CHECK ANY NUMBER OF THE FOLLOWING:

I want to be baptized.

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How do I become a church member?

Here at Promise Church we believe that everyone has something to offer the Kingdom of God! We want your help in whatever way you can think to offer. In order to get involved with one of our existing teams, please fill out the form below and check off any area that interests you.

WORSHIP TEAM

Do you play an instrument or sing? Are you interested in learning how to use our sound or projection system? The Worship Team may be the place for you!

SETUP AND TEAR DOWN

As a portable church we are always looking for people willing to help setup and tear down in preparation for our Sunday services. This includes helping us pack and unpack our church trailer.

GREETING AND FIRST IMPRESSIONS TEAM

We need friendly and hospitable people to act as the face of Promise Church to members and newcomers alike.

KIDS MINISTRY

Are you good with infants and children? We would love your help in running our Kids Ministry program on Sunday mornings.

YOUTH MINISTRY

Sports, games, tuck, and discussion are all a part of our youth program which runs on Monday evenings. Promise Youth is looking for leaders to help lead and disciple junior and senior high students.

SNACKS AND COFFEE TEAM

Whether you like preparing or eating snacks, we can always use your help in preparing our Sunday morning coffee and snack table.

TOWN EVENTS

Promise Church loves to serve its local community. If you are willing and interested in being put on a list of available volunteers for town events and community outreach, check this box!

PROMISE GROUP LEADERSHIP

Are you interested in supporting a Promise Group by hosting, leading discussion, or providing snacks? We would love your help!

OFFERING AND COUNTING TEAM

We need volunteers to help us take up our offering each week.

If you are unsure about where you can serve or have other ideas and questions about an existing team, please email Pastor Jon by clicking the link below.

EMAIL OUR MINISTRY COORDINATORS

At Promise Church we value giving families the opportunity to worship together during our service! If you have young children, you will be able to sign them in and drop them off to our kid’s program following worship, during our brief break!

Now more than ever Promise Kids needs your help. As our church continues to grow, so must our children’s ministry. In order to do this, however, we will need as much help and volunteers as we can get. If you are interested in this, please fill out the appropriate section on the “Find Your Place To Serve” tab above!

LOCATION:

Infants to Grade 4 meet in room at the near the gym entrance | Grades 5-8 meet in Staff Room 101 down the hallway behind our welcome sign.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

There will be a mandatory training session after service on Sunday, November 24 for all Promise Kids volunteers.

Promise Youth will be meeting at the Chris Hadfield Gymnasium for sports, games, and discussion. Feel free to invite your friends! If you want to find out more about this youth group, click the link below to email Pastor Rob!

DATE & TIME:

Monday evenings from 7:00-8:30PM.

LOCATION:

Chris Hadfield Public School Gymnasium | 211 West Park Avenue, Bradford, Ontario.

EMAIL PASTOR ROB

The Santa Claus Parade is an excellent opportunity for Promise Church and its community to get involved with the running and planning of a town event. As a church we need volunteers to help brainstorm, create, and man our float. Additionally the Town of Bradford has requested our help in actually running the event on the day of. If this is something you can help with in any capacity please contact Pastor Rob by clicking the link below!

DATE & TIME:

The parade will be running on Saturday, November 16 starting at 6:00PM but volunteer meetings will happen periodically leading up to the event.

LOCATION:

Bradford District High School | 70 Professor Day Drive, Bradford, Ontario.

GET INVOLVED!

Pastor Rob is hosting an Old Testament book study Promise Group on Wednesday evenings at his home. If this is something you would be interested in joining, please click the link below to sign up for the group.

DATE AND TIME:

Wednesday evenings at 7:30PM.

LOCATION:

Pastor Rob’s Home | 95 Collings Avenue, Bradford.

JOIN THIS GROUP

If you are interested in helping out with events, suggesting new ideas, or helping the church an any other way we invite you to join our conversations on Slack.

PLEASE ENTER YOUR NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS!

SERMON TEXT

Jonah 1 (English Standard Version)

1 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord. But the Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up. Then the mariners were afraid, and each cried out to his god. And they hurled the cargo that was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone down into the inner part of the ship and had lain down and was fast asleep. So the captain came and said to him, “What do you mean, you sleeper? Arise, call out to your god! Perhaps the god will give a thought to us, that we may not perish.” And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know on whose account this evil has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. Then they said to him, “Tell us on whose account this evil has come upon us. What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?” And he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” 10 Then the men were exceedingly afraid and said to him, “What is this that you have done!” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them. 11 Then they said to him, “What shall we do to you, that the sea may quiet down for us?” For the sea grew more and more tempestuous. 12 He said to them, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.” 13 Nevertheless, the men rowed hard to get back to dry land, but they could not, for the sea grew more and more tempestuous against them. 14 Therefore they called out to the Lord, “O Lord, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not on us innocent blood, for you, O Lord, have done as it pleased you.” 15 So they picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. 16 Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows. 17  And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

SERMON NOTES

  • The unique nature of Jonah:
    • The story focuses on the prophet, not the message.
    • The story is a satire.
  • Unexpected actions:
    • Jonah, God’s prophet, runs.
    • The pagan sailors turn to God.
  • God’s compassion:
    • The sailors reflect God’s compassion.
    • God shows compassion on the sailors.
    • God shows compassion on Jonah.
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Promise Groups are central to what we do at Promise Church. Through Promise Groups, we reach into the heart of our community to serve it and help make it better, by strategizing, socializing, studying and serving together. People want to see things done well, and want to see things made better. Promise groups invite people to join the group for the purpose of doing something to make the community better.

Each promise group will be composed of members of Promise Church and their unchurched friends, neighbours, and coworkers. Our church members will invite others into our promise group process, which involves four or more evenings to socialize with each other, study the word of God through a short video presentation, strategize about what they can do to improve their community, and serve as a group where they see fit. Promise Groups are the gateway into community. In community, a desire for God is created that comes not from guilt, but from a loving offer of a gracious benevolent God.

JOIN A PROMISE GROUP

WHY WE GIVE:

Here at Promise Church, we believe that giving is an act of worship, as well as a demonstration of trust in what God is doing in His kingdom. As we give, we demonstrate three things: we demonstrate our trust and faith in God’s provision (giving back to God what He gives us), we emulate his generosity, and we demonstrate that we are not bound to our material possessions.

HOW TO GIVE:

As a church plant, Promise Church is parented by Willowdale Pentecostal Church. Because of this, they act as our financial mediator. In order to give to Promise Church, please fill out the form below and select “Promise Church” from the Fund drop down.

WHY WILLOWDALE PENTECOSTAL CHURCH?

As our major parenting church, Willowdale Pentecostal Church acts as our governing body and legal accountability. This gives us the freedom to shape our ministries, and then establish our individual governing board in line with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, and the vision of what God is calling us to do.

Worship is more than just music and singing on a Sunday morning. Worship is the very way we live. Everything we do becomes an act of worship when it honours God and builds his kingdom. In a corporate setting, music helps us worship together as a body; it encourages us to sing with each other and express our praise to Christ in a way that edifies the church and fosters a united community.

CHURCH SONG LIST:

Because of the necessity of corporate worship, and its purpose in building up our community, we have (and will be maintaining) a playlist that includes all the songs we sing, or are going to be singing, during our Sunday morning services. The purpose of this playlist is to encourage you, the church, to listen to these songs on your own, and to include them in your devotional time.

NOTE:

Songs at the top of the playlist will be reserved for newer songs that have either been recently introduced, or will be introduced in the near future.