We have all been moved by reports of the discovery of 215 bodies of children found on the site of a former residential school in British Columbia. It would seem that while the fallenness of humanity has been forever obvious in the world, these past 18 months in the midst of this already challenging Covid season the reality of injustices of the past and present has been hitting us in the face over and over again.
Canada Central District joins with The Church of the Nazarene Canada, and all Canadians, as we lament the loss of these precious lives.
The following is a statement from our National Director, Dr. Ian Fitzpatrick.
In the Gospel of Matthew chapter 22 verse 37 we read the words of Jesus. He had been approached by an expert in the Law who asked Him, “What do I need to do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus replied, "What is written in the Law, how do you read it?” This was in reference to Deuteronomy 6 verse 5, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”  Then Jesus added, “Love your neighbour as yourself.”

The horror of the discovery of those precious children in Kamloops demands not only collective action, but personal response. These Residential Schools were funded by the government and administered by Christian churches in order that indigenous children would be removed from the influence of their own culture, in order that they be assimilated into the dominant Canadian culture ("to kill the Indian in the child”). Some 150,000 children across the country were placed in such schools far away from their families and their ancestral languages, and even their names were changed from aboriginal ones to “civilized” ones.  

As we evolve and modernize there is still something within humanity that must cry out with the Prophet Isaiah, “Woe is me,” in the context of having unclean lips and “dwelling in the midst of a people with unclean lips.”  It matters not if we are talking about Canada, Palestine, Northern Ireland, Hong Kong, or the Rohingya refugees (to name only a few examples). It matters not whether it’s a black/white, Protestant/Catholic, Jew/Arab, Christian/Muslim issue. It usually boils down to the stronger, to the dominant, to the victorious becoming the controlling force in society. The real tragedy is compounded by the fact that in an attempt to “evangelize” we became so confused that we thought we had to “civilize.”

God help us to see the error of our ways. Let us seek ways to love our neighbours as we love ourselves, to reach out, not only with legislative action, but with personal love, respect and honour for all.

Dr. Ian Fitzpatrick - National Director, Church of the Nazarene Canada

The Church of the Nazarene Canada, as a member of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
endorses the following statement from EFC.
Evangelical Fellowship of Canada - Statement of Lament and recommitment to reconciliation

D.S. Reflections

 District Superintendent Steve Ottley
In Spite of Covid-19 – God Is at Work?
D.S. Steve Ottley’s 2021 District Assembly Report
In spite of and in the midst of Covid-19, God is still at work and He is still on His throne.
During a world-wide pandemic which has caused us to once again find it necessary to forego an In-Person District Assembly, the truth is, God has proven His faithfulness to us throughout this season of restrictions.
CLICK HERE to view the full Video Report


Congratulations to all those who were elected to serve on District Board’s and Committees. Please pray for our District Leaders as they prayerfully lead during the continued challenges of Covid-19.

The following is the official elections results.
District Superintendent:
D.S. Rev. Steve Ottley – Re-Elected to 2024
Declared elected to the District Advisory Board:
Laypersons – Janina Espino (2023), Suzanne Trotman (2024)
Elders – Charmaine Kofler (2023), Daniel Moreno (2024)

Declared elected to the Board of Ministry:
Elders to 2024 – Hector Del Valle, Juan Carlos Espino, Elaine Bumstead
Elders to 2025 – Tamara Hudson, Tina Pitamber, Carrie Tweedle, Ann Hallyburton.

Declared elected to the District Finance Committee:
Laypersons to (2023) – Patrick Alfred, Glynn Newsham
Laypersons (2024) – Doug Davis, Len Phillips
Elders – Leigh Straiton (2023), Lisa Outar (2024).

District Court of Appeals to 2022:
Rev. Stephen Ottley (Ex officio),
Elders – Rose Sorzano, Juan Carlos Espino
Laypersons – Ruth Copeland-Holtz, Pat Leishman
CLICK HERE to view the District Assembly proceedings.
D.S. Pictures of the Month
In spite of the Covid-19 restrictions which did not allow us to meet in person, our 86th Annual District Assembly and Conventions was a blessing as we did the business of the Church and celebrated what God is doing among us. The weekend also included our Annual District Family Reunion Worship Service.

Scenes from District Assembly & Convention
General Superintendent
Dr. David Graves

District Superintendent
Rev. Steve & Pat Ottley
District Secretary
Rev. Frank Chouinard
National Director
Dr. Ian Fitzpatrick
There were 5 SDMI, NMI, NYI Grow Work Shops
Scenes from District Family Reunion Worship Service
Celebrating The Word of the Lord
Celebrating The Table of the Lord
Kennedy Road Church
Our Toronto Kennedy Road Church building is undergoing a facelift and enhancements to meet accessibility requirements for special needs. This is a joint project between our church and daycare. Congratulations Pastor’s Daniel and Ruth Ramessar and the Kennedy Road Church Family.

Upcoming D.S. Schedule

 Please pray for God’s anointing and wisdom for D.S. Steve Ottley
June 1st
Transitional Leadership Network Meeting – Zoom @ 2:30 p.m.
June 1st
Milton Casa de Pan Board Meeting – Zoom @ 7:00 p.m.
June 2nd
District Staff Meeting – Zoom @ 3:00 p.m.
June 3rd
Online Pastors Prayer Gathering @ 12:00 noon
June 5th
District Assembly & Conventions – Zoom @ 9:30 a.m.
June 6th
District Family Reunion Service – Online @ 10:30 a.m.
June 9th
Beyond Borders Sarnia Prayer Service – Zoom @ 7:00 p.m.
June 10th
Indigenous Ministry Meeting – Zoom @ 10:00 a.m.
June 13th
Owen Sound Worship Service
June 14th
Wesley Studies Committee – Zoom @ 11:00 a.m.
June 16th
WWI Pastor’s Check In – Zoom @ 10:30 a.m.
June 17th
Pastor Accountability Fellowship @ 7:00 a.m.
June 21st
Transitional Leadership Network Meeting – Zoom @ 3:00 p.m.
June 22nd
Manchester Wesley Research Centre Annual Lecture 
Online @ 12:00 p.m
June 23rd
GTA Missional Zone Pastor’s Meeting – Zoom @ 11:00 a.m.
June 23rd
National Board Finance Committee – Zoom @ 1:00 p.m.
June 24th
Canadian D.S. Meeting – Zoom @ 12:30 p.m.
June 28th
The Corner Church Board Meeting – Zoom @ 7:00 p.m.
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News From the District Administrator

Charities and giving - What's new

Getting ready to file your T3010?

More than half of registered charities have a fiscal period ending on December 31 and need to file their annual information return before the June 30 deadline. As this date approaches, we’ve compiled some useful tips to help you file electronically from the comfort of your home.

Online filing: what’s in it for you

We encourage all charities to file their annual information return through My Business Account (MyBA). Many registered charities filed online for the first time in 2020 and found several benefits to online filing:

  • Our online return identifies all the forms, sections and schedules that you need to complete and reminds you to attach required documentation such as financial statements.
  • MyBA provides immediate confirmation that your return has been filed. There is no need to mail or fax additional copies.
  • The date you submit your return through MyBA is the date we officially receive it.
  • Online filing ensures your charity’s information is displayed the following day on the List of Charities.

If you haven’t done so already, sign up for MyBA or, if you are an authorized representative, sign up for Represent a ClientYou can also get step-by-step help to register and access your charity’s online account by consulting our MyBA Reference Guide.

Need help? We’re standing by

If you require assistance using digital services or completing your return, please reach out to our client service section at 1-800-267-2384. Our representatives are standing by to help you Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, local time.

Happening Around
Canada Central District
“I Still Say I Do” Book Launch
6 Months ago, Pastor Shireen and Che Spencer’s new book was officially published and available through WORD ALIVE PRESS, AMAZON, INDIGO. Due to COVID and the restrictions they were not able to celebrate and do a book launch. Since June is their wedding anniversary, they decided this is a great time to do a virtual book launch to celebrate this accomplishment and their anniversary. You are invited to join them for this special occasion.
MWRC Annual Lecture - June 22
Wesley Studies News
The Manchester Wesley Research Centre's Annual Lecture will be given by Dr. Thomas A. Noble, Professor of Theology, Nazarene Theological Seminary and Senior Research Fellow, Nazarene Theological College. The lecture on "Theology in the Wesleyan Tradition" will be delivered on Tuesday June 22, 2021 at 5pm UK time (12/noon Eastern time in North America) online via Zoom. You must register online to attend the event.
Riverview Family Camp – July 25th 


We have a TON to share with you this month. As a council we have vision for unity between the District SDMI team and our local church as well as equipping pastors, ministry leaders, and lay people to make disciples who make disciples. Part of this year's vision includes a few new resources and partnerships we are launching and cannot wait to share with you. Here's a brief overview of some of these new initiatives:

1. We have decided to use a communications director to build an online community between churches via social media and our district SDMI website. We want lay people and ministry leaders across Ontario to be able to network with one another, encourage each other, share resources and more. Starting this month, our Facebook group will be posting weekly with updates on new SDMI initiatives, resources, and engagement posts.

2. Our district SDMI has also partnered with RightNow Media effective this month. This is an incredible resource for us, as it will allow us to provide online training to ministry leaders and host virtual Bible studies for our leaders. Isn't it time for our leaders to start being fed too?

Every pastor and ministry chair/leader on our district can gain access to their very own FREE account for personal use. CLICK HERE TO GET ACCESS.

We want pastors/leaders to spend the next 2-3 months using their account for personal use and to envision if they would use this in their church and in September we have a special offer for churches to get their very own RightNow Media account. More information on this will be coming your way via our Facebook group and our website

3. A new initiative called The Bridge will make it possible for churches to invite others from the district to their prayer meetings, special events, Bible studies, worship nights and more! But more than that, other churches will be able to promote these opportunities to their own congregations. How incredible it will be for pastors to be able to offer training/small groups for specialized ministry areas (like marriage, young adults, children) that they currently do not have the volunteers for. 

Opportunities to sign up to host or register for these virtual events will be posted on our Facebook group as they arise. 

Stay up to date with SDMI and CLICK HERE to join our mailing list
Below is a little virtual coffee date with our District SDMI Ministry Leaders. The underlined texts are hyperlinked for your convenience so that you can worship with us from home, read a verse or two from God's Word, and hopefully learn of a new resource to assist or encourage you in ministry. 

Sing a New Song
The Blessing - Kari Jobe & Cody Carnes

Be Encouraged by His Word
Jeremiah 29:13 NIV

Check Out This Resource
BOOK: White Awake by Daniel Hill

Sing a New Song
Kyrie Eleison - Chris Tomlin

Be Encouraged by His Word
Ephesians 1:13-14

Check Out This Resource
BOOK: Until Unity by Francis Chan
Sing a New Song
Used to This - Maverick City Worship

Be Encouraged by His Word
2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Check Out This Resource
WEBSITE: Life Church Kids' Ministry Resources
(This site requires you to create a free account but it is well worth it! All of their resources are free for ministry use)

Sing a New Song
Into the Sea - Tasha Layton

Be Encouraged by His Word
James 1:5 NLT

Check Out This Resource
PODCAST: Carey Nieuwhof with guest Francis Chan on division in the church
If you are interested in representing one of our non-English speaking churches, please reach out to us via email and we would be happy to have you contribute too! 
If you are in need of help in an area of SDMI ministry, please reach out 

District Schedule

(Updated June 1st)

Saturday, June 5th
District Assembly

Sunday, June 6th
District Family Reunion Service--Online Streaming

Wednesday, June 9th
Beyond Borders Sarnia Prayer Service – Zoom @ 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 10th
Online Pastor's Prayer Gathering – Zoom @ 12:00 noon

Sunday, June 13th
Online Pastor's Prayer Gathering – Zoom @ 8:00 a.m.

Monday, June 14th
Wesley Studies Committee Meeting – Zoom @ 1:00 a.m.

Wednesday, June 16th
Wholistic Wellness Initiative Pastor’s Check In – Zoom @ 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, June 17th
Online Pastor's Prayer Gathering – Zoom @ 12:00 noon
NMI Council Meeting – Zoom @ 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 20th
Online Pastor's Prayer Gathering – Zoom @ 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday, June 22nd
Manchester Wesley Research Centre Annual Lecture – Online @ 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 23rd
GTA Missional Zone Pastor's Meeting – Zoom @ 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, June 24th
Online Pastor's Prayer Gathering – Zoom @ 12:00 noon

Sunday, June 27th
Online Pastor's Prayer Gathering – Zoom @ 8:00 a.m.

Saturday, July 10th
Beyond Borders Sarnia BBQ @ 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 15th
All Canada Pastor's Meeting – Zoom @ 12:00 noon

Sunday, July 25th
Riverview Family Camp Fellowship – Zoom @ 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 5th – Friday, August 6th
The Global Leadership Summit 2021

Tuesday, September 14th
Georgian Bay Missional Zone Pastor's Meeting – Zoom @ 9:30 a.m.

Saturday, September 18th
District SDMI Council Meeting – Zoom @ 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, September 21st
DMTC Board Meeting – Zoom @ 7:00 p.m.
Greetings all,

Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Canada is truly grateful to all who have supported and continue to support our ministry throughout this pandemic.
Through your gifts you are continuing to help people - people like Lenah of Turkana Province in northern Kenya.  
Lenah is a 33 year old single mother with three young children who live together in a small house with three other relatives.  Lenah struggled to get enough piece work (odd jobs) to raise enough income for her family's survival.  The pandemic with its accompanying restrictions on movement and fear of contracting COVID, made it even more difficult for Lenah to earn income. She could no longer afford school fees and she took her children out of school and sent them to beg for food. Their clothes were worn and tattered but Lenah could not afford new ones. The family skipped meals and the children were constantly hungry. Then an NCM funded water, sanitation, health and hygiene program (supported by NCM Canada) was started in the area and implemented by the local Church.  Because of her situation, Lenah was chosen to be part of the program.  She learned about the value of clean drinking water, and about handwashing and prevention of disease. 
Just last month a food assistance program funded by NCM Canada (through Canadian Foodgrains Bank) started distributing food to the most needy families in this area.  Again, Lenah and her family became beneficiaries. Because they now have food, Lenah is able to use her meagre funds to pay school fees and the children are back in school.   Also, the family began attending the nearby Church of the Nazarene and Lenah has become a born again believer.  She is now teaching her children as she says "in the ways of the Lord".
Plans are underway to help families like Lenah's improve their longer term food security situation by learning and practicing improved agricultural methods and alternate livelihoods. Lenah is much more hopeful and her family's future is much brighter because of your giving.  Your gifts are resulting in many more transformed lives and transformed families like Lenah's!  On their behalf we say a heartfelt "Thank you for your giving!"
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