20 Apr 2016
by Alvin Lau

Airport Pick-up

Here are the directions for the two scheduled pick-up times at Toronto Pearson Airport. (For any other arrangements, please contact Alvin.)

Michelle Searles will meet each pick-up group at Terminal 3 at Post 16 on Monday at 10:45am and 1:30pm.


When you exit from Canadian arrivals, turn right to Door B (which also has signed to Public Transit). Walk to the middle island. Turn right to Post 16.

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When you exit from the secured area, if you do not have any checked baggage, continue down to the end of the hall. It will turn right and you’ll be in the middle foyer (between arrivals and departures). If you do have checked luggage, turn right to the escalators and claim your luggage. Once you’ve obtained your luggage, head out the doors and take the escalators to the middle foyer.

At the middle foyer, follow the signs (see picture below) to the trains.

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Keep on the left hallway and head towards the parking garage. Turn left towards the train (look for the sign in the picture below).

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Take the first train to Terminal 3 (not the UP Express which you would pay for).2016-04-20 09.31.53

The next stop is Terminal 3. Exit and take the escalator down (look for the sign in the picture below). 2016-04-20 09.42.14

At the bottom of the escalator, turn left (turning right would take you to the Sheraton Hotel). This will take you down another set of escalators. At the bottom, you will be in Terminal 3 Departures level. Turn right and look for the Arrival levels sign (see picture below). Take the escalator to the bottom.

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At the bottom of the escaltor, turn right at Door B (which also has signed to Public Transit). Walk to the middle island. Turn right to Post 16.

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18 Apr 2016
by Alvin Lau


Matt Wilkinson (chair): Director of Next Generation, CBOQ

Renee Embree: Director of Youth and Family Ministries, CABC

Andrew Glidden: Associate Director of Youth and Family Ministries, CABC

Tammy Klassen: Director of Youth Ministries, CBWC

Tanya Yuen: Children and Family Ministries Coordinator: CBOQ

Alvin Lau: Youth Ministries Associate, CBOQ

Jennifer Lau: Director, Canadian Partnerships, CBM

Adrian Gardner: Discipleship Programs Facilitator, CBM

18 Apr 2016
by Alvin Lau

About Us

The Canadian Baptist Youth and Family Team began in 2000, bringing together representatives from our four regional partners (Canadian Baptists of Western Canada, Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec, Union d’Églises Baptistes Francophones Du Canada and Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches) and Canadian Baptist Ministries.

PURPOSE: As leaders in the family of Canadian Baptists, to advocate and make possible national and global synergies in the areas of youth, family and young adult ministry.


  1. Make possible national and global youth and young adult opportunities in 2 areas:
    1. leadership/event-based
    2. mutual mentoring
      1. cross-cultural learning experiences (e.g. Lebanon STM)
      2. cross-regional leadership opportunities
      3. cross-regional professional development, networking
  2. Facilitate Canadian Baptist youth and family leader gathering
  3. Pooling and cross-promoting resources (e.g. curriculum, leadership training, activities)
  4. Represent CBYouth to BWA
  5. National voice for Baptist youth and family
    1. shaping national denominational identity
    2. to the larger youth and family ministry context/groups (e.g. EFC)
18 Apr 2016
by Alvin Lau

Hotel Information

Crowne Plaza map

TO GET TO THE RAINBOW SALON: Take the elevator in the main lobby to the restaurant, exit the elevator, turn left and go to the end of the restaurant. The Rainbow Salon is past the last doors.

TO GET TO THE 5TH FLOOR AND BOOK STORE: Go past the hotel reception towards the Brock Room. Enter the Brock Room and turn left into a hallway. Go right in the hallway, and it will curve left then right. You can either take the stairs or use the elevator to the 5th floor.

18 Apr 2016
by Alvin Lau

Welcome Letter

On behalf of the Canadian Baptist National Youth & Family Ministry team, I would like to express how excited we are about the upcoming Invitational Forum happening in Niagara Falls from April 25-28, 2016.

There is a genuine sense that this gathering is going to be something quite important in the life of the Canadian Baptist Church and may well mark a historic moment for Canadian Baptists. You will be joining 50 other significant youth/family ministry leaders from across the country. Together, we will provide a national voice, in addressing the challenges and opportunities facing Canadian Baptist Churches as we are called to engaging youth with the person and message of Jesus.

In this post-Christendom, post-modern, post-literate generation, there is great hope as well as great opposition to being a follower of Jesus and joining as not only the local church, but being united as the body of Christ. It is to this reality that we will gather to listen, learn, share, and unite amidst our diversity as Canadian Baptists. While we are aware of the decline in young people connecting to the life of the Church, we believe that there can be a brighter future for our young people and their faith community. We will be gathered as ministry leaders who need to be a bridge between the Church and this younger generation. With this in mind, we will need to work and learn together in order to proactively influence the Church in being an effective faith community that will do whatever is necessary to reach and disciple this emerging generation.

While I will be in touch with you a couple of times before our official gathering in a few weeks, I wanted to captured a few important items that you need to read through thoroughly so you are well aware of them before your arrival.

  1. FACEBOOK GROUP: We will be inviting each of you to join a closed Facebook group. The purpose of this group is to help allow us to get to know each other prior to our gathering, to give us a chance to be kept up to date with latest research and findings on an ongoing basis, to provide a safe place to post ministry questions, to keep us connected beyond the Invitational Forum and to provide a central space for the sharing of resources to allow us to be more effective by learning from each other.
  1. INVITATIONAL MICROSITE: We will be launching an app/microsite that you will be able to connect via your smartphone prior to your arrival which will include such important elements as the Invitational Program, schedule and additional resources – please be watching for this email to give you the link for where this can be downloaded. There will also be a .ics (Google calendar) link so you can download the schedule right to your phone.
  1. CLUSTER GROUPS: Throughout the Invitational Forum you will be part of a cluster group which will be made up of invitees from across the country. These groups will meet following each general session as the critical point in which your voice will give insight and findings for arising challenges & opportunities in ministering to the next generation. In order for everyone to get to know each other, we will have a preliminary Cluster Group gathering from 4:00-4:45pm on Monday afternoon prior to the start of the Invitational for you to meet those in your cluster group.
  1. LOOK TO BE GETTING THE LATEST RESEARCH & RESOURCES: We will have David C. Cook Bookstore & Resource Centre onsite with the latest resources and research available for purchase. We strongly encourage you to stay up to date on the latest findings related to effective ministry and leadership to youth & family by setting aside some budget to pick up these resources.
  1. TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS: In a couple of weeks, you’ll be receiving an email from Alvin Lau (alau@baptist.ca) to work on travel arrangements if you indicated that on your registration form.
  1. SPECIAL PERKS: We are committed to serving you well while you are here so we have arranged that you will have free WiFi access, a bottle of complimentary water each day in your room, unlimited long distance calls from your room to anywhere in Canada, a WEGO ticket (state-of-the-art bus system connects you from the hotel to attractions) plus more resources once you arrive at registration.
  1. MEALS: Through our special sponsors, we will be providing the following sit-down meals: Monday Dinner, Tuesday Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner, Wednesday Dinner, Thursday Breakfast. We will also be providing snacks, coffee & tea during all breaks. You will only need to look after Wednesday Breakfast & Lunch which we hope you will use to network and connect with other leaders whom you meet at the Forum from across the country.
  1. PRAYER TEAM: While we believe that this Invitational will be a significant gathering for the purpose of the Canadian Baptist Church being more united in engaging youth with the person and message of Jesus, it is important that we too are being covered in prayer. We ask that you would invite 4-5 people to be a prayer team who will be praying for you as you prepare for this Invitational, who will be praying for your family as you are away from them, who will be praying for wisdom for you as your give voice to this group, and who will pray for the impact that you will have coming from this gathering into your sphere of influence.

I want to once again thank you for carving out time in your busy schedules to make this Invitational Forum a priority for the larger sake of the Kingdom and strength we can be as Canadian Baptists Youth & Family Ministry leaders as we act more united across this country in our learning, sharing, laughing and resourcing with one another.

There are great days ahead for this emerging generation, for the church and for the movement of the gospel across our country.

It is with gratefulness and anticipation that I look forward to being with you at the end of April.


Matt Wilkinson

Chair, Canadian Baptist National Youth & Family Ministry Team


07 Mar 2016
by jwilliams

Closing Session

We will enjoy a time of extended worship. Matt will share some of the findings from the cluster group discussions. We will also take communion together.

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