the Lord’s supper

Join us for worship and fellowship next Sunday November 14, 2021

Join us next Sunday, November 7, 2021, for worship and fellowship. We will be having live streamed and in-person services at the Chapel.

We will be live streaming our worship service at 11:15 a.m. To watch, go to our Facebook page (under videos).
https://www.facebook.com/MissionValleyCommunityChapel/

Our in person service will include:
9:30 a.m. Breaking of Bread/The Lord’s Supper service
10:00 a.m. Sunday School, Tom Cantor teaching adult Sunday school
11:55 a.m. Coffee break/refreshments
11:15 a.m. Worship Service, Sam Burton preaching the sermon

(We have a traditional worship service including prayer, hymn singing, announcements, special music, and a sermon from the Bible. We dress from very casual to formal.)

Get directions on our website HERE

Join us for worship and fellowship next Sunday November 7, 2021

Join us next Sunday, November 7, 2021, for worship and fellowship. We will be having live streamed and in-person services at the Chapel.

We will be live streaming our worship service at 11:15 a.m. To watch, go to our Facebook page (under videos).
https://www.facebook.com/MissionValleyCommunityChapel/

Our in person service will include:
10:00 am Sunday School, Tom Cantor, founder of Israel Restoration Ministries, teaching adult Sunday school
11:55 a.m. Coffee break/refreshments
11:15 a.m. Worship Service, Tom Cantor preaching the sermon
-Communion following the message

(We have a traditional worship service including prayer, hymn singing, announcements, a musical special, and a sermon from the Bible. We dress from very casual to formal.)

Get directions on our website HERE

Join us for worship and fellowship next Sunday October 3, 2021

Join us next Sunday, October 3, 2021, for worship and fellowship. We will be having live streamed and in-person services at the Chapel.

We will be live streaming our worship service at 11:15 a.m. To watch, go to our Facebook page (under videos).
https://www.facebook.com/MissionValleyCommunityChapel/

Our in person service will include:
10:00 am Sunday School, Tom Cantor, founder of Israel Restoration Ministries, teaching adult Sunday school
11:55 a.m. Coffee break/refreshments
11:15 a.m. Worship Service, Tom Cantor preaching the sermon
-Communion following the message

(We have a traditional worship service including prayer, hymn singing, announcements, a musical special, and a sermon from the Bible. We dress from very casual to formal.)

Get directions on our website HERE

Mission Valley Community Chapel
6964 Mission Gorge Road
San Diego, CA 92120

The Chapel emphasizes the Lord Jesus Christ through Missions, Prayer, and the Word of God.

We are an evangelical Christian Bible church, an Open Plymouth Brethren assembly. All leadership is volunteer, enabling the majority of our giving to go to evangelists and missionaries worldwide. There are opportunities to serve for those interested in participating including in outreach, hospitality, and music.

What are Open Plymouth Brethren (Christian Brethren) – Part 2: A Brief Introduction

Here is a brief introduction to the Plymouth Brethren using the 5W’s  and 1H.

Who? Of the original founders, John Nelson Darby is the best known.

Other Plymouth Brehtren include “Praying” George Mueller (founder of the Bristol Orphanage), Sir Robert Anderson (apologist and evangelist, and head of the criminal investigation division of Scotland Yard during the later the Jack the Ripper murders), missionary Jim Elliot (1 of 5 missionaries who died in Operation Acura and husband to Elizabeth Elliot), missionary Hudson Taylor (founder of the Chinese Inland Mission), Harry Ironsides (preacher and teacher), Ada R. Habershon (hymn writer “Will the Circle be Unbroken” and writer on biblical typology and symbolism), bible commentator F. F. Bruce, and Watchmen Nee (pastor in Communist China).

There are different types of Plymouth Brethren, such as Open and Closed Brethren. We are Open Plymouth Brethren (Christian Brethren).

What? There is a focus on the Bible, the Lord’ Supper (Breaking of Bread), and the  Christian life. There is also an interest in the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. (This makes sense to me, as this is a focus of the New Testament that is often overlooked.)

Where? They first started meeting in Dublin, Ireland. The first meeting in England was in Plymouth. This is where they got their name. This movement has spread around the world.

When? The Plymouth Brethren started in the late 1820s.

Why? They originally met for a place for Christians to get together from different denominations who were serious believers. From the beginning, they had a focus on biblical prophecy.

How? They believe in the “priesthood of all believers”. Usually there is no pastor, and there is an emphasis on the congregation participating in the Breaking of Bread and in ministry.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plymouth_Brethren

For more details about of our beliefs, see our Statement of Faith

If you have any questions, please email us on our Website Contact Form or directly at mvcccontact@gmail.com

What are Open Plymouth Brethren (Christian Brethren) – Part 1: practical notes for newcomers

Would a worship service at Mission Valley Community Chapel be that different than going to non-Open Plymouth Brethren worship services? The short answer – No, we are a conservative Evangelical Christian church with a worship service of prayers, hymn singing, a musical special, and a sermon from the Bible. People wear everything from shorts and slippers to business suits. We have a communion service after the worship service on the first Sunday of the month. We also have communion services before Sunday school on other Sundays that is unique, but if you went, you could follow along easily, see below.

As someone who has been a member of a few Baptist churches, when I started going to the chapel there were no significant bumps in the road. All churches do their services a little differently, and the Chapel’s worship service is not significantly different from other conservative Evangelical churches with a traditional worship service. A minor difference may be that a man from the congregation is asked to give the first prayer.

On the first Sunday of the month, we have our communion service. In our first Sunday communion service, we do things a little differently. It’s slower paced with hymns spontaneously announced for singing. When the bread and cup are given in individual servings, we eat and drink as soon as we receive them. Most churches wait until everyone has received them. (I believe we do this from when originally there was one loaf and one cup and people ate or drank when it came to them.) This is the most significant difference you will run into in a worship service.

Our half hour Breaking of Bread service/Communion service are on the other Sundays of the month at 9:30 a.m. before Sunday school. This is something that is unique to the Plymouth Brethren, something I’ve come to appreciate. We may write about this more in another post, but if you were to just go, it’s easy to follow along. Briefly, it’s an informal service with men standing up with prayers, Bible readings, and hymns to sing before the taking of the Lord’s Supper.

If you were to ask, you’d find out that none of the leadership is paid, and the majority of our giving goes to missionaries and evangelists worldwide. As I’ve said before, I first went to the Chapel because I agreed with their statement of faith, and I stayed because of the kind people and the focus on missions and evangelism.

We do call ourselves a chapel instead of a church; when I find out why, maybe I’ll write a post about that, too!

Lord willing, future posts on this topic will discuss the history of the Plymouth Brethren movement, beliefs common to it, why we do things the way we do, and well-known authors, theologians, free books online, and evangelists and missionaries associated with the Plymouth Brethren movement, and why we identify with the particular strand of this history called Open Plymouth Brethren (Christian Brethren).

If you have any questions, feel free to email us on our or Website Contact Form or directly at mvcccontact@gmail.com

Join us for worship and fellowship next Sunday September 5, 2021

Join us next Sunday, September 5, 2021, for worship and fellowship. We will be having live streamed and in-person services at the Chapel.

We will be live streaming our worship service at 11:15 a.m. To watch, go to our Facebook page (under videos).
https://www.facebook.com/MissionValleyCommunityChapel/

Our in person service will include:
10:00 am Sunday School, Tom Cantor, founder of Israel Restoration Ministries, teaching adult Sunday school
11:55 a.m. Coffee break/refreshments
11:15 a.m. Worship Service, Tom Cantor preaching the sermon
-Communion following the message

(We have a traditional worship service including prayer, hymn singing, announcements, a musical special, and a sermon from the Bible.)

Get directions on our website HERE

Mission Valley Community Chapel
6964 Mission Gorge Road
San Diego, CA 92120

The Chapel emphasizes the Lord Jesus Christ through Missions, Prayer, and the Word of God.

We are an evangelical Christian Bible church, an Open Plymouth Brethren assembly. All leadership is volunteer, enabling the majority of our giving to go to evangelists and missionaries worldwide. There are opportunities to serve for those interested in participating including in outreach, hospitality, and music.

Changed by Tom Cantor

We have free copies of “Changed” by Tom Cantor at the Chapel. This is an expansion on his testimony with much new material. He has mailed it to many Jewish people in the United States.

Free Online and at Mission Valley Community Chapel

You can read it online at Friendship with God or come to The Chapel and get a free copy while they last (we regularly restock them, but they go very quickly).

Cover of Changed by Tom Cantor with picture of him as a boy
Changed by Tom Cantor
Review

This book is a short autobiography. It starts when he was a boy, tell us about his Jewish upbringing, and disciplinary problems he had at different schools. At seven years old, he was even sent to a military school. He ended up in a school in Switzerland. He tells of meeting his wife, and some of their struggles. After they met, she became pregnant  from a sexual assault, they got married, and put the baby up for adoption.

He tells about becoming a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. One step included when celebrating the Passover his uncle Pete to irritate his wife blurted out, “Christians believe that Christ was the Passover lamb!”

He concludes about his reconnecting with the daughter they put up for adoption. The last two chapters are a gospel presentation from two different perspectives, the historical and the personal.

The last two chapters are a gospel presentation from two different perspectives, the historical and the personal.

This is in many ways a very honest book. Tom is open about his thoughts and feelings, even if they do not paint them in the best light.

“Changed” by Tom Cantor is an interesting read and a good evangelistic giveaway book. You can Google it to see the impact is making. Many people at Mission Valley Community Chapel have given this book away; we have keep having to get more copies for on the free table. It goes so quickly!

Tom Cantor usually teaches our Adult Sunday School class (He’s going through the Gospel of Matthew now) and gives the sermon for our worship service on the odd numbered Sundays of the month (His sermons are usually a series on a topic or through a book of the Bible).

Update

Last Saturday, March 22, 2022, the New York Post ran an article on Tom Cantor’s most recent mass mailing of his book “Changed” – New Yorkers flooded with unsolicited book pushing religious change.

They called it “Junk mail for Jesus.” But as Apostle Paul wrote, he was glad for whatever motive Christ (the Messiah) was preached (Philippians 1:18). How much more when it’s “Junk mail for Jesus” with a good motive! And as the apostle Paul, a Jewish believer in Jesus, said “My heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved” (Romans 1:10).

Read more posts about Jewish Evangelism on our blog.

Join us for worship and fellowship next Sunday August 1, 2021

Join us next Sunday, August 1, 2021, for worship and fellowship. We will be having live streamed and in-person services at the Chapel.

We will be live streaming our worship service at 11:15 a.m. To watch, go to our Facebook page (under videos).
https://www.facebook.com/MissionValleyCommunityChapel/

Our in person service will include:
10:00 am Sunday School, Tom Cantor, founder of Israel Restoration Ministries, teaching adult Sunday school
11:55 a.m. Coffee break/refreshments
11:15 a.m. Worship Service, Tom Cantor preaching the sermon
-Communion following the message

(We have a traditional worship service including prayer, hymn singing, announcements, a musical special, and a sermon from the Bible.)

Get directions on our website HERE

Mission Valley Community Chapel
6964 Mission Gorge Road
San Diego, CA 92120

The Chapel emphasizes the Lord Jesus Christ through Missions, Prayer, and the Word of God.
We are an evangelical Christian Bible church, an Open Plymouth Brethren assembly. All leadership is volunteer, enabling the majority of our giving to go to evangelists and missionaries worldwide. There are opportunities to serve for those interested in participating including in outreach, hospitality, and music.

Join us for worship and fellowship next Sunday July 18, 2021

Join us next Sunday, July 18, 2021, for fellowship and worship. We have live streamed and in-person services.

We will be live streaming our worship service at 11:15 a.m. To watch, go to our Facebook page (under videos). https://www.facebook.com/MissionValleyCommunityChapel/

Our in person services include:
9:30 a.m. The Lord’s Supper/Communion service
10:00 am Adult Sunday School, Tom Cantor teaching adult Sunday school
11:55 a.m. refreshments on the patio
11:15 a.m. Worship Service, Tom Cantor preaching the sermon
(We have a traditional worship service including hymn singing, prayer, announcements, a musical special, and a sermon from the Bible.)

Get directions from main page here