Each fall, on the first weekend after Labour Day, about 70 members of St. Andrew’s go up to the Gatineau Hills and spend time at the Gracefield Christian Camp and Retreat Centre for the annual St. Andrew’s Retreat.
The program this year, taking place September 7-9, features the Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey of Parkdale United Church, a dynamic and engaging speaker. In our first session Rev. Bailey will guide us through discussions on whether there is a difference between regularly “attending church” and being able to speak about one’s faith and how one attempts to live out the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We will explore ways of nurturing opportunities to deepen our prayer and faith life in God, to deepen our relationships with one another, as well as our relationships with our neighbourhood community. In our second session we will focus on “the nations” in Scripture and God’s commitment to a diverse humanity. Rev. Bailey’s passion will certainly give us food for thought!
There will be related activities for children and youth, led by members of St. Andrew’s as well as camp counsellors.
The Gracefield congregational retreat is an opportunity for rest and reflection and a wonderful way to begin a new church year with others from St Andrew’s. Come and join in times of quiet reflection, study, song, worship, fellowship and fun.
Whether you are newer to the church, or have been attending for years, come, and be a part of this event. Registration forms can be found in either narthex and on the church website. Please note that there is an early bird rate! If you have any questions, speak with Aisling B.