Our Story

We are men, women and children of all ages. Many of us are ‘not from here’ originally, but the circumstances of life have brought us together in Toronto. If you are new to this city or country most of us can relate, having once been new to the city and even to Canada. We’re just regular people, some raising families and many of us working in the city in a variety of occupations. We are concerned about our city, our country and our world.


We are Christians who believe that God cares about us and our world because He created us. We believe that He cares so much for us that His Son, Jesus Christ came to earth and gave his life to pay the price for the sin which separates us from God. Through our faith in Jesus, we believe that his Spirit lives in us and enables us to begin to live the kind of life that God would have us to live.


We believe that the Bible is God’s word to us for today and so we use it to inform and instruct our faith and to guide our lives. We believe that God intends for us to love Him and to love one another. That’s why we call ourselves the ‘family of God,' and try our best to love and care for each other as brothers and sisters – we want to be a blessing to God and to people! We believe in prayer as a means of communicating with God, that God wants us to pray about all aspects of life and that God hears and answers our prayer. 

 

Fairview Church of God began its ministry in 1979. We meet each Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in the Advent Lutheran Church building, 2800 Don Mills Road to worship God together. We have a Sunday school program for children during part of that time. Music is an important part of our services. We have a wide variety of music from traditional to contemporary music, involving a choir, worship team, and various instruments.


We are an evangelical Christian congregation, affiliated with the Church of God movement which has administrative offices in Anderson, Indiana. You are most welcome to join us and become part of our church family. 

What We Believe

The Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) is a global movement of people seeking to fulfill God’s mission in the world. We’re committed to studying the Word of God and faithfully living it out. We’re committed to the mission that Jesus Christ gave every believer: to make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:18–20).


The Church of God movement appeared in the 1880s in the midst of the broader American Holiness Revival. The pioneers of the Church of God hoped to restore a more biblical understanding and practice of what it means to be the church. One of our early church songs says: “The Bible is our rule of faith and Christ alone is Lord.” This lyric still summarizes the core belief of Church of God people. We have not issued any official belief statement, and we have no formal creed. Yet, the following statements reflect the heart of the Church of God:

  • Salvation makes us members of God’s church. We believe that the church is composed of every person who has accepted Jesus Christ as Savior. We enter into the life of the church, not by joining a denomination or a human organization, but by committing our lives to Christ (John 3:1–7).
  • Christians are called to be one. We believe that God calls all followers of Christ to live in unity and peace, regardless of who they are or the church they attend (Gal 3:28). While we may not agree on everything, we can rally around our subject, Jesus.
  • We must be holy. We believe that followers of Christ have been called to live a life of love, purity, and godliness. We are called to live like Christ, taking on a new nature (2 Cor 5:17).

We also embrace these biblical principles:

  • The Lordship of Jesus. There is one Lord, who is God’s Son Jesus Christ, over the church. Christ is the church’s ultimate authority on all matters (Acts 2:36).
  • Making Disciples. Each of us is called to fulfill Matthew 28:18–20, making fully devoted followers of Christ—disciples—who will then teach others to follow Christ.
  • Loving God and Neighbor. We are called to fulfill Matthew 22:37–39, not only loving God with our entire being, but also loving all that he loves.
  • The Work of the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit equips believers with unique gifts that enable us to carry out the mission of Christ in the world. At the same time, the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in every believer (Galatians 5:22–23), which demonstrate the Spirit’s presence within us.
  • Stewardship. Since God is the source of life, all of life is to be used for the honor, glory, and service of God (Psalm 24:1).

You will find a great diversity of convictions and practices within the Church of God. Though we have differences, we share a common story of faith, growing together into the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:13). We worship and serve as citizens of God’s kingdom. We celebrate our life in Christ and accept our call to be the body of Christ in our world—all to the glory of God.


Here are some links to some more detailed information on what we believe:

You can find more details about our denomination at the Church of God's main site: Jesus is the Subject.