Our “CEO” is also known as Rev. Paul Douglas Walfall
President, ANW Conference
I continue to be convinced that an essential part of being church is to proclaim our faith. We can proclaim in what we say and also in what we do. Such proclamation is sharing the Good News of our faith. Here are few more of what is happening across our Conference as we share the Good News of our faith including a personal reflection of my own. Let us be reminded that we share the Good News in diverse ways in ANW Conference. — Paul
Rev. Monica Rosborough, Athabasca Pastoral Charge, Yellowhead Presbytery, shared:
Our community is a complex town of 4,000 people and fourteen churches. The biggest difficulty we face is breaking stereotypes of what church is. People often assume that we are judgemental Bible thumpers or not Christian at all because we’re not homophobic. One person referred to us as the church with a sawdust alter railing because we don’t demand or expect commitments to creeds. However, we are challenging those attitudes. One event that went a long way to helping was when we hosted the haunted house in our 100-year-old historic building. People thought that a church that could welcome trick or treaters could also welcome them (Some churches discourage celebrating Halloween). We built a labyrinth in the back yard and advertised it in the paper as part of our Canada Day events along with our Strawberry Tea fundraiser to show our spiritual side. We have a reputation for caring about social justice and when local people wanted to sponsor Syrians, they asked us to help work with them to help.
Paul Douglas Walfall writes about the ministry of the Pierceland United Church
Pierceland United Church is one of two congregations of ANW Conference located in Saskatchewan. In 2013 I challenged that congregation to hold a Vacation Bible School. It took a great deal of work and at times we wondered if we would have enough persons to assist. However, other churches in the community joined with us to assist with lunches and personnel for the week and persons in the community offered financial assistance. At the end of the week, just over fifty children attending the Vacation Bible Camp.
Yet what was more for me was the letter we received at the end of the camp from one of the mothers. The mother wrote that she noted a positive change in her son because he was being listen to and people had made time for him. She thanked us for the week and encouraged us to continue.
In this camp and in our willingness to give a young child affirmation that he was important we were sharing the Good News of our belief in the God who loves each of us individually and cherishes each of us as important.