Refreshing Our Imagination

Heart by Changyu Zou

I learned a lot from my mom about the importance of seeing. This fall, we are asking God to refresh our imagination for Southpoint using Joy’s artwork around our four core images. When you look at Southpoint, what do you see? Do you see an old basket or a cool coffee table? What does God see?

When I grew up, my family didn’t have a lot of disposable income for things like new furniture. My mom, however, was a master improviser, making something special from old, outworn things. One day, she came home with a huge, empty basket. But what looked like a basket to us looked like a coffee table to her. She bought a circular piece of glass for the top; bought beautiful wool yarn, wrapped it around styrofoam balls, put the balls in the basket and the glass on top and voilà—a table. 

I see us like a young tree, pushing roots down, sending out branches. There is such goodness in who we are and in who we are becoming: an open-hearted community that is genuine, caring, spacious, profound, inclusive and welcoming, which cares deeply about creation and children. A community that likes things a little on the wild side, comfortable being outside church walls, an “edge-walker” comfortable with experimentation and change.

A budget is an imaginative exercise in seeing, a vision document if you will for the coming year. To realize this vision, Southpoint relies on our collective support and generosity.

In the month of October, we hold a pledge drive and ask everyone who sees Southpoint as their home to submit a pledge during this month. Our pledges become the budget for the following year. Even a “zero” pledge gives us clarity when creating our budget. We aim to have all pledges in for October 31.

We understand that life can be financially challenging, and making a financial commitment can feel daunting. Please know that every pledge is deeply appreciated, and at any time during the coming year, you can communicate confidentially with Sarah to change your donation.

I am filled with gratitude for this year and deep hope for what is to come. The Spirit is continually bubbling up, bringing change, growth, and freshness. I believe in the transformative power of the Spirit, the renewing power of the way of Jesus, and the open-heartedness of our community to the things of God. 

Thank you for your love, your support, and your commitment to Southpoint.

Warmly,
Anne
For the Southpoint Leadership Team

Worship Calendar

Location & Zoom. We meet on Sundays at 15639 24 Avenue, Surrey. Zoom is offered if you cannot attend in person. Zoom link. Meeting ID: 831 1690 9977 password: 753319

Listen to Sermons
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Blogs
Catch up on Anne’s recent blogs under “News” on our website, southpoint.ca

Sun Feb 18 
(1) Jesus Sought Me
Rev Anne Baxter Smith
Luke 5: 1-11

Sun Feb 25  Brunches
All OUT—No service at Sunnyside

Sun Mar 3
(2) Praise the Mount
Rev Anne Baxter Smith
Matt 16:13-20

Sun Mar 10
(3) I’m Fixed Upon It
Rev Anne Baxter Smith
Matt 16: 21-23

Sun Mar 17
(4) Teach Me
Rev Anne Baxter Smith
Matt 18: 15-22

Sun Mar 24 Palm Sunday All IN
& Potluck Lunch
(5) Songs of Loudest Praise
Rev Anne Baxter Smith
John 12:12-16

Sun Mar 31 Easter
(1) And I Hope
Rev Anne Baxter Smith
Luke 24: 1-12

Sun Apr 7
(2) Here’s My Heart
Rev Anne Baxter Smith
John 21: 1-19

New to Southpoint?

At Southpoint, it all begins with God’s love. Just as a plant grows, it receives sunshine, so we grow as we receive God’s love. At Southpoint, we are growing in our capacity to love God, ourselves, one another, and creation.

We seek to be a community of grace that is intentional yet organic, spacious yet authentic, grace-filled yet accountable. * We are fully welcoming. *

We encourage relationships rather than run programs, yet we recognize the importance of intentionality and structure as we nurture life together.

As a community, we seek to put our love in action. We value helping out on Sunday mornings, sharing food, and showing up in hard times. We keep our church life simple so folk have time to build relationships with family, friends, and neighbours. We encourage folk to serve in tangible ways within the wider community. We rent space rather than own a building, allowing us to do more with less, supporting missions at home and abroad.

Curious to know more?

These six slides express what motivates our ministry (best viewed on a monitor). Here’s the bio of our Pastor, Rev. Anne Baxter Smith.

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