As we step into a new ministry season, we do so in faith and with hope for what God has for us and how he will continue to mold us, shape us and send us out in the likeness of Jesus. We hope that somewhere in these links, descriptions, stories and videos you find a next step for yourself into the richness of life together as we seek to learn from Jesus who, continually invites us to begin anew again and again. And if you are unsure where to begin, please contact one of our pastors; we’d love to help you!
With the recent change in Provincial restrictions, we wanted to let you know what you can expect as you join with us this weekend.
tl;dw… remember what we did in January? It’s basically the same thing. But if you want more information, here are the bullet points from the video above:
Due to capacity limitations, registration is required to attend onsite. We are offering 3 services: Saturday at 6:30pm, Sunday at 9am and 11am. For those with kids, preschool – grade 6 will be available at the Saturday and Sunday 11am service only (no kids programming at the 9am). Kids will need to be registered separately from adults. Masks continue to be required for all onsite gatherings.
As requested by a number of you on Instagram, this is another beautiful track recorded by Brett for our Online Liturgy. This time we are thrilled to feature the song, “Echoes”, written by our own Shawn Baran (which makes this video basically the only way to hear the song outside of a weekend).
This past Wednesday we hosted Part 1 of the Big God Story as part of our Discipleship Pathway series. If you were unable to attend we will have a video of the event up early next week. Our Part 2 will be on Wednesday Sept. 22, however rather than being held here at the church as originally planned, it will be presented by video.
Please note that the Newcomer’s Lunch has been cancelled due to Covid restrictions. We are really looking forward to connecting with all of you who are new to our church in this way. We will let you know the date of our next Newcomer’s Lunch soon.
Weekly Online Liturgies for those joining with us from home.
Join us for our online liturgy premier, every Sunday at 10 am.
Those are the updates for this week! If you would like to connect with us further, learn more about our ministries, or submit a confidential prayer request, I encourage you to get in touch.
One of the things I’ve liked to do over the years is give “themes” or title prompts to my artist groups and encourage them to interpret the word freely to make something. Last weekend we began our new teaching series, Seeing Jesus, which is a theme full of creative and interpretive potential (as we will explore in the series). We have started to receive works from some of you around this theme, and I have to say, they are beautiful. Keep them coming! We can’t wait to share these with you over the coming weeks.
And whether you make something new or have something already made that you would like to share, contact Ali and let us know!
Being pre-marriage facilitators has been a very rewarding experience, spiritually as well as in our marriage life. It is very satisfying to have the opportunity to get to know young, engaged couples who attend church while sharing aspects of our own marriage life experience. Normally, these new couples start the program (sessions) with low expectations but as we walk through the SYMBIS (Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts) material, they engage in deeper conversations on aspects of their lives and make the connection of how relevant these aspects are at building a successful marriage life. It is fascinating to see the couples growing stronger on their decision of getting married and stronger on their commitment and appreciation for each other. We enjoy witnessing their growth as we study together but, most importantly we can see God working with them and with us too.
One of the biggest motivations for us to participate in this ministry comes from our early days of engagement, at that time, we realized that if God was going to be the center of our marriage life, we were set for success, this is something that we always share and emphasize to the couples. We found that the SYMBIS materials greatly elaborate on the advantage of having a God center marriage. By reading and understanding the SYMBIS book, workbooks, and by reviewing our own SYMBIS assessment we have been able to evaluate our own successes and short comings during almost 30 years of marriage which has help us with the discussion sessions. We concluded that many misunderstanding or communications issues could have been avoided or managed better if we had taken a program like this when we were about to get married.
There have been times where we have felt so inadequate at doing the facilitation, God’s grace lifts us every time and help us to keep going.
The last thing that we do as facilitators is follow ups; we do this after 6 months, one year and one year and a half. It makes us so happy to see wedding pictures and talk about the ceremony and such. We enjoy listening as couples share so freely with us about their new life together, their challenges, their dreams, their accomplishments and how God is directing or shaping their lives.
We are grateful to God for his grace that allow us to be part of this ministry.
Use your marriage to impact couples who are about to start!
If you want to explore further, take this 30-second Self-Assessment:
If you answered “yes” to these six questions, you’ve got what it takes to learn the rest.