During Jubilee Night, several adult education courses are offered. Usually there is one Bible study course offered and then others on faith application or topics such as child raising, managing your money, or similar interests. Occasionally one study group focusing on current relevant issues in the church are discussed, such as gender inclusivity, the exodus of young adults from churches or welcoming our LGBT brothers and sisters in the life of the church.
Coffee Break Women’s Bible Study
Coffee Break is an open ministry for women of our community and congregation to learn, discover, and grow in faith together at Jubilee. Younger women, older women, women on leave from work, women with flexible work schedules, and retired women: feel welcome to join us any week you’re able for refreshment, discovering God’s word together, and prayer. Coffee Break meets at the church on Tuesday mornings, 9:30-11 a.m. from September to April. First meeting of 2016 is September 20.
Coffee Break at Jubilee has partnered for several years with the Niagara Life Centre as prayer and financial supporters, meeting one Tuesday a month with the centre’s director Rita Makubuya and supporting the centre through the year in its fundraising campaigns.
A typical Tuesday sees us gather for about 30 minutes over coffee, tea, and goodies, then disperse to smaller groups to study and pray using the Discover Your Bible study guides. Childcare volunteers provide care to infants and preschoolers throughout the morning. New moms looking for a connection space, we welcome you! For 2016/2017 the Coffee Break leadership team is Rose Dekker, Carolyn Elzinga, and Alissa Vernon.
Our Congregational Life ministry encourages social interaction among our Jubilee members to create a sense of belonging and community. Congregational Life events are a great way for those new to Jubilee to connect with others in an informal way. As a church, we have always enjoyed getting together for special events. From strawberry socials to Harvest Dinners, from coffee houses to celebration potluck suppers, we’ve made a habit of gathering together on a number of occasions during the year. There are some additional activities such as an annual canoe camp out, a perennial plant exchange, and a cycling club which explores the area every Sunday afternoon in the summer.
Jubilee Night was born out of a desire to help families fit child and youth programs into their busy schedules and competing time commitments, by putting all youth and adult education programs in one time slot. Each Wednesday evening, from mid-September through to the end of April, a large part of our church family gathers together, beginning at 6:00 pm. Cooking crews prepare a meal for 100+ people on a weekly basis (see link for our recipes). We open our evening together with prayer, enjoy a meal and disperse from there to our various programs – GEMS for girls, Cadets for boys, ACTS for pre-teens and Jubes for teens. Adult education classes begin once the clean-up is done. Nursery is provided for the little ones. Jubilee Night is truly a feat to pull off, but a blessing that has become an integral and vital part of our church family life. God amazes us each and every year with willing volunteers and eager leaders.
Our small groups, typically made up of 10-14 members, gather on a bi-weekly basis to study the Bible and/or books or videos on various topics which explore the Christian life and walk. Life Groups were formed in 2005 to replace the second service, as a more effective way to disciple people, encourage spiritual growth and to strengthen community ties and care for one another. Life Groups provide a safe place for people to share openly about their life struggles and for the group members to support one another in times of crisis. The Life Group elders provide spiritual counsel when needed and support the leaders by providing study material and training.
The Men’s Life ministry is an informal ministry that is geared for men intent on studying and applying scripture. This group meets weekly on Saturday mornings for breakfast, prayer, mutual support for one another, and study. Currently they meet at Tabitha Homes on Scott Street.