All matter, including every star and galaxie out there were created so that God would have a people. The sheer number of galaxies and planets tells us at the very least that our God is extravagantly and limitlessly creative. And God chose to have a people who would start out their existence on this planet the planet we call home.
What is Our Big Purpose?
To put it in a nut shell our mission as a church, and the mission of the church universal, is to be part of the enfolding of humanity into the love of God in Christ, and to live that love right here, right now with all that we have and all that we are.
There are two parts to this: A Commandment and a Commission.
Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." ... Matthew 22:37-40
Jesus said that this principal of love and this practice of loving matters more than all other commandments, all other guidelines, all other high and noble themes. Everything else found in the Old Testament hangs on, is related to and lesser than this first principal.
Loving God and loving people is what happens when we apply and live out God’s Word. Faith and hope are extremely important things, but in the end love is what will remain eternally. So it’s clear that our ministry in the community is rooted and grounded in love. It has to be.
Jesus said: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matt 28).
Jesus wants us to play an active part of the enfolding of humanity into the love of God in Christ. That means you and that means me, involved, but that does NOT mean you and me on our own. It means us together.
Considering the above, we believe that all people matter to God. This being true, what is our community? Is it the neighborhood surrounding our church, or Fort McMurray? Is it northern Alberta or all of Canada? ...Or, is it the entire planet? The purpose of this page is to illustrate how members of our church are involved in various ministries. We probably have not listed them all. If we missed one, please Contact Us Form.
Youth With A Mission trains young people from all over the world for
mission work. We are currently sponsoring a young lady in mission with
YWAM and is currently working in Washington, DC. Check the
On Mission page for some more
information on her work. We have sent other young people to YWAM in
Alpha Ministries Canada
Our church was holding Alpha Courses back in 1996 before there even
was a Canadian organization. The course has made a profound difference
in our church and in the demographics of our congregation. We are
designated by Alpha Ministries Canada as a resource church. We take that
designation seriously and have often loaned our leaders to other
churches to assist them in their courses. One of our couples are the
Alpha Advisors for this region.
On Eagle's Wings Ecumenical Ministries
OEW is an ecumenical ministry that serves the church and individuals
in remote and isolated areas of northern Canada. They own two airplanes
to assist them in their work. Their pastor for northern Alberta and
Saskatchewan is one of our clergy. In addition, one of our members sits
on the board of directors of OEW.
Hope International Development Agency
Hope International is a Canadian, non-profit, international
development agency, which is working in Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
Hope International is involved in projects that empower people and
communities in need. Several years ago, we chose this charity because of
their extremely low overhead and their work in providing clean water to
communities in Ethiopia. Many of our members contribute regularly to
their work and one of our members assist in getting people out to the
annual fund raising dinners in Fort McMurray.
Order of St. Luke
The OSL is an ecumenical order that is dedicated to the Christian
healing ministry. Members meet in local chapters and study scripture as
it relates to healing ministry. Members often engage in healing prayer,
often with the laying-on of hands. Some of our members have been or are
directly involved with this ministry.
Anglican Renewal Ministries
ARM Canada believes that it is called to contribute towards spiritual
renewal among Christians both personally and corporately and to be of
service to the Anglican Church. ARM Canada believes that God is
awakening the Church to the realities of the historic Pentecost through
the gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit as revealed in the New
Testament and as experienced today in the worldwide movement of the Holy
Spirit commonly described as ‘charismatic renewal.’ Our rector has been
involved as an instructor in their Leadership Training Institute and is
now on ARM's board of directors.
Anglican Essentials Canada
Anglican Essentials Canada offers support to Canadian Anglicans who
wish to remain true to biblically-faithful, historically-authentic
Anglicanism and who are concerned about the direction taken by their
current church leadership. Considering our national church seems to be
going in the wrong direction, some of us have consideedr it important to
be members of this organization. We have also provided some financial
support to Essentials.
Council of General Synod
"CoGS" is the governing body of the Anglican Church of Canada between
general synods. One of our members is on CoGS. In addition, he is on
their Resolutions Committee and the Planning Committee for General Synod
2010 in Halifax. His membership in these organizations gives us a voice
Diocesan Executive Council
D.E.C. is the governing body of the Diocese of Athabasca between
synods. We have a large representation in that body. Four of our members
participate in that group. Our last Synod passed several controversial
resolutions on which D.E.C. must act. The work of this group has become
critical in th egrowth and path of the Anglican Church in Northern
Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International
Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International are businessmen,
men of high status, as well as ordinary men. Our vision is that the
light of Jesus shall shine forth from each of our men into every
culture, nation, race, language, and creed. That vision is becoming a
reality through the Fellowship's ministries, now touching approximately
150 nations and transcending denominational, racial and cultural
barriers. The are two in our congregation that are members of the local
Fort McMurray Ministerial
Fort McMurray Ministerial is a group of pastors of most the churches in the city. They meet regularly to discuss common issues and work together in Christ's mission. Our clergy are involved in this group.
We may have missed a few ministries that our members are involved in. If you aware of any, please Contact Us Form.