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Random Age-Friendly: CREST takes worshippers to Christmas church service in Burgoyne’s Cove

Parishioners of St. Mary’s Anglican Church head to Church Service in Burgoyne’s Cove via the CREST bus.
Parishioners of St. Mary’s Anglican Church head to Church Service in Burgoyne’s Cove via the CREST bus. - Contributed

For economic reasons, the Rector of St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Clarenville has recently taken on a ministerial role of providing church services to the congregation of the church in Burgoyne’s Cove on a scheduled basis.

During the planning of a Christmas church service for Burgoyne’s Cove, it was suggested that members of the Clarenville church may wish to attend and join in the celebration of the true meaning of Christmas. 

Volunteer driver Dennis Squires welcomes worshippers aboard the CREST bus.
Volunteer driver Dennis Squires welcomes worshippers aboard the CREST bus.

Due to the amount of interest generated through discussion, it was decided that being able to provide transportation to some parishioners would be welcomed.

As a result, approval was given by Larry Reid, chair of the CREST Bus Transportation Committee to utilize the bus for a planned Christmas visit. 

On Dec. 23, 15 members of St. Mary’s Congregation boarded the bus and sang Christmas carols en route to Burgoyne’s Cove.  

Other members of the congregation attended the service by providing their own transportation.

In the spirit of sharing Christmas greetings, members of the Burgoyne’s Cove Church provided a fine spread of sandwiches and treats, along with goodwill, before the bus set out to return to Clarenville. 

The CREST bus service has been in operation for over four years now, and being able to use it for a group of people, some of whom were hesitant to travel on their own, for such a wonderful purpose was very much appreciated according to volunteer driver Dennis Squires.

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