Outer Spiritual Work
We are deeply involved in the life of the wider community. You will find us preparing and serve lunches, collecting food, delivering church-donated clothing and household goods, and providing volunteer staff for the Bissell Centre. Our members are also involved with A Safe Place Women’s Shelter, the Strathcona Christmas Bureau and Strathcona Food Bank. Habitat for Humanity builds and sponsoring Syrian refugee families as part of the Strathcona County Ecumenical Refugee Committee is also a big part of our work. Internationally, we send a number of our people to Zambia each year as part of MercyTouch. Big-heartedness is the most essential virtue on the spiritual journey.
“You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavours of this earth. You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world.”
– Jesus of Nazareth
Inner Spiritual Work
Similarly, we are deeply involved in our own spiritual growth and development, from childhood to old age. We have adult book studies and theology classes, and prayer groups, and an active Sunday-morning spiritual development ministry for children and youth. (Please see the “Events” page or subscribe to our newsletter for current offerings.) Also, in accordance with our experience of the Realm of God that Jesus taught, we have a well-trained healing team that leads monthly Wednesday-evening healing sessions involving quiet, gentle prayer and anointing. The same team offers monthly Sunday morning Soaking Prayer sessions immediate after the worship service.
Our congregation houses the Northern Region’s Intercultural Minister, YoonOk Shin. She shepherds programs all over the area for ethnic and migrant churches and for international clergy.
That’s right: “being and belonging” rather than merely “believing.” Jesus showed us that the way to be a community is to do things together, let our light shine, and to be the salt (that is, the savoury flavour) of the earth. We build our beloved community through these totally non-religious, but utterly spiritual events: