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Other Program Opportunities

Watch here for descriptions of opportunities for Spiritual Direction, using the Labyrinth, and more

General Information

Skylight Festival of Arts, Faith and Justice is excited to
host a Science Mike Live Podcast on July 27, 7pm .
We are offering a special rate for anyone who would
like to be a part of  a live taping of ‘Ask Science Mike’
of $35 to come just for Science Mike at Skylight Festival.
Tickets are only available on site and please come for
the opening of the Festival at 6:30pm.  Arrive anytime
from 6pm.   We will have a Facebook event for this on
our page.  Please promote this to your e-mail lists,
friends and networks.

On behalf of Skylight’s Vision Team, it is our great pleasure to welcome you to Skylight 2018!

You are the Ones for Skylight… You are here at the cutting edge where faith, justice and the arts intersect. This is a celebratory, transformative space rooted in a spirit of hope and joy. The world needs transformation.  The world needs you. This weekend, let’s explore transformation, find the Courage to… express what we need to, and be together in conversation, in art, in drama, and in music.

As part of our commitment to diversity and honouring those gender diverse in our community, all washrooms in the Main Building are gender neutral.  We will also have a shuttle that will be running throughout the weekend from the Main Building to the venues in the lower field.

Throughout the weekend there will be worship opportunities in various sites.  Sarah Grady has been working to provide a variety of worship experiences throughout the weekend, including the main worship on Sunday which is open to the community.  There will be other opportunities in the Outdoor Chapel where we are excited to offer a few expressions of Forest Church and a Neighbourhood liturgy.  You may not want to miss the Tragically Hip worship on the Main Stage Saturday, and the other worship expressions in the Edge Tent.

Social Media @ Skylight

  • Tweet us @Skylightfest
  • Keep connected with our hashtag: #skylight2018
  • Post your Skylight moments on our Skylight Festival Facebook page
  • Post and tag pics on Instagram @skylightfest
  • Keep up to date with our schedule on www.skylight2018.SCHED.com or download the SCHED app.

Check out our MAP of the area

Children And Youth Programs

Youth Program (12-17 yrs):  

Have nothing to do on July 28th? Have plans? Cancel them and join us for a spectacular fun filled day? Join us for youth programming at the Skylight Festival where we’ll be interacting with other people of faith, exploring justice and Jesus, and making connections that will last a lifetime.”

– Friday evening (gathering at 4pm and onward – gathering games in the lower field)
– all day Saturday and Sunday morning
Meals are on your own.

Children’s Program (Ages 5-11)

 Children will spend their Saturday of the Festival playing some groovy games, amazing activities and make some cool crafts to take home and show off to all of their friends! Don’t miss out on this wonderfully unique experience!

Children’s Program Schedule
– 1 full day – 9am-5pm, Saturday (gather at the House on the Hill at 19m)
– lunch and 2 snacks
– 7pm-9pm – we can put on a movie, if you’d like


Friday Arrival and Opening

As you arrive Friday, there will be community games with the youth at 4pm.  Or you could go to the Edge Tent for some make-and-take fun, also at 4pm. Or, go for a dip in the Five Oaks pool, which will be open from 4-6pm Friday.

At 6:30 we begin at the Main Stage with a traditional Mohawk opening, offered by Faithkeep Michael Montour, of Six Nations.  In Mohawk tradition, a Faithkeeper is the first person and last person to speak at any gathering so Michael will open and close the Festival.  We are also excited to have Din of F-105 to offer his song “Courage Too” which he has allowed us to use as our theme song as well. It will be a great opening to our time together!


We are pleased to have Grand River Books working with us who have brought in many books of present and past contributors as well as other Emerging Church authors.  They will also be selling CD’s and other merchandise for our Contributors.  You can find them in the main building.

In the Upper Room of the Main Building you will find an information area and displays of partners and sponsors with Skylight.  Take some time to check them out!

Don’t miss Faithmarks display at the Pub Space in the lower field.  Contributor Anna Golladay is curator of this unique display of tattoos that have a spiritual meaning for the individual.  Anna welcomes and invites you to share your tattoos that have a faith or spiritual connection for you.  She may even ask you take a picture of it!  Enjoy this display as you grab a beer at the pub!

The Edge Tent

The United Church of Canada’s Edge Network for Ministry Development has their own tent venue offering a variety of programming and much more! In the Edge Tent, you can find the Edge Living Room! – a comfy hang-out space for people to relax in between sessions or take a break as they need it. In the field outside the Edge tent, there will be lots of games games going on throughout the weekend. At any point during the festival, you can come to the Edge Tent to use our button maker, a creative make-and-take table, as well as spiritual practice stations around the outside of the space. You can also take a quiet walk around the tent and look at our Embracing the Spirit art display — images and prayers of new and emerging ministries.

Pub Space

Our Pub is located in the lower field at the Summer Centre.  Come enjoy coffee and snacks for purchase during the morning. Beer will be sold in the afternoon and evening.  During the day Saturday this will be an acoustic(unplugged) venue for some of the artists as well as an Open Mic space, see the schedule.  If you have a talent to share you can sign up for a time on Saturday in the Upper Room of the Main Building and could open for one of our performers!  Thanks to Meghan Gilholm and Diem LaFortune for coordinating the Open Mic space.

Hours for the Pub for Alcohol:

  • Friday 8pm-12,
  • Saturday 2pm-12pm;
  • Sunday 12pm(after worship)-3

The Summer Centre will be open from 8am-2pm Sat for coffee, tea, cold drinks and snacks

Parish Collective

We are excited to have a presence of  The Parish Collective at Skylight this year.  The Parish Collective identifies, connects, and resources followers of Jesus that desire to grow the fabric of love and care in their neighborhood. They are at the center of the growing Parish Movement that is refounding the local church in the everyday life of the neighborhood and learning to join in with the redemptive work God is already doing there. The New Parish was written by Tim Soerens, Paul Clark, and Dwight Friesen who discovered the importance of being rooted in place as a faith community.  We are thrilled that author Dwight Friesen is joining us along with Canadian Dave Harder, who is key planner of the Re-Imagine conference in Hamilton in October and social entrepreneur, Anna Golladay who is also staff with the Parish Collective.  Check out their sessions Saturday as well as a panel on Sunday!

Spiritual Direction at Skylight

You will have an opportunity to experience spiritual direction… a practice of accompanying spiritual pilgrims on their journey.

At registration you can sign up for a 30 minute session to learn more about this spiritual practice and to experience a brief session.

On Saturday, two spiritual directors will be available:
Miriam is a spiritual director, teacher and retreat facilitator, living at Five Oaks.
Cheryl is a Spiritual Director/ Companion, Artist, and Creative Mentor, living on a farm outside New Hamburg.

A donation to Skylight is appreciated for the session.

Labyrinth & Pool

The Five Oaks Labyrinth is available for your use in the lower field.  It will be available at all times throughout the festival as a space for you to take some reflective time, walk, ponder and just be.

The pool on the upper field will also be open and life-guarded at four different times throughout the weekend:
-Friday 4-6pm
-Saturday 12-2pm & 5-7pm
-Sunday 12-2pm