Maplewood Park in Oxford Mills was the site of a service of thanksgiving by local Christians last Sunday morning. Gathering to give thanks for Canada in its 150th year, the service was organised and led by Ken Gehrels of the Christian Reformed Church in Kemptville, and attended by Christians from various backgrounds. Ken taught a history lesson on the story of North Grenville through the centuries, and historian and Christian, Dr. David Shanahan, took turns preaching. When the rain started pouring down, everyone headed indoors to Maplewood Community Hall and enjoyed a great time of fellowship, food and fun, ending in loud and joyful singing. Mayor David Gordon and his wife, Pamela, were dressed in period clothes as part of their Canada 150 celebrations, and Councillors Donovan Arnaud and Jim Bertram were also part of the morning’s celebration.
Thanks to all those who organised the service, played the music, supplied the food, and added their voices to what was a truly joyful time of thanksgiving and celebration.