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Presbyterian and Reformed Churches in Canada



The Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC)

  • Mother church was the Church of Scotland, but Canadian heritage also includes work of French Huguenots
  • Became independent in 1875 when several groups of Presbyterians established Presbyterian Church
  • About 1000 congregations today
  • "There are congregations that worship in English, French, Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Hungarian, Spanish and Portuguese."
  • Member of World Council of Churches, World Alliance of Reformed Churches, and Canadian Council of Churches
  • Women may be elders
  • Sessions, presbyteries, synods, and the General Assembly
  • General Assembly meets annually in the first week in June
  • A Moderator is elected each year to preside over the Assembly
  • Historical criticism of Scripture is important
  • Most congregations organize worship service into four parts: gathering, listening, thanking, and going
  • About half of the congregations allow children to participate in the Lord's Supper

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