We help people to become everything they were created to be.
We're here for the long haul.
Hope Barrie began as a small group of people meeting in a downtown coffee shop, dreaming of better things. Human Development, what our faith calls discipleship, moves at the speed of relationship.
Relationships grow into community. We quickly grew into a church group in early 2014. Since then, we have grown to be a vital and permanent presence in Barrie's downtown, based in The Hope Centre and committed to working against chronic poverty through housing, food security, and addiction recovery.
Hope City Church gathers at the Hope Centre, and is a Canadian, provincially-incorporated not-for-profit charity.
HOPE BARRIE STAFF
For the Hope House Barrie Team, go here.
Executive Director, Hope Barrie
Pastor, Hope City Church
Ministry Associate, Hope House.
Peer Support Worker.
Manager, Higher Grounds Coffee House,
Book-keeper and Administration, Hope Barrie.
Ministry Associate, Assistant Manager, Higher Grounds Coffee House.
Senior Leadership Team - Board of Directors
Dr. Les Galicinski
Preaching and Teaching, Ministry Coach.
Dr. Tim Henshaw
Benevolence and Finance.
Hope Ambassador at Large.
Board Liaison to Hope Centre.
Liaison to Hope House Barrie.
Pastor Peter Gibbins (Ret'd)
Pastoral Care and Prayer.
Pastor Chris Atkinson
(Pinewoods Chapel Angus).
Board Secretary, Pastoral Support.
What We Believe
We believe that everyone is created with value and purpose. We believe that life is a journey, and that we are called to walk this journey together.
Hope Barrie is operated by Hope City Church Barrie. It is our dedication to following the Way of Jesus that motivates us to build a faith-based community that exists to help people to become everything that God created them to be.
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, that it is therefore without error, and is the revelation of God to man. The Bible is the complete source of God's guidance to man.
Salvation happens exclusively through faith in Jesus Christ in order to attain and experience a restored relationship with God. Placing faith in Jesus Christ and on His sacrifice of Himself on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sins is a gift of grace. No amount of good works can help us to earn our salvation, but, rather, the good works that we do are a necessary and joyful result of our new life in Christ.
God exists in three distinct persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. As the second person of this trinity, Jesus took on human form and lived among mankind, to free us from our sin and to invite us into and eternal relationship with God.
People were created in the image of God, and in bearing that image, are meant for a personal relationship with God and to live in a loving community with one another. We believe that because of the stain of original sin, all of mankind is completely depraved and is completely dependent on God to restore us to perfection.
Church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head, and consists of those who believe and confess Jesus as Lord and place complete saving faith in Him alone for their salvation. The Church is meant to glorify God, and its mission is to spread the good news of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God to all.
DO NO HARM
We exist to help people to become everything they were created to be.
We empower people; we don't enable people. We try to build and foster programmes and systems that avoid creating dependency.
We invite people to belong; we don't force people to behave or believe a certain way.
We maintain the philosophy that the opposite of poverty is connection. Poverty is a broken system of relationships with society and resources that marginalizes a vulnerable person. We work to restore people to positive, life-giving relationships with community, the world, and with God.
We strive to always Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly (Micah 6:8, the Bible).