As a Christian church, we exist to honour God by helping local people worship God, grow spiritually, serve others, and reach their communities and the world with the message and love of Jesus Christ.
First Baptist Church of Simcoe is proud to be affiliated with a wide variety of organizations. Some reach out to our own local community while others have a much broader geographic reach. Sometimes our affiliation with these organizations is such that the church is a member of a larger group. Other organizations are simply sponsored or otherwise supported in part by our church and our members. In any case, the organizations listed here are just some of the ways First Baptist connects with other churches and projects, and through them serves a wide variety of groups and individuals.
Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) has over a century of experience with mission work across Canada and abroad. They emphasize that their missions are by invitation only and are done in partnership with local churches in an effort to build sustainable, long-term ministries around the world. First Baptist supports CBM's projects in a variety of ways, both indirectly through CBOQ and directly to CBM.
Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec (CBOQ) provides leadership training, conflict resolution, and administrative services to support its local member churches and regional associations. The CBOQ also develops and maintains standards for accreditation and ordination, a code of ethics, and disciplinary protocols for ministers. Delegates from member churches gather annually at the CBOQ Assembly to conduct the business of the organization, worship together, and learn new leadership skills. CBOQ unites Baptists from across Ontario and Quebec. First Baptist Simcoe is a member of CBOQ.
Canadian Baptists of Norfolk (CBON, also known as the Norfolk association) is the group that brings together Baptists at the local level. Baptist churches are rather loosely affiliated with each other (especially in comparison to the strict hierarchies of some other denominations), but the local association plays a key role in uniting the local Baptist churches around a shared faith by promoting partnerships and collaboration. It is through the Norfolk association that First Baptist participates in CBOQ and Camp Oneida.
Oneida Baptist Camp is located on the north shore of Lake Erie near Nanticoke and is run by three Baptist associations (Norfolk, Oxford-Brant, and Niagara-Hamilton). For over 60 years it has offered a Christian camping experience for children, teens, and adults. Camp Oneida offers a wide variety of activities that you would expect at any summer camp – swimming, canoeing, crafts, hiking, basketball, soccer, and much more – alongside the daily Bible studies and worship services that make it a Christian experience. First Baptist and its members support the camp directly with donations of their time and money.
Church Out Serving (COS) was started by several Simcoe and area churches in 2008 to run various events that serve the needs of the local community. It now also includes many partners from local businesses and other community leaders. COS organizes several projects throughout the year, the most notable being the annual “We Believe in Simcoe Day”. Their projects focus primarily on family issues, overcoming poverty, and building the community, all with a Christian outlook. First Baptist has been involved since the beginning. The church and its members contribute their time, money, and other resources to the various outreach projects run by COS.
The Simcoe Caring Cupboard foodbank was started by some of the churches in downtown Simcoe – including First Baptist – over 20 years ago to meet a need in the town. Now it has grown into a community foodbank supported by a multitude of local businesses, clubs, churches, and individuals. It provides food free of charge to those who are struggling to feed themselves and their families. First Baptist has a representative on the Caring Cupboard's board of directors and the church and its members regularly donate food, time, and money to the foodbank.