The Gathering, is a short Sunday evening worship service with a guest speaker followed by a discussion time and is organized by Queen’s Canterbury Club
It is designed by and for college/university students and young adults. Guest speakers include profs, students, graduates, members of our sponsoring parish (St. James) and other resource people.
In pre-COVID 19 times, The Gathering, included a free, community meal. However, we won’t be able to offer the community meal until it is safe to do so.
Currently The Gathering meets either via ZOOM or in a hybrid format with some people present in person at St. James’ Anglican Church and others joining online.
Those meeting in person sit physically distanced from each other and wear face masks.
Start time: 6 PM
Finish time: 7:30 PM approximately
Information about the guest speaker and topic for the evening and the ZOOM link is posted online on the Queen’s Canterbury Club Facebook page as well as in the Queen’s Canterbury Club Facebook discussion group.
It is also posted in St. James’ (our sponsoring parish’s) weekly e-newsletter which comes out on Fridays.
Occasionally, we switch things up a bit and have a social event or enjoy another activity (eg. apple picking for the Food Bank) instead of having a guest speaker.
Please feel free to contact our campus chaplain, Lisa Chisholm-Smith for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave her a voicemail at (613) 548-7254. She will also be happy to send you the ZOOM link.
What Students Say:
“I really like that the gathering is a place to worship God and share in community with others. I appreciate that there is no pressure to it and that we are posed questions to provoke further thought by each week’s speakers. I really appreciate the variety of speakers at the Gathering as you get a different type of thinker every week.”
“The Gathering is an opportunity to join other Christians to deepen my faith by pondering the hard questions. There has yet to be a speaker who hasn’t pushed me to think about the harder parts of Scripture – the parts that seem counterintuitive, the parts that demand us to make choices between divine life and earthly life.
Answering these harder questions is made less intimidating by the fact that there are other university students and other non-university members of St. James there who are struggling alongside me and who are encouraging me. Each person I’ve sat with for worship and dinner has given me wisdom and information with which I’ve gone home and pondered for the week.
The Gathering has been a chance for me to bring my friends to experience this growth with me. It truly is a blessing each and every Sunday to be recognised and welcomed and it is something to which I look forward each and every week!”