All posts by overseer1

Food and Friendship

Once a month in the cooler months (!) we are delighted to provide a free soup and bagel lunch, in the comfortable Community Room of the Mount Forest Library Basement (which is conveniently served by an elevator). Our next meal is currently planned for December 11th.

Don’t miss out on sharing in these events.

Check local notice boards in the Library and local stores (including the Thrift Store) for the date of the next lunch (and we’ll post it on this web page too, as above).

Lunch is served between 12 noon and 1:00pm.  All are welcome.

Food for Thought

Our weekly Bible study for adults is to focus tonight on Philippians chapter 3. Here are the starter questions:
1. “Rejoice in the Lord” is a common phrase in the Bible; what does it involve?
2. How can we “worship by the Spirit of God”(v.3)? Is it true of all Christian worship?
3. What is so special about the tribe of Benjamin that Paul would emphasize that genealogy?
4. Which church did Paul persecute?
5. “…knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” and “…know Him” (v.8,10) must involve more than just head knowledge of facts about Jesus; what does Paul mean?
6. Is Paul doubting he will be resurrected (v.11)? Or what is he thinking about here?
7. Verse 13 and 14 are a lifestyle motto of sorts; any comments?
8. What are the implications and applications of verse 16?
9. If we want people to imitate us, what must we be careful about (v.17)?
10. What is the impact on our present lives of our citizenship being in heaven?
11. In what ways does v.21 provide comfort to us?
You may have other points to raise about this Bible passage. Let us know, and if you’re local, come and join in at 7:30pm!

Food for Thought

For those interested in a serious but practical Bible study,  we enjoy a weekly evening study time for adults, and welcome newcomers.  We meet each Monday evening at 7:30pm.  Just contact us and we’ll let you know the venue for the upcoming get together. And we can send you a copy of a list of Starter Questions we are using in studying the current topic (which is the Bible book of Philippians).

FAST Food for Youth

Young people from the Mount Forest area who have attended Mount Forest Camp in the Summer often want an excuse to get together with fellow campers during the Fall, Winter and Spring. So teens with that kind of interest, who want to attend an event that is a good mix of fun activities and sound and applicable Bible-based information-sharing, get together to enjoy FAST Food for Youth. (Oh, and yes, food is usually on the menu too!).
You can ask to join the FaceBook page at: FAST Food. Or if you know a fellow teen who already attends, just hitch a ride with them to the next monthly event.
And be thinking about attending Deep Freeze at Mount Forest Camp! Details to follow, but check out our post on last year’s Deep Freeze below.

Deep Freeze

Well, looks like the pine trees were right and Environment Canada not so right!  Deep Freeze is the right name for a winter camp for teens, currently underway at Mount Forest Camp.  Read on to see why we thought we were in for a deep chill.  Perhaps it will eventually be discovered that trees have a memory ability that permits them to prepare for future weather conditions, not just reflect the season that’s ending!

October Post: The church here has the benefit of being located only 20 minutes drive from Mount Forest Camp, which it sponsors.  The Camp was established in 1963, but largely served city children, for whom a week in the countryside was a rare pleasure.  City kids are still a large proportion of campers, but local needs have also been met by running a Day Camp.  This is for 5-10 year olds and the program runs from 9.30am-3:30pm each day.  The large number of repeat campers at all the camps confirms they are highly popular with campers and families who bring them.

This year, the Camp has introduced a new website with the capability to register and pay online.  Within 24 hours of its launch, one week of children’s camp was completely booked for boys!  Teen Camp is now over. Between Christmas and New Year some of those hardy teens will want to brave winter conditions and return for Deep Freeze. Pine trees here are producing cones abundantly, which some say is the sign of a harsh winter to come, so it looks like “Deep Freeze” may be aptly named! What is more certain is that those attending any of the camps this year will have left with warm hearts. The Camp advertises itself as “100 acres of natural beauty; a Christian environment to grow in.” One of the growth opportunities for young people in churches of God is to serve as a volunteer worker at Camp, and several of our teens from the Mount Forest House Church have enjoyed that experience this year.

It is very encouraging to recognize that all counselling staff at Mount Forest Camp work on a voluntary basis.  This helps keep fees low (Day Camp is only $40 per week, all meals, snacks, crafts and everything else included!).

For some really good pictures of the Camp and for lots of additional information, visit


Another good Christmas parade. Our float this year had the text “The Lord is my light and my salvation” emblazoned across the front. You can see another view in this pic.

Once again we were glad to hand out hundreds of candy canes, with brief Gospel verses about the birth of Messiah attached.

After the Parade we invited visitors to the Library basement as usual, to warm up with hot chocolate or hot apple cider, and some excellent cookies!
The countdown has begun!


Although we share in the fun of the season, we know that for God the Father the birth of Christ was a very serious event, upon which would hang the eternal future of every human being. Praise God for the plan of salvation!

Food for Men

Every other Monday evening (except during Summer) a bunch of Christian guys get together to study the Bible. We try to get through a chapter each time, but sometimes we are noticeably slower than that! You’ll see from the pic that we have a wide age range, but that doesn’t stop us getting into studies at a depth that anyone would find challenging. We hope that guys reading this are already involved in a Bible study like this, but if not and you want to come along to ours, you’d be welcome. Use the CONTACT details to get in touch.


Ask to join the Food for Men FaceBook page at: FFM
Guys attend from Mount Forest, Durham and Markdale, and we’re happy to extend those boundaries!
Latest study: The Book of Hebrews

CORD Weekend

Couples from the Mount Forest House Church enjoyed time at the CORD weekend.  It was a retreat (or rather “Advance”!) for couples of all ages.  Held at the lovely Guelph Bible Conference Centre, and very capably run by Chris and Alissa Seddon of the church here.

CORD stands for “Couples Operating Relationships Diligently” and refers to the “threefold cord that is not easily broken” mentioned in the Bible (Eccles.4:12). A marriage that unites the couple in a joint relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ has the potential for the greatest love, strength and durability.

This was the second CORD event, and we’re looking forward to another really beneficial gathering next year, God willing.

CORD Weekend

For our blog post on our CORD weekend, see the newer post above.
This old post is here just to catch spammers who automatically comment on other’s blogs, without having any real interest in the content. So if we get a comment on this post we’ll be pretty confident that (like many others we’ve already had!) we should just delete the comment as spam. Of course, if your interest in our CORD weekend, or any other content on our site, is sincere, please do comment on other posts or use our Contact details from the menu above.