FXCA update march 2012

A new study, released Monday, March 5, 2012, by United Kingdom-based IOP Publishing says outdoor ice hockey in Canada is being threatened by climate change. In this picture, kids play hockey on an outdoor rink in Petite Riviere St-Francois in the Charlevoix region of Quebec on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)


I hope you are well and continuing to enjoy this winter. Hello especially if you are receiving this update for the first time after asking to be subscribed to it either at the recent Regina Vision Day! It’s good to have you with us.

Seems like changes in the weather patterns are threatening some cherished outdoors activities. (See photo at right.) Changing cultural patterns are prompting many of us to think about the ways in which we respond to these changes as followers of Jesus. No quick and easy answers but much good conversation. February got off to an excellent start with the Fresh Expressions Canada (FXCA) team meeting in Toronto for a consultation. That was closely followed by The Missional Roadmap, the 2012 version of the Vital Church Planting East conference.

As well as being a workshop presenter at VCP 2012, church planter and FXCA web manager, Ryan Sim has been busy giving a variety of misionally-focussed presentations. See the powerpoints of some of those presentations here.


Dave Male



Sue & Andy Kalbfleisch have been hard at work filming and editing a 14 minute interview with Dave Male. Dave answers some questions that were raised by his presentations at VCP 2012. 

Watch it here.

Vital Chuch Planting Conference, Toronto, Feb. 2-4 2012

The Missional Roadmap. The conference had a deliberately practical focus this year to help dioceses, parishes and teams begin new missional projects, church plants and fresh expressions of church. See some photos of the three day event hereThis year’s conference was an exciting event.  Registration had to be cut off a week beforehand because capacity had been reached at 173, of whom about 60% had not attended before. This event appears to be still gaining momentum after six annual conferences in Toronto and two in Edmonton. Read more.

Two-thirds of the people (including one diocesan bishop) at the first two days of the conference were there for the first time, whilst on Saturday we had 65 people arrive for the day of workshops! This means that the mission-shaping conversation seems to be spreading.



  • dream dreams
  • ask questions
  • share your story
  • think about what it is to be church
  • find out about fresh expressions
  • discover resources
  • build networks and relationships

The first Fresh Expressions Vision Day to be held in Saskatchewan, took place on Saturday February 25th in Regina. Read a report on the day by a participant here.

Sue Kalbfleisch

After over three years of  coordinating Vision Days for us, Sue Kalbfleisch is stepping down  to devote more of her time to Messy Church Canada. Thank you so much Sue for all you have done in developing and supporting many local churches who wanted to present a Vision Day!

All of which means that Fresh Expressions Canada is looking for a Jesus-centred and mission-minded person to coordinate Vision Days. This person needs to be generous (it’s a voluntary position), initiative taking, an excellent communicator, and preferably have attended a Fresh Expressions Vision Day. Training will be given. If you or someone you know might be interested in this position please email vision@freshexpressions.ca

Messy Church News                                                                                                                                                   

Two Messy Fiestas (Messy Church full day workshops) are planned for June as follows:
  • Saturday, June 9th in Sudbury ON from 10am to 2:30pm – details to follow in the next Newsletter
  • Friday, June 15th in Toronto ON from 10am to 3pm – in conjunction with the UCC’s “More than Franchises: A Fresh Brew” conference  at Emmanuel College.  The MF is a ‘stand alone’ workshop and all are welcome, both to the Messy Fiesta and to the conference which runs from June 16th to 18th. For more information about the conference and the Messy Fiesta (and to register on-line), visit www.morefranchises.ca.  Also, please click here for the June 15th MF information flyer.
Thanks to Nancy Rowe for a great job on the Messy Church WEBINAR last month – it will be archived so will let you know when the date and location (url) is available.

For more information about Messy Church in Canada, please contact Sue Kalbfleisch at sue.kalbfleisch@freshexpressions.ca and check out www.facebook.com/Messy ChurchCanada

That’s about it for now! Check  our website www.freshexpressions.ca for the latest news.

Please keep us in your prayers.

God bless,


Nick Brotherwood

FXCA team leader on behalf of the FXCA team

Ryan Sim


Thomas Brauer
Sue Kalbfleisch
Connie denBok
John Bowen
             Jenny Andison

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