Family Fun: Ideas for summer fun
It’s our time Canada!
When we look at our Christian landscape and the kaleidoscope of communities all across this country, the one thing that binds us together is our love for Jesus, and the understanding that somewhere inside of us we know that part of our Christian journey is to build God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven. No small feat in the days we are living in. With families moving at such a high speed and with technology, there is no doubt that within our communities we can sometimes become isolated and detached. That is really not God’s plan for us as we are made to love and serve one another. If we really get honest with ourselves, when was the last time we were able to immerse, or take part, in an event that we knew we should be attending, but the busyness of life got in the way? We have so much going on in our lives we sometimes forget that Jesus is all about our lives and how we live them or walk our talk.
Come away and worship
God calls us to reach out to each other and to bind together, as it is good when God’s people live and fellowship together in unity. This means joining with other communities in worship to share God’s love. The blessing comes when we really do it.
In Canada, we have been blessed with many spirit-filled events over the years to worship together and foster new relationships, to celebrate the wonderful synergy of spirit that comes from joining in worship together. Those events that have provided wonderful landing places for both love, soul ignition and at times, healing. The tragedy is a lot of these worship events have fallen to the wayside due to lack of support and attendance by our community bodies. The consequence of this is eventually the worship events go away and and there is a void in our lives.
The blessing God gave us disappears due to our not being able to recognize that without a collaboration and joining of our faithful, some of these worship events cannot survive, making the vision of the gift God had for us now lost to us.
Right now in Canada, God is creating an opportunity for us to come together in Canada’s largest summer worship event. A special space where the faithful can travel to take time out to walk in the fulfilment of a vision God has given for Canada. A vision to bring his people together in unity and in strength in a larger way then we have done before. A worship event that says we as Canadians are paying attention to the calling that in worship we are greater as one, giving us a place where thousands of Christians can come together from all over the country for one weekend a year to be ignited by the spirit, by the experience to give glory to our God in unity.
A worship pilgrimage
He is calling Christians in our country to catch on fire and to pilgrimage to the No Greater Love Worship Festival in Cochrane, Alberta, taking place this year on Aug 10 and 11.
For those who have attended before, they know how the spirit moves over the course of the weekend through music, testimonies, fellowship, prayer and worship. They have seen firsthand the impact that the experience of No Greater Love can have on a person’s life.
No Greater Love is going into year four in 2019. In 2018, 7,800 people traveled from across Canada and from our close border US states to take in No Greater Love. God is moving; come and be part of the movement.
Make the trip to Cochrane this year; youth groups, families, singles. Camp, hang out with friends, make new friends. Live love. Live as you immerse in the weekend. Experience the Holy Spirit meeting you right where you are and see firsthand what God is expecting of us and in turn, blessing his children in the festival field.
Canadian Christians, it is our time to rise up together. It is our time to come from every corner to meet God in this very special place he has created. Join the movement Aug 10 and 11. Come share God’s love. www.nogreaterlove.ca
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Get Ready to Roar at Westerner Days Fair & Exposition
Central Alberta’s Largest Summer Celebration is set to return to Red Deer from July 17-21! Soak up the best moments of summer with authentic, action-packed experiences at Westerner Days Fair & Exposition. Thrilling entertainment is all part of what makes Westerner Days well worth the ride for guests. New this year, Westerner Days Fair & Exposition will be home to the largest animatronic dinosaur exhibition in North America!
Taking over Westerner Park’s new Exhibition Hall with a sprawling 25,000 square foot, science-based experience, Dinosaurs Unearthed: Predator versus Prey will draw in visitors of all ages during the beloved five day Fair. The interactive exhibition will feature 26 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, as well as over 20 fossilized portions of actual creatures. Visitors will get a taste of what life was like millions of years ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth, while learning about dinosaur behavior and getting up close and personal with Jurassic and Cretaceous species.
Dinosaurs Unearthed offers an immersive and unique learning experience for everyone. Those who experience the exhibit firsthand can play paleontologist for the day, unearthing fossil replicas from the exhibit’s dig table. Visitors can even complete a portion of their Westerner Days’ Bucket List, by comparing the weight of their entire family to that of a Tyrannosaurus Rex!
The exhibit will be open during Westerner Days Fair & Exposition from noon – 10 pm daily in the new Exhibition Hall. Alongside the thrilling entertainment lineup, you won’t want to miss amazing midway rides, unique shopping, the Red Deer Motors North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships and so much more!
Half-way between Calgary and Vancouver, Crazy Creek Resort is open year-round welcoming families to enjoy 3 Hot Pools and cold plunge pool, 240’ Suspension Bridge and Waterfalls. Take a break from driving and go for a hike and a soak or stop overnight or for a few days. Our location, suites, camping and convention center meeting room are the perfect family reunion venue. We envision Rest, Relaxation and Restoration for all that take time to visit, sit around the campfire, go for walks, soak in the pools. Crazy Creek Resort has something for everyone – precious family memories are made here. Reservations recommended.
The Hike the Gorge and cantilevered boardwalk allows our guests to explore more of Crazy Creek Gorge above the waterfalls. You can also walk along lower Crazy Creek and the Eagle River. Take in the natural beauty of our area, see the salmon spawn up close in September.
Come out and join us June 21-23, 2019 for the 17th annual North Country Gospel Fest in La Crete. It is a 3 day (Friday-Sunday) outdoor music event featuring numerous Christian/Southern Gospel artists. There is children’s ministry both on Saturday and Sunday. Free camping is available and admission is paid at the event ($60/weekend/person or $30/day/person). It is located in La Crete, Alberta at the La Crete Heritage Centre Twp. Road 1060. Check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NCGFest or contact Joella Wiebe @ 780-841-9104 for more information.
We are a non-profit organization so we rely fully on sponsors to continue this great event! If you or your company would like to sponsor this event, feel free to send me an email at email@example.com and I will help you answer any questions you may have. Sponsors that donate more than $300 receive free admission for two individuals.
Camp Harmattan, set in a beautiful location along the Little Red Deer River between Olds and Sundre, is known as a place of tranquility and peace. We are a 60 minute drive from either Red Deer or the edge of Calgary.
Camp Harmattan is committed to offering a safe, Christian environment that will help your church or family group experience a physical, mental, social, and spiritual recharging during your rental experience. The clean and well-maintained facility and grounds will allow your group to experience nature and the power of Christ in a powerful way.
Known for its hospitality, a rental group booking will allow you to focus on the programming aspect of a getaway rather than all the little details that come with booking an experience for your group. The uniquenesses of Camp Harmattan’s guided, spiritual spaces (labyrinth, prayer wall, prayer walks and prayer room) will allow your group to experience Jesus in profound and new ways.
The Harmattan staff can plan a “retreat in a box” for you or can customize your rental experience with what works for your budget and outcomes. Give James a call at: 403-556-2854 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Willow Creek Gospel Music Jamboree Association (WCGMJA) will be presenting the Gospel through music during this year’s 22nd Annual Gospel Music Jamboree.
The event is held in Granview Park, in Granum, Alberta, every year in the last week of July. This year’s event will take place on July 26, 27 and 28, 2019.
Granview Park boasts a lovely campground and reservations are encouraged. (Call Granum Campground at 403-687-3830). There is also nearby motel accommodation in Claresholm, AB. The Lazy J Motel is one of our corporate sponsors and reservations can be made by calling 403-625-4949.
Willow Creek Gospel Music Jamboree is unique in that there is NO ADMISSION FEE for the weekend festivities. WCGMJA relies on the generous donations from attendees and those grants received from Alberta Foundation of the Arts as well as those amazing corporate sponsors who assist in helping to offset some costs associated with hosting this FREE EVENT.
This year’s performers include: Liberty Quartet, Prairie Joe, Three and Company, Roset and the Fort Macleod Alliance Church Worship Band. Darrel Janz is our Host. There is a Chili Dinner on Friday Night; Beef on the Bun dinner on Saturday night; Concession services through the weekend and a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday Morning before worship service.
The WCGJMA is a not-for-profit, inter-denominational faith-based organization. Visit our website at www.gospelmusicjamboree.com. For updates throughout the year, be sure to like our Facebook Page at Willow Creek Gospel Music Jamboree Association 2019.
The Frenchman River Gospel Jam (FRGJ) is one of Canada’s largest and longest running Gospel music festivals, providing outstanding entertainment and worship for almost three decades.
This event is located in the south western Saskatchewan town of Shaunavon, which is known for its down to earth hospitality and of course “The Jam” as Shaunavon expands to accommodate the music lovers. The three-day weekend event starts Friday night at the park’s band stand and concludes Sunday with the headline concert starting at 2 pm featuring Canadian rising country star, Jade Eagleson. This year’s line-up is completely Canadian with the usual wide selection of musical talent spanning a variety of musical genres including country, southern-gospel, folk and modern styles.
Saturday morning and afternoon has a series of concerts on the Free Stage which include most bands of the event. This stage also presents the Local Legends segment of FRGJ, showcasing local talent. This vision has given a platform for the early years of bands, such as Hunter Brothers, High Valley, and Catherine Lewans, from which to grow.
The also includes such talent at Jack Jackson (Legends of Country Music) The Amundruds, Last Mountain Boys, The Trudel Family Band and Jay & Jo and headliners for Saturday being the southern gospel sounds of The Pilkey Sisters.
Saturday Late Night, focused on the young at heart will have new comers to FRGJ, Eternity Cross.
Advance weekend tickets are only $85. Ages 12 and under are free. Other freebees include:
Saturday Pancake Breakfast, Saturday’s Kid’s Zone Tent, Saturday all-day Free Stage, Late Night Stage, RV and tent camping (including a new dump station), On Site Parking.
Please see www.frgj.ca for a complete listing of talent, schedule and ticket purchasing information.