Canadian church planter Bart Blair reports, “On Sunday, August 28 we held our first Sunday morning service at the Galaxy movie theatre in Medicine Hat. After three months of Sunday evening services, this was an exciting and monumental move in our progress toward launch.
“We have not yet invited the public to our services, as we are still in preparation mode, but our team has grown to about 30 people (including children). It is very exciting to see how God has brought the pieces together necessary for a successful launch.
“The first Sunday in the theatre was an adventure. Most of our audio and video equipment is still in transit to Medicine Hat so we had to improvise and simplify to make everything work. But all-in-all, it was a great morning and we are all very excited about what is to come as we officially launch on September 11.
“We were quite excited to be able to host two events (Great Canadian Adventure and the Grace Trans Canada Summit) which saw more than 150 people from Grace Brethren churches across the U.S. and Canada join us in the Hat to serve the community and raise the awareness of the Grasslands launch.
“We washed cars (for free), hosted park programs (for free), collected junk & garbage (for free), gave BMX and skateboard clinics (for free) and a whole lot more. We also partnered with Habitat for Humanity and a local women’s shelter to provide some much-needed labour in preparing residences for new occupants.