Jul 23, 2022Central Deanery Picnic makes a splash

Central Deanery Picnic makes a splash

The children had great fun on the water slide — and so did some of the adults! Image credit: Gary Allman

What a wonderful afternoon at St. Anne’s in Lee’s Summit! Approximately 120 members of the deanery were there on Saturday, July 23 — and it was 101 degrees out! No matter. There was a giant water slide that kept the kids entertained for hours. Both Mother Kary from Trinity, Independence, and the Rev. Meg from St. Anne’s were good sports and tried out the slide too! I counted at least four lay adults who came down the slide; more like flew down the slide.

The children had great fun on the water slide. Image credit: Gary Allman

Mother Kary Mann (Trinity, Independence), arrives with a splash, and Bishop Diane is standing well back just in case.

There was the slushie machine which Eric Rhodes was the master of — let me just say, there were a lot of happy young and young at heart people around the slushie machine.

There was quite a line forming for lunch. Image credit: Gary Allman

People brought salads and side dishes. Our own Rachel Orth, the diocesan events coordinator really was the mastermind in ordering, renting, getting the set up right — and wow — the mountain of volunteers, especially members of St. Anne’s! Rachel ordered Nathan’s hotdogs, hamburgers, buns, condiments, mac ‘n cheese, beans and a mountain of chips and cold drinks. No one went away hungry. People loved being together, and as the food was set up inside the air-conditioned sanctuary that was transformed into a sea of tables and chairs for people to eat — people who didn’t want to eat outside were cozy inside.

Our own Rachel Orth — she was busy but she made it all look so easy! Image credit: Diane M. Jardine Bruce
The wind wanted to take down this easy-up — but ingenuity won out! This is where “Church Grandpa and Grandma” sat to oversee the water slide.— with Eric Rhodes and Terry Carter. Image credit: Diane M. Jardine Bruce

People loved meeting my husband, Steve. The cutest thing to me was when some people who hadn’t met me yet (and I was masked) asked, “what church do you attend?” my response? “All of them! I’m your bishop.” They would laugh and I’d pull down my mask. It was a fabulous way to gather members of the diocese. But next year we’ll do it in the Spring or Fall when it is cooler. Yet, on Saturday with the breeze and the lower humidity — 101 wasn’t too bad!

Many thanks to the Very Rev. Isaac Petty, the Rev. Meg Rhodes, Eric Rhodes, Rachel Orth, and so many others who made this such a wonderful day.

The Rt. Rev. Diane M. Jardine Bruce is the Bishop Provisional of West Missouri.

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