Eastern Regional Gathering Cancelled
July 8, 2020
The Women’s Missionary Society planned an Eastern Regional Gathering to be held in Montreal in March 2021. We hoped to come together to Celebrate in Joy. Unfortunately, due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic the Planning Team made the very difficult decision to cancel the event, out of consideration of the safety and well-being of the participants. We regret that we are not able to come together yet, but God-willing, one day we will come together and celebrate!
Passing of June Stevenson, past Editor of Glad Tidings.
The WMS has lost a dear friend and past staff member. It is with sadness and regret that we inform the WMS of the passing of June Stevenson. June started her work as editor of Glad Tidings in September 1980 and after 24 years of service retired in 2004. During her time with Glad Tidings, June challenged our members on many issues, advocated for women of the church and society as a whole, and brought the magazine into the computer era. She was also a strong advocate for the rights of the Indigenous People. She visited the sites of former residential schools and talked to former residents and staff in June 1991. Following this, she served on the Residential Schools Working group which drafted our confession and she continued to advocate for reconciliation.
June was an accomplished writer. She wrote one book (unpublished) “Tracing Rainbows Through the Rain”, penned many articles for Glad Tidings, wrote poetry, and contributed words to many greeting cards. In 2014, she received the Word Award from the Word Guild (a Christian writers community) for her poem, “Silhouette on the Snow” and her song lyrics for “A Quiet Place.”
Please keep June’s family and friends in your prayers.
To read June’s obituary, please visit the memorial website at Barnes Memorial Funeral Home Ltd.
Church-wide Presbyterian Women’s Gathering 2020: Through the Waters
The fourth National Presbyterian Women’s Gathering is ready for you to register. The Gathering will be held, yet again, at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel in Richmond Hill, Ontario, May 15th to 18th, 2020 (Victoria Day long weekend).
While the location and dates look like it is the same event, it is new and different! The program will include new speakers and leaders.
More information can be found in the Information and Registration book but here is a little look:
- Your registration fee will be all your breakfasts and dinners.
- The Woman of Faith Awards will be presented again at the Sunday banquet dinner. Check out the WOFA brochure, presbyterian.ca/woman-of-faith-awards.
- We have many interesting and talented women providing leadership this year. Dr. Marie Wilson, Jennifer Henry, Susan Aglukark and Anna Carter Florence are just a few.
We hope to see you there.
To download the full Information and Registration book, click here.
A fillable registration form can be downloaded.
If you are interested in more information about the Woman of Faith Award more information can be found on the Woman of Faith Award Committee site, https://presbyterian.ca/woman-of-faith-awards/.
Travel subsidies are available for those who need financial assistance to attend the National Women’s Gathering 2020. To be eligible your travel expenses must be more than $300. Download here.
Shine – Regional Presbyterian Women’s Gathering, March 29-30, 2019
Our first regional Presbyterian Women’s Gathering was a great success!
The conversations started as the first people arrived to register on March 29. Many friends were glad to catch up and new friendships were beginning to form. Many also took the time to browse and purchase from 10,000 Villages and GOGOS (Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign).
The event began with worship and we raised our voices under the capable leadership of Lydia Collin. The music comprised a great selection of new songs (My lighthouse) and old favourites (Jesus bid us shine). We also were inspired through our beautiful stage that shone with lights!
Haiti Exposure Tour
In January 2018, a group of women connected to the WMS came together to witness the work that Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D) is supporting in the wonderfully complex world of Haiti.
WMS Council 2018
The WMS Council met at Crieff Hills Retreat Centre from Tuesday May 1 to Thursday May 3.
Delegates and Council Executive spent time in business, listening to speakers, and worshipping together.
The Land of Palestine Study
“The land of Palestine has a long and complex history. Since before the Christian era, Palestinians, both Jew and Arab shared the land. Together with Christians after the coming of Christ, these three peoples faced conquering empires and battles so numerous that a large plain, the Plain of Jezreel, east of Nazareth is pictured as the site of the battle of Armageddon.(Mitri Raheb, Faith in the Face of Empire (Maryknoll: Orbis Press, 3rd printing 2014), p. 51). As complex as the ancient history of Palestine is, its modern history is no less so.” ~Study authors
Learn more about the Land of Palestine through the WMS study written by Dorcas and Noel Gordon.
Rooted in Love: 2017 Women’s Gathering
For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them. (Matthew 18:20, NRSV). This time, 500 came together, rooted in God’s love to be challenged and encouraged, to pray and to discern, to laugh and to cry. From May 19 to 22, women and a few men, from across Canada, and 15 international and ecumenical guests, gathered at The Sheraton Hotel and Conference Centre in Richmond Hill, ON.
New Together We Can! Projects
At the 2017 WMS Council meeting, two new Together We Can! projects were picked. The domestic project is the Kenora Fellowship Centre and the international project is gender-based violence in Haiti.