Get in on the ground floor. Whether you have never been to church, or whether you haven’t been for a while, a new church may just be what you are looking for. Fellowship Streetsville is a brand new community church in the heart of Streetsville with preview services beginning on Easter Sunday, 2013. That means you could be involved in this new and exciting church in your community. What can a new church bring to you and your family?
- A ‘new church’ has no old traditions, no rules you ‘should have known about’ beforehand
- At the beginning, everyone is new, so it is easy to connect without feeling like an outsider
- A great place to meet new friends and neighbours, have fun, and learn something relevant to your life
- A great place to start ‘fresh’ learning about Jesus and the Bible
John Worcester. John did not grow up going to church; he became a follower of Christ at university. His specialty is teaching the Bible in such a way that those with little or no background with Christianity can grasp its profound yet practical truths. He has started businesses, churches, and ministries in California, Moscow, Russia and is here in Canada to start neighbourhood churches while training others to do the same. John has previously planted 3 churches for, and was on the staff of, Saddleback Church. Saddleback is pastored by Rick Warren, the author of the best selling book "The Purpose Driven Life."
His greatest joy has been partnering with his wife Diane in raising two sets of twin sons who are all leading university students to find and fulfill their purposes in life. He enjoys trout fishing, board games, most sports, and figuring out how life works from a Biblical perspective. John has been formally educated, with a Bachelor of Science, Masters, and Doctorate degrees, yet the greatest lessons learned have come from life itself.
Diane Worcester met John at university and has teamed up in the adventure to help develop communities of faith ever since. She likes connecting people with others to grow a supporting network of friends, who also work together to impact the world. She has a heart for those who are new to a community, having moved a lot herself while raising (with a lot of help) two sets of twin sons, two years apart. Diane enjoys reading, museums, and water related activities such as swimming, boating, fishing and floating along.
Daniel Funderburk has been involved in university ministry for the past 7 years, including a year in China. He enjoys teaching and discussing both the Bible and the person of Jesus with people from all different backgrounds. Some of his hobbies include sports, trying interesting foods, meeting new people, and spending time outdoors.
In our Sunday services we focus on the very words of Jesus. Our goal is to inspire people to trust God and apply what He says to their life. We use everyday language that is easy to understand even if you have not studied the Bible. We will make straight-forward suggestions about how to apply Biblical principles while giving special attention to our family relationships and career objectives.
Our services feature 2 or 3 brief songs, real life stories of how following Jesus has improved someone’s life, videos related to the message of day, and some light refreshments afterwards. The service will last 60 minutes or less, and you can choose whether or not you want enjoy some refreshments afterwards.
During the week we have meetings called Bible Fellowships. These groups read the Bible together, enjoy a brief 10 minute teaching on that portion and open the floor to questions, comments, and discussion of practical applications for daily life. We have two groups on Thursday PM at the same house, one for men and one for women. Everyone is welcome to join.
Vision and Values
Our vision is to inspire people to trust God. Trust is the path a person travels to fulfill their unique purpose in the world. Trust is based on our understanding of God’s will and its fruits are enjoyed when we actually obey God in the real world.
Some who come to our church will have an initial experience of trusting God. They will receive forgiveness and begin their walk with the Living God. Others will be making a fresh start with God, after being away from Him and His church for years. Still others will be encouraged to take that next step of obedience with God that will propel them to their next level of productivity in life. No matter what your past experience, we welcome you to explore the truth with others who are at similar starting point.
We value family. The family was the first human institution that God established and is the major tool for shaping our lives. Our families are the source of our greatest joys, but they can also be the greatest source of pain and heartache. Rather than dwelling on past mistakes and hurts we will encourage pro-active investments that will improve your relationships with those closest to you.
We value children. Children are our most precious earthly responsibilities. Most people have the best of intentions, but unfortunately get too busy. This seems especially true for dads. Boys and girls are hard wired differently. They learn, relate and have fun differently. Our goal is to offer children’s activities that both boys and girls will look forward to coming to each week.
We value work. It may sound old fashioned, but God is really into work. Good thing because most of it takes up the bulk of our time and energy. God wants us to see meaning in our work and to find fulfillment in excelling in what he calls us to do. Through our jobs we can glorify God, provide for our families and benefit the world around us. If you just live for the weekend, and long for retirement, the Bible has some real good news for you. You can learn to enjoy your work even when it is stressful and demanding.
In addition to the work you do to earn your bread, God has given you spiritual gifts that are intended to be used to help build up a local church. Many find this volunteer work the most rewarding thing they do. Being a vital part of an encouraging, supportive team united for a compelling common cause is one of the greatest joys in life.
We value benefiting others. Life is not just about us and our families – it’s more, much more. It involves working together in community, helping others who are in need around us. In fact, helping others is one of the keys to our own happiness. The glaring needs in the GTA are spiritual, emotional and relational. Fellowship Streetsville, even though we are brand new, is uniquely gifted to equip its members to meet these types of needs. We also want to compassionately do our part in meeting physical needs in places of grinding poverty, such as some villages in Nepal.
We have been asked by the largest protestant denomination in North America to do our best to develop an approach to church life that best reflects what Jesus had in mind for his church. What we have come up with does not have all the traditions, or rituals you might associate with church, but we believe it will make sense to you.