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By Rev. Canon Val Kenyon

For the last few years, parishes within the Diocese of Huron have prepared, reviewed and deployed Mission and Ministry Plans designed in part around the Five Marks of Mission.

The stated intention of these plans is to identify a way forward for every part of the Diocese with clearly identified mission purpose and concrete goals to support that purpose.

At its essence Education for Ministry (EfM) supports our ability to live out of these Five Marks of Mission, helping us to become a people of mission, with mission-oriented lay leaders, offering us a way to investigate our call to ministry-whatever kind of lay or ordained ministry that may be. EfM is meant to equip participants with the knowledge, background and vocabulary of Christianity to enable us to live our faith as well as to talk about our faith with others.

EfM groups are designed to help participants consider how their lives are shaped and guided by their Christian faith and how their ministry can be expressed at the local parish level.

At the moment we are very pleased to have a total of five EfM groups in Huron. There are three London EfM groups, one in Kitchener, and one in Strathroy. We are hoping to begin groups in the Windsor area, the Cambridge/Brantford area, and in the Sarnia area in the Fall of 2020. While that may seem some time away it is never too early to register your interest in one of these groups and learn more about the groups as they begin to form. Several Open Houses have been planned for the spring.

Please be in touch at the e-mail listed below for more details.

For more information on EfM and how you might become involved, please contact Libi Clifford, the Diocese of Huron EfM Coordinator or myself Val Kenyon at

Rev. Canon Val Kenyon is EFM Animator in Huron.