New church ramps up activities around town

    PORT HAWKESBURY: Just over a month after launching its regular Sunday services, the Strait area’s new Pentecostal church is launching a full slate of activities for children, young adults and other local residents.

    Twice-monthly free suppers for community college students, weekly youth “hang out nights” designed to coincide with the Strait Pirates’ traditional Friday night home games at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, family movie nights and the latest local edition of the adult Christian instructional course known as “Alpha” are among the events planned over the next three months by CityReach Port Hawkesbury (CPH).

    Established this past spring by the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC) to replace the now-defunct Causeway Pentecostal Church, CPH operates at the former church building on 842 Church Street in Port Hawkesbury, which now houses the church offices and serves as a Bible college for five young adults from across Atlantic Canada.

    “We’re just really excited to be able to be in this community,” said Borsato, who relocated from Ontario with her husband Mario Borsato, a member of Hope Church’s music team, over the summer.

    “We see lots of opportunity to serve and care for the community, and we’re being met with a lot of people who are kind and engaging with us – we’re really thankful for that.”

    Having already enjoyed success over the summer with “The Verge,” a youth drop-in program located at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, CPH is offering a similar event on Fridays from 8-10:30 p.m. at the Civic Centre, providing food, games, activities such as video-game tournaments and conversation opportunities for young people attending hockey games.

    Similarly, CPH is building on the success of its student-oriented Thanksgiving supper to provide twice-monthly meals to those enrolled in at the NSCC Strait Area Campus, with the next such event taking place Sunday, October 30 from 4:30-6 p.m. at 824 Church Street.

    The back end of October will also see the launch of a new edition of the Alpha course, which has surfaced in Arichat and Port Hawkesbury over the past five years and has been experienced by 29 million people worldwide. The eight-week Christian instruction course for adults will get started on Thursday, October 27.

    In addition, the new Pentecostal church-plant is continuing its experiments with public showings of recently-released movies and film favourites from the past, with a “December Date Night” currently in the works to allow adults to bring their children to a family film and then enjoy a more adult offering on their own. The Christmas season will also see a CPH Christmas party with food, crafts, a photo booth and a reenactment of the Nativity.

    Through it all, the Borsatos and their guests from around the Maritimes are hoping to bring God’s message and kindness to all Strait area residents.

    “Our heart is to serve and to love this community the way that Jesus does,” Borsato declared, “and in that way, we really hope that people will encounter him and that they’ll encounter hope.”