We are encouraged by the mammoth effort being made by our Deacons, Ministry Coordinators and ministry teams to accomplish the tasks that were set out last June. The ministries of the Church provide opportunities for the members of our congregation to utilize their gifts to serve the work of God.
The Administration Ministry laid the groundwork through the church Intranet for the efficient coordination of all the ministries. Our revamped website will play a major role in helping us as a congregation to reach the public and serve our members through access to our sermons, sermonettes, literature and a host of other services.
The Prayer and Mercy team works untiringly to reach out to visitors and brethren by increasing their faith through visitation and prayer. Already, the Education Ministry has held training seminars on “effective prayer” and “skills for worship leaders” which were well received. Praise and Worship is back on track as the music ministry steps in a new gear along with church hymns and special music to brighten our worship.
Our Evangelism Ministry has put together an exciting and innovative plan titled “Four Days that will Change Your Life” a series of sermons and Bible studies over four Sabbaths from March 24 to April 16. Our Men’s Ministry is to be congratulated on its successful BBQ and fellowship followed by a high quality Leadership Training session in January.
We look forward to the work of the Marriage and Family Ministry, which is planning enrichment sessions for husbands, wives and families. And the heart-beat of our congregation – the youth – are in for great times with special Bible Studies and continued opportunities to participate fully in worship on Youth Day.
We owe a deep debt of gratitude to our women who demonstrate, by their love and service, a deep commitment to the caring of the brethren and to the ambiance of our worship. The Women’s Ministry will be up and running in early Spring.
We thank God for the privilege of having two talented and gifted ministerial candidates in training through the MAP Programme, which augurs well for the future of the Church here in Toronto. It is thrilling to know we are accomplishing so much as we model the words of the Apostle Paul in Rom 12:4-8:
“… we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness”.