Our church originally began in 1995 to serve the people of Toronto’s downtown core; it was then known as Cornerstone Urban Church, a partner church of Church in the City. Cornerstone began a dinner to feed the hungry and offer a place to belong in a safe community. Today Cornerstone Dinners feed about 400 people weekly, almost entirely with volunteers. As Regent Park continues to be revitalized, we saw the desire of many to have a church to call their own. Church in Regent Park officially re-started Easter 2016.
MISSION, VISION & VALUES
To lead others to a life-changing relationship with Jesus, by serving them at the place of their need
To create an inclusive, just and loving community which transforms lives and heals brokenness by loving like Jesus
- Grace- Loving without Exception
- Encouragement- Creating Hope
- Compassion- Serving Others in Need
- Recovery- Transforming Lives
- Authenticity- Being genuine
- Community- Sharing Together
- Laughter- Spreading Joy
- Diversity – Celebrating our differences
Church in Regent Park is a partnership of many people working together who help serve at our service, our dinners or throughout the week at our office location.
Below is a list of our pastoral team who are here to serve you.
Mark enjoys spending time with his wife Kimberley and his three children and is a devoted and loyal fan of a number of under-achieving sports franchises (who will continue to remain anonymous). In 20 years of ministry in a number of different contexts, to a wide variety of ages and cultures, his ministry has been marked by a willingness to serve, compassion for others and faith to attempt God-directed ideas.
Kimberly loves leading others in worship. She has a compassionate heart and serves, whether on the stage in worship & speaking or in the background working with kids. Kimberley is here to serve you while serving Jesus.
Community Dinner Director
Stephen joined the CIRP as a George Brown College placement student in January of 2018. He is a huge sports fan and is already planning next summer’s parade. Stephen began his new journey in life 3 years ago after picking up the Bible in a treatment centre and rediscovering the power and love of God. Always willing to lend a hand, Stephen, who will graduate in April, is determined to help other people and hopefully use his story as inspiration and proof that anything is possible with hard work and belief.
CIRP summer intern
Meet Patrica! She is our new summer intern for 2022. Patricia is an anime enthusiast and likes to play with her cat Monty in her free time. If you come across a girl wearing yellow FILAs, cool jewellery and funky glasses it’s probably Patricia! She will be helping out at our Saturday dinners, Sunday worships and so much more. Don’t be afraid to say hi, she loves to meet new people.
CIRP summer intern
Meet Emily! She is one of our CIRP summer interns for 2022. You might recognize her because she is a long-time member of Church in Regent Park and an even longer-time Regent Park residence. Emily will run our kids and youth programmes, assist at Saturday dinners and much more. She is always in the area so be sure to say hello if you see her around.
This is the wonderful Heather Shillinglaw! She is a new addition to our team. With over 15 years of experience and a passion for teaching kids ministry, she has agreed to share her wisdom and inspirational teachings! Heather will be in charge of in- person Park Kids, guiding your children with bible stories and sharing the good news of the Lord.
What We Believe
The Holy Spirit
The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it was inspired by God, the Bible is truth without any mixture of error and is completely relevant to our daily lives.
Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Psalms 119:11, 89, 105; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 22:29; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 3:16
God has existed in relationship with Himself for all eternity. He exists as one substance in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority.
Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 1:35; John 5:21-23; 14:10, 16; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:8-10;James 2:19
God is great: He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, Holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. God is good. He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises.
Exodus 3:14; Numbers 23:19; Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2; Psalm 11:4-6; Malachi 3:6; John 3:16; 4:24; 5:26; 14:1; Acts 17:28; Romans 3:3-4
Jesus Christ is completely human but, at the same time, completely God. He is the only plan for bringing people who are far from God back into a right relationship with God. He lived a perfect life, so that He could be a substitution for us in satisfying God’s demands for perfection. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we can have life.
Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 14:33; 16:16; 28:5-6; Luke 22:70; 24:46-47; John 1:1, 14; 10:30; 11:25-27; 17:1-5; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 8:1-3; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Gal 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15; 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit’s presence assures us of our relationship with Christ.He baptizes the believer empowering them to boldly share their faith. He guides believers into all truth and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ.
Genesis 1:2; Psalm 51:11; 139:7 ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Mark 1:10; Lk 1:35; 4:1; 11:13; 12:12; John 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 13:2; Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27;1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Peter 1:21; Revelation 22:17,
Man was created to exist forever. He will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
John 3:16, 36; Romans 6:23; 1 John 2:25; 5:11-13; Revelation 20:15
Humans are made in the image of God and is the supreme object of His creation. Humans were created to have fellowship with God but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, humans cannot attain a right relationship with God through their own effort. Every human personality is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Genesis 1:26-30; 2:7, 18-22; 3; Psalms 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18, 23; 5:6; 6:6; 7:14-25; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31;15:19, 21-22; Eph. 2; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11
The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift from God, and it cannot be earned through our own efforts.
Isaiah 1:18; 53:5-6; 55:7; Matthew 1:21; 27:22-66, 28:1-6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:12; 3:16, 36; 5:24; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 16:30-31; Romans 1:16-18; 3:23-25; 5:8-10; 6; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Hebrews 9:24-28; Revelation 3:20
The Church is a local community of baptized believers unified through faith in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ and obeying all of His commands, and it seeks to bring the Gospel to the world. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.
Matthew 16:18-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:10-12; 5:22-32; Colossians 1:18; 3:15; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 21:2-3
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Toronto, M5A 2C6
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