Fellowship Christian Reformed Church was formed in 1979 when a small group of families and individuals from various Christian Reformed churches in Edmonton joined to look for a new kind of church and worship experience.
From 1979 to 1988, worship services were held in Homesteader Elementary School in northeast Edmonton. In 1988 the worship space moved to The King’s College gymnasium at 97th street and 107th Avenue. When The King’s University moved to its present location, Fellowship followed. Services are now held in The King’s University atrium.
From its inception, Fellowship Church was organized in a manner that encouraged participation by all members of all ages. This lay approach is especially evident in pastoral care and in all aspects of the worship service. Children, too, are actively involved in each worship service at Fellowship. They partake in communion, they pass the microphone to members during intercessory prayer, and they participate in “Children’s Story,” which is an integral component of every service. Young people also contribute to services, especially in music and reading. The youth group at Fellowship takes full responsibility for at least one worship service each year, leading the congregation with music, art, and dramatic readings.
Fellowship Church is s a member of the Christian Reformed denomination and, as such, finds its roots in the Protestant Reformation. We proclaim the triune God as sovereign over all of life, and see the Word of God as the guiding light by which it operates.
Each Sunday, the congregation declares itself to be a faith community that believes in Jesus Christ. Communion, which occurs every Sunday, is a remembrance and acknowledgement of Christ’s suffering and ultimate victory.
Our beliefs: http://www.crcna.org/pages/beliefs.cfm
The Christian Reformed Church of North America: http://www.crcna.org/pages/index.cfm
There are a number of committees at Fellowship to take up the callings or ministries of the church, as listed below. Fellowship coordinates all of its affairs through the Coordinating Council, which comprises representation from all of the church’s committees:
- Liturgy Committee – writes seasonal and thematic liturgies and oversees the leadership details of each worship service, including music.
- Pastoral Committee – takes an integrated approach to the concerns faced by and arising from church members. This mandate includes pastoral care as well as the task of practicing mercy within both the church community and the larger community outside of the church. The Pastoral Committee is also responsible for most denominational matters. The members of this committee are elected by the congregation.
- Education Committee – assigns leaders and coordinates teaching materials and service projects such as making meals for inner-city organizations. This committee is divided into subcommittees for adults and youths.
- Refugee Committee – works to raise awareness of refugee concerns and to support and sponsor refugees from countries facing war and poverty.
- Social Committee – organizes various social events such as bridal showers, baby showers, and church picnics or potlucks.
For we are the body of Christ and each member is a part of it” (I Cor. 12:27).
These words signify what Fellowship CRC strives to be: a community that is called to live and behave as brothers and sisters in the Lord.
Fellowship Christian Reformed Church seeks to honour God by being an open and inclusive community. As witnesses to the redeeming power of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, we strive to be a community of brothers and sisters in the Lord who receive and extend the hospitality and grace of Christ. In our worship and our common life, we are committed to embracing people of all ages, colours, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, ethnic origins, and economic circumstances. We welcome all who seek to follow Christ to participate as full members in the life of our church. We strive to remain faithful to the promises made at baptism, welcoming and nurturing the faith of all God’s children. We seek to build community in the midst of diversity and honour God’s greatest commandment – to love one another as Christ loves us.
Each person assumes responsibility for the greater community and seeks the well being of everyone within it. We desire to be a community where a spirit of trust and mutual respect shapes our relationships. We are a a church community that wants to share in the joys and trials of its individual members. We are a place for sisters and brothers in Christ, friends, families, and organized small groups to interact with each other and to show genuine support for each other. It’s a church community that desires to show compassion to all members. Our Safe Community document, adopted in 2007, describes how we as a church will work to be a safe community.
Fellowship strives to be a church that creates space for all of its members. Inclusivity is one of its founding principles and remains a key tenet in all decision-making. Fellowship allows room for and expression of heartfelt responses, whether they are of joy and thanksgiving or of uncertainty, doubt, and vulnerability. There is space and time to ask questions about the church itself and to reflect upon interpretations of God’s call as found in the Bible. Sometimes these conversations happen in an educational setting for youths or adults; other times the dialogue may occur outside of the church setting. With humility, all members are invited to assess and reassess the church’s mission and mandate. This dialogic emphasis asksmembers to speak not only to each other but also to people outside of the church community, as a way to remain vibrant and relevant in a pluralistic society.
Respect for each member, as well as respect for other faith traditions, is promoted.
Fellowship is a church community that seeks to provide solace and support to each member; it values the spiritual life of all members.
It is also a church community that challenges each member to be actively involved in service that extends outward from the church to neighbours everywhere. Working for justice, mercy, and peace at both the local and global level is seen as a crucial and ongoing task.