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September 16, 2021 Update

FAC Gathering Updates

As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency effective immediately. This week’s AHS update includes some adjustments that may be of personal interest to all of us – you can read more here.

FAC remains committed to doing all we can to make our weekend gatherings as safe as possible. We continue to follow all public health COVID-19 recommendations and guidelines to make FAC a safe environment to gather in person. Masks remain mandatory inside our FAC Deerfoot and FAC Southwest Campuses, and starting this weekend:

  • We’ll continue to hold to safe limits on the number in attendance (though no advance registration is required)
  • Auditorium seating will be arranged so that you’re safely distanced from others
  • Please allow our team to seat you
  • We can continue singing behind our masks
  • Sundays at Deerfoot we’ll continue to gather at 10:15 am
  • On-campus cafés are temporarily closed and complementary coffee service is temporarily suspended
  • Following each on-campus service, we encourage attendees to linger and safely distance outside the buildings

Baptism will still happen safely and in accordance with AHS guidelines at the Deerfoot and Southwest Campuses. Our online campus will continue to broadcast on Facebook, YouTube, and live.faccalgary.com. Special Baptism weekend streaming time this Sunday only 10:15 am.

Whether or not you feel able to gather in person at this time, we’ll still join together as one large family to worship King Jesus. We continue to remain prayerful about how we as Christ’s church, His body on earth, can serve people and offer His hope and healing to our neighbours.


September 10, 2021 Update

Update: COVID-19 and Fall Kick-Off

Fall Kick-Off weekend is this weekend, September 11/12! Sadly, however, due to forecasted levels of rain this weekend and recent changes in COVID-19 precautions, we’re not able to safely host the family picnic-style post-service Kick-Off party we’d hoped to. Learn more about all the details for Kick-Off weekend!

Keep reading for a reminder of our ongoing on-campus protocols, still in place to keep you safe.

In light of the most recent changes announced by The City of Calgary, masks will be required inside FAC’s physical campuses until further notice. This also means plexiglass panels will be in place in front of singers and speakers on the stage. To best protect one another and adhere to The City of Calgary mask bylaw:

  • Masks will be made available upon entry at FAC Deerfoot and Southwest campuses in case you forget yours
  • Physical distancing is strongly encouraged
  • You’re welcome to find seating of your own choosing in either campus auditorium; please space yourself according to your comfort level and respect those around you

Weekend Info

• Grade 5&6 begins in person this weekend!
• DiscoveryLand classes are open (Early Childhood-Grade 4)!
• Sunday service at FAC Deerfoot is now 10:15 am!

Not ready to join us in person for weekend services? Join our FAC Online Campus (Saturdays 6:30 pm, Sundays 9:15 & 11:15 am)!


September 3, 2021 Update

COVID-19 Updates: Mask Mandate

COVID-19 Updates

In light of the most recent changes announced by The City of Calgary, effective this Saturday, September 4, masks will be required inside FAC’s physical campuses until further notice. This also means plexiglass panels will be in place in front of singers and speakers on the stage. To best protect one another and adhere to The City of Calgary mask bylaw:

  • Masks will be made available upon entry at FAC Deerfoot and Southwest campuses in case you forget yours
  • Physical distancing is strongly encouraged
  • You’re welcome to find seating of your own choosing in either campus auditorium; please space yourself according to your comfort level and respect those around you

Weekend Info

It’s Worship Together Weekend! Grade 5&6 students will join their families in the main auditorium for the weekend service.

• DiscoveryLand classes are now open from Early Childhood through Grade 4.

• We’ve changed our Sunday morning service time at the Deerfoot Campus so we’re now gathering together at a new time of 10:15 am … We can worship and learn and pray in community, still allowing space for each one to feel safe. Because we’re ready when you’re ready.

Uncomfortable gathering in person for weekend services? Please join our FAC Online Campus (Saturdays 6:30 pm, Sundays 9:15 & 11:15 am)!

Be sure to check our websiteand newsletteremails often for the latest updates.


 August 20, 2021 Update

FAC Gathering Updates

We’re open, but safely so!

Have You Heard? We’ve changed our Sunday morning service time at the FAC Deerfoot Campus so we’re now gathering together at a new time of 10:15 am … We can worship and learn and pray in community, still allowing space for each one to feel safe. Because we’re ready when you’re ready.

The south entrance at the Deerfoot Campus is now open. Feel free to park at that end – particularly handy if you’re checking kids into DiscoveryLand!

We understand that there’s still a level of uncertainty surrounding our day-to-day lives, and we want to assure you that we continue to be diligent in applying protocols to keep everyone safe on our campuses … We’re open, but safely so. Wearing a mask is now optional on both physical campuses; please do continue to show respect and care by observing distancing recommendations with those around you. Designated mask-only and/or distanced seating areas are available; a member of the team of ushers would be happy to direct you!

Want to connect with staff leaders following a service? Stop by NEXT for a casual chat with someone who can help in answering any questions you might have about what FAC is about. Watch for the NEXT banners by the Information Desks at the FAC Deerfoot or Southwest campuses!

Harvest Ministries is excited to welcome you back to Cornerstone Café at the FAC Deerfoot campus where specialty coffee, cold drinks and snacks will be available for purchase – and complimentary coffee will also be available!

DiscoveryLand Update

  • DiscoveryLand in-person is now offered from Early Childhood through Grade 4!
  • It’s Summer Blast Weekend for Grade 5&6 students only. Students are invited to connect with all their DiscoveryLand friends August 21/22!

August 13, 2021 Update

**This Sunday only** FAC Online Baptism Service at 10:15 am

We’re Open, But Safely!

The south entrance at the Deerfoot Campus is now open. Feel free to park at that end – particularly handy if you’re checking kids into DiscoveryLand classrooms!

We understand that there’s still a level of uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and our day-to-day lives, and we want to assure you that we continue to be diligent in applying protocols to keep everyone safe on our campuses … We’re open, but safely so. Wearing a mask is now optional on both physical campuses; please do continue to show respect and care by observing distancing recommendations with those around you. Designated mask-only and/or distanced seating areas are available; a member of the team of ushers would be happy to direct you!

Want to connect with staff leaders following a service? Stop by NEXT for a casual chat with someone who can help in answering any questions you might have about what FAC is about. Watch on Main Street for the Connect, Grow, Serve, and Share banners!

Our Harvest Ministries team is excited to welcome you back to our on-campus cafés where specialty beverages and snacks will be available for purchase – and complimentary coffee will also be available!

DiscoveryLand In-Person COVID-19 Updates

  • DiscoveryLand classes are now open from Early Childhood through Grade 4
  • Grade 5&6 students are invited to be part of Family Worship Together weekend services throughout August, with the exception of August 21/22 when they’re are invited to connect with all their DiscoveryLand friends at Summer Blast!
  • We need you! Come have a ton of fun by joining our summer DiscoveryLand volunteer team, serving kids and families as we gather in person again!
SUMMER SERVE

Updated August 5, 2021

Weekends at FAC

**New** Sunday service at FAC Deerfoot is now 10:15 am!

We’re grateful to be able to gather together safely on our physical campuses again! While we’re free to gather without masks and seating will be self-directed, please continue to show respect and care by observing distancing recommendations with those around you. Anyone who prefers to wear a mask is of course welcome to do so; designated seating will also be available for attendees with a continuing need to maintain physical distance from others who are not masked. Not masking but require physical distance? A member of the team of ushers would be happy to direct you!

Please plan to linger after any service and catch up with friends – or meet someone new! Complimentary coffee will be provided – and our Harvest Ministries team is excited to welcome you back to our on-campus cafés where specialty beverages and snacks will be available for purchase!

DiscoveryLand In Person Update

  • DiscoveryLand classes are now open from Early Childhood through Grade 4
  • Grade 5&6 students are invited to be part of Family Worship Together weekend services throughout August, with the exception of August 21/22 when they’re invited to connect with all their DiscoveryLand friends!
  • We need you! Come have a ton of fun by joining our summer DiscoveryLand volunteer team, serving kids and families as we gather in person again!
SUMMER SERVE

Updated July 28, 2021

This Weekend at FAC

We’re grateful to be able to gather together safely on our physical campuses again! While we’re free to gather without masks and seating will be self-directed, please continue to show respect and care by observing distancing recommendations with those around you. Anyone who prefers to wear a mask is of course welcome to do so; designated seating will also be available for attendees with a continuing need to maintain physical distance from others who are not masked. Not masking but require physical distance? A member of the team of ushers would be happy to direct you!

Please plan to linger after any service and catch up with friends – or meet someone new!

We applaud our amazing Harvest Ministries teams for their dedication in serving our city through food-based outreach programming throughout the pandemic! We wish each team member a well-deserved break from on-campus food services over the July 31/August 1 long weekend!

**New** Sundays at Deerfoot! Gathering together at a new time of 10:15 am.

DiscoveryLand In Person Update

  • Early Childhood spaces are now staffed and ready to receive children born later than 2018 so parents are free to attend the main service.
  • On-campus DiscoveryLand teams are excited to welcome children born in 2016, 2017, and 2018 (3-5-year-olds) at Deerfoot and Southwest Campuses.
  • July 31/August 1 is Summer Blast weekend!! Kids entering Grades 1-6 are invited to connect with all their DiscoveryLand friends this weekend!
  • Grade 1-4 classrooms re-open for the remainder of the summer next weekend, August 7/8!
  • We need you! Come have a ton of fun by joining our summer DiscoveryLand volunteer team, serving kids and families as we gather in person again!
SUMMER SERVE

Updated July 7, 2021

COVID-19 Update: Mask Bylaw

In accordance with the July 5 change to the City of Calgary bylaw, effective immediately, masks are no longer required inside either of FAC’s physical campuses. This also means plexiglass panels are no longer required in front of singers and speakers on the stage. Our onstage team looks forward to clearly seeing faces again!

As always, we’re ready when you’re ready … While we’re free to gather without masks and seating will be self-directed, anyone who prefers to wear a mask is of course welcome to do so; designated seating will also be available for attendees with a need to maintain physical distance from others who are not masked.

Beginning this weekend, July 10/11, bring a lawnchair to the campus of your choosing, and plan to linger outside (weather permitting) after the service and catch up with friends – or meet someone new! Complimentary coffee and refreshments will be available.

FAC is committed to providing spaces to connect in worship and in community … Let’s continue to extend respect and a warm welcome to one another, regardless of different comfort levels!

DiscoveryLand In Person Update

  • **NEW** Early Childhood spaces are now staffed and ready to receive children born later than 2018 so parents are free to attend the main service.
  • On-campus DiscoveryLand teams are excited to welcome children born in 2016, 2017, and 2018 (3-5-year-olds) at Deerfoot and Southwest Campuses.
  • DiscoveryLand activity packs will be available for Grade School kids (k-Gr.4) who will join their parents in the main Auditorium for the service.
  • Grade School kids are invited to connect with all their friends in DiscoveryLand during weekend service times July 31/August 1 at Summer Blast!
  • We need you! Come have a ton of fun by joining our summer DiscoveryLand volunteer team, serving kids and families as we gather in person again!
SUMMER SERVE

Updated July 2, 2021

In-Person Gathering Updates

FAC family, we’re ready when you’re ready! With the changes in AHS guidelines, we’re adjusting our own in-person processes to both reflect these updates and continue to safely welcome back all who are ready to meet corporately on our physical campuses.

Here are some in-person updates you need to know, beginning this weekend, July 3/4:

  • Registration for weekend services is no longer required. Checking in when you arrive at the campus will be available but entirely voluntary; signage will direct you to the check-in kiosk at each campus.
  • **New Sundays at Deerfoot** The 9:15 am and 11:15 am Sunday services at the Deerfoot Campus will gather together to worship at 10:15 am.
  • As needed, volunteers at any given service will enter and exit through a separate door, so as to reduce congestion.
  • You’ll be welcome to find seating of your own choosing at either campus, with plenty of opportunity to space yourself according to your level of comfort.
  • The City of Calgary has opted to extend mandatory masking; thus, masks will be required indoors at each campus.
  • Exciting news! We’re now clear to sing together (from behind our masks) when we gather! We look forward to lifting our voices in worship together again – we’ve missed hearing you!

DiscoveryLand

  • On-campus DiscoveryLand teams are excited to welcome children born in 2016, 2017, and 2018 (3-5-year-olds) at Deerfoot and Southwest.
  • Early childhood spaces will be open for parents to use with their own children; the service will be livestreamed on screens in the rooms.
  • DiscoveryLand activity packs will be available for Grade School kids (K-Gr. 4) who will join their parents in the main Auditorium for the service. But you won’t want to miss Summer Blast July 31/August 1 and August 21/22, when Grade School kids are invited to connect with all their friends in DiscoveryLand during the weekend services!

We’re still working hard to keep each person safe and healthy, while recognizing that each family and individual will process the return to in-person gatherings in their own way and at their own pace … As you attend in-person gatherings, please remember to extend respect to others who may for any number of reasons be at a different place in that journey.


Updated June 25, 2021

**NEW** Sundays at Deerfoot!

Beginning the weekend of July 3/4, the 9:15 am and 11:15 am Sunday services at the Deerfoot Campus will gather together to worship at 10:15 am. Keep watching the website and our social media channels for ongoing updates on the process of gathering at the Deerfoot, Southwest, and Online Campuses.

Also beginning July 3/4, our on-campus DiscoveryLand teams are excited to welcome children born in 2016, 2017, and 2018 (3-5-year-olds) at Deerfoot and Southwest. Early childhood spaces will be open for parents to use with their own children; the service will be livestreamed on screens in the rooms.[DiscoveryLand activity packs will be available for] Grade School kids (K-Gr. 4) [who] will join their parents in the main Auditorium for the service. But you won’t want to miss Summer Blast July 31/August 1 and August 21/22, when Grade School kids are invited to connect with all their friends in DiscoveryLand during the weekend services!

If you’d like to be part of the weekend volunteer team, learn more about the many ways to do that! Learn more about how to get involved!


Updated June 4, 2021

Gathering Again In Person Beginning June 12/13!

Like you, we’re thankful things are moving forward with safe re-opening here in Alberta, and are so excited to invite you to join us for in-person weekend services at our Deerfoot and Southwest Campuses again starting June 12/13! We will continue to adhere to AHS guidelines to make each in-person gathering a safe one.

Be sure to register to reserve your seat(s) for your service of choice … Registration for June 12/13 opens June 7 on our updated registration platform on the FAC website – you’ll find the link right on the homepage!

DiscoveryLand‘s In Person, Too!
Our Deerfoot and Southwest teams can’t wait to welcome Grade School kids back! Starting this month, kids finishing Kindergarten are invited to be part of the Grade School classroom, and kids finishing Grade 4 get to be part of Grade 5&6!

DiscoveryLand will continue to offer online/at-home resources, in the event that is the best alternative for your family at this time.

Thinking of Being Part of a Volunteer Team?
We’d love to help you do that! You can rest assured we’re working hard to keep everybody safe – volunteers and guests alike! Learn more about how to get involved!

FAC Deerfoot, 12345 40 Street SE Calgary, Alberta T2Z 4E6
Saturday 6:30 pm  |  Sunday 9:15 & 11:15 am

FAC Southwest, 16520 24 Street SW (Glenmore Christian Academy)
Sunday 11:15 am

At the same time our online campus will continue to broadcast on all platforms at the usual times. We want to serve you and those you love as best we can. Join our services at regular service times Online Campus, Facebook Live, or Youtube (closed caption available) – or Phone-and-Listen (1-844-553-5213) to any of our services.


Updated May 28, 2021

In light of the most recent changes announced by AHS this week, we’re making plans to gather again in person soon … Be sure to check our website and newsletter emails often for the latest updates.

Meanwhile, join our drive-in-style service this Saturday, May 29 | 6:30 pm | Deerfoot Campus, North Parking Lot. Tune in on 104.7 FM. No registration is required.

Guidelines:

Please REMAIN inside YOUR vehicle
Leave ONE STALL open between each vehicle
Keep WINDOWS CLOSED, unless you’re 6 feet away from other vehicles / wearing a mask
(open sunroof is allowed)

LEARN MORE

Can’t make it to the drive-in service?
Join us online: Facebook, YouTube, and live.faccalgary.com. Services will be at our usual times, Saturday 6:30 pm and Sunday 9:15 and 11:15 am.


Updated May 7, 2021

Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, AHS announced new measures this week. As we continue to navigate life in a pandemic, FAC remains committed to seeking God’s guidance while erring on the side of public health and safety. There is no further impact on our current reality as it relates to in-person gatherings. Weekend services and DiscoveryLand remain exclusively online. Be assured we are committed to the safety of our staff and volunteers, and have implemented additional measures that allow us to continue to operate safely within AHS guidelines.

Drive-in services have been postponed for this Saturday, May 8. We’ll continue to assess the weather conditions weekly to determine whether or not to proceed.

Join our services at regular service times Online Campus, Facebook Live, or Youtube (closed caption available) – or Phone-and-Listen (1-844-553-5213) to any of our services.

This weekend, we’re focusing on the power of forgiveness!
Saturday 6:30 pm | Sunday 9:15 & 11:15 am


Updated April 23, 2021

No Drive-In Service This Saturday, Join Us Online!

Join our services at regular service times Online Campus, Facebook Live, or Youtube (closed caption available) – or Phone-and-Listen (1-844-553-5213) to any of our services.
This weekend, we explore the kind of relationship Jesus offers us!
Saturday 6:30 pm | Sunday 9:15 & 11:15 am


Updated April 16, 2021

Join us for a Drive-in-style Service!

This Saturday, April 17 | 6:30 pm | Deerfoot Campus, North Parking Lot
Tune in on 104.7 FM. No registration is required.

Guidelines:

  • Please REMAIN inside YOUR vehicle
  • Leave ONE STALL open between each vehicle
  • Keep WINDOWS CLOSED, unless you’re 6 feet away from other vehicles / wearing a mask
    (open sunroof is allowed)
LEARN MORE

Updated April 8, 2021

Join us for a Drive-in-style Service!

This Saturday, April 10 | 6:30 pm | Deerfoot Campus, North Parking Lot
Tune in on 104.7 FM. No registration is required.

Guidelines:

  • Please REMAIN inside YOUR vehicle
  • Leave ONE STALL open between each vehicle
  • Keep WINDOWS CLOSED, unless you’re 6 feet away from other vehicles / wearing a mask
    (open sunroof is allowed)
LEARN MORE

Updated April 7, 2021

What a great celebration we had during Holy Week and on the Easter Weekend! It was such a joy for us to gather in person again, and we endeavour to ensure that we can do so safely – going the extra mile to show the love of Jesus to our neighbours.

In light of the most recent changes announced by the Provincial Government and our continued concern for staff, volunteers, and congregation member’s health we‘ve made the decision that weekend services will be exclusively online, effective immediately. There will be no in-person worship gatherings at our physical campuses. We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as required.

Our online campus will continue to broadcast on Facebook, YouTube, and live.faccalgary.com. Services will be at our usual times, Saturday 6:30 pm and Sunday 9:15 and 11:15 am.

Be sure to check our website and newsletter emails often for the latest updates.

Will you pray with us that we’ll continue to be the church He calls us to be? All for Jesus!

I CAN HELP

 

I NEED HELP

Updated March 30, 2021

Easter is almost here and our services are filling up quick, some have already reached capacity! With that, please note we are adding additional services times: Saturday 4:30 pm at the Deerfoot Campus and Sunday 9:15 am at the Southwest Campus. DiscoveryLand kids’ programming available for Grades 1-4 for all services.

RESERVE A SEAT

 

Thinking of volunteering to help us gather safely in person this Easter? We’re working hard to keep our volunteers and our attendees safe and healthy by ensuring all processes are fully in accordance with AHS guidelines.

VOLUNTEER

 


Updated March 23, 2021

 

Registration is now open for in-person Easter weekend services at our Deerfoot and Southwest Campus locations! Based on AHS guidelines, we‘re limited to 15% capacity at any one service, but if needed we’ll add services to accommodate all who wish to gather.
RESERVE A SEAT

But we need a team of volunteers like you to make it happen … find out how you can be part of the team!
VOLUNTEER


Updated March 16, 2021

COVID-19 Updates: Gathering In Person This Easter!

Based on AHS re-openings and ongoing vaccinations, we’re excited to gather in person again starting Easter weekend! But we need a team of volunteers like you to make it happen … Check out the Easter link at faccalgary.comto find out how you can be part of the team!

Where are you in your journey?

I CAN VOLUNTEER I CAN HELP I NEED HELP

Updated January 15, 2021

FAC COVID-19 Updates

As AHS continues to monitor and adjust to current COVID-19 cases, FAC remains committed to serving our community by going the extra mile to protect those who are most vulnerable. This week’s AHS update includes some adjustments that may be of personal interest to all of us – you can read more here [https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx]. As needed, we are now able to slightly increase the previous maximum allowable for funeral gatherings to better serve those grieving the loss of a loved one.

While we look forward to being able to safely gather in person again, weekend services and DiscoveryLand remain exclusively online indefinitely. We continue to remain prayerful about how we as Christ’s church, His body on earth, can serve people and offer His hope and healing – to those in our neighbourhoods, to the vulnerable in our city and beyond, to those striving to lead and make decisions. Will you pray with us that though we’re apart, we will be the church He calls us to be?


Updated December 9, 2020
Pray for our Leaders and our Neighbours

We continue to pray for our government and health leaders as they forward new guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus. While our staff continues to make any adjustments needed to keep the work environment as safe as possible, there is no further impact on our current reality as it relates to in-person gatherings. Weekend services and Discoveryland remain exclusively online. Be assured we are committed to erring on the side of safety and leading by caring example.

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4


Updated November 25, 2020
Weekend Services Exclusively Online

As you have doubtless heard, the Government of Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency. New measures have been introduced to stop widespread community transmission of the virus, and to protect the health care system. These measures include the prohibition of indoor social gatherings, the closure of large venues, a phased closure of schools, and the recommendation that, where possible, people work from home.

While these new restrictions do not introduce new measures for FAC, we continue to err on the side of caution, and want to do all we can to love our neighbours by reducing the R number in the coming weeks. The rules may not impact us – but we can make an impact by choosing to go the second mile. Together we can make a difference to protect the vulnerable, and stand with our essential workers in these challenging times.

We‘ve made the decision that weekend services will be exclusively online, effective immediately. There will be no in-person worship gatherings at our physical campuses until the weekend of January 9/10. All other events at the physical campuses will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, and always subject to AHS guidelines.

Our online campus will continue to broadcast on Facebook, YouTube, and live.faccalgary.com. Services will be at our usual times, Saturday 6:30 pm and Sunday 9:15 and 11:15 am.

This weekend we begin our Christmas series with a message called LEAVING HOME. Like Jesus, Mary and Joseph had to leave so much behind. Maybe that’s what you feel right now – a sense of losing so many things. But none of this gets in God’s way. Christmas, as it’s always been, is still a celebration of Emmanuel – God with us! In our uncertainty … in our need and loneliness … in the big questions of our times – God is with us!

We hope you’ll join us for our Christmas Eve service of Carols by Candlelight – an hour of music and narrative celebrating the birth of Jesus. The services will be live streamed at 2:00, 4:00, and 6:00 pm on December 24 – or you can watch anytime after.

Regular updates will be available on the FAC Experience app which you can download on all platforms. With notifications enabled, you’ll receive regular news. You can also opt in for our weekly email newsletter.

We often say we don’t go to church because we are the church. This Christmas we can personally show the love of Jesus by checking in on those around us, perhaps going grocery shopping for them or picking up prescriptions if they’re unable to go outside. Someone will also call you to see how you’re doing. We want to hear from you if there’s some practical way we can help. And most of all, we can pray for one another!

We will continue to serve with the same level of commitment you’ve come to expect – housing those experiencing homelessness, feeding the hungry, providing winter clothing to those in need, and assisting refugee families arriving in the city. I recognise for many of us this is a difficult time but I would encourage you to continue to support our ministry. You can give securely online or through the FAC Experience app. Thank you for your faithful generosity.

My prayer for you this Christmas is that you will know the peace, the comfort, and the very real presence of Emmanuel!


Updated November 18, 2020
In-Person Weekend Gatherings Continue as Planned

Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, AHS announced new measures last week. FAC continues to seek God’s guidance while erring on the side of public health and safety. These new measures have not impacted our in-person gatherings at this time. We’ll continue to meet in person at our physical campuses while observing all current AHS protocols.

Here’s the link to the AHS guidance effective November 13:
https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx


Updated October 17/18, 2020
Re-launch Phase 2: In-Person DiscoveryLand (Grades 1-4 & Grade 5&6)

As we continue to navigate life in a pandemic time, we know that DiscoveryLand’s mandate has not changed. We’ll continue to “partner with families to build young lives that honour God”, and will stand with parents as they help their children grow in their faith.

We understand that parents have to pick and choose what’s best for their families and their cohorts, so you may choose to not attend our in-person services at this time. We’ll miss you, but please know that we will continue to provide great DiscoveryLand Online services for each age-specific group.

DiscoveryLand Re-launch – Deerfoot Campus

DiscoveryLand Re-launch – Southwest Campus


Updated September 10, 2020

COVID-19 Updates: We’re Ready When You’re Ready!

This has been our perspective as our staff have strategized and prepared and prayed for the time when we’ll gather together in person again. And after extensive meetings and planning and conversations and diligent research, we’re ready and excited to welcome you back to our physical campuses this weekend! Like everything we’re all experiencing these days, though we’ll be back in a familiar physical space, much of what we do won’t look or feel the same as it used to … But we want you to know that we’re working hard to make each of our physical campuses of FAC not only a safe place to gather, but also a place to encounter the living God – to be challenged and encouraged in our relationship with Jesus Christ as we each continue to connect, grow, serve, and share as he directs us.

 So, are you ready?

Be sure to reserve your seat for the service you plan to attend; you can access our online registration for each weekend the Monday before, starting at 10:00 am. As we re-launch our in-person services, we’ll do all we can to keep you informed; be sure to check the websitefor the latest developments going forward. And to give you a bit of insight right now into what you can expect as we gather in person again, be sure to check out the video specific to the campus you’ll be attending.

What to Expect …

FAC Deerfoot

FAC Southwest

We can’t wait to see you again!


Updated September 3, 2020

In-Person Re-launch

We have exciting news … September 12/13 is our on-campus re-launch weekend! In-person public worship services will resume at both the Deerfoot and Southwest campuses – and you’re invited to participate.

We’ve continued to follow all public health recommendations and guidelines regarding COVID-19 to make FAC a safe environment to gather in person. You’ll have the opportunity to reserve your seats in advance for the service you plan to attend, and we’ll hold to safe limits on the number in attendance. As you enter, our touchless system will confirm your arrival, friendly ushers will help you find seats and maintain physical distancing, and a clean and sanitized facility will be waiting for you. Some things will be different but that will also provide a great opportunity for us to experiment with engaging worship formats. We want to be ready when you are ready to join with us.

At the same time our online campus will continue to broadcast on all platforms at the usual times. We want to serve you and those you love as best we can. Whether you feel able at this time to gather in person or not, we’ll still join together as one large family to worship King Jesus.
As we enter this next phase of the journey we’re excited about what God has in store for us. And I’m excited to see you again. Things may be challenging; not all of us feel ready to gather in person at this point; and doubtless we will face complexities. But in it all I am continually reminded that God is with us and he is for us. We continue to find new opportunities to serve our city and proclaim the Gospel. Jesus promised us that he is building his church! Nothing can prevail against him.

James Paton, Lead Pastor

Be sure to check the website often for the latest updates as we re-launch in-person gatherings – including how to reserve your seats in advance, and what to expect when you join us!


Updated July 9, 2020

Campus Re-Opening Update

Thank you for your generosity … It’s been a remarkable season, a difficult time, and a time when we’ve been able to impact many lives in our city. Thank you for your faithfulness … Thank you for reaching out and being part of all that’s been going in our church family in a wider setting. Because you continue to give, our teams of staff and limited numbers of volunteers have been able to pivot from established ministry efforts and ways of serving our city to new opportunities, new ways to be part of good work happening during this time of crisis.

We continue to watch and pray about what and when our next steps will be, what our summer and fall might look like. Many have asked about a baptism opportunity – that’s something our teams are diligently thinking through.

We do have some tentative dates for re-opening our physical campuses for onsite gatherings – tentative because we’re still waiting on government news, and waiting on some equipment to arrive – but there is a possibility that we may be able to start small in-person gatherings again on our physical campuses as soon as the weekend of September 12/13. As always, these decisions are firmly based on the learnings and guidance passed along by AHS, and we’re aware the dates and parameters could shift. Regardless of how things roll out we are looking forward to what God has in store for us.


Updated June 26, 2020

Pray for SHS Local Missions

Pray for a team of FAC high school students and leaders serving locally June 29-July 4. They’ll work with FAC’s existing COVID-19 response partnerships serving those who are hurting and in need of food support – efforts such as the bag lunch program for kids, food hamper distribution with the Calgary Food Bank, and sorting donations and learning about homelessness with The Mustard Seed. Pray for unity and for the impact of the week on both the team members and those they get to serve.


Updated June 19, 2020

Moving Toward Campus Re-Opening

Positive Disruption is not only the title of our current teaching series; it’s the reality we’re living in. The amount of change we have experienced in the past 3 months has been monumental. The impact on each one of us personally has been challenging and the consequences considerable. Yet more change is on the horizon as we enter phase 2 of re-opening in our province. You have been waiting patiently – so let me try to explain where we are right now and what will happen next.

Some time ago I expressed to our staff team some principles and priorities that will guide how we navigate this change. Principles such as:

We seek truth:
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6, NIV)

We seek the way of love:
“Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these 2 commandments.”” (Matthew 22:37-40, NIV)

We seek to serve:
“Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”” (Mark 9:35, NIV)

From these principles come our priorities:
• We will err on the side of public health and safety.
• We will err on the side of long-term thinking.
• We will err on the side of preparedness.
• To minimize mistakes, we will respect and heed the advice of experts.

Because your health matters most of all, we have engaged the professional advice of public health experts to help us navigate what it means to re-open several large facilities for large numbers of people. As we’ve worked through the government regulations, there are a number of processes and procedures we need to put in place, as well as equipment we need to purchase. Things like a registration system to book your seats and confirm attendance; signage to help you navigate your way safely while maintaining physical distancing on campus; PPE for all of our volunteers; and a rapid sanitation system to be used before and after services. Our logistics team are working diligently to have everything ready for your return.

We want to be ready for you when you feel ready to join us in person at either of our physical campuses. But things will be different. To keep our numbers within the allowable range, you’ll have to book your seats in advance and sign in once you arrive. (That means being on time!) Children will have to remain with you in the auditorium and we hope to have limited DiscoveryLand capacity for those 2 and older in the near future. Masks will be encouraged. There will be no congregational singing as singing has been identified as a high-risk behaviour when it comes to spreading the virus – but humming along is permitted! Following the service, you’ll be dismissed row by row. Unfortunately, we do not have the space for visiting on Main Street after the worship services.

Re-opening will be more of a process than an event and we probably all have our own personal timeline about when we’ll feel comfortable being in a large crowd. For some, even with these limitations, just being with people again will be a huge draw. For others, this will feel less than ideal. This is why we are fully committed to investing in our online campus. Our weekend worship services and other resources will continue to be broadcast on our website, the FAC Experience app, Facebook Live, and YouTube.

It will take us some time to have everything ready and I’ll do my best to keep you updated on our progress. Please know this: even as we wait, God is at work. People are saying yes to Jesus almost every weekend. Prayers are being answered. People experiencing homelessness are receiving shelter and hungry people are being fed. Our church has never been closed. We are God’s people on mission – everyone, everywhere, all the time.

Pastor James Paton
Lead Pastor


Updated June 9, 2020

COVID-19 Updates: ALL FAC’s Services Remain Online

The Premier has recently announced phase 2 of the relaunch process allowing places of worship to resume gathering – provided we operate within the prescribed AHS guidelines. FAC will continue to gather and connect online. The recent update includes several stipulations that would make it challenging for a congregation of our size and dynamic to be able to safely resume in-person gatherings at this time.

Please see link below for details.

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Updated May 13, 2020

COVID-19 Updates: ALL FAC’s Services Remain Online

Though AHS has recently released guidelines allowing places of worship to resume gathering in the near future, FAC will continue to gather and connect online. The recent update includes several stipulations that would make it impossible for a congregation of our size and dynamic to be able to safely resume in-person gatherings at this time.

One of the key issues is that the congregation would not be able to join in singing together … Imagine gathering together on campus with a live band onstage and singers livestreamed from other spaces – and having to fight the urge to sing along in worship!

The guidelines also specify requirements around safe physical distancing, maximum numbers, and cleaning and sanitizing common spaces, among other factors, that would make it impossible for us to protect the health of all in attendance. Please see link below for details.

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My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
preserve sound judgment and discretion … (Proverbs 3:2)


Updated April 22, 2020

Reaching our Neighbours

  • FAC is supporting those in isolation or financial need by supplying emergency food hampers. If you would like to support this opportunity, you can donate through the COVID-19 fund line here.
  • Starting this Friday April 24, FAC will become a pick up location for food hampers through the Calgary Food Bank. This means that the food bank will do the intake work and their clients can come to the FAC for pick up on Tuesdays between 10-11:30 am or Fridays between 4-6 pm. FAC volunteers will be helping with assembly and handing out hampers through drive-in style (contactless) system.
  • Stuck at home and wondering what to do with your bottles? Donate your bottles towards the ministries of FAC. Free pickup available.

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Lunch Program for Students In Need

Our bagged lunch program for kids has grown. We were serving 200 meals per week in Ogden. We are now able to serve 1,300 meals per week in Ogden (at Youth Centres of Calgary Ogden), Dover (at Ian Bazalgette School), and Forest Lawn (Patrick Airlie School). If you would like to support this opportunity, you can donate through the COVID-19 fund line here.

Ready to Get Involved?

Do you sew? Or maybe you have fabric you can donate for others to stitch up into masks or bags. If you have time, a sewing machine, or access to a few basic sewing supplies, why not consider being part of this important project?

  • Find the pattern and instructions for masks here. (Pattern/Instructions)
  • Watch a tutorial on making the masks here. (Watch Tutorial)
  • Get connected with the Facebook group for instructions and patterns to make scrub bags here.
    (Scrub Bags for Alberta Health Care Workers)
  • Get in touch with the It’s Sew Easy group at FAC to learn more about getting involved.
  • Completed masks and scrub bags can be dropped off Monday through Friday, 9:00 am-6:00 pm in marked bins placed at FAC’s east entrance.

It may seem like a small thing … And it may seem like the need is too great for any one person to make a dent. And it may even seem like we’re just doing what we’ve always done. But sometimes doing the same thing can achieve a different goal – sometimes that’s what it looks like to serve in the name of Jesus … To become part of something much greater than ourselves – even when we’re maintaining physical distance!

Latest from Alberta Health Services

Restrictions on Gatherings


Updated March 26, 2020

Join our ONLINE SERVICES this Weekend, Deerfoot and Southwest Campuses
Remain Closed


Updated March 24, 2020


Updated March 23, 2020

FAC partners with The Mustard Seed


Updated March 20, 2020

Trusting God when life turns upside down.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we know we‘re not alone; even in a time of great uncertainty, our God is faithful, He is present, He is not surprised. In the midst of a very legitimate concern this is an opportunity for us to serve those around us. There will be neighbours and friends who need hope and practical support. We can all show the love of Jesus by checking, picking up groceries, prescriptions, or other needed items. At the same time, there are those of us who find ourselves in need of help at this time. You‘re not alone; there are many others on a similar journey.

Where are you in your journey?

I CAN HELP I NEED HELP

 

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Updated March 17, 2020

In light of the recent AHS restrictions on public gatherings we have made the decision to suspend public weekend services at the Deerfoot and Southwest campuses. Our online campus will continue to broadcast on both Facebook and our website faccalgary.com. We would encourage you to gather with your family or small group to worship together with us, albeit in a different format. Services will be broadcast at our usual service times, Saturday 6:30 pm and Sunday 9:15 am and 11:15 am.

The best way to receive regular updates from FAC will be through our FAC Experience app regular news. The app also has an online giving option which will help us to continue ministry operations. We will also post regular updates on our website.

In the midst of a very legitimate concern this is an opportunity for us to serve those around us. There will be neighbours and friends who need reassurance and practical support. We can all show the love of Jesus by checking in on those around us, perhaps going grocery shopping for them or picking up prescriptions if they’re unable to go outside.

This weekend in our Stranger Things series we will look at another unusual story with an invitation to discover Jesus, even in our current chaos. God certainly spoke to me and opened my eyes as I prepared this message and I hope you can join me online.

I love the words of Psalm 121, especially with my view of the mountains driving to work: “I lift my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” God is with us!

Pastor James