Message from our Pastor

Calvary Church Family,

WOW, is one of the expressions that has been on my mind and mouth this past year. 2020 was a year that we will not forget and will go down in the history books for sure. It was a year defined by a global pandemic, stay-at-home orders, new social norms of masks and distancing, inability to gather as a church and many other national and international issues and phenomenons. However, through it all, the Lord was faithful as we learned to lean into His steadfast love and faithfulness.

Therefore, in the midst of what 2020 was—and what 2021 has started out to be and what it will become—we thought it would be helpful and hopeful to create a digital annual report to remember the tangible ways that God displayed his mercy and Grace here at Calvary Church. In the midst of all that was hard in 2020, we need to be reminded of the goodness and faithfulness of God.

We need to be reminded of how many persevered through trials, or how many said “no” to a multitude of destructive temptations, or how many hearts were transformed by the love of God, or how many re-structured their calendar and finances to place God first, or how many saw the generous heart of our church family, or how many seeds of the gospel were sown that will bear fruit in our Niagara Community for generations to come in ways we never thought possible.

I want to thank all of our staff volunteers for the tireless days and hours you have put in making sure our ministries were running with excellence, our community was connected with and the message of Christ continued to be heard around the world. The Calvary Church family is one that is generous beyond words. I also want to make sure that we are reminded of the things that we often forget and want this to be an encouragement to us all as we come out of one of the most chaotic times of the 21st Century and journey into 2021 unsure of what lies ahead. However, God needs to be praised because… 

Year at a Glance

85

7

323

11

5

4

years celebrated

merge groups

attenders

new members

baptisms

sermon series

11,436

142

50

4

37

7

collective online views

subscribers

sundays online

enrichment classes

enrichment participants

enrichment teachers

184

1

315

43

5

+

prayer emails

online studio renovations

meals delivered

food vouchers 

'covid babies'

countless parking lot coffees, counseling Zoom calls made and disciple making/mentoring moments

1

unprecedented years navigated... together

Evidence of God’s Grace and Faithfulness

Milestones

We are 85 years strong and renovated an ONLINE studio to reach our community and world for Jesus.

Preaching

We began the year with our Daniel series which lead us into our Revelation series and then in the Summer looked at the book of Ruth. We had a good vision kickoff to our September and then jumped right into the book of Isaiah which has carried us into 2021.

Membership

We welcomed 11 new  members and sadly said goodbye, until next time to, 6 who transitioned to other churches because of distance and life. We will be welcoming in, close to 14 new members this Summer or Fall.

Finances

This past year in spite of uncertainty, we as a church have been able to rely on God and his faithfulness to hold budget and even exceed our generosity like never before. Our General budget continues to maintain. Please continue or consider being faithful and generous with your finances as we continue to maintain a solid, purposeful budget for 2021.

Mentorship

We have seen a number of men, women and couples intentionally mentored as relational disciple making continued.

Salvation's

We witnessed a number of people come to know Jesus Personally for the first time and other people’s lives transformed because of Jesus. We saw, baptized and celebrated those changed lives.

Leadership

We saw our board teams add to their numbers and experienced a COVID Team that kept us safe and healthy.

Disciple making

We saw our Four Chair Disciple making strategy upgraded and began to see our Enrichment classes help grow and mature believers. We saw 37 people attend these classes by Zoom. The Alpha course was a place where transformation occurred.

Merge Groups

We as a staff have seen a resurgence of interest in Merge Groups. Who would have thought that COVID would help us kick start the importance of living life together. Our Merge Group Director is hard at work with information that will be available soon. We have 7 Merge groups that meet on a regular basis.

Refugee Sponsorship

We are excited about making sure “N” gets to Canada safely. This has been almost a three year journey from the start to where we are today. We have successfully raised $13,000 and have $5,299 to go. “N” is being discipled by our friends at Christar and we are so thankful for that. Pray for ‘N’ as he prepares for his second interview.

COVID response

This past year we developed a COVID Team that would help us navigate through gathering restrictions and health guide lines. Again, by God’s grace we did not have an outbreak. This team kept provincial and national information flowing our way to better serve our church family.
We Live streamed over 50 Sunday Gatherings and transitioned for the COVID season to Hybrid gatherings. (Both in person and livestream)

Looking Forward to 2021

As we move with wisdom into the new ministry year, our vision and mission remain the same. LOVE GOD and LOVE OTHERS. We want to see as many people as possible encounter and experience the life transformation that only Jesus by his grace can give. There are just a handful of God sized goals that we will be praying through and developing over this next year.
  • Continue to navigate the ever-changing COVID complexities with wisdom and discernment as we seek to re-launch key ministries
  • Continue to develop our online platforms and launch our NEW church APP.
  • Continue fundraising for the completion of our Refugee Sponsorship and getting “N” here to Canada
  • Continue to cultivate a culture of missional outreach to our community and the world
  • Continue to grow our culture of disciple making, where every member is equipped, growing and helping others grow. (Four Chair Strategy)
  • Continue and to further develop our global missions pipeline through our Good News Team in order to reach the unreached.
  • Continue to Love our Niagara community through tangible, sacrificial, and justice-filled service.
  • Continue to develop leaders, including elders, OP’s, missions, people care, staff, and ministry leads.
  • Continue to develop our Merge Group Ministry to see the importance of living life together.

Calvary Church family, let’s continue to pray, that in 2021, our lives would not only display Jesus correctly, but we would have a pure devotion to Jesus and one another and that more people would experience the life transformation power of Jesus through His Holy Spirit.

Calvary Church Annual Report

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of this years Annual Report