Our Story

Our Story

The genesis of SCC began long before our first Sunday morning Celebration on November 2, 1997. Andrew & Shirley Bryce were called to Summerside, PE in 1985 through a vision that God gave Andrew while he ministered in the small prairie town of Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan. While in prayer about their future, Andrew was given a picture, almost like a short video, of a place that he later discovered was the harbor of the City of Summerside. This was a calling that has been reinforced on many different occasions in many new ways.
 
The Bryces moved to Summerside in the summer of 1985 with their two young boys, which has included over 30 years of growth and change. After 11 years of fruitful ministry with the Central St. Christian Church in Summerside, Andrew was given a 10-month sabbatical and an opportunity to reflect on where the church was going. In the fall of 1996 through to the winter/spring of 1997 Andrew and Shirley spent a year of study in Winnipeg, while Andrew completed course work for his Masters of Ministry, finishing his Thesis at St. Stephen's University in New Brunswick. During their time away Andrew began revisiting his calling and the significance of the 'Kingdom of God'. Out of this reflection he wrote an article (see article, "The Kingdom of God") which he presented to his board at Central St. Christian Church upon his return to Summerside the summer of 1996.
 
It became apparent that Andrew's renewed heart for ministry and his views on the Kingdom of God included a new beginning to his original call to Summerside. With the blessing of the Central St. Christian Church, Andrew & Shirley and their associate leaders, Brian & Donna Metzger, along with a number of believers, established the Summerside Community Church, commencing on November 2, 1997. The church began meeting at the Summerside Boys & Girls Club. The congregation was blessed with a surge of growth in 2000/01, which included a number of visitors from Charlottetown. It became obvious when a new Life Group was established in Charlottetown that a church plant was soon to start. In 2002, after two years of planning, the Summerside Community Church financially assisted Brian & Donna Metzger in planting the now thriving Charlottetown Community Church.
 
The Summerside Community Church is connected to churches across the nation. We are relationally connected to a number of churches on PEI and many in Atlantic Canada who have the same heart for seeing the Kingdom of God established on this end of the country. Partnering with community and provincial believers from a number of church flavors makes us a church for the Kingdom that longs for the abiding presence of God to affect everything we do. Thanks for checking us out!
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