LAVAL CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
HERE YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT US AND WHAT WE BELIEVE
Laval Christian Fellowship exists to encourage people from all walks of life to pursue a lifelong journey with Jesus Christ. How did we get to where we are today? Our history dates back to 1994.
After serving in a sister church in Montreal, John DellaForesta’s term as a pastor ended. He and his wife Gina spent the rest of the year prayerfully considering what the Lord would have them do next. By the end of the year, the Lord had birthed a desire in their hearts to plant a new church in Laval, Quebec. Following a meeting with a core group of 20 individuals, weekly home Bible studies began. Two home meetings were held every week - one in English and the other in Italian. We met regularly to study God’s word and apply Bible principles to our lives. These were the humble beginnings of Laval Christian Fellowship.
As we continued our weekly home gatherings, the need for a more structured meeting emerged. In January 1995 after much prayer and searching, God provided us with the opportunity to rent the church
facility we are currently using. Centre Evangelique de Laval graciously
granted us the use of their facility at no cost for a 6 month period, allowing us to hold Sunday gatherings in addition to our home meetings. Although we often long to “own” our own building, to date God has not given us the green light to leave our present location. We continue to use the facilities of CEL and are grateful to God for this open door.
Our first official gathering took place on Sunday January 22, 1995 at 3:00 pm. In our early worship gatherings, we often sang acappella, not out of our own choosing but because we had no musicians; the same volunteers who worked with the children often helped as back up singers or even translated.
As the Lord blessed the church, the volunteers we needed (musicians, children’s workers, translators, etc.) slowly trickled in. We fondly remember our humble beginnings, where individuals stayed behind after the gathering for coffee and to enjoy a time genuinely connecting with and caring for one another. Although we have grown in number and consequently not everybody can stay behind for coffee, one thing remains: we strive to be a transparent and caring people who are governed by grace because of the forgiveness and grace extended to us by Jesus Christ.