Prepare for something new yet familiar

Katie Doke Sawatzky, MC Canada Communications Officer.

“Over the past three months, in my role as communications officer for Mennonite Church Canada, I have been busy preparing for the first nationwide event of the “new” Mennonite Church Canada “Gathering 2019.” This work is challenging because, much like trying to envision summer in the dead of winter (Regina is under an extreme cold warning as I write), this event is different than past assemblies. It will be something new, and yet familiar, like spring after winter’s cold, or summer after spring rain.”

Want to know more about what to expect at Gathering 2019? Read Katie’s column here.

Come let your imagination be ignited

Henry Paetkau, Interim Executive Minister, Mennonite Church Canada

“The movement this outpouring of the Spirit ignited (in Acts 2), and the community formed by its powerful presence, embodied and proclaimed the promised reign of God. As the Book of Acts describes it, and those filled with the Spirit experienced it, this community was international, intercultural, intergenerational, invitational and inclusive. Now there’s a promise and a hope to ignite the imagination of the church!”

Read more from Henry Paetkau , interim executive minister of Mennonite Church Canada, on the Gathering 2019 theme and what it means for the nationwide church as we prepare to come together in B.C. this summer.

Welcome

Igniting the Imagination - June 28 to July 1, 2019

Welcome to the website for Gathering 2019: Igniting the Imagination of the Church, in Abbotsford, B.C. from June 28 to July 1. This is the place to be for information about the Gathering, registration, the program, what to expect and what to prepare your heart and mind for as we get ready for another nationwide reunion of our Mennonite Church family.

Registration is open and a schedule is available for download. The Gathering Report Book is also available for download as a resource. Please go to the links in the menu at the top of the page for information about this event. Updates will be regularly added to this homepage as well so be sure to keep coming back. There is a lot to look forward to!

We invite you to come to Abbotsford for:

  • Inspirational worship and workshops
  • Guest speaker Dr. Elaine Heath
  • Youth event at Camp Squeah
  • Programming for Children 5 and up
  • Leadership Day for pastors and lay leaders
  • Field trips to local ministries and communities
  • MC Canada AGM for delegates