Good News Fellowship (affectionately known as GNF) was established in 1986 as a church plant of the Christian Reformed Church of North America, seeking to spread the Gospel of Christ to the community of St. Vital in the south end of Winnipeg. We have always been a little experimental and unconventional in our approach to ministry – we like to push the edges of how things are ‘usually’ done in order to be edifying representatives of Christ to each other and to our community.
Our building at 891 St Mary’s Road is located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.
Like most urban churches, our membership has grown and shrunk and grown and shrunk again over the course of our life. We currently have 50+ adults (and almost as many kids!) attending our Sunday services and weekly ministries. We are proud to be and to have been a stopping-off / resting / healing place for many people who have come through our doors and gone out again to serve God in a variety of interesting ways.
Currently, we’re experimenting with being lay-led (read: not having a full-time pastor) in an effort to honour how the Holy Spirit has called us into more intentional collaboration, communion and active participation with God and with each other. We have a Leadership Coordinator, Krista dela Rosa, who looks after making sure all our ministries are running to their full potential and keeps us all on track and in the loop as to what’s going on where. We also have a Church Life Coordinator, Cathie Chapman, who attends to administrative details like putting out our Weekly News bulletin and also helps people connect with people – if you’re new, she’ll make sure you’re warmly welcomed and introduced to some of our regulars.
Our new model has also manifested in Sunday Services that rotate between group discussions, traditional lecture-style (featuring a variety of guest speakers, both ordained and lay), faith stories from our own members, liturgical style (featuring an extended singing time and a variety of contemplative practices), and occasionally directed conversations around tables full of coffee and food. It has also manifested in small groups focused on things like the Truth and Reconciliation Report, hockey games, contemplative Bible studies, men’s breakfasts and potlucks. If there is an excuse to eat together, we will find it and we will make it happen!
One of our favourite ministries is the one to our kids, Kidventure. It has been lovingly run by the same group of volunteers for over 20 years and we are continually in awe of their energy, enthusiasm and creativity in serving our kids. If you are looking for a Christian community dedicated to loving your kids and teaching them about faith, we can’t recommend Kidventure enough!
For teens and pre-teens, we have a group called Genesis, a small group that meets on Sunday mornings and alternates between having small group bible studies and participating in the life of the church – doing everything from learning the sound board, to helping out in the nursery, to setting up chairs before the service.
During the week, our building is used by Community Venture, an agency which is part of The Salvation Army that provides developmental day programming, residential, transportation, outreach, and respite services to adults living with intellectual disabilities.
We are a church who believes that there is a leader in every chair and we are blessed that our members have seen fit to contribute their skills, abilities and gifts in a variety of ways at GNF and in their non-Sunday lives. We have some of the most amazing musicians, number-crunchers, event planners, cooks, bakers, handy-people, speakers and pray-ers in Winnipeg, in our humble opinions. We love when people are doing the things God has called them to do and we intend to continue to make space for more people (like you?) to do just that!
We would love for you to join us as we journey through life and faith together! Use the methods below to contact us for more information or join us Sunday mornings at 10:30am. In fact, come a little earlier, at 10:00am, and grab a cup of coffee and a bite of breakfast with us at our weekly Coffee Corner!
If you have any questions, or would like to contact us, please call us or send an email below.
891 St. Mary’s Road
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2M 3R2
t. (204) 254-1129