Due to COVID-19, Fresh Start services are being held via Zoom videoconference. The link is live at 8:15 am, the service begins at 8:30 and concludes at 9:15. On the HOME page, you'll find the link to log in to the service and a recorded version of the most recently-held service.
How Fresh Start is different
Fresh Start is an early morning Sunday service that has a modern, informal and engaging style. The service is interactive in nature, with time dedicated to an engaging discussion, after a brief sermon.
Services are presided by Rev. Alana Martin who provides a relaxed and friendly feel. Fresh Start also engages the unique perspectives and faith of wonderful guest preachers, from both inside and outside our church family.
Fresh Start's music has a more contemporary sound - old favourites and more modern hymns - provided expertly by Ian Grundy and talented soloists, who move us every week.
Events & Social Justice
As a complement to its regular services, Fresh Start "leans in" to social justice issues. This 2020-21 season, these are the socially-relevant events that we hosted (and which generated powerful insights and actionable steps):
- Sept. 2020 - Anti-Racism Listening Circle 1 with Connect City Ministry
- Oct. 2020 - Film & Faith with screenfish.net
- Jan. 2021 - Anti-Racism Listening Circle 2 with Connect City Ministry
- Jan-Feb. 2021 - Anti-Racism 10-day Workshop
- Apr. 2021 - Anti-Racism Retreat "From Awareness to Action"
- Sept. 2021 - Anti-Racism Listening Circle 3: "Becoming Nakuset"
And, here are some community-focused events that we engaged in, historically (2019-20 season):
- Sept. 2019 - Blanket Exercise (Truth & Reconciliation)
- Oct. 2019 - "Trunk & Treat" Hallowe'en Event
- Dec. 2019 - Live Nativity
- Feb. 2020 - "All You Need Is Love" Valentine's Sing-Along
When we are in-person...
Doors open at 8:10 am, with coffee/tea and snacks in the sanctuary to help you kick-start your day. We begin at 8:30 and end at 9:15, with lots of time for coffee/tea, snacks and conversation with ministers and each other directly after the service. We offer child care in our nursery downstairs.
If you’d like to get a taste of the service, please check out our videos here, and on our Kingsway-Lambton United Church YouTube channel. You can also receive regular updates on Facebook (freshstartsundays) and our Instagram (@freshstart.kluc). Join us on Sunday!
The Fresh Start service is made possible thanks to funds supplied by Kingsway-Lambton United Church and a grant from the United Church of Canada.