CliffsNotes – September 19, 2017

Karlene and I were with the Kingston West FM family this weekend. It’s a warm church family and especially fun was the opportunity to meet several first time visitors / guests. Two families came because they were friends of Pastor Stephen and Bev and found their way to their church. One young mom and her child came with a friend. The potluck after service made it so we all had time to visit.

Kingston West is asking the General Conference question: What is it to “accept responsibility for our community”? This was the question that each FMCIC board has been asked to prayerfully consider.
A couple of our FMCIC pastors are partners in a start-up business. It’s a fascinating green building / construction product. Their long term goal includes working with our Inuit community because this “product” would be a perfect fit. Their shorter term goal (besides being profitable) is to hire people in their community to work in this manufacturing plant – in fact they have hired their first one. One response to the General Conference question above could be work creation. I find this inspiring, the stuff of sanctified imaginations

What about a furniture business? Simply start with some young people (or not young) who need work experience, go to garage sales or to the churches and find old furniture that could be sanded, cleaned, fixed, stained, painted back into a sell-able product (we had an FM church begin a project like this). If not furniture what about bicycles, computers, small engines, start a theater company (if the most costly part of little theater is venue, then that is solved with your church building), a window cleaning business, baking (particularly butter tarts, with pecans – like the ones at Smitty’s at Wesley Acres), landscaping, house cleaning, catering (a youth drop-in does this in Oshawa), or an web-show where youth write a script, and produce a show each week.

Years ago a police officer friend told me how his department had asked him to start a youth mentoring program using the Duke of Edinburgh Award as the framework. Mentors would come alongside youth who were somehow in trouble with the law, and help them complete the Award requirements: so many hours of community service, physical activity, a new skill and an overnight camping trip. The big idea is that these youth would accomplish / achieve something and have a significant award to add to their resume. My police pal wondered why the church wouldn’t try something like that.
We did.
Duke of Ed was very pleased to speak with Shelley, the lady from our church who was eager to run with this. Shelley soon had mentors (which is a fancy term for men and women in our church family who love Jesus and thought that spending a couple of hours each week for 6 months with youth who needed them, was something that Jesus would love). Shelley went to stores in town and received donations of tents, volleyballs and floor hockey stuff. Shelley lined up skill opportunities (guitar lessons, model building, and I don’t remember what else, or if these were even in the first group). Then she found approximately 10 youth-at-risk. I remember the morning that a few hundred people cheered during a Sunday morning service for each of these youth who received their award. They achieved something, learned a skill, experienced a few hundred people cheering for them and best of all made a Christian friend / mentor. I’m Just thinking out loud here but what about combining Duke of Ed with furniture re-furb – they’d have an award and a job for their resume (and oh yeah a Christian friend / mentor!). Discipleship!

If not Duke of Ed then it could be about community hours that our high school students need; or about raising money for a great cause (FMCIC Pastor Pension Fund comes to mind – or something else); or it could be a legit business that helps people get back on their feet…

This kind of imagining does not only belong to well established, well-resourced churches. This does not only belong to the young, or urbanites. So as you PRAYERFULLY (like with fasting and waiting on the Lord) ask what it means for your church to accept responsibility for your community, wonder if job-creation-mentoring is in God’s thinking for you!

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Athens FMC, Athens, ON
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Caistor Centre FMC, Caistor Centre, ON (Mary Lee DeWitt-Transition Pastor)
Cornerstone FMC, Prince Albert, SK – (Dyan Mouland-Transition Pastor)
Grapeview FMC, St. Catharines, ON
Marmora FMC, Marmora, ON
Melfort FMC, Melfort, SK
Tabernacle de la Grace, Montreal QC
Thunder Bay FMC, Thunder Bay, ON (Andre Korstanje retiring July 2018)

Functioning with approved local arrangements
Avonlea FMC, Avonlea SK
Campbell’s Bay FMC, Campbell’s Bay, QC (Orville White)
Church On The Hill, Orillia ON
Cordova Mines FM Fellowship, Cordova Mines, ON
Eglise Chrétienne Méthodiste Libre de Le Gardeur, QC (Duplan Auguste Lython)
Enterprise FMC, Enterprise, ON
Frankford Community FMC, Frankford, ON (Bruce Kellar, Transition Pastor)
Killarney FMC, Killarney, MB (Raymond Riglin)
Markham FMC, ON (K.K. Leung)
Pineview FMC, Cloyne, ON
Richmond Hill Chinese & English Churches, Richmond Hill, ON (K.K. Leung)
Roblin FMC, Roblin, MB (Heath Butler)
Surrey FMC, Surrey BC (Nathaniel Prakash)
theStory, Sarnia, ON
Timmins FMC, Timmins, ON (Lewis Byer)
Vennachar FMC, Vennachar, ON (Laurie Lemke)
Wesley Chapel Japanese FM Church, Toronto, ON (Misa Mochinaga)
Wyevale FMC, Wyevale, ON
Yarker FMC, Yarker, ON (Ken Babcock)


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