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.
Upcoming Events and Announcements
Annual General Meeting
This year’s AGM will be held on February 3, 2021 at 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. via Zoom. A Zoom link will be emailed out prior to the meeting.
Pulpit Discipleship is being held in-person at the Chapel (limited by appointment only), as well as online via Zoom. These evenings are intended for anyone interested in developing the tools to more deeply study the scriptures, with an emphasis on preparing men who are interested in taking the pulpit for preaching. Our next meeting will be via Zoom (link to be posted in the City Chapel Connect Facebook group) on Monday, February 1 from 6:45 - 8:30 p.m.
Life Group Gather
Our next life group gather event is a time of open corporate prayer on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Please feel free to come and go as you need to. All are welcome, whether you are currently in a life group or not. Share scripture, spend time in prayer (and fasting, if desired).
Sunday Morning Prayer
Every Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m., the elders of City Chapel gather for prayer before the service. All congregants are openly invited to join at any time. [Please be mindful of our COVID-related gathering guidelines, such as physical distancing, masking, etc., in these prayer meetings just as during service.] Ordinarily, there is also a designated time of corporate prayer on the Sunday of the long weekend, or the third Sunday of the month for those months without a long weekend. [These prayer meetings are suspended right now due to COVID, but the elders are still available for prayer by appointment.]
“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 neighbours.”
- 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, baptize 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.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, City Chapel life groups are connecting with one another in a variety of ways. If you would like to be connected with a life group, please contact Matt VanderLeek.
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.
LIFE GROUP QUESTIONS - January 24, 2021
DANIEL: Dangerous Days (Introduction to Daniel)
Note: Please read the whole book of Daniel on your own, in order to better inform your discussion and overview of the book. Also, feel free to use other resources (e.g., “How to read Daniel” by Tim Mackie on Right Now Media).
1. What themes, images, and/or stories are you most looking forward to in this sermon series?
2. Exercising the "tools of observation" (who, what, when, and where) examine and unpack some of these sections of Daniel as a group. [Note the distinctions between narrative (Chapters 1-6) and visions (Chapters 7-12).]
3. After you have made observations of sections of Daniel, identify the central theme you can see recurring within the section/book, and what it is pointing to.
4. Though it is an Old Testament book, how/where can you identify the gospel coming forward in the promise of a Messiah as Saviour for His people?
5. Additional Study: Define the following positions on “Last Things."
Note: These are legitimate Christian doctrinal positions that differ, but exist in harmony within City Chapel. Please extend full Christian charity to each other in your discussions.
-Eschatology (see also Revelation 20)
"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
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, THESE MINISTRIES ARE ON HIATUS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
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 Christine VanGelderen. Please note that all volunteers with Children's Ministry are required to undergo a criminal record check which includes a Vulnerable Sector check.
"Older women likewise are to be reverent in behaviour, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women ..."
- Titus 2:3-4
PLEASE NOTE: Most activities are currently on hold or modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
Women's Fellowship Evening
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., usually at the Nielsens' house, and all women are welcome. We would love to see you there! [These evenings are currently on hold due to the pandemic.]
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 VanderLeeks' 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 contact Stephanie VanderLeek, or join our Facebook Group. All Moms, Grandmas and women who hope to one day be Moms are welcome. [These mornings are currently on hold due to the pandemic.]
"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
PLEASE NOTE: Most of these activities are either on hold or being held in a modified manner due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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 quarrelling..." (1 Timothy 2:8). Every Friday morning at 6:15 a.m., we meet for breakfast and prayer; currently we are meeting in a modified manner, in keeping with latest Alberta guidelines for COVID-19. Men of all ages are invited to join us; watch Realm or the City Chapel Connect Facebook group for latest meeting details.
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! [These evenings are currently on hold due to the pandemic.]
“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 Saviour, 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 honour the Lord, or we dishonour 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 music 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 honour and glorify our Heavenly Lord, and speak the truth of His word. As a discipleship ministry, we welcome musicians of all calibers 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 gifts to glorify Him, as in all areas of our lives!
God is good and is worthy of our praise!
Stephanie Vander Leek
* Quote taken from True Worship by Vaughan Roberts
Shane is married to Nicole. He is a founding elder of the City Chapel church plant, and has been serving at City Chapel since 2012. Shane is currently leading a new church plant in Penticton called The Winepress.
Peter is married to Brenda. He is a founding elder of the City Chapel church plant, and has been serving at City Chapel since 2012.
Matt is married to Stephanie. He was a founding deacon of the City Chapel church plant, and was established as an Elder in 2015. He is currently transitioning into the Lead Teaching Elder role.
Rich is married to Les. He is a founding elder of the City Chapel church plant, and has been serving at City Chapel since 2012.