The congregation of All Saints Anglican Church is pleased to welcome the Reverend Kim Staus to Kimberley.
Rev. Staus has accepted a part-time ministry at All Saints, and hopes to be in Kimberley at least three Sundays each month.
In his 22 years of Ministry Rev. Staus has served in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Burnaby and North Vancouver.
He and his wife recently moved to the Okanagan, what the Reverend calls a “strategic pre-retirement move”. His wife works in Oliver and they are building a home there, but Staus was looking for a Ministry in the area.
“I contacted the bishop about opportunities and one was Kimberley,” he said.
“I am delighted to be here. Coming to All Saints is a wonderful opportunity and gift.”
The congregation has rented a condo at the ski hill for the Reverend when he is in town, and Staus says he is going to pull out his old cross country skis.
But his focus is the church.
“Providing good pastoral care is the bottom line,” he said. “We would like to see the congregation grow. The congregation would like to have stability so they can have a full time call.”
Staus is interested in a congregational ministry, he says, and finding a place for the church in a changing world.
“We have to talk about how to move to change. There is a whole different dynamic of being a church in this society.”
The church’s relationship with the community is also important, Rev. Staus believes.
“Having the food bank in the church is pretty cool. That’s neat, it’s a real strength for this congregation. There is a rental rate and the Food Bank is a separate entity but there is a lot of involvement and ownership from the congregation.”
As with all churches, youth involvement is an issue.
“How do you get people to participate in anything in this society? We tend not to make long term commitments. But people, young and old, are looking for relationships, for family.”