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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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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 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 or contact Atie Ott at 519-576-0965 or Cost: $35

Helping Without Harming Workshop (Northern ON)

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Join Diaconal Ministries Canada and World Renew for a “Helping Without Harming” workshop and Day of Encouragement 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.

Where? Emo Christian Reformed Church (18 Meadow St, Emo, ON P0W 1E0)

When? Saturday, November 3; 9am to 3pm (lunch will be available)

Who? Everyone is invited to this workshop, especially deacons and those involved in community ministry in your congregation or community.

Sign-Up: Registration is free, seating is limited; please register today at

Need more info? Please contact Jeannette Veldhuisen at the Emo CRC office ( or 807-482-2155) or Diaconal Ministries Canada ( or 1-800-730-3490).

We look forward to seeing you there!

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

For more information, visit the Facebook Event Page or contact contact Sonya Wonder at 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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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!

Deacon’s Orientation @ Alymer CRC, On

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Join deacons from across Classis Chatham as we gather together for an evening of learning and exploring together what it means to be a deacon in the place God has called you.


We’ll talk about the role of the deacon (what is our mandate?) and the 4 areas of diaconal work: Compassion, Community Ministry, Stewardship, and Mercy/Justice. We’ll share stories, swap ideas and hear about some best practices!

This event is being led by Classis Chatham’s local DMD, Mr. John Klein-Geltink.

Join us at Alymer CRC on the 26th. Get directions here!

DMC Annual General Meeting

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(Photo by Eric Rothermel on Unsplash)

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Friday, September 28, 2018, at 7:30pm (EST) in Burlington, Ontario.

Click HERE for everything you need to know for the meeting, including information regarding ONLINE VOTING if you are unable to send a delegate from your church this year.

Join us in person on the 28th OR via Facebook live! Stay tuned for more details as the day draws closer.