Presentations: What We've Learned About Neighourhood and What Other Churches are Doing to Reach Out
There were two presentations at our recent Mission's Lunch. First, Sarah Wayland presented the finding of our SWANS research. SWANS stands for the South-West Area Neighbourhood Scan. This was a research project by neighbourhood churches, including St John's, that looked at the needs of our neighbourhood. A number of specific needs were identified, especially in terms of community-building and the needs of isolated seniors and young families.
The second presentation, by Andy and Sue Kalbfliesh, told the story of churches in southern-Ontario that have planted fresh expressions of church in their neighbourhoods in order to meet the needs of their community. We heard the story of a church in another diocese which began a service for skateboarders, in response to the needs of they young people in their community. The skateboarder have become a Christian community, praying together, growing in discipleship and offering their skateboarding as an act of worship.
We also heard the story of "The Church on Tap" a church with meets once a month in a local pub in Port Colborne. This ministry of the parish of St Brendan and St James meets the needs of people who for whatever reason are not comfortable with more traditional forms of church. The worship experience is highly interactive, but designed to create a place of belonging and Christian discipleship.
Finally we heard the story of "Messy Church" a congregation of the parish of St George, Georgetown. Messy Church is an opportunity for families to worship together in a way that engages adults and children together. Messy Church begins when you arrive, so that familes never have to worry about being late. Worship begins with an activity, often a craft or game, that people join in as they arrive. The activities are always connected with the theme of the day. There will be a short talk that engages the entire community and some singing. The evening concludes with a meal shared together.
Messy Church Workshop Announced
Andy and Sue had recently made a presentation to Parish Council regarding Messy Church. Parish Council, already equipped with the SWANS report, saw that Messy Church may be a real opportunity for our neighbourhood here at St John's.
A Messy Church Workshop, an opportunity to experience a Messy Church, to learn about Messy Church, to gather resources, and to explore the history of this innovative way of being church in a changing world, will be held at St John's on Friday, April 13, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
5:30, Group Activities
If you have any questions please contact Sue or Andy at 905-648-0302 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up to attend by email at email@example.com or sign the list at the back of the church.
Posted on March 25, 2012
by David Anderson