Over the past 18 months there have been several conversations around the mission opportunities and challenges we have in our three-point parish. In 2012 we stated in our Visioning Day that an exploration of how we delivery worship should be discussed. At our February Vestry a motion was passed to invite Parish Council to determine an opportunity for a Parish Wide conversation on these opportunities and challenges we face. It is a sign of a very committed community when thoughts and ideas about our mission is considered important!
Parish Council invites you to participate in two important meetings to begin this dialogue.
Monday, April 28th ~ 6:30 gathering for a meeting from 7 – 9pm. All parishioners will be invited to pray about and discuss the Diocesan initiative called Embracing God’s Future that highlights some of the hopes and realities that the broader community of Anglican churches in Ottawa are considering. This meeting will provide an opportunity for us to reflect on the ideas and thoughts being shared by other churches and to begin to consider our own parish realities and hopes.
Monday, May 5th ~ 6:30 gathering for a meeting from 7 – 9pm. The conversation will continue and will begin to look more deeply at some of the current opportunities and challenges we have as a church in the Carp community. We will have an open discussion about our three buildings and how we might make changes to how our Sunday worship is delivered throughout the seasons and over the years.
Please Attend! Though these two meetings will likely just be a ‘beginning’ you are encouraged to attend so that as many people as possible are part of this journey of planning and structuring our Parish for ministry in the future.
“Mission is not ours; mission is God’s. Certainly, the mission of God is the prior reality out of which flows any mission that we get involved in. Or, as has been nicely put, it is not so much the case that God has a mission for His church in the world but that God has a church for His mission in the world. Mission was not made for the church; the church was made for mission—God’s mission.”
–Christopher J. H. Wright, The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative (Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2006), 62.