Hamilton to Halifax to Quispamsis to Glace Bay

Between air and land, we covered well over 6000kms last week – and the traverse was well worth it.

Sunday night we were at the FRWY in Hamilton, Ontario, a Salvation Army church plant, located in Canada’s 3rd poorest neighbourhood. Their worship space, formerly a bank building, doubles as a coffee shop which they hope will one day fund their ministry. Integrating themselves into their community has been job one for this new work. Pictured below is Pernell Goodyear, the church planter.

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Monday afternoon we met up with the team from The Agora. What stood out to me most was the church’s heightened sense of social justice, creating a staff position to ensure that its efforts are championed both locally and globally. In the picture below, I’m interviewing Kate (Pastor of Social Justice) in The Agora’s community garden located on the front lawn of the church building.

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Tuesday we spent time with Brad Sommers from Pax North in Halifax. Many churches boast slogans like ‘a church without walls’ but Brad and Pax North have taken this idea literally. Brad is pastoring a 5-8 block radius, working out of a hostel/coffee shop, breaking up street fights, and quickly becoming known as the pastor guy by those who work, frequent and live in the area. Holding their formal gatherings in a prominent club on Gottigen St., Brad told of one instance where they were having church on the top floor, and another group was shooting a porn film on the bottom floor. Priceless. Talk about being immersed in a culture/context.

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From there we drove to Quipsamsis, NB to hear from David Hayward, who is also known as The Naked Pastor. David’s poignant cartoons catch a glimpse of real life challenges and thoughtful reflections on the state of Christianity and the church. David’s story gave us perspective of an older church plant and the hills and valleys that they’ve experienced.

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Wednesday we toured PEI, indulged in seafood and made time to hit Green Gables for Rachel’s sake.
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Our final destination was Glace Bay NS. to meet up with David Sawler from Real Ministries. David has had two mainline churches simply hand over the keys to their buildings in an effort to support the new works he is spear heading. At present there are 3 church plants on the go, with another in the works. David is a ‘planters planter’, starting and establishing works then moving on to the next assignment. The backdrop to this story is gently woven into the make-up of the communities he is reaching, the overwhelming support from former islanders and believe it or not, the price of oil. What a story.

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All in all, a great bookend to our travels this past year. Next stop…Final Cut Pro.