Revitalization Convergence Summit – Choosing Our Way
24 February 2018
Church is not an end unto itself – church exists to serve God’s mission.
How we are church depends on why we are church.
Below are the initiatives – and a list of ‘already happening’ revitalization activities:
Learn about Jesus and how to follow his Way.
1. Hold an alternative service with other forms of worship and music in the context of attracting young families, couples and singles. Team Lead – Kathryn Peate – 11 people signed up
2. Create a ‘Messy Church’service using what we have learned from our young families and those in the community, to provide the good news in a way that they can hear it, that is relevant to them. Perhaps, do it at Easter time. Team Lead: Gregg Smith – 8 people
3. Create a new Communications Team focused on internal and external communications. Note: Need to consider purview – create draft Terms of Reference? – opportunity to try a non-committee structure. Team Lead: Marlene Patrick – 9 people
support / encourage Kathryn in trying new elements of worship that help develop and engage our faith.
try different spiritual practices (you demonstrated interest in this is worship and at the workshops) to explore your faith and to encounter God. This could include small faith-based discussion groups.
explore EPIC (experiential, participative, image-rich and community-building) worship.
share your own discipleship stories in worship – as a member of WUC and other activities you do.
consider discipleship – what is it, how can it be done within the church community, how can it be done in this 21st century secular world.
pursue multi-faith engagement (ecumenical opportunities – it can start as simply a meeting over coffee). Explore your common values, how you are each trying to share these (or struggle to), and how you could do it together.
communicate the WUC experience, strategy and the struggle you are having to do this.
Intentionally find situations to be disciples
4. Create a youth initiative – to explore the possibilities of expanding and enriching our Youth Group by involving the nearest United Churches to be part of a unified program. Team Lead: Kim Stewart – 6 signed up est.
5. Complete a governance review of how Woodroffe United Church is structured. Goal is to free up resources from administration for discipleship. Team Lead: Dave Chaplin – 7 people
6. Carry out visits to all members of the Congregation to have a personal conversation about upcoming events and what is happening at Woodroffe. Team Lead: Trish Hassard – 6 people
Help Rev. Kathryn at external services held at the Carlingwood Seniors Residence, (Redwoods and Stillwater to be added). Speak with residence staff about the needs and interests of its residents. Deepen these relationships.
Share your discipleship experiences (pastoral care to a church member, saying hello to the checkout person bagging your groceries, shoveling someone’s driveway, reading about a culture or demographic you know little about, etc.)
Reflect on Outreach as discipleship and provide opportunities for more to participate by providing hands-on support.
Through the upcoming truth and reconciliation activities, reflect on how to support this process in your neighbourhood or support first nation programs elsewhere.
As disciples, help develop a more loving neighbourhood
We have learned that our local community is very open to work with us to develop a better community: does and could include – Carlingwood Community Association, Woodroffe Public School, Woodroffe Ottawa Public Library, YMCA, Carlingwood Shopping Centre, the Salvation Army Bethany Hope Centre (for families), Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Woodroffe Park and Dovercourt Recreation Centre.
7. Hold a Community RoundtableConversation – Targeted, by invitation. Meet with the various organizations to learn what they do - to discuss community needs and dreams and how to work together. Develop an initial plan to cooperatively work together to achieve a common goal(s). Team Lead: Wesley Dearham – 6 people
Develop relationships with these people we do not know and who do not attend WUC. Learn from them what is meaningful in their lives, what values are common among us.
Wisdom of the Mustard Seed:
Mark 4:30-32 30 Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. 32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”