Teams visit dozen churches in steeplechase

Collage of photos showing people participating in the scavenger hunt.
Collage shows some of the 28 participants and their hosts taking part in the Scarborough Steeplechase scavenger hunt. At top right, Bishop Andrew Asbil hands out prizes at the end of the race, won by the team from St. Jude, Wexford.
 on August 30, 2023

Saturday, June 10 was a beautiful, sunny day for clergy, parishioners and the community to get to know people from other parishes and the buildings where they worship. Twenty-eight registrants formed eight teams and raced across Scarborough deanery in the Scarborough Steeplechase scavenger hunt, visiting 12 churches – all in support of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF). More than $700 was raised for the fund.

The stops included Holy Trinity, Guildwood; St. Timothy, Agincourt; St. Jude, Wexford; St. Margaret in-the-Pines; Christ Church, Scarborough; Grace Church, Scarborough; Nativity, Malvern; Holy Wisdom; and St. Paul, L’Amoreaux. The scriptural theme for the day was I Corinthians 9:24-25: “Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable garland, but we an imperishable one.”

The race ended with a big party and prizes at St. Timothy, Agincourt. One of the teams – from St. Jude, Wexford – won first prize. Church of the Holy Wisdom came in second, and third place went to St. Timothy, Agincourt.

“The winnings are priceless, our minds are filled with memories, we made new friends with other church parishioners, and fun and love was shared among so many churches,” said a family afterwards.

Thank you to Manita Swati from PWRDF for opening the Steeplechase, and to Bishop Andrew and Mary Asbil for handing out prizes at the closing ceremony. Special thanks to our sponsors who helped make this event a success. Thank you to Randy Vancourt, as well as St. Timothy, Agincourt’s contemporary group for providing music during the opening and closing celebrations.


Submitted by Scarborough Steeplechase organizers Denise Byard and Elaine Vanderwerf.


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