Doug Klassen, Mennonite Church Canada’s executive minister, personally invites you to Gathering 2022, a nationwide church event happening July 29 to Aug. 1 in Edmonton, Alta.
In a video posted on YouTube earlier this month, Klassen outlines the goals for Gathering 2022 and introduces the event’s theme, “We Declare: What we have seen and heard.”
“We Declare” will be a space to gather, share faith and build the mission and ministry of MC Canada as a diverse body of believers, while strengthening “a nationwide Anabaptist Mennonite identity,” Klassen says.
He adds that the gathering will include a special focus on the ministries of Mennonite Church Alberta.
“We’ll meet its congregations and explore the beautiful North Saskatchewan River Valley in our organized tours,” he says.
Not mentioned in the video, but outlined on the assembly website, is the focus on worship.
These worship sessions will be enriched by guest speakers from three provinces: Sunder John Boopalan, a biblical and theological studies professor from Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, Man.; Cheryl Bear, director of community ministry at First United Church in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside; and Kara Carter, lead pastor at Wellesley Mennonite Church in Wellesley, Ont.
Registration for the online and in person options is live at mennonitechurch.ca/gathering2022. MC Canada is requiring in-person attendees to wear masks.
At the end of the video, Klassen encourages people to register. “Come and share together what we have seen and heard, what God is doing in our congregations, regions and nationwide church,” he says.
In addition to Gathering 2022, MC Canada is hosting a gathering for youth this summer. Alberta’s Camp Valaqua will host Amplify! from July 31 to Aug. 4 in an effort to connect youth from across the nationwide church. Registration for this event is now available at mennonitechurch.ca/amplify.
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