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The New Crest logo 1 (3)Welcome to the Faith Formation Network of the Saskatchewan Conference of the United Church of Canada.

The Faith Formation Network supports, within Saskatchewan Conference, current and contextual initiatives of the United Church such as ‘the Edge”, Progressive Christianity and recommendations resulting from the work of the Comprehensive Review Task Group.

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Youth Rally 2019

Spread the Word!! All are welcome to a gathering for youth grades 7 – 12 for the 2019 Youth Rally being held at McClure United Church, Saskatoon, from March 15 – 17, 2019. Cost is $30 before March 3 (early bird deadline) and $40 after that. Here are the  poster and registration form. Mail the completed form, along with fee, to Youth Rally, McClure United Church, 4025 Taylor St. E., Saskatoon, SK, S7H 5N7. If you have any questions, please contact Laura at 306-373-1753 or email laura@mcclureunitedchurch.org

Ministry Explorer program for ages 19-15, summer 2019

Calling all 19–25 year-old youth in the United Church! Would you consider ministry in the United Church as your vocation? Would you like to see what ministry is like up close? Consider becoming an Explorer for the summer of 2019! Have a look at this flyer for registration and details, or please contact: Rev. Lindsay Mohn, mohn.lindsay@gmail.com  But hurry-the deadline is November 23.

Finally: an excuse to eat pie during Lent, 14 March 2019

Public. Intentional. Explicit. Those are the standards we hold ourselves and our welcome to when our United Church ministries become Affirming of LGBTQIA+ people. On International Pi Day, 14 March 2019 (3.14- get it?)  we invite you to serve up some pie and PIE in your ministry and community in a cross-country day of stories and action planning. All ministries are invited, whether you’re Affirming or not. Have a look and hold the date:
http://affirmunited.ause.ca/affirming-pie-day-hold-march-14-2019/

What is Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble? Have a look! 

Free Accessibility Audit Tool for Communities of Faith

Almost 3.8 million Canadians (about 14 percent of the population) identify as having a disability. The proposed Accessible Canada Act was developed after “extensive consultation with Canadians with disabilities,” and aims to “identify, remove and prevent” accessibility barriers in areas that fall under federal jurisdiction. The United Church welcomes Bill C-81, which had its first reading on June 20, 2018.

Have you ever considered how your congregation or ministry can become a more accessible one for people with a range of disabilities? The United Church’s Accessibility Audit for Communities of Faith can help. Download the resource here.

New Advent and Epiphany worship and reflection resources- Year C

Kairos Palestine, an ecumenical gathering of Palestinian Christians, offers us prayer, reflection, and action resources for the four Sundays of Advent. Download the booklet for free here.

Also, KAIROS Canada has just released a new Epiphany worship and reflection resource, Light of a Star. They write, “The journey of the Wise Ones and the machinations of a despot king make us think of those who are on the move because of injustice, seeking shelter, seeking work, seeking a better life. Migrant workers are ever hopeful when they land on Canadian soil. Can we nurture communities that embrace these seekers? We find wisdom in the stories of the Israelites coming together after Babylonian exile and the Corinthians striving to be a community despite insurmountable differences.” Order your print or PDF copy here.

Faith Formation for the 21 Century- online course

Online Learning from the Vibrant Faith Institute: Faith Formation for the 21st Century
The Vibrant Faith Institute’s Foundations Program is a one-year, three-part, online learning opportunity designed for leaders interested in the future of faith formation in their communities of faith. The United Church will reimburse successful applicants who register for the January 2019 semester up to C$600 upon completion of three courses. Participants may be full-time, part-time, or volunteer leaders in United Church ministries. Apply by October 22.
https://www.united-church.ca/opportunities/vibrant-faith-institute-faith-formation-21st-century

A Prayer for Peaceful Coexistence and Prosperity on the Korean Peninsula

Background to this prayer

May 26 2018: Today we walked in the DMZ with 1000+ people for peace in Korea and a return to talks: DMZ Women’s Walk for Peace. We walked on the Bridge of No Return/Reunification Bridge – first civilians ever to walk.

The relationship between the two countries on the Korean peninsula has been changing dramatically in the past months from the brink of nuclear-war to the historic April 27 Inter-Korean summit in Panmunjom, as well as the possibility of a North Korean-United States peace summit which was originally scheduled for June 12 in Singapore. The positive momentum for peace was unfortunately set-back by the sudden cancellation of the U.S. meeting. Many Christians in Korea and around the world who pray for the Peace of Christ to be realized on earth have never ceased their prayers and efforts for peace on the Korean Peninsula. The following prayer has been provided by a group of Korean ministers in The United Church of Canada. Please join with them in their prayers for the end of the prolonged hostility, for the peaceful coexistence, and the prosperity for all people involved, by using this common prayer in your faith community and your personal devotions.  Click here for the Korean prayer!

 

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