Our Congregational Identity
The Church of Jesus Christ is drawn from every nation and is as old as the history of the world, dating back to Eden. But we are a local congregation, predominantly though not entirely of Dutch ancestry, dating back to the mid 19th century. However, what unites us in this one body is not the blood of our ancestors, but the blood of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.
The name of our congregation is indicative both of our special calling and our unique spiritual heritage. By "Covenant", we understand God's promise whereby He graciously and sovereignly calls us and our children to be His holy people through adoption in Christ. "Reformed" refers to the historic Reformation of the 16th century which restored the Bible to the church. And "Church" indicates our separation from the world and dedication unto God through holy living.
Our Federative Identity
The United Reformed Churches in North America (URCNA) was begun as an extension of the Reformation. Its origins are similar to those of the 16th century Reformation. Reformation is an ongoing feature of the Church throughout her history, in the same way that laundry is a weekly feature in any household. There is always a need for spiritual cleansing.
The plan for this federation goes back to 1986, as a result of alarming spiritual decay that was then rampant in certain "Reformed" quarters. The URCNA was officially formed in 1995. Today, it has about 24,000 members, 142 ministers, and over 1122 office bearers and continues to grow. The Reformation continues...
We believe that although we are called out of the world and are at enmity with it, we are to live within the real world as light and salt. Therefore, we endeavor to take every thought captive in obedience to Christ.
We aim to take the gospel globally to the nations through our mission efforts as well as locally through our personal witness. We strive to be a positive counterforce in a post-Christian culture, against the prevailing sway of secularism. We strive for the relevance of the faith we profess and for the dominance of the biblical/Reformed worldview as the only remedy for the ailments currently facing our nation, desperate world, and weakened church (Matt. 28:20; 2 Cor. 10:4-5; Jude 3).
While the Bible does not permit us to ordain women or non-qualified men to ecclesiastical office, this congregation is a body in which every part fulfills its function. We do acknowledge the invaluable contributions godly women have made and continue to make in the Kingdom of God.
The life of this congregation depends on the collective efforts of all its members who tirelessly and joyfully give back to God His own gifts through faithful service. We also emphasizes the practice of Christian fellowship and genuine love for God's people (Acts 2:42-47; 1 Cor. 12).
We affirm the sanctity of Christian marriage, as well as the propriety of male headship. We condemn spousal abuse in all its forms. We also stand opposed to any secular ideology, legislation and/or action that threatens the covenant of marriage as God ordained it to exist, among them: feminism, egalitarianism, same-sex marriage, fornication, adultery, sexual promiscuity, unbiblical sexual orientation, polygamy, unbiblical divorce and remarriage, and insubordination of children to their parents. We also condemn child abuse in all its forms, including the murderous abomination of abortion (Rom. 12:1-2; Eph. 4:17-5:20).
Growing in faith, knowledge, and holiness is a lifelong calling for the Christian. That is why as a church we put a high premium on our teaching ministries. The preaching of God's Word is central in worship, as evidenced by the location of our pulpit. In addition, many concurrent teaching ministries for various age groups and levels of faith are held on our premises (Eph. 4:11-16).
If you wish to find a study group that meets your specific needs, please speak to one of our office bearers or our office administrator.
Our covenant children belong to the Lord, and are not the property of the state. Raising them is a solemn responsibility enjoined to parents, not the school, church, or state. Because Christianity is antithetical to the world, we are therefore in direct conflict with the philosophy of education that the world advocates and practices. We may not allow the children of the covenant to be educated according to a curriculum that is predicated on unbiblical presuppositions.
Therefore, the education that we provide for our children has always been one that complements the values they receive in their covenantal home, and in agreement with the doctrines that are persistently taught in the church. We are not merely looking for the Bible to be added to the curriculum. We aim for an education that is decidedly Reformed in its presuppositions and its philosophical and practical outlook, i.e., one that puts God, man, history, facts, natural phenomena, the universe, existence, origins, purpose, morality, destiny, professional aspirations, and absolutes, in their proper biblical, God-defined contexts (Deut. 6:4-9, 20-25; Prov. 22:6; Ez. 16:20-21).