All about us



We meet 10:30 Sunday mornings at:
WT Townshend School
245 Activa Avenue
Kitchener, Ontario, N2E 4A3






Our Values

Our mission: Making Jesus real to people, inviting them to follow.

Gathered. We believe we can do things together that cannot happen alone. We believe isolation operates in human lives to separate us from others.(Matthew 19:20; Acts 2:1-14)

Authenticity. We are real with God. (Psalm 51) We strive to "speak the truth in love" (Ephesians 4:15), with each other, and live lives of integrity around how we speak and live with others.

Teamwork. Every believer is created for ministry, valued for ministry, authorized for ministry, and needed for ministry. All are invited, through their gifts to be of service to others. We value doing things in teams rather than alone. (1 Cor 12; Romans 12; Ephesians 4:7-16)

Hospitality. Every piece of the church's life is invitational. No part of it exists more as a mission than other parts. The way we do all of church together is hospitable in its nature. Our core area of hospitality is our small group ministry. (Acts 2:46,47)

Excellence. We try to put forth our best efforts. (2 Timothy 2:15)

Relevance. We believe the way we do church, the forms we communicate with, are an essential part of communicating to those we are trying to engage with the gospel. (1 Corinthians 9:22,23)

Invitational. All our life as a church body is invitational. We are doing this out of a love of God, and a desire to reach others with the good news of Jesus. (Matthew 28:16-20; John 1:46)

New life in Jesus. The goal of our life together is a transformed life lived under the leadership of Jesus, and striving to do so in every area of life. Out of this relationship flows the fruits of the spirit of God (Galatians 5:22), and service to others. This new life is made evident through growing into the character of Jesus by studying the Bible and seeking to apply its teaching to one's life, and through regular times of prayer (2 Corinthians 5:17,18)

Gift oriented ministry. When we are connected to ministry at the point of the unique gifts God has given to each one of us, it brings life to us, and life for others as well. (Romans 12:1; 1 Corinthians 12, 14; Ephesians 4)

Our Leadership

After pastoring for the past twelve years in the K-W area, the Gathering's pastor, Jim Loepp Thiessen, had an inner prompting to start a new church in Kitchener's Laurentian Hills West subdivision. Meeting new people, watching a community form, and walking alongside people on their faith journeys gives him more energy than a decent cup of coffee.

Jim loves reading, talking about flying, teasing his children and talking about camping, but never really going!

Jim and Ingrid have celebrated eighteen years of marriage. Together with their three children they enjoy eating popcorn, games and movie nights and traveling west to visit family.

Our Stories

I first learned of The Gathering during the Alpha Course offered by Jim, the pastor of the church. Since I was already seeking a renewal of my childhood beliefs, I decided to attend just one of the Sunday services to see what this Gathering was all about. Well, I was greeted right at the door with a welcoming smile and friendly introductions. Coffee and conversation went hand in hand until it was time to be seated. An introductory skit and a few lively songs by a rocking band were followed by Jim’s sermon - a contemporary, inspiring, humourous talk from the heart, complete with screen visuals, a movie clip, and homework! I don’t know how he knew that I would be there on that particular evening; but Jim’s words spoke directly to me and left me excited to face the challenges of the week ahead. Needless to say, I have not attended "just one" of the Sunday Gatherings. Rather, I look forward to the music, the visuals, the lessons and the camaraderie that each week brings. I thought I had been seeking to regain the rituals and religion of my youth. Instead, I am enjoying the blossoming of a deep and comforting faith that allows me to look at daily encounters and experiences with new eyes - the eyes of Jesus. My life with Jesus now will continue to grow and evolve with the seeds planted and nourished at The Gathering.

- Kate

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about The Gathering.

Q: When does The Gathering meet for worship?

A: We meet at WT Townshend school Sunday mornings at 10:30am, 245 Activa Avenue, Kitchener, ON. Click HERE for a map.

Q: How can I help The Gathering in this community?

A: We're always looking for volunteers. Some of the areas we could use help with are: oganizing games, planning events, participating in a drama, playing music, setting up or putting away chairs, delivering flyers. If you'd like to help contact Jim by email: or by phone (519) 576-6776

Q: How can I contribute financially to The Gathering?

A: Financial contributions are gladly accepted and should be addressed to "The Gathering Church, 525 Highland Road West, Ste 334, Kitchener, ON N2M 5P4

Q: What is the connection between The Gathering and the Mennonite Church?

A: Churches are occasionally independent bodies, but often connected to other
churches through associations called denominations. We are connected to an
association of churches called Mennonite Church of Eastern Canada (MCEC), a group of
about ninety churches in Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick.

Q: How can I hear part of the service again?
A: You can visit the media page to download recent services in MP3 format.