Reverend JoAnne Lam
It was announced on Sunday, September 22, 2019 that the Rt. Rev. John Chapman, Bishop of Ottawa has appointed Rev. JoAnne Lamas our Interim priest, beginning on October 1, 2019 and until September 30, 2020. Rev. Lam comes to us from the Lutheran Church and with full communion between the Anglican and Lutheran churches in North America and the consent and support of both Bishops.
Rev. Lam was ordained at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Ottawa in 2016. She has worked extensively in international Church issues as well as for the Canadian Council of Churches, and with Chinese United Churches across Canada. Joanne is a musician and enthusiastic signer in choirs. She is married to Michael Krakowiak and they have two children. The family is picture here in the fall of 2017.
Rev. Lam has already been in contact with the church wardens and various people involved in the Sunday Eucharists and to quote Bishop John, “With Pastor Lam, I believe you will experience ongoing pastoral care and new ministry adventures. As she learns of ‘ways Anglican’, I want to thank you for your patience and sharing. May all of you continue grow in love and wisdom as the Church God has called us to be.”
JoAnne herself is excited to begin her work with us. “To serve in your midst will be an honour and a privilege. I look forward to getting to know all of you and to serve alongside you in witnessing the grace of God into a world in need.”
The first church building is thought to have been built in the late 1850’s. The original building was a simple wooden structure that also served families from the nearby communities of Navan, Vars and Canaan. In those early days, Bearbrook was the base of a travelling ministry that stretched as far as Osgoode.
The first service in the present building, a baptism, took place on January 13, 1900.
Many improvements have been added over the years, including the Bell Tower in 1924 and the church basement in 1992. In 1966, the congregation of St. Paul’s Canaan, which had been established as far back as 1864, reunited with Trinity, Bearbrook.
St. Mary's Navan
The first church in Navan was built in 1867 by families who had previously traveled to Bearbrook. Still part of the Parish of Bearbrook until 1888, in that year St. Mary’s became a separate parish with the congregations in Blackburn and Cumberland.
The present church was opened on December 27, 1898 on the same site, with a confirmation service also presided over by the first Bishop of Ottawa.
St. Mary’s Church Hall was built in 1950.Since 1969, the Hall has been the home of the Navan Community Sunday School, open to all children in the community.
St. Andrew's, Vars
In 1889 several Anglican families purchased a parcel of land from a local Presbyterian farmer for the construction of a new church. Consecrated on May 28, 1890, by the first Bishop of Ottawa, St. Andrew’s is the only church of that name in the Diocese of Ottawa, the name having been a condition of sale. Originally built with very simple furnishings, many improvements have been added over the years, including, in 1929, a reed organ. The existing bell tower was built to replace the original tower after the weight of the church bell caused the latter to sag.