2019 Summer Calendar

We like to switch things up in the summer at The Commons with lots of outdoor gatherings, BBQs, and trips to the beach. To help you keep everything straight here is a list of everything we have going on:

Potluck & Songs & Stories Gathering with Jared Both:
6pm – Sunday June 30th
Outside by Beasley Park (55 Elgin St.)

Bring some food for the potluck supper and listen to song writer Jared Both perform and share some stories that inspired the songs.

Community BBQ & Potluck Supper
6pm – Thursday July 4th – Krista’s House (101 Walnut St. S.)
The host provides the main dish (often meat & veggie burgers or hot dogs), and everyone else brings a side to share (salad, chips, dessert, etc…). Bring a chair if you can.

Outdoor Worship Gatherings in July & August:
6pm Sundays – Beasley Park (Near 55 Elgin St.)
July 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th

August 4th, 11th, and 25th
Our summer gatherings are inter-generational and super low key. Bring a blanket and chair to be comfortable. There is a playground, splash pad, and skate park near by so feel free to come early or stay late to enjoy the park. Each week at our gathering someone is going to talk about a song that has taught them something about following Jesus. It might be an old hymn, a new pop anthem or a lost indie song that never got it’s fair share of plays.

Lake Church:
6pm, Sunday Aug 18th – Details Coming Soon!
Every year we move one of our summer gatherings out of the park and over to the shores of Lake Ontario. Beach location and bike ride route details to be announced soon. Sign up with Matt: thompsmr [at] gmail [dot] com

Community BBQ & Potluck Suppers:
6pm – Wednesday August 14th – Neudorf’s House (97 Case St.)
6pm – Thursday August 21st – Kellner-Benton’s House (30 Blythe St.)

The host provides the main dish (often meat & veggie burgers or hot dogs), and everyone else brings a side to share (salad, chips, dessert, etc…). Bring a chair if you can.

Beach Day:
Sun. Sept 1st at Fifty Point
10am Car Pool – 55 Elgin St.
Every year on the Sunday of the Labour Day weekend we cancel our worship gathering and spend the day at the beach just hanging out as a community. There is no plan and no expectations. If you want to read all day, do it. If you want to swim all day, go for it.
$15 Adults ($5 for Kids) Lunch & supper provided.
Please sign up and pay Krista by Aug. 18th to help us arrange the rides and food.

First Fall Gathering: Celebrating all things Mennonite!
4:30pm – Sunday September 8th – Back inside at St. John’s (104 Hughson St. N.)
The Canadian Government has declared Sept 8th-14th “National Mennonite Heritage Week.” Most of us at The Commons didn’t grow up Mennonite but we joined the Mennonite church as adults because we resonated with the Mennonite values of:
“Jesus is the center of our Faith,”
“Community is the center of our Life,”
and “Reconciliation is the center of our Work.”
For our first Sunday back inside we are going to explore what these values mean to Mennonites.

Click on the link below for a printer friendly PDF of our Summer Calendar:

Peace Sunday – Nov 11th, 2018

Peace Sunday, is a way to broaden the community conversation of what it means to work for peace. This year Peace Sunday falls on Nov 11th (the same day as Remembrance Day).

At The Commons Gathering (Sun. Nov. 11th at 4:30pm) we will have a moment of silence for people who have sacrificed their lives for peace. As a church that values creative peace and is seeking to learn how to be peacemakers we also want to widen the remembrance to people who have worked and sacrificed for peace. We want to have a moment of silence for:

  • Civil Rights Activists
  • Christian Peacemakers
  • Catholic Workers
  • Peace Activists and more,
  • in addition to people who have served in the Military.

For our learning component this year we will be using the new album by Hip Hop artist Shad. It is called “A Short Story About A War.”

You may want to take a little time over the next couple weeks to give the album a listen. Here is the Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/album/3H838yGtnwjCLEz0nOQ4kO

If you want to take this a step further, Shad will be speaking at Eucharist Church about the album on Thur Nov 8 at 7:30pm ($10 at the door). Here is the facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/275707653056708/

If you don’t get a chance to listen to the album or Hip Hop is not your thing, that is totally OK. We will listen to a couple of the songs with the Lyrics printed out on Peace Sunday. Just thought some people might appreciate a head start.


Sunday November 11th, 4:30pm (coffee served at 4pm)

Community Room of St. John’s Lutheran Church
104 Hughson St. N.
(Downtown Hamilton on the corner of Wilson & Hughson).
Enter through the front door on Wilson St.

Everyone is welcome.

Street parking is free on Sundays.
Their is also free parking on Sundays right beside Dr. Disc on Wilson & James St.