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Inspiring Ideas from Canadian Churches May-June 2015

Bible reading challenge
Gloucester Presbyterian Church in Ottawa resolved to increase Bible reading with a New Year’s challenge. Congregants were invited to sign up for a New Year’s resolution to read all of Luke, Acts, Romans and Colossians in January. After a February service the church threw a party, serving a cake with the names of everyone who completed the challenge written on it. “We get so busy doing all the other things around Christmas that the habit of reading the Bible gets shoved off. The discipline of this gets you back on track. It’s like getting in shape for the soul,” says congregant Geoff Matthews.

Taking a little bit of the sermon home
Côte-des-Neiges Presbyterian Church in Montreal is using simple, tangible reminders to help their congregants live out the Sunday message. On the last Sunday of a sermon series about worrying, the pastor, Joel Coppieters, displayed a collection of riverbed stones. Tying the display into a chorus they sang about “peace like a river,” he invited congregants to take a rock home as a reminder of a concern they were entrusting to God. “One single mom keeps a stone for each of her two little ones on the windowsill, where she looks at them while working in the kitchen. Several of the stones are now sitting next to people’s computers at work and a few are apparently kept in the console armrest of a car,” Coppieters says.

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