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Central Parish returns this week with their Palm Sunday Service and Children’s story. Steven has a few announcements:

Easter Egg Creations:
A reminder to young folks that they are looking for your Easter Egg creations for Easter Sunday. They can be pictures, drawings or decorated hard boiled eggs. Once you have completed them, take a picture and post it on the Central Parish Facebook page. Steven said it will brighten up their page and get us ready to celebrate together.

Drive-Thru Food Bank Donation:
Today, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Afton Community Centre, main Parking Lot – location. This event has been approved by Afton Hall and Food Bank. Here are the safety rules for drop off:

  • Please stay in vehicle
  • Place donations in cardboard box or bag
  • Have donations in your car trunk, hatch or truck bed for easy removal. Volunteers will not enter your car. Please don’t place donations in your back seat.

Easter Week Services Schedule:

All services will be featured on their YouTube Channel:

  • April 9th, Maundy Thursday Communion
  • April 10th, Good Friday Service
  • April 12th, Easter Sunday Service

Palm Sunday’s service features a sermon “Highs and Lows”, music by Casting Crowns, Goo Goo Dolls and Paul Baloche. The Children’s Story this week is “In God, we are a new creation.”

Children’s Story:

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Rev. Steven Stead returns to the Central Parish YouTube Channel this week where he talks about the importance of belonging. Despite our physical isolation, we can still connect digitally and find things to be grateful for.

Part I:


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Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, ones that we could not have imagined just a few short weeks ago. Rev. Steven Stead, Pastor of the Central Parish Presbyterian Charge, which includes Clyde River and Canoe Cove churches, has risen to the challenge to minister online to his congregation at a time when feeling part of a community is vital. Even though people can’t meet together in a physical place of worship, we are fortunate to have technology where we can connect via the internet.

Central Parish has set up its own YouTube Channel which you can subscribe to here and be alerted when a new video is added. Steven has posted his first service in two parts which we have embedded below for viewing on our site, or you can click on video to watch on YouTube. Of course, he adds a little humour at the beginning when he explains the solution he came up with to alleviate his awkwardness of preaching to an empty church. Music is provided by their praise team called Revelation.

On behalf of the community, thank you, Steven, for being a good sport and moving outside your comfort zone to continue your important ministry at a time when we need your spiritual guidance, and humour, too. We have a large website audience, so your ministry will reach not only Clyde River and Canoe Cove but many other communities across Canada, the United States and around the world. COVID-19 knows no boundaries; neither does God’s love nor the ability for us to come together.

We invite viewers to leave a comment below to let us know what part of the world you are watching from and how you are getting along. We encourage you to share this link with your family and friends. If you would like to reach out to Rev. Steven Stead, you can email him at steven.stead@hotmail.com.

Part 1: March 22, 2020:

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The Canoe Cove Women’s Institute is organizing a tour of historic churches in our area. Burnside Presbyterian and Baptist Churches in Clyde River are included in this tour. Check out the poster below for details on purchasing tickets.

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Burnside Church

Burnside Presbyterian Church in Clyde River is pleased to invite you to their annual cemetery service on Sunday, July 29th, 7:00 p.m.

Burnside is caretaker of the cemetery that has been in use since 1861, with a new section added in 1962. As the cemetery grows, so does the list of families who are connected to the cemetery.

The cemetery committee has endeavoured to find the names of descendants who have a loved one(s) buried there. Their wish is to include all those people who have a connection to this cemetery to attend their July 29th service.

Having their service at 7:00 p.m. in July allows us to still have sunlight that will make it possible for visitors to visit the grave of their loved one. We are planning an uplifting service of remembrance with special music and a time for refreshments and visiting. There will also be musical accompaniment as visitors enter and leave the church. The service will finish at 8:00 p.m. and visitors are then welcome to the Riverview Community Centre across the road for refreshments.

They welcome you to attend with friends and relatives to remember your loved ones that have gone from your everyday life, but who clearly live on in your memories. While death may be sad, remembrance is not.


We talk openly of life.
Of joyful times we had.
And the joyful times we will have together.
Death gives no joy. It has no voice.
We have muted it because there are no more time to have together.
While the remembrance of death is painful, the remembrance of those who lived,
those we loved, is joyous.
They have left footprints implanted in our minds, in our hearts,
and in the very essence of our being that shall remain forever.
Death is sad. Remembrance is not.
So, let us remember their lives. Forever.

Author, Patrick Cunningham

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Fishing Village

The Clyde River Burnside Presbyterian Women’s Morning Out group is selling one of their paintings entitled “Fishing Village” which would make a good Christmas present. The acrylic painting is a 36″ x 12″ on canvas. The price is $300 with proceeds going towards recent renovations at the church. If you are interested in purchasing this painting, please contact Fred or Millie Kikkert at 902-675-3061.

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screen-shot-2016-10-21-at-3-10-00-pmIt is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of Douglas Stewart Gillespie of Clyde River. Doug was an active community member, having served as councillor for 8 years and then Chair of the Clyde River Community Council for the past 11 years. He was very proud of Clyde River and all the great things that had been achieved over the years. And he was also proud that we had a website to broadcast all the good news to our larger online community, including his Gillespie cousins.

Clyde River was his home place and he spent his early days at Clyde River School. He grew up on the Bannockburn Road, nearby his current home that he and Thelma built after they returned from New Brunswick and where they raised their three children Ryan, Amanda and Mark.

Doug was a Clyde River booster. He helped found and promote (and peel apples) at the annual Apple Pie Festival. He made a point of having Council recognize and celebrate achievements of community residents by presenting plaques, sending cards and adding news to the website. He led the campaign to have Emily Bryant awarded an Order of Prince Edward Island. He encouraged Council to support the production of the History and Stories of Clyde River book.

As Council Chair, he oversaw the formation of the Friends of Clyde River which is actively preserving and promoting Clyde River and Island history. On behalf of Council and the community, he made many contacts with government regarding issues such as road safety and turning lanes, signage, infrastructure proposals, emergency preparedness – all in the interest of keeping Clyde River the safe and attractive community it has always been.

Doug regularly attended Burnside Presbyterian Church where he was a member and had served as one of its trustees.

Doug was very proud of his family and his Gillespie heritage. He would always be ready to tell the story of the mineral that was discovered by his ancestor Frank Gillespie in 1922 in Alaska – story here. When Vivian Beer came across a poem that Frank had written about his PEI home, he sent it to his niece Patricia Murray who translated it to a song and performed it at a Concert in the Park held at Murchison Place Park. He was keen to celebrate his dear daughter Amanda’s accomplishment of receiving her Bachelor of Education, story here, and helped us connect with his wife Thelma when she took her adventure in the North, story here, and share his visit from Gillespie Cousins, story here.

On behalf of the community, we wish to offer our condolences to his family. We will continue to champion our community in his memory.

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Burnside Church Shed

Burnside Church Shed

Jane Von Bredow sent this photo of the Burnside Church shed. The picture was given to her by Bertie Hyde and she thinks it may have been from the 1930s. We welcome your comments offering any further clues from this photo and memories/stories passed down to you about the church shed.

Jane recalls her memories of the shed:

“I would dash through the shed quite often on hot, bright summer days en route to get something at the store or to get the mail, as it was a convenient shortcut from the Murchison Garden. When you entered, it was dark at first, coming from the bright sunshine and refreshingly cool. During the nesting season, the many barn swallows that nested there would be irate at the intrusion and would swoop down on me. I wasn’t really frightened by them but they were very persistent and I usually ended up hurrying to get away from them.” Jane Von Bredow

Jane also came across a clipping from The Guardian archives:

When at Clyde River corner one cannot fail to notice the well-equipped horse-shed the people worshipping in the Presbyterian Church have erected to shelter the horses used in conveying them to the house of God. Worship within the sanctuary can be better enjoyed when one knows the dumb animals, man’s good friends, are being sheltered from the wind and storm. Last winter the heavy snowfall and storms wrecked the old shed causing it to break under the weight of snow which engulfed it. The progressive spirit of the people of this place has been shown in erecting a new one, which is larger and better built than the old one. There is a higher pitch to the roof so if we had a repetition of last winter’s storms, the snow could not lodge on the roof and cause damage to the building. Its dimensions are about one hundred and twenty feet by thirty with a good driveway through the building. (The Guardian, March 3, 1924)

Thanks, Jane, for finding this nugget of history. The photo also gives us a glimpse of the Clyde River Road.

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Central Parish Presbyterian Churches will once again be hosting a fundraising lunch at the Riverview Community Centre in Clyde River on Sunday, November 10th, 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The meal will include chilli, biscuits, cake and ice cream along with tea, coffee and milk. This is the same home style meal that they serve at the soup kitchen. Peanut butter and jam with biscuits is available as an alternative.

Invite your family, friends and neighbours and show your support for this great cause. Admission by donation. Proceeds will go to the Soup Kitchen Ministry.

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The Burnside Women’s Morning Out Group will be holding an indoor “New to You” Yard Sale on Saturday, October 5th, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon at Clyde River’s Riverview Community Centre.  Some of the proceeds will be going to Burnside Presbyterian Church and the Riverview Community Centre. The event will happen rain or shine.

For more information about the sale, please contact Millie Kikkert at 675-3061.

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