a. When we gather as the church we want it to be more than music and muffins! We want to experience a powerful and transformative time together in God’s presence. We see this happening as:
we share stories and experiences of God moving in our lives
we consider what the scriptures can teach us today
we pray and worship together
and yes, we may even eat muffins together!
a. We want to provide a safe place for authentic relationships to grow and where young people can come as they are and know they will be accepted. We don’t just want to run a good youth program, although we plan on the youth having a ton load of fun! The various youth groups will be based on ages and the experiences, questions and realities of each age group. We will provide opportunities for youth to: grow in their relationship with God, become social advocates, have fun with others their age, develop mentoring relationships with caring and safe adults who have their back!
a. Our community ministries are based on supporting transformation. This means that we don’t want to simple engage in a transaction (i.e. give groceries) rather we want to help feed people while ALSO getting at the root issues of why they are experiencing food insecurity. We seek to:
Stand with people as they navigate their way through undesirable situations
Advocate for people as they seek to access necessary resources to support themselves and their family
Be a supportive friend to people so they know that they are seen, heard, valued and cared for
See our Community Ministries drop down menu off the home page to read more about the various programs we offer.
a. Our small groups is where real life happens. These groups, usually of less than 8 people, meet weekly to check-in with and encourage one another. The groups will most often dive into a discussion about how they are experiencing God in their lives, responses they have to what was talked about the previous Sunday at The Gathering, and to help each other live into what they sense is most life-giving and God-honouring.
a. Lots of people come to our Thrift Store to find a good deal, but they almost always leave with more than that! Our store is a place where:
community members can also find caring staff who remember their names
where our staff can be found praying with staff and customers
where community members facing a need they cannot provide for can access items for free
where staff and volunteers find meaningful work that is making a difference in the lives of individuals and in our community!