Celebrate Freedom: Freedom Session Report

Last year, I attended “Freedom Session”, a Bible-based twelve-step program, aimed at freeing us from our addictions, compulsive behaviours, and tendency to do the wrong things. The goal is to find healing and freedom through Jesus Christ. The main reason that I went to Freedom Session was to support my wife in her need to attend in order to deal with painful depressing memories from her youth. I also wanted to evaluate the program to possibly take it back to our home church. I also thought that, just maybe, I could also learn something on the way … Read More

Am I Thankful?

The more I pray for, study, and seek renewal for the church, the more I realize that personal renewal is a necessary part of what happens corporately. I am not completely sure if it is a precedent condition, a coincident condition, or a result of the other. I am pretty sure there is reason to ask a “Chicken and Egg; which came first?” type of question about many of the past times of renewal. In thinking about Thanksgiving holiday observances, I was drawn along a path that is relevant to personal renewal. It started with wondering why we needed a holiday to remind us… Read More

Letter from Fred Stewart

When you see this letter, it will be the fall and this may be our last communication of 2014. In addition, I will have entered my fourth year of leading The Renewal Fellowship. Where does the time go? I want all of you who have prayed for us, and all of you who have helped this ministry this past year, to know how much you are appreciated. Your thoughtfulness has made a difference. We couldn’t visit or minister across the country, as we do, without you. When we get thanked for a visit or some other kind of encouragement … Read More

News from the Western Encouragement Road Trip

Six weeks ago, I flew home from Vancouver. It was the end of the 2014 Encouragement Road Trip from southern Ontario to the west coast. As I have related to folks that ask about this three-week trip in May, I say that I went to encourage and came back as encouraged as anyone. What a rich and diverse denomination we are! What welcoming and hospitable people are found in our congregations across the country! My most significant learnings from this trip are centred around relationship and connection … Read More

A Response to the Western Encouragement Road Trip

I would like to thank you and the whole of the Renewal Fellowship Within The Presbyterian Church in Canada, for making yourself available to us, Reverend Germaine, and the congregation of First Presbyterian Church of Kenora, Ontario. Your genuine listening and words of encouragement to us, as well as introducing yourself and your mission to our congregation on May 11, was definitely inspiring! Thank you for providing an opportunity for us to "switch things up a bit" during worship. And thanks for teaching us that memorizing Scripture can be fun and an enriching practice in knowing and … Read More

Adult Discipleship Studies

We have been blessed in so many ways this year and want to share our recent experiences and thoughts with you. First, we are grateful for the thanks, queries, and comments regarding the studies we wrote about in a 2013 Renewal News article. We only recently learned that while most churches do Bible studies, these “theme” studies are still very much in the minority. This is partly because the concept is fairly new and the books and DVDs are not readily available in local stores. But we go online to see what new studies are available and which themes would be of help to our church. … Read More

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