Gathering 2015 – July 10-12, 2015

To register for this event online, click here
To register for this event in person or by mail or fax, please use the Gathering 2015 Registration Form
You can see a schedule of the weekend’s events here: Gathering 2015 Schedule of Events

On behalf of our church family here in Aylmer and the EMMC Conference leadership, I want to invite you to our town July 10-12 for Gathering 2015: Building Healthy Churches.

I’ll be honest with you: we know first-hand what an unhealthy church looks like. Not that many years ago we were one! Our church was mired in controversy, scarred by strife and barely getting by. It has been a long, hard journey back to health. Today, we’re not perfect, but we have seen vitality return to our church as we have made things simple by asking “What does God’s word say?” and then resolving to act accordingly.

That’s been our only strategy – if you can call it that. Simple, but not necessarily easy. In every area of ministry we seek to submit our plans, motives and actions to the wisdom and instruction we find in God’s word. We’d love to share with you some of what we’ve learned on this long, difficult journey at Gathering 2015.

Our main speaker will be Norm Millar. Norm has seen his share of ups and downs in church life as a long-time pastor and church planter. When he started the church that is now Harvest London with a foundation of authoritative preaching, passionate worship, fervent prayer, and bold evangelism, some warned him that he would soon preside over a church of a dwindling number of aging members. Today, in addition to members of all ages, Harvest London sends buses to pick up the 250-300 college and university students that attend each week!

We’re looking forward to hearing from God’s word through Norm about how to bring health to our churches. Here are some other things that will be happening.

Friday, July 10

Most of Friday will be set aside to give you time to register and get settled at your billet or hotel. The AEMMC church building will be set up as a museum for the entire weekend so you can check that out on Friday as well. In the evening we’ll gather at the church (outdoors, weather-permitting) for family fellowship, a BBQ and a bonfire.

Saturday, July 11

On Saturday our teaching sessions with Norm Millar begin. There will be two in the morning and then we’ll have lunch together. After lunch men and women will split up for separate events, then we’ll come back together for supper together and then gather for another teaching session with Pastor Norm.

There will be youth events ALL DAY on Saturday. Please use the registration form to register for this.

During all of our teaching times and also during the men’s and women’s events, childcare will be provided for children up to 11 years old. The younger ones will be in a playroom and for the older kids we’re setting up an indoor play area that will include basketball, floor hockey and various other activities.

Sunday, July 12

On Sunday morning we’ll gather for a corporate worship service, and then eat lunch together. After lunch, we are inviting you and our entire local community to celebrate our church’s 50th anniversary! We have a team of dedicated people planning this event and I can tell you right now that it is going to be both huge and AMAZING!

BONUS EVENT – Thursday, July 9

If you’re a ministry leader (or hope to be one someday) and can make it to Aylmer a day early, on Thursday, July 9th the Ministerial Theology Committee will be hosting a “Ministry Leadership Day” on the theme of “The Ministry of Administration: Organizing Your Life Without Losing Soul”. If you are planning to attend this event, please indicate your intention on the registration form.

We hope to see you in Aylmer July 10-12, 2015!

Michael Krahn
Lead Pastor
Aylmer EMMC

To register for this event online, click here
To register for this event in person or by mail or fax, please use the Gathering 2015 Registration Form
You can see a schedule of the weekend’s events here: Gathering 2015 Schedule of Events