Living on Mission in Niagara Falls
Our Story so far.....
Allen and Freda Kleine Deters returned to Ontario in August 2014 after working in the US for 15 years. They felt a strong call from God to start a new mission-focused community in Niagara Falls. They spent the first months just getting into the community particularly focusing in the area known as The Q or Queen Street and the surrounding area.
Eventually people decided to join them in their effort to start a new way of doing "church" in Niagara Falls.
Currently they have gotten to know many business owners and locals and Allen even works part time at the local cigar shop Cigar Experience. Allen is also a musician and plays roots blues music locally. Freda, a licensed special ed teacher currently teaches at John Knox Christian school and also offers a tutoring service to many families whose children are being under-serviced by the current special education system.
Allen and Freda Kleine Deters
We are a fledgling gathering of people in the Niagara Falls community who believe that following Jesus is so much more than bricks and mortar, singing, liturgy and a Sunday event with things for the kids.
We understand that following Jesus means that we reflect him -- his love and grace, compassion for those suffering and struggling and for those who think they have it all together. We believe we are called to be part of restoring communities and loving and accepting ALL people whom we encounter along the journey of life.
Our gatherings always include a meal, a time of learning and serving.
We seek to connect people with Jesus and each other toward the transformation of hearts, lives and communities [for God’s kingdom and glory].
Therefore we must consider this great vision directed by the Great Commission Jesus set forth in Matthew 28:18-20 that, in our everyday going about life, engaging in our culture and society we make disciples bringing them into the family of God.
The Bridge is a [We are a] community of Jesus-followers journeying together while embracing the Great Commission and committed to its mission of grace. It is a ragtag group of incarnational communities living life together and engaging the community/parish God has placed them/us in through:
A Loving and Inclusive Community: for all who God brings including the jaded de-churched, leery and lost in every and all places.
Communion with God: connecting people to Jesus through common practices of worship, prayer, learning, stewardship and mission.
Table Fellowship: gathering to share meals and life and the sacrament of the Eucharist.
Empowerment: Through our ongoing journey as Christ’s disciples and communal life on life we acknowledge and encourage the Holy Spirit’s gifts and passions in one another releasing people to use them in creative and innovative ways in their commitment to God’s mission through The Bridge and their everyday lives.
Discipleship/Transformation: We offer environments for God to change people’s natural tendencies toward self-serving consumerism, materialism and individualism.
Mission: Being tangibly present within our parish community acting against injustice, stepping out to serve, embrace, bless and encourage healthier communities.
Apprenticeship: Stewarding the individual development of every person to be more like Jesus.
If you’re not sure that The Bridge community is your cup of tea, don’t worry, there are a lot of other really good churches around the Niagara region to check out that might be more your style.