WHAT WE DO IN THE COMMUNITY AND THE WORLD
We seek to carry God’s love beyond the confines of our Church buildings to the Hungarian Community by ministering to the needs of the poor, the hungry, the voiceless and the powerless. We try to help to sustain Hungarian refugees in their desperate plight to survive.
All are welcome!
We therefore take the Bible seriously. We believe that the Bible is God's revelation to mankind and as such is very important. It tells us who we are, who God is, and what God expects of us as human beings. We meet together to worship God and hear the Bible read and preached on the Lord's Day, as well as singing from different contemporary and new hymnbooks. We also encourage each other to make the reading and study of God's Word a central part of our lives. Come, join us and find out more about our Beliefs.
Our system of Church Government is Presbyterian. Anyone who feels called can join our Sunday services, Communion, prayer groups, bible studies, Sunday schools or take an active part in our outreach to our own members in despair and loneliness, to vulnerable refugees and to all who are in need of fellowship and moral and spiritual support.
Description of Service
The service mostly follows the standard form of Presbyterian worship containing formal and informal parts. The supreme rule of faith, and life of the Church, which is both Catholic since we believe in the holy catholic, we are united Christians in Christ; Reformed, since we know that every day we have to change according to the Bible; Baptist since we are baptized in the name of our Saviour Jesus Christ; Pentecostal since the Holy Spirit work is us to be servants of our Lord and to live a life according to the Word of God, contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament.
Description of the structure of the congregation
Our Pastor is Ferenc Szatmári, who, after his theological studies, was ordained in 1988 at the Protestant Theological Institute of Cluj-Napoca.
He is the organizer, founder and pastor of our congregation since 2002. He was born in Transylvania and arrived in Delhi from Hungary on 14 December 2000 at the invitation of the Calvin Hungarian Reformed Church.
In 1988 he married with Maria Domahidi, and God blessed them with two children.
Ferenc Szatmári served in Szatmárnémeti, Szentjobbon and Nagyacsád in Hungary at the Reformed College in Pápa and served as a Marriage and Family Counselor for the Hungarian Reformed Missionary Department for two years.
Kirk of Session
Our session members provide the facilities and the necessary finance to sustain our congregation. They meet regularly and deal with different congregational issues. Our session is part of Calvin Presbyterian Church Delhi since we are amalgamated to them.
Our session has 6 elders, two treasurers and deacons.
The Aim of our congregation is to worship God and proclaim the gospel of God’s love; to help all who come into the church buildings complex to know that this is a house of God. The Mission of our congregation is to bring glory to God by making disciples of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20) and by demonstrating His love to a hurting world (Matthew 22:37-40) in the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8). Our objectives are to Evangelize, Teach, and Serve.
There is one God, who created the whole universe.
This one God exists in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Man’s main duty in life is to know, love and glorify God.
Everyone is guilty of sin and deserves to be punished in hell for ever.
God in his mercy has sent his Son, Jesus Christ, who is both God and man, to be the Saviour of sinners.
Jesus was crucified for sinners, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven.
Those who trust in Christ are accepted by God and will go to heaven.
Only the Holy Spirit can bring people to faith.
Jesus will return at the Day of Judgment.
The Lordship of Jesus Christ.
The purpose of our congregation is being and making disciples of Jesus Christ, who are integrated into the life and ministry of healthy growing churches, committed to fulfilling the Great Commission and the doing of God’s will on earth. We do believe that Jesus is Lord of both the church and the individual. We believe that it is only through Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death, burial and resurrection that a person can know salvation or eternal life with God in heaven - there aren’t many paths to God, only one. But belief in God means that what a Christian says is also evident in his/her action- every area in the believer’s life and the life of the church is to be subject to the Lord. God is the supreme authority.
The Authority of the Scriptures.
We believe the scriptures are inspired by God. They are the only perfect, supreme, infallible and sufficient standard of faith and practice.
The Priesthood of the Believer.
We hold that ALL believers share as equals in the church, and, in turn, have a priestly role toward each other. Every member is called to be a minister. Differences in education, wealth, gender and so on do not disqualify a person from service or from serving God through ministry to others.
Inherent in the worth of each person is also the ability of the soul to have direct access to God through Jesus Christ. We do believe that no group has the right to force others to believe or worship as it does. God has given all people freedom of choice and as such Christians have championed the cause of religious liberty.
To become a member we expect from you to search our Lord’s will, try to live according to his expectations, serve His glory and love your neighbours. To become a Christian requires a personal acknowledgement of Jesus Christ as both Saviour and Lord. You cannot say Christ has saved you from judgment unless you also allow him to control your life as Lord. This act of faith and believer’s baptism must precede membership in the local church.
We do baptize new born children and adults as well. The baptism of an adult it is one of the first significant acts through which the believer proclaims personal faith in Christ and is initiated into church life and ministry.
The Church is a community that meets regularly in a house of prayer, is fed with spiritual food, strengthens and supports its members and goes out into the world to shed the light of Christ. With this in mind the Hungarian Congregation at St Andrew’s Church Kitchener aims to fulfill its mission and thus to glorify God.
WHAT WE DO AT CHURCH
- In attempting to meet the Spiritual and Personal needs of our Congregation and all who enter our buildings, we offer Sunday Morning Worship with the Lord’s Supper around Advent, Christmas, Eastern, Pentecost, Thanksgiving.
- We do have Bible Study on every second Wednesday of the month at 6 pm, when a small group meets for an hour to study God's Word and to discuss a pre-determined portion of the Bible.
- We do have prayer group 30 minutes prior our Sunday service, at 2,30pm. Our prayer meeting is held each Sunday prior to the worship service at 2,30pm. We focus specifically on giving thanks for who God is and what He is doing in our lives and praying for specific needs within the congregation and our families.
- We do have Sunday school for children during the Sunday service. Whilst we believe that it the primary responsibility of parents to 'train and nurture' their children in the ways of the Lord we count it a privilege to run four Bible Classes each Lord's Day morning. The focus of these classes is on giving everyone who attends a sound grounding in the Word of God. So in effect the Bible Class is a mini theology lesson geared to build children and adults alike in their knowledge of and love for God. Find out more about the Bible classes.
We share also prayer, praise, fellowship, and hospitality consistent with the teaching of Jesus Christ.
HOW CAN WE ACHIEVE THESE GOALS?
We will need the participation and resources of our members. The Church needs our time, our talents as well as our money. We plan to work with partner Churches and Organizations in Kitchener and other Hungarian Congregations in Canada, mobilizing and sharing resources in order to achieve our goals.
We do accept donations from those who would like to donate for glory of God to sustain our congregation and our Mission.
We do organize suppers cooking Hungarian specialities. We do have sausage making days when we collect the orders and prepare the Hungarian sausage.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8. Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. Revelation 22:17