Renew-al in Ontario

We recently reported in October that Grace Community Church of Mississauga and The Village Community Church in Milton decided to merge.  The newly formed leadership team has been working for the last 3 months to organize and move things forward.  This newly formed multi-site church is already pregnant with 2 new sites: one to launch in SouthFields Village (Caledon) in 2016 and another possibly in Cambridge 2017.  With both churches willing to give up their respective names, a primary concern for all the members and leaders was going forward under a new flag, a new name that would identify what the new church was all about.  The leadership team met numerous times working through hundreds of names and arrived at four great names.  Rather than making a board room decision, the leadership team decided to bring these final four to those who attended the two locations so they could participate in the process of birthing the new church.  Finally, the long anticipated event was held, Sunday night, Nov 29 at a special gathering to sing, share testimonies, see the vision of what God is doing and reveal the new name.  Each name was removed through the night until the final two and then after a dramatic drumroll, the new name was announced: Renew Church.  Each site will take the location of the community with the name, i.e., Meadowvale, Mississauga, Ontario (formerly Grace Community Church) is now Renew Meadowvale.  Milton (formerly The Village Community Church) is now Renew Milton.  God is truly renewing things here in Ontario and we are very excited to see how God is going to use Renew Church in 2016 and beyond.