Parish Profile


CORE VALUES:

 

Vision Statement

“To Know, Love and Follow Jesus”

In keeping with the vision statement, Faith seeks to be a community in which people encounter God through prayer, worship, teaching and praise.

Mission

As a parish of The Anglican Network in Canada, Faith exists to give glory to God, to encourage parishioners to grow in their knowledge of the scriptures, and reach out in love, word and deed to others so they will turn to Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

Worship

Faith is committed to ensuring that the worship is Spirit-filled, culturally relevant, celebratory, and reflective. Worship leaders strive to make it meaningful to those who attend regularly, comprehensible to visitors, and open to the presence and the movement of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer

Prayer is pivotal in parishioner’s personal life, their life together, and every parish gathering, meeting and activity.

Scripture

By teaching and example, parishioners are encouraged to so engage with the scriptures that they will apply them in every aspect of their lives and let the scriptures guide them as they reach out to minister to the wider community.

Community Life

Through honest feedback, mutual friendships and accountability, parishioners encourage and support one another as they exercise their God-given ministries in the parish and beyond.

The Wider Community

Faith is intentional in reaching out to those who don’t yet know Jesus by supporting various local, national and international outreach and evangelistic groups and agencies. The parish also joins with others as agents of change in society in caring for the poor, the needy, the oppressed, and the marginalized.

 

MINISTRIES:

 

Worship

The community gathers for worship each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. The Eucharist is celebrated each week, and in consultation, with the Rector, a small team is responsible for arranging the service. Seeking to view the worship through the eyes of visitors, the members look critically at such aspects as appearance, welcome, music, the flow of the service and fellowship.

As the worship space must be set up each week, things are kept simple while every attempt is made to make the room attractive, and the altar setting liturgically appropriate. A guitarist leads the music about two Sundays a month, while CD’s of contemporary praise and worship songs are played on the others. The liturgy and the words of the hymns are projected on to a screen.

Outreach

The outreach committee looks for opportunities to interact with local residents by inviting others to join in special events, and/or make parishioners aware of needs in the community.

Faith regularly contributes to the local food bank.  Over the years the parish has distributed juice boxes to children in the park each Sunday in the summer, held Vacation Bible School, Art Camp, a Friday Night Youth Program open to the local children which included presenting two Christmas pageants and an Easter pageant,  participated in local Canada Day celebrations, Christmas Parades, and worshipping in the park. The parish has also supported the Foster Parents Association, Cambridge Public School, Ottawa Inner City Ministries, World Vision, a House Church in Cuba, Zacchaeus Fellowship and Isaiah 40 among others.

Spiritual Growth

This committee offers resources and provides opportunities for spiritual growth and development for adults and children. Activities have included Alpha, the “Go Fish” series, and responding to requests for resources from individuals. Several of the men and women of the parish have attended Tres Dias weekends, and a number of the women have taken personal and sponsored retreats.

Church School

Church School meets each Sunday from September to June from kindergarten to grade five, and plans are underway to introduce a programme for the older age group.

Prayer Ministry  

A trained team offers prayer for healing or other needs each Sunday, the rector administers the sacrament of anointing every third week, and a confidential prayer chain responds to prayer requests that are distributed by email.

Nursing Homes

The Rector celebrates Holy Communion monthly at two nursing homes in the area.

 

STATISTICS AND FINANCES:

 

Faith meets in the gym of St. Viateur School in Limoges and is the only English speaking church between Russell, fifteen minutes to the west, and Casselman, about the same distance to the east.

Limoges is a growing community some thirty-five minutes east of downtown Ottawa. It is situated on the eastern edge of its catchment area of Russell Township.  Official population figures fro Limoges are not available but are estimated at 4500 and is projected to grow to 6000 by 2023.  2011 census figures show Casselman with 3,626, Embun 6,380 and Russell 3,759, and all three are showing significant growth at present.

Membership

While everyone is welcome, the ANiC Canons stipulate that only those who have attended regularly for six months and signed a membership form may vote on motions put before the annual or other meetings,  or be eligible for election to Parish Council.

Average Sunday Attendance

2010 – 24

2011 – 25

2012 – 22

2013 – 22

2014 – 20

2015 – 18

2016 – 21

2017 – 24

 

BUDGET ACTUAL
Income Expenses Income Expenses
2009 $30,360 $28,708 $49,609 $40,455
2010

$44,720

$49,266 $47,361 $48,369
2011

$50,000

$58,297 $51,581

$54,260

2012

$50.000

$56,493 $55,780

$53,567

2013

$62,000

$64,113 $64,773

$65,014

2014

$58,630

$53,332 $59,849

$59,438

2015

$62,230

61,865 $63,639

$64,085

2016

2017  

$58,959

 $58,959

$54,465

 $32,177

 

Faith does not fundraise for operational expenses. However, the parish will occasionally do so to support other local, national, or international groups or organisations.

The Incumbency is a joint appointment with Blackburn Community Church (Anglican).  The combined annual stipend is $50,000 plus related expenses, with four weeks vacation pay but no other benefits.

 

STRENGTHS AND CHALLENGES:

 

Many of the strengths of the parish are reflected elsewhere in this document. Among others, the following are noteworthy.

The parish is financially stable, with a core group of parishioners who are committed to reaching out in practical ways to the wider community and seeking to make the parish known in the area.

Coffee hour is held following the services. The parishioners enjoy being together then and at other times, and many participate in Bible studies offered through Faith or other groups.

The parish has an active healing ministry. The members offer prayer for healing and other needs at each service, and meet monthly for prayer and training.

The website is on a professional web platform. Parishioners and others can access it, and it is kept up to date by the in-house web master.

In conjunction with the outreach ministries, the core group looks for opportunities to reach out to the wider community with the good news of the gospel. This is challenging, but they continue to look with confidence to the Lord for the harvest.

Parishioners come from a fairly wide geographical area which, combined with meeting in a rental facility, makes it difficult for them to get together or to offer activities other than Sunday services.

 

HOPES AND PRAYERS:

                                                                                                                                  

That Faith continues to fulfil the vision of being a community that meets to worship the Lord in the power of the Spirit and minister His love and grace to those who attend.

To attract and welcome residents of the surrounding area, and that members will set such an example through their lives, worship and ministry that others will be drawn to Jesus.

To offer a lively, engaging and Spirit-filled programmes for children and youth that they might mature in the faith and turn to Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.

Through the ministries of preaching, teaching, and encouragement that Faith becomes more and more a congregation of disciples who make disciples.

 

THE RECTOR:

 

The members of Faith are keen to grow spiritually and numerically and look forward to the day the parish has a full-time priest. The new Rector should be committed to journeying with them as they work towards attaining these goals. As this may require some sacrifice of time, energy and finances by the priest, it is imperative that they truly believe the Holy Spirit is calling them to this ministry.

The successful candidate will be a strong leader and good communicator who will help and encourage every member of the parish to discern their God-given Spiritual gifts and talents. By teaching and example, he or she will equip the parishioners to exercise their gifts in the parish and beyond, and to so grow in discipleship that they will, in turn, disciple others.

The parish has run several effective Alpha programs and would expect the new Rector to continue that tradition. They should be comfortable with a blend of contemporary and traditional worship styles, continuing the ministry of anointing and. If male, be willing to share the priestly ministry with women clergy if necessary.

Past experience indicates that numerical growth is enhanced when a Rector is known and involved in the local community. Faith would expect this of the new rector.  He or she would also be expected to set a good example of discipleship by tending to their spiritual life, and modelling good self-care by managing times of work, rest, and family commitments.

This profile was prepared following consultation with parishioners in sure confidence that the Lord would respond and send the person he has chosen to minister to his people, both in the parish and the local community, and to accomplish his purposes for Faith, to his praise and glory.

 

Parish Website:           www.faithanglican.ca

Facebook Page:           https://www.facebook.com/faithanglican

Limoges websites:      http://villagelimoges.ca/en/home-1/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limoges

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Faith Anglican Church,

Limoges, Ontario

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