UPDATE ON CHARTING OUR FUTURE WITH CHRIST
We have now completed two congregational processes in the exploration phase of 'Charting our Future with Christ.'
In the first process, after sharing some thoughts on how CCDP has been important to us in the past, we identified our hopes, dreams, ideas and concerns for the future of CCDP and wrote these on arrows which were then displayed on the symbol for the visioning project. A summary of the 130 arrows was distributed to the congregation for three Sundays in Advent and is also available in the Atrium.
The second process was a group discussion titled 'A Church at its Best.' In this discussion we identified and reflected on inspiring images and values that would guide CCDP in the future. We encouraged all opinions and gave participants two imaginative exercises to stimulate thoughts and feelings. About 80 people participated in four sessions of this 90-minute exercise. A summary of these discussions is available in the Atrium and portions of the summary will be highlighted over the next several weeks.
In January and February three research teams will be working on 1) connections to the neighbourhood (CCDP's contribution to community betterment); 2) understanding the spiritual needs, aspirations and values of people who do not participate in organized religion; 3) who are we? We hope to present this work to the congregation in March.
The final congregational process in the exploration phase will be a biblical exploration of the essential elements of congregational life and how these can be realized in the life of CCDP. This will take place on March 3.
All of the exploration work will be brought together and form the basis for creating the vision and plan for CCDP at the congregational weekend event March 29 - 30 (Friday evening, Saturday morning and afternoon). Please try to attend this important event!