New church comes to Creemore

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Clearview Community Church is branching out, bringing a weekly Sunday service to Creemore starting April 16.

The majority of the weekly sermons will be delivered by Clayton Culham, who grew up in Creemore. He will be the campus pastor, while lead pastor for both branches of Clearview Community Church Tony DenBok will be in Creemore once a month. Culham said the two pastors will coordinate their sermons in order to keep a common thread between the two churches.

Culham has been at Clearview Community Church for two years, running missions, training small group leaders, discipleship, and leading a mid-week service. He also runs the Creemore Kids Club, held the last Friday of the month at Nottawasaga and Creemore Public School. He said between 15 and 20 youth in Grades 1-8 attend each month to play games in the school gymnasium.

“We see a need for another communication of what church is about,” said Culham. “We run into a lot of families in Creemore that have expressed a need for help and we want to help support them and help them get healthy.”

Good health could refer to spirituality, relationships, finances, or any other area of one’s life.

Clearview Community Church offers a casual, contemporary approach to religion, geared to people who have never gone to church or have gotten away from church for whatever reason.

“It’s going to be different. It’s not a church created for Christians,” said Culham. “People who have had no faith exposure or haven’t for a long time can walk in and feel really comfortable.”

He said the church offers a come-as-you-are casual atmosphere, with contemporary music that is upbeat and engaging. The church also uses various media, like video, as teaching methods.

There are 270 members at the Stayner church, said Culham. About 25 of those, for various reasons, have indicated they wish to transition to Creemore.

Services will be held at Station on the Green from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by a weekly social time.

“We want people to connect and form positive relationships and friendships and that time really helps,” said Culham.

Creemore will offer a full children’s program, geared to different age groups. A crew will roll up every Sunday with a mobile unit and transform the Station into a place of worship and space for children.

“We will transform it every week to be the best possible space for children, to make them comfortable,” said Culham.

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  • Donald Wilcox

    As a member of Heritage Community Church in Collingwood I pray for the success of your church. Do not expected it to blossom over night. But with your faith Clayton, your dedication and God’s help I believe it will. I will have prayers for you each day as I do my own praying and ask the other members of Heritage to include you, the church and the members in their prays. God Bless!

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