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Deacon’s Gathering (Classis Quinte)

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Thursday, May 9, 2019, 7:00pm

Plans are underway for a Deacon’s Dialogue happening at Maranatha CRC in Belleville, ON.

All deacons, including wise, former deacons and prospective, future deacons, are invited. We’ll talk about some hot topics like How to Find New Deacons, Creating an Offering Schedule, Engaging with your Community/Neighbourhood, and all of your burning questions!

Tammy Heidbuurt, Regional Ministry Developer from Diaconal Ministries Canada, will also give a short talk on who they are and how they help deacons do ministry well.

Location: Maranatha CRC (100 College Street W, Belleville, ON)

We hope this event will help us build community together. Come to meet, share and learn from each other. If you have any questions about the event feel free to contact me.

Please RSVP how many are coming from your church so we can plan accordingly:

Bill Groot-Nibbelink, Diaconal Ministry Developer for Classis Quinte: 613-398-0125

Practicing Biblical Advocacy (Hamilton, ON)

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Saturday, April 27, 2019; 9:30am-3:30pm | Immanuel CRC, Hamilton, ON

Advocacy matters! When you speak out, you reflect the biblical call to work towards a just world in which structures and institutions give all of creation the opportunity to thrive.

“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” (Isaiah 1:17)

Contacting elected officials may be daunting, but sharing your well-informed opinion can make a real difference on the justice issues that you care about, and can bring about long-term changes to unjust systems. This workshop will help you learn how to navigate the political system to have your voice heard by local, provincial, and national leaders.

The Office of Social Justice is partnering with Canada Foodgrains Bank and their I CARE Campaign which is focused on ending global hunger and poverty by advocating to the Canadian government to increase aid funding and to change public policies that improve access to food for families and communities.

Find our more on the Facebook Event Page or email the Canadian Justice Mobilizer, Cindy Stover, at cstover@crcna.org.

Helping Without Harming Workshop (Toronto, ON)

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June 8th, 2019; 9:00am – 1:00pm | Fellowship CRC, Toronto, ON

Are you looking for strategies to build an effective, sustainable ministry to a hurting world?

Is is time to re-evaluate the ministries your church is currently doing to see if they are effective and appropriate for the ones you aim to serve?

World Renew and Diaconal Ministries Canada, in partnership with Fellowship CRC in Toronto, invite you and your congregation for a “Helping Without Harming” Workshop to become equipped to engage God’s world globally and locally without harming others or yourself.

The workshop will take place at Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, 800 Burnhamthorpe Road, Etobicoke, ON, June 8th, 2019, from 9:00am – 1:00pm. Featured workshop leaders include Peter Bulthuis, Associate Director Church Relations for World Renew Canada, and Ron Vanden Brink, National Director of Diaconal Ministries Canada. Refreshments (not lunch) will be provided. Registration is free, seating is limited; please register today at worldrenew.net/hwhworkshop.

This workshop is open to all of those involved in community ministry in your congregation or community, especially your church’s deacons.

Need more info? For more information please contact Mark Broadus at info@fellowshipchurchto.org or 416-622-9647 or Diaconal Ministries Canada (dmc@crcna.org or 1-800-730-3490).

We look forward to seeing you there!

Annual Deacon’s Dialogue (Classis Quinte)

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Thursday, April 4, 2019, 7:15-9:30pm

(doors open at 7:00 for refreshments)

Plans are underway for this spring’s Deacon’s Dialogue so save the date and plan on coming! All deacons, including wise, former deacons and prospective, future deacons, are invited. We’ll talk about some hot topics like How to Find New Deacons, Creating an Offering Schedule, Engaging with your Community/Neighbourhood, and more! We’ll also welcome Tammy  Heidbuurt from Diaconal Ministries Canada.

Location: Hope Fellowship CRC (1685 Bloor Street, Courtice ON)

We hope this event will help us build community together. Come to meet, share and learn from each other. If you have any questions about the event feel free to contact me.

Please RSVP how many are coming from your church so we can plan accordingly:

Bill Groot-Nibbelink, Diaconal Ministry Developer for Classis Quinte: 613-398-0125

Diaconal Spring Conference (Classis Huron)

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 7:30-9:30PM

This is an evening of sharing and learning for all the deacons in Classis Huron.

The deacon’s role is to inspire and equip the congregations to faithful ministries of service. We are excited to welcome Pastor Norm Sennema, lead pastor of Maranatha Christian Reformed Church in Cambridge, ON. Pastor Norm is passionate about developing followers of Christ and in our main session, he will help us discover how we can move from ministering to, or for
our congregation, to ministering through our congregation.

Click here to read the full outline of the evening.

Where? Drayton CRC will be our happy hosts for the evening. Click here for directions.

Questions? Contact Fred Vander Sterre, Diaconal Ministry Developer for Diaconal Ministries Canada, at fvandersterre@tcc.on.ca or call him at 519-887-9506.

Deacon Gathering (Eastern Ontario)

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SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 9am-3pm

This day is open to new and seasoned Deacons as well as all church leaders and members who are interested in ministries of compassion, justice & mercy and community engagement. Our keynote speaker will be Kevin DeRaaf of Resonate Global Mission.

This day promises to give participants energy and wisdom from the Holy Spirit!

Click HERE to view the full brochure!

Where: Kemptville CRC (2455 County Rd 18, Kemptville, ON K0G 1J0)

Cost: $15 – lunch included!

To register and/or for more information: 

Safe Church Conference (Ontario)

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All ministry leaders – pastors, elders, deacons, youth ministry leaders – and those involved with abuse awareness are urged to attend this year’s Annual Inter-Classis Safe Church Conference.

Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 9:00 – 3:30 (registration 8:30-9 am)

Waterloo CRC

This year’s special guest will be Bev Sterk from Lynden, Washington, who spoke passionately at last year’s synod about abuse and what the denomination needs to do to prevent it. Other speakers include Kathy Smith, adjunct professor of church polity at Calvin Seminary, Grand Rapids, and former crown attorney Henry Van Drunen. In addition, there will be a presentation on the “Circle of Grace” Abuse Prevention curriculum, as well as a presentation by the Waterloo Regional Police Department on cyber-bullying, and a session on detection and prevention of suicide.

For further information and registration visit www.wmott.ca/scc. or contact Atie Ott at 519-576-0965 or wmott@uwaterloo.ca. Cost: $35

Helping Without Harming Workshop (Hamilton, ON)

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A workshop on how to alleviate poverty without harming the people you are trying to help!

Join World Renew and Diaconal Ministries Canada to learn how to help alleviate poverty and injustice through effective engagement in your global and local communities. Collaborate with others and discover how food banks, deacon funds, short-term service trips and other benevolent activities can be more impactful and meaningful.

The workshop will take place at Hamilton District Christian High School (92 Glancaster Rd, Ancaster, ON L9G 3K9) on Saturday, October 13 from 9am to 12pm (refreshments available at 8:30 am). Registration is free, seating is limited; to register visit worldrenew.net/hwhworkshop.

For more information, visit the Facebook Event Page or contact contact Sonya Wonder at office@meadowlandsfellowship.com or 905-304-4219.

 

 

 

**This workshop will be brought to various cities across Canada in 2018-2019. Check our Event Calendar regularly to see when it’s coming to a city near you!

OR contact us today if you’d like to host this event in your area!

Classis Niagara Deacon’s Gathering

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THIS IS FOR NEW and SEASONED DEACONS!

Save the date! Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Bethany CRC in Fenwick.

Deacons should have received an email with some suggested topics. Come and learn with new and seasoned deacons about the role of deacons in our churches and the resources Diaconal Ministries Canada has to offer.

Please contact Tammy Heidbuurt, your Regional Ministry Developer, if you have questions or suggestions for the evening.

Journey with Me: Refugee Stories that Change Lives

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Hosted by Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue and World Renew.

Get trained for ministry with refugees in Canada and receive new myth-busting resources to support your church as you reach out to refugee neighbours.

This exercise and equipping event will give you a sense of what it’s like to walk in a refugees’ shoes to help you to better live into the biblical call to “welcome the stranger”.

To find out more about this seminar, visit CPD’s website.

To find out more about this event, go to the Facebook Event Page or email CPD today!