New church opens on Concession Street

News Jan 13, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

In an era of shrinking congregations, it’s rare to see a new church open its doors.

But that’s what happened earlier this month as Blessings Christian Church held its first service.

“When you have something that’s exciting and thriving with a community focus, it is from my perspective, appealing,” said Tim Wildeboer, chairman of the Blessings’ outreach team.

“That’s what draws people in and keeps people together — it’s like a big family.”

Blessings Christian Church grew out of Cornerstone Canadian Reformed Church on the central Mountain, which had reached capacity with about 760 members.

Some members had a desire to be more involved in helping the community, said Wildeboer, and were considering starting a more outreach-minded church.

“Our goal is to be very involved in the community and share the hope of the Gospel message with any who wish to join us,” he said.

To begin, Blessings has found space at Hamilton Mountain Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 284 Concession St., which allowed the new church to hold services Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. All are welcome to attend, said Wildeboer.

Blessings likes the location, which can hold about 300 people, but may find its own location.

“We have a team together that is looking at the future as far as do we continue to rent or do we look elsewhere,” Wildeboer said.

“If we continue to grow, we’re going to have to find something else anyway.”

New church opens on Concession Street

News Jan 13, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

In an era of shrinking congregations, it’s rare to see a new church open its doors.

But that’s what happened earlier this month as Blessings Christian Church held its first service.

“When you have something that’s exciting and thriving with a community focus, it is from my perspective, appealing,” said Tim Wildeboer, chairman of the Blessings’ outreach team.

“That’s what draws people in and keeps people together — it’s like a big family.”

Blessings Christian Church grew out of Cornerstone Canadian Reformed Church on the central Mountain, which had reached capacity with about 760 members.

Some members had a desire to be more involved in helping the community, said Wildeboer, and were considering starting a more outreach-minded church.

“Our goal is to be very involved in the community and share the hope of the Gospel message with any who wish to join us,” he said.

To begin, Blessings has found space at Hamilton Mountain Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 284 Concession St., which allowed the new church to hold services Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. All are welcome to attend, said Wildeboer.

Blessings likes the location, which can hold about 300 people, but may find its own location.

“We have a team together that is looking at the future as far as do we continue to rent or do we look elsewhere,” Wildeboer said.

“If we continue to grow, we’re going to have to find something else anyway.”

New church opens on Concession Street

News Jan 13, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

In an era of shrinking congregations, it’s rare to see a new church open its doors.

But that’s what happened earlier this month as Blessings Christian Church held its first service.

“When you have something that’s exciting and thriving with a community focus, it is from my perspective, appealing,” said Tim Wildeboer, chairman of the Blessings’ outreach team.

“That’s what draws people in and keeps people together — it’s like a big family.”

Blessings Christian Church grew out of Cornerstone Canadian Reformed Church on the central Mountain, which had reached capacity with about 760 members.

Some members had a desire to be more involved in helping the community, said Wildeboer, and were considering starting a more outreach-minded church.

“Our goal is to be very involved in the community and share the hope of the Gospel message with any who wish to join us,” he said.

To begin, Blessings has found space at Hamilton Mountain Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 284 Concession St., which allowed the new church to hold services Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. All are welcome to attend, said Wildeboer.

Blessings likes the location, which can hold about 300 people, but may find its own location.

“We have a team together that is looking at the future as far as do we continue to rent or do we look elsewhere,” Wildeboer said.

“If we continue to grow, we’re going to have to find something else anyway.”