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Our first Conference-wide worship summit, themed “Worship That Connects,” is finally here! Join us this Friday, Dec. 10, and Sabbath, Dec. 11, for a worship experience that will unite us, challenge how we view worship and lift our eyes heavenward.

Click here for an updated Worship that Connects schedule with links. Please note that the afternoon Zoom sessions will also be streamed onto YouTube, and French interpretation will be available within Zoom.

Scroll down for more updates n this summit, then check out our feature article, an oldie but a goodie. From our Ontario Highlights archives, Pastor Elizabeth Pule, Ontario Conference Family Ministries director, shares what she and her husband (fellow Family Ministries director, Pastor Orlando Pule) learned about making family worship engaging from their three boys.

This coming weekend, one of the key topics will be making worship a delight for our children. We are reminded that children and youth aren’t the leaders of tomorrow but the leaders of today. So let’s do all we can to equip them to connect with and like Jesus wherever they go.

Christelle Agboka, Communications director

Conference-wide Praise & Worship Convention
December 10 & 11, 2021

 

Ontario Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is pleased to invite you to our conference-wide "Worship that Connects" worship summit, Dec. 10-11. This initiative is a continuation of our "Connecting Like Jesus" theme.

Its main objective will be to inspire a worship renewal in our conference. Attendees will be blessed by different worship elements, including prayer, scripture reflections, special presentations with main speaker Dr. Joseph Kidder (Professor of Pastoral Theology & Discipleship, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary) and breakout sessions with worship experts.

All plenaries will be streamed onto youtube.com/adventistontario in English and French, with Zoom links for the Sabbath afternoon seminars accessible via adventistontario.org. The afternoon seminars will also be streamed onto YouTube, with French interpretation available within the Zoom platform.

Please plan to join us this weekend, as the summit is for all church members. We are excited to worship together as an Ontario Conference family once more!

WORSHIP THAT CONNECTS SCHEDULE
Sabbath, Dec. 11 (full day)
9:30 a.m. Sabbath worship (multigenerational panel)

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Main worship service with Dr. Joseph Kidder

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Four concurrent seminars:

  1. Acceptable vs Unacceptable Worship – Dr. Joseph Kidder
  2. Worship Designed for Children – Pr. Shawn Ellis (Apple Creek Church)
  3. Worship Lessons from the Sanctuary – Dr. Arthur Stele (General Vice President, General Conference)
  4. Considerations in Designing a Worship Service – Dr. Mansfield Edwards (Ontario Conference president)
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. ORDINATION SERVICE - charge by Pr. James Black (Prayer Ministry Coordinator, North American Division)

YouTube Links for the Weekend
Friday, December 10, 2021 ~ 6:00-7:30 pm (Vespers)
English
French
Sabbath, December 11, 2021 ~ 9:30 am-12:30 pm (Morning service)
English
French

Sabbath, December 11, 2021 ~ 5:00-7:00 pm (Ordination)
English
French

Click

here for a full schedule, including Zoom links for the concurrent seminars on Sabbath afternoon.

Click here to read more about our virtual Worship that Connects worship convention. Click here for promotional materials. Please share with leaders and members.

What Video Games Taught Us About Family Worship

by Elizabeth, Orlando, Gabriel, Isaiah and Samuel Pule

The other day, our boys described with enthusiasm a video game they were playing.  Not only did they share with excitement the characters and plot, but they were also eager for us to participate.  We know offers like these won't last forever, so we try to accept their invitations as best we can.  I watched and listened as they happily engaged with us, then I thought, why don't we have this kind of enthusiasm during piano practice, chores or homework time? My thoughts on family participation during worship continued – are they as motivated and excited to worship the King of the Universe as they are to play some video game?  It was an honest moment of reflection on how we as parents determine the spiritual environment of our home.

What would need to happen for our children to experience the same level of eagerness and interest in family worship?  We know the Bible is full of grand adventure, intrigue and powerful life lessons, more so than video games – so what are we missing?

When we were growing up, family worship was a solemn time where we all sat around listening to mom or dad read a devotional that we didn’t understand.  We sang songs, read the Bible and prayed – it was a time of quiet reverence, and we knew there would be consequences if we joked around.  Some of us have brought those lacklustre traditions to our own family and wonder why worship isn't a cherished experience.

If worshipping our awesome God isn't enjoyable, it will never be a priority.  Psalm 100: 1-2 says, “Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth. Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing.”  The Bible is full of advice on how to worship God. It includes joyful singing, clapping hands, dancing and shouting with gladness; nowhere does it say, "All the children should sit still and be quiet."  We would like to suggest some practical ways to revive and transform family worship so it becomes a time that is celebrated, not dreaded.  We have also enlisted the help of our sons to get their opinions on how to revitalize family worship.

1. Cultivate an Attitude & Atmosphere of Joy 
If we want our children to discover the joy of Jesus and the gift of family devotion time, we need to make sure our attitude towards worship is positive.  Worshipping the God of the Universe cannot be a sentence of silence or a dreary occasion where kids are not allowed to laugh and participate.  During Children's Ministry days, there’s an atmosphere of anticipation and delight.  The music is lively, the stories are full of life, and great effort is made to ensure the day is special.  Family worship can be just as amazing if we intentionally make an effort.  Exodus 15:2 says, “The Lord is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise Him, my father's God, and I will exalt Him.”  Let your family worship time be one of joy and thanksgiving.  Take worship outside in nature and learn from God’s creation.  Use object lessons and personal stories to make Bible studies relatable, and use words the children can understand.

2. Harness The Power of Music

In Cradle Roll – the youngest of our Sabbath School classes – you will notice the little baskets of musical instruments, noisemakers and props teachers employ to bring the lesson alive. Week after week, our little ones sing the same songs, read familiar Bible stories and actively participate by ringing their bells, shaking their tambourines, waving their Jesus flags and keeping the beat with their tick-tock sticks.  Through this method, our favourite stories and songs are engraved in our hearts for life.  There have been numerous studies on the power of music. Music can make worship a highly anticipated event.  Include lively action songs during worship time, and encourage the children to use their toy instruments and noisemakers as regular accompaniments. Let’s allow our children to make a joyful noise because their ‘noise’ sounds beautiful to the King.

3. Children as Worship Leaders

To actively engage our children in family worship, we must allow them to lead.  Let them choose the songs, pick the Bible story/text, use object lessons, determine the location and ultimately take ownership of worship.  Through these intimate worship settings, our children can explore their spiritual gifts and share what is on their hearts.  Empowering our kids to lead worship at home opens doors for their involvement in serving the community and leading at church.

4. Encourage Global Awareness During Prayer

Another way to engage our families during worship is to include creative prayer activities.  Use maps and globes to pray over troubled portions of the world.  Bring to your family’s attention issues of poverty, war, politics, bullying, climate change, etc. to encourage a global awareness and mission focus in family worship.  Take sections of the newspaper and pray over specific interest stories and issues.  Use the phone book, community listing or church directory and pray for a different church/family/person or community every day.  By fostering a broader worldview, we can teach our children that there is a whole world that needs Jesus’ love and our prayers.


As we wait with anticipation of Jesus’ return, let us intentionally grow and invest in our family’s spiritual life. Take these few suggestions and prayerfully consider how to revive and transform the family worship experience. We pray your homes are places of peace, and family worship is a time met with eagerness and joy.
 

The North American Division Children's Ministries department has created a beautiful 25-day Christmas Activity Devotional for children.

Download yours today in English, French or Spanish.

Canadian Adventist Ministries of Compassion Offering December 11, 2021

Sabbath, December 11, 2021, has been set aside specifically for Ministries of Compassion Offering to be collected.  The Ministries of Compassion offering is significant because it is the primary funding source for community service projects in Ontario. As we struggle as a society with the impact of COVID 19, these funds are even more essential to maintain outreach work in your communities and provide needed relief to those struggling with homelessness, job loss, financial instability, poverty and other social/culture-related challenges. We suggest that you appeal to your members to set aside a minimum of $5.00 each for this particular appeal and turn it in on Sabbath, December 11.  This offering will remain in the Conference and be set aside for YOUR local community services projects in 2022.  The more funds raised means the more funds we have to support your local community projects.

Local Benefits

  • Funds available to provide more opportunities for churches to develop local initiatives to meet the growing demand for social, humanitarian, physical, and spiritual activities
  • Each church can have its unique project(s), which they can reference as receiving this offering.
  • The offering will allow churches to collaborate on joint community events, projects and activities.


This offering is listed in our conference offering scheduled for 2021 as “Canadian Adventist Ministries of Compassion,” which will be collected on December 11, 2021.  In preparation for this upcoming appeal, we ask that you please:

  1. Vigorously promote this offering from the pulpit, and
  2. Place a weekly announcement in your church bulletin from now to December 11, 2021, to advertise this offering, and
  3. Request that each member commit or set aside a minimum of five dollars for this vital offering to bring on December 11, 2021.

Thank you so much for being so attentive to this matter and for investing some quality time into promoting this offering. Community projects are essential to building awareness of local church activities in your community! Together we can make a difference in our communities during these challenging times. 

Marketing the Gospel Resources Here!

Some great news – the videos from our recent Marketing the Gospel Communications Refresh are now available for your viewing. They are unlisted on YouTube but accessible to anyone with the link.

Feel free to share the links below with anyone in your networks who could benefit from such training:

Also, if you attended any of the training (or once you have viewed the replays), please complete this short survey, which will help inform future training.

 

In the latest issue of Sabbath School Tools, we look at reaching and winning Anglicans.

Click the image to download.

 

Hi Friends,

Over the last few weeks, historic flooding occurred in British Columbia: mudslides, highways washed out, power outages, towns evacuated, land, vehicles, and lives lost. Bridges and mountain passes were also washed away, which meant that people were stranded alongside mountainous roads and highways, sometimes in their vehicles, and sometimes they had to abandon their vehicles.

It’s hard to imagine how frightening that would be to be caught out in the cold in the middle of nowhere late at night, far from your home, not knowing how long you were going to be stranded or if you were going to make it.

One of the places where many people were stranded was along a back road near Hope, BC. A Christian campground called Camp Hope gladly took in close to 300 travellers.

If you wish to listen to their stories, we will be featuring them live at 7:30 PM EST on our Welcoming in the Sabbath program.

Blessings to you and your family,
Mike and René Lemon

Torrential downpours triggered widespread flooding and landslides across British Columbia.

Thousands of people have been displaced from their homes. People are in urgent need of food, shelter, and hygiene supplies.

The British Columbia Conference of Seventh-day Adventists’ Camp Hope is providing shelter to hundreds of displaced families. ADRA, with the BC Conference, is responding with food, water, and temporary shelter in partnership with local churches.

The people of British Columbia need your help. Please give today at https://www.adra.ca/bcfloods/.

CONFERENCE EVENTS/NEWS

Click here to join the above Zoom meeting on Sabbath morning at 8 a.m.

Ontario Conference values you as a member of our praying community.
If you have a prayer request, please let us know!
Click here to submit your request.
Click here for a COVID-19 prayer.



Click on the image above for a video providing a step-by-step guide to using AdventistGiving.
Click here for The Steward's Way e-book.

 

The Adventurer Year-end Praise and Recognition Program is to be held Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at 7:30 pm. Click above for a promo video. Share it with your friends!



This Zoom training is designed for the Adult Sabbath School Teacher/Facilitator who did not complete the courses for Sabbath School teachers offered through the Ontario School of Evangelism and Discipleship in 2019 and 2020. Click the image above to register.



CHURCH EVENTS


Would you like your church ad or article to be considered for inclusion in the next edition of the news? We love to help in sharing your story, and we accept submissions for the OCN up to the Tuesday of each publication week.Email us at

ocn@adventisontario.org.



Click the image above to register for the vegetarian cooking class on December 14 at 7 pm.

 

Courtesy of the Health and Prayer Ministries department, click above to watch Dr. Ross Grant and his presentation, "Caffeine and the Brain"



Many are interested in home church but are not sure where to start. Most struggle to imagine how to go about it. And many are still thinking of going to church, rather than being church or even creating
church in our communities. In this book, we explore some of the most frequently asked questions. Click the image above to download your free copy. Please share and learn:

  1. Why the heightened interest in churches at home?
  2. How do we do house church? Are there any New Testament insights?
  3. Where do we find them, so as to be involved?
  4. What factors contribute to their sustainability? And is that important?
  5. When is church, church? And what are the opportunities for families?
  6. What approach to Bible reading could be most effective in sharing faith?

 

Introducing a new digital resource, Adventist Collective, featuring content from the May 2021 Global Campmeeting and more. Learn from Adventist experts on a vast array of topics including COVID-19 and Mission and Outreach. Watch the above video for a peek at the Adventist Collective, active now and growing!



Click the image above for more information.

BURMAN UNIVERSITY JOB OPPORTUNITYBurman University invites applications for the following positions:

1. Full-time Tenure-track Faculty in Education
2. Full-time Tenure-track Faculty in Psychology
3. Contract - French Faculty
4. Contract - Administrative Assistant

Please visit our website for details.

The International Pathfinder Camporee will take place in Gillette, Wyoming in 2024. IPC happens every five years. Over 50,000 Pathfinders attend from over 100 countries for the largest five-day Adventist Youth Event in the world. Each day is filled with fun activities, honors, events, and ministry opportunities. During the 2024 Camporee, each night will be filled with inspiring music, prayer, messages, and a special continuing story from the life of Moses.

Make sure to mark your calendars for Camporee AUGUST 5-11, 2024.

Click here for more info.

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Camp Frenda: Website
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Health Ministries: Facebook
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