What to expect
I will make Your name to be remembered in all generations; therefore the people shall praise You forever and ever. (Psalm 45:17)
Who are we?
We are a young congregation that began meeting with three families in 1997 and are now comprised of about twenty households. Our goal as a congregation, is to find our joy in God by living beautiful, joyful lives for His honour and glory. We believe that this is our highest purpose. We can not live this way on our own though. Christ's redemption and the Spirit's working in us is the only way that we can live for God's honour and glory. The Christian's joy comes both from living a redeemed life, and witnessing the atoning work of Jesus Christ our savior, and the work of the Holy Spirit. We love to see more people hear about the work that God has done.
What does Presbyterian and Reformed mean?
Our church is Presbyterian in government, meaning we have elders who shepherd and care for the congregation. We are Reformed in doctrine, meaning we hold to a Augustinian and Calvinistic view of scripture and salvation. We confess the historic Christian faith as expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith, and hold the three ecumenical creeds (the Apostles’, Athanasian, and Nicean) as the boundaries of Christian fellowship. While enthusiastically holding and loving our standards, we do not think that we have attained the perfection of godliness or doctrine, and hold the reformation motto of always reforming. We are not quick to adopt new ideas, the newer the slower we are, but judge everything against our current understanding, church history, and its scriptural foundation.
What do we believe?
We believe that there is one Triune Creator-God. We believe that Man rebelled against God, and is guilty before Him. We believe that God took the penalty for our rebellion upon Himself in His second person and that all who believe in Him are freed from all guilt and will be raised at the last day to everlasting perfection to dwell physically, enjoying all the good gifts of creation as they were designed to be used.
How should I dress?
Our clothing style ranges from semi-formal to informal. There are coats and ties as well as tee-shirts and shorts. What matters most is that our hearts are ready to come before our mighty God.
Come and Praise our God
for He has done marvelous things
We invite you to join us for worship in Halifax at 10:30 am and 5:00 pm and in Glenholme on Sundays at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.
Our worship service is simple and unadorned. We seek to worship God according to the scripture, not by man's inventions and good intentions. A central part of this worship is the presentation of the word of God, in both the clear preaching of the Bible, the inerrant word of God, and the celebration of the sacraments.
Reading and preaching the word is a central part of our worship. In the mornings our pastor works his way through the Bible a book at a time, and in the afternoon he preaches topically. Our songs come from God's own hymn book: the book of psalms in the Bible. We believe that God has provided us with these songs to sing and that using anything else is disrespectful to him. For a more detailed explanation of why we only sing the Psalms, please see our page Why sing the Psalms. We pray to God the Father as loved children knowing that he, as our good father, delights to hear us come to him. He, in his infinite mercy, stoops down to hear our tiny voices with loving concern and acts on our behalf.
We celebrate the Lord's Supper near the end of every morning service. We believe the supper is best understood as a Eucharistic feast: a feast of thanksgiving and joy. In it, we thank God for what he has done for us in sending Christ to redeem us. Even more importantly, in the supper we feed on Christ himself. Though the bread and wine remain bread and wine, we believe that as we eat and drink in faith we are filled with Christ.
God has called us together to worship as a corporate entity and this includes our little ones. We welcome them into worship from birth. This will sometimes lead to various noises and rustlings in worship. The very young are taken to a teaching room in the back from which they can both see and hear the service and where they are taught how to behave in worship. A staffed nursery is also provided in the church basement for any who need it. For the time being, our nursery is not staffed, but you may use the room in our basement if you need it.
After the Service
After the morning service we gather for a fellowship meal. It is a simple potluck, unless there is a special celebration. Each family brings enough food for themselves and a few more and all food is shared openly. This meal allows us to be much more involved in one another's lives than we otherwise could be.
Due to government restrictions, we are currently suspending lunch in Halifax and have moved the afternoon service to 4:00pm to allow for people to eat lunch in their homes.