Happy Wednesday, friends! Today, I wanted to share with you a bit of what's happening on the ground at the moment with Ecclesia, and a bit of what's in store for the future.
God is at work with and for and among Ecclesia. We’re continuing to meet weekly for worship on Sundays at 4:30 pm in my home (we’d love to see you stop by for a visit!). As we head towards Easter, we’re finishing a series based on the book The True Story of the Whole World by Craig Bartholemew and Michael Goheen, looking at the whole narrative of Scripture and seeking to find our place in it. Next, we’ll be looking at the letters to the seven churches in Revelation, using them to continue to help us find our place as God’s people in all the places we live, work, study, and play. Plus, we’ve now doubled in size from our small-but-mighty group of seven to a less-small-but-still-mighty fourteen! It’s been beautiful to see new faces and families join us in our worshipping community, and we pray that God continues to lead people into this time together.
The focus of this year, though, is some intentional work to connect with our neighbours throughout North Oshawa. Just last week we launched a new kind of men’s group that we’re calling Scotch & Scripture, and we’re excited to say that many of those who are interested are people who aren’t already part of a church. Later this month we’ll also be doing our first ever Alpha course. We’re also joining up with a local mom’s group to do some neighborhood story times in our local community centre in April, plus hosting a paint night event in June, and participating in the city of Oshawa’s Canada Day celebrations on the lake. We’re going to be busy, but we’re excited for these opportunities to build relationships with our neighbours and to add value to our community.
Plus, we're working towards opening a community space in our neighbourhood. We’re feeling led to open a place that feels like the living room of Oshawa. We’d love this to be a flexible space - something like a storefront in our neighbourhood - and we’d love to fill it with a number of things. This “living room” will include some toys for kids (most of our neighbourhood is filled with young families!), study space for students at the local university - along with workspace for local businesspeople, a small kitchen for sharing meals with friends and neighbours. We’d love to use it for everything from yoga classes to budgeting seminars; story time for children to Alpha courses and Bible studies for adults. We see this space as a way to connect with our neighbours who don’t know Christ. We sense a longing throughout Oshawa for a place to belong, and we want our church to step into that gap and offer a space to fill that longing, where all our neighbours - young, old, rich, poor, and everything in between - can gather together to connect with one another and, ultimately, with Christ.
Of course, if you're local and you’d like to join us in any of these events and initiatives, we’d love to have you! Just drop me a line (email is best - firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’d be happy to include you. In the meantime, please join us in praying that God continues to make clear where He would have us go next, and that we would be bold in following Him.
Thanks for your friendship, encouragement, and for joining with us in this beautiful work in God’s Kingdom!