#loveMOB

As I write this, I am sitting in one of Barrington’s most popular places. A hint – they serve coffee and donuts there. All around me are people in various stages of conversation. Some are laughing, some are very serious, some are catching up on happenings, but all are contending with what life has brought them. 

The strange thing about it is that perhaps the ones who are laughing hardest may be the ones who are broken the most inside. We don’t know unless they let us in. What strikes me is the amount of brokenness, suffering, and pain that is all around us and if we do not ask, we will not know.

Now I’m not talking about being nosy and invasive, but I think that in our communications with others, if we are alert, we may find them hurting. The truth is that many people in our world are in pain – physical, emotional, or spiritual. The Bible tells us that we should rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn. It’s easy to celebrate together, but often it’s much harder to support people in their difficulty.

Island Gospel – Clam Point wants to be a centre for those who hurt, for those who struggle, for those who have no idea which way to turn. It is our objective to show Christ to all with whom we have contact.

That’s why we have this website. We also have a Facebook page. I (Pastor Brad) am available via email at any time at igtbrad@gmail.com, and you can also reach out via our “Contact Us” button at the top of this page.

The reason for this is for us to be at your service. We seek to make a difference in our community. In recent years, the church as an institution has had the reputation of having her hand out, looking for something from the community.

Our vision is to have our hand out, giving to the community, the Municipality of Barrington (MOB). We are a small church with the same challenges as any other church. We do not have great amounts of money. But we do care. Watch for us in the community doing random acts of kindness and trying to meet our community with no agenda other than to brighten your day.

I believe that if Christians brighten the world around them with service and love, people will be a lot more receptive to Christ. It’s not about us growing a church, but in making Christ known. If you see us at work in some venture, don’t be nervous. Please understand, we are simply here to brighten your day and be a blessing.

At Island Gospel – Clam Point we love our community!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rev. Bradley Pass is an energetic minister of the Gospel who has been in full time ministry since 1998. His greatest passion is to see people reach their full potential in Christ. Pastor Brad is joined in his ministry by his loving wife of 33 years (Laurie), and they have been blessed with three children, all married.

Kicking Off Something New

The National Football League has just kicked off its new season. The beautiful part of each new season is that all teams have the same record, 0-0. That means, at that time, everybody is on level playing ground and each team mathematically has a chance to lead the league and win the championship.

Our schools have just resumed for the year recently. Sharp pencils, new clothes for many, and blank paper are just part and parcel of this annual occurrence. New textbooks have their bindings stretched and opened for the first time, workbooks get their first marks and answers in them; everything is new and fresh.

I believe that God is calling His church to something new and fresh. God said, “Behold, I am doing a new thing.” God’s message never changes, but our methods of spreading the message must change. That is what Island Gospel is trying to do.

We want to be relevant to the world around us, bringing hope to hopeless hearts and help to those who are helpless. In short, we want to be out in our world ministering as Jesus did. We have that call upon us to fulfill the Great Commission to make disciples.

To that end, Sunday morning, September 16, is the kickoff service for our new church direction called Believe. This will be a series of 30 messages and themes beginning on the 23rd and going through to May 26th. On Sunday morning, I will preach on a theme. Then, through the week, we will be having Community Groups–also known as Small Groups–around the Municipality. You can sign up for one of those groups by following our “Contact Us” button or by visiting our Facebook page linked below. Want updates on the program and Small Groups? “Like” our page on Facebook for up-to-date information regarding this series. You do not have to pre-register for these mid-week groups; you can simply show up at your convenience.

The Believe curriculum will lead us in finding out not just the “what” of faith, but also the “why.” Dr. Laurel Buckingham says that when people find out the “why,” it is easier for them to accept the “what.”

I want to extend this invitation to be part of this new direction that Island Gospel is following. It promises to be exciting and rewarding. We have some exciting outreach efforts to come which will be a fun way to give back to our community.

With all the freshness of the fall season, let us be refreshed to “Believe” in a powerful, loving, unending, and awesome God. Why not let Island Gospel help you to do that? Our services on Sunday are at 10AM and 6:30PM. We’ll be watching for you. See you soon!

Pastor Brad


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rev. Bradley Pass is an energetic minister of the Gospel who has been in full time ministry since 1998. His greatest passion is to see people reach their full potential in Christ. Pastor Brad is joined in his ministry by his loving wife of 33 years (Laurie), and they have been blessed with three children, all married.

A Look at Upcoming Events

It's a very exciting time at Island Gospel! We are kicking off some new events in our church, and hope you will come out to join us.

September 16th at 10AM will be the kickoff for the Believe program. Beginning on September 23rd, our morning sermons will be on the same subject that will be covered in the Small Groups beginning that week, given greater depth and understanding, as well as the ability to discuss what we have learned.

These small groups initially will be held at:

  • John & Margaret Porter's house (Clam Point) – Tuesdays @ 7PM
  • Pastor Brad & Laurie's house (Upper Port LaTour) – Wednesdays @ 7PM
  • Isaac & Alannah Pang's house (Doctor's Cove) – Thursdays @ 7PM

Please invite friends to these events. They are informal with a short video, some reflection on the subject of the week, and discussion centred around the subject. It will be a great time to grow together spiritually, and to have some great fellowship with one another.

Additionally, the last Sunday morning of each month, we will be having Kids' Church instead of Sunday School in the morning service. On that day, the Kids' lesson will be centred around the same topic the adults will be learning. As well, our midweek Kids' Club, starting again this fall, will be focusing a lot on the Believe curriculum. Stay tuned for more details about Kids' Club coming this fall.

We are very excited about what God is doing in His church and believe that God is leading us to a season of victory, grace, and growth. Please participate in as many ministries as possible so that we may together effectively minister to the lost and dying world around us. After all, that's what the Church is for!

Blessings,
Pastor Brad


About the Author

Rev. Bradley Pass is an energetic minister of the Gospel who has been in full time ministry since 1998. His greatest passion is to see people reach their full potential in Christ. Pastor Brad is joined in his ministry by his loving wife of 33 years (Laurie), and they have been blessed with three children, all married.

Believe Church Series

We are pleased to be launching the Believe series this September at Island Gospel!

Grounded in Scripture, Believe is a spiritual growth experience for all ages and stages, taking each person on a journey toward becoming more like Jesus in their beliefs, actions, and character. There are resources for every member of the family, and all editions of Believe unpack the 10 key beliefs, 10 key practices, and 10 key virtues of a Christian, so that everyone in your family and your church can learn together to be more like Jesus.

Some things to look forward to:

– Believe sermon series on Sundays
– Our midweek small groups (beginning this fall) working through the Believe study
– Kids Church (also beginning this fall–details coming soon) will be learning from the Believe Kids Edition!

We hope you and your family will get excited about this new series at Island Gospel. Use the form below to order your Believe resources, and be sure to look out for more details in the coming weeks!

Making the Most of Your Time

Making the Most of Your Time

Well, Christmas is over! I hope it was joyful season for you personally and a fruitful season for your church. I hope this week allows you some down time and some time to enjoy family and friends.

I don’t know how you are wired, but at least for me, my mind has already begun to shift to 2018. I actually love thinking about the coming year. It is a chance to reflect on what has been in the past year and to dream about what could be in the coming year. If the Lord doesn’t return, we will have another 365 days deposited into our account.