Smithville Christian Reformed Church is committed to help each other and its community in finding, developing and celebrating a living and growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
WE VALUE GOD’S WORD: The Bible is our guide and we actively embrace its interpretation in our creeds and confessions.
WE VALUE PRAYER: We believe that prayer is a vitally important form of our communication with God, foundational to the life and ministry of the church.
WE VALUE WORSHIP: Our hunger for God and our earnest desire to joyfully praise and serve Him will be reflected in our personal and corporate prayer life and worship services.
WE VALUE PEOPLE: In response to God’s love for us, our ministry programs are driven by our Christ-like love, care and concern for others.
WE VALUE DISCIPLESHIP: We support and encourage accountability to one another through mentoring relationships and small groups, acknowledging their importance in deepening our relationship with God and each other.
WE VALUE SPIRITUAL GIFTS: Honouring God includes the discovery and joyful expression of all of our members’ gifts to prepare and lead us in ministry and worship.
WE VALUE KINGDOM GROWTH: We equip and encourage our members to respond obediently and actively to the Great Commission.
As members of the Christian Reformed Church we believe:
The Bible is our only reliable guide to what we should believe and how we should conduct our lives (2 Tim. 3:14-17).
The Bible is God’s unfailing Word to us. It shows us who God is by telling us the great things God has done.
The Bible leads us to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
God saves us by grace, by his acts of kindness and love that we do not deserve. Our own efforts cannot rescue us from sin. Only Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross can make us right with God (Eph. 2:8-10). The good we do is the result of our salvation, not its cause. We can be saved only by faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:16-18).
For a more complete understanding of the teachings of the Christian Reformed Church, we invite you to read the creeds and confessions to which we subscribe at our denominational website. (www.crcna.org)
At that site you will find the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dort, and also the three creeds of the Christian Reformed Church, which are the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed.
In January, 1973 morning worship services began in the gymnasium of the College Street Public School in Smithville. A group of 65 families largely from the Riverside Christian Reformed Church of Wellandport and with others from surrounding Christian Reformed churches, gathered together for the morning worship service. In the month of April of 1973, it was decided to have an afternoon service as well.
Soon it became evident that this group of worshippers had the desire and ability to form a church of their own. The consistory of the Riverside Christian Reformed Church then requested Classis Hamilton for permission to institute the Christian Reformed Church of Smithville. At a congregational meeting on July 1, 1973, office bearers were chosen and thus a new congregation came into existence.
In September of 1973 a planning committee was appointed to look into the possibility of purchasing a site for a future church building. A parcel of land was purchased. On June 2, 1975 the congregation assembled for a sod turning ceremony. The new church building was dedicated on April 23, 1976.