Going to Church in the 1st Century

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e’ve now set the dates and locations for this autumn’s round of house communions, dubbed “Going to Church in the 1st Century.” These provide a great opportunity to gather in a smaller setting for a simple communion and a time to eat and visit together. You can take a look at a journal article published after we’d done the first round of these back in the fall of 2007.

The dates we’ve set – along with a bit of extra detail on each – are as follows:

  • Friday October 22, 7:00pm – this one is being hosted just outside of the city, and is ideal for families with kids. We can accommodate up to 20 people for this evening.
  • Tuesday November 2, 7:00pm – for this session, we’ll be joining with the community at House Blend Ministries, a ‘new monastic’ house in our local neighborhood. A number of the people involved in House Blend also have saint ben’s connections, so this just made sense to share with them. This session will be a pot-luck meal, and we can add 10 people from saint ben’s to the 10 or so who will come through the house community itself.
  • Friday November 12, 7:30pm – a smaller gathering of 10, in a cozy little living room in North Kildonan, great for people who want a more intimate gathering… and who aren’t allergic to dogs and cats!
  • Friday November 19 – a gathering for up to 20 people in a centrally located home, with pretty good elbow room for families with children.

Now, just to be clear, we’re not about to play-act as if we’re in the 1st century… but our format for the evening will pick up on some of the threads of ancient church practice.

For more information or to register for one of these evenings, please contact us. And if you’ve never come to any of our weekday events, and are feeling like you’re not sure if you should come to one of these… do come to one of these. It is one of the best ways to get to know people who connect to saint ben’s.

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