SATURDAY MORNING WORKSHOP (AM)
Living with Dementia (Alzheimer Society):
Over 747, 000 Canadians are living with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Worldwide, at least 44 million people are living with dementia, making this disease a global health crisis that must be addressed. This workshop will dispel the myths about this illness and provide a clear understanding of what Dementia is and how it can be managed.
* This workshop will be facilitated by a member from the Alzheimer Society
Sharing the Truth in Love (How to relate to people of other faiths).
The dominant philosophy regarding religious truths in the world today is Pluralism. Religious pluralism is held by rejecting the Christian claim to possess absolute truth. We accept that there is truth in other religions, but not absolute truth in the sense of what God has revealed to humanity in scripture and supremely in Jesus Christ. In this workshop, we will seek to discover how to communicate this Gospel in a pluralistic society.
Dr. Rev Mark Lawrence
Mark Lawrence accepted Jesus as his personal Saviour at the age of twelve.In 1991 the avid reader, who loves learning, earned a bachelor’s degree in Ministry from Tomlinson College in the United States. This credential, coupled with his pastoral experiences was sufficient to qualify him for studies at Tyndale University College and Seminary, Toronto, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree in Leadership and Ministry in 2014, and in 2018, a Doctor of Ministry degree in Leadership.
The man who was a budding musician at one point in his life, also held the role of Youth Pastor at Grace Presbyterian Church and North Park Worship Centre from 1991 – 1993. In 2006, he was appointed as an Associate Pastor at North Park. Dr. Lawrence, who has a passion and drive for studying and teaching the word of God, serves as Assistant Pastor at North Park and Vice Principal at Maranatha Christian Academy. He is a part time Youth Worker, helping to change lives of youth involved with the justice system. Dr. Lawrence feels that God can change lives; every day presents new opportunities for change. Rev. Dr. Mark Lawrence is married to Sylvia Lawrence and they have two beautiful daughters Shannon and Savannah. His life’s verse is Romans 12 vs. 12: “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
How should Christians use social media?
Social media has changed our world. There are currently approximately 1 billion active users on Facebook alone with other networks such as Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Pinterest, representing hundreds of millions of users. For the first time in the history of the world we have tools to reach the world that are literally at our fingertips. But we need to ask the question, “How should Christians use social media and use it effectively as a tool to share the Good News of Christ?”
Pastor Junior Smith
Mr. Smith is a Jamaican who is now living in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. He is a dedicated husband and father.
Junior taught Theatre Arts for many years at the high school level at Claude McKay High School in Jamaica. As an educator he was instrumental in mentor-ship, counselling and community endeavors.
Junior is a playwright, director, actor and an excellent public and motivational speaker. He is an Emcee extraordinaire.
Mr. Smith is also a former radio announcer who worked at LOVE101FM Jamaica’s premier Gospel Radio Station, and JOY Radio formerly JOY1250.
Junior is a Digital Pastor for Crossroads Christian Communications Inc and has appeared on 100 Huntley Street Television program as Guest, teacher, and host.
Junior recently has a Bachelor of Religious Education from Tyndale University College and Seminary. And is completing his Master of Divinity in Pastor Ministry at Tyndale Seminary.
Mr. Smith is the brainchild of the non-profit organization ONCAPAS (Ontario Cultural and Performing Arts Society), creating a platform for high school students, community and church groups to compete and network in the areas of music, dance, poetry and drama. Mr. Junior Smith is also a song writer and recording Artist, who released his debut album “Higher Ground” in June 2017.
How can I share my Faith in a Hostile Culture?
[FRENCH WORKSHOP] We live in culture that views Christians as extremist and irrelevant to society. In this workshop, we will look at some cultural engagement tools to use to share our faith in this hostile climate .