The Gathering is:
- a short Sunday evening worship service with a guest speaker
- followed by a discussion time and a free shared supper
- held on Sunday nights during the academic year
- organized by Queen’s Canterbury Club
- designed by and for college/university students with support from our campus chaplain
Guest speakers include profs, students, graduates, members of our host parish (St. James Kingston) and other resource people.
The Gathering is currently meeting in-person with guest speakers sometimes joining us via ZOOM.
Face masks are required (except when eating) by our host parish since we are indoors. We also encourage physical distancing when possible.
Start time: 5:30 PM
Finish time: 7: 00 PM approximately
*New* Pre-Gathering Half Hour: This fall we are going to experiment with offering Gathering participants the option of meeting at 5 PM in the church chancel for some quiet time/personal prayer before we gather as group. Early arrivals are also most welcome to meet and greet each other in the parish hall prior to the official start of The Gathering at 5:30 PM.
St. James Anglican Church parish hall (10 Union Street West) across from the Walter Light building and the Grad Club.
Please enter the church through the middle set of doors off Union Street (wooden doors with window).
What’s on this week?
Information about the guest speaker and topic for the 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 the weekly e-newsletter of St. James Kingston (our host parish) which comes out on Fridays. Click here to subscribe.
Growing into an Inclusive Community
As a group of post-secondary students and young adults who are seeking to live into what authentic Christian community means, we also welcome other members of the Queen’s community and our host parish to join us from time to time. Sometimes we also welcome and include people from the wider community who may be lonely and are looking for company or who simply need a good meal.
Social / Community Events:
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.
For more info, contact the Queen’s Canterbury Club co-chairs at the club email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or contact our campus chaplain:
The Rev. Lisa Chisholm-Smith, she/her
(Queen’s Arts’91 & B.Ed. ’94)
Voicemail: (613) 548-7254 x 3
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.
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!”