If you’re looking for a safe place to explore some of life’s deeper questions, searching for a caring community to call home, or just plain curious, we’re glad you’re here! New Life is a community of followers of Jesus Christ who are committed to love as Jesus loved and live by faith in God’s word. God bless you in your journey! - Pastor Frank Dell'Erba
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” - 2 Corinthians 5:17
It’s all in the name. We are a church that believes in new beginnings, in second, third and tenth chances, in God turning lives around, in new life. The New Life Seventh-day Adventist Church is a community of people who have found within Jesus and His teachings the love and power to hit the reset button on life and start fresh, living life with greater joy, hope and peace. Through Jesus we learn to love and treat each other with respect, take care of ourselves, and reach out to a world that is hungry physically, emotionally and spiritually for the Good News.
New Life church began with the simple mandate to take a fresh look at Jesus and His word rather than just “do church”. It started in 1992 with a call on the heart of Pastor Ladd Dunfield and his wife Ruth to serve the city of Oshawa. North Oshawa Seventh-day Adventist Church was born from a small group of eight individuals on their knees in prayer. The church grew in numbers and in grace and blessed many people. In 1997 God opened the windows of heaven and provided the church location at 33 Olive Ave, a new location for the many ministries of the church to happen. By 1999 the church's name was changed to "New Life" to reflect the transforming power of God through Jesus.
The church’s passion to be a blessing to others began to be seen in its various ministries. New Life has always had a love and appreciation for the power of worship through music. Every ministry in the church has always been strictly run on a volunteer basis. In 1992 the church had two acoustic guitars and a songbook! Today there is an electronic keyboard, several electric and acoustic guitars, a bass guitar and a full drum kit. This paired with enough musically talented people to have two full vocal teams, provide an atmosphere of genuine heartfelt praise each week.
The spiritual, emotional and physical well-being of the children is vitally important to the church. Providing a special blend of Bible study, discussion, videos, games and crafts, the classes help children know how loved and important they are to God and how He has a plan for their lives now. Each child is met with open, caring, non-judgmental acceptance. We have grown from one small class to being able to expand to all age groups from toddlers to teens. At New Life we believe that children are the church of the present, not just the future.
And there’s the Neighbourhood Centre, New Life’s food bank and ministry centre. In 1992 it was originally called the "Open Arms Food Bank", started by Curtis and Linda Smith. It started with the food bank helping four single moms. No one could have guessed the thousands that would be helped over the years as the ministry grew. Today it is called the Neighbourhood Centre and is directed by Ann Thompson and has provided compassionate care to thousands in the surrounding community of downtown Oshawa. Through events like the Pancake and Continental Breakfasts, Meal Boxes, food and hygiene product distribution, and community events such as barbecues and Christmas dinners, the Neighbourhood Centre has become known as a place not only to receive food, but where each client is treated with dignity and respect as a child of God.
We continue to experience the passion and challenge of Christ's call to tell the world that He loves them and has the power to change their lives for good. We are people that have experienced this in our own lives and it has made all the difference. In a world full of suffering and uncertainty, we believe Jesus truly gives us new life. Our mandate as a church is to be a safe place to rest, ask questions, grow at your pace, receive help, and find meaning and healthy relationships with God and each other. Wherever you are in life, whether you’re looking for a spiritual home, are a seeker exploring, or are just plain curious, we’re honoured you have stopped by and we invite you on the journey. Come and check us out!
May God bless you!