Meet Our Administrative Assistant

After 18 months of waiting, searching and praying, Renewal Fellowship has a new Administrative Assistant. Kyoungsoo Hwang begins January 1, 2019. She replaces Bill Harrison, who retires after almost 20 years in the job. Kyoungsoo brings a vibrant faith and a wealth of experience to the job. After graduating from Western University’s Master of Library ... Read more

Cyclical Churches

The Presbyterian Church in Canada doesn’t exactly have a reputation for evangelical church planting. It’s not like the folks at 50 Wynford haven’t tried. For years, Canadian Ministries had a coaching network that worked with church leaders who felt the call. Ongoing grants helped sustain several church communities. But the interest was hardly overwhelming. “I ... Read more

Differences and Division

The Oxford English Dictionary has chosen “toxic” as its word of the year for 2018. It’s derived from the Latin term for “poisoned.” The key consideration for the honour was how the word has been employed in many different ways. Oxford listed the top 10 contexts: chemical, masculinity, substance, gas, environment, relationship, culture, waste, algae ... Read more

Heroes and Villains

“The head of the statue was made of pure gold, ... its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay.” Daniel 2:32,33 They say you remember the first time. I know I certainly do. It was in the 50’s. Yes, I was alive back then! The pastor I remember was a hero to many. ... Read more

Questions About the Question

The more I read, think and pray over the paper, “On the Question of Unity and Diversity”, the more questions I have. For those unaware, this is the document that the 2018 General Assembly referred to the church for study and response in light of our deep division over the issue of same-gender attraction and ... Read more

Thirty Seconds Of Silence

“Nothing ventured, nothing gained,” I thought as I prepared an email to the synod clerk, offering to bring greetings to the court from the Renewal Fellowship. I’d been reminded of our age-old Renewal mission to be a praying presence in our courts. I was planning to attend anyway as moderator of my presbytery, so why ... Read more

May the Living Stones Cry Out

Don’t let anyone convince you that history has no bearing on the future. While doing some research for my congregation’s anniversary service, I found out that there was once a Presbyterian church in a nearby hamlet. It had to have been torn down because there’s no sign of it today. What amazed me was that ... Read more

Looking at VBS in a New Way

Has this ever happened to you? A family you’ve never seen before shows up at your summer VBS or midweek after-school program. They fill out the registration form as fast as possible, avoid meaningful conversation, wave bye and they’re outa there. Pickup is equally fast. Score points for efficiency, I suppose, but I can’t help ... Read more

Renewal News – Fall 2018

In This Issue: • RF refines its mission • Is it always right to be right? – by Ian Shaw • Highlights from July's Board meeting • For a time such as this – by Germaine Lovelace • Search continues for new RF administrator • VBS: not just for kids (Grace West Hill) – by Janet Lou-Hing • Drama camp: a week of blessing (Parry Sound) – by Rosemary Forsythe • Love: deluxe or economy package? – by Diane Eaton • Meet your Renewal Board … Read more