Faith Lutheran Church, Fergus
Faith Lutheran Church, Fergus-Elora is a small church, located on a busy road in the south-end of Fergus. Founded only forty years ago, we are one of the youngest churches in the TRMA. Built in the late 1990s, our church building was designed to be multi-functional and accessible. Our worship space and fellowship hall is separated by a divider, which can be removed for large events. Our church is all on one level, with no stairs or steps, making us fully accessible to everyone. We have a number of community groups that meet at our church, including Spark of Brilliance, which is an art program for those dealing with mental illness, and AA.
We believe that God is calling our church to move beyond our four walls and serve God in meaningful ways with our neighbours in our community. We are uniquely situated to do so. Our church is located with J.D. Hogarth Elementary school on one side, Highland Manor Retirement Home on the other side and apartment building across the street. We are the only church located in the fast growing, south-end of Fergus. Last year, we began to host a monthly “Neighbourhood Lunch and Chat”, where people could drop in for a free lunch and social time. We also have a community garden, and a little library, stocked with free books for the children who go to the school next door.
Our most exciting initiative has been our once-a-month “Messy Church” program for families, where children and their parents/grandparents come for crafts, stories and music and then we all enjoy a meal together. The program is free to attend and is open to all ages. We have learned that there is a need for a program in the south-end of Fergus where families can spend time together in a meaningful way, without cost and/or transportation being barriers to participation. Since our first event in September 2019, we have averaged around 10-15 children and 12-16 adults. Each session we see new faces and welcome new families. It is a joyful new ministry of our church and we are excited to see where it leads.