Ministries of the SGF
The SGF is a community of local Baptist churches which seeks to create opportunities for people to engage in joyful Christian fellowship, uplifting and insightful study of God’s inspired Word, productive collaboration on critical issues and effective community outreach that is both evangelical and practical. Congregationally and individually our goal is to influence our culture in a way that brings glory to God and everlasting spiritual good to people. Important and timely issues are presented, examined and discussed from a biblical world view in an effort to deepen the spirituality of Christians of all ages and prepare them so they “may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work”. The primary vehicles for such undertakings are conferences and retreats that run from a single day to a week in length.
A brief summary of those opportunities are given here, though more detail can be found by following the links to additional sites. For each of these ministries please check our Calendar and Events section for dates and program and registration information.
GPF (Grace Pastors Fellowship)
The Grace Pastors Fellowship meets monthly and exists to bring glory to God by equipping, challenging and developing relationships among pastors in the greater Toronto area and beyond. Are you within a drive to Toronto? Come join us for our next meeting! Check out the details at http://www.gracepastorsfellowship.com.
CCFC (Canadian Carey Family Conference)
The Canadian Carey Family Conference is held at Braeside Camp and Conference Centre in Paris Ontario the second week prior to Labour Day Weekend. A special speaker is featured in the evenings where he speaks on a theme throughout the week. There are also age specific sessions in the mornings. There is lots of time for games and swimming and sitting and relaxing. The Carey has run for 30 years and has become a highlight of the year for many of those who attend. Information regarding program, accommodations, meals and on line registration can be found at the CCFC website. http://www.careyconference.net/
This weekend retreat for young people takes place in the spring (usually a weekend in May) and is held at the Braeside Camp and Conference Centre in Paris. A guest speaker presents sessions based on a topic relevant to this age group. Activities include a wide range of large and small group games, singing, discussions and interaction. Details regarding the weekend outline and registration will be posted one or two months prior to the retreat. Contact people are Wayne and Julie Van de Merwe (from Trinity) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Every spring the SGF hosts a ladies retreat (usually Friday evening / Saturday) to minister specifically to the ladies of the SGF churches. These sessions have been well received and have given the women an opportunity “to learn, to fellowship and to grow as sisters in Christ”. As an example of the topics covered the 2009 retreat dealt with ‘The Proverbs 31 Woman, The Imperfect Woman, and Roadblocks to Becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman’. The messages were rich and challenged the hearers to be women who are trustworthy, busy, compassionate, organized, elegant, wise and worthy of praise. They were also encouraged through a study of imperfect women in the Bible that God used greatly. The weekend was a time for building relationships, being renewed in spirit and for having a very enjoyable time! Details regarding program and registration will be available in the months leading up to the retreat.
Annual General Assembly
The Assembly is generally held the 3rd weekend in November at one of the SGF member churches. It runs Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Updates from activities around the SGF community are shared, a message is preached and business matters, such as the budget, the election of board members, and relevant Fellowship matters, are discussed and dealt with. Each member church sends 3 delegates to the meeting, but it is open to any individuals who would like to attend. Program and registration details will be posted in the early fall.