ABOUT US...

Welcome to Living Hope CRC

We are a community of people whom believe that all our hope is found not in what we do for God, but what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. His love and grace is foundational for all we do in worship in our ministries and for how we live with one another.  We hope you will experience that same love and grace along with us.

Join us for worship on Sundays at 10 am. or visit our live stream link to watch any sermon.

What Can I Expect from Service?

The Word

The Word of God is central and our understanding of God's Word is nurtured through preaching. We believe it is important to hear all of God’s Word, chapter by chapter, verse by verse. Preaching at Living Hope endeavors to proclaim God’s Word fully.

Music

Leading and promoting congregational singing is accomplished with various musical instrumentation (piano, organ, voice, guitar etc.), and is intended to join our voices to scripturally relevant themes featuring compositions from the 1st Century, to current day. We bring music from sacred composers such as Bach, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn, while intertwining them with our modern contemporary greats.

Biblical Foundation

Our worship is centered on the Word of God and aims to be joyful, reverent, relevant and formational. We draw on both traditional and contemporary forms of worship, remembering that worship is the central part of the covenantal relationship between God and His people and the goal of worship is to glorify the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Sunday School

All Children, age 4 to grade 5, are invited to join the Sunday School Program. They leave at a designated time during the morning worship service, and parents may gather their children from their respective rooms after the service. We also offer nursery for children 0-3 years.

Prayer and Fellowship

We join in prayer several times during a service. A small prayer group also meets every Sunday morning before the service.

After every service, we gather in the fellowship hall to enjoy refreshments, join in fellowship with other members and meet new people.

Goodwill Offering

We collect a good will offering for different local and international causes every Sunday. We like to consider the offering as a way to give back to God for the gifts He has given us. We are all blessed, give joyfully as you are able!

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At Living Hope Services you will find...

The Word

The Word of God is central and our understanding of God's Word is nurtured through preaching.  We believe it is important to hear all of God’s Word, chapter by chapter, verse by verse. Preaching at Living Hope endeavors to proclaim God’s Word fully.

Music

Leading and promoting congregational singing is accomplished with various musical instrumentation (piano, organ, voice, guitar etc.), and is intended to join our voices to scripturally relevant themes featuring compositions from the 1st Century, to current day. We bring music from sacred composers such as Bach, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn, while intertwining them with our modern contemporary greats.

Offering

We collect a good will offering for different causes every Sunday. We like to consider the offering as a way to give back to God for the gifts He has given us. Give joyfully as you are able!

Biblical Foundation

Our worship is centered on the Word of God and aims to be joyful, reverent, relevant and formational.   We draw on both traditional and contemporary forms of worship, remembering that worship is the central part of the covenantal relationship between God and His people and the goal of worship is to glorify the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Sacraments

The sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper are celebrated as continual reminders of God's faithfulness to His covenant people. When celebrated in connection with the preaching of God’s Word, sacraments are visible proclamations and reminders of Jesus Christ: crucified,risen and Lord.

Fellowship

We gather in the fellowship hall after every service to enjoy refreshments, join in fellowship with other members and meet new people.

Prayer

We join in prayer several times during a service. A small prayer group also meets every Sunday morning before the service.

Sunday School

All Children, age 4 to grade 5, are invited to join the Sunday School Program. They leave at a designated time during the morning worship service, and parents may gather their children from their respective rooms after the service. We also offer nursery for children 0-3 years.

This is Us...

“In the power of the HOLY SPIRIT we will OBEY God, SEEK the lost and DISCIPLE one another in JESUS name.”
WORSHIP
  • Christ-centred
  • God-glorifying
  • Word-based
  • Spirit-filled
  • Relevant
  • Reformed
MINISTRY
  • Encourage each other to develop the gifts God has given us.
  • Equip members for ministry.
  • Provide education that strengthens our faith.
  • Provide fellowship, support and opportunities for spiritual growth for all members.
  • Support and encourage our leaders and teachers.
  • Focus on reaching out and proclaiming the gospel.
  • Showing the mercy of Christ to those in need.
FACILITIES AND RESOURCES
  • Encourage faithful giving of our financial resources.
  • Foster wise stewardship.
  • Provide appropriate facilities for worship and ministry
  • Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour.
  • The Bible is the infallible Word of God.
  • Salvation is by grace alone, to all who believe in Jesus Christ.
  • Human life is precious to God.
  • Believers’ lives are to be Christ-centred.
  • The Reformed teachings faithfully reflect the Word of God

We believe that the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, the only infallible rule for faith and life.

Doctrinal Standards:
As a member of the Christian Reformed Church, we affirm three confessions:

Ecumenical Creeds:
As a member of the Christian Reformed Church, we affirm three creeds:

Living Hope CRC Staff

Mark Verbruggen

Pastor

Rev. Mark Verbruggen has been serving at Living Hope Church since June 2017. Pastor Mark grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario. He graduated from Calvin College in 1991 and Calvin Theological Seminary in 1995. Ordained in the Christian Reformed Church, he has served congregations in Georgetown, Ontario and Sioux Center, Iowa prior to his coming to Sarnia.

Janiece VanOosterom

Office Administrator

Connor Hellinga

Worship Coordinator

Connor is the Worship Coordinator at Living Hope CRC. Having grown up in the Christian Reformed Church his goal is to incorporate timeless scripturally relevant music and liturgy into Living Hope's worship services. He leads congregational music with piano, organ, and clarinet. Outside of his work with the church he works as a regional airline pilot in Canada.

Chantelle Olbach

Website/ Social Media Administrator

Chantelle has been a member of Living Hope CRC for the past five years along with her husband and three children. They were previous members of Stratford Christian Reformed Church. Chantelle maintains the church website and social media account. You will also see her covering the office from time to time. In her free time, Chantelle enjoys spending time with her family in the outdoors, camping and kayaking.