St. Stephen’s vision statement reads: We seek to be a Christ Centred, Holy Spirit led, Caring Community that is Outward Focussed. We try to live this out in our day to day life and ministry, and along with every parish, we are always looking for new ways to share the good news of Jesus with those around us. This past winter, we embarked on a new partnership with Saskatoon Open Door Society and became a host for English Conversation Circles. English Conversation circles provide an opportunity for people who are new to Canada to practice their English in an informal setting. Our church has 15 registered volunteers who sign up to help with this! We have very small groups, (3-5) which is pretty typical throughout the city at this time of year and enables us to be one on one with participants. We have hosted people from Eritrea, Iran, China, and Ethiopia. We simply welcome people here, break out the conversation tools and chat, learning from each other. For us, this is a practical way to reach out to people who need help—English is an invaluable tool for new Canadians, and a gift we have to give. Our motivation as a church is to share God’s love with those around, in whatever way we can. This is one way we are able to do this. The best part is the inevitable laughter that can be heard in these sessions among participants and parishioners. Try explaining crokinole, tobogganing and ice fishing without laughing! We offer this small, mustard seed experience as a way to encourage others as they seek to be caring, outward focussed communities. We would love to hear other experiences from churches.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds -Hebrews 12:24