FXCA June update

fxca june update

In the time between Ascension and Pentecost the church waits and prays. A time for making sense of what has happened, of anticipating what is still to come. A time for remembering that it is God who sets the time frame not us. A time for giving thanks for all God has done.

May and early June have been  busy times in the world of Fresh Expressions Canada (FXCA). What with a Messy Fiesta, the two Vital Church Planting Conferences (reports on Edmonton here and Toronto here), a visit from the Primate, and a FXCA consultation with Steven Croft! Quite a bit of travelling and a great opportunity to meet some of you, and find out what is happening that is Jesus-centred and mission-shaped where you live.

You might be interested in knowing that the main talks and some of the workshops from the Toronto conference are available on CD from Swordfish Digital. Email them for details at info@swordfishdigital.com

Nick Trussell: priest-in-mission

One person I had the chance to catch up with during my travels is Nick Trussell, a “priest-in-mission” (aren’t they all?) in the Diocese of Edmonton. Over lunch he filled me in about the Mission Days they run, which help people develop language around God’s mission in their own lives. You can find out more about Mission Days, and see what three parishes came up with at their respective days, here.

During the two conferences we were able to record interviews with various people which we look forward to sharing with you over the coming weeks. Watch the FXCA website to see these videos as they are posted.


It looks as though I will be visiting Saskatchewan for the Diocese of Qu’Appelle, in late September-early October. The visit is likely to include a Vision Day on Saturday October 1st.  Please let your friends in the Regina area know about the date.



Work is ongoing on revisions to Mission Shaped Intro. This excellent six-session, free to download, course, to make it even more useful in our Canadian context. Expect more details in our FXCA September Update, or email msi@freshexpressions.ca


Mission Shaped Ministry-Take Two starts September 17th in Toronto.  Once again we are inviting clusters of three or more people to form “distance learning sites” to follow this course “where you live.” The course is of most use to those groups which are planning and implementing a “fresh expression of church.” Contact msm coordinator John Bowen at msm@freshexpressions.ca for details, or here for more details.


A number of Messy Fiestas (Messy Church workshops) are being planned for the fall

  • Saturday October 29th at St. John’s Church, Kanata, ON
  • date/location TBA Kitchener-Waterloo area-in planning-stage with a Lutheran church hosting

When details become available we will post them on the Fresh Expressions website www.freshexpressions.ca

If you are interested in holding a Messy Church workshop or wish to receive the monthly MCeNewsletter, please contact Sue Kalbfleisch at Sue.Kalbfleisch@freshexpressions.ca


I trust that you find these FXCA updates helpful. Please let me know if there is any way in which we can help you. Please pray for the team as we continue to work together to a see a more Jesus-centred and mission-shaped emerge from coast to coast to coast. Have a wonderful summer.

The next time you should receive one of these updates is September, until then to keep up to date with FXCA follow us on the website or our FXCA Facebook page.

May you experience all the energy of Pentecost!

Yours in Christ,




Nick Brotherwood

team Leader-Fresh expressions Canada


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