Faith

faith“Faith can move mountains, but don’t be surprised if God hands you a shovel.” – author unknown

There is no question that there is a great deal of truth in the idea that faith can move mountains.  We have faith in the power of prayer.  We have faith in the eternal presence of God.  We have faith that tomorrow will be filled with greater and greater possibilities provided to us by our Creator.  And yet, at some point in our lives we need to be aware that we are somewhat responsible for our own journey of faith.  It is not good enough to say, “I have faith” but instead we should be saying, “I continue to grow in my faith”.

At St. Stephen’s and Redeemer we are a community of faith that is here to help each other as we all “continue to grow in our faith”.  We are a community who supports and encourages one another.  We give each other the opportunities to grow in our faith at our own speed and at our own confidence level.  We are present for one another when our own journey seems too heavy – and offer that faithful support we all need from time to time.

As you consider where you are in your own faith journey, take the time to think about where you will find your support and encouragement in your path.  When we turn to God we know we are receiving all the support we might need but we are creatures who need community – who need family – who need friends.  In your path, allow our community to be part of that journey with you.  When God does hand you that shovel – know we are all digging together to make mountains move for Him and for each other.

Baptisms

As one of the great gifts we have received from God, He has commanded us to go out into the world and baptize in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In that ancient Christian tradition, we in the Anglican Church believe in baptising new members into our Christian family as early as newborns so that they may learn from the first possible moment that they are a child of God.  Of course, baptism is a blessing that has no age limit and is available to all – whether young or young “with experience”.

Should you want to discuss baptism for yourself or for your child, please contact our minister via email paul@ststephens-redeemer.com or by calling 519-969-7808.

Weddings

Now that you have found the one that you want to spend the rest of your life with … now is the time to decide where you want to declare your love for one another in the presence of your family and your God.  Our parish churches are two beautiful places where you can gather with friends and before God to tell the world that this is your understanding of what love truly can mean.

Should you want to discuss the day of your wedding and how the church can help you along your life’s journey with your future spouse, please contact our minister to arrange to meet with him.  We can then have a discussion where we, as your sisters and brothers in Christ, can help you begin your married life, confident in the promise of God’s love.

Funerals

If you are in need of a funeral service for a loved one and would like that to take place at St Stephen’s or Church of the Redeemer, please contact our minister paul@ststephens-redeemer.com or 519-969-7808 or ask your funeral home to connect with the church.

We will celebrate the life of your loved one together as we thank God for the gift of eternal life.