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A church community without a church —yet
A recent article listed places of worship in the Waverley West area. Unfortunately Spirit Path United was missed in that article as it doesn’t have a permanent building.
Reverend Cole Grambo forwarded the following information:
"The idea for Spirit Path originated when another church, Donnelly United Church, closed its doors in 2006. In July of 2012, Rev. Cole Grambo was hired by Winnipeg Presbytery to work in southwest Winnipeg to help this new faith community get started. While Spirit Path began as a United Church venture, it fairly quickly developed ties with two other denominations with similar hopes for the area — the Anglican Church and ELCIC (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada). The three churches are currently working in partnership as this new congregation grows.
Spirit Path is not a traditional church in that it doesn’t have a church building. We currently meet in small group gatherings in people’s homes, both in Bridgwater Forest and in Linden Woods. We have also rented space in community centres and borrowed space from other churches near the area for larger events and worship services.
"As numbers grow, decisions will need to be made regarding what form the ministry will take and what kind of space is needed. In the beginning stages though, meeting in homes and renting space has worked very well. As southwest Winnipeg grows in population, it is my hope that this new faith community will grow with it.
"There are hundreds of people living in southwest Winnipeg and more moving in all the time. There aren’t many services for people in the area yet, and it’s difficult to become a community when you have to drive all over the city for school, work, groceries, entertainment, etc. Although we don’t have a church building, we are meeting in people’s homes, bringing people together, helping people meet their neighbours, and providing an opportunity for people to share their faith and ask questions in a safe, open, non-judgmental environment.
"My dream is that Spirit Path will become a place, or perhaps places, where people can meet together to be the church, to discuss issues that matter to them, to grow their faith with their friends and neighbours, and to find ways to serve the community."
Rev. Cole Grambo noted that approximately 50% of current participants are from Waverley West:
"We have members in Bridgwater Forest, but also just north in Whyte Ridge, Fort Whyte and Linden Woods. Often it’s about the connections that people make rather than just the geographical location. Although our focus is on Waverley West, but we’re
certainly open to whoever would like to join us."
For additional information, please contact Rev. Cole Grambo.
People wanting more details about activities and dates for upcoming events should visit spiritpathunited.ca or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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