Gathering Status Update - October 24

About Fort Garry MB Church

Gathering Status Update - October 24

Gathering Status

We have returned to a two-service format for our Sunday Worship Gatherings at Fort Garry MB Church. The first service at 9:30 a.m. will be open to everyone who is fully vaccinated. The second service at 11:00 a.m. will be open to everyone regardless of vaccination status. We will continue to have a Sunday morning Livestream Worship Service at 9:30 am on our Youtube channel.

Worship Gathering FAQ Sheet

We remain committed to taking a cautious approach to reopening and will continue the use of masks for all persons attending our indoor worship gatherings as recommended in the current health orders. Our staff and Church Council leadership will continue to monitor and discern an appropriate response in the coming weeks as circumstances continue to change.

Our office hours are Monday-Friday, 9-4. However, we do still recommend that you email or call ahead as some staff may be out of the office. Please contact the church office for further information regarding the use of the church facility for meetings or activities.

Service Times - Sundays @ 9:30 & 11:00

As of October 11, we have restarted our two service format for in person worship on Sundays. First Service @ 9:30 proof of vaccination required, and the second service at 11:00 a.m., all are welcome regardless of vaccination status. We will continue to have a Sunday morning Livestream Worship Service at 9:30 am on our Youtube channel.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the Mennonite Brethen?

Read the MB Confession of Faith

Learn more about who the Mennonite Brethen are at the Canadian Conference of MB Churches History page.

What Should I Expect at a Sunday Worship Gathering?

We are meeting in person! Our Worship Gathering is every Sunday at 10:00 AM. You must register before that morning in order to attend. Please check the Weekly Newsletter for that link, or click here to get added to the list! Please plan to arrive at church 15 minutes early. When you arrive at church, please park in the West parking lot and follow the pylons to the South Link doors for entrance and sign in if you are going to the Sanctuary. If you are going to the Gym, please enter through the West Parking Lot doors. If needed, drop off can also occur at the link doors. We ask that congregants bring and wear a mask while in the church building as part of our commitment to caring for the wellbeing of others. Masks will be available for those who require one.

What About Kids?

We are offering a Family-friendly worship space around tables in the Gym hosted by Pastor Ruth. There will be individual activity packs available for children and the worship service from the sanctuary will be on the big screen. When registering, you will be given the option to select either Worshiper: Sanctuary or Worshiper: Gym, so please select the Gym option! Please enter through the West Parking Lot doors.

When are your worship gatherings?

We are meeting at 10:00 AM on Sunday mornings. If you are unable to join us in person, we also live stream the service on our YouTube channel.

What should I wear?

When you come to one of our worship gatherings you will find people dressed in a wide variety of styles from as casual as jeans or shorts to a smaller number dressed more formally. Please feel free to wear what is most comfortable for you so you can be at ease while participating in worship together. Masks are required for all in attendance, so please bring your own. We have a limited amount on-hand.

What happens in a worship gathering?

Our worship gathering lasts from 45-60 minutes depending on what has been planned for each week. Each service includes times of worship through listening to music and humming, corporate prayer, and relevant biblical teaching. Our worship ministries strive for 4 goals in our gatherings: Encounter God, Fellowship in Community, Bring an Offering, and Life Transformation.

How often do you celebrate communion?

We are working on ways to safely conduct communion in person in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Do I need to bring a bible?

If you would like to use a bible, please bring one! Due to COVID-19, all bibles and hymnals have been removed from the pews, so feel free to bring one from home. Apps like Bible Gateway are free to download on your phone as well. Does your church collect an offering? Do you expect me to give money? The offering is meant to honour Jesus with the resources, including finances, that God has placed in our care. Our members also offer their time and talents as a worshipful offering by serving others in the church and community. Please don’t feel any obligation to give when you visit.

I have a physical disability requiring a wheelchair. Is there accessible parking? Where should I sit?

We have designated parking spaces at the West entrance (rear parking lot door). There is also an accessible entrance for drop-offs and pick-up at our South entrance (side door). An elevator is provided for accessibility to both our upper and lower level areas. Our sanctuary is located on the upper level and has accessible seating areas at both sides and rear of the auditorium. Wheelchair accessible washrooms are located just off the upper level foyer next to the church offices and off the west foyer in the gymnasium.

Sunday Morning Logistics

The Vision of FGMB

Inviting Being Sending – The Vision of FGMB

Fort Garry Mennonite Brethren Church is a community of people committed to following Jesus in all aspects of life. As a community we live out this commitment through the vision of three defining actions – Inviting, Being, and Sending.

Through words and actions we share Christ with others, inviting them to join us in our journey. Newcomers are welcomed, celebrated, and included in our fellowship of faith. (Inviting)

We intentionally emphasize disciple-making by nurturing caring relationships, helping all to grow and develop towards maturity in their life in Christ. (Being)

We are a community with a mission that is both global and local. This commitment to sharing Christ permeates our thinking, planning and decision-making process. Through prayer, giving and service we impact our personal networks, our city and our world. (Sending)

Inviting – any and all

Members of Fort Garry freely invite friends, neighbours and associates to explore what it means to know and follow Jesus and to experience the transformation that comes from being in personal relationship with God.

We invite any and all to experience the worship, community and fellowship of our congregation life. We welcome newcomers of all ages and backgrounds into our small groups, our schedules and activities, our homes and our hearts.

Those who are unsure of belief are welcome to be a part of and participate in the activities of the faith community without pressure to express a public commitment to Christ. Our hope is that through finding a sense of belonging in the community of faith that they will be drawn to choose to follow Christ.

Being – the faithful church of Christ

Following Jesus means more than giving mental assent to a set of doctrinal statements or a confession of faith (believing). It means allowing God’s Spirit to completely transform our thinking, our values, and our lifestyle.

Together we engage in thoughtful communal worship, biblical teaching that is both relevant and engaging, developing world views that reflect the values of the Kingdom, and a global concern for the world God loves and Jesus died for – these are marks of a healthy community of faith.

We recognize that a life of faith is lived in the context of caring community. We share our lives through the humble sharing our authentic selves, our gifts and our needs, our strengths and our weakness with one another. We begin where people are, welcoming the broken, healing the wounded, nurturing children, youth and adults for maturity of faith in Christ and equipping them for effective ministry and service.

In our relationships, our ministry opportunities within the church and in our various “worlds,” we reflect the grace and truth of Christ. We respond to conflict with personal humility and a loving commitment to reconciliation.

Sending – “where we are and around the world”

Fort Garry MB Church is not a holding tank for Christians waiting to go to heaven; we are a community of “sent ones” engaged in our various “worlds” as reconcilers, healers, and agents of God’s agenda in the world. In addition to ministries offered on-site at FGMB, this happens at three levels:

  1. Missional Living: We are sent into our communities to share life, extend love, ask questions, offer personal experiences and perspectives, and help others grow in their spiritual journey, wherever they happen to be. Each one of us is a “minister of the gospel” to our neighbour, our co-worker, our friend, and to all whom we meet.
  2. Missionary Service: We call, equip, and send and support our members to serve in various short-term and long-term ministry settings. Our various ministries (youth, seniors, small groups) regularly serve as volunteers in local ministries as part of their scheduled activities. We continually send workers, whether they are families with young children or retired seniors and all in between, to serve as volunteers or vocationally with ministries in our city, our province, and around the world.
  3. Church Planting: We prayerfully, deliberately, and joyfully send out groups of members (including leaders) to develop missional communities and plant daughter churches. This is an on-going strategic plan to extend and multiply the ministry of our church, enabling us to be increasingly faithful and effective in living out our God-given mission.

 

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Our Team

Carl Heppner

Carl Heppner, Lead Pastor

Carl has been serving as Lead Pastor at FGMB since November 2013. Carl and Kathy were married in 1999 and have four fantastic children. Prior to coming to FGMB, Carl worked with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in an HR role supporting International personnel. Carl and Kathy also previously served internationally with MCC in Bolivia for several years.

Carl is a passionate teacher who loves mentoring young leaders. He always has a stack of books on the go and loves spending time working on renovating their family’s 100 yr. old home.

carl.heppner@fgmb.ca
Ruth Schellenberg

Ruth Schellenberg, Children and Families

Ruth has been on staff at FGMB since July 2006 in the role of Children’s Pastor. She loves walking alongside children and their families in our community; encouraging them in their faith.

She has been married to David for 32 years and they have 3 kids; Jordan, married to Sydney, and Caleb. Ruth and David love to travel, hike, cycle and take walks in their neighbourhood. They also love to watch NFL football.

Ruth has degrees in Criminology and in Family Studies, plus several Master’s level courses in Theology. Prior to coming on staff at Fort Garry she worked for 15 years with Youth for Christ in Winnipeg serving with Teen Moms and the drop-in ministry.

ruth@fgmb.ca
Janessa Giesbrecht

Janessa Giesbrecht, Youth and Young Adults

Janessa Nayler-Giesbrecht has been serving as the Pastor of Youth and Young Adults since June 2013. Janessa grew up at Fort Garry MB and spent 7 years volunteering with the youth ministries before taking on the pastoral role. Her passions in ministry include mentorship, leader development, and preaching. Her vision for youth and young adults is to see each of their lives transformed as they learn to recognize, live into, and share their God-given identities in Jesus Christ.

Janessa is married to Andrew and they welcomed their son Lincoln into their lives in 2018. She enjoys reading, cycling, music, and cheering for the Montreal Canadiens. Janessa holds a BA in International Development Studies and is currently working towards a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry at Canadian Mennonite University.

janessa@fgmb.ca
Darryl Wylie

Darryl Wylie, Facility Manager

Darryl and his wife Candace have been attending Fort Garry since roughly 2008, and Darryl has been Facility Manager here since late 2011. They have been blessed with three children.

Darryl loves to be active which fits well with his current position at FGMB. Sports have always been a passion for him, and leading the Men’s Night Out here at church has been rewarding!

Prior to FGMB, Darryl worked for 22 years in the hotel industry and is dedicated to working for those around him. Whether it is a wedding, funeral, or a meeting that the church is rented for, he truly enjoys making that event “special”.

darryl.wylie@fgmb.ca
Benita Unrau

Benita Unrau, Office Administrator

Benita has been attending FGMB since 1989. Benita was a youth sponsor as well as a member of a music worship team for many years. She is excited to have joined the staff here at FGMB as of August 2021.

Benita enjoys making people feel welcome and valued. Prior to FGMB, Benita worked for 19 years at WMEM-KF Campus as an administrative assistant. She also enjoys organizing, scheduling and paperwork which fits quite nicely with her current position at FGMB.

She is married to Dale Unrau and together they have 2 adult children who both have recently married. When not in the office she likes to go for walks, read, dabble in watercolour and spend time with her family.

info@fgmb.ca

Gathering Status

We have returned to a two-service format for our Sunday Worship Gatherings at Fort Garry MB Church. The first service at 9:30 a.m. will be open to everyone who is fully vaccinated. The second service at 11:00 a.m. will be open to everyone regardless of vaccination status. We will continue to have a Sunday morning Livestream Worship Service at 9:30 am on our Youtube channel.

Worship Gathering FAQ Sheet

We remain committed to taking a cautious approach to reopening and will continue the use of masks for all persons attending our indoor worship gatherings as recommended in the current health orders. Our staff and Church Council leadership will continue to monitor and discern an appropriate response in the coming weeks as circumstances continue to change.

Our office hours are Monday-Friday, 9-4. However, we do still recommend that you email or call ahead as some staff may be out of the office. Please contact the church office for further information regarding the use of the church facility for meetings or activities.