Our address is 14304 96 Ave. NW in Edmonton. We’re at the corner of 143 St. and 96 Ave. across 96 Ave. from the Crestwood Curling Club.
Our Sunday services are at 10:00am and 6:00pm. On holiday weekends (like Easter, Canada Day, etc.) we do not hold our evening service. We also hold special services throughout the year on Good Friday, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve.
That our church is “Presbyterian” means that, historically, we trace our theological roots back to the Protestant Reformation of the 16th and 17th centuries and, in particular, to the Westminster Confession of Faith. We believe the emphasis of the Reformation on things like the authority of the Scriptures, the sovereignty of God, faith in Jesus as the only thing that brings forgiveness of sins, and worship in the common language to be true to God’s Word. Please see “What We Believe” for a more full explanation of our doctrinal commitments.
Being Presbyterian means we are also committed to a particular way of governing the church. The word Presbyterian comes from the Greek word presbyteros which means “elder.” Our congregation chooses men according to the qualifications of 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9 to serve as our spiritual leaders. This includes both elders (what we call “ruling elders”) and pastors (what we call “teaching elders”). In a local church, pastors and elders serve together on a board called a “Session” to make decisions for the spiritual good of the congregation. Deacons are also chosen from within the congregation to meet physical needs within the church and community. Within our denominational structure, we also have regional governing bodies called “Presbyteries” and a denomination-wide body called the “General Assembly."
In short, we consider the choosing of godly pastors, ruling elders, and deacons to be of vital importance for the health and well-being of our church.
If you’ve spent some time at Crestwood, you’ll notice that we baptize the babies of believers. Why we do this is one of our most common questions. Most people assume we baptize babies because we think the water possesses some sort of magical quality that guarantees the child a place in heaven. What we believe about baptism is quite different than that.
Our understanding of baptism is rooted in the way that God has always dealt with his people. He has always called us to believe in him and his promises, and then he gives us signs that remind us and confirm to us his promises. When God made his covenant with Abraham, he made a promise to Abraham and to Abraham’s children, that he would be their God and they would be God’s people. God told Abraham to circumcise all male offspring as a sign of inclusion in the people to whom these promises were made (Gen. 17:7-11). So, throughout the Old Testament, God’s people gave the sign of this covenant to male children, and they taught all of their children the promises of God and they taught them to trust God and believe in him. Those children belonged to the covenant community, the people to which God had made his promises. They had the benefit of growing up bearing the sign of God’s promises and seeing what faith in God looked like in their families and communities. But they, like everyone else, had to choose whether to embrace those promises for themselves or reject them. Circumcision was no guarantee of faith. In the New Testament, Jesus comes to fulfill the promises made by God to his people throughout their history. After Jesus’ ascension into heaven, Peter is preaching to many people about Jesus in Jerusalem. The people asked what they should do. Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise of God is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself” (Acts 2:38-39). We see very similar language to that of Genesis 17. God makes his promises, which belong to those who believe and to their children, and a sign accompanies those promises. Now that Jesus has finally come, the sign is no longer circumcision but baptism. Similarly, the Apostle Paul links baptism and circumcision very closely in Colossians 2:11-12. So we baptize the children of believers, whether male or female, for the same reason the Israelites circumcised their sons. The promises of God belong to them, too. They grow up with the sign of God’s covenant, they are taught by their parents to believe in Jesus, and they have the benefit of seeing faith in action within their families and their churches. They too must decide for themselves whether to embrace the promises of God realized in Jesus or to reject them.