Inter and Para-Church Ministries in partnership with Avenue Road Baptist Church
Avenue Road Baptist Church is proud to partner with both the inner ministries of Avenue Road, and those of our community. These unique relationships enable Avenue Road to extend outreach and service beyond our walls to the community. These inter-dependent relationships with our neighbours enables all groups to maximize their efficiency and reach by avoiding the duplication of resources, and expands our spheres of service. Below are a few of our partners, and a description of their ministry and function:
- Cambridge Kiwanis Boys Choir
- Camp Hermosa
- Camp Kwasind
- Canadian Baptist Ministries
- Fiddlesticks Neighbourhood Association
- Guelph Association
- Service and Adventure
- The Canadian Council of Churches
- The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
- Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council
Community Boys Choir: (ckboyschoir.ca) -- (more photos here)
The Cambridge Kiwanis Boys Choir was founded in the autumn of 1978 by the directors, James and the late Jean Kropf to provide musical training for boys and young men and serve in the Region of Waterloo. The musical expertise is facilitated by Director Jim Kropf, accompanists Murray Jull, Carolyn Lambert, and Annetta Whetham. The teaching staff are accomplished musicians. This award winning Choir is a member of the Royal School Of Church Music, Choirs Ontario, and the Choristers Guild.
The Choir is a non-profit Incorporated Association comprising of the parents/guardians of the choristers. The Cambridge Kiwanis Boys Choir Association is responsible for raising funds and promoting the Choir in the community. Fund raising activities via several streams are carried out by members of the Association. The Cambridge Kiwanis Club continues to be a staunch supporter of the Choir. Commercial business, professional communities and private individuals support the Choir. Donations are gratefully accepted, receipts for tax purposes are issued for amounts exceeding $10.00.
The Choir, in service to the Community, annually performs at senior citizen's residences, nursing homes, schools, churches, shopping centres, and civic functions. Major community concerts are conducted at Christmas and in the Spring. The Choir accepts invitations to perform at fund raising and special events and collaborates with other choirs throughout Ontario in joint concert performances.
The CKBC has performed at the Centre In The Square in Kitchener including providing the children's chorus in Britten's "War Requiem." The boys and young men have performed concerts for Choirs Ontario, the Kodaly Society Of Ontario, and the Ontario Music Educator's Association. The choir has also performed on local and national television and produced several recordings and featured in the media.
The Concert Tours abroad have included England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Japan, the United States (Detroit, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C.), and across Canada (Quebec, British Columbia the Maritimes and Ontario). The Tours are well planned in collaboration with reputable organizations with a very close scrutiny and emphasis on the safety and well being of the Choristers.
Auditions are held each June for new choristers. Boys with an interest in singing and the willingness to commit to the practice and performance sessions are selected to membership in the Choir. The teaching staff cognizant of and with sensitivity coach the choristers through the voice change phenomenon enabling their continued participation in the Choir. Practice sessions are held each Monday night with extra practices as required prior to special concerts. A cost free camp for the Sopranos and Altos is conducted every Summer. The Choristers benefit from the high calibre voice and music training imparted by a dedicated team of musicians. The Choir promotes cultural, and interactive social experiences on an ongoing basis through the activities conducted for the Choristers and families. The Tours facilitate the Performance opportunity and the interaction with the destination organizers, families, and educative sight seeing that is inclusive of historical, political and social events. Listen to performance tracks from the CKBC in the archives sections "Special Events" - Top
Christian Camp Ministry of the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec (CBOQ).
Camp Hermosa is a Christian camp ministry of the Guelph, Middlesex-Lambton-Huron, and Owen Sound Associations of the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec. For more than 75 years, Camp Hermosa has sought to extend the life of the local church in the middle of nature's beauty.
Located a few km north of Goderich, Ontario on the shore of Lake Huron, Camp Hermosa offers a variety of weekend and week-long camp sessions, to enhance the Christian experience of children, youth, families, and adults.
Here you'll find everything to do with camp: Summer programming and registration, retreat weekends, leadership and leadership-in-training opportunities, employment opportunities, site-rental info and more.
Camp Hermosa is a place where campers of all ages can be enriched and invigorated by beautiful surroundings, daily worship and Bible study, sports, swimming, crafts, and the fellowship of dozens of new friends.
Year after year, campers come to Hermosa to reconnect with old friends, and to make new ones. Children are introduced to the Bible; commitments are strengthened; and decisions are made for Christ on a daily basis. For those returning to us, check out your favourite memories in our movie and photo sections, and check out our apparel store for all those goodies you missed picking up last season.
Camp Kwasind is located north of Bracebridge, Ontario at Beautiful Skeleton Lake. Their vision is: To develop and nurture Christian faith and relationships through effective programs in a safe, exciting and natural environment. Camp Kwasind is proudly affiliated with the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec and is a fully accredited member of Christian Camping International and the Ontario Camping Association.
Canadian Baptist Ministries is a movement of churches
who call themselves Canadian Baptists. We are the link
between churches across Canada and around the world. As part
of the larger family of Baptist churches around the globe,
we represent one of the largest networks of faith in the
Protestant world. We are one of the most multi-cultural
denominations in Canada, worshiping in 32 different
languages on any given Sunday in almost as many diverse
Our approach to ministry affirms the desire to see people form themselves in faith communities based on commitment to Christ and service in the world. CBM is a “grassroots” movement which believes that mission and ministry emerge from the local church into the neighbourhood and beyond, seeking a ministry that is both spiritual and social in its dynamic.
We believe that the local church is the centre of mission. We exist to serve local churches in their mission efforts - to be a resource in planning and implementation, a sounding board, and a partner in learning. - Top
Fiddlesticks Community Center of Cambridge, Ontario.
Fiddlesticks Community Centre is a recreation based
community organization serving the neighbourhood bordered by
Franklin Boulevard, Townline Road, Pinebush Road and Clyde
Our offices are located at the Ferguson Homestead on Cowan Boulevard, though we run programs out of the local neighbourhood schools, Avenue Road Baptist Church and our second site, "The Hub" on Anglerock Drive.
We invite you to browse our website to get a better idea of the programs, special events and services we offer. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have about our organization or what we have to offer you and your family. Please call our office at (519) 621-4040, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. - Top
CBOQ churches meet together in 17 Associations across our region for fellowship, resourcing and mission. Each Association has an Association Ministry Committee to strengthen the work of our Pastors and other ministry leaders. Many of the Associations are involved in organizing camps as part of their ministry work.
New churches join the CBOQ by first becoming members of their local Association. Our Associations are involved in evaluating and supporting ministry grant applicants.
Some of our language specific congregations have organized in support networks for mutual assistance and encouragement. Affinity groups also develop as congregations with similar needs seek to support one another.
The Moderators of Associations meet annually with the CBOQ to fellowship and consult.
The Quebec Association
of Baptist Churches, known then
as the Eastern Association, was established in 1887,
coincident with broader organizational changes which
culminated in establishment of the Baptist Convention of
The associations are regional networks of churches that work together for ministry, fellowship and mission, attending to programs and issues that are specific to their particular region.
An Association Boundaries Committee, established in 1963, proposed that churches located in
In 1965-66 the association was renamed the Quebec Association of Baptist Churches.
In 1989 The Baptist Church Extension Board of the Province of Quebec, Inc. was made a standing committee of the Quebec Association, with its Board of Directors being comprised of the officers of the Association. Its purpose is to act on behalf of, and in support of, the Baptists in this Province with a view to extending the Baptist cause in
At the present time there are 18 member churches in the Quebec Association, both rural and city, serving varying ethnic communities, including English, Spanish, Chinese, Ukrainian and Portuguese. - Top
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Service and Adventure is operated by "seasoned" adults who love our Lord, and wish to give someting back by using our talents and gifts to make a difference in our world. We travel in some type of recreation vehicle (RV), and along with travelling, we stop and work at a project serving our Lord, and showing Christ to our world in a practical way. Not limited to adults, this ministry is open to singles, familites, or anyone who wishes to use their talents serving their Lord.
Projects & Organizations
Service and Adventure assists groups and organizations with various projects to help them with their various ministries. Their projects include such things as:
- Maintenance Work
- Outdoor work - raking, gardening
- Indoor work - painting, cleaning
- Communities (helping local churches with their projects)
Volunteers are responsible for supplying their own transportation, accommodations (i.e. RV), meals, small hand tools, and their own medical/travel insurance. Each project will have a "charge person" for the group to act as a coordinator between the volunteers and the organization. He/She would assist volunteers to match their skills to the projects.
Do you have a project that needs volunteers? If you think we could be of some help to you, we would like to hear from you! Let us know what your project is, and your needs. Together, we can accomplish great things!
If you are interested in volunteering, if your organization has a need, or for any questions, contact:
John and Louise Yahn
Phone: (519) 621- 7849
The Canadian Council of Churches was founded in 1944. Member churches believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour, according to the Scriptures. Members seek to fulfill together their common calling to the glory of one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. - Top
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) is the national association of Evangelical Christians in Canada. It gathers Evangelicals together for impact, influence and identity in ministry and public witness. Since 1964 the EFC has provided a national forum for Evangelicals and a constructive voice for Biblical principles in life and society. The EFC affiliates include denominations, ministry organizations, educational institutions and individual congregations, who uphold a common statement of faith. The EFC also has more than 15,000 supporting individuals. - Top
"The Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council is a non-profit, voluntary council comprised of 20 representatives from Waterloo Region. The WRSPC strives to maintain equal representations from professionals/organizations dealing directly with suicidal behaviour, associated professionals (faith community, teachers) and the community (family, friends, and individuals affected by suicide." (Excerpted from WRSPC.ca "About Us").