Faith Community Church began as an evangelistic service in 1923, in a tent pitched behind the Oxford Hotel. Services were eventually moved into a room above the local police station. In 1924 a lot on Finkle Street was bought, and a church was built. The congregation worshipped in this location for nearly 50 years, before selling the building, and moving to the current location, a five-acre lot at 354 Mill Street. The full completion of the new church took nearly 4 years: in June 1975, the building project was finished. In 2011, the church updated their name from “Woodstock Church of the Nazarene” to “Faith Community Church of the Nazarene.” In 2012, the church began a project to become “barrier free,” by becoming a fully accessible. The project was completed in 2014. The church added: a barrier free side entrance, barrier free washroom, and a chairlift that allows individuals to move between floors. In 2019, the church hired their current pastor, Russell Davis.
Pastor Russell began leading Faith Community Church in September 2019. After coming to FCC a number of times as a fill-in preacher, the church believed that God had led him to them, and Russell believed God had led him to the church. After much prayer Russell was brought on to lead the church.
Some of Russell’s main hobbies are reading (he particularly likes fantasy and sci-fi, but is willing to give most things a try), playing games (whether it be sports, board games, card games, or video games), and spending time with his family (Russell and his wife Bethany have a 1 year-old, Lewis, who keeps them busy!). Russell, Bethany, and Lewis are excited to be on this new journey of being a family, and they are excited to share it with their new family at Faith Community Church and the Woodstock community.
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Founded in 1908, the church of the Nazarene continues to work towards seeing the Great Commission worked out in practical ways. The denominational mission statement is: “Making Christ-like Disciples in the Nations.” With more than 30 000 churches and 2.6 million members worldwide, we are doing just that. Three distinct characteristics mark the church of the Nazarene: We are a Christian People. We are a Holiness People. We are a Missional People.
We are a Christian People
As members of the Church Universal, we join with all true believers in proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ and in affirming the historic Trinitarian creeds and beliefs of the Christian faith. We value our Wesleyan-Holiness heritage and believe it to be a way of understanding the faith that is true to Scripture, reason, tradition, and experience. We affirm the unity of Christ’s Church and strive in all things to preserve it. (Ephesians 4:5)
We are a Holiness People
God, who is holy, calls us to a life of holiness. We believe that the Holy Spirit seeks to do in us a second work of grace, called by various terms including “entire sanctification” and “baptism with the Holy Spirit.” We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts, cleanses, fills, and empowers us as the grace of God transforms us day by day into a people of love, spiritual discipline, ethical and moral purity, compassion, and justice. Holiness in the life of believers is most clearly understood as Christlikeness.
We are a Missional People
We are a sent people, responding to the call of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit to go into all the world, witnessing to the Lordship of Christ and participating with God in the building of the Church and the extension of His kingdom. Our mission begins in worship, ministers to the world in evangelism and compassion, encourages believers toward Christian maturity through discipleship, and prepares women and men for Christian service through Christian higher education. (Matthew 28:19-20)
The Mission of Faith Community Church is to Worship God, Equip believers, Love all people, and Lead them to Jesus.
Throughout 2020 Faith Community church is returning back to the basics: We are devoting ourselves to prayer, to reading the Bible, and to serving our community. We will accomplish these things by 1) teaching about biblical prayer to encourage people to expand their prayer life, and to equip them with the knowledge and tools necessary to go deeper. 2) We will teach about devotions and bible engagement to encourage people to daily read their Bible and we will equip them with the knowledge and tools necessary to go deeper. 3) We will serve our community by offering specific ministries with the sole purpose of demonstrating God’s love, and our love, for our community.