FXCA october update

october 2010 update

hi there!

Wow! The events seem to be coming thicker and faster than leaves off the trees at this time of year. It’s a wonderful time but often an exhausting time. Time to remember that is those who wait upon the Lord who are the ones who find their strength renewed. (Isa. 40.31) So in the midst of all the feverish activity of the season, I know I need to take time to spend with God and to make it a priority and not a spur-of-the-moment thing. I continually need to work at it, I do not find that it comes easy, for me at least.
I am going to be doing a lot of travelling this month, and hope to see many of you as I travel to Alberta, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. There is lots to read in this month’s update, so settle down and enjoy the ride!
FranklinGraham, “October Gold” 1922

Working the edges

Thomas Brauer

Ministry at the edges of Church and culture is a challenge, to say the least.  It is often hard to discern which particular edges should attract our limited mission attention (and budgets).  With challenges in finding both people and money for long-term mission projects, it is often helpful to find “one off” mission opportunities which can still work to build community, offer opportunities for discipleship,  even worship, and to build the skills and capacities of potential mission volunteers.  Many of our communities have just such mission opportunities, ready made and waiting, in the shape of festivals, fairs, and cultural events. Read complete article

the first mission shaped ministry (msm) course in Canada is well under way.

From the hub in Toronto, the course is reaching throughout the country and beyond, with an eight-month experience that will help individuals and teams  plan and implement fresh expressions of church. Toronto School of Thelogy students are making contact with their placements and (in some cases) beginning work, which is exciting, while other students are invloved where they live. At the time of writing there are 49 students taking the course. 22 of those are present in the classroom at Wycliffe, 17  spread between local groups in Edmonton, Lethbridge, Winnipeg, Niagara and Saint John, NB, and beyond! Please pray for Connie den Boek as she leads the course, and for all those involved.

Jenny Andison reports that around 175 people are registered in mission shaped intro (msi) courses  in the Diocese of Toronto in 7 different courses around the diocese which is very exciting. Click here for details of these locations. msi is also being run in the Edmonton Diocese, and in St. Catharines, ON, at First Grantham United Church, click here for details.

Nick Brotherwood will be in Alberta for a vision day, Saturday October 16th, Calgary, Alberta, a day for the whole Christian community to discover more about mission-shaped thinking and fresh expressions of church. the first Vision Day of the Fall season takes place at St. James, Ranchlands. More details on this poster Calgary Vision Day poster.

On Sunday October 17th Nick will be in Lethbridge, AB,  for a mission-shaped conversation.

Monday October 18th sees Nick speaking at the Companions of the Bishop dinner in Calgary.

Tuesday October 20th he will be in Edmonton.

Nick will be in Halifax, NS, for a “Great Church-Growing Church” workshop, October 22-23rd.

He then travels to St. John’s, NL, to meet with student’s at Queen’s College, on October 27th, then to Mint Brook Camp, for the Diocese of Central Newfoundland Clergy Conference on the 28 &29th, plus a vision day on Saturday the 30th.

Messy Fiesta – Simcoe, ON – Nov. 6, 2010

On Saturday, November 6th Trinity Anglican Church in Simcoe will host a Messy Fiesta from 10am to 3pm.

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. Click here for more.

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

I am going to be in Halifax, NS, October 22th-23rd, and would love to meet any of you who can get to the event at which I am speaking.  It would be great to see you!

Please continue to 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. As we commence our third year of life, if you would like to support the work financially you can do so online 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 in the power of the Holy Spirit!

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


Nick Brotherwood

Team Leader-Fresh Expressions Canada


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