The Anglican Church of Canada

The story behind this resource

The Compendium of the Church Mice is one of several creative projects that have emerged from General Synod’s Marks of Mission initiative, which encourages Canadian Anglicans to see their many ministries through this framework.

In August 2011, General Synod launched a church school contest, calling for teachers to submit curriculum ideas that integrated the Marks of Mission.

Four winners—Kate Saunders of Richmond, N.B.; Janet Cress and Nancy Wilcox of Binbrook, Ont.; and Kate Newman of Vancouver, B.C.—gathered for a weekend workshop in Toronto in November 2011. The workshop facilitator was Susan Graham Walker, a strategic planner, educator and co-author of God, Kids & Us (ABC Publishing, Anglican Book Centre).

Over the course of an intense weekend, the group created an outline for a year long curriculum that would showcase the Marks of Mission and engage different age groups.

Kate Newman, a workshop participant, was hired by General Synod to develop the curriculum in detail. Ms. Newman, who has wide experience in theatre, film and puppetry, is the youth, children, and family ministry coordinator at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver. She holds a Master of Education degree from the University of British Columbia.

The Compendium of the Church Mice was released in June 2012 on, with the support of staff from the Communications and Information Resources department.

A resource for Living the Marks of Mission