We’d like to invite you to a space of nurture for those in rural congregations and for the communities in which they live. Rural Routes is a gathering with time for both structured and informal conversations, worship, education, play, prayer, and table fellowship. We’d like to share our stories and to hear yours; what is working well and what you lament or long for, what brings you joy and who is your neighbour. We’d like to imagine together ways in which members of small, rural congregations might remain grounded in and able to share the Gospel despite sometimes challenging circumstances
When: Thursday, June 16th at 10:00 to Saturday, June 18th at 2:00
Where: Camp Ta Wa Si, Johnston Point, NB (Right on the Northumberland Strait)
Main Presenter & World Café facilitator: Dr. Marvin Lee Anderson
Tasters: Thirty-minute presentations given by a variety of people on a variety of things so good we may want to go home and cook them up in our own communities. Spiritual Memoir, Messy Church, Coffee in the Church Woods, Food Forests at Port Elgin High, The Beautiful Working of Wood, . . . are just a few of the offerings, each given by someone who loves them well.
Registration Fee: $35*
Accommodation: Attendees are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements. To help with this a list of local accommodations has been prepared and will also be posted at https://hemofthelight.com/ruralroutes or made available by phoning 506-536-0216 and leaving a message. All meals except breakfast are provided. Coffee, tea, and muffins are available from 9:30 am.
Kitchen Party: Do you play an instrument? Bring it along. Do you love to sing or dance? This is your chance.
Prayer Stations A labyrinth and a variety of prayer stations will be set up in quiet corners for moments of individual pause and reflection. Gratitude or lament, intercession, or deep stillness, here you’ll find ways of being prayer.
*We are able to keep your registration cost low thanks to financial support from an Innovations Grant through the EDGE Network of the United Church of Canada and the Faith Formation and Education Committee and the Pastoral Relations Committee of Region 14 (Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters) and generous donors. We are very grateful for this support.
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