Posted October 19, 2015

Earlier this fall, my wife and I started hosting a small group of young adults from our downtown Toronto church in our home. They come over once a week and we talk about what we’ve been learning at church, share our views, learn from each other, and try to be there for each other during life’s challenges (and good times too).

It’s part of a church-wide initiative called home churches. Our church, The Meeting House, meets up at almost twenty different movie theatres all over Ontario every Sunday morning. We watch a pre-recorded sermon from our lead site in Oakville and we get together later in home church to talk about it.

When we initially talked with our lead pastor about having a home church in our apartment for young adults, it was because there was a specific need for it in our church. But the church knew from their discussions about it with the young adults that we also needed a simple website. I offered to make it for them.

And thus we have the Downtown Toronto Young Adults website for the Meeting House. I designed it in two days — from pencil sketch to digital mockup — and coded it in four. It’s a hand-coded theme built on Wordpress, using only two plugins for responsive videos and scheduled post deletion (for events). It allows us to easily update the home church leaders, any upcoming events, and the details of what we do at the church.

It’s also responsive and Google-friendly.

Two screenshots of the Downtown Toronto Young Adults Home Church website for The Meeting House

All in all, it took about a week of spare time to put the website together. It’s both incomplete — there are some features we wanted to include, but don’t have the materials for yet — and a placeholder. Much of the design was simple because typography and colours were already largely decided on, because The Meeting House has a strong Corporate Image already, so all I had to do was design something that was intuitive and easy to use.

The site was necessary because the Meeting House’s existing website does not allow the flexibility we wanted for sharing our home church online. My understanding is that a future version of the main site will make the work we’ve done on this site unnecessary. But it’s my hope that this little side project will have a positive impact on our community and our church in the meantime.

I had a lot of fun making this and the folks at The Meeting House were great. If you’re downtown Toronto and looking for a church where you won’t feel uncomfortable and the people are cool, this is the place to be.

Please enjoy the site.