Spiritual Life Ministries

The Spiritual Life Council exists to plan and develop meaningful and rich services for those who gather here at Forest Brook, on Sunday morning and on special occasions.   We aim for services that are of good quality to lead people into God’s presence and engage multiple generations.  The Spiritual Life Council manages our Worship Leadership Group (music, sound, video, ushers, drama, creative arts and décor), Preaching and Prayer, they also support our Adonai Creative Arts group. 

SUNDAY'S AT FBCC

When you walk into Forest Brook, we want you to feel comfortable – so please wear something that will help you to be comfortable!  You will find people in jeans and some dressed more formally, but we love that diversity!  

Our services will give you a taste of what we want our community to be about.  We sing songs, read Scripture, tell stories, and think and talk about Jesus and how He wants His followers to live.  We join together in Communion each week, breaking bread and taking the cup to remember Jesus’ death and resurrection.  

During our service, which starts at 10:00 AM, we have a separate service for our children which is an interactive, multi-media based time of singing, teaching and story-telling. After their main session together, they divide up for more age specific curriculum.  

The kids and adults join together in our main auditorium, each long weekend and throughout the summer. Nursery and pre-school classes remain available during these times.

When we ask people what they love about Forest Brook,  people often refer to the friendly people and that you can see people from all generations and backgrounds in one place. We value tradition and history, but want to understand the ways that our God and our faith remain relevant today, and use current means of expressing that.

Should you find your way here on a Sunday morning, please make a point of connecting with us at our Welcome Centre in the lobby.  We look forward to seeing you here sometime!

PRAYER

1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to "Pray without ceasing", and James 5:13 says, "Is any one of you in trouble?  He (or she) should pray".


At Forest Brook, we believe in the power of prayer.  Prayer is available to anyone in our church that is needing or wanting it.  Here are a few of the ways you can receive prayer at our church:

  • Elders praying over the sick (The elders are always available to come to your home or pray over you at the church if you are sick.)

     Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. James 5:14

  • Prayer walks/house calls for prayer (If you are needing prayer for a particular private issue, or there is a need for prayer in your home or neighbourhood, a team is always ready to do so.)

     Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6

  • Monthly Sunday evening prayer meetings (the first Sunday evening of every month, we meet to pray for our church and for anyone who comes needing prayer about a particular issue)

     Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered           together in My name, I am there in the midst of them. Matthew 18:19-20

  • Prayer teams after the service (There are always people at the front who will pray with you about whatever you are needing prayer for.)

     Confess your sins to each another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16


If you would like prayer, please contact one of our pastors

PREACHING AND TEACHING

The ministry of the Word is very important at Forest Brook. In the early days of this church our motto was "The whole Bible for the whole family".  This established our belief and commitment to the relevance of the Scriptures in our everyday lives. Our aim in preaching is to encourage the people of God to put into practice the truths of Scripture in every day ways.  We want to be "doers" of the Word, not just "hearers" (James 1:22).

At Forest Brook we encourage the use of all the gifts within our church body. For this reason, we have always had a diverse group of speakers who teach at our church. We have been blessed as God has always provided a number of gifted preachers and teachers and we celebrate that the Holy Spirit uses many whom He has gifted to speak to our congregation. 

Also listed in our core values is "unity in diversity". Because of the varying personalities, backgrounds and styles of both the hearers and speakers we feel enriched in our understanding of how God speaks to his people. All of our messages are biblically based - though their delivery will change based on the style and approach of the speaker.

Our preaching leadership group coordinates all of our sermon series', this group is supervised by our Elders.  This group is made up of various individuals (not just speakers) representing the many facets of the congregation. This group meets regularly to pray, discuss and plan how to meet the preaching needs of the congregation.  

Kevin, our senior pastor preaches up to half of the year, he is joined by our pastoral staff team and a team of regular speakers.  On occasion we have guest speakers who will teach on a Sunday morning. 


Introducing our other regular speakers:

Robert Cumberbatch

Robert Cumberbatch and his wife Juliette came to Canada from the Caribbean in 1975 and have been a part of Forest Brook since 1986. They have two children and three grandchildren.  Robert has many interests, including history, drama, literature, and theology.  Currently he is employed as Returning Officer for Elections Canada for the town of Ajax, and as a computer software instructor. He has been involved in preaching in several Caribbean Islands and Toronto.  He has served at Forestbrook in many capacities, including as an elder, small group leader and several councils and committees.

Dan Fortin

Dan Fortin and his wife Jeri have been attending Forest Brook for over 25 years.  They have three grown children – Chris married to Rebecca; Lindsay married  to Tim, who are parents to Isaac and Seth; and Alex married to Paige, living in Calgary, Alberta.  Dan worked at  IBM for over 35 years, and now serves on a number of boards.  He graduated in Engineering from Carleton University and was recognized by his alma mater in 2009.  Both Dan and Jeri have been involved at Forestbrook throughout the years - Jeri works in the office , as well as several other ministries.  Dan served as an elder for 8 years, as well as other ministries.  Dan enjoys speaking and always considers it a privilege to stand before the congregation at Forest Brook.

Bryan Karney

Bryan Karney has been attending Forest Brook for over 30 years.  He and his wife Joy have watched with pleasure as their 3 adult children, Adrienne, Alex and Christina grew up within the church community, came to faith, be baptized and move on in their lives.  Bryan is the Associate Dean of Engineering at U of T and loves teaching engineering classes at all levels. During his many years at Forest Brook, Bryan has served as small group leader, teaching council chair, briefly as a shepherd in Children’s ministry, as co-Sunday school superintendent, and over numberous years in several stages, as an elder.  Bryan has been an occasional speaker at Forest Brook almost since he arrived.

Paul Lewis

Paul is married to Lynn and they have two children, Andrea and Aaron.  The family started attending Forest Brook in 1995 and they have all been involved in a wide variety of service at the church.  By profession, Paul is an economist.  He likes to read, walk and drive his truck on dirt roads.

Carl Nash 

Carl and his wife Leanne starting attending Forest Brook 10 years ago with their 3 daughters (Rebekah, Naomi and Deborah).  He is been a missionary with Youth Unlimited (Toronto Youth for Christ) since 2003 and is currently privileged to serve as their Ministry Director.  Prior to that, Carl worked both as a Youth Pastor and Physical Therapist.  Carl has a deep desire to invest in youth and young adults and enjoys the challenge of communicating Biblical truths in ways that are relevant for us today.  Despite his best attempts, Carl's recent discovery and love of long-distance running is misunderstood by virtually everyone he meets!

Elizabeth Pierce

Elizabeth Pierce has been married to Todd for over 20 years and they have two teen boys, Ethan and Caleb.  Elizabeth is a clinical social worker by profession, originally providing therapy and now leadership in her place of work.  She is a speaker and workshop leader in both secular and church settings.  The Pierce family have been attending Forest Brook Community Church since 2002, and Elizabeth is currently the co-chair of our Spiritual Life council.

ADONAI CREATIVE ARTS

An initiative dedicated to encouraging the development of arts and creativity in the community.  Our mandate is to expand the vision for creativity in our local communities while pursuing excellence and providing opportunities to collaborate, share and mentor.

WORKS IN PROGRESS
A network of creatives who meet throughout the year to consider ways  to serve and engage the community through a broad range of artistic projects.


Upcoming Meetings:
Sunday November 12, 2017
12:00pm to 1:30pm in the Prayer Chapel

Sunday December 10, 2017
12:00pm to 1:30pm in the Prayer Chapel


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INTERCHANGE
Events and gatherings which are hosted to share creative work in the community.  
CULTUREMAKERS
CultureMakers is a small group at Forest Brook Community Church which explores the dynamics between faith, creativity and culture.
ARTSPEAKS/ARTFORMS
An open communal forum for discussion and exploration on themes related to arts & faith.

Interested in learning more about these ministries? Or getting involved? 
Contact Jeff, our Worship Pastor!

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