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Pray for Ambrose


We in the Ambrose community believe in prayer and value your prayers. Please join us in praying for our campus:

First Year Students

From Kaitlyn Byl, Student Success Coordinator

As our new students are finally finding routine and a rhythm to their Ambrose adventure, please lift them up in prayer in the following ways:

  • Pray for the relationships they’re forming with peers and professors. Pray that these relationships will be encouraging and that they will sharpen one another as they learn together.
  • As Mental Health and Wellness becomes an increasing concern for young adults, pray that our students will be able to navigate how best to care for themselves, and how to access the care they may need.
  • Pray for students who are already struggling academically – that they will have the courage to ask for help and, in the process, find confidence and learn how to advocate for themselves.
  • Ambrose students come from a variety of diverse cultures and faith traditions. Pray that they will find a sense of community and hospitality on campus as they navigate an environment that may feel very new and unfamiliar to them.

Ambrose Arts Department

From Barbara de Bruyn – Administrative Assistant, Ambrose Arts

Our arts department involves Ambrose faculty, staff, students and members of the Calgary community at large. In addition to our academic studies, we collaborate in six different group settings: University Singers, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Jazz Combos, Dance and Theatre.

The groups are busy preparing for four upcoming events:

Sunday, October 28 Music for the Journey: a New Year: with Ambrose University Singers and String Quartet

Saturday, November 10 An Evening of Chopin: featuring Rachel Goldenberg and Edwin Gnandt (this presentation is a fundraiser for Ambrose Music Scholarships

Tuesday, November 27 Ambrose Jazz Night: featuring the jazz combos and jazz band

Friday and Saturday, December 7 – 8, Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh: featuring soloists, the orchestra, University Singers, dancers, and theatre students from Ambrose University

Prayer requests:

  • that the many details of the concerts will come together.
  • that the rehearsals would be productive and that the musicians and dancers will become comfortable with and master the music and dances.
  • for health and safety of our students, staff and faculty.
  • that God would be glorified in all of the concerts.
  • that the weather would not keep people from coming to each of the concerts and that many people would come.

Athletics Department

From Colin Kubinec, Director of Athletics and Campus Recreation

Big upcoming events for the Lions include:

  • ACAC Basketball Home Opener, Friday Oct 12th @ 6 and 8 pm vs Red Deer College
  • ACAC Volleyball Home Opener, Friday Oct 19 th @ 6 and 8 pm vs Medicine Hat College

Please pray that:

  • our players, coaches and support staff will realize our mission in new and deeper ways, to “Pursue Excellence, Build Family, and Become Disciples”
  • our coaches and chaplains will have wisdom and skill as they seek to invest in the lives of these young student-athletes
  • our players will grow in skill level, in character and in their knowledge of and relationship with Christ
  • our freshmen will get used to their new teams and to the University itself
  • relationships will be strengthened, both within the teams and with the other teams in the league
  • the players will be safe, both in travelling to the competitions and on the court
  • the entire student body will grow holistically and be healthy

Jaffray Centre for Global Initiatives (Update)

From Lauren Goldbeck, Research & Program Coordinator

The Jaffray Centre is a collaborative training, project development, and research hub that examines the way Canadians engage in global missions. 

Thank you so much for your prayers over the summer months.  The Kairos Course and facilitator training in June went well, and the courses provide great opportunities for the participants to learn more about their call to participate in God’s mission.

The 5th Annual ReBoot Camp for Third Culture Kids was a great success. This year was one of the biggest groups yet, with over 23 TCKs and 11 leaders in attendance. Please continue to pray for these students as they transition from life overseas into university and new jobs this fall in a North American setting.

This fall, the Jaffray Centre is beginning the preparations for the first annual Jaffray Ang Symposium in January 2019.  The inaugural theme will be Beyond Hospitality: Migration, Multiculturalism and the Church and will explore in greater depth what it means to move beyond hospitality and into community with the “other” in our diverse Canadian landscape. Please pray for the planning committee, the presenters and participants as we prepare for this important conversation. 

Flourishing Congregations Institute (Update)

From Joel Thiessen, Ambrose Professor of Sociology and Director, Flourishing Congregations Institute

Our research team is currently involved in leading a national congregational survey with Catholic, mainline, and conservative Protestant congregations across Canada, sharing our research findings in various contexts, writing a few academic-oriented articles, and preparing to host church leaders from across Canada in a national gathering on November 26. As we look ahead we ask for prayer in the following ways:

  • Willing congregations to participate in our national congregational survey … and we encourage anyone reading this to click on the survey link to learn more about our survey, to include their congregation, and to share this link so that others will include their congregations.
  • Strong ecumenical representation and involvement in our national gathering planned for November 26 at Ambrose University. This event is free to attend and open to the public.
  • Wisdom and clarity as we discern systems and structures to best handle the volume of requests to share our research in ways that would help local congregations flourish across Canada.

You can discover more about the Flourishing Congregations Institute by clicking here.



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