Our mission is to live as examples of Christ and to live out the grace we have received through the lens of the Gospel. We believe that in order to transform lives and present the hope that awaits us; we must first be transformed and be hopeful of the glory that await us “Christ in me, the hope of glory” (Col. 1: 27), and to do so by loving one another just as Christ has loved us. We live this out by reaching out to touch and transform many lives and families both spiritually and physically through the grace given to us by God through Christ and through His unconditional love. We believe that through the love of God received, we are able to express that love in our mission as a church and demonstrating the sufficient grace of God upon His people.
We strongly believe the importance of being Christ-like in this broken world and also for the future generation. Therefore, as a community of faith, we live in unity, fellowship in love, and worship in His grace “so that we may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, as we may bear fruit in every good work and as we grow in the knowledge of God.” (Col. 1: 10)
The church does not only focus on reaching out to its community, but it also reaches outside its community. The majority of the congregants are from outside the Community of Montreal West, such as LaSalle, Lachine, West Island, Laval, Montreal, Cote St-Luc, etc.
We serve to provide a welcoming place for spiritual nourishment where everyone, people of all ages from infants to seniors and from all places are welcomed and feels at home and belonged. Many testimonies have been shared about how God is working in the lives of many individuals and families.
Our Christian Educators are responsible for the Children and Youth Ministry, (infants-18years old). In regard to roles and responsibilities of the leaders (the Session), we serve all the age groups including people within the vulnerable sector. We regularly visit elderly members either in their homes or private residences adhering to the ‘Leading with Care’ policy.
As a community, we are also called to model Christ-likeness for the world and to love one another. Therefore, we also reach out to the poor and the needy both in our community and outside the community to demonstrate God’s love in Jesus Christ through our work. We reach out to our community and serve them through our social events; i.e. Christmas Concerts/ Fall and Spring Sales; outreach and volunteer service to Tyndale St-Georges; Visits to refugee housing complexes and ministering to the Nigerian refugees, Card Parties; delivery of Christmas Baskets; Participate in the Community events; i.e. Remembrance Day, etc. We contribute monthly to the NDG food bank. We were also providing space for the Alcoholics Anonymous group in the community who has recently relocated. We are reaching out and serving a large number of people. Last year’s grant is helping us greatly in our outreach programs i.e. financial donations to Tyndale St Georges, reaching out to the Nigerian refugees, etc. However, most especially recognizing the conditions that came with the grant received in 2018.
We have also increased our ministry to existing and potential younger (the youth) members of our congregation by developing ways of making them welcomed and comfortable with and interested in church activities and projects thanks to last year’s grant. Again, through the grants, we were able to increase our Youth Group budget which has enabled us to encourage and support three of our youths to attend Canada Youth 2018.
We provide visitations to those shut in by advancing age or illness. This work is not carried out by the Minister alone but in partnership with congregational members (Elders & others) who might require minimal training for this work and also adhere to the Leading with Care policies.
We have increased our outreach to the community at large by creating a positive forward-looking Christian environment. This requires willingness to change and tolerance for the thinking of others and thinking outside the box.