St. George's Anglican Church - Clarksburg, The Blue Mountains

5 Practices

5 Practices

Radical Hospitality

Which means we offer the utmost of ourselves, our creativity and our abilities, to invite, welcome and care for those who are strangers, so that they find a spiritual home, in the body of Christ which is our church. It is about all the ways we engage with people within and beyond our church.

We welcome strangers because we were once strangers: “When I was a stranger, you welcomed me,” “welcome one another, as Christ has welcomed you.” We are seeking to bring to every aspect of the church’s life the priority of hospitality – to our music, to our learning, etc.

This is about devoting as much attention, energy, strategy and conversation to those outside the Church as to those inside, with our prayer being focused outside rather than only within.

Passionate Worship

Worship is the act of intentionally gathering together and seeking the Saviour. God uses worship to transform lives, heal wounded souls, renew hope, shape decisions, provoke change, inspire compassion and bind people together.

Passionate worship involves eagerly offering the best in worship, honouring God with excellence and with the purpose of connecting people with God.

Intentional Faith Development

Refers to the deliberate and purposeful ways that we help to grow mature faith outside of our weekly worship: Bible Studies, Sunday school, Small groups, Study sessions where we lean in the Community of other Christians.

In this we learn to cultivate our own faith, about giving and receiving love and growing in Grace. Here there are opportunities to get to know others and this is especially possible in smaller groups. Why learn in community? Jesus taught this way and our faith is fundamentally relational

We seek to offer a variety of opportunities for people to learn and grow. Through these experiences our own sense of calling is tested and developed.

Risk-taking Mission and Service

In the projects and work that people do to make a difference in the lives of others for Christ. This needs to be completely independent of whether or not they will ever become a part of our community of faith. The ‘Risk-taking’ part pushes us out of our comfort zone, stretching us beyond service to the people we know, people like ourselves, to people, situations and needs that we would never ordinarily encounter except for our deliberate choice to serve the Christ in others.

We need to keep asking ourselves: How are we viewed by the poor, by immigrants, by victims of indifference and violence?

Extravagant Generosity

Is the practise of willingness to give beyond all expectations. To make a positive difference to the purposes of Christ

The Church is a community that recalls the Grace of God whenever it gathers. And the Church’s typical response to God’s Grace and generosity is to be itself a sign, a teacher and a cultivator of generosity.

 

 

The Anglican Church’s Five Marks of Mission

The Five Marks of Mission have developed over several years. Originally, there were only four.  The Marks were first formulated and presented as part of the report of “Working Section I: Mission and Ministry” to the sixth meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council which took place in Badagry, Nigeria. [1]

At the eighth meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council in Cardiff, Wales, a fifth mark was added.  The report of “Section II: Mission, Culture and Human Development” said:  “There has been a consistent view of mission repeated by ACC, the Lambeth Conference, the Primates’ Meeting and others in recent years, which defines mission in a four-fold way . . . We now feel that our understanding of the ecological crisis, and indeed of the threats to the unity of all creation, mean that we have to add a fifth affirmation:

  1. To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  2. To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
  3. To respond to human need by loving service
  4. To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
  5. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
St. George's Anglican Church - Clarksburg, The Blue Mountains

Rector: The Reverend Grayhame Bowcott
Sunday Services: 8 AM and 10 AM
166 Russell Street, P. O. Box 9,
Clarksburg, ON. N0H 1J0
Church Office 519-599-3047
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