Amherstburg Community Church

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.

Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage DVD captures all the fun and facts of Mark Gungor’s view on life, love, and marriage
Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage helps couples deal with tough marriage issues that is fun and non-threatening unlike many traditional seminars. Couples will laugh, learn and be able to make real, positive changes to their marriage.

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.

Amherstburg Community Church hosts “Block Party”



By Ron Giofu


A local church opened its grounds to the community and children’s games and entertainment was on the agenda.

Kerrington Sweeney, one of the youth pastors at Amherstburg Community Church along with Kyle Oates, explained that their recent “Block Party” was an enjoyable evening geared towards putting the word out about their programs.

Emma Smith shows Mariah Farah her newly painted face at the Sept. 12 “Block Party” at Amherstburg Community Church.

“This is our fifth annual ‘Block Party’ for Amherstburg Community Church,” Sweeney explained. “It’s a family fun night with a carnival-type feel to advertise our programs.”

The youth programs that were highlighted were the “Kids Club,” which are Tuesday evenings for pre-kindergarten students to Grade 5 and the Wednesday night “Junior High” program which is geared for students in Grades 6-8.

Sweeney said 67 students signed up last year thanks to the “Block Party.”

“It’s grown a lot,” she said.

Cali Cacilhas plays one of the games at last week’s “Block Party” at Amherstburg Community Church on Alma St.

The organizers expected a crowd of about 500 people at last Tuesday night’s event, which included a barbecue and face painting as well as the entertainment and games. Sweeney added that the “Block Party” also has seen the church grow as well.

“Last year, we had five new families join because of our “Block Party,” which is exciting,” she said.

Amherstburg Community Church is located at 125 Alma St. Their phone number is 519-736-5644 and their website is

Amherstburg Community Church youth group raises $2,000 in “Walk for Water”



By Ron Giofu


Youth from Amherstburg Community Church re-enacted what those in Third World countries have to go through to get water and raised a few bucks at the same time.

The group of about 30 youth and their leaders walked from the church on Alma St. to Sandwich St. S. then headed to the drive-thru Tim Horton’s location then turned around and walked back to the church. That distance was roughly five kilometres.

Youth pastor Kyle Oates said they raised roughly $2,000 with all proceeds going to Emergency Relief Development Overseas (ERDO).

“This is our third annual Walk for Water,” Oates explained. “We go to a youth conference every year in Waterloo. When we go to that conference, we collectively raise money for the ERDO campaign.”

Amherstburg Community Church’s youth group participates in the “Walk for Water” along Sandwich St. S.

Amherstburg Community Church’s youth group participates in the “Walk for Water” along Sandwich St. S.

ERDO sends its money to the feeding program at schools in Bangladesh.

In addition to walking from the church to the drive-thru Tim Horton’s location, they did so carrying four liter jugs of water to simulate what people in Bangladesh and other Third World countries have to do regularly just to get water.

“It kind of represents what people have to go through to get water for their families,” said Oates, quoting a figure which said 66 per cent of people who have to walk for water travel an average of six kilometres.

“Whether the water is clean or not is the next question,” he said.

ERDO matches donations and contributes four times what is actually raised, he added. Amherstburg Community Church also does a “big push” to educate youth about global needs.

“Even doing a small part can produce a big result,” he said.