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Christ Covenant Church meets at 10:30 a.m. Sundays
10222-101 Ave (Grande Prairie Golden Age Center).

Email: info@christcovenant.ca

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We believe it is important to stress that Christ Covenant is a vibrant community of real, living people who desire to be shaped by love.

It is equally important to stress that "love" itself needs definition. Watch TV for more than a few minutes, and you may have the impression that love is another term for physical desire. Listen to certain "theologians," and you will be given the impression that "love" is a soft tolerance and a wish for everyone to be generally happy.

It is in fact impossible to practice biblical love without recognizing its theological underpinnings. Therefore, we at Christ Covenant are more than happy to commit ourselves publicly to the historic Christian faith and to share with you what biblically-defined love means in our faith, worship, and communal life.

Our Faith

Christ Covenant Church has firm roots in the historic Christian faith. You can expect to hear teaching that flows out of the doctrine of the Trinity ("the Three and One-ness of God"), the full doctrine of Christ's Incarnation (He is truly God the Son and truly and fully man), God's creation of all things from nothing, and so on.

We subscribe to the Apostles' Creed and Nicene Creed, the Definition of Chalcedon and the Athanasian Creed, as well as these Reformation Confessions: the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dort.

In line with those very confessions, however, we believe that the Bible is God's inspired and authoritative Word, and is the judge of all confessions, writings, beliefs, and deeds of human beings. We therefore always want to be disciplined and reformed by God's own Word, not only in our individual lives but also as a church community.

Our Worship

God has created human beings not simply as invisible spirits, but also as bodies and as communities. Likewise, God has made us creatures of ritual - patterns within which we find meaning.

Because of this, the biblical form of worship incorporates rituals which engage us, not only intellectually, but also on a social and bodily level. These rituals are not empty, but rather are filled with meaning, and shape us as we serve the God who gave them.

Principally, the bodily rituals of worship are baptism and the Lord's Supper, by which God brings us into His family and renews us by causing us to participate in His own life and with each other. These rituals are for the whole people of God; indeed, they mark out and shape that people of God (cf. 1 Corinthians 10.16-17; 12.13).

Here is an outline of our order of service for Lord's Day worship. Although it is still somewhat of a work in progress, we claim no originality here; the overall structure is a pattern familiar from Scripture and the Church of the Lord down through the ages.

Order of Service

Service of Entrance

Call to worship

Greeting and blessing

Opening song

Confession of sin:

Prayer of the Church

Service of the Word

Song(s) of praise

Scripture reading

Song of preparation

Scripture reading (sermon text)

Prayer for illumination

Sermon

Song of response

Service of the Table

Tithes and offerings

Lord's Supper

Doxology

Parting blessing

Participation in Lord's Day Worship

We believe that Lord's Day worship is principally a mutual activity between God and His people. It is a dialogue (mutual conversation) rooted in the covenant God has made with us as His own. Think of it as a semi-formal but conversational family meal.

Looking outward, this means that we are delighted to welcome into God's presence those who do not yet belong to His family. At the same time, two things should be noted: 1) the Lord's Supper is only for baptized Christians in good standing with Christ's Church; 2) the Word administered in Lord's Day worship is primarily (although not exclusively) addressed to those already in the believing community. This means that, unlike in other circumstances of our life and service, in Lord's Day worship, evangelism is achieved principally through loving welcome of visitors which allows them to see and hear how God addresses His own children, rather than through "conversionist" sermons or altar calls. We hope and pray that our visitors will see how special and wonderful God's relationship with His people truly is, and they will be moved by the Spirit to desire to become part of His chosen and redeemed community.

With regard to the community itself, the principle of worship as a family meal between God and His people entails that the whole body participates. This is achieved, not through everybody "sharing" a testimony or standing behind the pulpit - God provides special gifts to the body for such purposes (cf 1 Corinthians 12.27-30; Ephesians 4.11-12). But the united participation of the whole body does find practical expression in congregational worship, precisely in those activities which all can do together. We all sing, pray, and confess together, and God speaks His Word to all of us together. And in particular, Paul notes that - unlike the special gifts - the whole body of Christ shares in baptism into Christ and drinking by the Spirit in the Lord's Supper (1 Corinthians 12.12-13).

This is why we at Christ Covenant baptize our infants (for of such is the kingdom of heaven: Matthew 19.13-14) and discern the body by including our little ones as participants in the Supper, just as children were invited to the ancient Feasts of Israel (see e.g. Deuteronomy 16.11, 14; cf Exodus 12.4). This inclusion of the children of believers in both sacraments was practiced for centuries in the earliest Church, and we believe it is a very important means by which the solidarity and unity of Christ's body is to be maintained. As Paul says, we being many are one bread and one body, because we eat together of the one bread (1 Corinthians 10.17).

Ministries

"Ministry" means service. Because we confess Jesus Christ as Lord (Master), we acknowledge that all of life is service to Him. As a congregation, Christ Covenant engages in a variety of ministries - both established, organized works of service, as well as activities which respond to day-to-day needs as they arise.

Organized Ministries

At present, our organized ministries include the following:

Lord's Day Worship

At 10:30 a.m. each Sunday, we gather as God's people to worship Him by receiving Him and His gifts in the Word and sacraments, and by offering ourselves to Him, not only through listening to the Word and participating in the sacraments, but also by offering Him our songs, prayers, and gifts.

Prior to our worship service, we also sometimes have a brief congregational time of prayer and praise from 10-10:15 a.m.

Body & Soul Youth Group

Our young people meet every second Thursday for a time of fun, fellowship, and instruction. We have two general age groups, covering age 6 and up.

Bible Studies, Catechism, and Other Learning Opportunities

As well as Sunday instruction, we engage in various Bible studies, couples groups, discussion groups, and prayer meetings (see our calendar for current information). Some of these events are conducted by our ordained leadership, and some carried out by other congregational members. In the past, we have gone through a variety of material, including Peter Leithart's excellent survey of the Old Testament, A House for My Name, and Jim Wilson's book How to Be Free From Bitterness.

Other Avenues of Service

At Christ Covenant, we serve the local community in various ways. In 2007, for example, we took a leading role in a walk-a-thon to raise money for Voice for Life and Kev's Kids. We continue to look for other ways in which we can promote a healthy community and display the love of Jesus Christ.

At a less formal level, we seek to honour God, build up His people, and extend the kingdom of Christ through various means, such as being active in hospitality, opening up our homes to share our lives and the life of Christ with others.

Our History

Christ Covenant Church was planted as a worshipping community in April 2006. Our leaders and initial membership got here by way of Reformed background and a reforming, evangelical initiative, and in consultation with an array of counsellors.

Among the key things that we wanted to do from the beginning were: (1) maintain a historic Reformed identity; (2) seek to be welcoming and outwardly-focused; and (3) encourage whole-family participation in every aspect of worship, including the Lord's Supper.

In connection with counsel and a measure of oversight from Christ Covenant Church of Langley, B.C., we proceeded with plans to found this new work.

We began with a core of about forty people. Among these were one lifelong Reformed family, and others who had embraced Reformation faith along the way, coming out of everything from utter unbelief to Pentecostalism to various stripes of evangelicalism. This initial group included several men who had previously served in church office, including two with seminary training, so the Lord had prepared a leadership team from the outset.

Christ Covenant first met for worship on Easter Sunday, 2006, in a small room in the Grande Prairie Christian School. Shortly thereafter, Langley's pastor, Garry Vanderveen, installed our officebearers. (The Langley church also sponsored us for our ultimate inclusion in the CREC.)

The first year some moderate growth, and a renovation of the school, meant that we needed to find new facilities. We began meeting in our present location at the Golden Age Center in 2007. We are grateful to report that God has continued to bless us with increase, and our more spacious facilities are now getting full. (Average Sunday attendance is around 100 as of the end of 2011.)

We look forward to God's continued leading, as we grow together as His people.

Affiliation

At Christ Covenant, we know that the Church did not begin with us, and that we cannot stand alone. We are eager to express our interdependence with the broader body of Christ. We stand in a long line of faithful believers who have maintained and spread the faith for two thousand years; we also acknowledge that we labour and pray shoulder to shoulder with a community presently spread all over the world. It this whole body together that is the revelation of the fullness of Christ, as Paul puts things so strongly in Ephesians 1.22-23.

Knowing that brotherhood requires more than sentiment, but also accountability and service, Christ Covenant Church is a member congregation in the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC).

The CREC is a rapidly-growing body of Reformed churches (approximately 90 member and mission churches), spread over the United States, Canada, Poland, Russia, Japan and elsewhere. These churches all uphold classical Reformed Protestantism as set forth in confessional documents such as the Three Forms of Unity and the Westminster Standards. More information can be obtained from the CREC web site.


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