The Free Presbyterian Church of North America started in Toronto on July 4, 1976. As other congregations were formed they joined to make the North American presbytery. Then in the mid-eighties, a bi-annual Ministers’ Week of Prayer was initiated. Ministers and elders would meet in May and October in one of the churches – the morning sessions being given over to prayer and the afternoon sessions to attend to the business of a growing denomination.
This year, with the disruption of the Covid pandemic, travel has been limited and movement between the churches was pretty well impossible. But we got around the difficulty by holding virtual meetings on zoom. Toronto elder, Jonathan McAnally, looked after the technical end of Zoom.
Over 40 ministers, elders and students attended. One benefit of virtual meetings is that brethren can attend where normally finance would prevent travel, for example, our ministers like Milos Solc from the Czech Republic and Dave Dicanio from Liberia.
The outgoing moderator, Rev Ian Goligher, who did an excellent job of guiding the brethren through what can be complicated decisions, led the business sessions.
This week of prayer started off on a sad note as we were missing two of our key men. Tribute was paid to Dr. Alan Cairns, Minister Emeritus of Faith FPC, Greenville S.C. who passed away on November 5, 2020, and Dr. Mark Allison, who died on April 28, 2021. He was the President of the Geneva Reformed Seminary. Both of these men are greatly missed.