Our focus: Prayer and Care

Renewal Fellowship’s mission is “to lead each other and The Presbyterian Church in Canada to authentic Biblical thinking, powerful Spirit-led prayer, and effective Gospel witness.”

In practical terms, we’re carrying that out two ways: leading/facilitating prayer and providing strategic pastoral care.

CARE

By “strategic care” we mean initiatives that target specific needs.

First is the PCC Pastor Retreat, as detailed on this page.

Second is our semi-regular Renewal Café. These are small group gatherings held via Zoom which are typically centred on a specific question or theme. On July 20, we discussed the question: “Is the evangelical revival of The Presbyterian Church in Canada a lost dream?” In May, we explored the troubling truth that while the church in the West is crumbling, it’s thriving in the Global South and East. In April, as we emerged from the pandemic shutdowns and saw each other’s faces in grocery stores and in churches for the first time in two years, we acknowledged that there is no feeling of liberation or great cry of joy. Why? The March Café explored “the spirit of the times” — what’s going on in our world right now is a generational shift not seen since the 1960s. Stressful? Absolutely. In February, we talked about Seasonal Affective Disorder. And in January, it was a bit of a new year’s kickoff as we talked about what’s going on in our lives, churches, and the world in general.

Each Café is based on a specific Scripture, begins with a time of devotion and has opportunities for sharing, discussion, and prayer.

Café’s guiding verse is Hebrews 10:25 – “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”

Our latest initiative is Listening Ear Here, which consists of a pool of mature believers who meet online (or in person if logistics allow) with individuals who need a listening ear. It’s not therapy, counseling, or mentorship. It’s an effort to facilitate a community and encourage believers. It’s a ministry for the listener as well as the speaker. If you need to talk about where you’re at in your walk of faith, if you have questions, or if you just need to “unpack,” we can pair you with a listener. This ministry is for adults of all ages and stages of life, wherever you may be in your faith journey. This includes students and young adults, who often find themselves alone. We will do our best to link you with someone of the same gender. Your listener may make suggestions as to additional initiatives you might consider, including the possibility of further listening times. Our listeners are committed to the ministry of hearing and being open to the promptings of the Spirit.

We’re also available to speak to congregations and groups either online or in person. More info about this is found in this article.

PRAYER

Our daily Prayer Calendar (published as a whole quarterly) under the leadership of Linda Shaw continues to find its way into the hands of believers who need encouragement and support.

Pray for GA is a dedicated campaign in the four weeks leading up to General Assembly which includes online prayer rooms praying prior to and during each sederunt. We started this in 2021 and it was repeated for this year’s gathering. It picks up from all the in-person prayer rooms we organized when General Assembly was held in person. We pray that General 2023 will mark a return to that.

We have two local monthly prayer groups which meet in person in the Ottawa and Hamilton areas. Our prayer is for this to expand — especially at our three theological colleges.

In May and June, Rev. Glynis Faith led a six-week online book study of Philip Yancey’s book, ‘Prayer: does it make any difference?’

Can we provide pastoral care or pray for/with you? — email us at renewalfellowshippcc@gmail.com

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