our history

Family Worship & Outreach Centre was formed in the year 2000 by Pastor Steve & Debbie Sparling. The church initially started in a community centre with an average attendance of twelve people. Since then, the church has moved to it's current location at 1731 Bloor Street, Courtice and the size of our family continues to grow. FWC is focused on being a place where families can grow closer to God and to one another. We have a passion to reach out to our community in the Durham Region, Toronto and beyond. Like any family, we are not perfect; we are simply a family who calls FWC home. Everyone is welcome and we would love to meet you.

who we are

  • We are a multi-generational, family-oriented church. Bring your kids; bring your grandparents. 
  • We are a community of imperfect people who refuse to pretend to be anything else. We're saved by grace and we're following Jesus. We believe that Jesus came to change your heart, not your shirt. Come as you are. This is a family church, not a fashion show. 
  • We are a body of Pentecostal believers who trust and rely on the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit. 
  • We truly believe that we're incomplete without you. You belong here. Welcome to the Family! 


  • To bring people to a saving knowledge in Jesus and membership in his family, 
  • To develop them to Christ-like maturity, and
  • To equip them for their ministry in the church and life mission in the world. 
  • All this is done through the power of the Holy Spirit that we might magnify God's name. At FWC we're convinced that a great commitment to Acts 1:8, the Great Commandment, and the Great Commission will build a Great Church. 


  • Winning the lost wherever they are. 
  • Building a vibrant family ministry that will nurture children, youth and adults. 
  • Dynamic worship that is God-centered and Spirit filled. 
  • Sending missions teams and missionaries to the mission field at home and abroad. 
  • Caring for people; doing good to the poor and vulnerable. 
  • Equipping everyone to use their gifts in ministry.


  • We value God: His Word, His Creation, His redemptive purpose in Christ for the world and His presence through the Holy Spirit. 
  • We value people: to whom we owe the compassion of Christ and the opportunity to receive the Gospel and enter into Christian fellowship. 
  • We value individual believers and their personal commitment to Christ: the baptism in the Holy Spirit, discipleship, Christian family life and fulfillment of the will of God. 
  • We value the local church: which is marked by sound doctrine, Pentecostal worship, every-member ministry, loving relationships, Holy Spirit empowered evangelism, anointed proclamation and practical expressions of Christian faith.


The five purposes of Family Worship Centre are based on the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).

  1. Worship (love the Lord with all your heart) 
  2. Ministry (love your neighbour as yourself) 
  3. Outreach (go and make disciples) 
  4. Fellowship (baptize them...) 
  5. Discipleship (teach them...) 


Family Worship & Outreach Centre is affiliated with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. To download a full version of our Statement of Faith, please click here.