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Our New Pastor Joel Overduin: was installed on Friday, May 24, 2013 in the Vineland Free Reformed Church. Rev. Overduin, along with his wife Marianne and children Sarah, Zachary, Jonathan, Kristin and Lynelle were officially welcomed into the fellowship of our congregation.


Our Pastor VanderMeyden (Emeritus):
Born in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands and raised in Southwestern Ontario, Rev. Pieter VanderMeyden has been pastor of the Vineland Free Reformed Church since June 2001. Rev. VanderMeyden earned an undergraduate degree at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and attended seminary at the Protestant Reformed Theological School in Grandville, Michigan.

First called to the Vineland Free Reformed Church, Rev. VanderMeyden was ordained and installed as a Minister of the Word in 1978. He served the Vineland congregation until 1981 when he accepted a call to the Langley Free Reformed Church in British Columbia. He served the West Coast church until 1990, when he accepted a call to the Grand Rapids Free Reformed Church. He was called again by the Vineland Free Reformed Church in 2001.

Certified through Enrich Canada, Rev. VanderMeyden has experience in marriage counseling and workshop leadership.

Rev. VanderMeyden and his wife Margaret are the parents of seven children: Sonia, Martha, Rosanna, Aron, Catharine, David and Lydia.
They have also been blessed with several grandchildren.


Executive:
Bert DeJong (Chair)
Garry Postma (Vice-Chairman)
TBD (Recording Clerk)
Dave Tamminga (Corresponding Clerk)
Pastor Joel Overduin

Elders
Allan Brouwer
Brian Bruinekool
Bert DeJong
John Heikoop
John Kamphuis
Klaas Meeboer
Garry Postma
Adam Radsma
Dave Tamminga
Roger Slingerland

Deacons:
Dan DeVries
John Jansen
Rob Sinke
Erik Valk
Maarten Vandenbeukel

   

9:30 AM Worship Service

*Silent Prayer
*Votum and Salutation
*Singing
Reading of the Law
Singing
Scripture Reading
Pastoral Prayer
Gift Offering
*Singing
Sermon
Singing
Prayer of Thanksgiving
*Singing
*Benediction
*Doxology

*Indicates Standing

3:30 PM Worship Service

*Silent Prayer
*Votum and Salutation
*Singing
Scripture Reading
Pastoral Prayer
Gift Offering
*Singing
Sermon
Singing
Prayer of Thanksgiving
*Apostles Creed
*Singing
*Benediction
*Doxology

In our worship services we use the New King James Version translation of the Bible and the 1912 Psalter for public praise.



In 1951, a small group of Dutch immigrants with denominational ties to the Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerken and other Reformed congregations in the Netherlands began to settle in Niagara, meeting above the escarpment on the banks of Twenty Mile Creek in Smithville. Held at the home of Gerben Veenstra, the young immigrant families would gather together and listen to Dutch sermons read by charter member Geert (George) Schuit. Under the oversight of Rev. Jetse Hamstra (1900-1976), a former exhorting elder of the Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerk in Veenwouden, Friesland, the Netherlands and lay-minister of the Old Christian Reformed Church of West Flamborough – now the Ebenezer Free Reformed Church of Dundas - the Niagara group grew quickly.

Sympathetic to warm experiential preaching, the fledgling fellowship formalized and began holding services at the Smithville Presbyterian Church at 143 St. Catharines Street on May 1952. Adopting the name Old Christian Reformed Church of Smithville, Rev. Hamstra officiated at the congregations institution on December 16, 1952. Consisting of twenty families, Geert Schuit and Jan DePater were installed as elders and Dirk Bouman as deacon.

In 1956, the young congregation, desiring a full-time teaching shepherd, was led to call Rev. Johannes DeWaal (1909-1963), Pastor of the Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerk in Bunschoten, Utrecht, the Netherlands. Rev. DeWaal accepted the call, crossing the Atlantic along with his wife Adriana, becoming the congregation's first pastor.

Following Rev. DeWaal's arrival, a number of members of the congregation decided to move from Smithville (above the escarpment) to nearby Vineland, (below the escarpment), holding worship services at the United Mennonite Church at 4012 Victoria Avenue, Northeast of the present church building. The move, reflecting broader denominational distinctions between the Old Christian Reformed congregations in West Flamborough, Grand Rapids and Artesia, California and a number of newly established Free Christian Reformed congregations in St. Thomas, Chatham, Hamilton, Toronto, Mitchell and Aldergrove, British Columbia led, for a period of time, to two Niagara congregations.

The Vineland group purchased the United Mennonite church building in 1958 (at a cost of $12,000) and was officially instituted as the Vineland Free Christian Reformed Church on October 22, 1958. Rev. DeWaal and Rev. Benjamin Densel (1907-1988), Pastor of the Free Reformed Church of Clifton, New Jersey - now the Pompton Plains Free Reformed Church - officiated at the institution, installing John Meeboer and Jacob Bout as elders and Bill Bruinekool as deacon.

Rev. DeWaal continued to serve both congregations in Smithville and Vineland, preaching below the escarpment in the morning and above in the afternoon. With growth, the consistory of the Vineland congregation was expanded – Cornelius DeJong was added as elder and Anton Kruitbosch as deacon. A number of families eventually left the Smithville congregation, joining the Old Christian Reformed Church in West Flamborough, while others moved to the Vineland congregation. The Smithville congregation disbanded in 1960 and the remaining members were welcomed in Vineland as members of both the Old Christian Reformed and Free Christian Reformed congregations entered into negotiations at a denominational level and unified, eventually adopting the name 'Free Reformed Churches of North America' in 1974.

Rev. DeWaal accepted a call back to the Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerk in Klundert, North Brabant, the Netherlands in 1961. During the ensuing vacancy, a number of visiting pastors served the Vineland congregation. Rev. Isaac VanderKnijf (1884-1975), emeritus pastor of the Kruisanker Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerk in Den Helder, North Holland, the Netherlands supplied the pulpit for eight months in 1962. Rev. Jacob Westerink, recent emeritus pastor of the Maranatha Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerk in Urk, Flevoland, the Netherlands supplied the pulpit for three months in 1963. A number of pastors in the denomination also supported the congregation, including Rev. Willem F. Laman (1900-1964), Rev. Johannes Keuning (1915-1988), Rev. Cornelis Noordegraaf (1916-1968) and Rev. Jacob Tamminga (1907-1984), filling the pulpit and homes with Biblical teaching and counsel. A number of societies and ministries were established within the congregation during this period, including a Sunday school, mission society, men's society, young people's society and choir.

Rev. Jacob Overduin (1913-1993), serving the Bethel Free Reformed Church of Mitchell, Ontario, accepted a call to serve the Vineland Free Reformed church in 1970, becoming the congregation's second pastor. The experienced pastor, along with his wife Willemken (Willy), served the congregation faithfully, witnessing the blessing of the Lord on the preaching of the Word and fellowship of the saints - a period characterized by fond memories and spiritual growth. Highlights from the pulpit during this period included preaching series on the Psalms of David, the Apostle Paul's letter to the Philippians and Christ's teaching in the Beatitudes. Willy Overduin, a true partner in the ministry, led the congregation's Dutch ladies society and helped found the English ladies society. Leaving behind a grounded and strengthened congregation and overflowing sanctuary, Rev. Overduin's pastorate came to an end when the Gospel messenger accepted a call to the Pitt Meadows Free Reformed Church in British Columbia in 1976.

A building committee was established to address the congregation growth, and a parcel of land was purchased at 3685 King Street, just Southwest of the original house of worship. The congregation began building a new sanctuary in 1977, worshipping for the last time on Victoria Avenue on Sunday, May 29. Moving to the current location on King Street, Rev. Gerald Hamstra, Pastor of the Dundas congregation, dedicated the church building on June 5, 1978, becoming the first preacher to fill the new sanctuary with God's Word.

The congregation received a third pastor when Rev. Pieter VanderMeyden, a recent graduate of the Protestant Reformed Theological School in Grandville, Michigan, accepted a call to Vineland in 1978. Rev. VanderMeyden and his wife Margaret became actively involved in the congregation’s spiritual development, assisting various societies and ministries as well as establishing a church library. The young pastor served the congregation until 1981, when he accepted a call to the Langley Free Reformed Church in British Columbia, setting spiritual roots on which to build upon later in his ministry.

Without a pastor, Rev. Jan Pieter Boiten, Pastor of the Hoeksteen Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerk in Schiedam, South Holland, the Netherlands, supported the congregation for three months in 1983. The dynamic pastor (currently ministering at the Beth-El Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerk in Sliedrecht, South Holland the Netherlands) and his wife Riet (Maria) made a point to visit every family in the congregation. Other pastors within the denomination helped lead the services while Rev. Tamminga taught Catechism classes.

On June 18, 1984, Rev. Carl Schouls accepted a call to the congregation, beginning a pastorate, supported by his wife Margaret (1943-2006), marked by continuous growth and development. Exposed to the regular faithful exegesis of the Word, the rising chorus of Sunday worshippers were joined by the majestic notes of a new pipe organ, installed and dedicated in the sanctuary on August 1, 1984.

During this time, the congregation began to expand its ministry, seeking spiritual harvest on the mission field in Latin America. A mission outpost was established in Cubulco, Guatemala and the congregation called an additional pastor, Rev. Ken Herfst, ordained on September 13, 1991. A recent graduate of the Theological College of the Canadian Reformed Churches in Hamilton and member of the Dundas congregation, Rev. Herfst and his wife Jackie traveled to Cubulco, joining Bible translators Gary and Martha DeSterke and relief workers John and Connie Otten. A new mission church, the 'Iglesia Reformada de Cubulco', was instituted on October 1, 1995.

In 1992 the Vineland congregation, holding to a strong commitment to a Biblical and confessional view of Christian education, along with other local Reformed churches, helped establish Heritage Christian School in nearby Jordan.

Rev. Schouls served the congregation until 1999, when he accepted a call to the Chatham Free Reformed Church. Despite an empty pulpit, the Vineland congregation continued to grow, leading to a church plant in Wellandport, Ontario during the spring of 2001. With a base membership of 160 members, the new fellowship began to meet at Wellandport Christian School on March 25, 2001 and was instituted as the Zion Free Reformed Church on June 26, 2002.

The Vineland congregation called and received Rev. VanderMeyden as a pastor again in June 2001, reuniting church and pastor.

In 2003, the Vineland congregation partnered with the nearby Heritage Reformed Congregation of Jordan and the Immanuel Orthodox Reformed Church in an effort to minister to the growing number of migrant workers who labour in Niagara's vineyards, orchards, nurseries and greenhouses each summer. Served by charter member Rev. Harry Bout, the three churches have enjoyed a strong sense of unity in their efforts to reach the fields white with harvest.

Other ministries supported by the Vineland congregation include Word and Deed, Come Over and Help Ministries, Elisha House Pregnancy and Family Support Centre as well as other important organizations.

The growing, 450-member congregation recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and is currently making plans to construct a new church building behind the existing sanctuary.


  • Sunday School
  • Catechism
  • Confession
  • Kingdom Seekers
  • Cadets
  • Young Peoples
  • College & Careers
  • Women's Study
  • Men's Study


The children's Sunday School program is scheduled after the morning worship service every Sunday. There are eight classes, beginning with children ages 4 and continuing to ages 11. Sunday School students meet for Bible stories, memory work and singing and participate in two special concerts each year.

Please see the attached Sunday School Roster.
January 2017 - May 2017

To find out more about the Sunday School program, please contact: Lisa Bok at 905-562-5632.


Led by an elder, the junior (grades 7 & 8) catechism class meet every Sunday after the morning service at 11:00 AM. Led by our Pastor Joel Overduin, both intermediate (grades 9 & 10) and senior (grades 11 & 12) catechism classes meet every Wednesday evening. Intermediates meet at 7:00 PM & Seniors at 8:00 PM at the church.

The classes are based on the Heidelberg Catechism (1563), a question and answer manual of Christian instruction. The Heidelberg Catechism is one of three historic Reformed confessions, along with the Belgic Confession (1561) and Canons of Dordt (1618-1619).

To find out more about the classes, please contact Pastor Joel Overduin.


Led by pastor Joel Overduin, the confession of faith class meets every Wednesday at 9:00 PM at the church. The class is geared for baptized members of the congregation and new believers in the church who wish to publicly confess their faith in Jesus Christ.

To find out more about the classes, please contact Pastor Joel Overduin.


Kingdom Seekers is a club for girls ages 9-13. We meet every other Thursday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Our purpose is to provide a program to involve young girls in interactive learning focused on Bible knowledge.  This program includes a Bible lesson, craft time, and badge work. In addition, the girls attend an annual rally and go on various outings together to promote friendships and togetherness.

Contact: Melinda Pouli (Head counselor) melindap32@hotmail.com or (905)562-9756.

For those wishing to attend the Cadet Camporee, please fill out the following form: CamporeeRegistrationForm
The Vineland Cadet Club welcomes all boys aged 9-13 from the church and the community. Our mission is to help boys grow more Christlike in all areas of life.
We meet every Thursday night in the Vineland Free Reformed Church from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. for Bible studies and crafts/projects.
For more information, visit the Berean Council website. Click on "Clubs," then "Vineland."
http://www.bereancouncil.com/

 

Contact: Calvin Sjaarda (Head Counselor) vinelandcadets@live.ca


Junior Young Peoples:

The junior youth group meets every other Sunday evening at the church for Bible lessons and fellowship.
Leaders for Boys: Scott Slingerland: Tel: 905-892-1790 Shawn Stryker: Tel: 289-820-9422.
Leaders for Girls: Jocelyn VandenBeukel: Tel:905-646-2795 Meaghan Zwiep: Tel:905-562-7882.

Senior Young Peoples:
Led by Brian & Jolande Bruinekool and Roger & Linda Slingerland, the senior youth group meets every other Sunday night at family homes for Bible study and fellowship. Dan & Jeanette DeVries are the social co-ordinators.

To find out more about the senior youth group, please contact Dan and Jeanette at (905)892-3029.


COLLEGE & CAREERS BIBLE STUDY:

A dynamic mix of couples and singles, the young adults group meets every other Sunday evening at the home of Adam & Kerri Radsma for Bible study & fellowship.
To find out more about the young adults group, please contact Adam & Kerri at 905-563-1540.


Morning Ladies Bible Study: Meets every Tuesday at 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the church for Bible Study and fellowship.
For more information contact: Laurie VanVliet 905-892-2569; Kelly Slingerland – 905-735-4679; Arelene Veenstra – 905-734-7502.
Babysit is provided.

Evening Ladies Bible Study: Meets every other Wednesday evening at 7:30-9:00 p.m. at the church from September until May.
For more information contact: Jacqueline VanGameren at (905)228-0449.

Dutch Ladies Bible Study: meets every other Wednesday at 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the church.
For more information contact: Mrs. Carol Kruitbosch at (905)562-3030.


Men's Bible Study Groups:
Two men's Bible study groups meet, one every other Wednesday evening at 7:30 PM at the church and the second on Saturday mornings at 6:45 AM.

To find out more about the Saturday men's Bible study, please contact Eric Valk at (905)562-9566.
To find out more about the Wednesday evening men's Bible study, please contact Rick Heikoop at (905)563-3465.


  • Awake to Praise Choir
  • Babysit/Nursery
  • Evangelism
  • Finance
  • Funeral
  • Helping Hands
  • Kitchen/Fundraising
  • Library
  • Maintenance
  • Migrant Ministry
  • Mission
  • Organ
  • Recording Ministry
  • Website

Awake to Praise Choir

Erik VanDyk will be at the helm this year!
This year's pieces will be in a broad range from contemporary to classical.
Our practices are in this church every Monday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

To find out more about the Awake to Praise choir please contact:
Scott Slingerland at (289)438-4003 or email: scottslinger@gmail.com

Babysit/Nursery

Please see the attached Babysit Roster.
May,June,July

Contact: Stephanie Meeboer (289)686-6334 or email: ssmeeboer@hotmail.com

Evangelism Committee

The Evangelism committee leads a senior's home ministry each Sunday afternoon at 1:45 PM at St. Catharines Place. The services incorporate a number of traditional hymns, prayer and a short meditation with a call to faith.

To find out more about this ministry, please contact Michael Zwiep at (905)892-9160.

Finance Committee

Contact: Dave Nelson 905-988-9134
Treasurer: Bert Dunnink (905)562-5656

Funeral Fund Committee

The Funeral Fund was implemented years ago to aid and assist its members which are drawn from the Congregations of the VFRC and the ZFRC. The Funeral Fund Board oversees the details involved in the Church funerals. Most of the costs incurred at the funerals of its members are paid for by the Fund. Annual dues are collected and dealt with in a stewardly way. The Funeral Fund publishes current information in an annual report. Questions about membership etc. should be directed to Board Members in the respective Congregations. If you have questions please contact:
Luella DeJong at (905)562-7193 or
Albert Vandenbrink at (905)562-3915

Helping hands is a committee set up to help those who through sickness or other difficulties, need some assistance. We provide meals and if needed, help in the home. If you require help or know someone that does, please call the Helping Hands co-ordinator in your area.

Pelham - Charlene Nieuwenhuyzen (905)892-4510
Vineland/Jordan - Elly Bok (905)562-4319
St.Catharines - Linda Slingerland (905)682-9718
Beamsville/Campden/Smithville/Grimsby: Marietta Postma (905)563-1650

 

Kitchen Fundraising Committee

Contacts:
Marnie or Laurie

Church Facility Rentals:
Please fill out the application form below for the renting of our facilities:

Click to view: Rental application


Library

Contacts:
Christine Valk: (905)562-9566
Kerri Radsma:  (905)563-1540
or email: vfrclibrary@gmail.com

Maintenance Committee

Contact: Jason Roelofsen (905)562-3906

Migrant Worker Ministry

The Vineland Free Reformed Church has been ministering to the growing number of migrant workers who labour in Niagara's vineyards, orchards, nurseries and greenhouses each summer since 2001.

Partnering with the nearby Heritage Reformed Congregation of Jordan and the Immanuel Orthodox Reformed Church in 2003, the ministry now includes weekly Spanish worship services, Bible studies, English classes and monthly soccer outreaches.

Under a special agreement made in 2004 between the three Niagara churches and Eternal Life Mission, a joint undertaking of Messiah's Independent Reformed Church of Holland, Michigan and the Hope Reformed Church of Toronto, missionary pastor Rev. Harry Bout and his wife Joanne ministered to the workers each growing season during the months of April, May, June, September and October while son and daughter-in-law, Wilf and Sharon Bout, ministered to the workers during the months of July and August. Wilf and Sharon have been ministering to the workers year-round since 2009.

For more information: Please contact Wilf Bout at: wilfredbout@hotmail.com

Sunday Evening Worship
Service Los Domingos, La Iglesia Immanuel
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Immanuel Orthodox Reformed Church

Tuesday Evening Bible Study and English Class
Los Martes, La Iglesia Heritage
Time: 7:30 PM
Place: Heritage Reformed Congregation of Jordan

Saturday Soccer Outreach
Hosting Church
Time: 6:30 PM
Place: Heritage Christian School

If you are willing to drive migrant workers to and from the various meetings,
please contact:
Rick Heikoop at  905-563-3465 or email: rickh@autodynamics.ca

Anyone who would like to help this ministry by providing baked goods for the meetings,
please contact:
Rachelle Roelofsen at 905-892-1496.

Mission Committee

Contact: John Jansen at (905)562-0757 or email: jjansen1@cogeco.ca

The organ is the primary instrument used in our church for worship services.
Our Organists are:

Garry Postma
David Vandenberg
Martin Vandenbeukel

Recording Contact: Jake Hoek

Video Contact: Kevin Smit

Audio Contact: Dave Vandermeulen

Sound System Contacts: Rick Heikoop, Jon Tamminga, Durk Wolfert

Web Committee:

Linda Brouwer
Kevin Smit
Dave Tamminga
Dave Vandermeulen
Mike Zwiep

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