About Riverside Community Church
We are a family oriented church made up of people from different backgrounds and from all walks of life. At Riverside we want to help people discover faith in Christ and connect with a vibrant caring community. On Sundays we come together for worship and teaching from the Bible. We present God’s Word in an applicable way through music and teaching that connects with people’s lives. what brings us and binds us together is our desire to be a community of people shaped by the Gospel, who love Jesus, each other, and our community.
Swastika is a Northern Ontario community about ten minutes west of Kirkland Lake. (Three hours north of North Bay). The town was formed in 1908 by miners who came to develop the “Lucky Cross” (Swastika) gold mine. Unfortunately the gold mine at that site didn’t work out, but the town held on and many lived there and worked at the Kirkland Lake gold mine (before Kirkland Lake existed as a town). During World War II there was pressure from the Government to change the town’s name to “Winston” after Winston Churchill, but the town stood firm on the name which they believed was a Native name meaning “setting of the sun”.
In 1911 a Methodist church was started in the local store and eventually a building built. The Methodists and the Presbyterians shared the building for a time as well. In 1945 the current building was built and became Swastika Community Church (United Church of Canada).
The Church held it’s 100th Anniversary on June 26, 2011, in conjunction with its closing. At that ceremony Swastika Community Church ceased to exist as a congregation of the United Church of Canada and the keys to the building and property deed were given to the Wesleyan Church of Canada. Our first Sunday was November 13, 2011.
A huge thank you to the Swastika United Church for their hard work over the years and generous gift of this building and property to the Wesleyan Church of Canada. The Wesleyan Church of Canada took up the call and Riverside Community Church was born! We are excited to be able to be part of this vibrant community!
In May 2014 Riverside took posession of the former Swastika Public School Buildling only a block away from it’s original buildling. After spending months renovating, painting and cleaning (thanks to A LOT of help from individuals and groups from across the Province) we moved into our new facility October 5th, holding our Grand Opening November 15 & 16th, 2014. We are excited to have a space that will help us to continue to meet the needs of our community.
Riverside Community Church is located off of Hwy 66 in Swastika, near the site where the Blanche River intersects the highway. The river flows through the entire community and Swastika’s beautiful riverside park is a well-loved destination for family outings, picnics and outdoor weddings. As such, we felt the name was fitting.
Riverside will serve the West-Kirkland Lake areas – Swastika, Kenogami, Sesekinika and communities along Hwy 112. Our hope is that the church building can be used in a variety of capacities to serve the community.
November 2016 we celebrated our 5th Anniversary…check out these videos for a snapshot of what Riverside is all about.
A HUGE thanks to those that were with us, prayed for us and still continue to support and encourage us! We appreciate you!
Pastor Pete and Jenita Naylor
Pastor Pete and his family have a desire to care for their community, support families and share God’s love in practical ways in Northern Ontario. Pastor Pete grew up as the son of a church planter and lived in many communities across Ontario. He met his wife, Jenita, while she was attending Laurentian University and he, Nipissing University many years ago. They married in 2005
Teaching is something Pastor Pete loves to do, having now moved out of the classroom he is passionate about helping everyone to grow and learn how to live their Faith in their home (Faith at Home). Using skills learned while teaching in the school system and at Canadore College (North Bay) Jenita now coordinates the Hope Box Canada program for pregnancy and infant loss and leads the Children’s Ministry Team at Riverside. They have two homeschooled daughters and five babies waiting for them in Heaven. You’ll often find Pastor Pete out in one of the many lakes fishing, walking a trail looking for grouse or building in the workshop – often with his girls tagging along.
Wesleyans believe in one God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and the Savior of all who put their faith in Him alone for eternal life. We believe that those who are made new in Christ are called to be holy in character and conduct, and can only live this way by being filled with the Lord’s Spirit. We believe in the Bible and its sufficiency to establish our faith and conduct. We believe God wills for people everywhere to know Him and be made new in Christ. We believe that the purpose of the Church is to worship God in spirit and in truth, and to reach a lost and fallen world with the gospel of Jesus Christ through its worship, witness, and loving deeds.
The following are terms descriptive of who Wesleyans are and why they do what they do. They describe the “soul of the Church”:
The Bible is God’s holy Word. It uniquely and infallibly reveals God’s plan for His people and how to live out that plan, individually and corporately. Beliefs, practices, priorities, and our mission are to be anchored in clear biblical teachings.
Jesus Christ is the defining feature of God’s will and relationship with all humankind. In Christ is found both newness of life and the highest and clearest example for godliness. People made new in Christ find Him to be the source of faith, hope, and love in both the inner life and in our outward actions engaging a world desperate for hope and life.
Making disciples is a clear mandate from Christ. This requires a strong missional focus on evangelism and training in spiritual growth and holy living. Done effectively, this will produce and promote growth and health in and among the churches.
LOCAL CHURCH CENTERED:
The denomination exists to help local congregations grow and multiply, be more healthy, and more authentically reflect God’s plan. Local churches are the most fundamental and strategic points of evangelism and discipleship. The challenge of the denomination is to keep finding the best ways to serve, strengthen, and multiply congregations.
Wesleyans respect leadership that is placed over them, while realizing that the authority and effectiveness of spiritual leadership is not primarily bestowed, but earned, and is characterized by a loving and willing heart of obedience that serves God and mankind gladly. Wesleyans desire to be leaders in serving.
UNITY IN DIVERSITY:
There is intrinsic value in every person. Biblical unity becomes all the more important and beautiful in the light of the wide-ranging differences in personalities, cultures, races, languages, talents, and perspectives. Finding unity and mutual love in Christ eliminates devaluation and deprivation of life to one another.