OUR STORY

The Gathering first started in January 2006 at St. Jerome School in Riverside South (a growing, vibrant neighbourhood just south of the airport in Ottawa). As a church plant of the Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, we grew quickly and many people joined our faith community.

Today, as the only church in the Riverside South area, we feel we are in a great position to reach our neigbourhood with the good news of Jesus. We are very active in our neigbourhood, working to be a blessing to our community and beyond.

On Sundays, we now meet at St. Francis Xavier High School (3740 Spratt Road) in Riverside South at 10:30AM.

Whether you’ve never been to church before or you’ve attended church your whole life, you will be encouraged to “Question…Think…Grow.“ We are committed to helping people in their spiritual journey to take their next step towards relationship with Christ, with one another, and with our world.

WHO WE ARE TODAY

In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus made it clear why the church exists: The church exists to “go and make disciples…” That is our mandate. That is why we exist. That is Jesus’ call to his church. Therefore, at The Gathering, everything we do as a church must be about discipleship and making more disciples. And we believe that this starts in our own neigbourhood (Riverside South), and beyond.

Below is an explanation of our identity, breaking down who we feel God is calling us to be and the unique expression we sense Him calling us to make.

MISSION
Why do we exist?

To Connect People to the Love of God! (2 Cor 5:20-21)

VISION
Four Vital Relationships

To connect people to the love of God by fostering four healthy, vital relationships; Our Relationship with Christ, Our Relationship with our Families, Our Relationships with One Another, and our Relationship with our World.

STRATEGY
Our Programs

As a relational church that is committed to living out our faith (and not just encouraging people to participate in church programs), all programs we do offer must be aligned and shaped by our Four Vital Relationships.

1. Relationship with Christ

Our Sunday morning gatherings exist to foster a growing relationship with Christ. While we don’t want to be a church of Christians that only live out our faith on Sundays, we do believe that Sundays play a significant role in growing us into Christians that live out our faith every day. Through practical Bible teaching and honest worship through song, our desire is to equip people to take their next step towards Christ. Whether people already believe or aren’t sure what they believe, we want our gatherings to make sense to everyone who comes on Sundays.

2. Relationship with Family

Our Kids & Youth Ministries exist to foster healthy spiritual relationships within our families by helping to teach / disciple our children and by providing resources for parents. Because we believe that the best way to disciple our kids is in partnership between the  church and the family, we work hard to equip parents, spouses, and children with the spiritual tools they need to grow together.

3. Relationships with One Another

Our Home Church Ministry exists to foster healthy, spiritual friendships with one another in the church. Because we believe that “circles are better than rows”, we want every person that calls The Gathering ‘home’ to connect with a Home Church (a small group of people that meets weekly in people’s homes). The reality is that we can’t experience spiritual growth on our own or just by listening to a sermon – we need to have people in our lives in order to become everything God wants us to become!

4. Relationship with Our World

Our Mission and Outreach Partnerships and Initiatives exist to foster relationships with our world, so that we can share the love of Christ with others. Whether it be in planning our own local outreach events or in partnering with local, regional or global organizations that are doing an excellent job, we are committed to bringing the love of God to our world.

 

OUR CORE VALUES

What’s Important to Us

We Value The Bible

We want everything we teach and do to be shaped by the Bible. We believe that all Scripture points to Jesus (John 5:39) and that it’s impossible to truly know Jesus without knowing the Bible. It is the inspired word of God and it helps us to become more and more like Christ (2 Tim 3:16).

We want to be a people of ‘the book’!

We Value 24/7 Worship

We want the songs that we sing on Sundays to passionately and honestly reflect our love for Christ. At the same time, we know that worship is so much more than the songs that we sing one day a week. In fact, worship is a lifestyle and can be experienced in everything that we think, say, and do every single day of the week (Rom 12:1-2).

We want to be a people who worship Christ in everything! 

We Value Prayer

We believe that there are things that God wants to do in our world that he cannot do unless his people pray. Prayer changes things (Matt 7:7)! Church strategy, leadership and plans are all important but ultimately it is prayer that makes room for the Holy Spirit to work.

We want to be a praying church!

We Value People

 Because we believe that people are God’s most prized possession and that he loves everybody no matter what (1 Peter 2:9-10), we are committed to being as welcoming and as loving a church community as we could possibly be. Everybody needs a church family. So whatever your story – there’s a place for you around our table.

We want to be a loving church!

We Value Mission

We don’t attend church, we are the church! And as the church, we are called to live as sent people in our everyday lives; sharing the love of Christ with our friends, neighbours, coworkers, and the poor and marginalized. The mission of God is to drive everything that we do in life (Matt 28:18-20, Gal 5:6). The church does not exist for itself, but for our hurting world.

We want to be a people who live on mission!

We Value Engagement

While some may treat church as a product to be consumed, we strive to be a church that encourages everyone to contribute. We believe that the Church is not being the Church unless everyone is playing their part (1 Cor 12:12-26). It takes everyone’s time, talents and treasures to accomplish everything that God has called us to accomplish.

We want to be a church of contributors!

We Value Authenticity

In a world where people often hide behind their masks and pretend to be something they are not, we want to be a people who are taking our masks off and becoming more and more honest with God and with one another. We believe that ‘authenticity’ is a great indicator of spiritual growth and maturity (James 5:16), and so we long to be real and honest in everything that we do and say (both from the stage on Sundays as well as in our everyday lives!).

We want to be an honest church!

We Value Simplicity

We want to be a simple church; A church that focuses on relationships instead of programs. At the same time, we want everything we do to be done with excellence. This requires a laser focus and a commitment to doing only a few things, but doing them well. As a people, this also requires that we avoid the pull to over-schedule our lives, allowing God the space he needs to grow our relationships.

We want to be a focused church!