CliffsNotes – June 19, 2018

Hello friends,

Bishop Cliff is in Ottawa for some meetings.

The Regional Gathering at Wesley Chapel took place this past Saturday and there are some pictures from the event in the photo gallery. A huge Thank You goes out to Pastor Sabrina, Pastor James Pedlar, Veleyne Amsterdam and their team for hosting the event and doing a great job!
We are also very thankful to the pastors and the teams of volunteers that have graciously given of their time at each of the Regional Gatherings that have taken place this year. It is because of your hard work and hospitality that all the gatherings were a great success!

The Manitoba Regional Gathering at Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre, Brandon, MB is taking place Saturday June 23, 2018. To register click here for the form:

Yesterday was the Celebration of Life service for Rev. Arthur Perry. The service took place at Uxbridge FM Church which is pastored by Blake and Anelyse Found and Rev. Carl Bull and Rev. Vic Stonehouse were the officiants. It was a great service and Rev. Perry was fondly remembered by his family and Karlene Fletcher read a tribute on behalf of Bishop Cliff. Please remember to keep the Perry family in your prayers.

Save the Date: Fall Minister’s Conference
The dates for the Fall Minister’s Conference are as follows:
Eastern Conference: Wesley Acres Retreat Centre and Campground, Bloomfield, ON – September 25-27, 2018
Western Conference: Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre, Saskatoon, SK – October 2-4, 2018
Please mark these dates on your calendars. More information will follow shortly so that all our minister’s can prepare for this great retreat.

2018 Regional Gathering

  • MANITOBA @ Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre, 3550 Victoria Ave, Brandon, MB [Brandon]  – June 23, 2018

Please see the website for more details –


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Wesley Chapel Regional Gathering

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Ordination and Commissioning Services Schedule

Dave Moriarity, Almonte, Ontario – ordination service on October 28, 2018 at 4:00 pm, Cornerstone Community Church, Almonte, ON

Brent Steeves, Sarnia, Ontario – ordination service date and time TBA


Heart of Canadian Free Methodism:
November 2-4, 2018 in Ontario (location TBA*)

Wesleyan Theology:
June 7-9, 2019 – location TBA*
(also available online through FMC-USA:

Théologie de Wesley
6 au 8 juillet 2018 à l’Église Méthodiste Libre de Rosemont, Montréal, QC

Personal and Church Stewardship
6-week online course – start date TBA
6-week online course (FRENCH) – Fall 2018

Culture and the Missional Church:
*NEW*  Course starts October 9, 2018
Advance online engagement:  Oct 9-Nov 1 / In-class: Nov 2-3 at a local FM Church in Ontario (TBA)
(deadline to register – October 4)

(*these locations will be selected based on where the majority of the participants reside – so please register early!)

Registration is online for all courses at this link: Those tracking for credentialed ministry should take the Heart course first and then Wesleyan Theology if possible.


The next deadline is October 15, 2018 to apply for the Leadership Scholarship Plan (LSP) for courses taken during both the spring/summer and fall semesters of 2018. 

October 15 is also the deadline to apply for the annual Special Scholarships. 

Here is the link for both types of scholarships:


Asbury FMC, Perth, ON
Centennial Chapel FMC, Kamloops, BC
Madoc Wesleyan/FMC, Madoc, ON
Odessa FMC, Odessa, ON
Thunder Bay FMC, Thunder Bay, ON
Warkworth FMC, Warkworth, ON

Church Profiles available
Contact Susan DePlanché  in the  Leadership Development Office to request a church profile – [email protected] or 289-228-1225 (deadline to apply in brackets)

Caistor Centre FMC, Caistor Centre, ON (July 24)


Preparing Profiles

(If you are interested in seeing the profile for any of these churches, please contact Susan in the Leadership Development Office [[email protected] or 289-228-1225] and the profile will be emailed to you as soon as it becomes available.)

Athens FMC, Athens, ON (Angel Valentin-Transition Pastor)
Dunnville FMC, Dunnville, ON (Tom Gurnick – Interim Pastor)
Richmond Hill Chinese & English Churches, Richmond Hill, ON
West Springs FMC, Calgary, AB
Weyburn FMC, Weyburn, SK

Glen Coates
David Greene
Kim Henderson
Jason Johnson
Fred Merritt
Jay Mowchenko
Derek Spink
Randy Williams
Grant Wolfe
Mary-Elsie Wolfe
Wesley Wood

Youth Pastor – Malvern Methodist Church