Canada Lutheran
The Magazine of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

Active and Alive

How Smaller Congregations Have Found Innovative and Creative Ways to Keep Ministry Active and Alive

At 63, Carole McCormick is one of the younger parishioners in her home congregation of Faith, Powell River, B.C. And that’s a problem. As council chair, McCormick finds much of the work at the church – where the majority of members are 75 or older – falls to her because there are few others able to do it.

“It’s very difficult to expect 78-year-old people to go and do things like scrape snow off the sidewalk and to make sure somebody is there turning on the heat every Sunday. There’s a lot of that kind of stuff; it’s a challenge.”

Although many congregations within the ELCIC are either aging or based in rural locations, there continues to be countless stories of hope abounding from within the doors of these vibrant communities. Ron Friesen provides an inside look at numerous congregations from Trinity, Whitehorse to New Denmark, New Brunswick in June’s feature piece.

Give Us Your Opinion

"We're not needing to keep the church open. We're needing to be an open church," says Rev. David Saude. Do you agree with him?

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