Armour Heights Presbyterian Church was established in 1951, and was part of the post-war boom in new church development that marks that period in Canada and in the Toronto area. The congregation continued to make a meaningful impact in the Armour Heights geographical community and beyond, and provided spiritual community and inner growth for many over the years.
In 1998, the congregation of Melrose Park Presbyterian Church (established in 1938) amalgamated with Armour Heights Church, and as a result, new members were added and new ministries were established. In August 2017, The Rev. Dr. Harris Athanasiadis was called as the new minister and in August 2018, Rebecca Jess joined the ministry team. A new era for the congregation has begun.
“THE VITALITY OF OUR FAITH”
A Statement of Purpose
We are a community of people bound together by belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. We affirm that within our congregational family people from all corners of thr globe, of all ages, both male and female, are united in a common desire to experience together and share with others the vitality of our faith.
We accept that as people gifted by God’s grace we have special responsibilities. We will use our many resources to ensure that the varied needs of our people are met at all stages of life’s journey. We will eagerly project ourselves, both in our home community and in our city as a focal point for spirituality, fellowship and care-giving. We will support the work of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, as it touches our country and our world. We will invite the community to share the good fortune of our fine facilities.
We know that when our vision is kept bright, everything is possible. As God’s people, we will undertake to be biblically knowledgeable, faithful, innovative and committed in pursuit of our goals.
A CHRISTIAN CREED
By Dr. Harris
1. I believe that I am created by God, full of goodness and beauty.
2. I believe that despite the goodness and beauty in me, I am also full of mistakes and imperfections in my behavior and my heart, intended or not, toward others, toward myself, toward life, toward the earth, and toward God.
3. I believe that I am forgiven and loved by God, despite it all.
4. I believe that I must learn how to forgive and love others, myself, life, this earth and God the way I am forgiven and loved.
5. I believe the God described above is revealed and embodied most fully in Jesus – in what he teaches, how he lives and the way he dies. I also believe that Jesus is raised from the dead and that his Spirit, the Holy Spirit, is a life-giving energy working in me and in others to inspire the kind of faith, hope and love that can truly transform the world.
6. I believe the God revealed and embodied in Jesus the risen Christ and active in the world as Holy Spirit, can most fully inspire in me faith, hope and love when I am being grounded and nurtured in fellowship with others in Christian community.
A PRAYER BASED ON THE LORD’S PRAYER
By Dr. Harris
O God, who is both father and mother to us, who surrounds us in all the spaces we inhabit now and eternally, may we honour you in all we think, say and do.
May your heaven infiltrate our world and may we become your agents of change.
Give us what we need to live well daily for our bodies as much as our minds and spirits, and give us what we need when our bodies and minds fail us.
Awaken us to our need for your forgiveness and the forgiveness of others. Open us to forgive others as you are always forgiving us.
Protect us from our worst temptations and fears, and save us when the consequences of bad choices and circumstances we cannot control overwhelm us.
For to you belongs the highest wisdom, the deepest inspiration, and the greatest power to liberate, heal and save, now and forever; Amen.
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