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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2017 Articles

 

Nov/Dec 2017

A quizzical approach

Concerned about the Bible literacy level of Canadian Christians, Knox Presbyterian Church in Waterdown, Ont. decided to add short Bible quizzes to each week's bulletin.
      (Nov/Dec 2017)

Weeping with those who weep

Bakerview Mennonite Brethren Church in Abbotsford, B.C. hosts a weekly group called GriefShare to help those facing the loss of a loved one.
      (Nov/Dec 2017)

A holy night

Beach Corner Church in Parkland County, Alta. has wagon rides under the stars and gathers around a bonfire to sing carols and share the Christmas story.
      (Nov/Dec 2017)

A colourful response to police

To help encourage police officers, an Ottawa couple started a ministry praying for police while colouring prayer postcards.
      (Nov/Dec 2017)

Serving the elderly

Almost once a month, Emmanuel Baptist Church in Morris, Man., hosts a worship service at a local retirement home.
      (Nov/Dec 2017)

Sept/Oct 2017

Feeling the burn

An interdenominational group in Calgary holds regular "burns" - extended prayer and worship services lasting from 24 to a hundred nonstop hours.
      (Sept/Oct 2017)

Giving hands to the gospel

A group of men from Ottawa's Grace Presbyterian Church sets aside one Saturday a month to offer practical help to seniors, single parents and others in need.
      (Sept/Oct 2017)

Sanctuary reborn

When Shediac Bay Community Church offered sanctuary to a Tunisian man, they had no idea it would transform their congregation.
      (Sept/Oct 2017)

Natural change

A Rocha, a Christian environmental stewardship organization, launched a creative program to tackle bullying among teen girls in North Surrey, B.C.
      (Sept/Oct 2017)

Responding to persecution

Persecuted Christians find creative ways to adapt to their circumstances and empower their faith communities, according to a report by the University of Notre Dame.
      (Sept/Oct 2017)

Jul/Aug 2017

Three-quarters of Canadians support abortion

A recent Ipsos poll found 77 per cent of Canadians support abortion, with about 40 per cent of respondents saying women should be able to abort their babies anytime, for any reason.
      (Jul/Aug 2017)

Exploring Canadian beliefs after 150 years

In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Angus Reid Institute of Public Research conducted an extensive study of religious views.
      (Jul/Aug 2017)

Fort McMurray churches rebuilding

One year after the devastating Fort McMurray fire, local pastors say watching their churches being rebuilt proves a powerful morale boost for congregations.
      (Jul/Aug 2017)

Montreal churches getting taxed

While Quebec laws forbid municipalities from taxing churches, clergy say Montreal has changed how they interpret that law.
      (Jul/Aug 2017)

Responding to persecution

Persecuted Christians find creative ways to adapt to their circumstances and empower their faith communities, according to a report by the University of Notre Dame.
      (Jul/Aug 2017)

May/Jun 2017

Faithful to our roots

Cardus, an ecumenical think tank, launched the Ross and Davis Mitchell Prize for Faith and Writing to promote recognition of faith communities' contributions to society.
      (May/Jun 2017)

Gospel sk8ers

Twice every summer, Brooks Evangelical Free Church in Brooks, Alberta hosts a free barbecue at a skate park, giving out hotdogs, chips and desserts. (May/Jun 2017)

Unity in compassion

A Christian woman in Saskatoon decided to make blankets to encourage traumatized border crossers and give them hope. In the end a hundred people helped make the blankets, with many churches and a mosque joining in.
      (May/Jun 2017)

Saving tomorrow's leaders

A group of Christians developed the Arctic Hope Project, a faith-based program that helps at-risk youth in Nunavut grow in mental and emotional health.
      (May/Jun 2017)

Mar/Apr 2017

A top-dollar church

A Pentecostal church in Tiddville, N.S., unanimously approved the sale of their building and parsonage for only $1 each.
      (May/Jun 2017)

Watering seeds of compassion

Seven-year-old Kallen Seelochan of Edmonton, Alta., was astonished to learn kids in some places don’t have access to clean water. After talking with his mom, he decided to hold a "water walk" to raise the $1,500 needed to dig a well. (Mar/Apr 2017)

Making a way out

One organization aims to help victims of human trafficking escape by providing transition housing, support and help reintegrating into society.
      (Mar/Apr 2017)

Cleaning up the community

Grandview Calvary Baptist Church in Vancouver offers struggling community members a chance to do their laundry for free.
      (Mar/Apr 2017)

Jan/Feb 2017

In step with the gospel

The Arise School of Dance - a Christian school founded in 2010 - not only has become one of Ottawa's top ballet studios, they also have a blatant missional goal.
      (Jan/Feb 2017)

Capturing a song

Musician Nancy Gallant had help working on her latest album (titled He Knows My Name), but from an unlikely source - inmates at Nova Institution for Women.
      (Jan/Feb 2017)

Making the change visible

Not only does Winnipeg's Whyte Ridge Baptist Church provide the opportunity for congregants to share testimonies on Sunday mornings, they also post them on their website so they can be shared more easily.
      (Jan/Feb 2017)

Studying community engagement

A group of 12 francophone churches from Sherbrooke, Quebec and students from Parole de Vie, Québec, came together to explore ways to better engage their community.
      (Jan/Feb 2017)

Understanding each other better

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops want their parishioners to better understand evangelicalism. To facilitate this they wrote a 12-page report detailing key beliefs and characteristics of Evangelicals.
      (Jan/Feb 2017)