response & resources

Our response

As we reflect, analyze, and do our best to walk in love

One of our prayer focuses for 2020 is Justice & Love. When the staff set aside hours of time to craft our prayer focuses, we had no idea the significance this prayer focus would have. During the past few weeks our staff has taken time to discuss the issues of racism in our city, province, nation and across the world. We have spent time learning, talking with people in our church family and in prayer for these issues.

Racism is a sin and is not reflected in the gospel or in God’s design for humanity. Sin in our own lives is something we must confront in partnership with Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each of us has a responsibility to ask Holy Spirit to convict us and continue to change our hearts, minds and actions towards a more loving gospel approach to life. We are to remain teachable and moldable our whole lives!

As disciples we are called to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength and to love our neighbours as ourselves - with no restrictions or prejudices. We encourage everyone in our church family to take time to learn, act justly, walk humbly and love our neighbours. 
Jesus modelled a life of humility and honour to all those he encountered. All people are made in the image of God and deserve love, honour, kindness and equal opportunity. This work is hard work and a lot of it is heart work which will go unseen but the fruit will be experienced by the world around us.

Church family, we encourage each of you to be very intentional and do the "heart" work of reconciliation with all people of colour - including those who are in our own family. We support each and every one of you in this journey of discovering God’s plan for humanity and the depth of the scripture, “love your neighbour as yourself”. Be blessed in your learning and journey to pursuing forgiveness and change! May you encounter the comfort of the Holy Spirit, the kindness of the Father and grace of Jesus our Lord!

If you want to process this with someone or have questions, our staff and elders are willing to meet up! Contact the church office or a Pastor to get together.

He has sent me to proclaim that the captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord's favour has come

Luke 4:18-19

Opportunity For Conversation

On July 1st - Canada Day - from 6:30 - 8:30pm during our weekly Encounter Service  we will be facilitating a conversation with Jane Ekong about responding to racism with a Gospel centered approach.  We are also dedicating this night to praying for the oppressed and spending time seeking reconciliation.  We would love for you to join us if you can - you can find the registration form by clicking the link below!

Here are some helpful resources

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

A powerful story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice

Becoming The Bridge

Pastor Steven Furtick and Pastor John Gray sit down to have a conversation about race and building bridges towards a better future

I'm Still Here by Austin Channing Brown

An eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female that exposes how white America's love affair with "diversity" so often falls short of its ideals

A Conversation On Racism & Injustice

From C3 Church in Toronto, ON. Ps Sam & Jess join guests Ps Andrew & Chantal Beresford from ServeCity Church for a conversation on racism & injustice..

The Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Reverend Mpho Tutu offer a manual on the art of forgiveness following the Rwandan genocide

A Conversation with Ps Ben Karuhije

From Experience Church in Calgary, AB. Faith is the conjunction that connects where you are now with your supernatural future

Be The Bridge by Latasha Morrison

A leading advocate for racial reconciliation calls Christians to move toward deeper understanding in the midst of a divisive culture.

Be The Bridge

Bridge-builders helps people understand themselves, the issues, and others who are different from them. Leaders are learners.

What does Scripture say?

Here are a few sections of Scripture on justice, equality, and the value of all people

Matthew 22:22-45
Isaiah 61
Luke 4:18-19
Matthew 10:7-8
Psalm 82:3-4
Proverbs 31:8,9