Youth and adults gathered from across the city for an afternoon of carols and the re-telling of the Christmas story in contemporary language.
They came to the stable - to listen, to sing, and to be part of the mystery and wonder that is Christmas - and enjoyed great music, good fellowship and hot chocolate or coffee. Younger children had fun simply running around in the stable!
Mission 5 to 5000
October 14, 2017
How hard is it to live on low, fixed income?
In "early" October, Ottawa's youth came together for a Mission 5 to 5000 activity. They learned a bit about the challenges of living in Ottawa on limited income, and were challenged on what the Bible had to say about those living near or in poverty.
Then it was off to the grocery store! Each youth had $2 to shop for dinner. They quickly pooled their resources and cooked a FANTASTIC dinner! They also discovered something that many poor people already know ... community and fellowship!
EXTRA BONUS! Youth also helped plan youth events in 2018.
In early October, some of Ottawa's youth leaders came together to learn about the church's Leading with Care policy.
We covered a lot of material - including why the issue is so important and what possible ramifications exist for not following the policy but most importantly, people shared examples from their own experiences and how they dealt with some of the challenges.
All in all - people found it useful. More workshops will be scheduled for 2018!
The Leader-in-training program was an intensive 200-hour course spread over four weeks, including a multi-day canoe trip and an internship on site at Gracefield Camp.
LITs received instruction in: camp skill development, safety and risk management; child development; leadership styles; worship leadership; First Aid training; wilderness practice scenarios; canoe skill training; and job application skills (cover letters and resumes - and still managed to have fun!