(Mike Agrell) Kids led Palm Sunday worship yesterday with an exciting visit from a special guest. A miniature donkey led a lap outside the church before the Ridge Kids led the congregation in worship! One of the kids rode the donkey and the others waved palm branches and sang Hosanna. It was live streamed inside the church as everyone sang along in celebration of the His Triumphal Entry. Following the service a very committed new Believer wanted to be baptized in the river (yes, that is snow on the banks) – exciting days on The Ridge!
- Mark Soone (The River) shared, “We celebrated with a special baptism [yesterday] morning and we have 4+ scheduled next Sunday as well!”
was formed out of the desire to see churches in our region united in their pursuit of Jesus. Over the last few years, we’ve gone from being in ONE arena with massive crowds and energy, to being exclusively online during the pandemic. This year, we are excited to take a step toward having everyone together again soon! One Conference will be hosted at three sites throughout the region this year in Halifax, Moncton, and Saint John! Combined, these three sites will be able to accommodate everyone who wants to attend, and we’re thrilled to make this transition toward being together in ONE room once again in 2023. CLICK HERE for more information
about how to register your youth group for your preferred location.
By action of the Atlantic DBA this week – Beulah Family Camp is back for the summer of 2022!!! CLICK HERE
for the Camp Evangelists’ bios. CLICK HERE for a downloadable PDF
version of this poster to print off for your church bulletin board. We can’t wait to see you all again as we pack into the Tabernacle to praise our God and to be challenged with a fresh call to holiness through the theme: Now Is the Time for Renewal!
The Atlantic DBMD convened this past week for a full day of interviews with our prophets-in-process. Chair Dale MacDonald provides excellent leadership for our ministerial tribe in serving the journey of discernment and preparation for those who sense God is calling them to vocational ministry. Thanks to all those above for investing so generously in the development of these emerging Kingdom leaders!
(Joanne Ozon) held their annual Illuminate
event on Saturday to provide an exciting night for many special needs children in the community. Joanne shared, “75% of these families are unchurched. Our goal was to let them know that the God of this universe loves them so much and that they are perfect in every way! The joy, love, and compassion that spilled out over the 160 people in attendance was indescribable. We serve such a good, good Father!” God is blessing the reach of the Hope family into the community under Joanne’s passionate leadership.
(Matt Maxwell) hosted this weekend’s Fredericton Ukrainian Community fundraiser. The goal of $15K was blown away as they reached a total of nearly $35K! Matt shared, “And this whole cooperation has opened up some amazing conversations about faith!”
It was an honour to have our General Superintendent Wayne Schmidt on the Atlantic District for a few days this week. In addition to his connection with a couple of our pastors, Wayne engaged with the student body at Kingswood University.
He also convened the leaders of The Wesleyan Church of Canada
at the invitation of National Superintendent Steve Elliott to discuss the future of our established national conference.
Preacher’s kids (PK’s) are pretty awesome! One of the perks of my Kingdom role is the regular opportunity I have to interact with so many of our ministerial families. Nathan Perry (13) has a VERY impressive and professional workshop in the making and has already made quite a name for himself through Nathan’s Design
. Naomi Eisan (11 this week) recently won 1st Place in the County at the 4H Club speech competition! Thanks to the Perry’s and the Eisan’s for modelling family as first ministry in how you invest in the lives of these impressive PK’s!
It is my semi-annual privilege to chair the Kingswood University
Board of Trustees. As we convened on Friday we enjoyed the largest in-person attendance of Trustees since our fall 2019 session. Our enrolment team is eager to connect with any of the students in your church who may be exploring a call to ministry or are looking for a place to get grounded in their faith while preparing for marketplace Kingdom impact. CLICK HERE for a helpful overview
of the innovative options available for residential and/or online training.
And speaking of KU, it was encouraging yesterday to experience 4th year ministerial student Seth Short leading worship during his internship at New Hope
(Scott Prime). Our Atlantic churches are blessed by the opportunity to invest in young leaders and to benefit from their practical ministry.