Everything Fall 2019
Welcome to our "Everything" page. Below you can find out all that is happening in the next few months in our community.
Fall is a full season, with lots of opportunities to connect deeper with God and our church community, especially if your newer to the church.
If there are any unanswered questions by the end of this, feel free to email Pastor Jill (firstname.lastname@example.org), Pastor Kevin (email@example.com) or the Elders (firstname.lastname@example.org) and they will make sure to answer your questions!
Our Sunday gatherings are in the afternoon.
2:30 for coffee/tea, 3pm for the service.
Our building is 130 Victoria Ave N, Hamilton Ontario.
There are bike lock stations as well as street parking on Victoria, and all side streets.
Please be respectful to neighbours as you park.
November 3 | Acts Continues & Potluck (First Sunday of the month)
November 10, 17, 24 | Book of Acts Continued
December 1 | Advent Begins
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Fall 2019 Information
On Same Page Sunday we introduced the direction we want to head in as a congregation over the next five years. This is a slow, long process, which will only move at the speed of relationships and the speed of the Holy Spirit. That said, we want to make sure we are aiming in the right direction as we grow and mature.
To learn more about what Table Communities are, why we think they will be so important, and what it means for this coming year, listen to Kevin’s sermon from Same Page Sunday.
To learn more about forming a Table Community, or to enter a group which will help you discern where God might be calling you to engage, check out our “Fall 2019” table at the back of the sanctuary.
Last Spring we taught on what it means to be a part of the church in an intentional and participatory way (you can find the podcasts by subscribing to “Eucharist Church” on your podcast app, or by clicking here).
Please listen especially to the sermons titled “Posture of a Partner” if you want to know more about participating in Eucharist.
This fall we would like to ask those in our community to articulate their level of involvement in our church, so that we can better clarify our expectations of one another, and know how best to communicate with those who want to partner in a more intentional way.
For more details on what partnership looks like in our community, why we think it’s important, and what it practically looks like, please read our short article “Partnering in a Church Community” by clicking here.
In order to simplify our fall we have decided to not formally make partnership vows until Pentecost (May 2020), but all who have flagged their desire to be partners will be put on a contact list for our Town Halls and other key gatherings throughout the year.
Elders Discernment Process
The elders are a group in our church who help care for and pastor people in our community, and who discern what God is doing in our congregation through listening and prayer. This discernment also helps us set direction for Eucharist.
We are looking for one or two new elders who can help us care for this community, listen well to what God is up to in our midst, and generally keep their finger on the pulse of what is happening at EC.
We are asking everyone who is a part of Eucharist to consider people who they think would be a good fit for this role.
Thursday 10-4pm the building will be open for anyone who wants to come by and work on their own stuff, pray or read in the sanctuary, or work on a building project.
The side doors (on Evans Street) will be unlocked. Come hang out in the building.
Thursday Noon Prayer
Every Thursday at noon we are now praying at the building (130 Victoria Ave N)
We'd love to have you join us, and feel free to bring some work and stick around afterwards. The building will be open.
Small Groups: Living Rooms
Our Living Rooms are about to launch for the year. As mentioned above, the long term aim for our church is to form “Table Communities” around places of mission. But what does “mission” even mean? How can we engage our world without doing harm? How do we know what we are called to give our energy toward?
These are the questions we’ll be tackling this year in LR’s. If you want to join a small group in EC, there are two currently open to new participants:
Durand Neighbourhood, Wednesdays at 7:30pm
Contact Maria E (click here to email)
Delta Neighbourhood, Mondays at 8pm
Contact Cath C (click here to email)
Other questions about Living Rooms?
Email Stephen Edwards by clicking here.
LGTBQ+ Fellowship Group
This is a group for anyone in the Eucharist community who personally navigates the intersection between faith, sexual orientation and/or gender (non-binary, gnc, trans, agender, fluid etc.) It is a safe, confidential, and supportive space to honour all of these identities and hold them together in open hands without expectation or judgement. It’s an inclusive space to connect, recharge and continue growing in faith together. Note: While allies are loved, appreciated and greatly needed, the regular meetings for this group are for those who personally identify as LGBTQ+.
Plan for the remainder of 2019 is as follows:
October 20th - 10am Hike in Dundas
November 1st - Thanksgiving Potluck
November 28th - Itinerary TBD
December 28th - Post-Christmas PJ Gathering: Movies, Games and Pizza
Parents, Kids & Caretakers Fellowship Group
This weekly gathering is for anyone in the Eucharist community who is home with children on Wednesday mornings, and would like to connect with other parents and caretakers.
Bring the kids and spend time drinking coffee, talking about the unique joys and challenges of caring for children, and let the kids have some fun together.
The location for this group rotates and change weekly, but the details are always posted in our Facebook Group by Wednesday morning.
How We Believe: 123’s of Theology Workshop
What we believe is important, but how we believe it is just as vital. In this one evening workshop, Kevin will run through the theological framework we call the “123’s of Theology”, which are designed to help us hold a unity beyond uniformity.
Whether you’ve never heard of the 123’s before, or it’s been a while and you’re feeling rusty, this workshop is open to you. Bring your hard questions.
Sunday, November 17
At our building,
130 Victoria Ave N
This workshop is free and open to those outside of Eucharist Church.
Raising Disciples Workshop Day
Natalie Frisk, friend of our community and pastor at The Meeting House, has released a book about raising the next generation of disciples. This free workshop is for anyone who is actively involved in the life of children, be they parents, caretakers, Sunday School teachers, aunts/uncles/friends.
Saturday November 23
At our building,
130 Victoria Ave N,
The workshop is free and includes free childcare, but you have to RSVP as soon as possible. To RSVP to the event, email pastor Jill by clicking here.
Town Hall Meeting
Our goal this year is to host three “Town Hall” meetings for those in Eucharist who want to receive updates on things happening in the life of our church. From mission initiatives to logistical updates, the elder and stream coordinators will walk through what’s been happening in the last season, and lay out some direction for where we hope to go. We’ll also spend some time praying for our city and community.
Sunday, November 24, 1-2:30pm
The back hall of our building,
130 Victoria Ave N, Hamilton Ontario
If you have questions you’d like to hear a response to, please give us some heads up time by emailing email@example.com - the team will do their best to get the right person in the church to respond to your question.
Artists in Residence Summary
This summer we got to host Megan Little, Meredith Park, and Bethany Kenyon as our 2019 Artists in Residence. Below is a short doc of their time, made by the very talented John Butler.
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