Jesus says to some teenage fisherman, whom he meets while walking on the beach, "Come with me. I'll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I'll show you how to catch men, women, and kids instead of perch and bass." Founded on the banks of the Fraser River, TLC community is rooted in the fishing business.
Somehow caught in the fishing nets of grace and love, we continue to discover what Jesus meant by catching people. The faith journey is lifelong; in Christian community we discover what it means to be in life-giving relationship with God. As Christ followers, we trust the God revealed in Jesus Christ is a God of love, seeking the common good. But ultimately, God remains a Loving Mystery, who calls us to ventures of which we cannot see the ending. Whoever you are, wherever you are at in life, you are welcome to journey alongside the TLC community as we discover God's amazing love at work in the world.
The Way: Is an intentional, lay-led, adult faith formation process over nine months, which allows for a process of discernment, listening for God’s call to become Christ followers.
The Way is necessary as we have welcomed and continue to invite folks unfamiliar with the Christian way of life to be part of our worshipping community or those who’ve been absent from a faith community for most of their adult life after being confirmed as teenagers. Emphasizing an experience of belonging before believing a set of doctrines is central to The Way process, which in a well-established community like TLC, is important because without such a process, people say it can take decades to feel like one belongs here at TLC. The Way process allows inquirers to build authentic relationships, sharing joys and struggles, wonderings and doubts, as they discern God’s call.
The Way is a divided into four stages with 4-8 week segments of small group gatherings. These small groups explore one another’s faith stories, the scriptures, Christian life and teachings. Each Inquirer is either a candidate for baptism or affirmation of baptism, who explores what this means for them alongside a Companion (TLC member), who participates in the small group with them. Companions are active TLC folks who become fellow pilgrims, seeking to know and follow Christ alongside one another.
Sundays 1:00-2:00PM Unpack the Bible: What does it mean to be a follower of Christ? How does following Christ impact our daily life? What are some tools for interpreting the Bible? Pastor Jennifer facilitates a lively dialog with ancient texts that apply to everyday joys and struggles on Zoom.
Another part of our intergenerational faith is Confirmation Camp (youth ages 13-18) and
TLC Kids Camp (kids ages 6-12). For more information on these two fun opportunities, please click here.
YOUTH FAITH FORMATION - AGES 12-16
In addition to Sunday worship participation, a small group of young people, facilitated by Pastor Jennifer, will begin weekly meetings most likely over Zoom call after school, starting in September. We explore the Biblical narrative with creative writing, sketching, and dialog as we discover our lives caught up in God's story of rescuing the whole creation! We value the inquiry process related to following Christ, asking questions relevant to the young people, fostering respect and mutual growth. Each young person will be paired with an adult mentor who will join us monthly for conversation and/or field trips to our interfaith neighbours, serving at the Surrey Urban Mission Society (SUMS) and A Rocha Community, an environmentally conscious international Christian farm.
Contact Pastor Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to sign up!
This is a weeklong residential camp for youth ages 13-18 on Vancouver Island area with Lutheran youth from the British Columbia SYNOD. It is typically held in the last week of August. The camp includes campfires, skits, small group conversation guided by Lutheran pastors, free time, beach exploration and family style meals all nurture relationships with one another and the Living God. Camperships are also available. However due to the recent COVID-19 global pandemic, there may be other means of delivery and ways to come together that practices safe social distancing.
Contact Pastor Jennifer at email@example.com for more information and other questions.
Registration will be available soon!