Greetings in Christ our risen Lord!
This Easter I have tremendous news! I announced this on the St. Gabriel's Facebook page. To save time I'm reposting it here..
"We are very excited to announce that very soon we will be launching Redeemer Anglican, a ministry of St. Gabriel's Church. Redeemer will be offering services to the Bentonville area as well as opportunities for fellowship and study in our ongoing mission to bring the transforming love of Jesus Christ to ALL of NW Arkansas. Dinner, fellowship and Evening prayer will be held at 6:30pm Wednesday evenings along with two services of Holy Eucharist a month following catechesis beginning at 4pm on Sundays. Please join us in spreading the word by clicking on the link below and "liking" the page. Then share it with all your local friends! Blessings, and may God who has begun this great work bring it to fulfillment!"
Please check out the Redeemer Anglican Facebook page here…Redeemer Anglican
We will post the location and date, both on this blog, and on the various Facebook pages "St. Gabriel's" "Redeemer" and "FrJohnslavin" when we narrow down the date for the first gathering. So please check back often.
Services will be held at a location down near the square in Bentonville.
There is a dire need for an Anglican church in the Bentonville area. This will allow people in surrounding cites like Rogers, Bella Vista and even Missouri to attend services more easily.
The joyful fact is we have been attracting lots of younger families to St. Gabriel's and its not always convenient to gather up the young ones hours before service, stuff them in the car and drive down to Springdale!
This also allows us to fulfill the charge given to us by the founding Archbishop of our province (ACNA) Robert Duncan "To bring the transforming Love of Jesus Christ to all of North America!"
We also will be fulfilling the mandate he started to plant 1000 churches in North America in the first five years of our provincial founding. This has been very close to being realized in the ministry of anglican 1000. And we at St. Gabriel's are very happy to play our small part in that vision.
The early days of Redeemer Anglican will be filled with plenty of food, fun and fellowship. We are planning on building relationships in the local community that will in turn take our Lords Gospel into their hearts and then radiate His Love to a broken world.
The vision is simple. One of mission! If people can not be reached by getting them to come to us, we will simply go to THEM! Having a mobile ministry allows us the freedom experienced by those first apostles to go wherever the people needed them.
I sincerely pray that if you are in the NW Arkansas area you check out the great work that will be happening at Redeemer Anglican. This is only the beginning!
Blessings and love,