We are all on journeys. Some of them take us to various geographic locations. Others are journeys of thought and faith. Whether physical or metaphoric, along the way we may experience breath-taking views, gentle curves and unexpected roadblocks. Eastminster exists to help people on the journey of faith. We are a community of fellow travellers trying to discover God, meaning, and love. There are some things we hold dear. We are, for instance, a Christian Church and are thus deeply motivated by the Christian Scriptures and Jesus. We try to understand these as best we can and are open to engaging a wide variety of faith issues through them. We would be delighted if you would journey with us, and trust that you would find Eastminster a welcoming and stimulating environment.
Eastminster cultivates worship and community in unique ways. First, through the music, prayers and teaching on Sundays (9:45 a.m.) we endeavour to worship God, nourish our spirits, and improve our understanding of God and the Christian life. Second, through various mid-week learning opportunities we seek to grow in God’s grace. Third, it is our hope that personal growth will transform into action as we reach out to help and embrace the neighbourhood around us.
Eastminster has been happy to share its building and resources with the East-end community. On Wednesdays, for instance, we house the Open Door Café, which provides a lunch for anyone in the community. Some who take advantage of this are Seniors who just want to get out and socialise. Others are individuals who have very little and a hot meal is most welcome. On Thursday mornings, we host a Family Space Playgroup for young children and their caregivers. On Thursday evenings the large, Alcoholics Anonymous – Quinte Group use our facility. In fact, over 40 groups use the building throughout the week. Some are involved in art, exercise, yoga, and square-dancing. Others help people with specific issues such as Gamblers Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, and TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly). From a Christian perspective, our own church ministries include a Sunday School program for children, a Spark Youth Group, Seniors’ Ministries, Men’s Groups, UCW Women’s Groups and a strong Pastoral Care outreach ministry for individuals who have health concerns or are aging. For more information on these ministries, see the appropriate group in the pull down menu above.
The early 1950s the main growth in Belleville was to the East and many young families chose to make our part of the City home. With the growth, a number of individuals saw the need for a church and through the grace of God, Eastminster was established and held its first services in December, 1956. The first church building was erected in 1958 and was supplanted in 1989 by its current modern sanctuary and space built on the original site. More to follow.
As members of Eastminster,
actively engaged in the ministry of Jesus Christ, we are called to be a caring family, united in joyful fellowship and responsive to the needs of our neighbours. With God’s help and guidance, we are committed to the worship of God, to provide for Christian nurture and pastoral care, to give faithful witness and leadership within our community and to help those in need, in our land and throughout the world.
Eastminster is a congregation within the United Church of Canada. The United Church brings together the Methodist, Presbyterian, and Congregationalist traditions within Canada. It was established in 1925 and is still the largest Protestant denomination in the country.
“O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.” Psalms 95:6
It is often said that Christians cannot be true followers of God in a vacuum. We need the support, nurture and love of others who also love Christ to help us worship and live as Christians.
Our primary corporate gathering is our Sunday Worship Service at 10:00 a.m. and you are most welcome to join us. As you enter the church building you may be greeted by members of our Hospitality Committee and they can give you directions to the sanctuary, washrooms, and coat areas.
In the sanctuary, you are free to sit anywhere. The service is usually led by our lead minister. It begins with announcements and a time to greet one another before we go into music, prayer, a reading from Scripture, and a message to help us reflect on the Scriptures as they relate to life. During the service there is usually a short time for quiet, individual prayer as well and you are encouraged to “talk” to God about things that are on your own mind and heart.
We celebrate the fact that God’s body is diverse and attempt to acknowledge that diversity in our worship. Our Service therefore tries to blend contemporary and traditional Christian music choir, music teams, and various instruments. We are also trying to grow our children’s program and include a children’s moment in the early part of our Service before the children go to Graceland. Overall, we hope that you will find our Services to be consistently Spirit-filled and Christ-centered.
Connect Café – After the service we invite you to remain for a time of fellowship at our Connect Café in the Parlour. It is a great time to meet others over a cup of coffee, tea, or juice.
Attire – Eastminster is a “come as you are” kind of church — you’ll find worshipers in jeans and sweatshirts and others in suits and ties. Some of our members live within walking distance of the church but others drive in. No matter how you get here or how you come, we would love to have you join us! Each year we get many visitors to the church, and each one’s presence is a gift to us.
Parking – The parking lot at the Church is relatively small but we have arrangements with Bridge Street Auto on the Northwest corner of Bridge St. East and Herchimer to use their lot, as well as St. Joseph’s School a little south on Herchimer, and the Mall parking lot one block east on Bridge St. East. There is also street parking available to the East side of the church.