Our story is one of God's faithfulness, led by Him each step of the way.
Muskoka Community Church launched its Sunday services on October 19, 2008 at Riverside Public School. This was the result of more than three years of intense prayer, careful planning and adequate fundraising. It all began in September 2005, when God placed a vision for a different kind of church in Huntsville on Pastor Jeremy's heart while visiting family and vacationing in the area. It would be a church that would reach the spiritually hungry in creative ways and use nature as a tool to help people connect to God.
After a lot of prayer and confirmation that this was indeed God's will and not just an overactive imagination, Jeremy moved to Huntsville with his family in July of 2007. The first year or so was spent laying a foundation for the church and getting connected in the community. Classes were offered, home groups established, plans laid and team members sought. However, when the church launched it was staffed by a skeleton crew of friends who were not necessarily "church people," but who had offered to lend a hand to get things off the ground.
The church grew slowly but steadily for five years at Riverside Public School, attracting many people with little or no church experience and those who had drifted away over their adult lives—as well as experienced Christians who connected with our mission and approach. A strong volunteer leadership structure was established and several ministry teams were developed. Summer services were held outdoors as an outreach to the community, first at Arrowhead Provincial Park, and more recently at River Mill Park in downtown Huntsville.
In spring of 2013 we began to sense that it was time to seek a less "portable" approach to church, and after much prayer and research God miraculously provided the opportunity to use an old industrial office building on a month-to-month basis starting that fall. 5 Crescent Road in Huntsville has been our home since September 2013, and has served us well in allowing us to develop a greater sense of community and grow our ability to offer classes, seminars, and special events in our own space. We are currently looking for a new location, starting in September of 2016, and are excited to see what is on the horizon!