Felō, SHip noun; a friendly association, especially with people who share one's interests.
At Yonge Lawrence Fellowship, we want to care for those who don’t attend church. Our mission is to meet the needs of our neighbourhood, and we’re in the business of restoring lives. We do that by living out our simple mantra: “Commit to Kindness.” Yonge Lawrence Fellowship is where the restorative power of kindness is demonstrated.
We are a new Fellowship, begun in September 2016, and we started by offering an evening course called Divorce Recovery. It’s for those who are separated or divorced. One of the participants wrote this on her evaluation form: “Despite my initial trepidation of joining a group course to discuss my recent separation, I found Divorce Recovery to be a supportive place to share my experiences with others. I was able to examine my thoughts, fears and hopes and learned through the course work that I can have and deserve a positive and happy future.”
We then ran a parenting programme in the New Year. When we were finished, one of the participants said: “This course helped us to make practical and positive changes in our family. Our kids benefitted right from the very first class, and will continue to do so for a very long time.”
We are thrilled with our beginnings, because we want to be a community of faith who extend an unconditional welcome and acceptance. We believe that significant, restorative life change takes place relationally — when we feel safe, when we feel we belong, when we can be vulnerable, it’s in this open environment that we can trust, both to give of ourselves, and to receive.
There is not a single person in our neighbourhood that doesn’t need to know more kindness, compassion and goodness. We believe that’s who God is – kind, compassionate and good – and we want to show how lives can be restored by the power of His love at work within a community.