Justice & Mercy

Helping HandsApril 11, 2013 — The CBWC Board has approved the formation of the Justice and Mercy Committee to provide resources and guidance on issues of great concern to CBWC churches and their members.

The committee has been active since 2010 but received approval on April 6, 2013 so that it is now recognized formally as a committee of the CBWC.  It has been active in coordinating workshops on topics such as homelessness, affordable housing and refugees at past Assemblies and the Banff Pastor’s Conference.

The Justice and Mercy Committee works to develop a biblical theological vision of the Kingdom of God that fully includes the pursuit of justice and mercy, to analyze the root causes of injustice and to provide relevant resources and ideas for engaging in meaningful action to alleviate suffering and change society.

To find out more, go to Justice and Mercy Committee

The JMC is planning 5 workshops for The Gathering 2013, the CBWC’s biennial Assembly, held in Calgary May 30-June 1.  At these workshops, theological reflections, information sheets and reading lists will be available as resources on the topics of:

  • Restoring Our Relationship with Aboriginal People
  • Welcoming the Stranger
  • The Church’s Worship Engagement with Poverty
  • Earthkeeping and Care
  • The Face of Homelessness in Western Canada

These materials will be made available on the CBWC’s website once The Gathering is over.

Sidney Fryer

flower #4March 15, 2013 — We mourn the death of Rev. Sidney Fryer who passed away Thursday, March 14 at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, BC.  He was 86.

Sidney pastored many BUWC/CBWC churches in his time including Bowness Baptist in Calgary, Northmount Baptist in Calgary, Southwest Community in Kamloops, Parkview Baptist (now called Robson Park, Southside) in Surrey.  He most recently served with Olivet Baptist Church in New Westminster as Minister of Visitation, 1990-1994. He and his wife Zennie continued to attend Olivet Baptist after his retirement.

Sidney sat on the BCY Area Board/Convention Trustees Board from 1980 – 1985.  He also served churches in Ontario from 1963-1965.  He held a Certificate of Theology from McMaster University.

Sidney leaves behind his loving wife Zennie, his children Jane, Susan, Stephen and Annette  from his first marriage and Zennie’s chilrdren Isla, Carole and David.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, March 23rd at 2pm at Olivet Baptist in New Westminster.

Please pray for Sideny’s family and friends during this difficult time.