Stay tuned! This week, Ryan Sim will be attending the Exponential Conference, the world’s largest gathering of church planters, and liveblogging here.
On Saturday, April 10th a Fresh Expressions Vision Day was hosted by First United Church, Waterloo, Ontario. It was a great day with fifty-five lively participants who represented ten churches. Included were folks from United Churches in the Hamilton Conference, Anglican Churches from the Huron Diocese and the Diocese of Fredericton NB (Dean Kevin Joyce) and a Presbyterian church! The day was ecumenically led by the Rev. Paul Miller (First Grantham United Church, St. Catharines) and Sue Kalbfleisch (FXCA Vision Day Coordinator, from the Anglican Diocese of Niagara).
Many thanks to Nancy Lennox, who coordinated the day at First United and to everyone on her team who made the day such a success… and the lunch and snacks were yummy as only ‘church folk’ can do!
If you are interested in hosting a Vision Day in your area, please contact Sue.
“Fresh Expressions is proof the church is not dying,” Archbishop Colin Johnson, metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of Ontario, is quoted by Kristin Jenkins in her editorial, “Don’t touch that dial!”, in the March edition of the Anglican Journal. Read the complete piece here.
Speaking to the Church of England’s General Synod (Thursday 11th February 2010), Fresh Expressions (FE) Team Leader, Bishop Graham Cray, gave an update on the work of FE, saying much been achieved since the initiative’s launch in 2005 but there is “much, much more to do.”
Rachel Jordan has some advice for Christians who believe that someone else is going to build the kingdom of God here on Earth.“There isn’t a Plan B – you’re it,” she says. “You are the people God has chosen to be his agents right here, right now.”
(photo by Michael Hudson, story by Stuart Mann)
Dr. Jordan, who is a leader in the Fresh Expressions movement in England, was speaking at the fourth annual Vital Church Planting Conference, held at St. Paul, Bloor Street, Feb. 2-4. The event, which attracted 180 clergy and laity from across Canada, was sponsored by the Diocese of Toronto and the Wycliffe College Institute of Evangelism. read more
Mission Shaped Intro has got off to a great start in Toronto. Twenty people have come faithfully each week to sessions led by John Bowen and Jenny Andison. We have had great group discussion, watched video clips from such movies as Sister Act, and done a number of practical exercises. We have experienced a variety of styles of prayer, watched videos of fresh expressions of church in the UK, rewritten Acts chapter 2(!), eaten bread freshly baked during the session, and discussed why night clubs sound like fun while church sounds so boring. A measure of how well the session has gone is that several people are wanting to take the materials and use them to teach MSI in their own home area.
Church on Tap was also profiled on video by Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch, linked to on our Fresh Expressions Canada list.
Sue and Andy Kalbleisch created this new video about Church on Tap, a Pub Church in Southern Ontario: