Fire Updates

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  • SUNDAYS we meet at Living Waters Christian Academy (LWCA) at 10 am with full AdventureKids ministry for children newborn to grade 6.
  • TUESDAYS - Seniors Drop In will meet in the Auditorium at 10 am
  • WEDNESDAYS - Youth will be meeting in SPAC's Auditorium. MORE INFO

 



Strategic Discernment Day - April 22, 2017 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, SPAC Auditorium
While the fire precipitated a crisis for us, it has also created an opportunity to advance the cause of Jesus through our church. This opportunity beckons us to listen to the Holy Spirit and each other as we move forward into the future under the hand of God. Our board and building committee have been looking at options for our future site and facility and now we want to hear from our congregation about our future. On this day we’ll be able to have a strategic congregational conversation under the guidance of a facilitator, with whom we have been developing a process, that allows for every voice to be heard, create ownership around our future and reach a God-honoring decision. You’re invited to be a part of this significant, historic conversation that will impact the lives of people for eternity in Parkland County and the rest of the world. RSVP via the email you received or CLICK HERE to RSVP


 

Monday, March 20, 2017: 
Titan Construction has started cleaning up the fire site.


 

Thursday, February 16, 2017:
We are starting to catch up a little! All of the Post Fire and Transition Series videos have been posted.


Monday, February 6, 2017
We have relocated our offices to the Park House building in Stony Plain: 203, 5013-48 Street. Our phone, extensions and email remain unchanged. 


Thursday, January 26, 2017
The RCMP lay arson charges in connection with the fire. MEDIA RELEASE



Friday, January 20, 2017:

Children's Ministry Items
We are currently accepting donations of new or gently used items for our Sunday morning children's ministry. CLICK HERE to access a detailed needs list and drop off details (do not deliver to the church). 

Sunday Volunteers Needed
With a move to a new temporary location comes a wave of new opportunities to serve. We need more AdKids volunteers (not less) as we consolidate to one service. We need people to help as parking attendants and help with setup/takedown, etc.  Here's a link to all of the opportunities that we have available. Take a moment to go through the list and check off a couple that you may be interested and Shauna will be in touch with you.

Congregational Letter Update
Check today's SPAC in 60 Seconds email for an update from our Board of Elders regarding all of the work that has been done over the past month as we work towards short, mid and long term solutions. You can also pick up a copy at the Info Desk on Sunday, Jan 22.

Family Meeting
Sunday, February 5th after the 10 am service at LWCA, we will have a "family meeting" where we will provide you with a live update of our progress and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.



Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - Temporary Offices in Auditorium
For the month of January we will be maintaining regular office hours (Monday-Friday, 8 am-4 pm, closed from Noon-1pm) in the Auditorium. Lise, Shauna and Nancy will be available during those hours and Pastors will be working on and offsite. As this is a temporary space, we have set up our main phone number (780-963-2082) as single line with no voicemail. 



Friday, December 30, 2016 - Transitions and Ministry Plan
"Transitions" - Letter from Pastor Graham
"Ministry Operations Plan" - Where we will be over the next few months



Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - Amazing Night for our Adults and Youth
Last night our adults gathered in the Auditorium to recognize grief, worship God and receive an update on our progress since the fire. The youth gathered at the Holiday Inn in Spruce Grove for their last youth night with Pastor Ray. God was present tonight in both of these gatherings and there is a great sense of hope and anticipation of what God will do next. We are three days post fire and we have been working hard to secure office and Sunday morning gathering space. A tall order when you consider that SPAC was one of the few large gathering spaces in Stony Plain. We have also been working with the RCMP and Fire Chief as they investigate the cause of the fire. As the investigation is ongoing, we are unable to comment. As we look towards the future, we have more questions than answers at this time. In January we hope to have a 'family-gathering' where we will have more "A's" than "Q's" and we can update you all further. We look forward to coming together on Christmas Eve at 1, 3 and 5 pm to celebrate and worship "His Story" and "Our Story". Invite your friends and neighbours to celebrate the birth of Christ at the burnt down church!



Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - Special Service on Wednesday and Kids Drop In on Thursday

So much has transpired in the last couple of days and no doubt you have been processing a spectrum of emotions. Whether you are the type to process this loss externally or internally, emotionally or analytically, we believe one of the best things we can do right now is to process it TOGETHER as a church family. More than ever, we need each other; we need the ministry of PRESENCE… God’s presence and each other’s.

Tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 7 pm in the Auditorium (4908-53 Ave) we would like to have a short impromptu gathering of our church family in which we would like to…

1. Recognize the grief some of you may be feeling. We are in no hurry to brush that aside or move on too quickly. Many of you were baptized there, accepted Christ in that building or had significant relational and “God-moments” there. We’d like to give voice to some of those memories.

2. Also, take time to recognize that God is good and sovereign and that in the midst of this chaos we can still say “Blessed be Your name”. We’ll do that through brief worship, prayer and encouragement from the Word. In recognizing His sovereignty we’ll spend some time seeking His will together in prayer as we move forward as a Church.

3. Finally, we would like to fully communicate, as much as is possible given the recentness of events, SPAC’s leaderships plans moving forward in the short term, medium term and long term. While not every answer is known at this early juncture, it’s not too soon to let you know that the ministry of the good news of Jesus WILL proceed – it HAS to – perhaps stronger than ever before. Maintaining… retreating… hibernating are simply not an option. The time is too short and the stakes are too high. Eternity literally hangs in the balance. More on that tomorrow.

Our Whitestone students and leaders are meeting concurrently at the Holiday Inn by the TLC on Wednesday as Pastor Ray leads the youth in their own debriefing and ministry time. The Family Center building represented “their church” even more significantly than for many us adults, so please remember them in prayer.

Kids (0-Grade 6) are more than welcome to attend Wednesday night in the Auditorium, but there is also an opportunity for the AdventureLand kids to have their own contextualized/age-appropriate time of dealing with the loss of their church building, so Pastor Tiffany is inviting ALL kids connected with Adventure ministries to come for a gathering THURSDAY after school at 4:00 pm (for an hour or so). A CCB invitation will be forthcoming to those connected with Adventure ministries.

More than ever we need to be in communication with our church family. As you may know, we currently don't have a working church phone number, so our CCB, web and Facebook updates become all the more vital. We will do our best to keep everyone "in the loop". A good way to stay informed and align our hearts together is to stop by our gathering on Wednesday night.

You are a loved people!



Monday, December 19, 2016 - Christmas Eve Services

Our staff and elders will be meeting to talk about our way forward. In the short-term we will still hold Christmas eve services on Saturday in our auditorium at 1,3 and 5 pm. Make sure to invite your friends and family. In the long-term please pray for us as we try to navigate forward. While this is a devastating loss, we believe that God will bring somehow beauty out of these ashes.  We also believe that God will work for our good and his glory as we trust him. We will be in contact with you to communicate what we are doing.



Sunday, December 18, 2016 - The Family Centre was consumed by fire and is a total loss. Of our two buildings, this one is the one that hosts all of weekday, youth, children, small group and event activities as well as our offices and all of our storage. While this is a major loss, we are thankful that no one was hurt and that none of the houses that surround the church were lost.