About The Free Reformed Church of St. Thomas
Our church was instituted on October 10, 1952, by Dutch immigrants. We are a covenant community made up of people from various backgrounds, with different occupations, including young and old members. Though we are from various places, with different life circumstances, we recognize that we are a family in Christ. We worship God by praising Him, praying to Him, listening to Him through reading His Word, and serving Him as He requires in His Word. We hold to the Reformed confessions, which include the historic creeds and the Three Forms of Unity. In our worship services, we follow the Reformed liturgy. Our preaching includes both objective preaching of God’s Word and subjective or experiential preaching about the joys and struggles of the life of faith. We firmly believe the Scriptures are God’s revelation and the whole Bible is God’s infallible Word.
What we believe about our church community
Under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, we therefore endeavour to establish communities not only in St Thomas but also beyond, where people can have opportunities to enter into living encounters with His goodness and compassion.
We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ, whose members believe in Jesus Christ and acknowledge His headship. They are joined together by the Holy Spirit who provides His gifts to everyone to contribute to the growth and ministry of the Body of Christ. Therefore all believers have a place and part to play and they do this by committing themselves to a local church for accountability, growth and ministry.
We are a part of the denomination of the Free Reformed Churches of North America. Our rich heritage traces its origins to the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands. We as a denomination have our roots in the Dutch State Church which was a protestant church founded during the Reformation. In the 1940s and 1950s Dutch immigrants who had been attending various reformed churches decided to start a new denomination. This new denomination would be independent of its heritage and free to start fresh in a new land, yet would still hold to and follow the Reformed confessions in preaching, teaching, and pastoral care. We as a denomination practice ecclesiastical cooperation, united under common government. We share in evangelism and mission work. We continue to follow the historic creeds: the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed; along with the Three Forms of Unity: the Belgic Confessions, The Canons of Dort, and the Heidelberg Catechism. We practice the faithful administering of the sacraments which Christ has instituted; namely, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We are a New Testament Church which seeks to serve God, feed souls, and preach God’s Word in glory and saving grace.
For more on what we believe, see http://www.frcna.org/about-us/what-we-believe