While many have discovered Two Rivers Church through a relationship, or word of mouth, others have found us through the internet. Thanks for checking us out! There are several ways in which you will be able to connect.
While you can read about our story, core beliefs, and values here, the best way to join in is to simply participate.
Our core gatherings are called Living Rooms. These are hosted in member’s homes, and occur during the first and third weeks of the month. We currently meet in four different homes, and you can request more information here.
We also bring the whole community together for Liturgies on Sunday nights at 6:00 PM in the hall of St. Andrew’s Church in downtown Guelph (161 Norfolk St.). Clicking here will give you a more insight on what happens at our Sunday evening events.
Another access point is in our Learning Rooms. These are short courses that explore a variety of interesting topics. Find our more here.
Finally, Living Missionally is our attempt at cultivating a way of life together in our neighbourhoods. We work at being faithfully present to our neighbours, as we partner with others who plot goodness in our communities. Find out more about these opportunities here.
Living Room is an event where we gather to have church in a circle. It is a safe place to share a meal and explore your spirituality with a group of friends who are trying to follow in the way of Jesus.
Meals are provided by the group participants.
Living Room Locations: 106 Cardigan, 9 Glenwood Ave., 44 Short St., .
We are a people who worship together on Sunday nights, gathering around the Lord’s Table to participate in the Sacrament of God’s self-giving in Christ. We also listen for the Word of God through the scriptures, and engage in other symbolic actions which help us to remember and rehearse the story of grace shown in our creation, reconciliation, and ongoing recreation in Christ.
We meet at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (161 Norfolk St.) at 6:00 PM.
We enjoy multi-generational worship, with a short Children’s Worship program available during the Word/Sermon time.
Sometimes our Liturgies take the form of Taize worship (every third Sunday), Visio Divina events (praying with art), and having pot lucks! You can find out what is going on on the calendar.
Learning Rooms are places where we thrive when we:
Discover a common learning goal with at least one other friend. From there, a safe place is created to deepen knowledge, skills, or practices of an identified subject ( including a wide variety of things like the arts, theology, culture-making, etc). Through these, friendship and joy is shared with other participants on the learning journey.
Current Learning Rooms include:
Reading and discussing Richard Rohr’s ‘The Universal Christ’ A study on the use of Mind Mapping Creative Writing Enneagram Workshop Retreats Prayer Walking through the Ignatius grounds
If you are interested in registering or starting your own Living Room click here.
Our basic purpose is to participate with Jesus in his renewal of all things in the neighbourhood and world.
What is God up to? In Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit, the Father is making all things new. This is happening through ‘the energy of reconciliation which is the dynamo at the centre of the universe ‘(Eugene Peterson). This is taking place in so many different ways and traditions, but our intention is to participate in what God is already doing by being faithfully present through the Spirit to our neighbours and beyond.
This requires learning to be attentive in our daily living to what God is doing in the creation and in people’s lives. It also means being intentional about partnering with those who are already doing good in the neighbourhood. Many of our people have worked with, and/or currently volunteer with local organizations including: community gardening, newcomer language groups, serving food in shelters, refugee help, healthy transportation, and neighbourhood groups.
We also co-sponsor an annual community cycling festival called Love Your Bike, as well as an annual Soups-On-Thon, where we make large amounts of soup for the local Royal City Mission. If you would like to find some others to get involved with click here.
Who We Are
OUR STORY AND NAME
In the summer of 2012 a small group of friends came together discerning a call to try and be the church amongst our neighbours and friends in downtown Guelph. The idea was to start paying attention to what God is up to amongst the people we live with, connect to the unique rhythms and qualities of our neighbourhood, and become faithfully present as a sign of God's reign.
Downtown Guelph is located at the intersection of two rivers (the Speed and Eramosa rivers) and we wanted our church’s name to reflect the place we inhabit.
We are a diverse group of friends consisting of some who have been connected to the church for a long time, some who have left church and are cautiously returning, and others who are exploring the Christian faith for the first time. We often like to refer to ourselves as a collection of strays, orphans, and exiles.
We are connected to a larger expression of the Christian church called the Presbyterian Church in Canada, and are grateful for their oversight and support of this venture.
Our primary purpose is: to participate with Jesus in his renewal of all things in the neighbourhood and the world
Our vision is to be found : gathering and nurturing a community of friends who are following in the way of Jesus making known God's reign of love and justice
We will accomplish this through practicing:
Storytelling – Inhabiting the story of God as revealed in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, inviting the authority of that story to shape our lives, and telling that story through creative and passionate living in God's world.
Friendship – Receiving and returning the friendship God has offered to us through Christ, and then through the Holy Spirit, helping one another listen to God through faithful friendship with each other.
Culture Making – Living out of the Creator's imperative to steward the earth as a precious gift, through artful and faithful development of what we have been given.
Generosity – To live with open hands, allowing our resources to flow to our neighbours, serving and helping those who are in need, and resourcing God’s reconciling mission in the world.
Prayer – To receive the gift of participating through the Spirit in the Son’s communion with the Father by: developing a conversational life with God, joining in with God’s reconciling energy through request, engaging the powers, and building a community of healing prayer and love.
Celebrating the Table – Opening to the presence of Jesus when we gather: at the Lord’s table in our liturgies, at the tables of our homes, and as guests at our neighbourhood tables.
Invitation – To live with the intention of including all those with ears to hear into the rhythms God has called us to in the parish.
Glen Soderholm is our teaching elder and pastor. He has been ordained in the PCC for 27 years, and he has been given the freedom to build friendships of encouragement with the participants of Two Rivers, as well as spend time building a network of relationships amongst those who inhabit the downtown neighbourhood of Guelph.
Dan Veldhuis is our pastor of soul care. He directs the Prayer Project which offers a variety of creative ways to grow in the life of prayer. He also oversees Children’s Worship in our liturgies.
Our leadership consists of our two pastors and four other men and women who have been called and gifted to serve the church through overseeing the mission and vision of TRC.