Congregations in Mennonite Church British Columbia are greeting the new year with efforts to deepen spirituality and to hear God’s voice more clearly through group study and Bible reading.
Learning more about Jesus is the goal at Peace Church on 52nd in Vancouver for the new year. Members of the congregation are challenged to read one chapter of the gospels every day in 2020, which means that all four gospels will be covered four times throughout the year.
“This is a simple, beautiful way to live into our commitment that ‘Jesus is the centre of our faith,’ and it’s also an easy challenge to jump on board with a few days, weeks or even months into the year,” church leadership wrote on the church’s website. “The point is not perfection or ticking off some box labelled ‘good Christian who reads her Bible,’ but simple soaking ourselves in Scripture, and letting our Saviour inspire our imaginations as we seek to be revitalized.”
Cedar Valley Mennonite Church in Mission is also encouraging members to read the Bible with a reading plan that began the first week of January and goes through Easter week. “Reframe 2020” focuses on moving through the harmony of the gospels as it follows the life of Jesus chronologically. “In this new decade we want to centre our focus on Jesus Christ and build a foundation on his life and teachings,” says the church website.
Level Ground Mennonite Church of Abbotsford will be facilitating a three-week course on “Listening to God” on Tuesday nights from Feb. 11 to 25. Steve Klassen of Mark Centre, a Christian spiritual retreat centre in Abbotsford, will lead the weekly sessions. Participants can expect to be inspired and grow in confidence through hands-on and interactive experiences as Klassen teaches about common ways of hearing from God. It is hoped that the sessions will be beneficial for personal growth, peer support roles and leadership development.
This article appears in the Jan. 20, 2020 print issue with the headline, "'The centre of our faith.'"