Child dedications

Child Dedication Spring 2018 list

October 23rd - March 14th, 2018

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Men's Wednesday Morning Bible Study

January 10th - April 18th, 2018

Wednesday mornings starting January 10 9:30-10:30am

The Men’s Bible Study at North Park has been a vibrant, consistent ministry for a number of years. This group of men have met to discuss scripture (and drink coffee!) for a number of years and we are grateful for the friendship and ministry that has been cultivated there.

This winter, the Men’s Bible Study will continue to follow the weekend teaching schedule of The Story. This is a great way to re-engage in scripture or see familiar scriptures in a new and refreshing way.

This is a great opportunity to connect with other men and to learn more about the grand narrative of scripture. Don’t miss out!

*The Story Bible is a great tool for this elective. Pick one up today for $10 in the Main Office or the Welcome Kiosk.

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Ladies Morning Study

January 11th - June 14th, 2018

The Story - The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People This ladies group continues from meeting this fall and is excited about gathering again to learn from God’s Word this winter!

This weekly study group will track alongside the weekend preaching of The Story and will provide deep insight and practical application to each of the weekly themes. This is a great opportunity to go deeper with The Story.

Facilitated by Joyce Perry, a former high school teacher, stay-at-home mom and recently retired Academic Counsellor from Western University. Joyce has been attending North Park for almost 17 years and is married to Rob. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.

*The Story Bible is a great tool for this elective. Pick one up today for $10 at the Main Office or the Welcome Kiosk.

Registration required - 20 person maximum.

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Ladies Afternoon Study

January 11th - June 14th, 2018

This group had so much fun gathering around The Story this fall, they are gearing up to embrace round 2 this winter.

Throughout The Story, God uses amazing women of faith to help further His plan and purposes for human history. This elective will focus on the lives of many of those women in order to encourage women today to be eager and willing to be involved in a fresh revelation of God’s plan in these days.

Facilitated by Linda Greenhow & Wilma Prescod Both Linda & Wilma have attended North Park for over 30 years! Over the years, they have led many North Parkers to a deeper faith in Jesus as they have faithfully led in many areas of church ministry.

The Story Bible is a great tool for this elective. Pick one up today for $10 in the Main Office or the Welcome Kiosk.

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GriefShare

January 22nd - April 30th, 2018

$25

This program features biblical, Christ-centred teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. The DVD seminar features nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories. This is followed by a small group discussion about what was viewed.

Your bereavement experience may be recent or not so recent. You will find encouragement, comfort, and help in grieving the death of a spouse, child, parent, sibling, or other family member or friend. No matter what the cause of your loved one’s death, this is an opportunity to be around people who understand what you are feeling.

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Ladies Coffee Hour

January 23rd - May 22nd, 2018

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT

4th Tuesday of each month 9:45-11:00am

Coffee Hour is a morning gathering for women of all ages. Please join us for a wonderful morning that offers a variety of interesting features and speakers. This is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with other women in a friendly, non-threatening atmosphere. Stay tuned for details of our fall lineup!

If you have questions, contact Hulda Edwards at huldamedwards@yahoo.ca. Please note that childcare is not provided.

Dates: January 23 February 27 March 27 April 24 May 22

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Recipes for Success

January 25th - March 1st, 2018

$10

Kids will be given the opportunity to learn some basic kitchen skills, follow simple recipes and make some really great tasting food! They will also learn important truths from the Bible – specifically what ingredients are important for the kind of life God wants us to live. This six-week elective costs $10/child and covers all the supplies and materials needed for all six weeks of food and fun. Kids are encouraged to invite a friend from school or their neighbourhood to attend this six-week elective with them - it's a great way to get connected to North Park Children's Ministry!

Have questions? Email matt.loveday@northpark.ca

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DivorceCare

January 25th - April 19th, 2018

$25

Separation and divorce are among life’s most difficult and painful experiences. A DivorceCare group is a special place of encouragement, learning, and sharing. This group meets every week, providing participants with an ongoing “support team” as they deal with the issues surrounding their separation or divorce.

The study videos feature comments from top experts on divorce and recovery topics; they contain valuable information and are produced in an interesting and engaging format. A period of discussion follows each video.

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ESL Winter 2018

January 27th - March 10th, 2018

$50

Saturdays from 9:30am-noon 8 Week Winter Term Starting January 13 (no class on February 17) $50 including curriculum workbook

North Park continues to offer an outstanding English as a Second Language program to anyone interested in learning English. The focus is on improving all four skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing), across four skill levels (Pre Beginner, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced) with six different classes. Classes have teachers as well as assistants and use small group methods where you will have a chance to speak and participate. Courses use the Bible as the text for learning English. North Park offers free children's programming, transportation, and snacks for break time!

Course materials have been designed by Gail Tiessen, a Professor Emerita of TESOL at Providence Seminary. Gail started the TESOL program at Providence and has since trained thousands of ESL teachers who now serve around the world in a variety of settings. We welcome you to join us to learn English and make new friends. Class sizes are limited so register early!

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Family Service Opportunities at Mission Services

January 27th - April 28th, 2018

At North Park, creating a culture of service is core to our mission of inspiring, supporting, and mobilizing people to live like Jesus. We believe that it is important for people of all ages to engage acts of service, not simply at North Park, but in our city as well.

This year, we want to be more intentional to expose young families with kids to opportunities to serve across our city. We have been a partner with Mission Services for many years, and one area where Mission Services engages our city in a very impactful way is through its Mission Store.

The Mission Store is a thrift store that serves the city on the corner of York and Rectory St. It provides discounted pricing on items of clothing, electronics, books/media, toys/games, footwear, seasonal items, and much more.

Many people serve the Mission Store on a volunteer basis. This winter, we are providing service opportunities for families with kids (young kids to teenagers) to serve the Mission Store through sorting clothes, cleaning racks, hanging items, and whatever other needs the Mission Store may have. Ideally, these teams will be composed of three to four families. This is a fantastic way to be a blessing to the city through Mission Services, and to help build the value of service in your family unit.

Dates: January 27, 9:30-11:30am February 6, 6:00-8:00pm; February 24, 2:00-4:00pm March 10, 9:30-11:30am; March 21, 6:00-8:00pm April 16, 6:00-8:00pm; April 28, 2:00-4:00pm * Families are not required to stay for the entire time as published. They can serve any time inside these service hours.

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Redefining Hospitality: Why We Need Others

January 29th - February 12th, 2018

Join us for this three evening series of discussions on the power of receiving other into our lives. We will explore together a deeper, fresher look at the concept of hospitality and why it is vital for our world, for our personal lives and for the vitality of the church.

In this course, we will gain a new appreciation for the rich biblical perspective on practices of hospitality. We will look at global issues that are challenging us all in our views and practices in relation to others: migration, urbanization, and the growth of economic disparity. We will also look at the warmth of the home, the gift of simple friendship and the significant quality of life that postures of hospitality give us.

And we will look at how God has designed the church as a beautiful space for finding love, care, comfort, and meaningful relationships in a world that challenges all of these things.

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Understanding & Healing Addiction from a Christian Perspective

January 30th, 2018

Through our past mental health focused events, we have spent time talking about stigma, misconceptions about mental illness, depression, anxiety, and psychosis, learning about the challenges these conditions present, hearing testimonies of those who have been through it, discovering where hope can be found, and exploring how we can grow our capacity to support and care for those facing mental health challenges. This January, we will be turning our attention to the challenge of addiction.

This seminar will be led by Damian Devonish, a Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Addiction Counsellor who specializes in the treatment of substance use disorders, trauma/PTSD, relationship challenges, anxiety, depression, and Christian spirituality. Damian is in a unique position to speak to us about addiction from a Christian perspective. Whether you have experienced addiction personally, have a loved one who is struggling with addiction, or are simply interested in learning more, join us for a great night of learning and encouragement.

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The Smart Stepfamily (Individual Registration)

January 31st - March 28th, 2018

$25

In this eight week group, leaders who have firsthand experience will guide you through the Smart Stepfamily DVD curriculum.

Leading expert Ron L. Deal provides practical, realistic solutions to the issues you face as a stepfamily. Whether married or soon-to-be married, you’ll discover how to communicate effectively and solve the everyday puzzles of stepchildren relationships, including advice on step-sibling relationships and later-life stepfamilies.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to connect with others who understand what you are going through, as well as provide a place to experience support and prayer through the joys and challenges you face. You’ll learn useable solutions for everyday living and glean valuable insight and practical tips for becoming a smart stepfamily!

Course cost includes book & participant guide.

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The Smart Stepfamily (Couple's Registration)

January 31st - March 28th, 2018

$35

In this eight week group, leaders who have firsthand experience will guide you through the Smart Stepfamily DVD curriculum.

Leading expert Ron L. Deal provides practical, realistic solutions to the issues you face as a stepfamily. Whether married or soon-to-be married, you’ll discover how to communicate effectively and solve the everyday puzzles of stepchildren relationships, including advice on step-sibling relationships and later-life stepfamilies.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to connect with others who understand what you are going through, as well as provide a place to experience support and prayer through the joys and challenges you face. You’ll learn useable solutions for everyday living and glean valuable insight and practical tips for becoming a smart stepfamily!

Course cost includes book & two participant guides.

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Single & Parenting

February 1st - May 3rd, 2018

$25

Parenting is challenging on the best of days, but when you’re a single parent, others don’t always truly understand how tough it can be – day after day after day. You deeply desire to do what’s best for your kids, and some days, you’re doing great. But there are also days when you worry you can’t be all that your kids need.

Our Single & Parenting group provides practical help and support, offering an opportunity to discover how to deal with your day-to-day struggles. It’s a great place to receive support from our group leaders who have experienced the challenge of single parenting personally, and also offers the chance to connect with other single parents to learn and discuss some great parenting strategies and hope-filled insights. Come and enjoy some time that’s just for you to learn, connect, and talk about the challenges you’ve been facing lately.

Meeting Thursdays starting February 1 - May 3

6:30-8:00pm

*No meeting on March 15 (Spring Break)

*Scholarships available

Contact care@northpark.ca for more info

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High School Cabin Fever Winter Retreat

February 2nd - February 4th, 2018

$95

Whether you're feeling stir-crazy or not, you're going to want to make plans to get out and join us on our first retreat of the year! If you're a high school student, mark your calendars and join us at Pearce Williams for a few days while we build community and deepen our relationships with Christ. If we're lucky, we'll even do a little bit of sledding!

Moms

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February 7th - April 25th, 2018

Registration is not required for this event

The Study is "James" by Francis Chan

True faith produces fruit. A faith without action and without life change is ultimately a dead faith. The book of James speaks to the realities of a living faith in Jesus-the kind of roll-up-your-sleeves and get-your-hands-dirty discipleship that is borne out of an authentic relationship with the risen Lord. James writes to believers who know suffering, who've faced trials, and who ultimately desire a deep relationship with God.

moms is geared to women of “all ages and phases”.

Room 142 Child care: $3 a week/child (to a max of $6) Contact: moms@northpark.ca

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My Daily Quiet Time

February 8th, 2018

More than 350 North Parkers have now participated in this session over the past 3 years and many have found this a simple method to enrich their daily engagement with Scripture.

The process that is taught, using the acronym S.O.A.P. (Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer) provides a framework that will guide your thinking and ensure that you can engage Scripture consistently, leading to long-term life change.

Join Paul as guides you through this easy to use yet profound learning method. Perhaps it will help you to invigorate your own daily quiet time and enhance your knowledge and experience with Scripture and your journey with Jesus.

Elective Leader: Paul McIlwraith

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Foster & Adopt

February 10th - May 12th, 2018

The challenges and blessings of welcoming children into your family through fostering and adoption are numerous. It is not always easy to anticipate the unique dynamics that can arise. Whether you are just starting out on the road towards fostering or adopting, or are farther along in the journey, consider joining this supportive group of parents seeking to come together to encourage and learn from one another.

Meetings will include opportunities to share, pray, and learn through a DVD-based curriculum from Dr. Karyn Purvis, a leading expert in the area of adoption and child development. You will be encouraged and equipped with practical help based on biblical truths and research-based interventions specifically developed for adoptive or foster care families.

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North Park Newcomers

February 10th - May 6th, 2018

If you would like a deeper, yet still informal way to connect to other newcomers at North Park, then North Park Newcomers is for you! Join us for a 15-20 minute conversation that will connect you with other newcomers, give you a snapshot of life at North Park, and let you meet one of North Park’s pastors. There may even be a quick tour of North Park given at the end if you’re interested.

North Park Newcomers takes place monthly and will be held in the Prayer Room, which is located right off the Foyer - you can’t miss it. Please come and connect with us immediately following the services on the following weekends: January 20-21, February 10-11, March 10-11, April 7-8, May 5-6

Registration is encouraged, but we would be happy to welcome you anytime. If you have questions and would like to learn more, email connect@northpark.ca.

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Ladies Evening Study

February 22nd - April 12th, 2018

$21

The crooked punctuation mark at the end of a sentence speaks of curiosity, interest, and perhaps doubt. A question is an invitation to vulnerability, to intimacy. The Bible does not shy away from such an invite. Over and over we see the people of God asking questions of their Creator. We also see the God of the universe asking questions of His creation.

The Quest is a challenge to accept the invitation. In this six-week excursion with Jesus, Beth Moore uses questions from Scripture to lead you into intimacy with the One who knows you best. Learn to dig into the Word, to respond to the questions of God, and to bring your questions before Him. Let the crooked punctuation mark be the map that points you into a closer relationship with the Father.

Cost for the workbook is $21.

Register by February 5 if you wish to have a book available for you.

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Vision 2018 (Annual General Meeting)

February 25th, 2018

Registration is NOT required if you do not need childcare or are not participating in the lunch.

Sunday February 25 12:00-1:00pm · light lunch to be served 1:00-2:00pm · meeting in the Auditorium

Join us as we take time to celebrate what God has done in 2017 and as we look forward to 2018. We will be highlighting some key initiatives that we believe God is calling us into in 2018 and beyond and ways that you can get involved.

NEW: Membership voting packages will be emailed to members the week of February 5. Members without email will be mailed voting packages.

Childcare provided for toddlers to grade 5 – registration required.

Please register by Wednesday, February 21 if you wish to participate in the lunch or if you need childcare.

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A New Set of Neighbourhood Habits

February 26th - March 5th, 2018

Living as generous, hospitable, Spirit-led missionaries to our own neighbourhoods can be challenging. There are many missional rhythms to learn in order to engage the neighbourhood in a way that displays Christ to those around us.

In Michael Frost’s book, Surprise the World: The 5 Habits of Highly Missional People, the author clearly identifies and illustrates 5 “neighbourhood habits” that lead into many practical avenues of ministry within the neighbourhood locale. This two evening webinar will identify and discuss these five missional practises that can help every Christian to be a more intentional presence for Christ in their neighbourhoods.

Registration is mandatory for this webinar. Details on how to access the webinar will be released to those who have registered.

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Cultural Intelligence: Skills for Success Locally & Globally Winter 2018

March 1st - April 5th, 2018

Introductory Session: Thursday March 1, 7:00-8:00pm

Training: Thursday April 5, 7:00-8:30pm

Cultural Intelligence is a set of skills which are crucial for success in cross-cultural settings. Research demonstrates that cultural intelligence predicts adjustments, wellbeing, situational leadership and task performance in culturally diverse settings. People with high Cultural Intelligence are better decision makers, negotiators, networkers and leaders for today’s globalized world. Cross-cultural contexts can involve ethnic, national, generational or organizational cultural differences.

The 60 minutes Introductory Session on March 1 at 7:00pm will provide a broad overview of the principles behind Cultural lntelligence and how it can be improved and produce lasting results. The 90 minute Training on April 5 at 7:00pm will help you assess your current skills in working cross-culturally. You will develop a plan for how to maximize your strengths and how to work on your challenges. The Introductory Session is not a prerequisite for the Training.

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Baptism Class Winter 2018

March 3rd - March 6th, 2018

At North Park, we practice believer’s baptism through immersion in water. This occurs after one has professed faith in Jesus Christ.

Water baptism is a public proclamation that symbolically demonstrates what happens to us when Christ comes into our life.

If you are interested in being baptized or simply would like to have a conversation about it to gain a better understanding, please join us at this baptismal class happening at North Park.

Attending a baptismal class is necessary in order to be baptized at North Park. We can share with you what North Park believes about baptism, hear your story of faith, and outline the practicalities of being baptized.

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Hands of Hope

March 4th, 2018

It all began with a group of women working out of their homes on different missions projects. In 2002, Hands of Hope (formerly known as Mission Work Bee) was founded. The group meets on the first Saturday of each month, making items to send to different ministries all around the world. Faiths Orphan Foundation in Zambia is an organization Hands of Hope has been working with for the past 15 years.

Anne Robertson recently travelled to Zambia to help celebrate their 25th anniversary and witness the significance of the impact Faiths Orphan Foundation has had and continues to have on the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children of Zambia.

Anne is excited to share her story of her visit to Africa. Come and hear how this trip has changed her and learn how Hands of Hope continues to work with Faiths Orphan Foundation.

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The Homeless Jesus

March 29th, 2018

This Maundy Thursday at North Park, the folks from The Ark Aid Street Mission here in London, will present a dramatic Easter presentation!

This drama will be based on the statue, The Homeless Jesus. It will have real stories of people from the Ark and intertwine with the narrative of Jesus.

This will be a multi-media presentation with live musicians and even a visual artist. As we prepare to focus our hearts around what the gospel means during the Easter season, this will be a powerful way to see Jesus from a different perspective.

All ages welcome. A free will offering will be received at the end of the drama with all proceeds going to benefit the work and ministry of The Ark Street Mission. Be sure to come early as last year’s Easter presentation by The Ark Aid Street Mission was a full house!

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Knowing North Park Winter 2018

April 10th - April 17th, 2018

Whether you are new to North Park, or you have been attending North Park for many years, “Knowing North Park” is a fantastic way to learn more about what makes North Park unique and special.

This two, 2 hour experience will help you get a better understanding of North Park, how it operates, and how you can be a more integral part of it. This seminar is not only an excellent way for people to learn about the DNA of North Park, but it is also a valuable experience for those considering becoming members at North Park. Members have a unique opportunity to be part of the strategic decisions made at each year’s annual meeting.

Attending “Knowing North Park”, does not mean that one has to become a member. It is a safe place to understand what North Park is about and have your questions answered. If you decide to proceed with membership after these classes, you will fill out an application and meet with someone from the Membership Team.

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Sports Mash Up

April 12th - May 17th, 2018

$10

Matthew 7:12 says, “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you.” At Sports Mash Up, kids will have tons of fun developing their skill levels in a variety of sports, something that takes time, determination and practice. Added to all the sporting fun, kids will also learn that how we choose to treat others in all areas of life (not just sports) is really important to God and to us.

Children are encouraged to invite along a friend from school or their neighbourhood to Sports Mash Up – it’s a great way to get their friends connected to church.

For children in grades 1-5.

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Parenting Seminar

April 14th, 2018

$10

North Park desires to come alongside parents, to support, strengthen and encourage them as they seek to navigate the chaotic, humorous and often difficult pathway to good parenting. The truth is we all fall short of perfection (despite what our latest Facebook post may imply), but where we fall short, we can get better if we’re willing to be intentional.

Intentional Parenting is designed to offer 10 principles to help parents navigate beyond survival mode and quick fixes. Using humor and insight from years of parenting experience, Doug Fields’ video based curriculum shares practical and biblical advice to help improve your parenting. Intentional Parenting will allow you to interact with informative content and enter into a discussion that is sure to give you valuable insight into your own parenting experience.

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My Gifts - My Calling

April 18th - April 25th, 2018

We all have gifts and abilities that have been given to us by God. The problem is, that too many of us go through life not knowing what our gifts are. Or, if we do realize our areas of giftedness, we may not know the best ways we can put those gifts to use in God's Kingdom.

This elective will help you discern what gifts you have and you will also hear the stories of others about how they discovered their gifts and how they are using those gifts to serve God's agenda.

Those who register for this elective will be sent web-links to three different online 'gift inventories' to be completed before the elective. This interactive workshop will help you interpret the inventory results and provide you with meaningful next steps forward based on your individual giftings.

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Blended and Blessed

April 21st, 2018

$30

Blended & Blessed is a one-day video event for stepfamily couples, single parents, dating couples with kids, and those who care about blended families.

Communication challenges, divided loyalties, multiple homes, complicated stepparent and stepsibling roles, and complex extended family dynamics are not easy to navigate, and can add an overwhelming amount of stress on marriages and families. Blended & Blessed offers an opportunity to learn how to strengthen family relationships, understand the unique dynamics of bringing two families together, and connect with others who understand the challenges that stepfamilies experience.

Join us Saturday, April 21

9:00am to 4:30pm

North Park Community Church 1510 Fanshawe Park Road East

$30 per person (includes Lunch & Snacks)

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Empowered to Connect Conference - Presented by Show Hope

April 27th - April 28th, 2018

$60

I wish all parents, grandparents, teachers, physicians, and counselors could regularly attend this conference. It's a life changer every single time! -Eve Roger, adoptive mother

Come experience practical teaching in a safe and supportive community as we work to equip families, churches, and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care.

Featuring Trust-Based Relational Intervention methods developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU to help bring attachment and connection in families.

Friday April 27 & Saturday April 28

10:00am -6:00pm

$60 per person Includes lunch, coffee, snacks and workbook

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Telling My Story

April 30th - May 7th, 2018

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Mother/Daughter Fun Night

May 11th, 2018

$5

Building and maintaining good relationships in our families always requires intentional work…but who says the work can’t be fun! This event provides an opportunity for moms and daughters to celebrate and work on bettering their relationship by having a fun night together full of games, crafts, activities and conversation.

This engaging event is a great opportunity to invite along a friend (and their mom or daughter) from your neighbourhood, school or workplace and get them connected to the church community here at North Park. An invitation can go a long way to establishing better and more meaningful relationships.

This event is for daughters in grades 1-5 and their moms (or any significant “mother figure” in their lives). Register before midnight on Sunday May 6.

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Child Dedication Spring 2018

May 12th - May 13th, 2018

Saturday/Sunday May 12-13

Child Dedications are significant moments for families here at North Park. During these special services, parents publicly signify their intent to raise their child to know and love God, with the prayerful desire that one day, their child will choose Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour.

On dedication weekends, parents bring their children to the front of the Auditorium at one of the weekend services to be introduced to the church community and to be prayed for by a member of our church leadership team.

If you would like more information on our Child Dedications, please contact Cathy Thornton at cathy.thornton@northpark.ca. In order to participate, applications must be submitted by April 8.

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Father/Son Gaming Night

May 25th, 2018

$5

Developing family relationships are critically important but sometimes overlooked. This father and son gaming night is not designed with screen time in mind, but rather face to face interaction. It intends to provide an opportunity for serious fun and serious bonding over games, crafts, activities and of course, food.

This engaging event is a great opportunity to invite along a friend (and their dad or son) from your neighbourhood, school or workplace and get them connected to the church community here at North Park. An invitation can go a long way to establishing better and more meaningful relationships.

This event is for sons in grades 1-5 and their dads (or any significant “father figure” in their lives). Register before midnight on Sunday May 20.