We are an Anglican Christian community that is on its own unique and exciting journey with God.
On Sunday June 11, 2017 we became a new Anglican presence in Owen Sound, ON through the joining together of the congregations of St. Thomas’ and St. Georges’ churches.
In 2009 we articulated our purpose as a congregation: To Ignite our spirit and faith, embracing opportunities to welcome the ‘hungry’ with our self and means.
This community is a relative newcomer to the part of Canada, having been founded only in the 19th Century. For centuries before that, this place was the home of the Anishinaabek, the aboriginal people of the Owen Sound area. It means “People who live (or mean) well”, or “Spontaneous Beings” created from the divine breath.
We also would like to be known as “people who live well.” We know ourselves as formed by the divine Spirit. We seek to live faithfully and thoughtfully, passionately and generously, in partnership with the wider human and more than human world. This means embracing fully all of our wonderful human gifts while also learning to depend on God.
We are shaping the life of our community (we are always “under construction”!) around 5 key practices adapted from Robert Schnase in his book, Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations:
- Building an Hospitable Community.
- Celebrating Life in Worship.
- Intentionally Developing our Faith.
- Reaching out in Mission and Service.
- Moving From Grace to Generosity.