june 2013 update
Welcome to our June update!
We’ve got lots we want to tell you about. Announcing the winners of our Video Competition; telling you about exciting learning opportunities for those of you wanting to get active in developing fresh expressions of church; and giving you a glimpse of the first major review of the book, “Green Shoots out of Dry Ground: growing a new future for the church in Canada.”
In all of this it is important to acknowledge God’s activity. It is God’s mission that we are called into. Not a mission which we execute on behalf of God, but rather a mission that God sometimes chooses to execute through us. God continues to be the initiator and instigator of mission, it’s our job to pay attention, and sometimes to join in what we see God doing. In all of this of course Jesus is our model, “the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise.” (John 5.19 NRSV) So, as the onset of summer in the northern hemisphere gives some of us the opprtunity to slow down and reflect, the questions “What have we seen God doing, in our own community, our friends and families and our own lives?” is a vital one, that we each need to ask, and to be attentive to God for an answer.
Plans are underway for launching a September 2013-May 2014 realtime edition of the course. At the moment we are looking at running Tuesdays evenings 7-9 pm EST, every other week starting September 19th. If you are interested in knowing more about the course, please contact Nick Brotherwood at email@example.com
First “Green Shoots out of Dry Ground” review
Preston Pouteaux (DMin.,Tyndale Seminary) is a National Team member with Forge Canada and is the Director of Discipleship Ministry at Lutheran Church of Our Saviour in Calgary,Alberta. Preston is a neighbourhood church planter, water-colour portrait artist, and beekeeper. Read his in-depth review of Green Shoots here.
Back in February we invited you to produce a 3 minute Canadian video that shows:
- a Fresh Expression of Church in your community, or
- a Church Plant Initiative, or
- an Innovative Ministry Initiative
To say that we were overwhelmed with submissions would be untrue, but the winners of the competition, have produced an excellent video which tells the story of an innovative ministry initiative that they conceived and developed,
…and the winners are… Cam Fraser & Andrew Hyde!
“We wanted to blow the doors off what worship could be,” Andrew Hyde said. The Youth and Young Families Minister at Norval United Church, Norval, ON, began collaborating with Cam Fraser, coordinator of the Annex, based out of St. Paul’s United Church, in Milton, ON, on worship installations just over a year ago.
“Traditional worship is a spectator sport,” Hyde said. “We wanted to go the opposite way and create do it yourself exploratory experiences. So we brought in the arts and hands on stuff to broaden our horizons.”
“I like the idea of opening up space— spaces of resonance—inside and outside ourselves—to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit,” Fraser said, The two have been “opening up space” in very unique ways.
“I started doing worship installations around 2004 or so, at St. James United in Waterdown,” Hyde said. “It’s a lot of fun and a great way to be creative.”
“Andrew’s the visual guy,” Fraser said. “I do more of the writing and sound.”…
…”In March 2013, the pair will use one image to unite the various elements of their Holy Week Installation entitled “Table.d”. “We’re going to explore what tables mean and how they’re used,” Hyde said.
Although Fraser said they have “a solid draft of what all the stations are going to look like,” they’re still “seeking out the materials and trying out some of the ideas. As we work on them, they usually subtly morph into something else, and sometimes they significantly change into something completely different than planned.”
Hyde said that “a real mix of people right across the board,” came to the last two installations. “Some churches brought their youth groups. People are looking for new expressions of worship—new ideas about what worship might be. And this is really neat.”
The dynamic duo’s Holy Week installation was housed at Grace Anglican Milton on Tuesday March 26th and Weds March 27,th before moving on to Norval United on Thursday March 28.th Viewing hours were 6:30 – 9:00 each evening.
Pictures and commentaries on prior installations are posted online at http://www.facebook.com/aworshipinstallation ”
Read the article from which these excerpts were taken here