Place #9: Massey Hall

Planting a church is no small feat, and doing so successfully is cause for celebration. So since C3 is coming up on its 5th anniversary, a celebration is exactly what happened. And following with C3’s usual way of doing things, it was big. Massey Hall big.

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Place #9: Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St, Toronto, ON, M5B 1T7

I’ve been going to C3 since the summer, but had heard only bits and pieces of how the church got started through stories the pastors told during the service. So it was nice to hear more about the beginning of the church in this special anniversary service. And I have to commend the people who were involved straight from the beginning. They struggled a lot at the start with finding a location to hold services. More than once, they found out last minute that they couldn’t use their venue and had to find alternative arrangements.

It’s impressive what C3 Toronto has done, considering the church is only 5 years old. There are a lot of churches that are much older and not doing as much as C3. The church recently bought a house to donate the use of to Matthew House, an organization that provides housing for refugee claimants. The money was being saved for a long term building (services are currently held in a school auditorium), but it was decided to use the money to buy this house as a sort of investment, while also helping others at the same time.

“How can this be?” Luke 1:34

They also just started holding FIVE services each Sunday, across two campuses. The second campus only opened in October, so the church is definitely growing. Although I will say that the 9am service this morning was sparse. I would imagine the later services are much more popular.

During the special anniversary service they also preformed a song the worship band had written called Refuge. It’s pretty cool that the worship band is writing their own music.

Massey Hall itself was pretty cool. We were on the main level off to one side. The chairs looked like they had very upright backs, but once you sit down they slide forward into a more reclined position. It freaked me out the first time I sat down. Nobody sat beside me because there was a pole supporting the balcony in front of the chair. That’s the problem with older venues I guess.

No other new places this week!

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