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Who We Are

Chapel Place is a Presbyterian Church of Arabic speaking immigrants and their families in Canada.
As immigrants in Canada, we have been adjusting to the Canadian culture and lifestyle, trying hard to further prove and establish ourselves in the North-American society.
CPPC is part of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. The Book of Forms used as a guide to the office-bearers of the church in all ordinary matters, ”to which was added, and as setting forth the law and practice of the church.”
We, as Presbyterians, hold the Bible as the only authority for spiritual truth and conduct. As Arabic speaking middle-easterners: Arabic is our mother tongue and our cultural background is middle-eastern.
The second generation: faces the challenge of establishing their new and unique identity­
CPPC is one of Churches of Oak Ridges presbytery Therefore; it abides by its doctrinal beliefs, as summarized in the "Living Faith" booklet.

Our Mission

We, at Chapel Place Presbyterian Church, endeavor to reach the Arabic speaking communities and their children in Toronto and its surrounding area with the love of God and Christ Full Gospel, to worship Him in spirit and truth, and to serve His will in the world, by developing generations that live the life of faith and the values and teachings of the Holy Bible; influencing the surrounding Canadian community, and through collaboration with other churches and organizations, support the church in the Arab world in its struggles and journey of faith.

Matthew 28:19

To worship the God we love,
and grow in His grace and knowledge

Colossians 1:27-29

To become one body,
with Christ as the Head

Ephesians 3:11-16

To reach out to the world
with the love of Christ

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Our Response To
Recent Activities Of General Assembly 2019

We, at Chapel Place Presbyterian Church in Toronto, Canada, believe that the Bible has one definition of marriage. It is a covenant relationship between a man and a woman.

The 2019 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada passed a recommendation to make marriage a covenantal relationship between a man and a woman or between any two adults.

This newly recommended definition has not been finalized yet, it has to be approved by the majority of presbyteries and the following General Assembly. The new addition about marriage as covenantal relationship between two same sex adults has grieved us and broken our hearts.
This perspective strays away from the teaching of Scripture. It deviates from the Order of Creation. It contradicts the teaching of the prophets in the Old Testament as well as the teaching of the Lord Jesus and the Apostles in the New Testament.

We will continue to adhere to the Biblical perspective of marriage as a covenant between man and woman. There should be no other place for sexual relationship outside this covenant bond.

We are not prepared to ordain (nor participate in, nor witness the ordination of) self-avowed individuals who are in same sex relationship, as minister or ruling elders. We will not allow public nuptial services blessing same-sex relationships. We will abide by our faith in God as revealed in Jesus Christ, obedient to the authority of Scripture and to our calling to be God’s witnesses faithful to His divine ways and truth.

Further, should the Presbyterian Church of Canada ratify the new definitions and practices in the coming year 2020 , we will pursue, along with like- minded churches, every legal approach to secure our gracious exit from the denomination.

It is time to be united in prayer and fasting. May God keep us all in His perfect will and guide us to the right steps that honour His name.

Chapel Place Presbyterian Church
Pastors and elders
June 2019

تؤمن الكنيسة الإنجيلية العربية بتورونتو بأن الكتاب المقدس يقر بتعريف واحد للزواج وهو أنه علاقة عهد بين رجل واحد وامرأة واحدة. لقد أوصى المحفل العام للكنيسة المشيخية بكندا 2019، بأن يصبح تعريف الزواج على أنه علاقة عهد بين رجل وامرأة أو بين شخصين بالغين.

 

لقد تلقينا هذه التوصية، والتي ستصبح قراراً إذا وافق عليها أغلبية المجامع وتم إقرارها في المحفل العام 2020، والتي تسمح بزواج المثليين بحزن شديد وقلب مكسور. ونرى أن هذه التوصية تبتعد عن التعليم الكتابي وتنحرف عن الترتيب الإلهي في الخليقة. كما أنها تتعارض مع تعاليم الأنبياء في العهد القديم مثلما تتعارض مع تعاليم المسيح والرسل في العهد الجديد.

 

نحن نعلن استمرارنا في التمسك بالتعليم الكتابي للزواج على أنه عهد ما بين رجل واحد وامرأة واحدة ولا يوجد مجال لعلاقات جنسية خارج نطاق هذا العهد.

 

نحن نرفض رسامة -أو الاشتراك في رسامة- مثليين كقسوس أو شيوخ كما نرفض إقامة أية مراسم عامة لمباركة زواج المثليين.

 

سنظل ملتزمين بإيماننا في الله المعلن في يسوع المسيح، وخاضعين لسلطان الكتاب المقدس ومتمسكين بدعوة الله لنا لنكون شهوداً أمناء للحق الألهي.

 

إذا اعتمدت الكنيسة المشيخية بكندا هذا التعريف الجديد للزواج خلال العام القادم، سوف نسعى -بالتنسيق مع الكنائس المماثلة لنا في هذا الفكر- لكل وسيلة قانونية للخروج بسلام من الطائفة.

 

نحن ندعو الجميع للاتحاد معا في الصلاة والصوم لكي يحفظنا الرب في مشيئته الكاملة ويقودنا إلى الخطوات الصحيحة لكي نكرم أسمه العظيم.

 

الكنيسة الإنجيلية العربية-تورونتو
القسوس والشيوخ
يونيو 2019