渥太華「新中年」事工信息公報

 

這個信息公報將包函「新中年」事工的核心資料作為與牧師、長老、團契領袖及基督徒進行交流,以助彼此暸解新中年事工的異象、目標和工作,並透過該事工支持教會對新中年牧養的運作及發展。

 

新中年事工的背景

 

這裡的“新中年”一詞是指55-75歲或簡稱50歲以上的弟兄姊妹。

 

2016年,上帝帶領一群粵語基督徒和牧師,看到教會粵語會眾中退休人仕和準備退休人仕人數不斷增加。他們有一個負擔,希望鼓勵大家考慮從一個典型的「北美退休夢」轉移到一個更大、更美、永恆的“上帝國度的退休夢”。換句話說,在我們新中年的「黃金」時段,積極投入及參與上帝國度的事奉,過著健康、活躍、具永恆意義的生活。因此,新中年委員會的成立是為了倡導和推動這個負擔。

 

同時,新中年事工的願景也得到不同牧長的確認:陳建安牧師的教牧愽士論文— 「金齡事奉新領域:迦勒一族」、梁應安牧師在多倫多/蒙特利爾/溫哥華等地舉辦有關新中年的神學課程、及黎惠康牧師在前士嘉堡華人浸信會牧會時設立的金齡事工等。

 

作為一個輔助教會組織, 恩光(基督教)中心(簡稱”恩光”)經常支持教會間的活動,服侍基督徒,並接觸非基督徒。在這方面,恩光已與新中年事工在2017年舉行的所有活動中進行合作,接受捐款並為新中年事工發放費用支票。 

 

希望恩光與新中年事工的夥伴關係,並彼此的相互形象,能夠在渥太華粵語基督徒之間提高。

 

渥太華新中年華人基督徒的獨特處

 

•本市有極多的政府公職人員可以享受提早退休和固定的退休福利

•相對於加拿大的其他城市,本市的居民平均有較高的學歷,不少人在穩定的政府、高科技或私營公司就業,並有一個健康的可持續的退休收入

•積累了豐富的資源(知識、技能、經驗、經濟、人氣網絡等)

•在退休時段,信徒期盼有明確的使命導向、刻意、有意義和有成效的生活和生命目的

•退休或提前退休的弟兄姊妹 〈若主許可,我們〉還有20多年的健康和活力

 

新中年事工目的

 

新中年事工的目的是鼓勵和動員年近退休或已退休的新中年粵語基督徒承擔天國的使命 :參與服侍基督的教會、社羣、並福音的普傳。

新中年事工委員會成員: Eddie Yan (Chair, CCCO), Salina Yan (CCCO), Ivy Chan (EACO), Andrew Ho (EACO), Robin & Christable Lau (OCAC), Eric Ling & May Ng (CCCO); Lay Adviser: George Kong (CCCO); Pastoral Adviser: Rev. Gerald Chan (OCAC)

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Ottawa New Middle Age Ministry Communique

This Communique has core information to communicate with Pastors, Elders, Fellowship Leaders, or Christian at-large to help them understand the vision, goal, and work of NMA Ministry and to support/collaborate with church’s ministries.

 

Background of the New Middle-Age Ministry

 

• The ‘New Middle-Age’ term here refers to the cohort between 55-75 years old or in short 50+

 

• In 2016, God led a group of Chinese Christians and pastors to see the growing number of retirees and pre-retirees among the churches’ Cantonese-speaking congregations. They have a burden to engage them to rethink retirement from a typical ‘North America Retirement Dream’ of golf and cruises to a much bigger, better, everlasting ‘God’s Kingdom Retirement Dream’, that is, actively investing our lives in God’s Kingdom work in their ‘Golden Years’ life and also living a healthy, active, and significant life. Hence, the NMA Committee was formed to champion and promote this initiative

 

• Concurrently, the NMA vision is also echoed by: Rev. Gerald Chan in his DMin. Thesis ‘The Tribe of Caleb’ re: the Cantonese Christians retirees, by Rev. James Leung in his workshops given in Toronto/Montreal/Van, and also Rev. Warren Lai in his former Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church among the retirees/senior groups etc. 

 

As a para-church organization, the Gracious Light Christian Centre (“GLCC”) supports inter-church events to serve Christians and to reach out to non-Christians.  In this regard, GLCC has partnered with the NMA Ministry in all the events being held in 2017.  GLCC receive donations and issue expenses cheques for NMA Ministries events.

 

It is hope that the GLCC – NMA partnership will mutually raise each other’s profile amongst the Cantonese-speaking Christians in the city.

 

Unique characteristics of the Ottawa Chinese Christians NMA Group

 

• There is a high proportion of public service workers in Ottawa with the privilege of early retirement yet enjoy generous pensions and retirement benefits

 

• Relative to other Canadian cities per capita, the Ottawa group has obtained more education, stable/better employment in government, hi-tech, or private sector and have a healthy sustainable retirement income

 

• Accumulated a wealth of life’s resources (knowledge, skills, experience, finance, network, spiritual journey)

 

• Need a clear focus in retirement that is God’s mission-oriented, intentional, meaningful, and productive 

 

• Those transitioning to retirement or early retirement (If God permits, we) still have 20+ years of healthy and productive life

 

 

Goal of the NMA Ministry

 

To motivate and mobilize the churches’ Cantonese-speaking retirees/pre-retirees to have a mission-minded focus engaging and equipping in God’s Kingdom work to serve Christ’s church, the community, and God’s global missions.

NMA Committee: Eddie Yan (Chair, CCCO), Salina Yan (CCCO), Ivy Chan (EACO), Andrew Ho (EACO), Robin & Christable Lau (OCAC), Eric Ling & May Ng (CCCO);  Lay Adviser: George Kong (CCCO); Pastoral Adviser: Rev. Gerald Chan (OCAC)

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事工“徽標” 含義

這徽標融合了“新”與“舊” --- 而主耶穌基督是我們事工的中心!徽標的「中」字用傳統字體展示出“舊”的優雅,而金色弧旋型設計寓意著當今是“嶄新”的時代,結尾處還帶有“一點”。不同深淺的金色代表著我們服侍不同年紀的“金齡”世代。 結尾的“一點”意味著我們未完成的使命、信仰傳承 . . .  !

 

Meaning of our Ministry logo

 

This logo blends "new" and "old" --- and the Lord Jesus Christ is the center of our ministry! The word "" in the logo uses traditional font to show the elegance of the "old", while the contemporary golden arc-shaped swoosh design signifies we are living in a "new" era, with a "dot" at the end. Different shades of gold represent our ministry focuses on diversified groups of "golden agers". The "dot" at the end indicates our unfinished mission and faith legacy …!

© 2021  渥太華新中年事工 (Ottawa New Middle Age Ministry)