National Women’s Gathering

Church-wide Presbyterian Women’s Gathering 2020: Through the Waters

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.  Isaiah 43:2 (NRSV)

God calls us by name as we are called to journey together. The journey can be scary, but God is with us to help us navigate the waters.

Come together, as we remember our calling and are renewed to travel through the waters. Be nourished with the water that quenches our thirst so we will never thirst again.

To download the full Information and Registration book, click here.

Gathering Highlights
    • Join with hundreds of Presbyterian women from across Canada as we celebrate, learn together, and grow in our faith.
    • Be challenged by our speaker, Dr. Marie Wilson, one of three Commissioners of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Learn from her experiences with the commission.
    • Learn more about our partner organization, KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, from Jennifer Henry its Executive Director.
    • Raise your voices as we worship God in song under the direction of Agnes-Marie Henderson. Agnes-Marie has been music director at Knox Listowel since 1993 and is a talented performer, music teacher, and leader.
    • Enjoy the words and music of Susan Aglukark as she shares with us during our Saturday night banquet.
    • Choose to participate in two of four offered forums where you can enjoy a time of singing, be challenged to love as Jesus did, explore the scripture theme indepth, or consider the moral challenges facing Canada.
    • Worship and learn from some of the best women preachers in our denomination as we come together daily in worship.
    • You will be challenged by the words of the Rev. Dr. Anna Carter Florence, a theologian and dynamic preacher.
    • Meet and interact with our international guests and ecumenical visitors who are an important part of our event.
    • Indulge yourself in a superb venue that boasts a fully equipped conference centre attached to two hotels—Sheraton Parkway Toronto North and Best Western Parkway North.
    • Personalize your experience, with over 15 workshop choices, including workshops on sharing our stories, diversity, prayer, knitting, mental health, and music.
  • Celebrate our Presbyterian Woman of Faith Awards during the Sunday evening banquet.

Take a look a the leadership – Leadership Preview

Event at a Glance

Friday May 15

10:00 a.m. Registration

1:00 p.m.   Opening Worship

2:30 p.m. Keynote Address with Jennifer Henry

3:30 p.m.  Being in Community: Mission Fair

5:30 p.m. Reception

6:30 p.m. Welcome Banquet

9:00 p.m. Conversation Corners


Saturday May 16

7:00 a.m. Hot Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Worship

10:30 a.m. Keynote Address with Dr. Marie Wilson

12:00 p.m. Lunch (at your own expense)

2:00 p.m. Forums

4:00 p.m. Forums

5:30 p.m. Reception

6:30 p.m. Dinner and performance by Susan Aglukark


Sunday May 17

7:00 a.m. Hot Breakfast

10:00 a.m. Worship with Communion

12:00 p.m. Lunch (at your own expense)

2:00 p.m. Workshops

3:45 p.m. Workshops

5:30 p.m. Reception

6:30 p.m. Woman of Faith Awards Banquet


Monday May 18

7:00 a.m. Hot Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Praise Time

9:30 a.m. Keynote Address with the Rev. Dr. Anna Carter Florence

11:00 a.m. Through the Waters

11:30 a.m. Closing Worship

1:00 p.m. Farewells


More Information

Participants have a lot of choices, you can pick from four forums and 15 workshops.

All the details the registration details can be found in the Registration Overview. Interested in this amazing event? Please fill out a Registration form.

We have rooms set aside at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North and the Best Western Parkway Hotel North which are both attached to the conference facility. Reservations details, here.

To download the full Information and Registration book, click here.

Travel subsidies are available for those who need financial assistance to attend the National Women’s Gathering 2020. To be eligible your travel expenses must be more than $300. Download here.