United Church of Canada’s First Vision Day

Posted by on Apr 12, 2010

On Saturday, April 10th a Fresh Expressions Vision Day was hosted by First United Church, Waterloo, Ontario.  It was a great day with fifty-five lively participants who represented ten churches.  Included were folks from United Churches in the Hamilton Conference, Anglican Churches from the Huron Diocese and the Diocese of Fredericton NB (Dean Kevin Joyce) […]

FXCA april update

Posted by on Apr 8, 2010

april 2010 update Hi there! Hope you had a good Holy Week and a joyful Easter celebration. I had the privilege of being with all fourteen of our family in Cuba, the first time in 27 years I’d been away from home for Easter! It was a very different experience, celebrating Jesus resurrection in Spanish, […]

Bringing Church to Cameron House

Posted by on Apr 7, 2010

Bringing church to Cameron House by Rev. Cathy Stone The Rural Outreach Committee (ROC), of which I am Executive Director, works very closely with Cameron House, a shelter for women in Peterborough, Ontario, owned and operated by the Brock Mission.  Cameron House staff answer ROC’s emergency crisis line evenings, weekends and statutory holidays.  It is […]

FXCA march update

Posted by on Mar 3, 2010

Morraine Lake, AB march 2010 update Hi there! Hope you had a Happy St. David’s Day, or were you like me still recovering from Canada’s nerve-tingling oh-so-close -victory over our southern neighbours in the hockey? The Vital Church Planting East Conference and the  Fresh Expressions  Initiative, are mentioned in the excellent editorial “Don’t touch that […]

"Fresh Expressions is proof the church is not dying" says Archbishop

Posted by on Mar 2, 2010

“Fresh Expressions is proof the church is not dying,” Archbishop Colin Johnson, metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of Ontario, is quoted by Kristin Jenkins in her editorial,  “Don’t touch that dial!”, in the March edition of the Anglican Journal. Read the complete piece here.

FXCA february update

Posted by on Feb 15, 2010

fresh expressions canada update february 15 2010 This is a little late this month partly because I wanted to include reports of the fourth annual Vital Church Planting  East Conference in Toronto, and partly because it’s a little late! Thank you to those who signed up to receive this update at the conference, we hope […]

‘Seeing what God is doing and joining in.’

Posted by on Feb 12, 2010

Graham Cray praises a ‘new imagination’ about shape of future Church Speaking to the Church of England’s General Synod  (Thursday 11th February 2010), Fresh Expressions (FE)  Team Leader, Bishop Graham Cray, gave an update on the work of FE, saying much been achieved since the initiative’s launch in 2005 but there is “much, much more […]

“How Did it Go?” “Thanks for Asking!” – A Report from Vital Church Planting East 2010

Posted by on Feb 10, 2010

The fourth annual Anglican church planting conference, hosted jointly by the Diocese of Toronto and the Wycliffe College Institute of Evangelism, took place last week at St. Paul’s Bloor Street. Numbers at this conference have grown from 60 in 2007 to 180 this time. As one of my colleagues commented, “Aslan is on the move!” […]

No Plan B!

Posted by on Feb 9, 2010

Rachel Jordan has some advice for Christians who believe that someone else is going to build the kingdom of God here on Earth.“There isn’t a Plan B – you’re it,” she says. “You are the people God has chosen to be his agents right here, right now.” (photo by Michael Hudson, story by Stuart Mann) […]

FXCA january update

Posted by on Jan 14, 2010

fresh expressions canada update january 12 2010 A very Happy New Year to all of you, and especially to those in the Diocese of Ottawa who have recently joined this list following various Fresh Expressions-related events in your diocese. It is already shaping up to be a busy year for Fresh Expressions Canada (FXCA), what […]

Six Reasons to Come to the Church Planting Conference

Posted by on Jan 4, 2010

The arched eyebrow of an 8 year old girl who has just recently mastered the art can be a bone chilling sight. The eyebrow went along with the “Planting churches Mummy ?” that greeted me as I had tidied up some advertising cards for the Vital Church Planting Conference that I had left on the […]

Fresh Expressions training begins to take root in Canada

Posted by on Dec 11, 2009

What exactly is Fresh Expressions? More than anything, it seems to be a spontaneous initiative of the Holy Spirit—if that doesn’t sound too presumptuous. One thing it is not, however, is a program. There is no Fresh Expressions manual with a one-two-three handy-dandy guide to setting up a wonderful fresh expression of church. In some ways, […]

FXCA december update

Posted by on Dec 2, 2009

fresh expressions canada december update december 2 2009 After being blessed with some beautiful weather throughout November, (did you realise not a single flake of snow fell in Toronto for the first time in 160 years?) the arrival of December has been accompanied by more seasonable weather at least here in Montreal. My major travels […]

New Web Site for Creative Communion Ideas

Posted by on Nov 20, 2009

tabled.ca is a site from Sarnia’ s Joe Manafo that will house creative communion ideas. to kick things off, Joe has posted a handful of experiences that were created for theStory, but as time progresses his hope is that it will become a resource that inspires creativity and a renewed appreciation for the eucharist. in […]

November FXCA update

Posted by on Nov 2, 2009

fresh expressions canada november update November 2 2009 The leaves are coming off the trees pretty quickly where I live, and soon we will be into the long, leafless season that persists in many parts of Canada far into May! We trust in the eventual appearance of another spring, but for now we must go […]

Fresh Expressions of the Sacramental Tradition!

Posted by on Nov 2, 2009

“There is a mistaken understanding that fresh expressions of Church are mostly linked to Evangelical churches and traditions.  However, this is simply not true, as can be seen at the website, Fresh Expressions of the Sacramental Tradition.” writes Thomas Brauer Read more

God at the Pub – A Case Study in Fresh Expressions

Posted by on Oct 20, 2009

On Monday nights in Toronto’s Bloor West Village, the Yellow Griffin Pub’s upstairs room hosts “God at the Pub”.  A ministry of Runnymede Community Church for seven years, “God at the Pub” is the result of the church leadership’s fervent prayer and missional impulse to lower the “barriers to entry” posed by their traditional church […]

Mission-Shaped Intro Off to a Great Start in Toronto

Posted by on Oct 19, 2009

Mission Shaped Intro has got off to a great start in Toronto. Twenty people have come faithfully each week to sessions led by John Bowen and Jenny Andison. We have had great group discussion, watched video clips from such movies as Sister Act, and done a number of practical exercises. We have experienced a variety […]

Meet the Jeremiah Community

Posted by on Oct 17, 2009

This introduction to a new monastic, missional community in Toronto’s west end was posted at the Anglican Church of Canada’s Ministry Matters web site. Meet the Jeremiah Community from Anglican Church of Canada on Vimeo. Jeremiah Community members, in order of appearance: The Rev. Lance Dixon, team leader Meagan Crosby-Shearer, pilgrim/spiritual care Rob Crosby-Shearer, director of […]

FXca Stories: Church Member Inspired at Vision Day to Explore Fresh Expressions

Posted by on Oct 17, 2009

I went to the Fresh Expressions Vision Day at Christ Church, Campbellford and I was inspired.  That very next day (Sunday) I did a survey of St. Alban’s, asking questions like what’s your favourite style of music, favourite movie, hobbies, services…. It turned out that a fair # of folks like knitting and crocheting.  So….to […]

Interview with Bishop Graham Cray

Posted by on Oct 17, 2009

In May of this year, Canadian filmakers Bill Kinnon & Imbi Medri shot an interview between Bishop Graham Cray and the Revd Annette Brownlee, discussing the Fresh Expressions Initiative. In a wide ranging conversation filmed at Wycliffe College, Toronto,, Bishop Cray gives an overview of the initiative, as well as describing Anglo Catholic and Evangelical […]

Port Colborne's Church on Tap Featured in Fresh Expressions UK Podcast

Posted by on Oct 17, 2009

Church on Tap, a pub ministry from the Parish of St. James & St. Brendan in Port Colborne and led by Rob Hurkmans, was featured in October’s podcast on the Fresh Expressions UK web site here: http://www.freshexpressions.org.uk/podcast/oct09 Church on Tap was also profiled on video by Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch, linked to on our Fresh […]

October FXCA update

Posted by on Oct 5, 2009

fresh expressions canada october update October 5 2009 Hello there! In the time of shortening days, of lengthening darkness, we are called to live as children of light. Jesus doesn’t force us to walk in his light. He invites us. How do I respond to him when he claims, “I am the world’s Light. No […]

FX Pilgrimage Live Blog: Nexus – Sanctus 1 (Emergent Church)

Posted by on Sep 27, 2009

My plan had been to be incognito… At all the other fresh expressions I had approached people with interest and questions… This time my plan had been to just enter as if this was my first time there and see what happened… I arrived in the Northern Quarter of Manchester just before lunch.  As I […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Killamarsh – Small Town Church Plant

Posted by on Sep 25, 2009

Sitting in Allen’s living room – I kept thinking of Nehemiah.  Returning from captivity in Babylonia – back to Israel – first rebuilding the walls – then rebuilding the faith of a nation. A year ago this had been a dilapidated – water damaged – boarded up manse. Ebenezer church had been abandoned five years […]

Cafe Church – A longitudinal Study

Posted by on Sep 23, 2009

From my perch at The Falcon – the longest continuous pub in the U.K. – it’s easy to see that Chester is a tourist town.  The children yelling – left, right – left right – as they follow a tour guide dressed as a Roman Legionnaire – the tourists bustling between shops – snapping pictures […]

Christ Church Central (CCC) – Church plant from Parent Church

Posted by on Sep 22, 2009

In September 2009, Tim Haughton (Minister of Discipleship at St. Paul’s Bloor Street, Toronto) travelled to the UK to explore Fresh Expressions of Church.  He is blogging about his experiences here. My trusty SatNav (invaluable when it takes all your concentration to stay on the left hand side of the road)  led me down into […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: St. Thomas Crookes Sheffield (Cell – Cluster – Celebration)

Posted by on Sep 21, 2009

In September 2009, Tim Haughton (Minister of Discipleship at St. Paul’s Bloor Street, Toronto) travelled to the UK to explore Fresh Expressions of Church.  He is blogging about his experiences here. My plane reading (Clusters – by Mike Breen and Bob Hopkins) had been preparing me for my first site visit.  St. Thomas’ Sheffield is […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Messy Church Round Table – September 14 & 15

Posted by on Sep 17, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. We arrived at Wycliffe Hall (Anglican Theological College at Oxford University) at noon for an intense 24-hour time of worship, prayer, workshops, conversation, sharing, review and discernment for the future of Messy […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Fresh Expressions of Worship

Posted by on Sep 14, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. Sue and I first visited Emmanuel Church in Loughborough in the mid 90’s. Back then it had a traditional interior, dark pews, an organ and a piano. It was a Sunday when […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Fresh Expressions and the Sacraments

Posted by on Sep 13, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. We attended this workshop sponsored by the Diocese of Ely presented by Rev’d Maggi Dawn and Rev’d David Male (see previous post). The workshop dealt primarily with the Eucharist and how to […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Ancient-Future – Changing Church for Changing Times

Posted by on Sep 13, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. While attending a workshop on “Fresh Expressions and the sacraments” at All Saints’ Milton, Diocese of Ely, I took some time at lunch to look in the sanctuary of this ancient church. […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Meeting with Rachel Jordan at Church House on Great Smith Street, London

Posted by on Sep 13, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. We met with Dr. Rachel Jordan, Associate National Mission & Evangelism Advisor (Church of England) who developed the Vision Day PowerPoint program materials and activities.  An engaging and dynamic personality, Rachel will […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Meeting with Bob Franklyn, International Coordinator for Fresh Expressions

Posted by on Sep 13, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. We met in the Wesley Café in the Methodist Central Hall where Bob gave us an update on what is happening with Fresh Expressions both in the UK and internationally. The FE […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Messy Church with founder Lucy Moore

Posted by on Sep 10, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. Andy and I were warmly welcomed by Lucy Moore and her husband, the Rev’d Dr. Paul Moore (Vicar of St. Wilfrid’s Church) for lunch, great coffee, and a time to chat about […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Night Church at the Exeter Cathedral

Posted by on Sep 9, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. The Rev’d Canon Mark Rylands, the Canon Missioner for the Diocese of Exeter and Steve Jones, lay staff member with the Diocese of Exeter as well as the Methodist Circuit, founded Night […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Church Unplugged

Posted by on Sep 8, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. Photo: Sue and Dave Male Meeting with Rev’d Dave Male on Monday, September 7th at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. Author of “Church Unplugged”, Dave is a tutor in Pioneer Mission Training (Ridley Hall […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Moot

Posted by on Sep 8, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. Andy sharing a joke with Moot community member Elizabeth as Ian looks on. The Moot community, led by Rev’d Ian Mobsby, is located in St. Mary Woolnoth Church, in the heart of […]

FXCA september 2009 update

Posted by on Sep 8, 2009

fresh expressions canada september update September 8 2009 Hello there! Hope you had something of a good summer, despite the work of Mother Nature with forest fires out west, greater-than-average rainfall in the east, and a mixture of weather in the north! Put it all down to climate change! We are also experiencing culture change […]

Mission Shaped Intro comes to Toronto!

Posted by on Sep 3, 2009

Six weeks to rediscover mission and re-imagine church. New world, new church? Our world and our lives have changed radically in the last twenty years, but has the church adapted to this change? Do we need a changed church for a changing world? Are new forms of church really possible? If so, how can they […]

Fresh Expressions of Church among the Maasai?

Posted by on Aug 31, 2009

Vincent Donovan was a Catholic missionary to the Maasai in Tanzania in the 1960’s and 1970’s. His book Christianity Rediscovered (Orbis 1978) has been a best-seller ever since, and I am not the only teacher who has used it in classes on mission and evangelism to help students think through issues of Gospel and culture.

New Video Profile of Church on Tap

Posted by on Aug 17, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbleisch created this new video about Church on Tap, a Pub Church in Southern Ontario: Great work!

Churches along the Ottawa get Messy!

Posted by on Aug 10, 2009

“The Anglican Churches Along the Ottawa” tried something new. It was a movement that came out of nowhere and re-lit their torch of faith. It is called “Messy Church”. The first Messy Church we put on at Holy Trinity, Hawkesbury, on July 23rd was a tremendous success…over twenty children together with their parents & grandparents […]

What Nick Offers

Posted by on Jul 20, 2009

As team leader of Fresh Expressions Canada, Nick is in a unique position to provide an introduction to Fresh Expressions, which started life in England as an initiative of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and the Methodist Council in 2004, with a brief to encourage churches all across England to establish new congregations and […]

July-August 2009 FXCA Update

Posted by on Jul 15, 2009

fresh expressions canada update July 14 2009 Hello there! Hope you are enjoying what is passing for a summer in many parts of Canada! We are halfway through  July but it feels more like September, at least here in Montreal! As you might expect things are pretty quiet on the Fresh Expressions Canada front this […]

A Fresh Expression of Amnesia

Posted by on Jun 16, 2009

If we are to become a church shaped by and for God’s mission in this world, the last thing we need is a fresh expression of amnesia. 233 variations of the word “remember” appear in Old and New Testaments. As poet and philosopher George Santayana has it, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

June 2009 FXca Update

Posted by on Jun 12, 2009

fresh expressions canada update June 2nd 2009 At Pentecost we celebrate the occasion on which the Holy Spirit empowered the church for, and propelled the church into, its part in God’s mission in the world. The theologian Emil Brunner once said: ‘As a fire exists by burning so the Church exists by mission; if there […]

New Team Leader of Fresh Expressions UK Visits Toronto

Posted by on May 20, 2009

Bishop Graham Cray is an unusual bishop. I remember him when he was Vicar of St. Michael-le-Belfrey, York, in the 1970’s, when he had hair down to his waist, and used to give talks about spiritual themes in contemporary rock music. Then, in what was to some a surprising change of direction, he became Principal […]

What would it take for you to feel safe enough to . . . ?

Posted by on May 7, 2009

Over the last few days, the e-mails coming into my Inbox regarding the role of the institution in supporting emergence in faith communities and networks have been so confirming. They have confirmed for me that this is an important moment in the long history of our Christian dialogue. I have come to believe that, in […]

If You Build It, They Will Come

Posted by on May 1, 2009

There is a well-known line from the movie, Field of Dreams, that goes, “If you build it, they will come.” While the person who said this line was referring to a baseball field, and not a church, it still fits the situation at St. John’s Church, in the Parish of Richmond, NB, quite well. As you […]