“Kingsview Free Methodist Church is a multi-generational and inter-cultural church with a vision for ministry that begins in our community and extends around the world.”
This is not just a mission statement; we try to live it out. The mission activity in our community and around our world exemplifies this commitment.
Mission takes many forms. One of the most practical ministries to the community is the Bike Repair Shop.
Pastor Darrin Lindsay works together with other volunteers to repair and rebuild bicycles for children and young people. During the past year, they repaired hundreds of bicycles and gave away at least 60 more.
Studio 15 was the theme of the summer outreach program last summer. Under the leadership of Jessica Dotson, assisted by Jenna Burke and others, the day camp focused on music and art for young people in grades 6-8.
The Lord has opened doors of opportunity in mission with several area schools. This past year we were involved in the Homework Club at Kingsview Village Junior School for the tenth year. Pastor Darrin has been leading a lunch time discussion group at Kipling Collegiate.
In addition, members of Kingsview Youth Ministry worked with Advocates for Etobicoke Youth (AFEY) in hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner and Christmas Party for community residents.
Kingsview Church partners with Toronto Baptist Intercultural Services – Dixon Ministry to provide an ESL Class for women connected with Kingsview Village School. The class involves 20-25 women.
The Christmas Gift and Food Hamper project has become an important Christmas tradition for Kingsview Church. Coordinated by Martin Bowen, the project distributed food and gifts to about 120 families during the Christmas season.
Members of Kingsview Church are working in a quiet ministry to spread the good news of Jesus throughout the high rise buildings on Dixon Road. Since the population of these buildings is largely non-Christian, the ministry has to be incarnational and relationship driven.
One of the most exciting mission projects of the past year was the construction of a new church in Esperanza, Dominican Republic. Beginning the day after Easter, three teams involving seventeen men under the leadership of Lowell and Lois Brown completed the construction of the building in just twelve days!
Jon Dotson spent three weeks in Port Alsworth, Alaska, during May and June, with a mission team from Tyndale University. They were working on construction and repair projects and ministering with First Nation youthat Tanalian Bible Camp.
A team of six people spent their Christmas break working with a Methodist Church near Havana, Cuba. The team was involved in a variety of construction projects, sports and church ministries.
The annual Dominican Republic Child Care Mission Team in January 2011 completed the past year and began another one. The team ministered in churches and schools and visited children and young people who are part of Kingsview Child Care Sponsorship program. With the coordination of Lowell and Lois Brown, the program now sponsors more than 200 children and youth.
We believe God has called Kingsview Church to be His agent of reconciliation and transformation in our community and around the world. Pray that God’s Holy Spirit will empower us to faithfully turn that vision into reality.