We believe God’s heart for His people is flourishing in every season...

THIS WINTER, WE'RE EXCITED TO INTRODUCE:

FLOURISH GROUPS

Creating safe spaces to discover, question, grow and practice in community.

Launching the week of February 26, 2024 for 4 weeks (or a custom timeline of your choice!)

Pop-up small groups will focus on the Stranger Love sermon series, as well as a 4-part video podcast we recorded with Greg Paul.

We are inviting EVERYONE to get involved- in whatever way it works best for you. 

Join any group that has space - or begin your own. Set your timeline however you like, be creative with your place and mode of meeting - in your home, at the church, at your favourite coffee shop, online or over a meal- however it fits best for you!

JOIN A GROUP

Find an open group and sign up today.

(Click on the BLUE REGISTER BUTTON and let us know how we can help)

HOST A GROUP

Volunteer to lead a group.

We'll help you get set up and invite others to join.

(Click on the BLUE REGISTER BUTTON and let us know your preferences)

REGISTER A GROUP

Register your existing group- refocus time you're already spending with your 'crew'.

We have a KIT for you!

(Click on the BLUE REGISTER BUTTON and let us know your preferences)

Planning Center

We're using a new tool called Planning Center to make sign up and communication as easy as possible! Follow the prompts to authenticate or create a log-in, and check your email inbox for help getting started. Your info is safe and secure. 

 

FOR HELP NAVIGATING PLANNING CENTER: Contact admin@forestbrook.ca anytime, or find us in the lobby on Sundays - look for the pineapples!

Download the "Church Center" App for quick access from your phone. Follow the authentication steps, then search for Forest Brook! Access helpful info under the 'Groups'' tab.

RESOURCES:

SERMON SERIES

Stranger Love: The Radical Hospitality of Jesus

Jesus embodies the spirit of hospitality (defined as 'affection for strangers') by seeing people, making room for them, spending time with them, and responding with compassion. Jesus shows us a hospitality that is first about being with, and then about doing for.

This winter, we're focusing on the nourishing power of 'withness'. We're pursuing a more diverse and inclusive community, where everyone belongs, and exploring a greater understanding of this part of the Jesus Way. 

 

NEW MESSAGE EVERY SUNDAY beginning February 11.

VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH GREG PAUL

Greg Paul is a pastor and member, as well as a founder, of the Sanctuary community in Toronto. Guided by the Gospel, Sanctuary considers people who are poor and excluded to be the heart and center of their community. Together, they strive to offer the love, dignity, stability and resources that all of us need to flourish.

 

Greg has been a friend of Forest Brook for many years, and we are so grateful to listen and learn from his voice as he shares wisdom and experience on the topic of hospitality. 

 

Greg is the author of several award-winning books, He is married to Maggie; between them they have seven children and a growing brood of grandchildren.

episode 1


GROUP KIT

We have prepared a kit for each Flourish Group, including some fun items to get you started, and a Leader's Guide.

Pick up your kit on Sundays or via the church office.

A JOURNAL FOR THE JOURNEY

This journal is a companion for your journey of Radical Hospitality. Use it as a place to process, pray and prepare.

We have ordered enough for everyone - available Sundays or through the church office.

For Families: Flourish Cards

For Parents and Caring Adults:

These cards are designed for further discussion within the family format - at the dinner table, in the car, or whenever and wherever you find yourself together, sorting out life together.

The Flourish series is for the entire congregation to consider. We all can adjust how we see others, and how we interact with them in a safe way, making strangers into friends.

Here's a simple parable written to illustrate some of the concepts of flourishing.

This year (Sep 2023-June 2024) we're aligning all things Forest Brook around the theme, Flourish. Throughout the seasons of this year ahead, we'll make space to break new ground, learn new rhythms for cultivating growth and reimagine what it means to share the fruit in community.  

As a church family we are becoming a people who prioritize listening, learning and discovery, who are forging deeper connections with God and with one another, and who are agile to respond to the leading of the Spirit. We understand that collective flourishing (as a people) is dependent on the flourshing of each one (you and me) and that flourishing looks different for everyone- we'll celebrate diversity and highly value inclusion and hospitality.

This year, may we follow Jesus with whole-hearted, embodied faith while we pursue healthy spiritual living, both as individuals and a gathered community. 

FLOURISH CONVO'S

Introducing a series of meaningful conversations around some big faith concepts (like, Calling, Genuine Connection and Growth.) 

 

We hope as you reflect on what you hear you'll be inspired to share what you think - may this cause many spin-off conversations in your orbit this season!

Convo #1: For Your Reflection

When was the last time you heard God speak? And how did you know it was Him?

Convo #2: For Your Reflection

How do you stay connected to the source (aka Jesus)? 

How does the quality of that connection affect your connections with those around you?

Convo #3: For Your Reflection

Look back on yesterday: where did you see God? (try to be specific)

How does looking back affect how you take on tomorrow?