Metro Wesleyan Church in Halifax, Nova Scotia
It's been awhile since I blogged about one of the churches I have recently preached. Typically, I preach at someone else's church once a month due to travel and speaking engagements. I am at Grace Church, where I serve as lead pastor, the other three weeks.
Well, this past week I was up at Kingswood University—a Wesleyan school in Canada—for a multi-denominational event. The two-day meeting was just great. We had multiple denominations represented—including a large contingent from the Salvation Army. I left believing that God is up to something in the Canadian Maritimes.
Donna and I took a couple of days after the conference and headed over to the Halifax area. Donna grew up all over Canada as her family moved a lot, but she best remembers her time in Halifax and Dartmouth (which is part of Halifax).
We stayed over the weekend and, if I am in a place over the weekend, I like to preach. So, we ended up at a church plant in Halifax—Metro Wesleyan.
Since the last Wesleyan Church I preached at was Skyline Wesleyan, and this one was in Halifax, NS, I think I've now preached Wesleyan to the corners of North America!
Although it was just one day into September (and on Labour Day weekend), it was still a big chilly and foggy as we drove into the West Halifax High School. (Unlike in a growing number of locations in the United States, public schools are open to churches, though Toronto has been giving some churches a hassle lately.
We drove up and checked out the school.
The church has great folks serving as greeters.
And, everything is clearly marked.
But there were two things that I thought I'd point out.
First, notice how they took their cafeteria and worked hard to make it not feel like it was a cafeteria. Here it is during the worship service.
Here is the same space after they took down the walls.
Notice that the curtains were covering the tables and they had blocked off the rest of the space to give a small, more enclosed feel.
Then, finally, notice that they had a place to pray where people would respond to the message or for prayer. (Someone came up for prayer that morning and a group gathered around her to lay hands on her and pray for her.)
I've notice that churches in the holiness tradition often have such prayer "stations." (Note a similar setup at Grace Nazarene.)
Finally, note that it is a small church. In other words, it's normal. And, I love preaching at normal churches as a way to bless the pastor of that church. I don't get to do it much, but when I do it, I am always glad I went.
Thanks to Kevin Wilson and to the good folks at Metro Wesleyan. Keep making much of Jesus.