Rev. DR. Mona Scrivens
Mona Scrivens was called to the Amberlea congregation in October 2012. She has a passion for the Family, of every configuration. She believes strongly that the role of the Church is to be a support and resource so that families and individual members are nurtured, strengthened, and empowered to honor God in their homes and in the whole of their lives. Mona believes passionately that it is through families that the church extends its reach in nurturing faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
Mona’s passion for the family began long before entering into ordained ministry. Being first generation Canadian, first generation Christian, born and raised into an Indian Sikh home, Mona brings a unique perspective of the role and importance of family to the Presbyterian Church. She is a regular speaker on interfaith matters and is the author of Jesus: According to Sikhism, which is a part of the The God Next Door series.
Her passion for the family is also identified in much of her work both past and present. For fourteen years Mona owned and operated a company called Expectations and was contracted by several hospitals to provide pre and postnatal education. She has been seen on Cityline, The Women’s Network, CTV morning shows and a variety of other broadcasts, communicating her knowledge and passion for the family. Her video Ready for Delivery was also produced at that time.
Mona lives in Scarborough with her husband, Brian and her two amazing children, Emily and Tyler.
What is Amberlea about?
Welcome to Amberlea. If you are visiting with us for the first time we hope you sense the presence of God in this place. We are a community of believers who love God, love our neighbour, and desire to share the hope of the risen Christ with the world.
We are a church for everyone…
- During each service, we sing, hear a message (includes Bible reading), and pray. The projector will show each step, on the screen.
- Our praise bands play diverse types of music.
- The nursery (new born to 3 years old) opens when the children leave the worship service for KidZone.
- Children are invited to join their families for the opening of the of the 11:00 worship service, and leave for the Kidzone Program (JK to G8) following the KidZone moment.
- After service, join us in the lower hall for coffee, tea and fruit juice.
What will I see in a typical worship service?
Typically, our worship service includes the elements listed below. We have a praise band that includes guitars, drums and keyboard; we do not have an organ.
Welcome & Call to Worship
Praising with our Voices
Kid’s Zone Moment
Praising with our Voices
Prayer of Intercession
--- Message (includes Bible reading) ---
Responding with our Gifts
Praising with our Voices
--- Join us for light refreshments downstairs after service ---
--- Pick up your children downstairs ---
How can I participate in Amberlea Church life?
See our weekly bulletin, distributed at each Sunday worship service, for details on the following activities:
- KidZone & Nursery
- Adult Bible Study
- Youth Events
- Messy Church
- Jul: Summer Camp
- Summer Breakfast Club
- Nov: Samaritan's Purse Shoe Boxes
- Dec: Salvation Army Kettle
What is a "Presbyterian"?
Wikipedia: Presbyterianism is a branch of Protestant Christianity that adheres to the Calvinist theological tradition and whose congregations are organized according to a Presbyterian polity. Presbyterian theology typically emphasizes the sovereignty of God, the authority of the Scriptures, and the necessity of grace through faith in Christ. Presbyterianism originated primarily in Scotland. Scotland ensured Presbyterian "church government" in the Acts of Union in 1707 which created the kingdom of Great Britain. In fact, most Presbyterians found in England can trace a Scottish connection, and the Presbyterian denomination was also taken to North America mostly by Scots and Scots-Irish immigrants. The Presbyterian denominations in Scotland hold to the theology of Calvin and his immediate successors.
Modern Presbyterianism traces its institutional roots back to the Scottish Reformation. Local congregations are governed by Sessions made up of representatives of the congregation, a conciliar approach which is found at other levels of decision-making (Presbytery, Synod and General Assembly). There are no bishops in Presbyterianism in Canada.
The office of elder is another distinctive mark of Presbyterianism: these are specially ordained non-clergy called ruling elders and ministers of Word and Sacrament called teaching elders who take part in local pastoral care and decision making at all levels. In some congregations active elders serve a three-year term that is renewable for a second three-year term and then rotate off for at least a year. The offices of pastor and elder commence with ordination; once a person is ordained, he/she holds that title for life.
The roots of Presbyterianism lie in the European Reformation of the 16th century, with the example of John Calvin's Geneva being particularly influential. Most Reformed churches who trace their history back to Scotland are either Presbyterian or Congregationalist in government. In the twentieth century, some Presbyterians played an important role in the Ecumenical Movement, including the World Council of Churches. Many Presbyterian denominations have found ways of working together with other Reformed denominations and Christians of other traditions, especially in the World Communion of Reformed Churches. Some Presbyterian churches have entered into unions with other churches, such as Congregationalists, Lutherans, Anglicans, and Methodists.