Fun Meets Ministry at All Saints Summer Festival

For many churches, a vacant block next door would be an annoyance. Not so for All Saints Community Church in White Rock, British Columbia. On August 10-11, the church partnered with New Song Christian Life Center to use the empty space for its biggest event of the year—the annual All Saints Summer Festival featuring music, food and fun for all ages. Hundreds flocked to participate in the free community event and many left touched by the love of Christ. “Where…

Deacon Writes and Teaches on Spiritual Healing

A deacon at Christ the King Anglican Church in Ocala, Florida, the Rev. Larry Barnhill sees his job as helping to keep the place clean. But he’s not concerned about physical dirt and grime. Instead, he teaches others how to clean out the spiritual garbage in their lives that’s keeping them from God. In 2011, he wrote a book called A Spiritual Spring Cleaning, giving individuals and small groups in The Mission and beyond a tool for thorough self-inventory and…

Couples Do “Date Night” at Alpha Marriage Course

Married couples in Phoenix are finding romance in an unlikely place: Desert Mission Anglican Church. Since 2010, the Rev. John Dyson and his wife Barbara have held The Alpha Marriage Course in their home, with the atmosphere of a romantic candlelit dinner. Couples enjoy flowers and soft music at a table for two while listening to practical talks that are informative and fun. “The Alpha Marriage Course is a date night!” Barbara says. John and Barbara learned about the course…

Virginia Monastery Searches for New Location

Exemplifying Christian hospitality, LivingStone Monastery in Newport News, Virginia, has sheltered hundreds of guests, saints and wanderers within its walls since 2011. Now, LivingStone seeks shelter of its own. The sale of its rented property required staff to temporarily shut down the monastery and its onsite ministries, the award-winning Five Loaves Food Pantry and Little Blessings thrift store. The monastery also housed Rivers Cross Anglican Church, which is now meeting in a home. The news caused sorrow to both those…

Church Planters Meet Needs of Institutionalized Elderly

What if someone told you there was an untouched mission field in the United States, right under your nose? That’s the news the Revs. Jim and Cathy Amendolia of Living Faith Anglican Church Mesa are spreading to churches across Mesa, Arizona, and beyond. The husband and wife duo planted Living Faith five years ago in Legacy Retirement Village, with the distinct mission of taking the Gospel, liturgy and Eucharist to the elderly population, many of whom are disabled and cannot…

Muslims in Tampa Hear the Gospel

The Rev. Matt Walter was returning books to the Tampa library one afternoon when he saw an elderly Arab woman wearing a hijab out of the corner of his eye. He felt the Holy Spirit urge him, Go talk to her. Matt introduced himself in Arabic and learned the woman was from Syria. She wept when he expressed sympathy about the recent cataclysmic events in her country. Matt took the opportunity to gently share about the healing and hope found…