Next Steps 

Now that you know a little bit about us, we want to know a little bit about you. Who are you? What’s your story? How can we help you learn more about who Jesus is and what that really even means for your life?  If you have any more questions, or just want to talk to someone who is a part of our church to hear more, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d love to connect with you and we hope to see you next Sunday.

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Focus Groups

Focus Groups are small groups that have a specific focus and curriculum.  These groups focus on topics such as Finances, Abuse Recovery, Addiction Recovery, Divorce Care, and Grief Support.  Focus Groups provide a safe, Godly environment to help you heal and grow in specific areas of your life.

Freedom

Freedom is an opportunity to break free from core lies, soul wounds, and life patterns that stand in the way of living “live to the full” as Jesus described in John 10:10. During this 7-week journey, Freedom will help you discover your true identity in Christ.

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Starting Point

Starting Point is an exploration of God’s grand story, the Dream City story, and where you fit into the narrative. During this fun, interactive class, you will meet our staff, learn how to get involved, and discover the many ministries we have to offer.

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Water Baptism

Getting baptized is a public declaration of your faith. Going under water represents your old life, and coming out of the water represents your brand new life with Christ, where you can have assurance that God gives you guidance for your life.

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small group

Community is the essence of discipleship, and true community happens when people circle up in groups to study God’s word, pray together, and build genuine lasting friendships. Dream City Church has groups that meet in locations across the Valley.

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Baptism | Baptize

1. Water baptism is a sacrament of the church. A sacrament is “any of certain Christian rites (i.e. communion, baptism) held to have been instituted by Christ and to convey God’s grace to us.” This means that baptism is a gift from God that helps us to know Him and respond to Him.

2. In the original language “baptize” is to submerge, to fully immerse in water. There is little debate that the early church understood the word baptize to involve an individual being fully immersed (that’s why we baptize in a lake, pool, hot tub or baptism tank).

3. “Baptism” was used by Jewish sects both pre and post New Testament times:
i) as a purification ritual / washing.
ii) as a means of repentance (i.e. John the Baptist).
iii) as a means of entering a community of faith.


Certainly, some of these are involved in our present understanding of baptism. But Christ did attach even more significance to baptism as we will see below. Please note though, that as much as we understand about baptism, there is still some mystery connected to it!
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1. Because Jesus commanded it.

Matthew 28:19-20 The Message version.

2. Because Jesus was baptized. Why was Jesus baptized? It was to mark the beginning of His earthly ministry and to model baptism for us.
1John 2:3-6

3. Because it symbolizes my ownership of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
i) Are ‘symbols’ important today in your life? In our culture we wear wedding bands to symbolize our vows. Why do we wear wedding rings? Is it to help us remember our vows, is it for others to know we are married? For many of the reasons we wear wedding rings, we are baptized.

ii) What is meant by “ownership”? What is it to own Christ’s burial (“to be buried with Christ”) and to own His resurrection (“raised with Christ”)? Essentially to own Jesus’ death is to acknowledge that He did this for me, that I needed Him to die for me. To own His resurrection is likewise, to recognize that He did in fact rise from the dead and today He is alive and I know Him.

iii) The people of Israel also had a tradition to help them communally remember God-moments: they would set up a ‘marker’ (i.e. a pile of rocks or an altar) at the site where God had performed a miracle. So when the people of God crossed the Jordan river, they celebrated that God-moment by erecting a monument of 12 stones (Joshua 4:19-24). Now, note the word “marking” in the Matthew passage on page 2. We can understand that baptism is a marker celebrating that I have “crossed over” to a new life in Jesus Christ.

iv) Baptism signifies a personal acceptance of the benefits of the atonement (sacrificial substitute) of Jesus Christ.
Colossians 2:12, 1Peter 3:21 The Message (Further reading: Romans 6:1, 1Peter 3:2)

4. Because it is part of God’s design (i.e. Conversion, Confession, Community). Baptism confirms our obedience to Christ and conveys our connection with Him and His family on earth (from conversion into community). Baptism is that moment we make a public stand to say ‘I am saved, and am a part of the family of God’.Galatians 3:26-28
1Corinthians 12:12-13 The Message

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1.“What if I was baptized as an infant?”
i) Are there theological / doctrinal concerns with being baptized twice?
ii) Does this nullify what my parents did to me as infant?
Answer: Remember the four reasons you should be baptized? Have these been satisfied in the method of confession you used [i.e. infant baptism & then a confession of some sort]?
“Do I have to speak in front of everyone?”
Answer: If you are nervous about speaking, you could write out what you want to say or we could simply ask you the few baptismal questions from the last page of this booklet.
“Do I need to be re-baptized if I have backslidden?”
Answer: Remember the story of the “prodigal son” in Luke 15? Did the son need to go through the rites of passage to re-enter the family? All he had to do was ask forgiveness of the Father.
“How old should I be in order to be baptized? Can my children be baptized?”
Answer: The Bible does not clearly state an age. In the book of Acts there are passages that state that not only was a parent baptized, but “he and his whole household were baptized that day”. This obviously included children, but how old we do not know. So it is not a question of age, but of maturity, and understanding.
2.
The first words of advice we offer parents when they ask if their child is old enough are:
1. Do you understand and own the four reasons listed in section “B”?
2. If there is any doubt at all that your child may not be old enough then don’t! We certainly don’t want to ‘steal’ a very special moment by doing it too early in the child’s life – before the child has really owned the faith.
Here are some questions that will help us make a wise decision about your child:
Is your child old enough to understand “born again” (words Jesus used to describe Christianity, John 3:3)?
Does your child understand the four reasons to be baptized listed in section “B” (take your time moving through the verses together and making sure your child has some handle on each reason)?
Do you see in your child’s life evidence of their friendship with God?
Does your child understand the questions in section “F”. The Apostle’s Creed and Baptismal Questions?
Do you and (if applicable) your spouse feel comfortable that your child understands section “F”?
1. Invite your family, friends and anyone else who comes to mind as you prayerfully think about the day. Why do you think you should invite others?
2. Ask your small group, close friends, or family to pray for you as you prepare for the day.
3. Read through the verses in this booklet.
4. Bring with you on that day:
• Big towel (we will provide baptismal gowns when possible)
• Dark coloured t-shirt and pants or shorts
• Change of clothes and grooming stuff (brush, makeup,
etc.)
• Earplugs if you require them (you’ll be able to plug
your nose).
• Plastic bag to bring wet things home.
• Someone to video or take pictures.
• Some choose to bring a facecloth to cover face while
going under.
5. Arrive 30 minutes earlier to service to receive final directions /instructions.
6. You will hand your towel to attendant, and then enter the baptismal tank. Pastor will stand beside you, usually on your left. You will cross your arms, you may hold pastor’s left arm and his/her right arm will be on your back (to assist you back up). Relax, bend your knees and simply allow yourself to fall back into the water.
Acts 2:38, 8:12-13, 9:18, 10:47-48, 16:15, 16:33, 18:8. These passages will give you further insight into how the early church understood and practiced baptism.

What is Christianity?

God loves you and wants you to experience peace and life— abundant and eternal.
The Bible says …
“We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” — Romans 5:1 (NIV)

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” — John 3:16 (NIV)

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” — John 10:10 (NIV)
Why don’t most people have this peace and abundant life that God planned for us to have?

Our Separation: God created us in His own image to have an abundant life. He did not make us as robots to automatically love and obey Him. God gave us a will and a freedom of choice.
We chose to disobey God and go our own willful way. We still make this choice today. This results in separation from God.

The Bible says …
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” — Romans 3:23 (NIV)
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” — Romans 6:23 (NIV)

“He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” — 1 John 5:12-13 (NIV)

Receiving Christ, we are born into God’s family through the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit who indwells every believer. This is called regeneration, or the “new birth.”

This is just the beginning of a wonderful new life in Christ. To deepen this relationship you should:
1. Read your Bible everyday to know Christ better.
2. Talk to God in prayer every day.
3. Tell others about Christ.
4. Worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians in a
church where Christ is preached.
5. As Christ’s representative in a needy world, demonstrate
your new life by your love and concern for others.

The Bible says …
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” — Romans 10:13 (NIV)
Did you sincerely ask Jesus Christ to come into your life? Where is He right now? What has He given you?

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” — Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)

Dear Lord Jesus,
I want to know you personally. I know that I have done wrong and I am sorry. I am willing, with your help, to turn away from my sins and turn to you. I believe, Jesus, that you died and rose again for me. Please come into my life. I receive you as my Saviour and Lord, as best as I know how, right now.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Resources on Parenting

How To Keep Your Kids On Your Team…Charles Stanley
• Raising Kids For True Greatness…Dr. Tim Kimmel
• Launching Your Kids For Life…Bob and Cheryl Reccord
• Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours…Dr. Kevin Leman
• The Power Of A Praying Parent…Stormie Omartian
• Hold On To Your Kids…Gordon Neufeld, Gabor Mate
• Transforming Children Into Spiritual Champions…George Barna
• The Treasure Inside Your Child…Pam Farrel
• Spiritual Growth Of Children…John Trent, Rick Osborne, Kurt Bruner
• Why Christian Kids Rebel (Trading Heartache For Hope)…Dr. Tim Kimmel
• The Strong Willed Child…Dr. James Dobson
• Guiding Your Family In A Misguided World…Tony Evans
• Faith Training…Dr. J. White
• Bringing Up Boys…Dr . James Dobson
• Effective Parenting In A Defective World…Chip Ingram
Life 100.3 Radio Station
http://www.lifeonline.fm

The Dove Foundation – Movie Reviews

PluggedIn Online-http://www.pluggedin.ca
Want to filter what your kids are listening to and playing online? This site not only includes movie & TV reviews, it also reviews video games and music.

Camp Mini-Yo-We (Port Sydney)
Camp Mini-Yo-We is a Christian overnight summer camp in Muskoka that has been connecting with children, youth and adults since 1946. We offer a unique camp experience, innovative programs, fabulous leadership opportunities, dedicated staff and a safe

Echo Lake Camp
At Echo Lake Camp, you join a long history of campers who have discovered a deeper relationship with God, as well as life-time friendships with other people your age. Echo Lake Camp was founded in 1956 as a youth-oriented facility. For over 50 yea

Ontario Camp of the Deaf
The Ontario Camp of the Deaf provides a year round residential camp experience. Meeting the spiritual, social and recreational needs of all who attend has been the goal of the Camp since its first summer in the early 1960’s.

Ontario Pioneer Camp (Port Sydney)
Ontario Pioneer Camp is a Christian summer camp located in the heart of the Muskoka area just north Toronto. Pioneer summer camps include programs for kids & youth aged 5-17 as well as teen, out tripping and leadership development programs for yo

Pine Orchard Free Methodist Camp (Newmarket)
Pine Orchard Camp is a wonderful place to worship God in a nature filled environment. We invite you to browse our Camps and Retreats pages where you will find all the information about our programs.

Severn Bridge Free Methodist Camp
Nestled among the towering pines in the heart of Ontario’s Muskoka region, Severn Bridge Camp provides an atmosphere of rustic relaxation, family fun and spiritual rejuvenation to people of all ages. This summer, we invite you to come to Severn Brid

Wesley Acres Retreat Centre & Campground (Bloomfield)
If you are looking for that perfect weekend get-away, a spiritually refreshing week of Family camp, a dynamic Christ-centred youth camp, or the ideal place to park the tent/trailer for a week, then Wesley Acres is for you.

Alpha Canada
What is Alpha? …ever wonder what life’s all about? Alpha is an opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting.

Barrie Battle of the Bands
BFMC’s Annual Christian Bands Concert!

Barrie Christian Council
The BCC is a non-profit organization consisting of ministry leaders from churches and para-church ministries working in and around Barrie, Ontario.

Barrie Out of the Cold
Barrie Out of the Cold provides safe, respectful and welcoming overnight accommodation and meals to the homeless from November to April.

Barrie Pregnancy Resource Centre
At the Barrie Pregnancy Resource Centre (BPRC), we provide accurate information and non-judgmental, confidential support as you explore your options. Our trained, female support workers take the time to listen to you. All of our services are free.

Compassion Canada
Releasing children from poverty in Jesus name. Compassion Canada exists as a advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social, & physical poverty & enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults.

DivorceCare
Find help and healing for the hurt of separation and divorce. DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of lifes most difficult experiences. Dont go through separation or divorce alone.

Life 100.3 Radio
Barrie’s Christian Radio Station. Listen to Life online!

MOPS – Mothers of Preschoolers
Welcome to MOPS – a place to find friendship, community, resources and support for you as a woman and mother so you’re not alone. Moms have found community through MOPS for almost 40 years – we’re your mothering authority.

Free Methodist Church in Canada
Visit the Free Methodist Church in Canada to learn more about who we are…in Canada and throughout the world!

Ghana Free Methodist Church (West Africa)
The Ghana-Canada Partnership that BFMC is spearheading has been evolving over the past 5-6 years. As a local church, BFMC has a long history of supporting missions and missionaries…

Holt Free Methodist Church (Newmarket)

New Hope Free Methodist Church (Bracebridge)

Orillia Free Methodist Church – “Church on the Hill”

Ryde Centennial Free Methodist Church (Gravenhurst)

Wyevale Free Methodist Church