News & Activities

We plan exciting events and activities all semester long for international students to have a great experience while in Canada

Opportunities for International students and scholars to practice English around Edmonton

Here are some learning opportunities that may be of interest to you:

1. IFG hosts activities every other Friday evening.  Check our other page for details :)

The following are NOT IFG programs, but we thought you may be interested:

2. English as a Second Language (ESL) on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 12-2:30 PM at Saints Church at 6315-199 Street.  For more info contact Denise Kroeker at 780-489-2579 Ext. 236  Starts October 5, 2021.

3. Free English grammar and conversational English on Wednesdays at the Kingdom Way Christian Church on Zoom starting Oct. 7, 2021 from 7-8 PM. For more info please visit https://kingdomway.ca/free-esl-class/

4.  Millwoods Friendship Centre in southeast Edmonton is offering Free English classes from beginner to advanced at 2102 Millbourne Road West NW on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1-2:30 PM.  Check out http://millwoodsfc.ca/?page_id=2 for more details.

5.  Terwillegar Community Church in southwest Edmonton hosts Conversational English on Tuesdays from 9:30-10:45 AM.  Contact https://www.tcchurch.ca/upcoming-events/conversation for more info

6. Free weekly Conversation Cafe hosted by Connecting Streams (Power to Change).  Practice English in small groups.  Wednesdays 6-7:30 PM, Thursdays 9-10:30 AM, Saturdays 10-11:30 AM.  Contact Phil Taylor for more info at 780-966-7401 or phil.taylor@p2c.com

7. Ellerslie Road Baptist Church in south Edmonton offers Conversation Cafe on Zoom on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30 PM.  A lesson is sent out ahead of time to participants. If anyone is interested, they can contact at esl@erbc.ca.  They are not sure if they will be meeting in person at some point.

8.  Northpointe Community Church in north Edmonton is offering ESL programs.  Contact Trevor for more info at trevor@np.church

International Christmas Camp! December 23-27, 2021

What:  International Christmas Camp!  Enjoy all kinds of winter activities indoors and outdoors while celebrating Christmas together.  

When:  Leave after Breakfast on December 23 and come back by noon on the 27th

Where:  We are not sure yet... at a camp in Alberta

Cost:  Not sure yet

Scripture Study Camp at Pioneer Ranch at Crimson Lake during Reading Week November 10-13, 2021

Who?  Canadian and International students from all over Alberta

When?  Wednesday, Nov. 10 to Sunday Nov. 13 during the Fall Reading Week

Where?  Pioneer Ranch is owned by our organization.  It's located on Crimson Lake near Rocky Mountain House, AB

Cost?  To be determined

What?  Study the first chapters of Daniel.  Ride horses.  Ice skating, etc if it's cold.  Fun activities inside and outside!

Our Event Schedule

We have a number of exciting activities coming up this semester and we would love for you to join us!

We will send out more information via email as each of these dates approach to give you all the details. You can also check back for updates, visit our Facebook page at IFG Edmonton - International Friendship Group or email Melissa at mchettle@ivcf.ca

Some other possibilities for fun gatherings could be baking nights, an evening of sharing about the countries and communities we come from, a conversation between our group and other religious groups, and more!  Have a look at what we have coming up! 

Come and visit us at 8901 HUB Mall - you can make an appointment to chat with us... we don't have official office hours yet.

Activities 

  • Let us know if you want to hang out in person. James is happy to have lunch or tea with you.  Small groups of IFG friends sometimes get together at a park or for a campfire on weeks when we don't have official events. Contact James jsiebert@ivcf.ca
  • Want to pray with someone?  We like to pray together on Tuesdays from 1-2 PM.  Welcome to join us.  Contact James at jsiebert@ivcf.ca for more info.
  • Welcome to Rise 'n Shine with Boon Sunday to Friday at 9AM for no more than 15 minutes. There will be an encouraging/challenging reading from the Bible and prayer for the day! Contact Boon at boonlchew@gmail.com for more info.

Activities in October

Do you want to go biking?  Do you want to work out?

Boon is one of our IFG volunteers who likes biking and working out.  He has two extra bikes.  If you and a friend want to go biking with Boon, contact him at boonlchew@gmail.com.  Boon works out at the Kinsman Sports Centre from 11 AM to 1 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  He could pick you up at the university to work out together.  You would only need to pay the fee to work out at the centre.  Contact Boon at boonlchew@gmail.com

Ongoing Activities

We hang out on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 PM currently on Zoom for video clips from The Chosen followed by Bible discussions.  Normally we would meet in HUB mall and have snacks or supper together but the university is not allowing that currently :)  Contact us for more information at jsiebert@ivcf.ca

We plan to have activities two Friday evenings each month!  Here are the proposed dates:

1. Welcome to Baking and Hangout Night this Friday, October 22nd, from 7-9pm!
Come hangout with us online this Friday evening! Whether you want to learn to bake or not, you are welcome to come hangout! A couple of us will walk you through how to bake Pumpkin Spice Cookies.

  • Would you like free treats? Come and hangout with us and we will deliver some cookies to you from the batches that we have made during the event!
  • Want to participate in baking but don't have the ingredients? Click here to send Melissa your info by Wednesday at 11:59pm to help you get the ingredients.
  • Learn to bake
  • Practice English
  • Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83235276051?pwd=NlNlZnhoMkwyYjAzSTNxeGp1WEdFdz09
  • Meeting ID: 832 3527 6051
  • Passcode: 837989

Here are the ingredients you'll need:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1 cup of pure pumpkin (you will find it in a can at the grocery store)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Optional for Icing Drizzle
    • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
    • 3 tablespoons milk
    • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • You'll also need:
    • Something to measure ingredients with
    • A baking tray/sheet to bake the cookies on
    • A bowl and spoon/spatula or beater to mix with, or a stand mixer
    • Spoons to scoop the cookie dough onto the tray

2. Nov. 5  Online Group Games

3. Nov. 12  Hang out 

4. Nov. 26  Sledding

5. Dec. 3  Christmas Party