FXCA april update

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, in a socalist country a long way from home.

There is an excellent article about the mission-shaped Parish of the Resurrection, South River, Newfoundland, in the current edition of the Anglican, (scroll to page 7 to read it.)

The flying geese and other welcome signs of an early spring, signal the start of a busy period for Fresh Expressions Canada (FXCA). There is much to tell you about.

vision days are a great way for all Christians in a city, town or group of villages to discover       logo_-_vision_daymore about fresh expressions of church.

The first vision day of 2010 takes place on Saturday, April 10, at First United Church in Waterloo, ON from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.  Space is limited so bookmark this date and register soon!… more

Saturday, April 17, 2010 from 9:30am –  3:00pm. Hosted by: St. Mark’s Anglican Church, 5 First Avenue,
 Orangeville, ON, L9W 2Z5. Cost: $15.00...more

If you are interested in holding a Vision Day in your area contact our Vision Day Coordinator, Sue Kalbfleisch. Contact her at vision@freshexpressions.ca

Jenny Andison

FXCA’s Toronto Contact Person, Jenny Andison, will be the keynote speaker at the York-Credit Valley Area Ministry Day,  “Fresh Expressions:Every Parish Mission Shaped,” on Saturday April 17th.  The day  runs from 8:30-3:00 at the Franklin Horner Community Centre in Etobicoke.  To register, email Elizabeth McCaffrey, emccaffrey@toronto.anglican.ca

On the same day FXCA’s msm coordinator, John Bowen, speaks to the York-Simcoe Area Ministry Day on, “The future of the church.” The day runs from 8.30 am-3.00 pm at Holy Trinity School, 11300 Bayview Ave., Richmond Hill, ON. To register and for more details, click here.

Are you looking for a way to reach families who are not in our churches on Sundays?
Messy Church (MC) aims to create the opportunity for adults and children to enjoy
expressing their creativity, sit down together to eat a meal, experience worship and have
fun within a church context.

Two Messy Fiestas! – days of fun and learning about Messy Church
Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 10am – 3:00pm.
Hosted by: St. George’s Anglican Church, 60 Guelph St.,
 Georgetown, ON, 
L7G 3Z5. Cost: $15.00

Saturday, May 15 , 2010 from 10am – 3:00pm
Hosted by: St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, 12 Carleton St. S., Thorold, ON, 
L2V 5C2. .Cost: $15.00
Please contact Sue Kalbfleisch at 905‐648‐0302 or freshexpressions@niagara.anglican.ca with questions, or just download the flyer and registration form.  Since we are offering a Messy Fiesta in two locations on two different
dates, please be sure to submit the appropriate Registration Form!

If you haven’t heard about Messy Church, go to www.messychurch.org.uk to see a great promo video!

Mission Shaped Ministry (MSM) course -8 months to be equipped in planting and sustaining fresh expressions of church, will  run from Sept. 2010 -April 2011, comprising 6 weekday evenings, 3 Saturdays, and a residential weekend away.  Based in Toronto, we hope to have clusters in other cities which will meet at the same time and be conferenced together! Click here to watch a short video. For more information email our msm coordinator, John Bowen at msm@freshexpressions.ca

The first Vital Church Planting West Conference takes place May 18-20 in  Edmonton, AB, with Canon Phil Potter, Director of Pioneer Ministry for the Diocese of Liverpool, and Harold Roscher the Director/Chaplain of the Edmonton Native Healing Centre. Click here to register or find out more. If you were at VCP-East, tell your friends in Alberta how good it was!

We are at just over 70 registrants. This is very exciting, and there is a good mix of people from both inside and outside the Edmonton area.Mission Shaped Intro (MSI)-six weeks to rediscover mission and re-imagine church

This excellent six-session course can be freely downloaded and presented in your neighbourhood. A pastor who had taken the course with eight of his members, told me how significant taking the course had been for his church. “The entire leadership team from our church, The Living Room, attended Mission Shaped Intro. Although our church is already quite missional, MSI helped us advance the dialog regarding our expression of church. It also helped us face some old paradigms we weren’t even aware we had. Whether you’re part of an established traditional church or part of a new emerging church, Mission Shaped Intro will help you rethink and reach out in fresh ways.” Michael Jones, Lead Pastor, The Living Room, Montreal, QC.

To find out more email info@freshexpressions.ca

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 web@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.

It’s going to be a busy month, and we look forward to seeing some of you at the many upcoming events!

Yours in the risen Christ,

the Fresh Expressions Canada team, Ryan, Sue, Thomas, Jenny, John, &…


Nick Brotherwood

Team Leader-Fresh Expressions Canada


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