So Thankful

Anyone who has been tracking this blog knows that today was the launch of a new initiative, The Well. Undoubtedly my perspective is biased, but from my vantage point, the launch was a homerun. You could say that The Well is the sum of 5 parts: (in no particular order) 1) the physical environment (our Sports Hall got a total makeover for this, and Aaron Merkle has already mastered the video slides ), 2) hospitality (parking / hosts / ‘Coffee Corner’ / BBQ team), 3) children’s ministry (known as ‘Quench’, led by Diana Loach), 4) music ministry (led by Cliff Cline on acoustic guitar and vocals, Ric Jacka (keyboard), and two teenagers who were awesome on bass guitar and drums), and 5) the message (you can listen to it at the bottom of this post). I have great difficulty evaluating what I did, but I can confidently say that the other four areas totally rocked!

It is hard to describe the level of satisfaction I feel following a successful launch as I consider all of the time, money, and effort that so many have invested to make The Well possible. From all accounts, God was glorified and the people gathered were encouraged and blessed. One father proudly reported how his 12 year-old daughter leaned over in the middle of the service to tell him, ‘I like The Well’. That simple statement made a father’s day and reaffirmed for this pastor the importance of this type of ministry.

Attendance was solid; in a room that seats 140, I’d say we were 85% full. I realize that some of the folks in attendance today were there to support the launch and might not be with us regularly. I heard from a few families who intend on coming, but couldn’t make it today. I’m guessing there was also a group of people who came at the invitation of friends/family who might be open to the prospect of returning. I sincerely hope and pray that many of the folks we saw today will be with us again as we seek to better understand what it means to be a Christian in the 21st Century. Our current message series is entitled, ‘The Road With Jesus’ and today’s message was titled ‘Keep It Simple’. My hope is that we communicated through the message, the music, and our hospitality that Jesus is worth following, and that prioritizing a relationship with Him is what we were all designed for…it will satisfy us like nothing else.

Have a listen to today’s message; I’d be pleased to read your feedback. If you attended today’s launch, I’m eager to hear your impressions.

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(The above message was recorded at our 10 a.m. service and has some variations from the message delivered at The Well.)

8 thoughts on “So Thankful

  1. home run, slam dunk, it happened and God was glorified, people felt welcomed and community was developed.
    I am also very thankful for being a part of such an amazing experience

  2. What a priviledge it was, to be in a place where God was so strongly present. He smiled on us, and with all His favour, the morning was all that we have prayed it would be. Watching one of our young adults worship with hands raised, and tears streaming down her cheeks, her mother’s, and mine…words cannot describe the humbling awe that I felt at that moment.
    Thanks for following God’s prompting so faithfully, and leading us into His presence.

  3. I am one of the most optimistic people I know, and today exceeded even my lofty expectations. The atmosphere was absolutely electric! I can’t wait until next Sunday, and all the future Sundays, at the Well.

  4. allie mac, d.l., & don: your comments inspire! I find it hard to accurately express what The Well did for me, and hopefully many others today…what an encouragement!

  5. Having just listened to the message, I think you can safely say that it was a home run, too. Awesome, Bryn. I am soooo thrilled for all of you and will be continuing to pray for The Well. So exciting!

    Blesssings,
    R.

  6. Excited and grateful Bryn. Thanks for your courageous leadership, faith and vision, and to the team at St. Giles who are willing to colour outside the lines of tradition. Awesome! Who knows where God might take this?

  7. Thank-you Rebekah and Carey for your kind words. Ministry here has always been spiritually rewarding for me, but The Well has certainly turned up the ‘fun’ and ‘excitement’ meter at St. Giles Kingsway!

  8. My head and heart are still swirling after the launch. Words simply escape me for what we experienced yesterday. The smiles on people’s faces expressed it all. What an amazing, energizing atmosphere! One little girl said she just loved it – to which I agree! Despite the rain, people hung around afterwards not wanting the morning to end. Tears of joy fell from above.

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