North York Chinese Baptist Church (NYCBC) launched a church expansion project in the year 2000 and acquired the land at 685 Sheppard Ave. East to build a six-storied church building. Seeing the continuous completion of many condominium buildings in the vicinity, NYCBC deeply felt the need and responsibility to reach out to this community and to share the church's spaces and human resources with our neighbours. After more than two years of research, data collection and preparation, NYCBC’s Thursday Community Service was born on April 10, 2014!
I still remember, on that day, the volunteers, with high expectations and trepidation, started the first Thursday community service activities. Even when I think about it now, my heart still pounds with excitement! In the past five years, Community Service has grown like a newborn baby; now we have about 1,000 members with more than 200 people attending our activities each week, and the activities offered are much more diverse. The most gratifying part is that the friends who come to NYCBC all feel very much at home. Seeing these progresses, we can only honour God. The Bible says: “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit.”
We want to sincerely thank the many volunteers, including the speakers who share their professional expertise during our weekly workshops on specific topics, the instructors of various exercise and interest classes, as well as the volunteers who arrange special events, work at the reception, take care of the venue, look after audio/visual equipment, serve tea and refreshments, handle information processing, write computer programs, and so on. We are also very grateful to our partner – the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care for their contributions in workshops, chat rooms and various self-management courses. Your participation and support are our greatest encouragement!
Looking forward, we pray that our Lord will guide us to continue to effectively provide appropriate and high-quality services and activities to the community, so that we will be able to better meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the participants!