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St. Arbucks Church

Posted by Major Dave on 11:07 AM in
A new kind of Church, or perhaps just something so old it actually seems new.
Montreal is a city-paradox. It is the most post-modern, post-Christian city in North America, but many of its landmarks, street names, and historic sites are named for Christian saints. With a view to creating an effective and alternative approach which would build bridges to a post-Christian city, we are launching out in new adventure in mission, Winds of Hope.
If this all seems rather unconventional, you could think of our Church in more traditional terms.
Recently, our spiritual family has begun referring to our gathering as the Church of St. Arbucks. You see, our Church comes together at least once a week at the local Starbucks. “Good friends, good time, and good coffee!”
What does time at the Church of St. Arbucks look like? Mostly, it looks like every other table at Starbucks. A few friends sitting around a table engaged in conversation. Our family comes together to talk about how the week has gone, what the Lord has been saying through Scripture, what new obediences the Word has called us to. We always spend time in prayer and blessing one another.
At the moment, St. Arbucks (Winds of Hope) meets in Greenfield Park. There are usually 3 or 4 of us together. The dream is to network a few other groups. Live anywhere in the Greater Montreal area? Interested in having a taste of some great coffee and a new expression of Church? Drop me an e-mail, and we'll get together. The expanding dream includes a few French Churches, plus a couple of youth Churches, and at least one downtown location... maybe Crescent Street or St-Denis (depending on language).

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10 Comments

Anonymous says:

This is the way church is going to be done more and more. I am happy to see God breaking down barriers in diverse ways all over the world.
Frank in Maine

Greg Hardee says:

Brother McCann,

I'm there. We have received such joy at recognizing the Lord's true church, the fellowship of the saints, each and every time we visit Montréal from North Carolina. We'll be bringing an impressionable group of young people between February 20th and the 26th. we'll be reaching out to the people of St. Agathe Saturday night he 25th.

So please let us know when and where St. Arbucks Church will be that week and then save us a spot at the table next to you.

Bless you,

Greg Hardee
La CLef


Dave,
Glad to read something of your thoughts.


Hey Dave,

God is going to do something amazing in Montreal and surrounding area. I just attended a meeting with Watchmen for the Nations and was moved as they talked about Montreal. Our hearts are still there with you. Would love a Starbucks coffee right about now!!

God's blessings on you,
April

Stephen Crosby says:

Hi Dave,

Be encouraged, the Lord is doing similar things all around the world. The day of the institutional "church" (as those of us over 35 have known it) is over. The Lord, has been, and of course always will be "for" the "church" but methodolgy, "how church is done" is open for constant re-evaluation and reform. We are living in exiting days of reform for those who are not illicitly invested in maintaining the self interest and status quo of old systems.

I hope to see you again some time.

Steve Crosby, Spokane, WA

Anonymous says:

Hi Dave;
It is so exciting to read about what is happening at Winds of Hope. I know that God will continue to bless this ministry as he works his will in Montreal. I have updated my bolg today and placed a link to this one. Hope that is OK with you.
God Bless
Bonita


Hi Dave,
In Jesus' Name, greeting and blessing from Jan of the Army, Montreal.
My spiritual father in Alberta is Emric, who has been speaking of church in a new way for some ten years now, and I have been looking and waiting.

Jesus is directing to a new path for 'the called-out ones'
and I am excited to think we are at last 'hearing His Voice.'
As I translate the Word from the ancient original, then God is able to tell me much more that is better guidance for me, and any who would try this!

I have a place on Monkland where we could meet, a few coffee houses!

Anonymous says:

Hey Dave,

Great to see that things are working out. That is my kind of Church. That is what truly reaching out to others is all about. God bless you!

Doreen


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