People often expect big things to take place in big cities. But sometimes it is in the small towns that God does His big work.
Meaford is an Ontario town on the shores of Georgian Bay.
Many of the people who live there are retirees from other communities. Meaford is also a military town, which brings in members of the Canadian Forces – but only for a few years at a time.
Although Meaford’s population has been holding steady
around 11,000 over the past few decades, Olivet Baptist Church
has doubled in size. Bruce Jones has been pastoring at Olivet
( www.olivetbaptistmeaford.com) for 16 years.
Churches benefit when pastors stay for such a long time, he
says. “After five years you are just starting to know the congrega-
tion. The longer you are at a church, the more you understand
the congregation and the community.”
The mission of Olivet Baptist Church is “being and doing
what matters to Jesus.” Currently, this has translated into special
emphases on children and seniors.
Perhaps Olivet’s best-known program in the community is
KidZone. When Jones arrived at Olivet, there wasn’t much of
a children’s ministry. “God opened our eyes to the need,” says
Jones. The church responded by developing an after school
A KidZone school bus brings children from the two elementary
schools in Meaford to the church. Many of these children are from
Olivet’s version of vaca-
tion Bible school (VBS), a
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About Olivet Baptist Church
55 Ivan st., Meaford,
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Olivet Baptist Church is doing big things
in the small town of Meaford, Ont.