October FXCA update

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 one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.”? May God help us to always walk in his light and to allow his light to shine into and through us, that others may be drawn to Jesus the source of true light.

Mission Shaped Intro-Six weeks to rediscover mission and re-imagine church is being presented at Wycliffe College, Toronto on six Wednesday evenings this fall—starting September 16, from 7 pm till 9 pm. The presenters are Jenny Andison and  John Bowen.  Already halfway through, the twenty something participants are appreciating this engaging course.  Following the third session John observed, “Again, things went well. I felt we are getting into our stride (teachers and students), and there is a good dynamic and a good rhythm.”

This excellent six-session course can be freely downloaded and presented in your neighbourhood. To find out more email info@freshexpressions.ca

The next Vision Day will take place on Saturday November 21st, 9.00 am-3.00pm, at St. Thomas the Apostle, 2345 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa. For more details and to download the registration form click here. If you are interested in holding one in your area contact our Vision Day Coordinator, Sue Kalbfleisch. Contact her at vision@freshexpressions.ca

Last month Sue & her husband Andy  visited the UK to research various fresh expressions of church and wrote engaging reports on their travels here. Later in September Tim Haughton, minister of discipleship at St. Paul’s, Bloor St., Toronto,  spent time in England read visiting various fresh expressions of church. Read his insightful posts here.

In May of this year, Canadian filmakers Bill Kinnon & Imbi Medri shot a two-part 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 a fascinating overview of the initiative, as well as describing Anglo Catholic and Evangelical examples in England. Part one. Part two.

I will be heading out (God willing) to Sault Ste. Marie, ON, later in the month for the Diocese of Algoma’s Synod to present Fresh Expressions Canada, so if you are going to be in the area please get in touch with me at nick.brotherwood@freshexpressions.ca!

Please 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. If you would like to support the work financially you can do so 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 sincerely in Christ Jesus,


Nick Brotherwood

Team Leader-Fresh Expressions Canada


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