RPCNA | St. Lawrence Presbytery | Toronto (Ontario, Canada)
Organised: October 1928
Pastor: Allan MacLeod
Elders: Roderick Finlayson and James Hughes
Members: 32 Communicant, 2 Baptized
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16, ESV)
Over the years, the congregation became more ethnically diverse and seeking a North American denomination with similar doctrinal standards led us to the RP church, which, in November of 2014, our congregation voted to join.
Overtime, we grew to become an eclectic congregation that mirrors the city in which we worship. Our communicant members and regular attendees include people of all ages and different occupations, and include people of American, Cameroonian, Canadian, Chinese, Dutch, Indian, Jamaican, Korean, Malaysian, Maltese, Pilipino, Puerto Rican, Romanian, Scottish, and Vietnamese descent.
A Light Upon a Hill
During the church’s lifetime, we have been blessed with three church buildings, in different areas of the City of Toronto.
On October 1st, 2017, we held our first service at the new church building located at 10 Thomas Clark Way, Toronto. This building is set at one of the highest elevation points of the city–literally a light upon a hill (Matthew 5:14). We are located near a major highway and a five-minute walk from a subway station, making it quite accessible.
Our ongoing ministries include Sunday School for all ages, a mid-week prayer meeting, men’s breakfast, women’s Bible study, adult Bible study, and material support to Christian non-profits (knitted scarves, hats, baby blankets, Samaritan’s Purse shoeboxes).
Elder James (Jim) Hughes is a speaker and writer for Creation Ministries International (CMI). The goal of CMI is to support the effective proclamation of the Gospel by providing credible answers that affirm the reliability of the Bible, in particular its Genesis history.
The COVID situation did not halt our ministries. Through God’s grace, our new church building was equipped to livestream our Sunday services and our study groups and meetings were seamlessly moved from in-person to online via Skype. A number of our members felt called to support our local community by providing a homeless shelter with a weekly lunch (200 sandwiches per week!) and by delivering care packages to members of our congregation who lived alone.
Our Sunday services have returned to in-person but we continue to simultaneously live-stream the services on Youtube.
Pray that God would make effective all aspects of the work and witness of the EPC congregation, so that we really would be a light set upon a hill in the midst of dark times.
Lily Tran is one of EPC’s Sunday school teachers who works with the young elementary school-aged children. She was born and raised in Toronto and enjoys the fellowship and teaching of EPC.