InspiringIdeas

This series in Faith Today shares practical ideas from Canadian congregations. Past instalments were called "A Church You Should Know" and focused more on profiles of congregations with a collaborative, missional vision for their community. If you would like to contribute an idea, please send it to [email protected].

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2015 Articles

 

Nov/Dec Issue

A break from the Christmas bustle

Rather than hosting a nativity at Christmas time, Ottawa’s Cedarview Alliance Church opens their doors to the community for an afternoon full of family events.
      (Nov/Dec 2015)

Live from Glasgow

Glasgow Cathedral’s choral evensong service is broadcast around the world through their website.
      (Nov/Dec 2015)

Understanding Third World challenges

Working with their counterparts in the U.S., Compassion Canada has launched an engaging curriculum to help small groups and families better understand life in the Third World. .
      (Nov/Dec 2015)

Sept/Oct Issue

Going the long haul for the homeless

James and Christina Friesen have turned their big rig truck into a rolling ministry base. (Sept/Oct 2015)

Feed the need

When members of St. John the Baptist Anglican Church in North Sydney, N.S., heard that children in their community were going hungry, they partnered with a local youth centre and built a community garden. (Sept/Oct 2015)

Neighbourhood study

To better understand their community and build collaboration among local ministries, Love Ottawa conducted an extensive neighbourhood study in Vanier, one of Ottawa’s at-risk communities.(Sept/Oct 2015)

Christian chiropractors make an impact

A simple initiative started by a group of Christian chiropractors wanting to partner their business with a Christian charity has become a multimillion dollar partnership.(Sept/Oct 2015)

Jul/Aug Issue

52 days of prayer.

Victoria pastors challenged local Christians to bless the city by doing daily prayer walks for 52 days. (Jul/Aug 2015)

Christian hospitality in Canada’s North

Inuvik’s Anglican Church of the Ascension is working to make the brutal Canadian winters a little more hospitable for the area’s homeless.(Jul/Aug 2015)

God works in all things

When a suspicious fire damaged King’s Way Church of God of Prophecy in Vancouver, the congregation was offered a vacant space in a local mall until their building is restored.(Jul/Aug 2015)

Walking in a stranger’s shoes

Winnipeg Centre Vineyard’s School of Justice has a unique approach to teaching compassion.(Jul/Aug 2015)

A touch of patriotism

Every year for Canada Day, Ottawa’s Alta Vista Baptist Church hosts a free community barbeque.(Jul/Aug 2015)

May/Jun Issue

Helping immigrants stay in Canada

Dalmeny Bible Church in Dalmeny, Sask., is helping a local immigrant family stay in Canada and work toward citizenship.(May/Jun 2015)

A different picture of worship

Ottawa's Ecclesiax Church gives their worship services an artistic touch (May/Jun 2015)

Working together to face challenges

Rather than closing their doors when facing low attendance and an unfinished building project, Northside Church in Mission, B.C., decided to ask the much larger nearby Northview Community Church to take over. (May/Jun 2015)

Free Mandarin lessons

On top of three Sunday worship services, Winnipeg Chinese Alliance Church offers free Mandarin lessons to the community. (May/Jun 2015)

Seminar inspires church green audit

St. John’s Anglican Church in Crapaud, P.E.I., hosted an information session on how to “green your church.” (May/Jun 2015)

Mar/Apr Issue

Bible reading challenge

Gloucester Presbyterian Church in Ottawa resolved to increase Bible reading with a New Year’s challenge. (Mar/Apr 2015)

Taking a little bit of the sermon home

Côte-des-Neiges Presbyterian Church in Montreal is using simple, tangible reminders to help their congregants live out the Sunday message. (Mar/Apr 2015)

Backpacks for the weekend

Members of Ross Road Community Church in Abbotsford, B.C., were heartbroken when a local teacher brought attention to the fact that children involved in a school feeding program were not getting sufficient nutrition on weekends. (Mar/Apr 2015)

The mission trip that didn't leave home

After spending considerable time in prayer, the team felt God called them to reach out in their home city of Winnipeg. (Mar/Apr 2015)

Churches offer severe weather drop-in

On especially cold or stormy nights, many homeless shelters suffer a shortage of available beds, so a group of Abbotsford churches have opened up their facilities, providing hot meals and warm beds. (Mar/Apr 2015)

Jan/Feb Issue

Samson society helps men get real

Golden Baptist Church in Golden, B.C., hosts a Samson Society every Monday night. (Jan/Feb 2015)

Guelph churches hold week of prayer and fasting

A group of churches in Guelph, Ont., joined for a week of prayer and fasting for the city in late September. (Jan/Feb 2015)

Furniture ministry helps provide household goods

Hillcrest Evangelical Missionary Church in Medicine Hat, Alta., runs a furniture ministry. (Jan/Feb 2015)

Going Deeper Guide helps congregation grow in faith

North Park Church in London, Ont., published a guide called Going Deeper: Opportunities to Learn and Grow to help congregants grow in their faith. (Jan/Feb 2015)

Church creates YouTube channel for announcements

Carruthers Creek Community Church in Ajax, Ont., posts "Creative Videos" on YouTube to communicate announcements and other news to their congregation. (Jan/Feb 2015)