By Trina Gallop
June 08, 2010 -
Brian Bukowski / General Synod Communications
Canon Nick Brotherwood
The landscape of the church is changing and we are faced with a culture that has, “less knowledge of the faith,” with each successive generation. Through a dynamic presentation full of startling statistics to General Synod 2010 on Monday, June 7, members were encouraged to consider new approaches to the environments they minister in.
There is a well-known line from the movie, Field of Dreams, that goes, “If you build it, they will come.” While the person who said this line was referring to a baseball field, and not a church, it still fits the situation at St. John’s Church, in the Parish of Richmond, NB, quite well.
As you may recall, the parish voted to build a new church and parish centre. The design is simple yet practical, it provides for congregational worship, three Sunday school classrooms, a nursery, modern washroom facilities, kitchen and storage space. The one and only step in the entire building is the one up into the sancturay. It is warm, comfortable, useful for many kinds of functions and accessible by all.
Click here to read the full article from the Diocese of Toronto’s “The Anglican”, by Henrieta Paukov.
Sitting on the edge of the stage, his feet shod in bright white running shoes, the Rev. Paul Bayes doesn’t seem like a man on a mission. He patiently answers questions from the crowd, injecting some much needed humour whenever possible…
Click here to read the full article on the Diocese of Toronto web site, by Stuart Mann.
Books & Culture reviews Susan Strempek Shea’s journey through America’s churches. Helpful to anyone wanting a fresh reminder of how Sunday morning worship is experienced by a visitor. Click here to read more.