While out for a fall stroll in the Knottwood neighbourhood of Mill Woods, people may have noticed and even sat upon hand-painted benches. On Sunday, October 21, the parish of St. Patrick’s, Edmonton, gathered around an inviting red bench with a blue cross painted by parish vestry member Lynda Haug. A visible sign of God’s gift of community, the bench was blessed by rector the Rev. Kevin Kraglund during the 10 am worship service on Sunday, October 21. The congregation gave thanks for the Knottwood Community League initiative intended to make the community more friendly and walkable. “God’s light truly shone upon us during this special celebration,” Kraglund said.
Pictured at the bench blessing back row, left to right, are: Kimberly Shaw, Program Director, KCL; Thomas Shaw, President, KCL; the Rev. Mark Vigrass, vocational deacon, St. Patrick’s; Rosa Little, member, KCL; Lynda Haug, vestry member, St. Patrick’s; the Rev. Kevin Kraglund, rector, St. Patrick’s; the Hon. Christina Gray, MLA, Edmonton-Mill Woods; Sydney and Nolan Shaw, children of Thomas and Kimberly.
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