Swimming for God

We believe that God’s radical hospitality calls Manitou Conference to:

  • Journey into new ways of being church and,
  • Understand and engage with the struggle for dignity and economic justice for our neighbours and God’s Creation


The President of Manitou Conference, Maxine McVey, is available to visit your congregation to speak about our Conference Priorities.  Would YOU like a visit from her? 

Contact her at:      [email protected]


If you have an article, picture or event that you would like posted on the Manitou Conference website, please contact Susan Whitehead, Office Coordinator at (705) 474-3350 or by email at: [email protected]


What’s New on the Site:



What is Youth Forum? Youth Forum is a unique event in the life of the United Church of Canada, engaging youth delegates in exploring United Church identity and connection and contributing their learning and perspectives to the work of the General Council in meaningful ways.

Who is it for? For youth ages 15-18.


Youth Forum Process:  Manitou Conference Executive will select five interested and motivated youth to attend the National Youth Forum Winter Gathering at Five Oaks Centre in Paris, Ontario (February 13-16, 2015). Those youth delegates will then further select one full commissioner and one alternate to represent Manitou Conference at the 42nd General Council in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland (August 8-15, 2015).


Youth Forum Commissioners will be employed throughout the summer by the General Council to consult with youth and to consider the recommendations of the Comprehensive Review Task Group while completing a national pilgrimage (from July to August) to Cornerbrook; as commissioners, they are empowered to speak and vote at General Council, and so must be members of the United Church of Canada. Alternates will attend the 42nd General Council with a voice, but no vote. A third Youth Forum delegate to General Council, again with a voice, but no vote, may also be elected at the General Meeting of Manitou Conference, May 22-24 2015.

Click here for an information sheet and an application form; please print them and return to:

Manitou Conference
Attn:  Registrar, Youth Forum 2015
319 McKenzie Avenue
North Bay, ON  P1B 7E3

To apply online, please click here.  Are you a sponsor?  Click here for your form!


If you have any questions, please call Melody Duncanson Hales at the Manitou Conference Office:  (705) 474-3350 or on her cell at:  (705) 618-3032


Music United

Music United is sponsoring a supportive, learning event for church musicians at Sunnybrook United in Red Deer in September because we have heard comments like the following:   “I have no tenors in my choir…”      “Oh yeah?  I have no choir!”                 “Oh yeah?  I have nobody to play!”                        “Oh yeah?  I have nothing to play!” …and it gets worse!

United Church musicians, wherever you are, you may not know it, but Music United is the national organization and network for YOU, and we already consider you to be members, if you are in a position of recognized music leadership in any United Church congregation.

Click here for the poster and information sheet.


Camp Lorrain Donations:

If you would like to make an online donation to Camp Lorrain, please click the Pay Pal Donate button below.  THANK YOU!!!


Check out the What We Do tab to see new updates from KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice InitiativesRight Relations Home Group activities and Care for Creation resources from Jim and Donna  Sinclair.




Look at our new Crest!  Click here to learn about its history. Crest_2012_225px

Right Relations Home Group (RRHG)

To learn more about the the Right Relatons Home Group, the Manitou Art Collection and more, click here or go to the “What We Do” drop-down menu to the RRHG page. Below, you will find the first in a series of communiques prepared by our Manitou Right Relations Home Group.  With the endorsement of Conference Executive, the intention is to offer a brief, monthly reflection that we hope will find a forum somewhere in your congregational life.
Manitou Conference Handbook
Now available online, view the Manitou Conference 2014 Handbook in PDF format.
Weekly Letter from the General Secretary
The General Secretary of the United Church of Canada, Nora Sanders, sends out  a weekly letter to the UCC.
Engaging the priorities
Two resources to engage the Conference priorities in worship: Presentation: Where Is God Calling Manitou?  Map of Manitou Conference

Pastoral Charge Vacancies

Click here for Vacancies around Manitou Conference.

2013/2014 Prayer List

Manitou Conference Prayer List 2013-2014

Calendar of Events

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