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    About Us

    St. Croix Vineyard is a contemporary church located in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada. Services are held on Sunday mornings and there are various home groups and prayer groups that meet in people’s homes throughout each week.

    SCV is actually more like a community than a traditional church. It is a friendly, informal, non-judgmental and safe place to grow spiritually. We teach traditional Christian values in a non-traditional way.

    Service Times

    • Early Service – Sunday at 9:15 am, Celtic liturgy service upstairs in the cafe
    • Main Service – Sunday at 10:30 am, worship, teaching, coffee break, children’s ministry
    See our full weekly schedule on the right hand side of our home page.

    Our Story

    St. Croix Vineyard was started by Peter and Mary Ellen Fitch and a church planting team on October 4, 1992. Our original name was St. Croix Christian Fellowship. We were planted under the sponsorship of the Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Lewiston, Maine, but we weren’t actually adopted by the Association of Vineyard Churches until January, 1994.

    Right from the start we had a deep desire to grow in terms of understanding worship, healing prayer, care for children, care for broken people, and care for building a strong and healthy community of people that actually helped each other in practical ways. We’ve also had a consistent focus on sharing with those in need outside of our church community.

    For three years we met in a small community hall outside of St. Stephen, then we moved to the St. Stephen Elementary School Gym. Later we found offices to rent and a worship space over top of a local pub. Finally, in November of 1997, we moved into the Sara McCaffrey Parish Center, an old Catholic School.

    We continued to rent space in this building for the next period of time, along with the local Boys and Girls Club and several other groups, until the end of December, 1999. At this time, through several wonderful events (including a large unsolicited gift that arrived one week before the closing of the deal), we were able to purchase the school and rename it The Vineyard Center. This was the fulfillment of something we felt God had told us earlier: if we would get involved in helping to build a new home for a family He called us to help near our area, at the right time He would give us a house of prayer, a building of our own. In the end, that’s almost exactly what happened.

    There are several distinctives about our church community:

    First is our close relationship with St. Stephen’s University. Quite a few of the people who attend our services either work or study at SSU, including many of our church staff members (Peter & Mary Ellen Fitch, Walter & Carol Thiessen, Lorna Jones). SSU students add life and passion to our worship times.

    Second is the fact that all of our church staff members have other jobs. This means that much of the pastoring work of the church is done by small group leaders and others in the church.

    Third is the sense that God is building a Christian community in our area that is larger than our church and the university but is deeply connected to both. People have been moving to St. Stephen in recent years in order to participate. St. Stephen is a wonderful town, although it continues to have many social challenges, but now an unusually high number of serious Christians have chosen to live here. We believe this is something that God is doing. Celtic Christians sometimes speak of a “thin place”, a place where the veil between the natural and the supernatural worlds is tissue thin. There are times when it seems as though God is building St. Stephen into such a place.

    Our Faith

    Vineyard churches have made a conscious effort to blend evangelical theology with charismatic experience. Our beliefs are consistent with what Christians have believed since the time of Jesus, but we also try to learn how to live them out by following the example of Jesus.

    Therefore we teach people to be open to the leading of God’s Spirit and to pray effectively for God’s Kingdom to break into situations on earth.

    Matthew 4:23 says, “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the Kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.”

    Later, he trained His disciples to do exactly the same things (Mt. 10:7-8), and after His resurrection He commanded them to make disciples everywhere by teaching everything that they themselves had been taught (Mt. 28:18-20).

    So we try to do this, too.

    For a formal description of our beliefs, please visit the official website of the Vineyard In Canada and read ourStatement of Faith.

    Many people come regularly to our church and are valued parts of our community without a clear understanding or belief in every part of this statement (in fact we have tried very hard to create a place where people who are not even sure if they are Christians at all will feel comfortable and have a true sense of belonging), but all of our pastors and staff members are in substantial agreement with its essence (though not all would agree with every detail).

    We believe that theology is very important, but we think that God is even more concerned with the quality of our hearts. This is in line with Micah 6:8–“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

    Values

    a caring, non-judgmental atmosphere where people are made to feel accepted as they really are

    the creation of a place where people can learn how to grow spiritually in a safe and healthy way

    the encouragement of practical acts of love for people both inside and outside of the church community, with special care for poorer folks

    finding a balanced approach between Spirit and Word; that is, welcoming the presence of God into services and meetings and everyday life through worship and prayer; as well as teaching people how to live the message of the Bible in practical ways and building healthy church structures that will last and be able to serve people for years to come

    a sense that loving God and learning to love people ought to be extremely rich and lots of fun

    a focus on youth (dress is informal–whatever you like–and most of our music is in a pop, rock or alternative style) and the creation of a place where children will feel happy and at home most of the time, even during services

    a place for those who are broken and wounded to find love and healing; and for everyone to learn how to become more like Jesus and get better at hearing God’s voice

    taking an active role in spreading the good news of God’s Kingdom around the world, both in words and in loving deeds

    a desire to honour the whole Body of Christ, Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox, and to gladly work together with other churches and other kinds of Christians, even though we do many things differently

    a sense that even though we have chosen to do things in way that makes sense to us as members of contemporary or postmodern culture, that we can always learn from and should always honour older Christian approaches

    Leadership Team

    Peter & Mary Ellen Fitch

    Walter & Carol Thiessen

    Paul & Rhona Harmon

    Lorna Jones

    Rick & Wilma Coates

    Will & Hannah Bernard

    Tom & Carol Anne Wiebe

    Jeff & Carole Way

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    SCV Staff Job Responsibilities

    Preamble

    We intentionally decided in the beginning stages of SCV that we would rather have more workers at smaller amounts of pay than one or two ‘full-time’ workers. And almost all of our workers from the beginning have also had full-time work responsibilities outside of SCV.

    This has allowed SCV to have an unusually well-developed team of staff workers for a small to medium size church, but it has also necessitated that each person learn how to guard his or her time and not fall into the ‘black hole’ that church ministry sometimes becomes.

    In this way, it is not only important that workers at SCV do a good job of their primary responsibilities, it is also important that they learn how to let others grow and offer their gifts in various ways. Leaders don’t always lead by doing; they lead by encouraging others to use their gifts, by helping to equip them, and by trusting that they will learn to lead as well.

    Peter

    – attempting to discern God’s leading, and trying to spark and refine vision in others (with ME)

    – oversight of the teaching ministry – responsibility for the governance of the church (with ME)

    – leading by ‘Pastoral Presence’

    – trying to be available to people for counsel, prayer and special events such as weddings and funerals (with ME)

    – acting as informal ambassadors of SCV to Vineyards and the church at large (with ME)

    Mary Ellen

    – share and support in oversight, administration and pastoral care of SCV

    -general administration (handling most non-pastoral calls/emails to the church)

    -facilitate communication (updates, web, announcements)

    – collect, edit and post weekly teachings and training services

    – oversight of coffee team

    – recruiting, training, scheduling, etc.

    – host dinners for families and students

    – periodically do work in Vineyard Center

    – oversee Shepherd Shop cart (dismantled Shop, set up cart, and occasionally, hopefully more in the future, sell things)

    Walter & Carol

    – share and support in oversight, administration and pastoral care of SCV (W&C)

    – occasional teaching in all services (W)

    – oversight of Celtic Service (W&C)

    – St. Croix Counselling Services (W)

    – mental health consultations (spiritual, relational, emotional issues)

    – pre-marital counselling

    – reduced fee professional services for uninsured SCVers

    – oversight and management of cafe (W&C)

    – oversight of nursery & bulk supplies (cups/cleaning) (C)

    Will

    -development and oversight of a growth pathway (from welcome to integration through discipleship)

    Paul & Rhona

    -lead a team ministry for low income people called the Gathering

    -organize a monthly outreach

    -organize a monthly team meeting for vision and planning

    -organize a quarterly clothing store

    -lead a weekly small group

    -share in pastoral care at SCV through visitation in the hospital, home and other venues

    -act as a liaison between the Leaders Team and the Missions Team

    -share in the responsibility to liaise between SCV and the St. Croix Ministerial

    Lorna

    – all weekly financial/bookkeeping functions; banking, accounts payable, payroll etc

    – monthly financial statement preparation

    – annual Government reporting/tax receipt prep and distribution

    – secretarial/general admin functions as needed

    – 1:1 spiritual direction and occasional group work

    Ang

    – pastor our kids – plan and supervise Sunday morning kid’s ministries and other kid’s gatherings

    – recruit, lead and pastor a team of volunteers, enabling them in their gifts and passions

    – ensure that the kid’s rooms at SCV are visually exciting

    – coordinate connections between youth and adults to help us all move in the same direction

    – on the Canadian Vineyard Children’s Development group

    – provide a safe place for our kids to grow spiritually

    Contact Us

    Church Address: 32 Victoria St, St. Stephen, NB, Canada
    (Victoria runs between Elm St & Main St.)

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    Mailing Address: 13 Main St, St. Stephen, NB, E3L 1Y7

    Phone: 506.466.5725

    Email: mefitch@gmail.com