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2020 Vision | Praying for God's Heart for the City

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2020 Vision | Praying for God's Heart for the City

Back in Bruce Milne’s time, First Baptist Church went through a visioning process which followed on from the church’s last capital campaign and the subsequent construction work that was undertaken. That process was entitled “2020 Vision.” We believe that this is a good title for a prayer campaign for this year involving a series of prayer events. It seems particularly appropriate to revisit this name, since much of what the Pastoral Team has been discerning about the future mission and ministry of the church is very much in line with what was discerned back during that earlier process. So we are calling this year’s prayer campaign “2020 Vision: Praying for God’s Heart for the City.” 

The plan is to hold one meeting each calendar month. Three of these will be incorporated into the regular congregational business meetings as focused times set aside for prayer for the project. In addition to guided times of prayer, the other nine gatherings will include updates on aspects of the HFTC project, and facilitated discussion on the future mission and ministry of the church (giving opportunities for people to talk about the direction of the church as well as praying about it together.) 

These monthly prayer gatherings will be scheduled on different days of the week and at different times of the day, to allow everyone to attend at least three during the year. They will be led by members of the Pastoral Team, under the direction of the Senior Minister, with input in some of them from Broek Bosma and other members of the HFTC oversight teams. 

In addition, to remind us all to keep praying between these meetings, we will distribute digital documents and laminated bookmarks that will include a list of key things for people to be praying about during the year. 

“The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.” - Samuel Chadwick

Anthony Brown
Senior Minister

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Scripture Quilts

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The banners hanging in the Sanctuary this month are from what became a series of “Scripture Quilts” - this set used at Advent/Christmas.   The others were used at Lent, Pentecost, and Thanksgiving. They were done many years ago when Bruce Milne was Senior Minister - and joined the banners that once hung on either side of the Sanctuary and those still hanging in the back of the balcony.  

Margaret O’Leary, a long-time member of FBC, and an exquisite calligrapher did the lettering for me on this particular set.   Unfortunately, the fabric cutting, appliqué and quilting process did not translate her lettering well - I tried hard, but needed her forgiveness!

As well, we later hung the “Christmas Angel”, a very large “stained glass effect” banner in the midst of the organ pipes which was crafted by Linda Werner and myself.  When the sound system went in behind the pipes, the banner was retired!


Always, the banners were created with the prayer that they would serve as a prompt to worship our Lord.

Claudia Wakeman

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Becoming a Member

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The idea of membership at a church can feel countercultural today.  We may become members at our local gym or community centre, but why should we become members of a local church? 

Here are a couple of reasons to consider: 

1) To make a commitment to communityWhen we accept Christ and are baptized we become part of a new family. Membership at a local church is a way of affirming this. Through membership we are becoming part of a covenant community. It’s a commitment to know others and to be known, and to choose to help one another grow as disciples of Jesus. This in itself can be part of our witness in the world.

2) To discern corporately the voice of Jesus Christ. Under the guidance of church leaders who are called to equip the membership in the task of corporate discernment, we believe church members are called to participate actively in the corporate search for God’s will for the church. This is rooted in the biblical concept of the priesthood of all believers—a Baptist distinctive.

If you’d like to consider church membership, our next Membership Classes will be held on February 9th and 23rd from 11:30-1:30pm

Contact   for more info or to sign up. 

 Rebecca Thornber
Minister of Discipleship & Community

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