Monday, August 31, 2015

September Schedule

Sunday, September 6, 2015
"Waters Shall Break Forth in the Wilderness"
Isaiah 35: 4-7a
Psalm 146
James 2: 1-17
Mark 7: 24-37

Sunday, September 13, 2015
"Sustain the Weary with a Word"
Isaiah 50: 4-9a
Psalm 116: 1-9
James 3: 1-12
Mark 8: 27-38

Sunday, September 20, 2015
"Sow in Peace"
Jeremiah 11: 18-20
Psalm 54
James 3:13 - 4:3, 7-8a
Mark 9: 30-37

Sunday, July 19, 2015

What Makes A Mennonite?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Nice Quilt!

Nice quilt!   But not quite what was intended. 

I chose to do my own thing at one step instead of following the pattern. Then I discovered it would not lay flat. The result--better to stop short at a lap quilt than to end up with a wonky king-sized bed quilt, which was the size I had intended.

There are three ways to make a quilt: You can buy a kit, follow it exactly, and you will probably end up with a fairly close replica of the picture on the kit. Or you can just wing it, doing your own thing. These are often called crazy quilts. (Or they are made by master craftspeople, artists, who really know what they are doing!) Most quilters follow a middle way. They pick their own colours, fabrics, maybe rearrange things a bit, but basically follow a set pattern.

Life is a bit like making a quilt. We at Northgate believe it is best to follow a pattern. We believe in free will--people have to make choices and decisions. Sometimes those decisions are tough. Life is not just black and white. But it is good to have a guide to help make those choices. 

And what does one use for a pattern? Whatever “feels” right? The media, motivated by consumerism and greed? Our guide at Northgate is the word of God embedded in the Bible. We believe there is wisdom in the Bible that leads to shalom, peace, the good life. We believe that by meeting to read and discuss the Bible together we are able to find a better way to make a life.  Why not join us? 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

"Never underestimate the power of a woman with a sewing machine"

Women at Northgate have had their sewing machines humming this year!  These quilts were sent to the Mennonite Central Committee to give to refugees of war or victims of natural disasters:

In addition seven lap quilts were donated to Kordyban Lodge in Prince George where they will be given to people being treated for cancer.

School kit bags were made for Mennonite Central Committee to distribute to child refugees and victims of disaster.  Being able to take classes again helps stabilize life for children suffering from these traumatic events.

"The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches."  Matthew 13:31-32

As followers of Jesus, we put on the servant nature of Jesus as best we can (symbolized by the apron).  We see the suffering, sin, and death (black) in the world and sew our little seeds, thereby bringing light into the world.  We cannot know the end results of our seeds, or at best get glimpses, as seeing the back in a mirror, but we believe that they lead increasingly to life (red, the universal colour of life in folk costume.)

During this Fall season we reflect on how the symbols of Thanksgiving tend to be full of little seeds.  The stalk of wheat is cut down, the tree cones and nuts disappear.  But their seeds continue and contribute to life.  We trust that our seeds will contribute to life in the world as well.

Monday, November 06, 2006


We are a small group of people committed to living the Christian way of life. We meet to praise God with words and music. We read the Bible together to learn how he would have us live. We support each other in our joys and trials.

We are also concerned for the larger world and undertake projects to learn about other peoples and respond to their needs, especially by joining in with other churches in the Mennonite Central Committee and the Mennonite Disaster Service.

We belong to the Anabaptist branch of Christianity, specifically the Mennonite Brethren denomination. You can learn more about these terms by following the links in the sidebar.

We believe in the priesthood of all believers and operate with a board of elders rather than a paid pastor at this time. If you would like to know more, please contact the number/address at the side or better yet join us Sunday morning at 10 for a service and for coffee afterwards.