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ISSUE 05 / Fall 2013

churchlife CHURCH ON THE QUEENSWAY, TORONTO

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CONNECTED IN COMMUNITY PAGE 19

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER PAGE 6-7

STORYLINE

BLESSED BY SUPPORT PAGE 12-13

COMMUNITY STARTSPAGE HERE 17


churchlife PASTORAL TEAM Rev. Billy Richards: Senior Pastor info@thechurch.to Pastor Roger Berg: Executive Associate Pastor rberg@thechurch.to Rev. Karen Milley: Assistant Pastor karen@thechurch.to Rev. Gary Stagg: Assistant Pastor gstagg@thechurch.to Rev. Ed Clements: Assistant Pastor ed@thechurch.to Rev. Tim Crooks: Minister of Youth tim@thechurch.to Rev. Mike Read: Children’s Pastor mike@thechurch.to Pastor Josh Hageman: Young Adults Pastor josh@thechurch.to Rev. Tim Cummins: Tweens Pastor timcummins@thechurch.to Rev. Mervyn Thomas: Assistant Minister of Pastoral Care info@thechurch.to Bev Hynek: Director of the Haven bev@havenontheq.com Rev. Donny Cooze: Media Director donny@thechurch.to Rich Bodnar: Technical Director rich@thechurch.to

CONTENTS 4-5 New to Church? There’s a place here for you.

6-7 Putting it All Together A note from Pastor Billy

8 Spokes of the Hub A glance at our Young Adult Ministry

10-11 Events Guide Get involved with Life at the Church

12-13 Storyline Meet Nikki & Sarah

17 Community Starts Here A look into our Home Groups

19 Hand Picked Community A Story of Church Family

1536 The Queensway Toronto Ontario M8Z 1T5 Phone: 416-255-0141 Email: info@thechurch.to Online: www.thechurch.to

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There is a place for you here.

CHURCH MINISTRIES 8 SOUTH - CHILDREN We provide care for babies and toddlers ages 1 month -35 months during both our services. Get your children involved in great programs on Sunday mornings. Terrific Three’s, JK/SK and Super Church for grades 1-3. Adventure Club provides an incredible club atmosphere on Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. for kids from Terrific Three’s , JK/SK and Grades 1-3. 13 SOUTH - TWEENS For students in Grades 4-7, our Tweens ministry meets on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and 11:11 a.m. and again on Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. for crazy fun that only tweens can understand. 18 SOUTH - YOUTH If you’re in Grades 8-12… you’ve got to be a part of Revolution Student Communications. We meet Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. for our main event. 30 SOUTH - YOUNG ADULTS Join the Hub, our young adult connection on Sunday nights at 6:30 p.m. in a coffeehouse atmosphere at the Toronto Youth Centre. For more information connect with the Hub online at www.thehubya.ca 40 SOUTH - ADULTS 40 south is one of our newest ministries and is geared towards younger families. Coming this fall will be our list of monthly events which will be designed to help you connect with other families and grow deeper in your relationship with Christ and each other. 54 SOUTH - ADULTS Get connected with people ages 40-54 with our Marrieds Bible Study on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month at 7:30 p.m. or join our special events that are held throughout the year. 70 SOUTH - APEX The vision of our ministry is to actively and enthusiastically follow Jesus’ example of loving and caring for each other and our community at large.

71 NORTH - SENIORS We have a dynamic group of mature men and women who dare to call themselves “Seniors.” We host monthly lunches, trips, Bible studies, computer classes, small group events, and ministry outreach to other seniors in our community. SEGUE SINGLES Creating a caring Christ-centered environment, where singles can meet, fellowship and support one another with the focus of reaching out to the community. WOMEN’S Through our different programs and events women will be challenged, inspired and encouraged to be all that God wants them to be. MEN’S Our various activities, events and groups are all geared towards helping men come together for times of fun, fellowship and teaching with the goal of becoming the spiritual leaders God has designed them to be. WORSHIP If you have a passion for leading people in worship or would like to use your musical or artistic gifts to glorify God, we invite you to submit an application to the Worship Arts Ministry for an interview and audition. ARTS AND PRODUCTIONS Getting involved with our productions is a great way to get to know people at the Church. If you would like to be involved stop by the Arts booth in the Lobby on Sunday or email: arts@thechurch.to HOME GROUPS There are a number of home groups that are actively meeting. If you would like to become involved, please pick up a home group flyer or simply visit the church website for more information. NEXT STEPS We want to help you take the next steps on your journey of faith. We provide up-to-date programs and courses such as Alpha, H20 and Not A Fan to introduce you to Christ and to learn what it means to follow Him. For information on these programs visit our website under Next Steps. ADULT BIBLE STUDY [LEADER: VICTOR GOODMAN] Join Victor Goodman Sunday mornings in the Chapel following the Contemporary Service for an in depth look at the scriptures, a time of worship and prayer.

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ADULT BIBLE STUDY [LEADER: PASTOR ED CLEMENTS] Join Pastor Ed Clements Sunday mornings in Room 102 following the Contemporary Service for an interactive group that explores various Biblical topics. FRIDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY & PRAYER Join us for worship, prayer and a Bible study each Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. QUEENSWAY DEAF FELLOWSHIP BIBLE STUDY Meeting Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. in the East Balcony. We also have sign language interpretation available during the Non-Traditional Service on Sunday mornings. For more information contact, Joseph Arruda at jarruda@toronto.ca HAVEN ON THE QUEENSWAY Offering free and confidential services to those in need in our community. For more information on any of our services: 416-640-2005 or info@havenontheq.com MISSIONS We Go, We Send, We Pray! Church on the Queensway is actively involved in both local and overseas missions. There are also a number of short-term missions trips planned throughout the year. To get involved with our missions program, please contact us: info@thechurch.to DIVORCE CARE Divorce Care helps you recover from the pain of separation and divorce. There aren’t many people around you who understand the pain your separation or divorce has caused you. To you. Your family. Your friends. That’s the reason for Divorce Care. It’s a special weekly support group and seminar conducted by people who understand what you are experiencing. Most importantly, you’ll learn how to deal with the pain of the past and look forward to rebuilding your life. ed@thechurch.to 12-STEPS Come, learn and experience how God is able to restore lives through the Twelve Steps Program. Walk the steps with people who know what it is to be broken by life and mended by God. For more information please, contact Pastor Ed Clements. GRIEF SHARE This support group is for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. You are welcome to join us. For more information, contact Pastor Ed Clements or check out: www.griefshare.org INFERTILITY / ADOPTION JOURNEY SUPPORT GROUP If you are in dealing with infertility or in the middle of your adoption journey, and you need support, please join us in one of our future meetings. Please contact Pastor Karen for more info. karen@thechurch.to LEGAL LIFELINE Church on the Queensway has established a Legal Lifeline. Helping the members of Church on the Queensway, their families and their friends face legal challenges with wisdom and professional direction. For information visit: qclegallifeline.com


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e are so glad that you’ve decided to spend this time with us today. All of us were newcomers at one time and we understand how being here for the first time can be somewhat daunting. We didn’t know our way around, we weren’t familiar with the procedures, and we didn’t know all the songs either! We would like to lessen that feeling for you and we invite you to participate at whatever level you are comfortable with. A comfortable Welcome Centre located just off the main lobby where you can reflect and connect. As a first time newcomer we invite you to enjoy a free beverage and snack, connect with church leadership, and find out more about our Church. You will also receive a free gift to celebrate your arrival at Church on the Queensway. A Guest Services counter located in the main lobby is staffed by knowledgeable people. Please feel free to drop by with any questions you may have and pick up more information about our Church.

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Come to our Welcome Centre. Join us for a coffee, tea or glass of water and let us tell you a little bit about our church. You’re invited to our Newcomers Discovery luncheon. Simply complete the Newcomer card and let us know you’re interested. Go beyond the sanctuary and get involved in the life of the church. There really is something for everyone at Church on the Queensway.

There is a safe place for your kids, from infants through to high school, to experience God in an age appropriate setting. Check out the many age-relevant programs available during our services and at other times during the week.


CHURCH IS MORE THAN SUNDAY!!! I am thrilled at how many people attend Church on the Queensway on a Sunday morning. It is without a doubt a fabulous feeling, seeing God grow the Church through many different ministries. However many of us only go to Church Sunday morning! The Church according to the Bible is the Body of Christ. Jesus is the head and we are all part of the Body of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul tells us that if one part of the Body doesn’t participate…then it hurts the whole Body. Don’t get me wrong! I am thrilled that many come Sunday but the Church is more than Sunday morning. Our small group ministry is the life line of our Church. Home groups, 12 steps, recovery groups, Mommy and Me, prayer groups and so many other groups bring the life of Christ to us. Church on the Queensway has groups that do a variety of things … some are serving groups, others help with recovery, while other groups study the Bible and pray. Jesus called us to be disciples and these groups help us develop with the help of other people to be a disciple. The formula is this: Body of Christ + Discipleship = Jesus’ plan for the Church. Many times I hear that it is difficult to know people in a large church. Although this is true, the key to connecting and having friends is our small group ministries. The good news is that this is happening within our small groups. For example, I know that the Hope with Wheels ministry group is a close knit group of friends, the Food Bank volunteers are like a family and the Friday night prayer group is close to each other because of prayer. Group ministry is the essence of the Body of Christ. How do I know??? Even Jesus had a small group, they were the 12 disciples. I am inviting you today to join one of our small groups in our church.

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Group ministry is the essence of the Body of Christ. Isolation never is or will be Biblical. We need each other. We are called to be part of the Body of Christ. This fall I hope you take advantage of the different groups and their ministries in the Church on the Queensway. Invest in a group so that the group can invest in you. God bless. ~ Billy, friend and pastor. P.S. We really do appreciate all the group leaders in the Church. Thanks. Our Church’s magazine this issue is dedicated to small group ministry. If you want more information, please contact one of the pastors or go to the Guest Services in the lobby.


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The Hub was born out of recognizing a need for a young adult gathering place in the Greater Toronto Area. The intention is not to “steal” people away from their home church but rather to give young adults a place to meet with those their age, challenge them in their relationship with God and release them back to their home church ready and willing to serve. Picture a bicycle wheel with three main components: hub, spokes and rim. The rim symbolizes movement which is our purpose - we are called to ‘Go into the world…’ This action is represented by the spokes which give strength to this movement. These spokes are all connected to the hub at the center. When that connection is established and people are going out into the world, movement/purpose is created! Sure, we may have our big gathering every Sunday night, but the Hub is more than just a service - it’s about Service. Young adults are gathering together in various small groups that are focused on deepening their understanding of Scripture and using the gifts that God has given them to spread His truth abroad - these are the spokes! There are many forms that these small groups take but one thing remains the same - the goal is to bring young adults into relationship with Christ and each other. There are various sport-based small groups that help the non-believer to get connected but there are also deep exegetical Bible studies that will connect those that have a deep hunger for the Word of God. As well, there are groups that are focused on going into the heart of our city to share the Love of Christ with all that they encounter! We are seeing young adults from all over, stepping out in faith and connecting to God’s Heart through these spokes and it is incredible to see the fruit of the Holy Spirit come alive in them! For the many young adults who call Church on the Queensway their home, they have truly embraced being a part of our church community by using their gifts and talents to serve each other and to serve you. You will recognize their faces among the worship teams, Passion Play and Christmas play casts, leading small groups, being involved in the children and youth ministries, serving at The Haven…all for the glory of God. God is moving and He’s using this generation of young adults to reap a harvest and take back their generation for Jesus Christ! ~ Pastor Josh Hageman

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Living Proof Live featuring Beth Moore Saturday September 14 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Portico Church $25 for conference / person • $5 for bus ride / person Sign up at the Womens Ministry table in the Lobby WM Expo The Fellowship Hall Sunday, September 22 Following the 9:30 and 11:11 a.m. services Fall Kick Off Service In the Chapel Wednesday, October 9th at 7:00 p.m. Special Speaker: Sharon Thomas Christmas Craft & Dessert Night Wednesday, November 6th at 7:00 p.m. The Cost is $15.00 Come and make a Christmas craft and enjoy a delicious Christmas dessert. Annual Christmas Banquet Wednesday, December 4th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 We want to WELCOME you back from summer vacation! And welcome back to your normal routine ... dropping kids at school and picking them up, making lunches and then supper, regular work hours and so much more! This fall, I want to encourage you to make getting involved at Church on the Queensway a priority for you. We have many special events to attend, there are Bible Studies to join, and many places to minister. To hear about all of our programs and events, please come to our annual Women’s Ministry Expo on Sunday, September 22nd in the Fellowship Hall. Drop by either between services or after the second service. We would love to meet you and help you to get involved here! Pastor Karen Milley


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KICK-OFF SUNDAY • SEPTEMBER 15 LEARN HOW YOU CAN CONNECT THIS FALL AT THE CHURCH www.theChurch.to

HMO CLINIC • NOVEMBER 9 AN INCREDIBLE OUTREACH INTO OUR COMMUNITY. FOR INFORMATION VISIT: www.Havenontheq.com

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JIM CYMBALA • SEPTEMBER 18 A CELEBRATION CONCERT WITH THE BROOKLYN TABERNACLE SINGERS. www.BillyGraham.ca

MY HOPE • NOVEMBER 10 • 6:00 P.M. A SPECIAL VIDEO WITH BILLY GRAHAM IN AN EFFORT TO REACH THE LOST Training Nigth on Friday Oct 4th at 7:30 p.m.

EVENTS GUIDE

FALL 2013

The Church on the Queensway has a number of programs and events for every age group. With events, Sunday services and much more make sure you plan to be a part of the Church this FALL. 10


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HEROES UNMASKED • OCT 31 JOIN OUR HALLOWEEN ALTERNATIVE FUN, GAMES AND CANDY www.theChurch.to

PROMISE KEEPERS • NOV 15,16 NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LEARNING TO LIVE IN CHRIST’S STRENGTH. $80 www.PromiseKeepers.ca

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MEN’S RETREAT • OCT 18,19 AT TEEN RANCH WITH GUEST SPEAKER MARK LECOMPTE www.theChurch.to

CHRISTMAS BANQUET • NOV 24 HELD AT LE TREPORT BANQUET HALL. GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY. www.theChurch.to

CRAZY CHRISTMAS RETURNS THIS DECEMBER 14 & 15 GET INVOVLED, VOLUNTEER AND BE A PART OF SOMETHING SPECTACULAR. TICKETS ON SALE THIS FALL. AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29TH FROM 1:30-4:30 PM. www.CPAcentre.org


STORYLINE MEET

NIKKI & SARAH

As we write this our seven children are sitting around us in our apartment in India. They are bathed, have food in their bellies and smiles on their faces, and this was made possible in large part by our family at Church on the Queensway. We are here in India for six months establishing a foster home for seven orphans with special needs. We will never forget the looks on their faces as we cuddled them to sleep on their first night with us. We are here to show them God’s love. God made them perfectly in His image and

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they are the most beautiful children in the world. On the days when we are struggling with the challenges that come with raising seven children with disabilities, our Church on the Queensway family never fails to send us little notes of support. We are so blessed to have a community of supporters at the Queensway, encouraging us financially, spiritually, and emotionally. Knowing that there are people praying for our kids and for God’s work


We are so blessed to have a community of supporters being done here cannot be described and continually gives us strength. The Queensway is where our faith grew and where it continues to grow; even if we cannot be there physically right now. The pastors and friends we have met are an incredible motivation as we follow Jesus’ call on our lives and we are forever grateful that there are people praying for our kids and for God’s work being done here cannot be described and continually gives us strength.

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JOIN US SUNDAYS AT THE CHURCH 9:30 A.M.

Contemporary Serivce Nursery 8 South Kids 13 South Tweens

11:11 A.M.

Non-Traditional Serivce Nursery 8 South Kids 13 South Tweens

6: 00 P.M.

Evening Serivce New Themes: Worship, Prayer, Healing and the Holy Spirit

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DOORWAY TO GOD After a tumultuous childhood I was introduced to alcohol and drugs at the age of 13 and they became my crutch. I lived a selfish, dishonest and frightened life. At the age of 24 I was married, had 2 children and hoped my troubles were behind me. But, I was wrong. My drinking turned into a nightmare and as a result I was divorced, lost my dream job, was almost homeless, abandoned my family and friends and blamed everyone else for my troubles. During these self-destructing years, I reconnected with a friend who asked me an important question, “Olaf, what are you willing to do to get and stay sober and drug free?” I answered, “ANYTHING”! He invited me to an AA meeting and I have never turned back. AA was my doorway to God. He has been doing for me what I could not do for myself. I trust in His power because without Him I am a failure in every department of

my life. With the help of God, AA, and my friends I have found freedom from self and trust in God. I now lead the Hadenuffyet Group of Alcoholics Anonymous which meets every Wednesday and Friday evening at the Haven. We welcome people, ask nothing of them and share our experiences, strength and hope with them. We teach that God is a loving God who is there for them. I feel very blessed and humbled as I pass along to others what was given to me. I feel privileged to share and co-ordinate the group in a positive direction which has a lasting effect on all those that attend the meeting on a one time or a continued basis. ~ Olaf Schneider

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HOME GROUPS

COMMUNITY STARTS HERE Maybe someone told you about church, and you decided to check it out. Maybe you wondered what this place was. Maybe you were going to IKEA and saw the building. Maybe you found the Truth program on TV and decided to take Pastor Billy up on his invitation to join us on a Sunday morning.

Maybe…

So, it’s your first Sunday in this place. You come in the doors and find a seat for the service. You interact with a few people around you, but you are new here so you don’t know anyone. Then when the service is over, you head out for lunch. Someone said something about going to the Welcome Centre to get

…and maybe you’re right. When I first became a Christian, I remember what it was like to be in a new city, and a stranger in the church, where I didn’t know anyone. But it was how welcome I felt in that church that really stayed with me. One of the ways that happened was getting connected in a home group. I found community, and friendship and a deeper walk with the Lord that really helped me. Or maybe you have been at Queensway a few years, but want a mid-week group closer to home to connect in a smaller setting.

How am I going to meet people and connect?

Home groups are a vital way to grow, but they are also a great way to build relationships, whether you are single, a couple, man, woman, youth, adult or a senior. This can be some friends getting together once a month, or a weekly regional Bible Study. There are groups of all kinds that meet regularly. Your group can focus on the previous week’s sermon, or you can choose a topical study.

more information, but you thought, “maybe next week.” Then as the week goes on, you think, I don’t know anyone there, how am I going to meet people and connect?

If you have any questions, please contact me at: ed@thechurch.to talk about becoming a part of community. If you are interested in hosting a home group or leading a group, we want to talk to you! Please get in touch with us.

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MY COMMUNITY HAND PICKED When I first came to Queensway I felt overwhelmed. Here was this huge church, with this huge congregation. I was a new Christian. I felt like a lost child, I didn’t know where I would fit in. All my insecurities were creeping up but there had to be more to life than the way I was living it and maybe this was the place to start. I got connected with small groups and Pastor Karen. Over time, God has handpicked an amazing “church family” for me. God works in such

wondrous ways. He weaves our lives together in ways that we can never imagine. If only we could see all that He has planned out for us. But where would be the fun and adventure in all of that?!! It’s truly an amazing journey. Ups and downs included. Recently, I was hospitalized. I was physically broken and alone, and never felt alone one single second. His Church was there for me in every way. His Mighty Hand moved through His people. They were His hands and feet. I was never alone. I was covered. I have never felt so loved and blessed. This “family” means so much to me. We are there for one another. We lift one another up.

God has handpicked an amazing “church family” for me. We encourage, we pray, we cry, we laugh, and we love. Seriously, I can’t wait to worship our DAD together every week! All the believers were together and had everything in common. ~ Acts2:44 ~ Nicole Persaud

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KIDS GROUPS 8 SOUTH | CHILDREN’S MINISTRY Adventure Club, in the Children’s Ministry Centre Nursery, Terrific Three’s, JK/SK & Grades 1-3

STUDENT GROUPS 13 SOUTH | TWEENS MINISTRY In the Gym on Friday Nights For students in Grades 4-7 18 SOUTH | YOUTH MINISTRY Revolution SC is for students in Grades 8-12. In the Toronto Youth Centre

ADULT GROUPS

40 SOUTH & 54 SOUTH | ADULT MINISTRY Marrieds Bible Study 1st & 3rd Friday Nights MEN’S & WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY 2nd & 4th Friday Nights ADULT BIBLE STUDY & PRAYER MEETING Located in the Chapel

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MEMBERSHIP Looking to become a member? Attend our membership class at the Church Sunday, September 22nd at 10:45 in the East Balcony Sign-up at Guest Services BABY DEDICATIONS Ready to have your baby dedicated? Our next ceremony will be on Sunday September 29th at 4:00 p.m. Sign-up at Guest Services WATER BAPTISM If you would like to be baptized in water let us know. Water Baptism: Sunday, October 27th Baptism class: Sunday, October 6th at 10:45 a.m. Sign-up at Guest Services. BLOOD DONOR CLINIC Saturday, November 30th Located in the Gym TITHING Do you need information about tithing or tithing envelopes? Please let us know at Guest Services. SERMON CD Order a copy of the Sunday morning message at the bookstore. Cost: $5.00 JIM CANTELON A look at global missions on Sunday October 20th 9:30 a.m. and 11:11 a.m. LIBRARY Open Sunday mornings following both services. We have a great collection of books, CDs and DVDs. EVENING SERVICES Exploring: Worship, Prayer, Healing and the Holy Spirit. Join Pastor Gary Stagg at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel. New themes starting September 29th.

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Connected in Community. ChurchLIFE magazine covers all the upcoming events and stories at Church on the Queensway in Toronto.

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