“Christian mission is not to preach Christ, but to be Christians in life.”Fr. Alexander Schmemann
This “life” that Fr. Alexander talks about, is witnessed throughout the world by men and women, rich and poor, young and old alike; regardless of where we live, work, raise families and have friends, the Christian manifests the love of Christ for humanity in this “life”, including Winkler and Southern Manitoba.
In 2014, the parish of St. Nicholas in Narol received one resident from Winkler (2 hrs south of Winnipeg) into Orthodoxy, and then another, and another, and another. What started out as one individual making a long trip to Liturgy on Sunday became a number of families and individuals making their way to St. Nicholas.
The idea of having a mission in Winkler which has been an abstract dream, became a tangible possibility within a year. With the blessing of Archbishop Irenee (Archdiocese of Canada, Orthodox Church in America) the Mission Station of Christ the Saviour was established in the early winter of 2016 as a mission of St. Nicholas in Narol.
The Mission community quickly out grew there meeting place, and in 2018 moved to the Covenant Mennonite Church (363 8th St Winkler, Mb). But in the light of restrictions placed on the Mission due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was not feasible for them to continue serving there. After as search for a new space began, the opportunity for a new space (that could be a permanent space in which to serve) arose at Unit-6 390 1st Street in Winkler.
Little by little this community is growing into a full-time parish, with regular services lead by clergy from St. Nicholas and the Manitoba and Saskatchewan Deanery, as well as hosting bible studies and catechism classes. With the support of the parish of St. Nicholas in Narol, and the guidance of Archbishop Irenee, the community of Christ the Saviour Mission Station in Winkler bears witness to Christ by being Christians. Truly it is a mission in every sense of the word.
Divine Liturgy typically happens on the first Saturday of every month, as well a readers service is served once a month. For more information about the Mission, or to find a schedule of services, please visit the community’s website or Facebook page or Instagram page for information, or contact
Reader Wesley Isaac Giesbrecht at 1-204-362-1372 or
Fr. Gregory Scratch at 204-890-8057