Entries by Alison

West Springs FMC Asylum Seekers Initiatives Group

In 2015, members of West Springs Free Methodist Church in Calgary, AB started the Asylum Seekers Initiative Group (ASIG) in response to the Syrian refugee crisis.  No one in the group had any prior experience working with new immigrants or refugees so they turned to the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS), a non-profit organization which […]

The “Boring” Basics of Church Revitalization

I have been looking into all the resources out there regarding church revitalization.  These include books, articles, websites and even a conference/training event hosted by our friends in the FMUSA.  There is a lot of good, helpful stuff out there about church revitalization, but there are parts of it that I haven’t known what to […]

Who is Reading What in 2019?

Ever wonder what your peers are reading?  Love a good book recommendation? Looking to gift a good read?  You’ve come to the right place! Over the next few months we will be sharing who is reading what in 2019.  First up is Bishop Cliff Fletcher. Bishop Cliff starts each day by reading God’s word.  He […]

Many Voices, One Heart

When Westdale Park Free Methodist Church began to think about accepting responsibility for their community, they looked to restoring relationship with their Indigenous neighbours from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. Westdale Park FMC is located in Great Napanee, Ontario and Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory is located a few kilometres west of the church.  As church leadership began talking […]

A Healthy Word for the Year

So far this year there have been a couple of internet phenomena that I have noticed.  One was the “how much did you age” thing on Facebook, which didn’t really inspire me to write.  So I won’t be subjecting you to pictures or reflections of what time has done to me. The other one did […]

The Story of a Narrative Budget

In 2011, shortly after starting at Westport Free Methodist Church, in Westport, ON, pastor Paul Millar discovered that the church had a desire to reach out to their community but they didn’t know exactly how to go about it.  The church also didn’t have a vision statement. Paul and the board started spending a lot […]

Truth and Reconciliation – It is Ours

In 2016, Darryl Dozlaw, musician, teacher, pastor and church planter, began reading the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada,Volume One: Summary: Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future.  The report  includes the history of residential schools in Canada, the legacy of that school system, and the Commission’s ninety-four recommendations for action […]

What the Church Can Do Differently in 2019

I know we aren’t through Christmas yet, but I wanted to help us get a jump on our New Year’s resolutions, and this is my last post until 2019. Here are some things I think the church should resolve to do in the coming year. And when I say the church, I don’t mean the […]

Shout for Joy to the Lord

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; […]

In Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes hold a special place in hearts all around. Weyburn Free Methodist Church (WFMC) started handing out shoe boxes nearly twenty years ago. After noticing an advertisement in the Billy Graham Evangelical Association paper, some members of the church took the initiative to start this simple act of sharing […]