Amherstburg Community Church

Local church welcomes community at annual “Block Party”


By Ron Giofu


Members of the Amherstburg Community Church family plus the community at large were welcomed to the Alma St. facility last Friday evening.

Amherstburg Community Church (ACC) held its “Block Party” where hundreds from the church and the surrounding community stopped in to enjoy the festivities. There were carnival games, music, inflatables, food and over $1,000 in prizes thanks to businesses from around the community, stated children’s pastor Kerrington Sweeney.

The evening was capped with fireworks.

Hannah Rampersaud plays one of the carnival games at the “Block Party” held at Amherstburg Community Church.

“This is our third annual Block Party,” said Sweeney. “We’re expecting over 500 guests.”

Sweeney said one of the objectives in holding the event is to celebrate the town and those who live here.

“We just want to bless the community,” she said.

Sweeney said it also serves as Amherstburg Community Church’s launch for its children and youth programs. She said the free programs include “Sidewalk Kids,” which is for children from pre-kindergarten to Grade 5. That program runs Tuesdays from 6:30-8 p.m.

Navaeh Sims and Summer Thomas have fun during a game at the “Block Party” at Amherstburg Community Church.

The “Jr. High” program is for youth in Grades 6-8 and that runs Wednesdays from 7-8:30 p.m.

The programs teach lessons involving such things as life values and friendship, Sweeney added, with games, crafts and snacks also provided.

ACC is located at 125 Alma St. For more information on the church and its programming, visit, e-mail or call 519-736-5644.

Amherstburg Community Church presents pair of community events



By Ron Giofu


Amherstburg Community Church hosted a group of women for “A Night of Fashion with Friends.”

The church hosts regular events for the community, explained event organizer Myrna Bustard, and the fashion show was an opportunity for people to gather and have a little fun all the while enjoying fashion styles and some refreshments.

“We got models from the church here,” said Bustard, whose husband John is the pastor at the church.

Models included Geneva and Andrea Huisman, Terry Noble, Carol Farmer and Jillian Brohm. Fashions came from L.A. Treasures in Essex as staff at the store have a connection with the church.

“We wanted to invite the community to a fun event and build contacts,” explained Bustard.

Bustard added they also wanted a mix of generations, and achieved that as older women mixed with younger women and children at the event.

Geneva Huisman, Terry Noble, Carol Farmer, Jillian Brohm and Andrea Huisman were models in Amherstburg Community Church’s “A Night of Fashion with Friends.”

“It’s just a fun evening of getting everyone together and sharing life together,” stated Bustard.

Amherstburg Community Church (ACC) does different events throughout the year for not only its congregation, but to try and engage the Essex County community as well, she continued.

“We’re just trying to do things to involve our community,” said Bustard. “We want to be a blessing to our town.”

ACC also did another event, with the youth taking the lead on this one

With their thoughts of those in Third World countries, youth from Amherstburg Community Church (ACC) hit the streets to help raise funds.

The church held its annual “Walk for Water” recently with over 20 people walking from the Alma St. church to Sandwich St. S. and then walking south to the drive-thru Tim Horton’s location before returning back on the same route.

The walk is roughly five kilometers and the youth carry jugs of water, as it is symbolic of how far people in Bangladesh have to go to get drinking water every day.

“This is our fourth year doing it,” explained youth pastor Kyle Oates. “We go to a large youth conference every year in Waterloo. At the conference, we partner with The Life campaign. They are an organization that does a lot of humanitarian efforts.”

The youth conference known as “Overflow” is this weekend.

Youth and adult supervisors walk down Sandwich St. S. as part of ACC’s “Walk for Water.”

The Life Campaign has raised over $350,000 in the last number of years with ACC’s contributions being part of that. In the past, local efforts have gone towards drinking water programs with recent years seeing a shift to a food program for schools.

“For every $500 raised, it supports one school for an entire year’s feeding program,” said Oates. “Our goal this year is to raise $2,000, which would be enough for four schools.”

The youth at ACC fundraised for the “Walk for Water” but the walk did more than just raise money.

“The walk itself raises awareness some of the things we take for granted,” said Oates, naming clean drinking water and food as examples.


Amherstburg Community Church is located at 125 Alma St.

Amherstburg Community Church hosting upcoming events


Amherstburg Community Church (ACC), located at 125 Alma St., is hosting three upcoming community events.

ACC is hosting “ALPHA – Explore Life’s Big Questions – Faith, Identity, Meaning…” Sunday nights.

Alpha is an opportunity to explore life, faith and God in a friendly, open and informal environment. The talks are designed to be engaging and inspire honest conversation. They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions like “Who is Jesus?”, “Why and how do I pray?” and “How does God guide us?”

Amherstburg Community Church is hosting Alpha starting Sunday, May 6 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Contact the Church Office for more information. RSVP 519-736-5644 or by e-mail at For more information on Alpha, visit

The “Alpha” program begins at Amherstburg Community Church May 6.

Amherstburg Community Church will also be hosting “An Evening of Fashion with Friends” Friday, May 25 at 7 p.m. It is sponsored by ACC and L.A. Treasures with fashion by L.A. Treasures from Essex. There will be a guest speaker, refreshments and door prizes. Admission is a free will donation.

For information or to RSVP, call 519-736-5644 or e-mail

ACC is also hosting “Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage” with sessions starting May 6 and continuing May 13, 27 and June 3. Sessions run from 6:30-8 p.m. at Amherstburg Community Church. For information, call 519-736-5644.

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Amherstburg Community Church’s website is

Amherstburg Community Church brings Christmas cheer to Richmond Terrace



By Ron Giofu


A local church took time to spread a little Christmas cheer to a local seniors facility.

A youth group from Amherstburg Community Church (ACC) took a hayride from the Alma St. church to Richmond Terrace Long Term Care Home and sang Christmas carols to a group of residents gathered in a dining area. Kerrington Sweeney, a youth pastor with ACC, said it was the second year that the group went over to Richmond Terrace and sang. She hopes there will be many more years.

A youth group from Amherstburg Community Church sang Christmas carols for seniors at Richmond Terrace Long-Term Care Home.

“We used to do this when I was a kid in youth ministry,” Sweeney explained, recalling growing up in Essex and singing at Iler Lodge. “It’s a way to give back to the residents. They are so excited to see the kids sing. It’s a great time. We get to bring them on a hayride too.”

Sweeney added that they hope to involve other seniors’ residences in Amherstburg and spread more Christmas spirit.

“We’d like to go to other places as well if anyone is interested,” she said.

A youth group from Amherstburg Community Church arrives at Richmond Terrace Long Term Care Home via a hayride.

The youth group that travelled from the church to Richmond Terrace is known as the “Sidewalk Kids” and there were about 43 of them, as well as parents and guardians, that took part.

“It’s always fun to bring joy to people,” added Rev. John Bustard.

For more information, visit or call 519-736-5644. People can also e-mail

Amherstburg Community Church is located at 125 Alma St.

“Shining a Light on Compassion Celebration” coming to Amherstburg Nov. 3



By Ron Giofu


The Windsor-Essex Compassion Care Community (WECCC) will be showcasing the initiative in Amherstburg next month.

The WECCC has held “Shining a Light on Compassion Celebration” events in municipalities around Windsor-Essex County in past months and will now bring such a celebration to Amherstburg Community Church Nov. 3. Christie Nelson, communications consultant with the Windsor-Essex Compassion Care Community, said the events are geared towards “raising happiness” as well as equality for people who are seniors, isolated or for those with disabilities.

Local agencies that provide services and care for people will be highlighted so that people know of the “circle of care around them.” The initiative is geared to empower people to live well, identify and address barriers to quality of life, reach out to people in distress and engage neighbourhoods to share their talents and skills to others who need help.

The event will also allow people to have a say into the compassionate care movement and to allow people to visit the “connecting neighbours fair” to allow people to see the services that surround them. There will also be video presentations, surveys, entertainment, contests and food and drink.

There will also be “Shining a Light on Compassion” Awards presented that night. Nelson said this award goes to residents who exemplify the meaning of compassion in how they support others.

“This could be a neighbor, caregiver, volunteer, business professional or other individuals who selflessly support others,” she said.

WECCC is accepting nominations for this award in the cat that include business, caregiver, volunteer, artist, diversity, faith leader, youth, good neighbour and community service. For more information on how to nominate someone, contact Nelson at 226-344-4022 or visit

“We’re celebrating people in our community who exemplify compassion,” said Nelson. “It’s a community celebration that everyone is invited to.”

WECCC director Deborah Sattler said the compassionate care movement has been around the area for about three years and the priority is to reach out to those who are elderly, isolate, have disabilities and their caregivers. They are rolling out the initiative in all area communities, talking to people and letting them know of the services around them.

“We are very excited to be coming to Amherstburg,” said Sattler. “We’re really looking forward to seeing what Amherstburg has to offer.”

Not only does the WECCC want to make people aware of local services, they “want to build a mindset of building social connections with neighbours.” She added they want people to take advantage of the services around them and to work collectively around a shared vision.

The Nov. 3 event runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Amherstburg Community Church is located at 125 Alma St.