Open - wide sense of belonging
Way - progress on a course; original term for Christians
Community - what we intend to create
Church - what we are
Belong to a diverse, intergenerational, inclusive community that welcomes everyone, no matter where you come from, what you look like, whom you choose to love, or how much faith you have. Connect to yourself, to God, to your neighbours and to our world. Encounter and be encountered.
Enjoy belonging to a community that takes itself seriously but lightly, a community that laughs together. As the Westminster Shorter Catechism says, the chief purpose of humanity is to glorify God and enjoy God forever. This joy comes from our freedom in Christ, our delight in one another and being on the Way.
Transform our community by your presence, and watch growth and transformation happen in your own life as you follow Christ and become more like him. We will join the Holy Spirit’s work of transforming our city and our world.
FAITH AND BELIEF – Our foundational teachings are summed up in the Apostle’s Creed:
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Head-level belief is important. We are also interested in how that belief gets translated into a fleshed-out way of life - the life of faith. Faith is keeping ourselves open for God to show up in the middle of our doubt and unknowing; it’s asking for God to transform and bless us even as we wrestle with constant questions about God.
MOVING TOWARD JESUS
Jesus is at the centre of everything we do together. Christ pursues us, and what only matters is that you are moving toward him, intrigued by him, wanting to know more of him and follow him.
God created each of us with unique personalities and abilities, and the Holy Spirit bestows gifts on all of us, no matter our age, class, race, sexuality or gender.
UNITY IN DISAGREEMENT
Despite disagreements, Jesus has the power to hold us together and to deepen our love for those who believe differently. We strive to hold our own convictions humbly.
WE ARE CHURCH
We meet as "church in the small" and "church in the large", but we always “go to” rather than “come to” church, because we carry Christ everywhere. As Elton Trueblood said: “You cannot go to church. You are the church wherever you go.”
Open Way is a registered BC Society (S00069362) in the process of getting charitable status.
We cannot issue charitable donation receipts at this time. Sigh.
For donation information contact Mark at Open Way Community Church