1. What should I expect when I come to FHCRC on a Sunday morning?
Before and after the service you’ll probably see a bunch of friendly people hanging out and chatting together. After our worship time, many people stay around for coffee and conversation. With more than 120 children in our congregation, its not uncommon to see kids running around having a good time (and their parents giving chase).
The service varies from week-to-week. We gather for prayer, singing (a blend of both contemporary and traditional music with guitars, piano, organ, drums, and more), and a Bible-based message. Midway through our gathering, the younger children head off to Sunday School and Children and Worship.
2. What programs/activities are available at FHCRC?
Actually, there are many, and it would take a while to describe them all, but one thing we will say is that there’s something for everyone. Here are some examples to pique your interest:
- Children: Nursery, Children & Worship, Sunday School,
- Youth: Catechism (grades 6-8) and Youth Group (grades 9-12)
- Adults: College and Careers, Coffee Break, Men’s Breakfast, and Small Groups.
- Family: Games nights, and various seasonal activities, including impromptu hikes along the Bruce Trail or the Royal Botanical Garden trails
3. Do I have to be a member to attend FHCRC?
Not at all! Everyone who desires to see what we are about is welcome at FHCRC. While we hope that you will be among the many who have decided to become members, we have many people who participate in the life of our congregation who are not members.
4. Who is Jesus?
Jesus was born in Bethlehem some two thousand years ago. He was at once truly human and truly righteous; yet more powerful than all creatures, that is, one who is also true God. He travelled through Palestine with his disciples (followers) performing miracles and teaching about God’s love. Jesus himself was a perfect living example of that love and showed it in his preference for the social outcast and his healing of the sick.
5. Why do we believe that Jesus is so important?
Jesus did more than teach and live God’s love, He was God in the flesh. God deeply desires an intimate relationship with us, but we turned away from God and stopped obeying him. God, therefore, came down from heaven to provide for our way back to Him. Jesus did this through His perfect obedience to God the Father, dying as a sacrifice in our place and then triumphing over death through His resurrection. Even now, He continually pleads our cause with the Father.
When God raised Jesus up, He opened the gateway for all of us to live in relationship with Him again. Jesus is our eternal king who governs us by his Word and Spirit, and who guards us and keeps us in the freedom He has won for us.
6. What does it mean to be a Christian?
Christ is a title often added to Jesus’ name, pointing to him as the long-awaited king and deliverer. As followers of Jesus Christ, we call ourselves Christians because we accept him as God’s provision for our deliverance from sin. In our relationship with him, Jesus leads us from sin to forgiveness and on to a renewed life through the Holy Spirit. If you would like to talk with some one more about Jesus Christ, and what it can look like to follow him, feel free to reach out to us. We would be delighted to walk with you.
7. What’s FHRC all about? What are the church’s core values?
We are a bunch of diverse Christians transformed by the Gospel, our city and world renewed in Christ gathered together to engage in:
- Steadfast prayer
- Servant hospitality
- Transformative Worship
- Active Discipleship
- Generous Stewardship
8. What does it mean to be “Christian Reformed”?
Put simply, it means that we share the same gospel language with all Christian churches worldwide, but we speak it with a Reformed accent.
- our helpless need (sin),
- God’s salvation (grace),
- Christians putting their faith into action in every area of life.
You can read more about our Christian Reformed accent in some interesting documents like the Heidelberg Catechism. The Christian Reformed welcome page at www.crcna.org provides a great overview of this accent.
Or, feel free to connect with us. We would gladly share a cup of coffee with you and explore together what the Reformed accent sounds like in our context. Give us a call or drop by.
9. Where/how can I get more information?
- Check out this website.
- Feel free to contact the church office or with Pastor Chris
- Come and see! 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning service, everyone is welcome!