Recently Pope Francis said that as the church we are meant to "transform the world" ... do you think that is possible? #exiled
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28 11, 2016

The Candle of Hope

By |November 28th, 2016|Categories: General reflection, God, Living life with Christ, Purpose, Prayers of the People|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

A LAMENT FROM THE PEOPLE... So here we are, God. Our calendars tell us it's Advent and that we're to be celebrating. But frankly, God - and forgive our complaining - or perhaps it's truth-telling - but one quick look around the globe and the conflict and killing and the cruel way we treat each other - and it just reminds us how busted we are. We read the newspapers in the morning and the headlines

26 10, 2016

Missions Update: Iris Ministries, Malawi

By |October 26th, 2016|Categories: Global Mission|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Here is a quick look at what has been going on at Iris Ministries in Malawi the last few months. Thank you for your continued support, please continue to lift them in prayer. JULY • July was the annual Iris Ministries conference where thousands of people come to worship and encounter God. People travel hundreds of miles to attend, many who have never heard the words of Jesus. • 32 International guests arrived and stayed

26 10, 2016

This is my Story: A Reflection on Psalm 30

By |October 26th, 2016|Categories: God, Living life with Christ, Purpose, Reflections, Sermon Series|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

A creative re-imagining of Psalm 30 by Jordan Campbell   I will praise you LORD, for you have saved me, you have not let the evil one rejoice over me! I called out to you in my youth, and you resurrected me! For I was walking in darkness and you opened my eyes to the light.   Take this time to praise the LORD, and worship his holy name! Let us sing together and remember

20 10, 2016

Sermon Series: This is my Story

By |October 20th, 2016|Categories: Sermon Series|Tags: , , |0 Comments

When Jesus last spoke to his disciples he charged them to go and tell the Good News, making disciples locally (Jerusalem), nationally (Judea & Samaria), and globally (to the ends of the earth). This is the mission of the church, and each of us have role to play in sharing our faith in Him. It can be disconcerting, even frightening at times, to talk about Jesus in a secular and often antagonistic culture. We will

24 08, 2016

Missions Update: Hand to Hand Ministries, Thailand

By |August 24th, 2016|Categories: Global Mission|0 Comments

Pre-school program is flourishing and many students have now graduated and are ready to move into Grade 1 at the surrounding local Thai schools. Already, many more young students have enrolled into these open spots and are being educated in a positive environment. The new merit system is becoming very popular! The students are rewarded with coupons for polite manners, trying hard etc. They can save up these coupons and purchase used toys, shoes and

26 01, 2016

Helper and the Helped

By |January 26th, 2016|Categories: Staff Diaries|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Recently on a Monday night, one of regular friends at Next Door, Renee,[1] invited someone to join us for dinner. Renee, who has experienced profound pain in her life, had met this other woman the day before, when she found her distraught outside the local McDonald’s. Renee approached this stranger, told her she looked like she needed a hug, and then hugged her and listed to her painful story. She then followed up with her

4 01, 2016

A Call to Prayer Reflection

By |January 4th, 2016|Categories: General reflection|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

As we gathered together last night at ForestView for our opening night of Week of Prayer, we were presented with much to pray about. Looking at the double-sided handout was a reminder that as a church, we are a fairly large body with lots of hands and feet, eyes and ears!   These various body parts represent a lot of people serving in various capacities; some making big decisions that only come once every decade

5 11, 2015

Trust and Being Trusted

By |November 5th, 2015|Categories: Staff Diaries|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

To Trust and be trusted. These are good things. Recently, I was feeling encouraged and thankful for the level of trust that we have established with our guests at Next Door. In particular, the subject of trust came to me as I was thinking about Chris*, the coming winter and Chris’ home – a tent in the woods on the outskirts of Aldershot. As I was thinking about him I wondered, how would I know

15 09, 2015

Pray, Walk, Resist and Intercede – The Work of Us Priests (Including You!)

By |September 15th, 2015|Categories: Staff Diaries|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

New habits are difficult to form. Things can start out well but it’s tough to keep it up. Thus, when I publicly committed myself to weekly prayer walking in the Next Door neighbourhood I knew that I was in for a battle. I am two weeks into my new commitment and things are going well, but come September my schedule will fill up and, come winter and shorter days, motivation will wane to make it

8 09, 2015

You Make Me Brave

By |September 8th, 2015|Categories: This Road|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

If you’ve been at ForestView lately, you’ve likely been hearing a new song we’ve been introducing on worship team called You Make Me Brave. As I was reflecting on my own life and the journey I’m on, I thought it a fitting title for my musings. You see, the end of this summer marks two years since I’ve moved to Hamilton and started coming to ForestView. Two years since I left my comfort zone, the