Meadowlands Fellowship Church

Our Core Values

We are excited about the Bible's picture of church as a community, the body of Christ, alive, connected, and moving with purpose. We give expression to this picture through what we believe are three core callings–the three M’s:

 

 

How is Meeting God expressed at MFC?

What do you mean by Meeting God?

"Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." Hebrews 4:16

I am the vine; you are the brances. If someone remains in me and me in him, they will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5

The verses above note two important truths about meeting God through Jesus; we need it..... and we are freed to do it.

And so - confident and expectant - we seek to meet God in both weekly corporate worship and through many opportunities of prayer. Each worship service offers a distinct journey; from the band-led blend of contemporary, historic and world music, to Pastor Everett's Biblical message which speaks from and to everyday life to our own responses of confession, prayer.

You will notice that prayer is also important to us with numerous opportunities for prayer, before, during and after the serivce. Also there are profound growing and healing opportunities as well through the work of our healing prayer team.

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What do you mean by Ministering to one another?

"if one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it." 1 Corinthians 12:26-27

"From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does it's work." Ephesians 4:11

At the center of our name lies the center of our church; fellowship. We are intentional about inviting, welcoming and finding a place for people because we love the way belonging is a catalys for change; it is a place for where we bring challenge, encouragement and life-giving connection to one another. Minsitry is the experience of life long growth, mutual care, and a deepening relationship with God and ..... with other people.

Our family ministries tab contains a current list of active groups at MFC. For more information on small groups contact Helen our Connections Coordinator.

How is Ministring to one another experience at MFC?

Community is such an organic reality, from a handshake, to a smile, to a coffee after church. Yet three intentional contexts for mutual care stand out af MFC. the largest (300-350) is our Sunday morning gatherings, the medium size (20-30) is our neighbourhood pastorates, and the most intimate context (6-12) is found in our small groups.

I get the idea of Sunday worship, but what are Pastorates for?

A Pastorate has a twin vision; a deepening and tangible experience of belonging to the body of Christ that God can use for local missional impact. Practically speaking, a pastorate is a medium sized group of people led by an elder and a deacon in which low key events like monthly luncheons after church and occasional neighbourhood service projects bring people of all ages together for mutual connection and care.

In short, we say that Pastorates are....a tangible place of life, from the heart of the church to the heart of the neighbourhoods.

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Mission from the Meadowlands to God's world...

"For God so loved.. the world (literally cosomos)... that he sent his Only Beloved Son." John 3:16

Early, repeatedly and through his disciples - then and now - Jesus declares one central message that the love of God is breaking in as the kingdom of God.  Jesus resurrection life changes not only individual hearts and communities but every facet of reality. That is the Mission of God which we are a part.

How is Mission of God experienced at MFC?

One of the facets - already mentioned - is our neighborhood pastorates.  Each group sees its goal to not only foster a heart for one another but for the neighborhood. They ask, "How can we love the people here? And then we try to do it!

But of course God's mission is expressed thorugh the broader need of the city, through every facet of the ministries of our local church, the projects of our denomination and the world as a whole. We have a particular heart of Sierra Leone. And so giving - whether that be our talents, times or treasures - is key to participating in that mission.

This means that environmental sensitivity mattered as we designed our church's gorund source heating and cooling, that the children of the Meadowlands can have fun here at Wednesdays and Sunday night youth programs and vacation bible school, that in the city of Hamilton we support projects like the Olive Branch http://www.olivebranchhamilton.ca and RE-Create, and that we support international ahd holistic relief efforts such as a literacy, poultry http://www.cvmcanada.org, and sister church relationships in Sierra Leone.

We are a church on a mission, to honor God in all things and be a message of hope in the Meadowlands community, in the city and around the world.