FXCA june update
June 2010 update
The past six weeks have been pretty busy, with members of the Fresh Expressions Canada team touching down in Kemptville, ON, the Huron Diocesan Synod, the first Vital Church Planting West conference in Edmonton, the MSM National Teams consultation in Northampton, England, and General Synod in Halifax, NS! Thank you so much for your prayers, we have really appreciated knowing you were praying for us. You can read an article on the Fresh Expressions presentation to General Synod here, and watch a short interview here.
“I found the Messy Fiesta event to be exciting and inspiring. With remarkable joy andcreativity, Christian worship/education was offered in an inviting, open-minded atmosphere, with wonderful intergenerational appeal. It has huge potential as a means for inviting and welcoming those who are spiritually hungry, but not attracted to a traditional way of doing church. We are delighted at the prospect of beginning Messy Church ministry at St. John’s, Thorold this Fall.” These words, from Rev. Cathie Crawford Browning following the Messy Fiesta (Messy Church workshop) on May 15th, capture the essence of Messy Church and the two Messy Fiestas held in April and May this Spring in Ontario. read the complete report here.
Mission Shaped Ministry (MSM) team training begins
United Church Minister and Church Planter Rev. Dr. Connie denBok MSM Canada course leader will join with other members of the msm team, to be trained by Kath & Pete Atkins Fresh Expressions msm course coordinators from Lincolnshire, England, in Tornonto, June 13-15th. This is in preparation for the course taking place in Canada this Fall. mission shaped ministry– 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 email@example.com
The first Vital Church Planting West Conference took 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.
The conference was a tremendous success with over 140 people in attendance, including 4 bishops and one archbishop. In his closing remarks, Archbishop David Ashdown announced that the Rupert’s Land Provincial House of Bishops have decided to make Fresh Expressions a priority for the coming years, and it is going to be the theme of their Provincial Synod in 2012.
Many congratulations to the sponsors, the Diocese of Edmonton and the Wycliffe College Institute of Evangelism, on making a great start!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Have a great summer. I’ll be writing to you again in early September.
Yours in the power of the Holy Spirit!
the Fresh Expressions Canada team, Ryan, Sue, Thomas, Jenny, John, &…
Team Leader-Fresh Expressions Canada