Men’s Event

Hey, it has been just a little over a month now that we had the retreat, and we thought it would be a great time to reconnect with everyone. Richard called us to examine our fig leaves, what things have we used in our time, resources, identity that we hide behind, things that protect us from being vulnerable, and living out our identity as sons. The retreat was a great time to become vulnerable, and to share with other men in the community.

For the mens night we would love to reconnect, have a meal with each other, share some thoughts on the retreat and of course hang out. Can’t wait to see you there!

Friday May 24th, 2019

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Armbruster’s home (146 McAdam)

Please RSVP to Doug, no worries if you don’t though

What to bring:

  1. A sharable salad, side or beverage.  If what you bring has nuts/gluten, please label it.   Hotdogs and hamburgers will be provided.
  2. Bring runners or shoes for doing fun stuff outside. There will be opportunity to play some games – football/ultimate/street hockey or other things.  Does anyone have a croquet/lawn bowling set?
  3. Possible street hockey.  If enough people bring sticks, we can play a game of ball hockey.
  4. Lawn chair for sitting.
  5. Any other fun thing that people like to do outside.
  6. In the event of rain, we will be indoors.

Retreat… Retreat…

Sometimes life can feel a little overwhelming, busy, lonely – like life is waging a war against your sanity by hurling all kinds of… um… manure at you. Sometimes it’s good to go into retreat mode – to get away from the regular in order to relax and recharge. That’s exactly what we’re going to be doing on our Men’s Retreat, April 12-14 (starting Friday evening, ending Sunday afternoon) at Camp Arnes.

You are invited. Whether you’re young or old, a newcomer or a long-time Vineyardite – whether you can afford it or not, or if you feel like you need it or not – you’re all invited.

It will be a relaxed time to be together, hang out, be refreshed, renew old friendships and make new ones. Also, during a few sessions we will explore the theme “Tending our Hearts” with special guest, Richard Jones (from Fatherheart Ministries). Amenities include archery, swimming pool and hot-tub, the great outdoors, etc!

When: April 12-14

Where: Camp Arnes, MB (100 km North of Winnipeg on the shores of Lake Winnipeg)

Cost: $90 (accommodation and food included). If you need subsidy, or cannot afford this, please contact the office. We don’t want the cost to limit anyone!

Who: Every guy

Reserve your spot with a payment.


>>>Thank you to everyone who registered for the retreat! Registration is now closed.



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Men’s Lake Getaway – the Contemplative Life

We experience an overdose of activity because of all the things expected of us. Life is often characterized by doing and busyness. It’s difficult to dial down into quietness; to rest, reflect, and simply be. This kind of contemplative life seems to evade us.  This year we want to consider the benefits of cultivating an inner life that we may know God and ourselves more deeply. We will hear from those who live this well. It will be a time of listening, sharing, and deciding what might click for us going forward.

Of course, we will enjoy all the fun things at the lake while we hang loose and relax. Food by Peter the Great will exceed our expectations and appetites. We want this to be a watershed time for us all that enriches our lives for days to come. Don’t miss it!

Due to demolition of a cabin, the number of beds is reduced this year and we expect a need for a lot more mats and tents. We recommend that your registration is completed and the fee be paid by August 15th for your best chance for a bed.

Where & When:

  • September 8 – 10. Starts Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and ends at noon on Sunday.
  • Rademaker Cabins on Lindsay Rd., Clearwater Bay, Ontario
  • 20 minutes (30 km) East of Ontario-Manitoba border just 2 kms East of Clearwater Bay. Right on Lindsay Rd., drive straight into Fire Rd. 5 or 6.


  • Cost $50 (partial subsidy available if needed).  Payment due with registration.
  • Cash or cheque to church office or Cornelius, or via e-transfer (email Lillian for instructions).  Make cheques payable to WCV and indicate “Men’s Getaway” in the memo line.
  • Bring sleeping bag /bedding /tent if required
  • We have limited inside beds (first registered basis) but lots of decks for tenting or mats!



September 8 – 10, 2017


Men’s Lake Getaway registration

What & Why:

One of Jesus’ most famous stories is about two sons and their father.  The younger son asks his father for his inheritance long before he is meant to have it (his father was still alive!) and after receiving it, goes and spends it on wild living.  He runs out of money, gets a job feeding pigs, and ends up starving.  Coming to his senses, he decides to return to his father’s house, and when he does, his father throws him an extravagant celebration.  The older son hears the music and is furious because though he’s always been a faithful servant to his father, he’s never been thrown a party.
Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 12.49.40 PMWe are earthly sons of our parents and heavenly sons of God by faith – but what kind of sons are we?
Like the younger son we’ve all had moments where we’ve lost our way and ended up in the company of swine.
Like the elder son, we’ve all felt that despite how hard we have tried we haven’t gotten what was owed us.
Come and enjoy a weekend of reflection and fun (with great food!) as we dive into more of what it means to live as real sons of our father in heaven.

When & Where:

Sept 11 – 13, starts Friday night at 7:30pm.  Ends Sunday noon.

Rademaker Cabins on Lindsay Rd., Clearwater Bay, Ontario.  20 minutes East of the Ontario border just 2km East of Clearwater Bay.  Right on Lindsay Rd., drive straight in to Fire Rd 5 or 6.


Cost: $50 (partial subsidy available if needed).  Payment required with registration – Please include Cash or Cheque to Church Office or Cornelius (payable to Vineyard Men’s Getaway)

Bring: sleeping bag / bedding / tent if required (or wanted)

We have limited inside beds (first come basis) but lots of decks for tenting or mats!

Count me in!

Fill in the form below to register.  It will be sent to Cornelius Martens.


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