Gathering 2019 events

Workshops and excursions to look forward to in Abbotsford, B.C., June 28 to July 1

Workshops – Saturday, June 29

Being Jesus in Today’s World

For many the current post-Christendom reality is bad news but for followers of Jesus this reality presents exciting opportunities for kingdom work. During this workshop, Colin and Judith McCartney, of Connect City Ministries in Toronto, discuss opportunities to do effective and innovative ministry within post-Christendom culture.

Beyond our Hopes and Expectations

Roberson Mbayamvula, pastor of Hagerman Mennonite Church, will present about creating a multi-functional worship space. Hagerman shares worship space with Markham Chinese and the Tamil Church (Markham Christian Worship Center) in Markham, Ontario. The church’s partnership allows the groups to afford the costs of city property.

Igniting the Imagination of the Church and Healthy Self-Care

Four gifts author April Yamasaki presents on how we can ignite our imaginations but not burn out ourselves and others. This workshop explores a Christ-centered framework for self-care that embraces ministry with and for others, and draws us to rest in God’s care, imaginations and all.

What excites me about this church

MC Canada Witness worker Dann Pantoja will share field stories about the witness partnerships between MC Canada and ministries in the Philippines. He will speak on the inter-faith relational journey among Muslims and Indigenous Peoples; peacebuilding challenges in a growing dictatorial regime; inclusive development through coffee farming; and new perspectives on what it means to be a witness for Jesus in the twenty-first century.

Finding Innovative Ways to talk about God and Spirituality

In this workshop, Avon Mennonite Church Pastor Troy Watson will examine how some “post-Christians” and “spiritual but not religious” (SBNR) types are talking about God and spirituality. There will be discussions on how our conventional church language, metaphors and analogies, are barriers that hinder people from understanding the essence of Christ’s message.

MCBC’s Engagement with New Leaf Network

MCBC Church Engagement Minister, Kevin Barkowsky, will present how MCBC is partnering with the New Leaf Network, a Canadian church-planting organization passionate about new initiatives.

Voices Together Hymnal

Come learn about a new worship and song collection for Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA. What are the ways Voices Together will be like and unlike hymnals that have come before? Members of the Mennonite Worship and Song Committee will introduce this new resource and talk about the aspirations, joys, and challenges of creating a new hymnal and worship book.


Excursions – Sunday, June 30

Chinatown: the challenges and opportunities of an inner-city parish

Led by Tim Kuepfer, Chinatown Peace Church

What does it look like for a small Mennonite Church to love and follow Jesus in a neighbourhood beset by homelessness, addiction, and mental health challenges as well as the arrival of the hipsters, large new condo buildings and soaring home prices? This excursion includes a guided walking tour and conversations with community and Christian leaders in Vancouver’s Chinatown.

Indigenous cultural and historical tour

Stó:lō territory is a cultural treasure within the Fraser Valley and into the Canyon, surrounded by majestic mountains and centred around the Fraser River. Discover the stories and Hal’qeméylem place names. Also included will be a guided tours to Xá:ytem in Mission (Hatzic), B.C., which includes a guided educational tour of St. Mary’s, former Residential School.

A Rocha

Featuring a tour of A Rocha’s Brooksdale Environmental Centre, this trip includes a walk around the Organic Garden and a chance to see part of the Little Campbell River Watershed where A Rocha staff conducts conservation education work. There will be time for active discussion, exploration and inspiration for caring for God’s good Creation.

Westminster Abbey in Mission, B.C.

This excursion is a guided tour of Westminster Abbey, in Mission, B.C. Participants will learn the history of the Abbey and its Benedictine monks, and spend time in the sanctuary before walking through beautiful surrounding gardens.

Bridal Falls/Bridal Falls WaterPark

A half-hour bus-ride from the conference centre, Bridal Falls is a family friendly location where you can either enjoy the Waterpark or take a walk on the trails to the waterfall.

Imagination Corporation

Guided by owner Dan Sawatzky, this tour will take you to downtown Yarrow to get a walking tour of the Imagination Corporation, a family company specializing in design and construction for theme parks, miniature golf courses, restaurants and more. Opportunities to shop at Inspired Arts, a local BC Artisan shop, get Birchwood ice-cream at the Mighty Moose, and spend time in the park.

Metzger Collection

The Metzger Collection at Columbia Bible College is a museum that sets the biblical story within the broader context of human history, from prehistory to the modern period, bringing it to life through replicas of artwork and artifacts. Stand in front of Caesar Augustus and feel the weight of Roman military might. Discover why the lamps of the Ten Virgins in Jesus’ parable might have run out of oil. Experience the flow of time and the rise and fall of empires throughout history.

Registration for Gathering 2019 is now open! Go to for the registration guidelines and link.