In January 2013, we began holding two morning worship services at Grace Fellowship Church. We were out of room and had to do something.
We have never been big fans of the double service model. We think there is an inherent “separating” that takes place when it is adopted and we were not interested in that. Less we sound like some mega-church (such a strange name!), we are still not numerically large. Our problem was the space limitation that restricted our worship services to about 160 people in our meeting room.
In order to push back against the pressure to become “two,” we maintained our Sunday evening and Wednesday night services, kept both services identical in presentation and urged our folks to capitalize on the overlap period between services. This all helped, but one cannot replace actually being together.
With this in mind, the elders proposed to our membership that we close down our morning worship services for a while… and replace them with one morning service at a local high school auditorium. The members were all for it!
So, beginning this coming Sunday, May 4, 2014, we will be holding one morning service at the Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School (2 St Andrews Blvd, Toronto) at 9:30AM.
It has been a number of years since I have felt this excited about something. That may say more about me than anything else, but I do feel this is a unique and pivotal time in our church’s history. We have decided not only to move to the school so we can be together, but we have also dedicated this season to a concerted evangelistic effort. We want to tell more people about Jesus Christ and what He has done for them. Therefore, we will be preaching a series we are simply calling: Good News. And we hope both there and in our daily conversations to present the Gospel from both testaments.
I have pastored long enough to know that God typically honours effort. We have tried lots of things in the past, and God always brings blessing. Pray for us as we attempt to make further inroads into the most culturally-diverse city in the world and bring the Gospel to the nations. I can hardly wait to see what God is going to do!