The MCF is hosting its second Online Alpha Course, this fall.

This past spring the MCF piloted the Alpha Course online. We had 12 course members and the course lasted 11 weeks, which is the typical course length. The course survey conducted at the end revealed a very high degree of satisfaction with the material and the experience.  I confess that at the beginning I was uncertain as to how well the course would proceed, but the results have demonstrated the value and the need for Alpha online.  So, the MCF is again hosting the Alpha Course online. This Fall, we have a team in the East and another team in the West, both hosting online Alpha Courses.

Maybe you have heard of the Alpha course and maybe not, or maybe your understanding of Alpha is a bit hazy. Well, Alpha is an 11-week course that creates a space, where people can safely discuss matters of faith, God, and life among other topics.  We don’t have all the answers, but we want to help participants explore life’s fundamental questions while learning how the Christian faith responds to those questions.

The MCF Alpha course is for military community members, that is serving and retired military and DND people as well as their families. While we know this might sound exclusive, we find that military community members have a shared language, shared experiences and shared challenges.  Keeping the course focused on military community members  helps each participant to gain maximum value from the course material.

Join us in praying for the East and West group as they engage in these Alpha Courses. the East group meets every Sunday at 7:00 pm EST and the West group meets on Wednesday at 7:00 pm WST.

Mid-Year Report 2020

The first six months of this year has presented us all with challenges that were not anticipate. We have all had to adapt to the continually evolving Covid-19 environment, the end of which is still in the distant future. Our primary job has become taking care of ourselves and those closest to us so as to ensure that we do not become infected and then cause others to become infected as well.  I think that not since World War II has there been a threat that was so widespread. Yet, we have also witnessed a shift in the ways and means used to communicate the gospel.

Initiated in January 2019, the MCF has been conducting an experimental online NextLevel men’s discipleship group. Members of the group come from Kingston, Ottawa, Valcartier, Gagetown and the Miramichi area. While other in-person groups have ceased, and their members have drifted, the MCF group has been an outstanding success providing its members with a consistent and rich Christian fellowship experience that has facilitated a deeper relationship with our Lord.

In April while the Covid-19 caseload was expanding across Canada, in response to the Lord’s calling a team of MCF members joined together to deliver the Alpha Course online. We unknowingly became part of a movement of God to provide the gospel through online Alpha that stretches across Canada, the US, the UK and other locations that I am just now hearing about.  The MCF group has seen great results as the Holy Spirit has worked in the lives of everyone who is on the course, both team leaders and participants. This coming weekend marks the end of the course and we are expectant that the Lord will do more in the lives of everyone who has been involved.

On May 9th the MCF collaborated with Ellel Ministries Canada to deliver a webinar on moral injury resulting from military operations. A first for both organizations. The MCF had been working with Ellel Ministries International to hold a weekend seminar in the Netherlands coinciding with the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands; however, global restricts forced the cancellation of that event.  The planning team came together to pray and discuss if there was anything that we could do, and we were unanimous in our understanding that we should not lose faith but press on to find another way.  The result was the delivery of a webinar that was attended by 67 people from Canada, the US, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy and Australia. The MCF has never before had such a reach. All due to the Lord’s intervention and favour.

In the next six months we understand that we are to again offer the Alpha Course online, that we are to again provide a webinar experience for members of the military community and that we are to provide training for NextLevel group leaders for the development of new online Nextlevel groups amongst military community leaders.

Thank you for your prayers for the military community, they are having an effect that has eternal implications.

Gerry Potter

Moral Injury: Trauma In Active Service

Due to social distancing we have an update on the Moral Injury conference originally planned for Netherlands. It will now be a 1 day VIRTUAL seminar. May 9, 2020, the  find the brochure HERE. MCF and Ellel Ministry will co-host a seminar on moral injury and will be available free to all participants. Please register as soon as possible: Registration form.


Earlier last fall Kevin Davis invited me to a one-day training session with Ellel Ministries during which leaders from this ministry presented a theological framework for the progressive healing of first-responders who had been subjected to spiritual trauma as a result of situations they faced within their areas of work. I found that the framework presented dove-tailed well into the studies that I had been conducting on the subject of Moral Injury within the context of military operations. Kevin and I met with representatives of Ellel
Ministries from both Canada and the Netherlands in an effort to discern if there could be an opportunity for us to work together. Our discussions have been fruitful.

Just War Theory has been and continues to be a subject of debate within academic circles. Governments and military leadership alike discuss its application, many times indirectly and on occasion unconsciously as they consider potential and actual courses of action. Such discussions are of no value to the men and women who are directly involved in the application of military power and experience the effects of both their actions and inactions while performing such work. Increasingly, recognition of the existence of moral injury is occurring. While the lifting of the veil on a previously ill-recognized effect of military operations is important, it is only the beginning of what needs to be a fulsome understanding of the malady and its successful treatment from a sound theological perspective. This joint seminar is the MCF’s first foray into what has been a previously poorly understood effect of military operations.

If you have been sensitized to the matter of moral injury either as a care practitioner or as an individual who has them-self suffered such an injury or has a friend or family member who has been so injured I recommend that come to this seminar. You will not be disappointed.

Gerry Potter
Colonel (Retired)
President

The MCF is hosting Online Alpha Course

I pray that you are adapting to our shift to social distancing as well as you can.  I find that I am missing getting together with my friends and neighbours as I do my part to minimize my movements outside of my home.

While there are activities that we can busy ourselves with, we are by nature social, and we are drawn to each other.

Interestingly, this desire for social contact amongst each other is a function of our having been made in the image of God.  God by nature is social and He demonstrated this aspect of His nature in the first chapter of the first book of the Bible.  In Genesis 1:26 God said: “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness…” God described Himself in the plural form, which Christians have come to understand is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, otherwise known as the Trinity. While God expresses Himself as a Trinity, elsewhere He is clear that He is still One (Deuteronomy 6:4).  It is an aspect of God that many people puzzle over.

There are lots of aspects of God that are not only mysterious, but also interesting and in some cases truly lifechanging. The Alpha course is a program that provides an environment where curious people can learn about God, ask questions and be heard as they join each other in exploring God.

I think that there is no better time to become part of an online Alpha course than now. We have questions about where is God in all that we see occurring around us, we have the need to socialize and we have then need to be safe. The online Alpha course can address all of these aspects. So, on 19 April I and several of my MCF colleagues are going to host an 11-week online Alpha course using the teleconferencing platform called Zoom.

If you have questions about God and want to learn and discuss your questions in a safe environment, then please sign up for the Alpha course. You may also extend this invitation to a family member or a colleague.  Please contact the MCF office for more information and to register.

Join me on 19 April at 7:00 pm EST.  These Sunday evening sessions will past approximately 60-75 minutes during which we will watch short videos and discussion what we think and how we feel. I think that you will enjoy our time together and I look forward to meeting you.

Gerry Potter
President

2020 – ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

This year’s annual general meeting (AGM) is scheduled to take place on 29 February commencing at 1:00 pm EST.



This year we will be able to meet without having to physically travel to a specific location for the AGM.  As we did in 2019, we will be using the teleconferencing application called “ZOOM”, which the executive team has been using for a few years.  We have had great success with this application and have expanding its use in support of the AGM.  For the best experience please download the application to whichever device you will use to connect to the AGM.  This application will permit you to join the MCF AGM, to participate either through chat or voice, to view presentations that will be given and allow members to vote all from the comfort of where ever you choose to be at the time of the meeting.  Again, the only condition is that you have internet access and for the second time, attendance at the MCF AGM is available for all without associated travel arrangements and costs. I look forward to meeting with you at the MCF AGM on 29 Feb.

You should likely use a device that will permit you a viewing screen larger than a smart phone. There may be documents and power point viewing necessary during this meeting.  You can access the application either through your device’s application functionality or at this web-site – https://zoom.us/signup.

We are excited over what has happened during the past year and over what we are planning to do during the coming year.

Please note that more information will be provided in the coming weeks.

***Only members of the MCF will be given the right to vote at the AGM. Please confirm your membership by contacting the office.

AMCF Week of Prayer (WOP)

Another year is history as 2019 drew to a close and the firm but often unseen hand of God has written another chapter in the history of mankind. It is very comforting to know that what happens in the New Year will not take God by surprise, though what happens may be a surprise to us.  

As we usher in the Year 2020, let us do so with the assurance of God’s strength to run with endurance the race set before us. 

 In this regard, I wish to remind you that the AMCF North American Region’s Annual Week of Prayer (WOP) is scheduled for  26-31 January 2020. 



The constant need for our steadfastness in fulfilling the Great Commission in the armed forces is ever before us. The upcoming WOP therefore provides an opportunity to all of us in the Region to assemble and to pray while encouraging others to join in corporate prayer.  Likewise, it provides the opportunity to visit and evangelize whilst bringing the needs of individuals, families, forces and nations to our Lord and Saviour in prayer.

Let us therefore embrace this opportunity as we launch out collectively into the New Year with the assurance of God’s love and faithfulness.  

Blessings,
Cdr Wilbert N Kirton, Ret’d
AMCF VP 
North America

Family Life weekend getaway.

A Weekend Getaway is a marriage conference uniquely designed to enrich your relationship.

For most couples it’s a chance to reconnect, re-establish the foundation and rekindle romance.
For others, it’s a fresh start. For some, it will be the weekend that saves a marriage.

Wherever you’re at in your relationship, this retreat is a weekend to remember. The atmosphere is relaxed and warm, even fun.
You’ll hear from real couples doing real life together… God’s way. You’ll be given time to process what you’re learning.
And together, you’ll make a plan for a marriage that lasts a lifetime.
There is a military discount for these weekend, please provide information at time of registration.

Below are a few options of the Weekend getaway you can register for.

Go to FAMILYLIFE.com to see  more options.

Grey Cup Breakfast 2019 (Calgary)

“Saturday, 23 November, Athletes in Action, a ministry of Power to Change, held its 41stGrey Cup Breakfast at the Big Four Roadhouse, Stampede Park, in Calgary. Each year Athletes in Action hosts a breakfast the day before the Grey Cup game at which CFL players, coaches, trainers and their spouses share their experiences within the professional sports world as followers of Jesus. The speakers provide attendees with an unvarnished look into their struggles and their faith journey with Christ. Each year the gospel is consistently and clearly presented and those in attendance are offered the opportunity to invite Jesus into their lives.

This year as in previous years, through generous donations the MCF was able to sponsor 20 members of the military community. I am grateful to those who made it possible for these individuals to hear how Jesus is impacting men and women in one of Canada’s professional sports environs.  I am also joyful that two of those who attended accepted Jesus as their Saviour and Lord and that another was convicted to recommit himself to the Way.  Please join with me in expressing thanks to God for His work in the lives of these people, for inspiring others to give both of themselves and of their financial resources to make the breakfast and its impact possible.  Also, please join me in praying for the commitment that has been made by all those who either accepted Jesus or rededicated themselves. As always, God is on the move and we are given the privilege of joining Him.”

Gerry Potter

Colonel (Retired)

President

 

It’s exciting yet never too early to mark this in your calendar. 22 November 2020 at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan will be the next Grey Cup.

Please consider being our guest at the 2020 Grey Cup breakfast event Saturday 21 November and pray for your colleagues who may be impacted by this outstanding event. Also, consider financially sponsoring someone to attend next year’s breakfast.