MacDowall has a Post Office, school and a large community hall, which also serves for large funerals and weddings. The population of MacDowall and surrounding area is about 400 people. The hamlet itself has a population of about 140 people. MacDowall has active community groups including the Lions and Lionesses and a Senior Citizens Club. There are two 4-H clubs in the district. The school at West Central provides education for grades Kindergarten to grade 6 and children are bussed there. The grade 7 - 2 students are bussed to one of the many high schools in Prince Albert. The priest can expect to have a close working relationship with the school, and has traditionally written a monthly column in the school newsletter.
MacDowall is situated in a lovely wooded area with many lakes and camping facilities within a 2-hour drive. Hunting, fishing and many outdoor sports, such as biking, quadding, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, horseback riding and sleigh rides to name a few, all in your own back yard. From your home you are only 10 minutes from a large forest reserve where you can spend many hours hiking and enjoying nature as its best.
There is a senior’s complex in the hamlet with individuals who are self-supporting.
Farming is the main industry in this area with forestry also playing a large role. We are people that are not afraid of hard work and are known for getting the job done. Community spirit is evident everywhere; small town atmosphere is one thing you will grow to love.
Prince Albert, population 40,000, is the principle shopping and service area for the community of MacDowall. Health services are provided in Prince Albert, with a hospital and access to a choice of excellent medical and dental services. Community and technical colleges are located in Prince Albert, with many first year university courses available as well. The Synod office is also located in Prince Albert giving us access to its many services.
To the south, we have Saskatoon, which is the largest city in Saskatchewan, population of over 250,000 and growing fast. It has many different shopping and entertainment choices to offer. It is just over a one-hour drive. The University of Saskatchewan is located there, as well as 3 large hospitals providing all specialities of Medicine.
St. Stephen’s Church
St. Stephen’s church is located in MacDowall, which is just over 15 minutes south west of Prince Albert on highway 11. The church and rectory are located together on a large, well-treed and landscaped yard. The church can hold approximately 100 people and was remodelled 12 years ago to make it wheelchair accessible. It is in good repair. We hope to make the basement wheelchair accessible in the future as well. There are 2 bathrooms, main floor and basement. The upper level is fully carpeted. The rectory is approximately 25 years old. It has three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a large family room. The parish office is located in the rectory.
The average attendance at St. Stephen’s is between 35 - 50 people each Sunday and there are about 75 families on the church registry. We have a very active Sunday School and ACW.
Vacation Bible School is a major outreach of the parish each summer with 45-60 children participating. Over the last few years, we have been holding family fun nights as an outreach to our community. As a congregation, we enjoy a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere in our church and potluck lunches after services at least once a month and/or soup and sandwich lunches before our monthly vestry meetings.
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held on a weekly basis in our church basement.
Our service on Sunday is at 11:00 am. A potluck meal after the service promotes fellowship and to allows time to chat, which is important to us and is always a good thing! We presently have 4 active lay readers and an active Vestry along with strong community support.
The service of choice is Holy Communion taken from the B.A.S. and the B.C.P. Our Parish guidelines state that we must use the B.C.P. for the majority of Principal services with the B.A.S. as an alternative. We are a parish whose worship of the Lord is grounded in the Holy Bible. Our faith is based on this and we like to hear the Word, learn about it and try to live our lives according to it. In general, Prairie people believe in traditional family values and lifestyle.
Our music is provided by an organist, electronic hymnal and CDs at St. Stephen’s and by locally made and commercial CDs at Emmanuel. Our musical style ranges through hymns, gospel songs, country gospel and modern praise and worship.
The Priest has the flexibility to choose their day off to best suit his/her needs.