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Theme: Creating Connections

At this inaugural meeting there is plenty of time for conversation and connecting. We will hear stories of clusters that are beginning to develop and networks that are forming.  There will be time for people to gather around topics of interest to consider how to connect and support one another, deepen relationships and share resources. 

Resource Book

The Resource Book [PDF | 61 pages] contains all the relevant material for the meeting, including the agenda, meeting procedures, leadership profiles, ordinand, admittand and retiree profiles, a list of jubilands, obituraries, reports, governance policies,and proposals.  Resource Book PDF  

The weekend will be an opportunity to make some new connections, to renew friendships, to learn about and engage in conversation about clusters and networks and to think about where you can fit in as an individual and as a community of faith to make a difference in our world, and to accomplish more together than we each can separately.

David Leyton-Brown & Marg Walker

Co-Chairs, Shining Waters Transition Commission

Community of Faith Worship Service

For Use on May 26, 2019 (or a time of your choosing). 

A service has been created  to capture the experience and focus of the inaugural gathering of the Shining Waters Regional Council. The possibility of Communities of Faith all over the Region sharing in the same prayers, readings, story time and songs feels like a delightful approach to begin to weave our hearts and minds together as we move more deeply into how we will collaborate and imagine new ways of being the church together.

Contents include:
1. *The theme song Awake, Arise (which you are free to use repeatedly)
2.*Question of Intention
3.*The Commitment To Collaborate
It may be that it will work best for you to use different pieces on different Sundays, both from this list and from within the full service. Please feel free to pick and choose what will work in your Community of Faith and to add in any traditions or practices that you use.


Worship Service Outline PDFWorship Service Outline WordAwake Arise Sheet MusicAwake Arise Audio MPEGAwake Arise Choir Version MPEG PowerPoint .pptx PowerPoint .ppt  


Help Strengthen Hospitality 

If you are willing to help host and support the gathering by being someone who is aware of the process and where things are, etc. Please come and be a part of the hospitality team.  Gather at 10:00 a.m. on Friday to develop a group to focus on hospitality awareness and good practices for conversations for the meeting. If you are interested please contact Karen Hilfman Millson directly.

Ministry Check In

Dale Hildebrand and Todd McDonald invite ministry personnel to a conversation about the health joy and excellence of ministers in the Shining Waters Regional Council. We will meet at 11 a.m. to 12 noon on Friday, May 24. Please Email Todd to let us know that you are coming. .

Church Hub Help Desk

Debra Kigar will be available to train ministry personnel in Shining Waters Region on working with ChurchHub.ca on Friday and Saturday morning. Please book an appointment in advance by Emailing Debra (appointments available every 30 minutes).



Proposals can be created to be considered by the Regional Council or the Regional Council Executive. A “proposal” is a formal request for the council to take action. It is one way that a United Church member may raise an issue that is important to them and ask for the church to take action on it.  

The Manual (2019), Section F, describes in detail how a proposal may be submitted. The template below also provides a template for creating a proposal. Proposals can be submitted before the Regional Council meeting, to be circulated in the Regional meeting resource book or a proposal can be submitted to the Co-Chairs before the scheduled close of submission of new business, during our Regional Meeting. See agenda for specific close of business time.

Proposal Template (Word)

Proposed Agenda

Thursday, May 23
Youth program begins

Friday, May 24
11:00 a.m. Registration opens
1:30 p.m. Meeting begins with a Sacred Fire Ceremony
2:45 p.m. Orientation and Connecting
3:00 p.m. Opening Motions and Actions
3:25 p.m. Theme and Worship
4:30 p.m. Reflections by Ordinands and Admittands
5:00 p.m. Introduction of Governance Model, Budget and Nominations
7:30 p.m. Emerging Clusters and Networks
8:30 p.m. Theme and Worship
9:15 p.m. Opportunities to Gather

Saturday, May 25
6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service
8:30 a.m. Theme and Worship
9:30 a.m. Business
11:15 a.m. Open Space Conversations
12:30 p.m. Close of Nominations and New Business
2:00 p.m. Connecting amongst Communities of Faith 
3:30 p.m. Celebration of Ministries Service 
5:00 p.m. Reception
7:30 p.m. Opportunities to Gather 

Sunday, May 26
6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service
8:30 a.m. Worship
9:20 a.m. Business – Elections, Proposals
11:20 a.m. Honouring Retirees and Jubilands
11:30 a.m. Theme and Worship
12:05 p.m. Closing of Sacred Fire
12:30 Celebration Lunch
2:00 p.m. Returning Home

Sacred Fire

The Sacred Fire: a ceremonial space. Rev. Evan Smith explains what it means to have a sacred fire at our meeting. 

Youth Program

The Youth at Regional Meeting will be journeying together throughout the meeting, engaging in conversation and action around growing our faith through community and connection. It is a separate program for youth aged 12-17 and young adults aged 18-25. For more information, please contact Jeffrey Dale, Youth Ministries Coordinator, or 647.382.6824.

Registration for the Youth Program has now ended. See the Youth Program page for more information about the program. 



The meeting will be held at the Athletics Centre at Georgian College, in Barrie. One Georgian College, Barrie, ON L4M 3X9 Public transportation is available via GO Transit, intercity and Barrie city buses. Georgian College website. Barrie Campus map


Our meeting rooms on the Georgian campus have barrier free access and accessible elevators and washrooms are nearby.  All stages and speaking areas are barrier-free. 

Children’s Program

A children’s program will be offered this year. The cost is $60 per child. Please indicate on your registration form the number of children and their ages who you are considering bringing. Information will be sent directly to those who plan to have their children be part of the program. Plans are still evolving so watch for more information.


If you stay in residence your parking is free in the Residence Parking lot only.  The commuter parking rate is $7.00/day. 


Registration Deadlines

 Early Bird:  Deadline for early bird dates was April 1, 2019 and are no longer available.

 Meals and Accommodation:  The last date to register for meals and accommodation was April 30, 2019 and is no longer available. 

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