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Heise Hill is a fellowship of friends with a common heart-felt experience of God’s saving grace. We long for others near and far to experience a relationship with Jesus. We take the Bible seriously as our guide to direct our lives. We believe it is reasonable to live out the teaching of scripture daily in the power of the Holy Spirit. We are a part of a global BIC family whose roots are in the Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan traditions. Learn more about BIC Canada at www.canadianbic.ca.


SERVICE TIME

Sundays at 10:30

LOCATION

We are located at 11760 Woodbine Ave
Gormley, ON
L0H 1G0
Canada


OUR CORE VALUES

In May 1999, 51 Brethren in Christ men and women from across North America gathered to identify and restate the Core Values that most deeply resonate within our hearts and minds as a Church. At the end of three days of spirited and prayerful give-and-take, ten Core Values emerged.

In setting forth our Core Values, we declare our ties with true Christians of all times and every place. We confess with them the faith as embodied in the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed. We recognize that these values are rooted in our history and doctrine. In broad strokes, they convey the essential beliefs of our denomination as stated in our Articles of Faith and Doctrine.

We present these ten Core Values to help you to better understand the values that touch our hearts, stir our emotions, and move us to action!

Experiencing God’s Love and Grace:

  • We value the free gift of salvation in Christ Jesus and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.

Believing the Bible:

  • We value the Bible as God’s authoritative Word, study it together, and build our lives on its truth.

Worshipping God:

  • We value heartfelt worship that is God-honouring, Spirit-directed, and life-changing.

Following Jesus:

  • We value whole hearted obedience to Christ Jesus through the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit.

Belonging to the Community of Faith:

  • We value integrity in relationships and mutual accountability in an atmosphere of grace, love, and acceptance.

Witnessing to the World:

  • We value an active and loving witness for Christ to all people.

Serving Compassionately:

  • We value serving others at their point of need, following the example of our Lord Jesus.

Pursuing Peace:

  • We value all human life and promote forgiveness, understanding, reconciliation, and non-violent resolution of conflict.

Living Simply:

  • We value uncluttered lives, which free us to love boldly, give generously, and serve joyfully.

Relying on God:

  • We confess our dependence on God for everything, and seek to deepen our intimacy with Him by living prayerfully.

*The book Focusing our Faith more fully articulates each of these values and their significance for today. Copies may be purchased by emailing sheryl.roberts@canadianbic.ca.

OUR HISTORY

Heise Hill Church has seen a lot of changes take place in its 205 years. The church was originally founded in 1809 by a group of Brethren in Christ families that migrated from Pennsylvania. These sixteen families met in homes for the first three generations, and then in 1877 they built the original 40’ x 60’ part of the building that still stands here today. The church bought land from part of the historic Christian Heise farm, one of the founding members of the church.

Heise Hill Church is the second oldest Brethren in Christ congregation in Canada.

Originally, the church was known as The Markham Meeting House. The church changed its name to Heise Hill in 1896. If you are new to the local area and haven’t come across the name Heise it is pronounced high-zee. The Heise Hill cemetery that sits to the north of the church dates back to the early 1800’s. The earliest grave marker reads 1811.

During the first 50 years of the church the services were conducted entirely in German. The first English service was in 1860 and was preached by Bishop Peter Cober. It was rare to hear a German sermon after 1870. Originally the building had a large veranda across the east side. Several changes and additions took place over the years and then the major changes to the entrance and lobby area were made in 1971. Then in the early 1990’s the last major renovations where done to the building when a full basement was dug to house classrooms, a new kitchen, and a new community hall.

It would serve well to quote the writers of the centennial anniversary of the building in 1977 when they wrote in their commemorative piece, “This congregation has not been without problems and difficult situations. Like most congregations it has had its ups and downs…May the leaders and members of the past years inspire us today to continue in the Faith of our Fathers. May our lives be worthy of confidence of those about us, as it was for them…may we not fail to hold to God’s unchanging Word.”

For more information about our denominational history check out the webpage for The Brethren In Christ.

Click here to watch a short video that tells a great story of our denomination’s history.