Our name – Maranatha Christian Reformed Church - reflects our identity
Maranatha means “Come, Lord Jesus!” We are a community of people who believe that Jesus has already come to give us friendship with God through his ministry, teaching, death, and resurrection. And we trust that Jesus will come again to make that friendship complete.
Christian means we believe that the man Jesus who lived in Judea about 2,000 years ago is the Christ, that is, the divine Son of God who was born as a human being to fulfil God’s plan to save us and our world from the sin that has brought such ruin to all creation and society.
Reformed means, historically, that our beginnings are rooted in the 16th century European Protestant Reformation. Church leaders such as Martin Luther, John Calvin and John Knox began this movement which taught that the Bible alone was God’s authoritative Word to us, and that we are saved only by God’s unconditional grace. Practically, being Reformed means God’s Spirit is always at work in us to transform us more into the image and character of Jesus, and that we are called to be agents of redeeming change in our world.
Church means we are a community of people called by God - a family – who share a common Christian faith. We seek to celebrate God’s love expressed in Jesus, follow God’s way in our lives, and bring the Good News of God’s saving love to our neighbours locally and globally.
The Worship Service
When you enter the sanctuary, our ushers will hand you a bulletin and assist you in locating a seat. The bulletin has all the information that you need to participate in the service. As a guest, we encourage you to visit our information center, where you can learn more about our church. We hope you experience a warm welcome from our congregation.
Our Sunday service is a time for us to gather together as believers and to worship the triune God who is worthy and deserving of our praise. We celebrate his goodness to us and proclaim his truth. We begin with a welcome, and take a few moments to greet each other. We then offer our praise to God through song and spoken word, with music led by the organ, piano or the praise band. The Pastor then shares a biblical message, helping us to apply God's truth to our lives.
The entire worship service lasts about one hour, and afterwards you are invited for a time of coffee and conversation with other worshipers.
What should I wear?
Wear whatever is comfortable for you. You will find our congregation wearing anything from suits and dresses to informal clothes, including jeans and shorts.
Infant and toddler nurseries are provided during the worship service.
For children age 3 - Grade 5, Sunday School is available after a time of praise and worship as part of the congregation. We gather together downstairs for a time of Bible teaching. First, we listen to a Bible story, sing some songs, and work on review. After this large group time, the children separate into smaller groups according to their age to dig more deeply into the Bible story at their own level. Parents can pick up their children downstairs after the service.
What about the rest of the week?
Sunday worship is just the start. We also offer many different activities during the week for families, singles, children, and adults.
Also check out our Beyond Sunday Blog, where we explore how to bring worship into the rest of the week.