Archdeacon Wilma Woods went through the ceremony of installation and commissioning at St. Giles Anglican Church on Sunday. The Estevan community and especially the congregation of the St. Giles were happy to welcome the new incumbent priest.
The ceremony was conducted in the presence of Bishop Robert Hardwick, pastor Lori James, regional dean Brian Woods and Archdeacon Catherine Harper. The bishop noted that Wilma Woods had a rich history. Archdeacon Woods talked about her life path.
“Before I was a little while in Weyburn, but then before that, I was in Whitewood – serving Lutheran and Anglican churches in Whitewood,” Woods said.
The Venerable Woods, originally from B.C., was also working in Quebec prior to her move to Saskatchewan. She calls the Land of the Living Skies her home.
The installation at the St. Giles Anglican Church became a new page for the archdeacon.
“It’s a change. I was here as an interim priest, which means that I come and then I go. But they asked me to stay. I prayed about it, talked to my husband about it, to the bishop, and I decided to stay when they asked so,” Woods said.
Woods came to the St. Giles Anglican Church in March 2017. A couple months short of two years with this congregation she became an incumbent priest. According to her, this change felt good.
“I really like being a part of this community. This church is open, welcoming, and the coffee is always on if somebody wants to come by for a visit,” Woods said. “And my cell phone number is available to anybody who needs a hand.”