FXCA september update
september 2010 update
It seems a really long time since I last sat down to key in the last Fresh Expressions Canada FXCA update back in early June. Lots of interesting things have happened since then, and there are lots more coming up for the Fall. We are really excited about the launch of the first mission shaped ministry course to be run outside of the UK! (details below). As well, there are opportunities to connect with us in person this Fall in Alberta, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. So, without more ado…
1. The content The course is a ministry-based, practical orientation to church planting and fresh expressions of church. It is adapted (with permission) from the materials developed by Fresh Expressions UK.
2. Who is it for?msm is primarily for teams (ordained or not) who are thinking and praying about the possibility of pioneering a fresh expression of church, as well as for those who are already involved in one. The hope is that over the course of eight months the course will enable you to take practical steps forward towards the realization and growth of that vision. Complete details.
Lucy Moore, (inventor of Messy Church,) touched down in B.C. and Alberta in June, for ten days of Canadian messiness! Shortly after arriving home in Cowplain, Hampshire, she wrote this in her blog.
“The flight home was in the company of a young Canadian figure skater come to train for the summer months at Nottingham ice rink. She was full of drive, ambition, vision, confidence and though it was hard to assess her degree of talent whilst jammed into Economy Class, she obviously felt that the future was packed with opportunity. Her mum had loved her enough to let her leave home for two months and spread her wings. Without wanting to get too sentimental about it, I feel the same for Messy Church, the young fresh expression I’ve helped drop off in Canada. It’s all in such good hands:…” more
Andy Kalbfleisch, of Ancaster, ON, (who with his wife Sue Kalbfleisch, have made many “mission-shaped” videos) tells part of his transition from jump rope entrepreneur to filmaker, in a recent blog posting on the Share website.
“Before all this started I wondered if I would be bored when I finally retired. Now I know that the joys of volunteering to share the Gospel story in new and different ways has become the most rewarding time of my life.” Read the full story here.
The most recent of Andy & Sue’s videos can be seen by clicking on the following link
A fresh expression of church at Cameron House, a women’s shelter in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada in partnership with the Rural Outreach Committee and Faithworks, Anglican Diocese of Toronto.
Vision Days in Alberta & Newfoundland – Fall 2010
Saturday October 16th, Calgary, Alberta, click here for poster.
Saturday, October 30th, Mint Brook Camp, Gambo Pond, Newfoundland.
Check the website for more details or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission Shaped Intro to run in Alberta & Ontario – Fall 2010
Fresh Expressions of Church: What are they and why should our church have anything to do with them? If you and your church are asking these questions the Mission-shaped Intro (MSI) Course is for you.
With MSI you will:
• Discover what has changed in our culture around us and how the church is called to respond.
• Examine what Fresh Expressions of church are and why they are important to the future of the church.
• Discover where God is working in your neighbourhood and how you might join in.
For more information on msi in Edmonton contact Thomas Brauer at email@example.com
for msi in the Toronto diocese click here, or email Jenny Andison at firstname.lastname@example.org
for msi in St. Catharines, ON, please contact: Rev. Paul Miller at 905-935-5369 or email@example.com
Each month the Share website in England sends out Share Thoughts, a free monthly email with a thought-provoking article, containing material of great interest to the church. In the August edition the article below appeared, which we reproduce in full with the kind permission of Fresh Expressions and Share.
We thought it would be of great interest to many Canadians and could even start an online discussion of the issues it raises. At the end of the article we have asked a question to which we would like you to respond! (Read more)
We need your stories of what’s going on in your area, to put on the FXCA website. Stories of attempts to start something new, something which may stand a chance of developing into a fresh expression of church. Here is an example of what we are looking for, from Peterborough, ON, something that started as a result of a casual remark. Is it a fresh expression of church? I guess we’ll have to just wait and see! Please send your story with photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
I am going to be in Halifax, NS, October 22th-23rd, and would love to meet any of you who can get to the event at which I am speaking. It would be great to see you!
Please continue to pray for all of us involved in encouraging “the development of fresh expressions of church alongside more traditional expressions, with the aim of seeing a more mission-shaped church take shape throughout the country.” Yes, it’s a huge job, but with God nothing is impossible, even though it is seldom easy!
Thanks so much for your interest in Fresh Expressions Canada. As we commence our third year of life, if you would like to support the work financially you can do so online by clicking here and filling out the form, selecting “Other,” from the “I would like to direct my gift to:” options, and writing Fresh Expressions in the “Please Specify” box.
Yours in the power of the Holy Spirit!
the Fresh Expressions Canada team, Ryan, Sue, Thomas, Jenny, John, &…
Team Leader-Fresh Expressions Canada