Shortly after the resurrection and before the ascension, Jesus comes to his disciples and speaks the words that serve as the foundation of mission: “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you” (John 20:21). In Jesus, the Triune God has turned outward towards creation, and come to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). Jesus is the ‘sent-one’ of the Father; he is, we might say, ‘God-on-mission’. What will happen, however, when Jesus returns to the Father? Is the mission of God over? Not at all! Immediately following Jesus’ words in John, he breathes on his disciples, and pours out the Holy Spirit upon them. The Triune God remains turned outwards towards his creation in mission, now not localized in the earthly and bodily presence of Jesus, but dispersed in the Holy Spirit empowered church.
This is the secret and source of all mission—that God is a missional God. As Chris Wright has put it,
"It is not so much the case that God has a mission for his church in the world but that God has a church for his mission in the world” (The Mission of God, 62).
At Fleetwood, we care about truth and beauty, about justice and peacemaking, and about redemption and deliverance (cosmic and personal) not because we think these are nice ideas in and of themselves, but because they flow from the very heart of God. In Christ and by the Spirit, the Triune God of grace is on mission to set to rights his broken and sinful creation. As Jesus tells his disciples, this mission is extended in the world in and through those whom Jesus has called … and sent. The God of mission has a church!
- Chaplaincy at Kwantlen Polytechnic University - we support Ethan van der Leek, a chaplain at the Multifaith Centre at KPU Surrey. Ethan comes alongside of students, encourages them and helps them integrate their faith and learning.
- Service Week/Service Sunday - During the first week of June we participate in service projects in our neighbourhood and on the first Sunday of June have a community barbecue.
- Surrey Food Bank - we support our neighbours in need through our Thanksgiving offering, and some of our members volunteer for this important organization.
- Christianity/Discipleship Explored offers a safe place to learn who Jesus is and why he matters. We offer this course at least once a year.
- Summer Outreach - Each summer we offer day camps and community events. For the past six years, we have been able to hire summer community interns to help us connect with our neighbouring community in creative ways.
- We believe that Christians are called to protect and take care of God's creation and that a changing climate is harmful to all of creation, and especially the world's poor. We participate in the Climate Witness Project through the Office of Social Justice of our church.
- We have a partnership with Stepping Stones, which runs the Muffin Morning program for teenage moms at our church every Wednesday from September to June.
- Every Wednesday evening there is an open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous upstairs. Enter through the back doors.
- On the fourth Wednesday of every month the local Multiple Sclerosis self help group meets in our lobby.
- Halloween Fun Night offers our neighbours a safe, dry place to have some fun on Halloween. We have simple carnival-type games, candy and a fun atmosphere.
- Community barbecues - after some summer Sunday worship services we host a barbecue in our parking lot. Feel free to come for delicious food and socializing.
- Our Refugee Support Team supports our church-sponsored refugees through advocacy, orientation, settlement, language acquisition and relationship building.
- Bustani Community Garden - we have eight garden plots available in our front yard for our neighbours who have no access to gardens where they live. Contact the office to rent one.
- We support the Ministry to Seafarers, which supports the people who transport our goods to the Port of Vancouver. Our chaplain works out of Deltaport in South Delta.
- Offerings - our offering schedule supports many excellent local ministries
National and International
- We send a Serve and Learn Team to Okanagan Gleaners in Oliver, BC each summer to help chop the vegetables that turn into soup that helps feed the hungry in the world.
- We support Sheila Dykstra, a teacher of teachers who works with Christian school teachers in Western Africa to help transform and strengthen their skills.
- We help address World Hunger as a partner with 15 churches and church-based agencies collectively called the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Our goal is a world without hunger.
- We are involved with relief and development work through World Renew. Many of our members volunteer with Disaster Response Services, operated by World Renew.
- Offerings- our offering schedule supports many excellent global ministries
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