FXCA february update

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 you find this month’s update both interesting and informative. You can read reports on the excellent conference with plenary speakers Dr. Rachel Jordan and Pernell Goodyear, (pictured above: photos by Michael Hudson)  here and here and see how they compare with your own recollections! The annual Vital Church Planting conferences are becoming venues where some of the most creative and entrepreneurial leaders of our church—bishops, clergy and lay leaders from across the country—are gathering to network, learn, pray, and strategise together. They are also a lot of fun!

It’s always good to keep up to date with the Fresh Expressions Iniative in the UK. Last week the Church of England General Synod debated Mission-Shaped Church five years on and Fresh Expressions Team Leader, Graham Cray reported on the story so far. Graham’s report makes very interesting reading, and gives us plenty to reflect on in our own context.The General Synod then voted to continue to encourage fresh expressions of church, alongside more traditional forms of church as  the most promising mission strategy in a fast changing culture.

Mission Shaped Ministry (MSM) course -a year to be equipped in planting and sustaining fresh expressions of church, is expected to 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! For more information email msm@freshexpressions.ca

The newest addition to the FXCA team John Bowen is our MSM Coordinator, please contact him with any questions at john.bowen@freshexpressions.ca!

The first Vital Church Planting West Conference takes place May 18-20 in    Edmonton, 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.

Messy Church books now available in Canada! Scripture Union Canada is distributing Lucy Moore’s books, “Messy Church,” and “Messy Church 2”.

Click here to order your copies.

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 vision@freshexpressions.ca to join the advance mailing list or with questions about Messy Fiestas! If you haven’t heard about Messy Church, go to www.messychurch.org.uk to see a great promo video!

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. To find out more email info@freshexpressions.ca

MSI Edmonton starts soon! email thomas.brauer@freshexpressions.ca for more details

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 Dayof 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

“Mission Possible“.   A 5 week course  by Jenny Andison and Stephen Drakeford to help people re-discover and re-discover mission in your context.  It’s purpose is to provide an interactive tool to assist people in beginning a conversation about what it would mean for their parishes to be shaped by the mission of God and for the mission of God. The course will be fun and easy to use and is designed to be run over a one hour period for 5 evenings. The course would be perfect to use in Lent in your parish. It can be downloaded from the Diocese of Toronto website .  If you want more information then please contact Jenny Andison, Archbishop’s Officer for Mission, at  jandison@toronto.anglican.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’s an example of what we are looking for, something that started partly as a result of someone attending a Fresh Expressions related event. Could it turn into 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 praying for our FXCA consultation with team members and other partners, including Pernell from the Salvation Army, Jared from the Free Methodists and Rachel from the Church of England. We benefitted greatly from their participation in the day and a half we spent together earlier this month.

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.

Hebrews 11 & 12 featured repeatedly in the Toronto VCP conference. After the writer’s roll callof heroes & heroines of the faith in chapter 11, he adds“… Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! Hebrews 12.1-3 (The Message)

Wishing you a holy, blessed and missional Lent!

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


Nick Brotherwood

Team Leader-Fresh Expressions Canada


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