is also in the church office at Trinity on Wednesday mornings.
Free training for Community Food Advisors now available
Individuals who list food and nutrition among their passions and who don’t mind talking to groups might want to consider becoming a Huron County Community Food Advisor (HCCFA).
Community Food Advisors are trained volunteers who work with groups across Huron County to share information on healthy eating, preparing food and food safety.
Anyone who has basic cooking skills and is comfortable speaking in front of people can become a HCCFA. The volunteers get extensive training before becoming certified. The 40-hour course covers healthy and nutritious food selection, healthy eating, budget-wise shopping, safe food handling and preserving food. Volunteers also learn about cooking demonstrations and giving community presentations.
“One of the great things about becoming a Community Food Advisor is the chance to learn from dietitians, public health inspectors, public health nurses and other professionals,” said Gail Fraser, volunteer coordinator with the HCCFA. “Besides gaining new knowledge, it’s a great group of people who like to have fun!”
Fraser also noted that volunteers can be working or retired because the hours are flexible. The free training will run from April through June.
For more information or a volunteer application form, visit www.huroncounty.ca/health or call Gail Fraser at the Huron County Health Unit by March 16th at 519-482-3416 Ext. 2312.
The County of Huron, Nutrition Resource Centre, Grand Bend & Area Community Health Centre, Zehrs, Goderich; and Hansen’s, Exeter are sponsoring this program.
There are 16 Community Food Advisor programs in 15 different communities across the province of Ontario. They work with groups of any age and in most settings including community centers, community kitchens, schools, farmer's markets, food banks and various other locations. There is no cost for a Community Food Advisor to speak to a group. However, it is asked that the organization cover the cost of any food items that may be needed for the presentation. Donations are appreciated but not required.
Members key to success of Bayfield Agricultural society
Many people wonder why they should ever belong to an organization. The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) believes that membership in their group is a statement of support for the local community as well as support for the activities that the Society organizes. It also allows those people to have a direct voice in what happens and learn how the fair is part of the rural fabric of the Bayfield area.
A membership allows the member to enter as many exhibits in the fair as desired. In addition it is a pass for admittance into the fair for the whole weekend. The BAS would welcome new members with their ideas and support for making the fair a friendly, family experience for the community.
A membership in the BAS can be purchased for $7 from its Secretary, Denise Castelmezzano, at email@example.com or by attending a general meeting.
The next general meeting for the BAS will be held on March 12 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church.
Plans for the RCMP Musical Ride that will be coming to Clinton on June 21 will be discussed. The BAS will be co-hosting their appearance with REACH Huron. The BAS is also planning a tour of a local manufacturing plant and this too will be on the agenda.
In addition those who attend this first meeting of 2012 will have the opportunity to take home a package of “Mangel” seeds so they might try and grow some large sugar beets to enter into the fair.
The BAS website will soon have the new prize book that lists all the classes which can be entered.
Another exciting series of Toronto Film Circuit films brought to you by the Bayfield Film Society at the Bayfield Town Hall is about to begin. The films will be shown on the second Thursdays of the month at 7:30 pm.
Subscriptions for the four movies are $35; or tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 per film. Seating is limited so it is suggested that those who wish to attend should get their subscription early.
The spring schedule of films include: The First Grader, March 8; Margin Call, Apr. 12; Sarah’s Key, May 10; and The Guard, June 14. The final film will begin with a wine and cheese celebration at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets can be ordered from: Lynn Gillians, 519 565-5884 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; Brian Carrier, 519 565-2835 or e-mail email@example.com; Larry Dalton, 519 565-5737 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or Margo Robeson, 519 565-2827 or e-mail Margo10510@comcast.net.
Steve Jenkins from Porter Hill Productions of Bayfield will be the guest speaker at a special meeting of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) on March 12.
Those who attend this meeting to be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building at 7:30 p.m. will learn about attracting, feeding and identifying winter birds. Since so many birds will soon be arriving with the spring, this presentation is particularly timely. This will give all who attend a better appreciation of this wonderful time of year!
Jenkins was originally scheduled to make this presentation on Feb. 27 but due to unforeseen circumstances his talk had to be rescheduled.
A reminder that the 2012 memberships for the BHS are available now and can be obtained by contacting Bud or Pat Langley at 519 565-2894 or email email@example.com.
It is a Lenten tradition at Trinity Anglican Church to join in fellowship over a hearty bowl of soup while delighting in a great cinematic work.
“Soup and a Movie at Trinity” will be held over the next four Mondays from 6-9 p.m. A free will offering is asked to cover the cost of soup and buns and all in the community are welcome.
The schedule of movies is as follows: Leap Year, March 12; Leap of Faith, March 19; Crimes and Misdemeanors, March 26.
For more information contact Terry Boa-Youmatoff at 519 524-1774.
In honor of World Water Day, the BRA is hosting a special meeting to help provide insight into “Lake Huron and Water Quality” on March 22.
Guest speaker, Bob Worsell, public health manager for the Huron County Board of Health, will share his knowledge on the subject through a power point presentation.
This meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
Did you know that the Bayfield Library offers an opportunity to learn more about your computer and it’s free?
Free computer training is offered at the Bayfield branch of the Huron County Library through the Community Access Program (CAP).
CAP is an initiative created through the federal government that aims to connect Canadians through technology; as part of the program, free internet and computer lessons are available to library patrons.
Appointments need to be made to have a lesson. Classes are available on Mondays, 1-5 p.m.; Wednesdays: 6-8 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The turning of the calendar to March saw the return of the Bayfield Diners’ Club luncheons.
Anyone who is 55+ years of age is invited to join the club members for their weekly Thursday lunches at the Bayfield Community Centre. Newcomers are most welcome to join in the meal.
The club cook is Peggy Cunningham; several volunteers capably assist her. Anyone who can donate two hours of their Thursday to help prepare or serve the lunch would be most welcome and should contact Dianne Argyle at 519 565-2800.
Participants should call Betty Young at 519 565-2502 no later than 10 a.m. on the Monday prior to the Thursday lunch to inform organizers of their intention to attend or not to attend the luncheon. Or if Young is not available please contact Jane Davidson McKee at 519 565-2653
The cost for the lunch is $8 per person. Anyone who wishes to enjoy the meal but cannot make it to the community centre is invited to order a take-out lunch.
One Care is sponsoring several programs for both men and women to keep up with their desire to stay fit.
Dancefit and Toning classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The cost is $40 for four months or $3 per class. The classes are held at the Bayfield Community Centre.
The Sit and Get Fit classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. On Fridays a Stretching Class is offered at 10:15 a.m. for approx. 45 minutes. This class is suitable for everyone. Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre and cost a $1 per class.
For the more adventurous among us, there is Pole Walking. Walks for women are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays while walks for men are held on Monday and Friday mornings All walks begin from 6 Main Street and begin at 8:30 a.m. Poles are provided free for those who require them.
A Yoga Class will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost for is $3 per class and participants are asked to bring a yoga mat. A time of quiet reflection and meditation follows the yoga class starting at 11:15 a.m. All in the community are invited to take part.
Indoor badminton is played on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Varna Complex The cost is $3 each and no experience or equipment is required to play.
Call 519 565-2202 for more information on the above exercise opportunities.
For those people looking to exercise their minds, Women’s Bridge is played every Wednesday at 1 p.m. No partner needed to play the cost is $1.50 per game. For more information call Brenda Blair 519 565-2881.
Mah Jongg games are also offered on the first and third Thursdays of the month starting at 1 p.m. Call 519 565-2468 for more information.
Both Bridge and Mah Jongg are played at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.