Christ Community Church
Vision: To see Christ’s power made perfect in weakness in Welland. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Mission: To grow by God’s Grace Beyond Brokenness. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
Christ Community Church is a part of the Reformed Church in America.
In the mid 70’s there was a vision to plant a church in the north end of Welland. The vision was to plant a church that would reach the unchurched in the community. The first worship service was held at Centennial Secondary School on May 14 1978 and led by Rev Louis R. Harvey.
Christ Community Church was officially organized on May 9 1984 and held their first worship service on December 16, 1984 in what is now their present building on 224 Division Street in downtown Welland.
Christ Community Church has sought to live out their vision by reaching the community through a variety of programs over the years. The completion of an addition in 1990 allowed more room for opportunities to do so.
Today, Pastor Carson Culp is the Minister of Word and Sacrament and has been at Christ Community Church since 2006.
We value the need for authenticity and we seek to be open and trustworthy in all things.
We value and accept people as they are and help them grow with us to maturity in Christ.
We value reliance upon the Word of God and the work of the Holy Spirit to change people from the inside-out.
We value two way fellowship and communication with God in order to know how to adjust our lives to Him.
We value the worship of God through service.
We believe…The Bible is the inspired Word of God. It is the ultimate and final authority in the life of the Church. It contains all we need for salvation.
In a Triune God- God in three person: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit
Jesus Christ is the Son of God and He is our Lord and Saviour.
Without God we are lost- we have no lasting meaning to life, no hope, and we are unable to meet His standards.
Jesus Christ became a man, died on the cross on our behalf, was buried, raised from the dead, and ascended to Heaven where He reigns and intercedes for us.
Jesus Christ will return to gather those who believe and punish those who do not.
Whoever believes in Jesus shall not perish but have eternal life. He is the only way to salvation.
The Holy Spirit dwells in all believers, to whom are given spiritual gifts for ministry.
Jesus is the Head of the church and we are to worship God and proclaim Him.
As a response to God’s love, we are to live according to God’s Word. To obey His laws. To love Him and one another, not out of fear, but out of gratitude.
The Lord’s Supper and Baptism are Sacraments instituted by Jesus Christ. They are visible signs of God’s invisible grace.
All who are members of a church and have accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour are invited to the Lord’s table. (We celebrate communion monthly.)
Children of believers are part of God’s promises through their parent’s faith until they either accept or reject Christ for themselves. As a sign of God’s promise, we baptize infants.
God is Sovereign. He is a God who heals us and sustains us. He is our ever-present help. His healing and love are not based on our actions, but on His. We do not always understand His ways, but we continue to trust Him.
A PLACE TO WORSHIP
Where we can withdraw from the busy activities of the week to worship God in silent meditation and joyful praise. Christ Community Church is such a place.
We sing songs and choruses of praise, share our joys and needs before God in prayer, hear the Word of God and proclaim it in the sermon. We worship with a sense of God’s majesty, love, forgiveness, and living presence.
A PLACE TO BELONG
We belong to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ and to His Church. We encourage one another, meet the needs of one another, and enjoy our shared faith as we fellowship and worship together. We study God’s Word in Bible studies and Sunday School. We share the love of God with one another.
We consistently discover Christ’s power made perfect in weakness as we depend upon His grace. We are able to provide a Home for Autism Ontario Niagara Chapter because of Mission Partners who care for others.
A PLACE TO GROW AND REACH OUT
We have a vision to grow in faith and in number. We nurture our faith so that we can share it with others in a context where poverty, addictions and mental health challenges are prevalent. We invite others to serve with us, knowing that doing so is helpful for each one’s mental health and well-being. We provide a welcoming place for all people and are able to show care to our community in this context because of generous Mission Partners. We seek ways of sharing God’s love in the community by word and by our actions.
Christ Community Church Purpose Statement
To bring people to Jesus and into the membership of God’s family, developing them to Christ-like maturity, and equipping them to use their God-given gifts to serve the church and community in order to bring glory to God.