Open to Change

Springarama is a women’s conference held in Eastern Ontario and organized by Women’s Ministries International (WMI).  This year’s theme was “Spring Up and Clean Up” based on Psalm 51:10, “Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God.” I first looked to the WMI’s mission statement to gain insight into what the weekend was all about, […]

Turning Over a New Leaf

A couple of weeks ago I watched Jared Siebert eat lunch.  Between mouthfuls of kale soup and toast, Jared spoke about a significant experience he had back in May at the Missio Alliance North American Gathering held in, Alexandria, VA.  The experience has led to profound changes in his leadership approach and the direction of […]

Tough as Her

“Every day, girls and women in the developing world face unimaginable obstacles. Right now, somewhere in the world, a suffering girl walks for miles to fetch water or firewood. Then, she’ll walk just as many miles while carrying a backbreaking load. She’ll do this several times a day, bearing a burden of indescribable pain. She’ll […]

Blessing Bags

For over a year, Wesley Chapel FMC’s Missions Committee had been praying, experimenting and looking for different ways to reach out to their community of Toronto, ON.  This committee also held a couple of events for their congregation to create awareness regarding the immediate needs in their community. This past January, they decided to create […]

Most Determined Player

A few months ago I wrote a story about Brianna Sitwell, a 2014 Terry Fox Humanitarian Award recipient.  Well, turns out fellow camper Matthew Silver also received this awesome scholarship. Matthew and Brianna first met when they were three years old.  They hung out as toddlers and kindergarteners but lost touch after that.  They reconnected […]

Hope Central

I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook.  Yes, I realize this is a strange thing to say given I am a social media journalist and spend most of my work day on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.  I get tired of the ads, the click bait and the amount of junk you find on Facebook.  […]

Mission Possible

On January 12, 2015 Peter Goodyear, Pastor of Asbury Free Methodist Church in Perth, ON, and Dan Sheffield, Director of Global and Intercultural Ministries left Toronto for Niamey, Niger to visit missionaries David and Jennifer and to ordain a new pastor.  This was Peter’s first mission trip and one he will not forget. Asbury FMC […]

Pancakes

This past December I saw a bunch of familiar faces pop up on the Kingsview FMC Facebook page.  Turns out these happy smiling folks were preparing a whole bunch of pancakes as part of Kipling Collegiate Institute’s annual Christmas Breakfast.  I spoke with Pastor Darrin Lindsay to get the scoop. Kipling CI is a high […]

Three Minute Theology

Have you noticed a recent video post on the connexion – the Free Methodist theology blog?                 Three Minute Theology was created by Dale Harris, pastor at The FreeWay FMC in Courtice, ON.  The title kind of gives things away: Dale explains a truth about theology in three […]