What We Believe
We believe the Bible to be the complete and infallible Word of God, revealing all that we need to know in order to serve our God and love our neighbour.
The roots of our modern Canadian Reformed Churches are found in the Great Reformation of 1517, when we set ourselves apart from the Roman Catholic Church. We use the New International Version (NIV) in our worship services as one of the best current translations of God’s Word into English.
We use a number of additional resources that are useful in summarizing the Bible’s main teachings. The Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed originate from the time of the early church, and are relatively well known. During the Reformation of the 16th century three others were added to promote a clearer understanding of the true faith, and these are the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort. Learn more about our Confessions.
We profess all that is written in the Holy Bible as being infallible, and are committed to being truthful to God’s Holy Word. We identify three elements that constitute the marks of a true church:
The Marks of a True Church
Approximately half of each of our worship services is devoted to the preaching of God’s Word. The sermon is the most important part of our pastor’s work. The morning service typically illustrates the meaning of a portion of the Bible from either or both the Old and the New Testament, while the afternoon service typically uses the Heidelberg Catechism as a starting point to emphasize church doctrine. If you are looking for a clear and easy to understand message based directly on the Word of God, please join us this Sunday!
We celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper within our worship service. We believe they were instituted by God for the strengthening of our faith and to reveal to us God’s promises. Our church believes the Covenant is extended to both adults and infants, and as such, we baptise our children as a sign of God’s offer of salvation to them. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper (Communion) 4 times per year. Self-examination is a key preparation for this event, and only confessing members of the local congregation, or member of a sister church with a letter attesting to their good standing may actively participate.
We see church discipline as an integral part of the Christian love and duty we have towards one another. When properly administered among the members of the church, its intended purpose is to encourage the sinner to recognize their error, to repent, and to be reconciled with God.l