Dinner, Drums, and Dialogue
On Saturday evening, you will have the opportunity to experience Aboriginal culture and dance. It will be an exciting evening of entertainment and learning.
First, we will enjoy Tribal Vision, an Aboriginal organization that performs and teaches about Aboriginal dance and music. They had an Aboriginal pavilion at the Pan Am Games in Toronto and they have performed in the United States, as well as other places worldwide. You will be entertained and in the least, you will be tapping your toes to the sound of the drum.
Then, we will learn more about our Aboriginal brothers and sisters with a keynote address from Cindy Blackstock (see Leadership Preview). As Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, Cindy will speak about the welfare of Aboriginal children in Canada.
Being in Community: Interactive Exhibits
The Women’s Gathering will give you the opportunity to get to know some of the ministries and departments supported by the Presbyterian Church, either locally, by presbytery, or on a national level. By meeting the people involved in these ministries and taking part in hands-on projects, you will not only learn about the vital work of these ministries but also join them in their work; helping to lighten the load for organizations that are often short on time and staff. It is a chance to offer a mustard seed of time and talent to help further God’s kingdom here on earth.
A voluntary time of casual conversations to discuss your day, look into the future, and meet new friends from around the world.
Looking for a quiet spot to sit inGod’s presence and reflect on your relationship with God, with one another, and with the world? This self directed area will introduce you to Christian spirituality as you enjoy “hands-on” activities around the theme of the Gathering.
Sit and be still. Get creative. Enjoy the quiet. Meditate and pray. Breathe. Know that God is with you and is Rooting you in His Love, preparing you to work together, and share this love with the world with new hope and a renewed spirit.
While at the Gathering, take some time to browse in our Marketplace. You will find unique fair trade items from around the world. Each vendor will be able to provide you with information on their products and how your purchase makes a difference in the lives of others. You will also find books written by some of our speakers, or suggested by our workshop leaders. Continue your Gathering experience at home with a challenging new book!
The Marketplace in the foyer just outside the Grand Ballroom and will be open during free time for your convenience.
Presbyterian Woman of Faith Award
Often unrecognized, yet significantly important, women have been present since the beginning of the Christian story. They have quietly answered God’s call to mission and ministry both within the church and in their communities.
The Presbyterian Church in Canada, the Order of Diaconal Ministries, and the Women’s Missionary Society have established the Presbyterian Woman of Faith Awards to recognize the work of women within our church. It was an honour to present the first awards to six women at the National Presbyterian Women’s Gathering in 2014. It was exciting to share the stories of their understanding of Christ’s ministry on earth.
Once again, at the Sunday evening banquet the Presbyterian Woman of Faith Awards will be presented. Up to three women will be honoured because of faithful service, a specific accomplishment, or a lifetime of achievement.
This award is given to women who are nominated by the church at large. Do you know a woman in The Presbyterian Church in Canada who is making a significant difference in the life of your church and/or community who should be recognized by the national church? Go to presbyterian.ca/woman-of-faith-awards to submit a nomination. Nominations must be received by November 30, 2016.
For more information visit presbyterian.ca/woman-of-faith-awards, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact
Liz Brewer 1-800-619-7301 ex. 248.