Whether you are new to faith, or just new to North Park, we believe that these foundational electives are pivotal to a basic understanding of faith and relating to others in the faith community. These foundations are not meant to suggest a “one size fits all” approach to spiritual growth. However, we do believe that many of the basics of the Christian faith are represented within this discipleship track. We offer these foundational electives with confidence to both new Christians and those who simply want to learn more about who they are in Christ.
All 6 of these electives will be offered at least once per year here at North Park.This fall, we are offering 4 of these 6 discipleship “foundations”.
Baptism (October 21-22)
At North Park, we practice believer’s baptism through immersion in water. This occurs after one has professed faith in Jesus Christ. Water baptism is a public proclamation that symbolically demonstrates what happens to us when Christ comes into our life. If you are interested in being baptized or simply would like to have a conversation about it to gain a better understanding, please join us at one of these three baptismal classes happening at North Park.
Attending one of these classes is necessary in order to be baptized at North Park. We can share with you what North Park believes about baptism, hear your story of faith, and outline the practicalities of being baptized.
Knowing North Park (Sunday November 12, 10:30am-2:30pm, includes lunch)
Whether you are new to North Park, or you have been attending North Park for many years, “Knowing North Park” is a fantastic way to learn more about what makes North Park unique and special.
This four hour experience will help you get a better understanding of North Park, how it operates, and how you can be a more integral part of it. This seminar is not only an excellent way for people to learn about the DNA of North Park, but it is also a valuable experience for those considering becoming members at North Park. Members have a unique opportunity to be part of the strategic decisions made at each year’s annual meeting in March.
Attending “Knowing North Park”, does not mean that one has to become a member. It is a safe place to understand what North Park is about and have your questions answered. If you decide to proceed with membership after this class, you will fill out an application and meet with someone from the Membership Team.
Sharing My Faith (Saturday October 21, 9:00am-3:00pm at 1750 Huron St., includes lunch/snacks) Cost: $10
Whether you are a new believer or a seasoned Christian, learning how to share your faith with others is an essential foundation of the Christian journey.
Just Walk Across the Room is a natural and empowering approach to sharing your faith. This dynamic seminar will equip and inspire you to follow your inner promptings by taking simple walks across rooms to extend care, compassion, and inclusiveness to people who might need a touch of God’s love today.
This class is facilitated by David and Lynda Cottrill, who have been part of the North Park community for more than 10 years. David is part of the North Park staff and oversees the work at the Life Resource Centre at 1750 Huron Street. Lynda is a registered nurse. They both have a deep desire to share their lives with their neighbours and through these friendships, share their love of Jesus. Join them in this interactive seminar and gain the skill and confidence to share your faith with others.
Spiritual Rhythms (Sunday November 12, 19 and 26, 9:00-10:15am)
Three seemingly unremarkable principles shape and strengthen the Christian life: listening to God’s voice, speaking to Him in prayer, and joining together with His people as the church.
Though seemingly normal and routine, the everyday “habits of grace” we cultivate give us access to these God-designed channels through which His love and power flow — including the greatest joy of all: knowing and enjoying Jesus.
Join us as we work through the book, “Habits of Grace”, as we learn some of the basic spiritual rhythms that lead to a healthy, vibrant journey with Christ. This is an elective that has value for someone new to faith or those who may be looking to reinvigorate their Christian experience.
This class is facilitated by Shane Simms who serves on the North Park pastoral team as the Pastor of Adult Discipleship. One of his passions is helping people to make their faith practical on a daily basis.