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What We Believe

The Basics

We believe that God created the world and everything in it, including human beings.

God created a perfect world. In the beginning, there was no sin--no hatred, no disunity, and no death. But God also allowed humans to make their own choices.

The first humans, Adam and Eve, disobeyed God, allowing sin to enter God's perfect world. From then on, every human has been born with sinful desires that lead to separation from God.

But the story doesn't end there. God loves the world and the people in it--so much, in fact, that he made a plan to take away the guilt of our sin.

God sent his son, Jesus, into the world as a human. Jesus gave his life to pay the price for sins he didn't commit. Jesus accepted the punishment for our sins so that we don't have to.

Three days after Jesus was killed, God brought Jesus to life again, defeating the power of death and evil. Jesus still lives today, eternally in heaven with God the Father. One day he will come back to earth to put an end to evil--sin, death, and pain--and renew all things. He will gather all who have believed in him from every time and place to live with him forever.

Our faith is centered in God's love for us demonstrated in Jesus Christ, his son.

When we accept Jesus' sacrifice for us and commit our lives to following him, God sees us as perfect, the way we were first created to be. We cannot manufacture such faith on our own; it is the result of God's Spirit working within us.

Our Mission

We exist to bring together the diverse community (people of all races, gender, ethnicity, and culture), into Christian fellowship, encouraging all to embrace Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and to engage in ministry as one body in Christ.

Our Vision

Knowledgeable All believers will have a firm understanding of their Faith, based upon sound Christian doctrine, accomplished by strong and consistent Christian Education.  Hosea 4:6

Inclusive The Congregation will reflect the greater community, where people of every ethnicity, race, colour, gender and culture are encouraged to join and participate in the ministries of the Church. Matthew 28:19

Nurturing Every Christian will be encouraged to mature spiritually, becoming all that God desires them to be in regards to ministry and Christian living.  Building up and supporting each other through genuine loving relationships. Hebrews 10:24-25

Relevant Ministries will address the needs of the community, for both the church and the unchurched; ministries that make known the good news about Jesus and the love of God by word and deed. Matthew 25:40

Joyous Celebrating the Love of God through joyous and participative praise and worship, and the preaching of the Gospel. Psalms 100:1-5

The Reformed View of Christian Faith

In the Reformed view, the final authority is the Bible--known as the Holy Scriptures, the Word of God.

The Reformed perspective is centered in the overwhelming love of God toward us. We believe that God is three in one--God the father, God the son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.

We believe that we are saved by grace alone through faith, not by what we think or do to earn God's favor. Our good works don't earn our salvation, but are a way to thank God for this free gift of salvation.

The Reformed Church in America celebrates two sacraments: baptism and the Lord's Supper. They remind us of God's promises to us and help us to claim those promises as our own.

The RCA is confessional, which means that together we have statements of belief, called creeds and confessions. These statements guide our understanding of faith and shape its practice.

The RCA is "Reformed and always reforming," earnestly seeking to know the mind of Christ as it strives to be faithful in a changing, complex, and often troubled world. 

Our History

It was in the fall of 1902, when all that was called Woodcliff consisted of a few houses east of what is now Broadway and 75th street.  75th Street was the main thoroughfare and consisted of a dirt road.  Practically all of the property west of Hudson Avenue between 75th Street and the park was a wilderness. 

Woodcliff Reformed Church, started out as a home ministry.  Sunday School was held for the first time in the cottage occupied by Mr. Charles Rollins on what we believe is now 139-73rd Street.  After the numbers grew, Sunday School classes were moved the Woodcliff Public School or what is now known as Robert Fulton.  

In the fall of 1903, excavation began for what is now the present site of our church building.  The original building consisted of the main Sanctuary, boiler room and an auditorium under the Sanctuary.  The ground for the original portion of this church was donated by Woodcliff Land & Improvement Company and the building was erected by the State Baptist Association.  Woodcliff remained under the auspices of the Baptist association until 1906 when Woodcliff became part of the Reformed Church in America.  At this point, Woodcliff became a chapel of the Grove Reformed Church.  

In 1909, running short on funds and realizing the new space for the Sunday School building weren't big enough, several members and children from the church worked with picks and shovels to excavate the area for the new Sunday School building.  In 1911, Woodcliff Reformed Church became its own independent church organization.  The first week-night prayer meeting was held on January 23rd 1913.  In 1916, alterations and new construction were completed on the "Church Hall" or Sunday School building.  In 1919, our organ was installed in memory of Joel Horton.  In 1919, the parsonage, or Pastors home, was completed.
  

 


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