Preamble

As we continue to monitor the status of the COVID-19 Pandemic it is becoming more apparent that this unprecedented global event will have broader and longer lasting impacts than anyone could have anticipated. We are also beginning to get a sense of the extensive impact that the social isolation mandates will have on the economics of our world – both on a personal and corporate level.

The leadership of MBC recognizes that these are times of uncertainty for all.  We seek with all of our heart to live by our core value of being centred on Christ, trusting in the sovereignty and provision of God.  We also know we need to be faithful to our value of stewardship with regards to the care of our team members, our resources and also the mission God has entrusted to us over the long term.

2020 is MBC’s 90th year of ministry.  This is a striking reminder of God’s long-term faithfulness to MBC in the good and also in the challenging times.  When making decisions for MBC, the leadership must keep the long-term view in sight while effectively managing for short and medium term effectiveness and viability. 

On this webpage you will find some answers to your questions and also the latest documented and video updates from John Friesen, our CEO.

Lastest Updates


Frequently Asked Questions

What is happening at MBC right now?

Effective Saturday, May 16th we have opened the campground for access to seasonal sites only. Details can be found here.

Boat slips are also open and available at this time. You can reserve your seasonal boat slip online.

The other areas of our facility remain in ‘shutdown’ mode. This means that the buildings are closed for public access and a skeleton crew of team members is working onsite to keep the base essentials of the facility and administration going.

Please be aware that the beach area is closed at this time, consistent with provincial directives.

Can I call or email with my questions?

The phones and email inquiries are being answered.   We’d love to hear from you and answer your questions, as we are able.

Have any MBC or Camp Widjiitiwin events been cancelled?

 Due to the government’s directives on physical distancing we have had to make the tough decision to cancel some of our programmed events.  This list will be updated as decisions are made.

  1. The Shepherd’s Leadership Retreat (May 11 – 13) – in partnership with the Association of Confessing Evangelicals has been postponed to another date to be determined in 2021.
  2. Women of Grace Retreats in May & June have been cancelled.  A ‘Virtual Retreat for Women’ is being planned for June 6.  More details will be announced.
  3. Creation Ministries International SUPER CONFERENCE scheduled for the end of June, 2020 has been rescheduled for the end of August 2021.  All existing registrations will be rolled over to 2021.  Please advise if you do not wish to transfer your registration.
  4. Camp Widjiitiwin – we have made the difficult decision to cancel our summer overnight and day camp programming for Camp Widjiitiwin.  We believe this is our best possible decision given the lack of clarity on where the government will be landing on decisions for summer camp as well as the expected safety protocol that will be required for implementation should camps be allowed to open.  We want to ensure that when we do run our children and youth camp again it can be done with excellence and safely.  We are holding off on a decision regarding the SALT leadership program, as there may yet be some options to run this given the current situation.
  5. Student Staffing (Stepping Stones) – at this point we are not in a position to make a confirmed decision on bringing any students in for work prior to June 5th.  We will notify any students that have been contracted with updates as soon as we can.

Groups renting our facilities are being advised of the status of their retreats in accordance with our shutdown status.

Can I walk around the grounds at MBC currently? 

While we are not restricting people from entering the MBC property, we do ask you to exercise discretion if you do come on site, ensuring to maintain all currently enforced physical distancing parameters. Please avoid congregating in groups or creating congestion in any one area.

We will monitor onsite traffic and make decisions on continued access to ensure safety for all concerned.

Will refunds be available for any cancelled events?

We are making decisions on refunds on an event-by-event basis.  In most instances, if the event is cancelled due to COVID-19 the guest will receive a full refund but also with options to rollover the deposit for another date or to give as a donation to furtherance of the Kingdom ministry of MBC.

Can I still give a donation to MBC?

We recognize that many of our MBC families will be experiencing significant financial stress during this time.   As expected, MBC will also be undergoing some significant financial challenges due to the COVID-19 shutdown. 

If you are able to contribute to our needs at this time you are certainly able to do so through our Muskoka Bible Foundation website, our Muskoka Bible Centre APP or by calling the office at 705.789.0123.  We thank you for any consideration you can give during these trying times.  We do trust that God will be our provider but are delighted when He uses people like you to provide!


Upcoming Opportunities

We do want to make you aware of some excellent opportunities to stay connected with us during this spring.  Please consider joining us for any or all of these online events. 

Annual General Meeting, May 16, 2020 starting at 4 PM.  You can register for this using this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Brj_sMOzQnm-qKqyUGxCog

Resilient Family Webinar:  Parenting Teens.   This interactive webinar will present some basic principles to consider as you parent the teens in your family. It will be hosted by John Friesen and include 5 other panelists who form the MBC Ministry Team.  You will need to pre-register for this event using this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/9015892131040/WN_MnMGXSRHQnOKmi_YJSew7A

Women of Grace Virtual Retreat on June 6, 2020 starting at 9:45 am.  Our Virtual Women of Grace Spring Retreat will be available online at no cost to you. We have Linda Reed from Heritage College and Seminary teaching us on ‘Be Still and Know – to Know God in His Strengthening Power’. We will have an interactive teaching session with Sandra Loewen from Precept Ministries “How to Study the Bible for Yourself" and a zoom prayer meeting where you can meet with a group of up to 7 other women to pray.  Register using this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/2515887948353/WN_9vu9XLjaS5WxTCXUNt3eRQ


Latest MBC Updates re: Coronavirus Impact Plan

May 12, 2020 (PDF)

April 15, 2020 (PDF)

April 8, 2020 - Spring Crew Delayed (PDF)

March 24, 2020 (PDF)