By: Christelle Agboka, for Canadian Adventist Messenger, and Adventist Review, courtesy Adventist Review

Seventh-day Adventists in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, recently opened their first center of influence in the province. Really Living Centre was launched in the fall of 2019 at an opening ceremony with hundreds of church members and guests in attendance from across North America.

The 25,000 square-foot (2,300 square-meter) facility is Ontario Conference’s first center of influence, serving as both a worship space for Really Living Seventh-day Adventist Church and a community center open to the public several days a week.

The newly established center will allow for the expansion of existing local church programs, like a plant-based-cooking school; free oil changes for single parents; boot camp, summer camps, and drop-in sports nights for youth; and new programs, such as sewing classes, a smoothie bar, and indoor rock climbing.

“We tried to think of everything — how we can meet not only our needs but also the needs of the community. That’s why we’re here,” said Brenda De Medeiros, a church elder and founding member.

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