By the grace of God, we have completed the purchase of the property adjacent to us. Work crews are extremely busy preparing the Education Building for the start of school on Tuesday, September 8th.
With one additional student just enrolled, we now have 14 students for the start of the third year of the Vaughan Baptist Christian Academy. There are still several families prayerfully considering this school year for their children.
Two of our deacons will be preaching Sunday nights. This Sunday evening at 6pm, Brother David Kapauan will be preaching, and next Sunday, August 30th, Brother Ron Guinto will fill the pulpit. Come and you will be blessed!!
Today, we held our second Friend Day and BBQ of the summer. Between these two special days this summer, we have been blessed with 17 visitors out to the services.
Enrollment season continues for the Vaughan Baptist Christian Academy. With seven new students officially enrolled and our six returning students, we now have a student body of thirteen with several more prospects still outstanding. In just two weeks, we transition the VBCA to the Education Building adjacent to our church property. Many work days are planned as we begin renovations. We are grateful and humbled by the Lord’s blessings upon the school.
Our 24th Anniversary service will be held on Sunday, September 20th. At this time, we will also have a dedication service for the Education Building.
To God be the glory!
In light of current events and trends in the world and in the church, the Apostle Peter’s exhortation seems timely: “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.” (1 Peter 4:7)
We closed out the winter season with 25 couples attending our annual marriage enrichment fellowship where I taught on “Finishing The Marriage Marathon.” We rented the historic building where we first started holding church services about 24 years ago. We watched videos, ate well, played games, sang, and enjoyed some sweet fellowship together.
We were blessed with a very busy beginning to spring. In March, 7 of our men attended a men’s retreat with about 300 other men sponsored by Bible Baptist Church in St. Thomas. In April, we celebrated Resurrection Sunday with a great crowd and salvation decisions. The following Sunday I baptized 10: 4 teens and 6 adults.
This month, we had 35 out for our first work night of the year to do some much needed spring cleaning around the property. We have concluded a winter season of weekly soul winning at two local malls and now, with the warmer weather, have started our weekly neighbourhood soul winning. On Tuesdays, we average about 8 to 10 doing door-knocking with another 4-6 going out on visitation calls. Others are given calls to make at days convenient for them.
This weekend, 15 of our ladies attended a retreat at FaithWay Baptist Church.
We seemed to have a slower winter with visitors, but the Lord has blessed and just the last few months, He has added 4 new singles and 7 new families. We have rejoiced with such sweet people!
Evangelist Max Alderman will be holding Revival Services with us starting on Sunday, May 31st at 10am, 11am, and 6pm; on Monday, at 7pm, and concluding on Tuesday, at 7pm. We invite other Christians to join us on Monday and Tuesday. There will be a supervised nursery at every service.
As we move into summer, we are preparing to move into the 3 story building adjacent to us. This education building will be used for Christian school classrooms, a church bookstore, ministry classrooms, offices, and a chapel.
Our regular services are as follows: Sunday school – 10am; Morning service – 11am; Evening service – 6pm; Mid-week Bible study and prayer meeting on Wednesday at 7pm.
We surely experience ups and downs, good months and bad ones. Praise the Lord, He never changes!!
VBCA enrollment is open for the 2015-2016 school year. Now accepting applications for grades 1-8! Please call or visit the academy website for more information at www.vaughanbaptistacademy.org
On Sunday, April 5th, we will celebrate Easter Sunday services with Sunday school for all ages at 10:00am and the morning worship service will be conducted at 11:00am. There is no evening service this Sunday. Come and celebrate Christ’s resurrection with us!
Because of our annual church business meeting following the morning service on Sunday, January 25th, there will be no evening service on that Sunday.
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On November 4, 2014, my mother was transported safe and secure into the arms of Jesus in her 90th year. Mary was saved when a child and leaves behind my sister and me. She was a widow for about 35 years. But we are not alone. My mother leaves behind a strong Christian testimony and example of servant hood. “Granny,” as she was lovingly known by all, came with my family to Canada 24 years ago and faithfully served her Lord and Saviour at our church fulfilling a variety of much-needed roles. She was also a faithful grandmother to our children here and a beloved sister in the Lord to our congregation. Much more was shared at her memorial service and she will be the subject of my Anchor article coming out next month. No words could express my love for her and to the Lord for giving me such a virtuous woman to be my mother!
On Sunday, December 7th, we will conduct our annual Christmas Cantata at 11am. Our 33 member choir will be accompanied by the children who will participate in the Christmas play. Sunday school is at 10am for all ages, from the cradle to the adults. As with every service, there will be a supervised nursery. There is no evening service that day.
On Sunday, December 21st, there is no evening service.
We will conduct our annual Christmas Eve service on Wednesday evening December 24th at 7pm. The service will conclude at 8pm.
On Sunday, December 28th, there is no evening service.
We will conduct our annual New Year’s Eve service on Wednesday evening December 31st at 7pm.
On Sunday, January 4th, all of our regularly scheduled services will resume.
As the world slides further into sin, may we, by the grace of God, stand our ground and remain faithful to our Lord. May our love increase, not grow cold. May our faith be stretched to new heights, not become stale and stagnant. May our hope blossom with high expectations, not be extinguished. May we be God and other-oriented not self focused.
Let’s set our vision on Him Who sets on high. Let’s worship and walk with holiness as our standard. May we have an ever growing hunger for the Holy Scriptures. Should the Lord tarry or extend our days, may 2015 be lived out in a soberly, righteously, and godly fashion to the good pleasure of His will. May we join the heavenly host in saying, “Glory to God in the highest.” (Luke 2:14) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
We had a sizzling summer with special missionary and revival services. Our hearts were stirred to deepen our relationship with the Lord in our own personal walk and worship of Him.
On three separate Sundays this summer, we held Friend Day and BBQ’s which were all well attended.
The Vaughan Baptist Christian Academy has started its second year with a growing student enrolment. I have the privilege of preaching some chapel services which gives me a wonderful opportunity to get to know each student and to challenge them from the Scriptures on their spiritual journey. I also enjoy leading some gym times with them which usually reveals that I no longer possess that endless, child-like energy anymore!
On Sunday, September 21st, we will celebrate our 23rd anniversary. With this year’s theme of “So Much The More,” we can only praise the Lord for His faithfulness to us another year in giving to us much more than we deserve. As sinners, we deserve nothing! This 11am service is always the highlight of the year and usually well attended. The congregational singing is always enthusiastic and there will be special instrumentals and singing. A large book table will be displayed and there will be plenty of food following the service. With hours of fellowship afterwards, there is no evening service that day.
The fall season is packed with men’s and women’s Bible studies and fellowships. Family game nights keep us all laughing and enjoying the fellowship time together. At each service, there is a well staffed nursery and classes for the children. Every Sunday, there is Sunday school for all ages, including adults, at 10am; the morning worship service is at 11am; and the evening worship service is at 6pm. Our mid-week service is on Wednesday evenings at 7pm. This is my favourite and I believe the most needed service for any church. We hear from our missionaries, sing, have a testimony, I discuss a current event, then we take prayer requests and break into prayer groups for about 12 minutes. Then the children are dismissed to their classes and I teach a lesson till 8:15pm and we are dismissed. Many stay afterwards for a few minutes of fellowship but those who must leave, can do so. This is intended to be a compact, spirit-challenging, faith-filled pick-me-up service in the middle of the week. It carries the Christian over until they are with the believers again on Sunday and helps to keep them singularly focused and spiritually balanced in a busy, sin-laden world.
Finally, this year’s Thanksgiving service is on Sunday, October 12th. There is no evening service this day.
God bless you. Remember Christian, you are always in His gracious grip!