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Richmond Hill

SilverCity Richmond Hill, 8725 Yonge Street

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Melissa Ytsma Tel.: 647.300.4756
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10:00 am-11:00 am – Music & Teaching
(includes full program for Infants to Grade 8)

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  • Fri 10 Feb

    You Can Be a Peacemaker

    With just a brief look at the news or social media, one can easily observe that people’s differing opinions and beliefs have resulted in a major rift in our social cohesion in North America. This overwhelming flood of information on issues where there is no quick fix leads many, including us at The Meeting House, to question what meaningful role we can play in breaking down the many walls that our society is so quick to build.

    Jesus stated, "Blessed are the peacemakers for...


  • Tue 06 Dec

    Christmas Eve 2016

    Christmas Eve 2016

    You're invited! Yes you! And you too! Heck, bring mom and dad while you're at it! Even the neighbour, even cousin Sal. It's Christmas, you know cousin Sal could use the company. We hope you can join us for a time of scripture reading and carroll singing! All services are family friendly, so you can bring the kids and we'll do our best to keep them from causing complete mayhem.

    Hope to see you in:
    Oakville —  Saturday December 24 @ 2:00pm, 3:30pm, 5:00pm, and 6:30pm at 2700...


  • Thu 10 Nov

    We Will Remember

    Occasionally, I’m asked if a peace church like ours that promotes non-violent enemy love should pause to commemorate Remembrance Day or if individual Christ-followers should wear poppies and participate in Remembrance Day events.

    Pacifists, like anyone, have differing opinions – there is no one right answer. But my approach, and our approach at The Meeting House, has always been to use Remembrance Day as an opportunity to...


  • Mon 07 Nov

    We're turning 30. Let's party!

    We're turning 30, so we're having a party (and you're invited!) 

    Get your dancing shoes ready for The Meeting House's 30th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, November 12 at our Oakville Production Site !
    Family from across all our sites will be gathering to share stories, dance (with music courtesy of DJ Brux-E-Brux), and celebrate the work of The Meeting House over the past three decades!

    The festivities start at 6pm. All ages welcome. 




  • Sat 05 Nov

    Why Hacksaw Ridge Is One of My New Favourite Movies

    Image courtesy of Elevation Pictures

    I'm very grateful to have been given the chance to see an advance screening of this new WWII drama. I knew the story of Desmond Doss, I had heard interviews and watched the trailers, and I was, admittedly, determined to appreciate this film. At the same time, I was a little apprehensive, because the subject matter is so important, it would have been tragic if the movie was not an "A" grade movie. I'm happy to say, this movie is an A+.

    Here are five...


  • Mon 17 Oct

    3 Characteristics of Being an Ambassador for the Jesus Nation

    I’d like you to ask yourself this question: “What do I need to do to be the ambassador God has called me to be?” I follow Greg Koukl’s lead, who teaches on the importance of knowledge, wisdom, and character. He points out that these [knowledge, wisdom, and character] are three prerequisites for being a good ambassador.


    Knowledge means you understand the policies of the government you represent. If you’re going to be an ambassador...


  • Wed 05 Oct

    Making an Impact, One Life at a Time: A Mposa and Chamba Update

    Over the past five years, we as a church family have been supporting our brothers and sisters in Chamba and Mposa, Malawi through our compassion partnership with World Vision Canada . Here are some of the ways the generosity of our community has helped to transform the lives of our brothers and sisters in these two communities.


    Two years ago, several village chiefs attended training to learn about children's rights. This resulted in the creation of new by-laws ensuring...


  • Fri 16 Sep

    Welcome to East Toronto!

    The first time I walked around The Beaches neighbourhood was powerful. There is something about the atmosphere of feeling the warm summer breeze coming off the water, seeing children laughing and playing in the park, hearing a couple chat while walking their dog, watching young people going into a locally owned coffee shop and being known by their name and regular order, smelling someone’s delicious BBQ grilling in their backyard… It feels like home .



  • Wed 14 Sep

    The Meeting House on Campus! (Well, sort of...)

    The Meeting House University and College Campus

    Now that we’re a couple of weeks into the school year your schedules will slowly start to normalize and you’ll be finding your groove as new routines develop. However, one aspect of our back-to-school routine that often goes by the wayside when we leave home is going to church. If you’re a university or college student looking to connect with a Christian community, or if you’re thinking of exploring what it means to follow Jesus, you can find a Meeting...


  • Sun 07 Aug

    5 Reasons Why We Can’t Fight Spiritual Wars and Earthly Wars at the Same Time

    5 Reasons Why We Can’t Fight Spiritual Wars and Earthly Wars at the Same Time

    The Bible teaches Christians that we are engaged in a spiritual war against a spiritual enemy. The implication seems to be that we ought not get involved in physical, earthly wars, but focus on the real war behind all wars. In fact, this is what the clear teaching of Jesus, the example of Jesus, and the teachings of the early Church confirm.

    Still, I'm sometimes asked, “Can't we be involved in a spiritual battle AND take on any earthly enemy with actual weapons and be involved...


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