ON MARCH 15th OUR BOARD DECIDED THAT TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 KEELE STREET CHURCH WILL TEMPORARILY SUSPEND PUBLIC SERVICES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. STARTING MARCH 22ND WE WILL BE LIVE STREAMING ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND WORSHIP SERVICE ON FACEBOOK, THEN RE-PUBLISH ON YOUTUBE AND OUR WEBSITE FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T MAKE IT. LINKS, INFORMATION, AND INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE RELEASED SOON.
Keele Street Christian Church is a non-denominational community church in the Junction/High Park area of Toronto with a strong multicultural focus. It is our desire to be a warm, inviting place where people from every tribe and nation feel comfortable as they explore and grow in a relationship with Jesus Christ. Please join us as we try to share and live out God’s message of love, hope, and new beginnings through the amazing grace of Jesus Christ.
Posted onMarch 26, 2020|Comments Off on OBSERVATIONS FROM THE UNOBSERVANT
Most of you know that I am not the most observant person. It takes a lot for me to notice things, that is unless I have a camera in my hand. Give me a camera and I notice everything! I see things differently. I notice both fine detail and collective beauty. Maybe that’s why I love photography so much? When life becomes so blindingly distracting, I take great pleasure in seeing what other people walk by. I love seeing surprising vignettes of beauty, particularly when they are surrounded by ugliness.
Of course, there is nothing special about me. I think we all
have these two modes in our lives. There’s a lot we ignore, overlook, push
aside, and hide. And, there are some
things we become enamored of or fixated on. Some things we just can’t see and
some things we can’t not see. We filter life for the sake of the hope of self-preservation
or for the comfort of self-delusion or the pursuit of self-interest. We all do
it as a normal course of living, that is, until something shocks us and forces
us to reboot.
Sunday September 25th we will be having our third “Great Lakes Sunday”. Great Lakes College is an International Preparatory School with students from all over the world. The purpose of Great Lakes Sunday is to welcome our international students and invite them into our community and fellowship. As a local congregation made up of people from all over the world, we know what it feels like to move to Canada, so let’s give them a warm welcome and some warm food as well as we will be also having a potluck!
NOTE: OCC has been cancelled this year due to DC3’s facilities being no longer available as the venue.
This year’s Ontario Christian Conference promises to build on last years’ success with fantastic speakers, great workshops and lots of opportunity for fellowship and connecting. Click here to register online.
Youth Event: Friday April 29
Conference: Saturday April 30
Main Speaker: Gene Appel
I don’t know if you have noticed, but life is messy. People are messy. Relationships are messy. And since COVID-19, it seems that life, people, and relationships have only gotten messier. Chaos, stress, fights, disagreements, protests, and that’s just in our families before the coffee is brewed and the first Zoom meeting is underway!
What about the church? How messy is the church? How messy is faith? We would like to think that the church is the place where everything makes sense and everyone is on board and we are all happy and loving and full of hope and peace, but people who think that is what the church is like, most likely have never really been part of the living, breathing mess we call the local church. Many others have seen that side of things and unfortunately gave up on church a long time ago.
I can understand that. Mess is stress, but it is also life and often it is the way we grow.
This week Grant continues with his series through the book of 2 Corinthians.
2 Corinthians is Paul’s messiest book about one of the messiest congregations in the Early Church. Paul is in the thick of things, broken, hurt, attacked, unsure, awkward, but still clinging to his faith in Christ. It was a time of uncertainty and chaos. It was a time when the church was battling cultural compromise and disappointment in themselves and in their leaders.
I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that this is the right book for our present time. Let’s enter this messy faith and see that where there is mess, there is also life and hope.
Every Tuesday (other than the first Tuesday of the Month when we go to our community prayer walk) we get together to pray and study God’s Word.
We begin with prayer at 7:00 pm. A group of dedicated people lifts the ministries and concerns of the congregation and community to the Lord. If you have a concern you would like prayed for, or if you would like to be present to be prayed for, you can email Grant.
Then, at 8:00 pm, we have our Bible Study. This is a time of informal, relational study together. We have a lot of laughs and lots of serious discussions as we seek to understand and apply God’s Word to our lives.
SPOTligtht has gone virtual for now since we have been asked to suspend public meetings.
Would you like to meet some new friends and practice your spoken English Skills? We are starting up a new Conversational English Class that is meant to be a friendly, casual time of talking. If you are interested in attending a class please call 416-767-8911 or email [email protected]