We are a community who welcomes people of every culture, generation and background into a mutual partnership of common faith in Jesus Christ. We believe that we all benefit from a deeper revelation of God as we walk together in Christian community. Every difference among us increases our greater understanding of God through our united worship. We seek to be both multi-cultural and intercultural, actively pursuing conversations that bridge our differences as we stand together worshipping the Lamb of God, Jesus our Saviour.
Our Mission is God’s Mission
We believe that every Jesus-follower is gifted and called to serve God’s mission in our community and beyond. What is the mission of God? To reconcile our broken lives and broken world, restoring relationship with our loving Creator through salvation offered freely in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Reconciled and restored to relationship with God we are compelled to live out and communicate this good news to all around us.
In the mid-1950s several families from St Catharines and the Free Methodist Church in Niagara Falls initiated a church plant in St Catharines. Three of the families were employed at General Motors while another worked for the St Catharines Library. Worship services began in 1955 and were held downtown in the Armory. After some time the group moved to the Oddfellows Hall. Volunteer ministers came from Rochester, NY each Sunday to lead the growing congregation.
Our first building was constructed in 1959 amongst acres of vineyards on property purchased at the corner of Grapeview Dr and Van Sickle.
Grapeview Daycare was birthed in 1988 as a response to needs in our community.
In 1989 our present building configuration was built.
In 2002, Rev. Grant and Rev. Mary-Elsie Wolfe came to be our pastors at a low time in our church life. Their dedicated ministry until the fall of 2017, restored hope and built a solid ministry foundation of discipleship and welcome for all. The diverse cultural community that has become Grapeview was nurtured and developed during their years of ministry with us.
Grapeview is connected to the Free Methodist family of churches. John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement, centuries ago, wanted to see lives transformed through relationship with a loving God. The lives of hundreds of thousands in England were transformed by the life-giving power of faith in Jesus Christ. Communities were changed. Methodists fought to abolish slavery. Hospitals were founded. Child labour reform was enacted and schools were established. Wesley’s message proved that God could turn self-centred people into self-sacrificing servants.
In 1860, a group of North American Methodists renewed Wesley’s vision to transform the world, person by person through the message of God’s saving grace, calling themselves Free Methodists. One of our most important beliefs is that Jesus’ resurrection means that the Holy Spirit starts changing us, transforming us, freeing us from old habits and giving grace for living with integrity. Inner change, leading to outward actions. Love God and love your neighbor.
Free Methodists are global Christians. From earliest days, the wider world has been on the hearts and minds of Free Methodists, translating into determined efforts to proclaim the good news of reconciliation with God through Jesus Christ and to live that out in practical actions to alleviate suffering, seeking to correct injustice.
The Free Methodist Church in Canada has approximately 150 congregations across the country. Internationally, we have active, growing ministry in more than 80 countries.