Frequently Asked Questions
Is Kanisa a "real" Adventist church?
Absolutely. Kanisa Fellowship was formed as a company in 2003 and started to worship at Crawford Adventist Academy in the gymnasium. In May 2005, Pastor Derrick Nichols, the former president of the Ontario Conference, installed Kanisa Fellowship as an official church.
Do Adventists celebrate Christmas or other Christian holidays?
We do not celebrate Christmas or other religious festivals throughout the calendar year as holy feasts established by God. The only period in time Adventists celebrate as holy is the weekly Sabbath (from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset).
Kanisa does find, however, that these holidays provide good occasions to focus on the Christian aspects, that is, the biblical message of the death and resurrection of Jesus (at Easter), and of His incarnation and coming to earth as a human being (at Christmas). It also gives valuable opportunities to speak with other people about the gospel. Also, these events are often occasions for building family fellowship and reaching out to the poor and needy.
What makes Seventh-day Adventists unique?
Seventh-day Adventists attend church on Saturdays, which they believe to be the Sabbath instead of Sunday, according to our interpretation of the Bible.
It's not just that we worship on the Sabbath; we honor that day as a day of rest. We avoid secular activities, work and look at that time to be rejuvenated.
There is also an emphasis placed on health and wholeness that encourages abstention from alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs and even meat. The church has an approach it abbreviates as "NEWSTART" — nutrition, exercise, water, sunlight, temperance, air, rest and trust in divine power.