Westside Gathering, The (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec, Canada)
The Westside Gathering began in the spring of 2003 with five people that met in the home of David and Franca Manafo in Laval, Quebec. In October 2003 they had their first gathering in a community center in Kirkland. Over the course of 14 months the church continued to grow spiritually, build community, serve its local community, and eventually started public gatherings in Dollard-des-Ormeux in December 2004. The church formally organized in 2006.
The congregation was the third church established by Rendez-Vous Montreal, a church planting initiative of Quebec Mennonite Brethren churches and the Canadian Mennonite Brethren Board of Evangelism. Westside Gathering was established as an English-language church on the West Island, an area of Montreal with a population of 250,000 and fewer than 20 churches. Its goal was to minister to the 40% of Montreal that is English speaking. The church developed an “incarnational” approach to ministry. To get to know their neighbors and cultivate authenticity, they advertised free labor in the local paper, hosted discussions at local cafés, and met in small groups spread across the city. The church works with local community organizations to minister to the broader community.
In 2015 the congregation had an average weekly attendance of 140. David Manafo continued serving as lead pastor.
Westside Gathering. Website. 2016. http://westsidegathering.com/about-us/.
Mailing Address: 201 - 3675 Boulevard des Sources, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC H9B 2K4
Location: Island College, 851 Tecumseh, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec
Website The Westside Gathering
Association des Églises des frères mennonites du Québec (2006-present)
Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (2006-present)
|Author(s)||Richard D Thiessen|
|Date Published||December 2016|
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Thiessen, Richard D. "Westside Gathering, The (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2016. Web. 25 Sep 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Westside_Gathering,_The_(Dollard-des-Ormeaux,_Quebec,_Canada)&oldid=141836.
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