Upcoming Events

This listing includes events hosted by Mennonite Church Canada and its regional churches, special celebrations of MC Canada congregations, events at Mennonite-related organizations, and community events of interest to Mennonite readers. Some of these also appear in the print issue of the magazine.

You can submit an item here or send an email to calendar@canadianmennonite.org. If an event is to appear in print, please send the information at least eight weeks in advance.

 

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February 28, 2020 | Location: B.C.

MC B.C. Lead conference, at Cedar Valley Mennonite Church, Mission, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Topic: “Being human: The church and mental health. Lunch included.

February 28, 2020 | Location: Ontario

Grebel MTS ministry forum brown bag lunch for congregational leaders, in Grebel’s community education room, Waterloo, from noon to 2 p.m. Topic: “Sexual orientation, gender diversity and pastoral care: New opportunities.” RSVP to theological.studies@uwaterloo.ca by Feb. 21.

February 29, 2020 | Location: Saskatchewan

Silent retreat at the Ancient Spirals Retreat centre, south of Saskatoon. More details to follow.

February 29, 2020 | Location: Ontario

ReLearning Community: Niagara taster day, at Bethany Mennonite Church, Niagara-on-the-Lake, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. To register by Feb. 14, visit bit.ly/38xBjT6.

February 29, 2020 | Location: B.C.

MC B.C. annual general meeting, at Cedar Valley Mennonite Church, Mission, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Theme: “Connections: God’s church in the 21st century, living into the MC B.C. imagination.”

March 3, 2020 | Location: Ontario

“Lunch and listen: Stories from Israel and Palestine,” at MCC Ontario’s office, Kitchener, at noon. Bring your own lunch. For more information, visit mcco.ca/events.

March 6, 2020 | Location: Ontario

An evening of jazz in support of the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre, at Hirut Café and Restaurant, Toronto, at 7 p.m. Featuring the Tom Reynolds Trio. For more information, visit grebel.ca/TMTC/events.

March 6, 2020 to March 7, 2020 | Location: Ontario

Youth worker retreat at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp. Theme: “Reimagining youth ministry.” Leader: Michele Hershberger.

March 6, 2020 | Location: Manitoba

 Music therapy coffee house, at CMU’s Marpeck Commons, Winnipeg, at 7 p.m.

March 7, 2020 to March 8, 2020 | Location: B.C.

Lenten vespers with Adendmusik Choir: (7) at Emmanuel Free Reformed Church, Abbotsford, at 7:30 p.m.; (8) St. Philip’s Anglican, Vancouver, at 7:30 p.m. In support of the Menno Simons Centre.

March 7, 2020 | Location: Manitoba

MC Manitoba annual gathering, at Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church

March 10, 2020 | Location: Alberta

Hugo and Doreen Neufeld read from their new book, “The North End Lives On,” at Ambrose University, Calgary, at 7 p.m. Music by Art Koop. For more information and tickets, visit northendliveson.eventbrite.ca.

March 12, 2020 | Location: Ontario

J. Winfield Fretz Visiting Scholar Lecture, “Where moth and rust destroy: Archives and the contest over Anabaptist information,” at Conrad Grebel University College Chapel, Waterloo, at 7:30 p.m. Speaker: David Y. Neufeld, who holds the 2019-20 J. Winfield Fretz Fellowship in Mennonite Studies. For more information, visit grebel.ca/events.

March 13, 2020 | Location: Ontario

“Technology and peacemaking,” a Grebel church youth event, at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, at 6 p.m. For more information, visit grebel.ca/events. To register (by March 9), email rjdejong@uwaterloo.ca.

March 13, 2020 to March 14, 2020 | Location: Saskatchewan

MC Saskatchewan annual delegate sessions, at First Mennonite Church, Saskatoon. To register online, visit mcsask.ca/2020-mc-sask-annual-delegate-sessions/.

March 14, 2020 | Location: Manitoba

Art exhibit at Mennonite Heritage Gallery, Winnipeg, “Mother Earth and Her Lovers: repair and maintenance,” on until March 14.

March 15, 2020 | Location: Manitoba

Mennonite Community Orchestra presents its spring concert, at Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute, Winnipeg, at 2 p.m. Works include Beethoven’s “Eroica” symphony.

March 17, 2020 | Location: Manitoba

Finale of the Verna Mae Janzen music competition, at CMU’s Laudamus Auditorium, Winnipeg, at 7 p.m.

March 18, 2020 | Location: Online Event

The Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice, a program of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, is offering the following webinar:

The Little Book of Restorative Teaching Tools - A Virtual Book Launch

As restorative practices spread around the world, scholars and practitioners have begun to ask very important questions: How should restorative practices be taught? What educational structures and methods are in alignment with restorative values and principles? The Little Book of Restorative Teaching Tools introduces games as an effective and...

March 20, 2020 to March 21, 2020 | Location: Alberta

MC Alberta annual delegate sessions, at Edmonton First Mennonite Church. Theme: “Encountering, embracing, embodying Christ in life.”

March 21, 2020 | Location: B.C.

“Mennonite Gals Can Paint,” an exhibit of watercolour and acrylic paintings by Marilyn Vooys and Irene Enns, at the Mennonite Heritage Museum, Abbotsford. On until, March 21, 2020.

March 21, 2020 | Location: Ontario

March break open house at Conrad Grebel University College and the University of Waterloo, Ont., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit grebel.ca/events.

March 21, 2020 | Location: Ontario

Elmira meat canning fundraising breakfast, at Calvary United Church, St. Jacobs, from 8 to 10 a.m. Tickets must be reserved in advance. To purchase tickets, call 519-745-8458.

March 27, 2020 | Location: Ontario

Absent Friends Film Series presents “The Fault in our Stars,” a film based on John Green’s book of the same name, followed by a discussion afterwards, at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit grebel.ca/events.

March 28, 2020 | Location: Saskatchewan

Coro Nova spring concert, at Knox United Church, Saskatoon, at 7 p.m.

March 28, 2020 to March 29, 2020 | Location: B.C.

Mennonite World Conference and local churches will host MWC's annual Renewal 2027 event at Columbia Bible College on Saturday, March 28 (9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) and Sunday, March 29 (3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) around the theme "Jesus Christ, Our Hope: Intercultural Conversations and Celebrations." Saturday features worship, music and intercultural workshops on pastoral themes. Sunday's 90-minute session is devoted to worship, music, and testimonies on the theme of "Jesus Christ, Our Hope." All are invited to come and experience a taste of the global Anabaptist-Mennonite community in...

March 28, 2020 | Location: Manitoba

Jazz at CMU, in the Great Hall, at 7 p.m.

March 29, 2020 | Location: Ontario

Menno Singers perform “Creation is a song: Songs of water, wind and earth,” at Waterloo North Mennonite Church, Waterloo, at 3 p.m. For more information, visit mennosingers.com.

March 29, 2020 | Location: Manitoba

Guitar and handbells ensembles, at CMU’s Laudamus Auditorium, Winnipeg, at 7 p.m.

March 30, 2020 | Location: Manitoba

“Religion and family violence: Understanding the challenges and working for change” forum, at CMU, from 1 to 3 p.m. Speaker: Catherine Holtmann, director of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research. Hosted by Breaking the Silence on Domestic Violence.

March 30, 2020 | Location: Manitoba

Community Concert Band performance, at the CMU Chapel, Winnipeg, at 7 p.m.

March 31, 2020 | Location: Saskatchewan

28th annual Youth Farm Bible Camp vereneki supper, at Rosthern Mennonite Church, from 5 to 7 p.m.

March 31, 2020 | Location: Manitoba

Open house for prospective students, at CMU, Winnipeg, at 8:30 a.m.

April 3, 2020 | Location: Manitoba

Spring at CMU, a fundraising event, at CMU, at 7 p.m. Presentation by Mary-Jane McCallum, the 2020 Pax Award winner.

April 4, 2020 | Location: B.C.

Walter Paetkau presents “It Takes Raindrops to Fill a Lake” book launch, at the Mennonite Heritage Museum, Abbotsford, at 2 p.m.

April 10, 2020 | Location: Manitoba

Winnipeg First Mennonite Church Choir presents Brahms’s “Ein Deutsches Requiem,” at the church, at 7 p.m.

April 15, 2020 | Location: Online Event

The Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice, a program of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, is offering the following webinar:

RJ Practices and Values in State Legislation

What does restorative justice legislation look like across the United States? Traditionally conceived as a social service adjunct to public systems to address the needs of victims, restorative justice has increasingly been operationalized into multiple stages of formal legal processes. This is represented in diverse forms of restorative practices utilized from...

April 17, 2020 | Location: B.C.

Mennonite Historical Society of B.C. holds its annual general meeting, at Ricky’s Country Restaurant, Abbotsford, at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit mhsbc.com.

April 20, 2020 to April 24, 2020 | Location: Ontario

MCC’s meat canner visits Elmira for five days, at the Elmira Produce Auction Centre. To volunteer, visit elmirameatcanningproject.ca or call Keith or Dianne Snyder at 519-669-4084.

April 24, 2020 | Location: Ontario

Happening now, The Grebel Gallery, Waterloo, presents “The Cultural Life of Drones: KW Drone Dialogues,” created by Sara Matthews, which explores the myriad ways drones are embedded in people’s everyday lives. For more information, call 519-885-0220 x24204.

April 24, 2020 | Location: B.C.

Mennonite Historical Society of B.C. and the Canadian Musical Theatre Company present “Pier 21,” a musical by Allen des Noyers, at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, Abbotsford, at 7 p.m. For ticket information, visit mhsbc.com. Held in conjunction with the Mennonite Heritage Museum Gallery exhibit, “New footsteps in Canada.”

April 26, 2020 | Location: Ontario

Pax Christi Chorale presents the Toronto premiere of “Considering Matthew Shepard,” at the George Westin Recital Hall, at 3 p.m. For more information, visit paxchristichorale.org.

April 27, 2020 to April 30, 2020 | Location: Ontario

MCC’s meat canner visits Leamington for four days, at the Southwestern Ontario Gleaners facility. For more information, call Marlene Schmidtgall at 519-329-6462.

April 27, 2020 | Location: Ontario

New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale fundraising dinner, at Bingemans in Kitchener, at 6:30 p.m. To reserve tickets, call 519-745-8458 or visit MCC Ontario’s Kitchener office.

May 2, 2020 | Location: Ontario

Menno Singers perform “Operas in the aria,” with soprano Sarah Dufresne, at First United Church, Waterloo, at. 3 p.m. For more information, visit mennosingers.com.

May 11, 2020 | Location: Manitoba

Westgate Mennonite Collegiate’s bursary banquet, at the Canad Inns Polo Park, Winnipeg. For more information, visit westgatemennonite.ca.

May 13, 2020 | Location: Manitoba

Westgate Mennonite Collegiate’s community work day.

May 23, 2020 | Location: Ontario

You@Waterloo Day,” at 10 a.m. Experience what residence life is like at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo. For more information, email Rebekah DeJong at rjdejong@uwaterloo.ca.

May 24, 2020 | Location: Ontario

Hawkesville Mennonite Church celebrates its 70th anniversary with a homecoming service, at 11 a.m. A potluck meal (beverages included) and fellowship time follow the service.

May 27, 2020 | Location: Manitoba

Westgate Mennonite Collegiate’s junior-high spring concert, at Bethel Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, at 7 p.m.

May 28, 2020 | Location: Manitoba

Westgate Mennonite Collegiate’s senior-high spring concert, at Bethel Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, at 7 p.m.

June 5, 2020 to June 7, 2020 | Location: Alberta

MC Alberta women’s retreat.

June 6, 2020 | Location: Ontario

Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, hosts a ’60s era alumni luncheon, at 11 a.m. For more information, visit uwaterloo.ca/grebel/events/.

June 19, 2020 | Location: Ontario

“Embodying hope, faith and playfulness in caregiving: Practical and spiritual resources for a complicated vocation” seminar, at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, at 9:30 a.m. Keynote speaker: Dr. Janet L. Ramsey. Register at grebel.ca/spirituality.

August 9, 2020 to August 21, 2020 | Location: Ontario

Ontario Mennonite Music Camp at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, for youth ages 12 to 16. To register, visit grebel.ca/ommc.

May 31, 2021 | Location: Ontario

Open until May 2021, “Growing family: Design and desire in Mennonite genealogy” exhibit showcases family trees, hand-drawn charts and other ways Mennonites have remembered family; at the Mennonite Archives of Ontario, Waterloo. For more information, visit uwaterloo.ca/grebel/growingfamily.