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TIME WITH GOD
Daily time on Monday to Friday (an informal, drop-in time) to encourage one another in the habit of abiding in Jesus.
Often the moment we wake up, we hit the ground running. As disciples of Christ, we seek to follow Jesus. "Very early [in the] morning, Jesus got up and went to a place where he could be alone and pray" (Mark 1:35). We recognize this habit is a struggle in our fast-paced world. We provide a place (Athabasca Hall's Heritage Lounge, room 227 at 7am) where we gather with other followers of Jesus to encourage cultivating this rhythm and habit of abiding in Jesus in our lives. We spend time reading the Bible to communue with God personally (about 20 mins), then gather as a group to share insights and pray for one another (about 20 mins) before dismissing for 8am classes. Come and join us as you are able.
Transformational Communities (TC)
TC are weekly small groups for students seeking to know Jesus and to follow Jesus.
TC are not just small-group Bible studies or care groups. They are communities of people and followers of Jesus committed to experiencing life with Jesus. We cultivate a rhythm of studying the Bible to live out its teachings, sharing in each other's lives, and praying for one another in order to grow to become more human like Jesus, i.e. in Christlikeness and maturity in Christ.
This year, our TC will be studying and discussing the Gospel according to John.
Check out the different TC below:
Girls-only TC on Monday, 8am in Coutts Library room L-104A. Contact Jaira for details.
Transformational Communities Covenant
These 5 rules guide our ongoing relationships with our TC and to better facilitate depth and trust among participants.
1. We Come As We Are
We are not perfect people, and we all need a safe place to gather and be who we are. TC are that safe place. What is said here stays here, and we do not gossip about information outside this group. However, if someone shares something that endangers him/herself or others, or if there are legal implications, the facilitator will share information with the Navigator student advisor.
2. We Put Others First
We are here to serve and love one another, not simply to receive care ourselves. We all participate in discussion either as active listeners or speakers. We each keep our sharing to 3-5 minutes each, and remain actively engaged as others are speaking.
3. We Encourage and Comfort
In Christ, we have the power to be present with the fullness of the Spirit's presence within us. We acknowledge that we can't fix or change one another, so we instead promise to provide encouragement and comfort. We don't express judgment or disgust toward one another's struggles. And we don't give unwarranted advice! When we want to give additional counsel, we ask permission after the gathered time.
4. We Journey Together
We are relational beings, created in the image of the Triune God. Because we are created for community, we need each other to grow in Christlikeness. We invite one another into our journey and walk through life together, following up with one another throughout the week. Because God never gives up on us or leaves us alone, we commit to journeying with one another through thick and thin.
5. We Focus on Christ
We don't get side tracked by unhelpful issues. We focus instead on Christ, the Word of God made flesh, because He alone is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We cannot change one another or ourselves; only Christ can bring about grace, truth, and healing by His presence.
SERVING OTHERS / VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
We are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago (Ephesians 2:10)
We have been blessed by God in order to be a blessing to others. So we encourage cultivating a rhythm of serving others to demonstrate the gospel of Jesus and His kingdom. We collaborate with organizations and agencies to serve others. Here are some organizations we are partnering with:
All Nations Centre's Homework Club
On Saturday, 10am-12noon, we tutor mostly elementary school and some junior high kids. These children are from immigrant families who need homework help in subjects such as Mathematics, Reading or Science, etc. Volunteers are required to fill application form, go through orientation and complete police checks. For more information, please contact Paul for more details.
Start2Finish Running & Reading Club
Do you like working with kids? Do you enjoy fitness and reading? The Running & Reading club is an after-school program for inner-city school kids that addresses their need for enhanced phyiscal activity and literacy. Join us as we serve the children and show them God's love through encouraging them in these activities. Norwood Elementary's club is on Tuesday from 3.30-5.30pm and John A. McDougall Elementary's club is on Wednesday, 3.15-5.15pm. For more details, please contact Jaira for more details. Police check and volunteers' orientation are required.
More organizations and agencies to be announced.