News & Activities

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

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 mmelick@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! 

Currently we are not doing group activities where we meet in person. We will do a number of things on Zoom. 

1. January 22  Music Sharing Night 7-8:30 PM

Music can carry part of our traditions, culture or moments in our lives. At the same time, it can help us relax, celebrate, or let go. Join us in sharing songs that are important to you and how they speak to your life!

  • Come listen to songs from each other's cultures/languages
  • Share a song that is meaningful for you and why you find it meaningful (you can play an audio or video recording if you want)
  • We'll be on Zoom.  Contact Melissa at mmelick@ivcf.ca 

2Games Night on Feb. 5 on Zoom.  Check emails for the time or contact Melissa at mmelick@ivcf.ca 

3.  Come and join us for Alpha on Wednesday evenings at 6:45-8:30 PM. Alpha is a place where we get to ask questions about where you find hope, what motivates you, is there more to life than our current circumstances?  There will be a short video explaining the Christian world view on a question, and then lots of time for you to share your thoughts and beliefs.  It is a great way to make friends, practice English and connect with your peers.  This is an open, no-pressure video/discussion about life, faith, and God on Zoom!  We often play games afterwards. Contact Melissa at mmelick@ivcf.ca for the link to join.

4. Would you like to pray with someone?

Want to pray with someone?  We like to pray together on Thursdays from 2-3 PM on Zoom.  Welcome to join us.  Contact Melissa at mmelick@ivcf.ca for the link to join.

5. Rise 'n' Shine Daily Devotional

Welcome to Rise 'n Shine with Boon every morning at 8:30 AM 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.

6. Conversational English 

Want to practice your English?  We welcome you to hang out and chat with us. We have some options.

  • On Tuesdays from 8 - 9 PM MST, you can chat with Daniel. Feel free to contact him at daniel.u94@gmail.com for the Zoom link.
  • On Wednesday afternoons from 1 - 2 PM MST, you can chat with Emma. You can reach her at ebailey@ualberta.ca for the link.

7. Bible Discussions for Believers

We have monthly discussions geared for students who are followers of Jesus.  We are studying in the book of Colossians.  Here are the dates: 

  • Jan 18th 1:30-3 PM
  • Feb 22nd 1:30-3 PM
  • March 15th 1:30-3 PM
  • April 19th 1:30-3 PM

These will be on Zoom currently.  Contact Melissa Chettle for more info: mmelick@ivcf.ca 

Want to hang out and chat? 

We are happy to hang out and chat (at a distance). Contact Melissa at mmelick@ivcf.ca.  If you are interested, let us know some possible times you are free. 

 

The following is NOT an IFG program, but we thought you may be interested:
Would you like to meet other people and practice speaking English?
Come to weekly (FREE!) Conversation Cafe! Hosted by Connecting Streams (part of Power to Change), at Conversation Cafe you can have the opportunity to: 

  • Practice your English reading and speaking skills with English-speaking volunteers
  • Build ongoing relationships in a friendly social Christian environment
  • Meet over Zoom (and hopefully one day, in person)

Sessions are 1 and 1/2 hour each, and everyone will be together for the first 10 minutes, before students are matched with a volunteer English helper and placed into groups of 3 or 4.

  • Questions? Contact Phil Taylor at  780 966 7401  

Mark West at Crimson Lake (when COVID allows)

Normally the end of April and beginning of May!  Join us for Mark West at Crimson Lake

Pictures of Mark West last year!

Students from all over Alberta come to Mark West at Pioneer Ranch Camp near the end of April 28 and beginning of May. We study 39 hours in the book of Mark in the Bible and also enjoy lots of different activities. You can enjoy canoeing on the lake, ride horses, do archery, possibly visit the Rocky Mountains for an afternoon etc.

For any questions, feel free to contact Melissa at mmelick@ivcf.ca

Bible Studies, Trips, Caf├ęs and More

Dinners in a Canadian Home (during non-COVID times)

Once a month during the school year, James & Ann Siebert open up their home on a Friday night to welcome International students for supper.  A great way to enjoy Canadian hospitality while making new friends and practicing English!  Students are welcomed to participate in an optional Bible discussion after the meal. Other students visit and play games.

Trips (during non-COVID times)

Several trips are planned throughout the year to provide great opportunities to see parts of western Canada!  We have done Farm Trips, trips to Pioneer Ranch Camp at Crimson Lake, International Christmas Camps, and trips to the Rocky Mountains.