City Chapel is a church driven by the Great Commission. This Commission is impossible without relationships as a church community, as well as relationships with the communities in which we live.
Christmas Dinner and Carols
Friday, December 13 at 5:30 p.m., we will be holding a Christmas dinner and carol-sing evening. Please see the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board beside the church office to sign up for the food item you would like to bring. If you have any questions, please speak to Christine VanGelderen, Evelyn Bellerive, or Jessie Dial. Please note that this meal will replace our usual December potluck.
No December Potluck
There will be no regular potluck on the first Sunday in December; it will be replaced instead by our Christmas dinner and carols event (see above).
Early Morning Prayer Meetings
Every Sunday morning, we gather to pray before service at 10:00 a.m. in Shane's office. Everyone is welcome! In addition, once a month (usually on either the long weekend, or the third Sunday of the month), we have designated times of corporate morning prayer for both children and adults at 9:30 a.m. in the nursery and Sunday school areas.
The next pulpit discipleship meeting will be on Monday, December 2 at 6:45 p.m. at the Chapel.
“All the blessings we enjoy are Divine deposits, committed to our trust on this condition, that they should be dispensed for the benefit of our neighbors.”
- John Calvin
City Chapel desires to be a fellowship of life groups rather than a fellowship with life groups! Why? Because through the Great Commission, Christ called His Church to go into the world around it, make disciples of all people groups and subcultures, baptise them into the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey God’s call in their lives.
We take this call to heart and feel this can only be accomplished through the intentional development of genuine relationships where we can live out the Gospel together.
Life Group Discussion Questions
Each week, our preaching elders provide several questions related to the upcoming sermon/Scripture passage for life groups to discuss and for individuals to reflect on in preparation for the coming Sunday. The questions are listed below and updated each week.
1 Peter: Soujourners in Exile | 1 Peter 2:9-10 | Sunday, December 1, 2019
"Ultimate reality is a community of persons who know and love one another. That is what the universe, God, history, and life is all about."
- Tim Keller
The communal suppers that we share at City Chapel are simply an extension of our community, our love for each other, and the fact that we are one family in Christ. These communal meals give us a chance to ‘catch up’ with each other and to enjoy one another’s company while eating together. It is a blessing to spend these times together.
Our practice is to have these suppers every month, usually on the first Sunday of the month. During the summer months, we all come prepared with picnics for our own families (plus a little extra to share!), and during the 'indoor' months, we all bring a potluck dish to share. Often the potlucks are centred on a particular theme or cuisine. Watch the bulletin, newsletter, or website for announcements of the next supper date and theme.
Please come out and enjoy the time together. Get to know your brothers and sisters. Learn about their joys and sorrows, as families do, and use that knowledge to be well-informed as we pray for and serve each other.
"But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus."
- 2 Timothy 3:14-15
City Chapel Children’s Ministry was established to serve the families and the children of City Chapel, as well as the families and children that visit, by teaching about God, to His glory.
Each week our volunteers provide meaningful, biblically sound teaching to children from the ages of 2 to 6 years. Through games, songs, readings and activities, we help the kids to have an enjoyable time, while furthering their understanding of God and helping them to develop a relationship with Christ. We feel strongly that the message of the Gospel should not be ‘watered down’ for children, but simply delivered in terms that they can understand, without compromising on the content of the scriptures and the heart behind the stories. Each week we incorporate prayer, scripture reading, catechism and direction to the gospel to help the children understand the importance and value that each of these practices hold. We also work to encourage parents in their role as the primary teachers of their children and to equip them with resources to further expound on our weekly lessons with their kids.
Each week brings new games, new lessons and new fun for the children and after every lesson we feel blessed as leaders to see the children understand a bit more of who God is and what He has done for us. City Chapel Children’s Ministry is open to all children aged 2 to 6 years and we welcome visitors!
City Chapel Baby Care
Each week we have volunteers ready and able to watch your little ones while you sit in the service! Toys, lots of attention, and loving care will be provided. Please note that there is no food permitted in the nursery.
Long Weekends & Holidays
Please note that Sunday School and Nursery are not provided on long weekends and holidays. Parents are encouraged to help their older children participate in the service on these days; for very little ones, the nursery space will be available for parents to use. Activity packets will be available for children who would normally be in Sunday School.
We Want YOU!
We are always looking for volunteers to assist with Children's Ministry. If you are able to serve, please contact Melissa Petersen. Please note that all volunteers with Children's Ministry are required to undergo a criminal record check, including a Vulnerable Persons check.
"Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women ..."
- Titus 2:3-4
The goal for Women’s ministry at City Chapel is to glorify God and make Him known, by serving and supporting women as they serve the LORD. We do this through formal and informal opportunities for fellowship and friendship.
We also have in place a list of people who are willing to serve in different capacities when called on. This isn’t only ‘Women’s ministry' per se, but it does directly impact many women as we will provide meals, rides, cleaning, babysitting, etc., as needed. People just need to contact Janelle Edwards if they need help.
Monthly Women's Group
One evening every other month, the women of City Chapel gather together for an informal time of fellowship and prayer. These evenings are held on the third Saturday of alternating months, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Nielsens' house, and all women are welcome. We would love to see you there!
City Chapel Mommy Play Date
Every Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., a group of moms meet to give their kids a chance to play together, and themselves a chance to connect! We often meet at the VanderLeek's house, but weather-permitting, we sometimes head to a playground or park as well. For up-to-date information about where we'll be meeting each week, please call Stephanie VanderLeek at (403) 505-8077, or join our Facebook Group. All Moms, Grandmas and women who hope to one day be Moms are welcome.
City Chapel Women's Blog
Check out our blog, The City Well (citywellwomen.blogspot.com), for godly wisdom for women.
"But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses."
- 1 Timothy 6:11-12
At City Chapel we believe that strong and healthy churches need to be filled with strong and healthy men, husbands, and fathers. Our men participate in all areas of ministry, and there are also a few ministries that are specifically aimed at giving the men in our congregation opportunities for fellowship and growth.
Weekly Men's Prayer Breakfast
"I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling..." (1 Timothy 2:8). Every Friday morning at 6:30 a.m., we meet for breakfast and prayer; currently we are meeting at Cora's. Men of all ages are invited to join us.
Monthly Men's Fellowship Night
Every other month, on the third Friday evening of the month, there is a men's night held at the Nielsens' workshop. These evenings are informal and are intended for fellowship. All men are welcome!
Matt VanderLeek - email@example.com
“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations."
- Psalm 100:1-5
As Christians we are called to live the entirety of our lives as an act of worship. At City Chapel we love God and see Him alone as worthy of our worship (Rev 4:11). He is our Creator, our Sustainer and our Savior, and in all these things, He is a good, loving, and personal God. It is for these reasons, and more, that at City Chapel we are committed to “holistic worship, without compromise in living". We recognize that worship is more than singing songs on a Sunday, but is also what we are meant to do in every aspect of our lives (Luke 10:27). In everything we do, we either honor the Lord, or we dishonor Him. Thus, as His disciples, we seek to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24), in all areas of our walk with Him.
Our Sunday service brings us together for corporate worship as a body of believers. At City Chapel, our Worship Ministry acknowledges that our role is to "facilitate orderly worship, for the edification of the body, to the glory of God." We recognize that the primary focus of worship is God, not us - and we praise God that we are personally blessed by coming together to worship Him! By worshiping together with God as our focus, the blessings of unity, conviction, encouragement, edification, and rebuke are poured out to us. Our worship teams seek to lead the congregation in genuine worship, holding sincerity and Biblical-truth as higher aims than feelings and experiences. We affirm that, "True worship of God the Father is only possible through God the Son, by God the Spirit as we hear God's truth from His word, the Bible."* Therefore, our corporate worship times include a wide range of hymns, choruses, and contemporary songs - all which honor and glorify our Heavenly Lord, and speak the truth of His word. As a discipleship ministry, we welcome musicians of all calibres to come alongside our teams, and be trained up to serve in a leadership role. We praise God for the range of musical skills in our congregation, and seek to use our giftings to glorify Him, as in all areas of our lives!
God is good and is worthy of our praise!
(*taken from True Worship by Vaughan Roberts)
Stephanie Vander Leek - firstname.lastname@example.org