THE MAIN THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NATIONSIDEAll About Us
About The Church…
WHO WE ARE
Nationside is a community of faith, a church with a long history of serving Chesterville and outlying areas. We are a warm and loving congregation ready and willing to open our hearts and doors to meet both the spiritual and practical needs of those in our congregation and those outside our doors.
We worship in joy and freedom, give with grateful hearts, love openly and without reservation and place as our ultimate authority the timeless Word of God.
We are thankful for our new facility and pray it will be an instrument of great use and in the spreading of the message of the gospel in Chesterville, Winchester and the greater community of North Dundas.
We are committed to offering a range of programs for people of all ages and levels of spirituality in order to partner with them along their spiritual journey. It is our prayer that you will join us and that we will have the privilege of journeying with you.
In the late 1940’s, the original congregation came together under the pioneer leadership of Pentecostal minister, Rev. Walter Perry, who arrived in town with nothing but the desire to establish a church of his denomination. Rev. Perry held meetings in homes, a tent, and school house and the Town Library during his years here. During that time a core of followers was established. It was his successor, Rev. Ellis who in 1954 led the congregation to erect a permanent church building on Albert Street. Much volunteer labour from many of the church members and people from surrounding churches went into the construction of the simple frame structure that housed meetings at least three times a week.
Subsequent pastors saw the church grow to well over 60 in regular attendance in the late 1950’s and during this time a parsonage was also purchased to house the families of these men.
In the late 1960’s dwindling attendance forced the closure of the church and the sale of the parsonage. PAOC held the building in trust until May of 1976 when two Bible College Students, George Prosser and Gunter Banjechek re-opened the church. In 1979 a graduate of the Bible College, Pastor Danny Laronde, assumed responsibility for the growing congregation. During his tenure, the building was relocated back from the street on a full basement.
In 1986 land was purchased and a new parsonage was built on Faubert Street. It was sold in 2005 and a 3 acre lot was sought for future expansion.
The church building was sold in the fall of 2013, after it was determined that it did not facilitate our vision for the church and community; as well, it would cost too much to bring it up to modern standards.
The congregation is currently meeting in the former Maple Ridge School.
Nationside Pentecostal Church desires to be a community of faith in North Dundas and beyond. Our goal is to love God and people while proclaiming His Word. We endeavor to reach out through practical acts of kindness and programs that are Christ centered.
Beliefs are a fundamental entity of everyone’s active faith. We all believe something. Nationside Pentecostal Church is affiliated with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada and adheres to their Statement of Fundamental and Essential Truths. Click the link to read the full Statement of Beliefs OR, for a summary, read below.
The PAOC stands firmly in the mainstream of historical Christianity. It takes the Bible as the all-sufficient source of
faith and practice and subscribes to the Historic creeds of the universal Church. In common with historical, evangelical Christianity, it emphasizes Christ as Saviour and coming King while also presenting Him as Healer and adopting the distinctive position of the infilling of the Holy Spirit as evidenced by speaking in tongues.
Beliefs We Live By
We believe that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments is the inspired Word of God, fully complete and without error. We believe that the Bible contains all that is necessary to lead people to a knowledge of salvation and to live a complete and whole life. We believe the Bible to be the ultimate authority in all matters of faith and Christian living. We believe in the observance of the ordinances of Christian Baptism; by immersion for believers, and the Lord’s Supper. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 8:37-38; 1 Corinthians 11: 23-26).
It is our belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. We believe Jesus was born of a virgin named Mary by a miraculous work of the Holy Spirit, lived a sinless life and offered Himself for the sins of all people for all time by dying on a cross. We believe and rejoice in His victory over death by rising from the grave after three days and by so doing demonstrating His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again someday to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
No pen can do justice to our God. He IS Creator and Ruler of this universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. They are co-equal and One God.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. He is present in our world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Believer with power for living, understanding of spiritual truths and guidance in right living. He is the giver of spiritual gifts to Believers for the purpose of building the church. As Christians we endeavour to daily live under the Spirit’s control.
A key element of our belief is that all people have been created in the image of God, to strive to be like His character. Adam was but form but received life when the breath of God entered him. We as people are the ultimate object of all God’s creation. We are made both by him and for Him and our life is sustained through Him. Though all of us have tremendous potential for good, all of us are also marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God. The Bible calls it sin. This separates us from God yet by His grace and love He continues to call and love us back to His heart and purposes for us.
We as humans are eternal creatures. We were created to live forever. By our choice we will eternally live with our God or be separated from Him. By forgiveness and salvation we can enter Heaven. By choosing self and sin we also choose eternal separation from God.
Salvation is God’s free gift to us; however, we must accept it by our own free will. We cannot earn salvation through good works or self improvement. It is an act of grace on God’s part and a surrendering on our part. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self ruled lives and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved.