About Our Ministry
At the Bridlewood Community Church (BCCN) we believe it's all about relationships; with God, family and community. Seeking God's compassion and Christ's love is integral in developing a deeper relationship with our Heavenly Father and furthering our faith. We want to be passionate about sharing His love by becoming active in ministry to grow the church and connect with one another.
History of the BCCN
Under the leadership of Allan MacMillan, the Bridlewood Community Church of the Nazarene (BCCN) began in the local community center on March 13, 1983, starting small with only 6 adults and 7 children in attendance. The church was officially organized on September 15, 1985.
It was not long before the congregation grew and it became apparent that a larger more permanent facility was needed. The property at the corner of Stonehaven Drive and Eagleson Road became available and with much prayer and God's leading, BCCN was able to purchase this land. In 1988, the building started with the organization of the Bridlewood Child Learning Center, a gymnasium, fellowship room, pastor's office, Sunday school rooms and a space for the Bridlewood Co-operative Nursery.
An early vision of the church was to support the community through offering a high-quality day care program. BCCN established the Bridlewood Child Learning Centre (BCLC), which is a fully licensed non-profit day care providing 63 spaces to toddler and preschool children, and which has operated to meet the needs of our community every year of its operation. We are very pleased with this Day Care and people think very highly of it. Call us, if you have any further inquiries at 613-591-0171.
In December of 1999, the sanctuary (which seats approximately 300) was added. At that time the gymnasium was renovated to make room for additional Sunday School facilities and an upper level Youth Room.
In July of 2007, Rev. Keith MacAskill joined the pastoral staff at BCCN as Associate Pastor. Upon the retirement of Rev. Allan MacMillan in March of 2011, Rev. MacAskill assumed full pastoral responsibilities for BCCN until his resignation as of October 2016. Rev. Charmaine Kofler is the new lead pastor as of July 2017, coming from previous pastoral experience in Trenton, Ontario.
The work of the Church of the Nazarene began in Canada in 1902 with a single congregation in Oxford, Nova Scotia. Since then, it has spread across the country, with almost 200 churches and missions throughout Canada.
The Church of the Nazarene Canada is part of an international denomination of nearly 2.5 million members. The largest of the denominations that originated in the world-wide holiness revivals of the 18th and 19th century. The International Church of the Nazarene is the result of the merger of numerous congregations that came together between 1887 and 1988. It is Methodist in doctrine and related theologically to the Free Methodist, Wesleyan, Salvation Army, Christian and Missionary Alliance churches and many other denominations that share common roots in the Church of England.
These are the core beliefs upon which the Church of the Nazarene builds its doctrinal system and practice:
We believe in one God - the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by plenary inspiration, contain all truth necessary to faith and Christian living.
We believe that man is born with a fallen nature and is, therefore, inclined to evil, and that continually.
We believe that the finally impenitent are hopelessly and eternally lost.
We believe that the atonement through Jesus Christ is for the whole human race, and that whosoever repents and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ is justified and regenerated and saved from the dominion of sin.
We believe that believers are to be sanctified wholly, subsequent to regeneration through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that the Holy Spirit bears witness to the new birth, and also to the entire sanctification of believers.
We believe that our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgementwill take place.
Our denominational mission statement is: Making Christ-like Disciples in the Nations
The Church of the Nazarene is an orthodox Protestant body that adheres to the ecumenical creeds of the early Christian church. The theology of Methodist founder John Wesley (1703-91), who integrated the Protestant understanding of grace with the Catholic themes of holiness and love, is foundational for Nazarene doctrine. Nazarenes emphasize Christian conversion, sanctification or holiness, and the personal assurance of God’s grace – Wesleyan distinctives that point back to a deeper rootage in continental European pietism. Discipleship is a prominent concern. An emphasis on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit has generally prevented Nazarenes from slipping into the static Biblicism that sometimes affects other evangelical Protestants. The Church of the Nazarene recognizes two sacraments: Christian baptism and Holy Communion. Believers’ baptism and infant baptism are both allowed, though the former is most generally practiced.
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For more information on the Church of the Nazarene International visit www.nazarene.org
For more information on the Church of the Nazarene USA/Canada Region visit www.usacanadaregion.org