"He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler" (Psalm 91:4).
Who are we?
We are a congregation of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord, before He ascended into heaven, gave this charge to His disciples: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." And with this awesome command, the command that has brought us together as a congregation of Christ, He gave this beautiful promise: "And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:19,20).
What does that mean?
Simply put, we are a group of people united in worship of the Triune God of the universe, called to serve Him, to support one another, and to act as a beacon of light in our community. We are a covenant community, united in the Holy Spirit to have fellowship with one another because of the fellowship that we have with God, by His amazing grace! We are more than isolated individuals; in His grace, God calls us the "body of Christ" (1 Corinthians 12:27), with each of us having different gifts, all meant for the building up of that body.
What is a "Reformed" Church?
When we say that we are a "Reformed" Church, we mean that we find our roots in the Protestant Reformation of the 16th Century. The reformers called the Church back to its firm foundation, back to the truth of Scripture. The basis of our faith is the Word of God, the 66 books of the Bible, inspired by God, "profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16,17). As a Reformed Church, our teachings are summarized in the Three Forms of Unity, the historic confessions of the Reformed churches throughout the world - the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort.
What is a "Canadian Reformed Church"?
We are a part of a federation of churches known as the Canadian (and American) Reformed Churches. Our churches believe that the Holy Scripture or the Holy Bible is the Word of God. This Word represents the final rule of faith and life in our churches. We receive it for regulation, foundation and confirmation of our faith. It serves as the basis for all authority in our churches.
You can find further information on the history of the Canadian Reformed churches here.
So, what do we do exactly?
The focal point of congregational life is worship. Worship includes the preaching and reading of the Word of God, the administration of the sacraments (baptism and the Lord's Supper), singing praises to the Lord, and coming to Him in prayer. We gather for worship on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM, and Sunday afternoons at 3:00 PM. We're located on the corner of 15th Avenue and Ospika Blvd. We also meet at other times during the week for discussion and study of various topics related to God's Word and the Christian life, and simply to enjoy one another's company. We have offered Sunday evening courses on the glorious history of God's people recounted throughout the Old Testament, on the attributes of God, on the early history of the Church, and other topics. In the near future, we will begin a course on fatherhood - what it is, and why it matters. We are excited about some of the upcoming programs that we are offering, and welcome you to join us. For more information on what's on our agenda, please check out the "What's Coming Up" page!
As a "covenant" community, we also take the instruction of our children and young people very seriously. On a weekly basis, our children and young people are instructed in the faith, and are encouraged and led to take hold of the great promises that God has made to them!
Our calling to be "church" is something much more than a Sunday morning thing. As God's people, we have been called to be committed to one another, to support one another, to encourage one another, and to love one another, as Christ has first loved us. This means that we also get together regularly on a more informal basis, and it also means that we do our best to welcome newcomers, to make them feel at home, and to invite them into living fellowship with our congregation.