Mennonite Church Canada Gathering 2019

Abbotsford, B.C., June 28 to July 1

Resources for reporting back to churches:


Workshop resources:

Beyond our Hopes and Expectations - Roberson Mbayamvula Roberson Mbayamvula, pastor of Hagerman Mennonite Church, presents 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. This workshop is for those interested in church partnership or those struggling with practical issues of sharing church facilities.

Roberson's Powerpoint

Voices Together – MennoMedia hymnal committee

Come learn about Voices Together, 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? How will it reflect shifts in the church and in worship practices? How will it approach intercultural worship, contemporary worship music, and the language we use to name God and one another? Members of the Mennonite Worship and Song Committee will introduce the suite of resources available and talk about the aspirations, joys, and challenges of creating a new hymnal and worship book.

Voices Together Powerpoint

What excites me about this church - Dann Pantoja

In this seminar, 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.

Dann's Powerpoint

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Elaine Heath

(Friday's plenaries were not recorded.)



Stress Warning: The content in this lecture references child sexual abuse and may be emotionally and intellectually challenging to engage with.




Acts 2 Scripture video and response

by Darryl Neustaedter Barg

God Calls Us (Vision Healing and Hope)
by Darrell Neustaedter Barg and Anneli Loepp Thiessen

Based on MC Canada's Vision Statement of Healing and Hope, enter into worship. Teach this song to your congregation.

Download music here.


Firestarter Stories:

Stories from across our nationwide community of faith of how faith communities have been inspired to be church and minister in their neighbourhoods in new ways.

Darnell and Christine Barkman, Yarrow United Mennonite Church, BC

Discover how God is impacting Yarrow, BC through the people of Yarrow United Mennonite Church as the church finds its way into the community.

Donna Entz, Mennonite Church Alberta

Donna Entz has been forming relationship with Christian and Muslim communities in Edmonton with the purpose of dialogue. Discover more.

Colin McCartney, Toronto, ON

Colin trains young urban leaders to lead and plant churches in their often under-resourced neighbourhoods. Capture some of his insights.

Sandy Plett, Winnipeg, MB

Sandy's Powerpoint

Sandy and her family find themselves surrounded by Christ-followers who want to learn and grow in Christian community outside of formal church structures. Hear their journey of four faith communities and the richness experienced there. Please note: There may be technical difficulties at the end of the video, these will be worked at and uploaded again.

Vine & Table: Terri Lynn Paulsen Friesen and Thomas Friesen, Saskatoon, SK

Terri Lynn and Thomas live in community with young adults in a house in Saskatoon. The purpose of their ministry is to nurture faith through sharing meals and living life together. They produced this video and it was shared during the Sunday morning worship service at Gathering 2019.

Don Rempel Boshman, Douglas Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, MB

Don's Powerpoint

Meet Maysoun Darweesh, Nour Ali and their family. Discover how sponsorship of Syrian refugees has strengthened Douglas Mennonite Church and built strong and meaningful relationships.

Lyne Renaud, Hochma, Montreal, Quebec

Lyne Renaud, pastor at Hochma, tells the moving story of one man's life changed and the impact it has had on him and on the neighbourhood.

Read a summary here: The Impact From One Changed Life


Crockinole Tournament

Why a crockinole tournament? Discover the story behind the crokinole tournament?

Parade of Champions



Doug Klassen installed as Executive Minister

Doug Klassen surrounded in prayer


Mennonite Women Canada elects to dissolve nationwide ministry

three women posing