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St. Barnabas, Chester  • Diocese of Toronto • Anglican Church of Canada

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2 blocks east of Broadview Avenue, south side
at the corner of Hampton Ave / the stoplight at Chester: a one minute walk from the Chester station on the Bloor-Danforth line

Offices & church building enter via Danforth entrances. Parish Hall, meetings and groups enter via Hampton Ave entrances. Accessibility elevator via the Hampton Avenue entrance.

on the Danforth

is a parish of the
Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church
of Canada

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DIocese of Toronto
in the
Diocese of Toronto
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in the
York-Scarborough Episcopal Area

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Evangelical Luthern Church in Canada
In full communion with the
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Anglican Communion
The Anglican Church of Canada is a member of the Anglican Communion
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an estimated 85 million Christians 1n 165 countries.

World Council of Churches

The World Council of Churches

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brings together churches, denominations and church fellowships in more than 110 countries and territories throughout the world, representing over 500 million Christians in 348 member churches.
NDC Natural Church Development
soup!SOUP & CHAT
SUNDAY, JANUARY14, 2018, The NCD committee will be hosting a soup lunch on January 14. We will be serving soup & crackers with coffee for lunch. During lunch, there will be time for you to chat about your faith and your church. Come and share with us what God means to you and how we can help all of us to grow that faith. More about NCD at St. Barnabas (Natural Church Development) here ». Another Soup & Chat Time on Sunday March 25.
NCDNatural Church Development Natural Church Development Survey
On May 14, 2017 a number of selected parishioners participated in a NCD questionnaire which consisted of 86 questions.

This survey is recommended by the Diocese and is being used as a spiritual “checkup” on churches’ health to better understand their strengths and to identify the opportunities for renewal.

Working with a Diocesan Facilitator, the results from our survey were reviewed and a summary prepared, which was shared with the Advisory Board on June 13. The summary of the survey results are:

  1. Overall we are a balanced and healthy church with a strong small core.
  2. Out of 8 quality characteristics, gift-based ministry, empowering leadership and effective structures come more naturally to us, while holistic small groups, need-oriented evangelism and passionate spirituality are not as natural for us.
  3. There are opportunities for us to use these results to work on the areas that will help us grow and sustain our church family.

Based on these results, the NCD Team has prepared an action plan that recommends that we:

  • optimize the connections with the various community groups that already use our facilities;
  • find new ways to connect with the surrounding community;
  • provide more opportunities for fellowship and sharing of personal faith stories; and
  • enhance some of the things that we are already doing.

The details of these plans are being worked out and we are excited by the possibilities for our church. If you are interested in learning more or becoming part of the NCD Team in some way, please don’t hesitate to let one of us know.

Rev. Jeanette Lewis, Gary Davenport, Teresa Johnson, Jane Smith

The above text is the NCD team report to the St. Barnabas Advisory Board June 13, 2017. A copy can be downloaded directly from here »

What is Natural Church Development?
How do we measure the health of a church? Natural Church Development (NCD) is a like an annual check-up on the health of a church. It has been used in over 50,000 churches on six continents. The NCD process focuses on eight quality characteristics of healthy, growing churches, allowing us to measure and then shape our ministry to improve our overall health.

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