For the past 8 years, City Centre Baptist Church has moved their Easter service to the main performing arts centre in downtown Mississauga. Why would they do that? Answer? Because it is a great opportunity to present Christ to their community!
City Centre’s regular congregation, spread over two services each Sunday, is approximately 800 people. The church people understand how important it is to invite their unbelieving friends, family, co-workers and neighbours to a service where the gospel will be clearly preached. As a result, 500 or more guests usually attend. This year, more than 40 adults and children made decisions for Christ on Easter Sunday!
The service is just like a regular morning service but on a slightly larger scale with a choir, worship team, offering and Bible-based sermon by Senior Pastor, Deric Bartlett. This year the offering was for the Fellowship project in the Philippines. Max Oates, Associate Pastor, says that “it is powerful to have the whole congregation in one service!”
Besides the theological reason for Easter being the highlight of the ministry year, City Centre recognizes that it is an opportunity for outreach. There are 100 volunteers, and the experience is a real momentum builder. People who have not been connected to a church are re-connected; others come to know Christ and continue on in a relationship with Him. Praise God!