Student Ministry in Ottawa
Drawn together by our common desire to love and follow Christ, we do not require conformity to any specific doctrine or teaching. Our core community is made up of students and young professionals, is supported by ordained ministers, and welcomes all who desire to exercise and receive Christian hospitality.
“Hospitality, therefore, means primarily the creation of a free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines.”
– Henri Nouwen
Our community’s rhythm is punctuated by both core and satellite events. Core Events are organised collaboratively by members of our four partner denominations. Satellite Events are organised by local churches, groups, or individuals who are associated with the Open Table community.
In September, we hold a weekend retreat for anyone interested in our community. We also gather monthly for a common meal followed by an optional discussion or activity.
These gatherings, alongside our website, are portals to many activities taking place in local churches, the local community and beyond. If you’re looking to meet new people, to explore Christian spirituality or access pastoral support, feel free to pull up a chair and join us.
The Open Table is supported by the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, the Presbyterian Church in Canada and the Ottawa Presbytery of the United Church.
Today the people of St John, Ottawa served students a wonderful meal prepared by Chef Scott Porter and served by willing volunteers who see the value of this ministry.
Date: March 25, 2012