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We welcome everyone to seek spiritual growth through Jesus Christ, and to be instruments of God’s love to all people.

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Some Pictures from our Taizé Travelers Earlier this  Summer

Please join the Taize group after the 10 am service, this Sunday, August 18.  They will be presenting a Power Point slide show of their pictures and sharing stories of their adventures!!  This will be held in the Hall during coffee hour. 

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Announcements

  • Summer office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, from 9 am to 1 pm (until September 2)

Upcoming Events

  • Welcome Back Fall BBQ on Sunday, September 8 following the 10 am service. There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex for food and help for this event.

  • Tickets are available for the Dessert Social and Vaudeville Show on Saturday, October 5 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Price of admission is $20 and tickets can be purchased through the church office. More information can be found here

  • The next Messy Church events are scheduled for Saturday October 19th, and Saturday December 14th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Mark your calendars!

  • Vancouver Male Orpheus Choir Concert will be held at the church on Friday, December 6 at 7:30 pm. Tickets will be available later in the Fall from the church office or at www.vancouverorpheus.org

Newsletter

We welcome everyone to seek spiritual growth through Jesus Christ, and to be instruments of God’s love to all people.

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Announcements

  • Summer office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, from 9 am to 1 pm (until September 2)

Upcoming Events

  • Welcome Back Fall BBQ on Sunday, September 8 following the 10 am service. There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex for food and help for this event.

  • Tickets are available for the Dessert Social and Vaudeville Show on Saturday, October 5 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Price of admission is $20 and tickets can be purchased through the church office. More information can be found here

  • The next Messy Church events are scheduled for Saturday October 19th, and Saturday December 14th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Mark your calendars!

  • Vancouver Male Orpheus Choir Concert will be held at the church on Friday, December 6 at 7:30 pm. Tickets will be available later in the Fall from the church office or at www.vancouverorpheus.org

Some Pictures from our Taizé Travelers Earlier this  Summer

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Newsletter

We welcome everyone to seek spiritual growth through Jesus Christ, and to be instruments of God’s love to all people.

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Announcements

  • Summer office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, from 9 am to 1 pm (until September 2)

Upcoming Events

  • Welcome Back Fall BBQ on Sunday, September 8 following the 10 am service. There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex for food and help for this event.

  • Tickets are available for the Dessert Social and Vaudeville Show on Saturday, October 5 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Price of admission is $20 and tickets can be purchased through the church office. More information can be found here

  • The next Messy Church events are scheduled for Saturday October 19th, and Saturday December 14th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Mark your calendars!

  • Vancouver Male Orpheus Choir Concert will be held at the church on Friday, December 6 at 7:30 pm. Tickets will be available later in the Fall from the church office or at www.vancouverorpheus.org

Newsletter

We welcome everyone to seek spiritual growth through Jesus Christ, and to be instruments of God’s love to all people.

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Announcements

  • Summer office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, from 9 am to 1 pm (until September 2)

  • Rev. Andrew Halladay will be away on holidays July 22 to August 3.

Upcoming Events

  • Tickets are available for the Dessert Social and Vaudeville Show on Saturday, October 5 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Price of admission is $20 and tickets can be purchased through the church office.

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A Note from our Deacon

I recently met Rev. Stephen Laskey, from St. Helen's, Surrey when I was deaconing at their annual service and picnic.  Stephen has been baking communion bread for years for the service and, when I tasted it, I thought it was delicious!  He sent me the recipe so Amanda and I have been experimenting and we tried it for the first time last Sunday.  We intend to bake it Sunday mornings and bring it to service so let us know what you think.  We are enjoying the spiritual discipline of this (as well as the taste of the bread!). 

Here's what Stephen has to say about the process and the ingredients...

 

Father Stephen’s Best Ever Communion Bread

Each time I make the bread, the ingredients remind me of the way of faith. 

Milk and honey reminds me of the Land flowing with milk and honey, the land prepared by our Lord. Oil reminds me of the richness of the Lord and of the Lord’s anointing at my baptism. Salt reminds be that we are to be the salt of the earth. Flour the basic ingredient of bread and how our Lord is the bread of life.  Baking powder reminds me that we are to be leaven.

 

Enjoy (but don't dip!).

 

Rev. Helen Lingham

Newsletter

We welcome everyone to seek spiritual growth through Jesus Christ, and to be instruments of God’s love to all people.

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Announcements

  • Summer office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, from 9 am to 1 pm (until September 2)

  • Rev. Andrew Halladay will be away on holidays July 22 to August 3.

  • Please read the Pastoral letter from Archbishop Melissa Skelton here.

Upcoming Events

  • Tickets are available for the Dessert Social and Vaudeville Show on Saturday, October 5 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Price of admission is $20 and tickets can be purchased through the church office.

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Happenings around St. Andrew’s this week

  • Our garden has had some new plants added!  David tends to our gardens with care and love.  Thank you David!!

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Pastoral Letter

The following is a Pastoral letter from Archbishop Melissa in response to the decision from General Synod on the consideration to change the marriage canon, and how we will move forward within our Diocese. The original article can be found here


Dear People of the Diocese of New Westminster,

Greetings to you all.

As many of you know, given my unexpected hospital stay, I was only able to participate in General Synod through watching the livestream. Even at that distance, the experience with all its decisions and statements was full of many different, powerful emotions: amazement, anguish, sadness, frustration, grief and gratitude, to name a few. We cannot expect to leave these emotions behind, especially those more difficult emotions related to the consideration of the change to the marriage canon.

For me this entire experience has been about discernment, that is, looking for the signs of the Holy Spirit at work, not just during all the ups and downs at General Synod 2019, but in the three years leading up to it, and seeking to join with that work in wonder, love and hope.

Now as a result of this discernment, I want to lay out what we as a Diocese under the guidance of the Holy Spirit will do related to the marriage of same-sex couples.

Three years ago at General Synod 2016, I issued the statement included above as part of a response to the many emotions that emerged at that time as General Synod 2016 voted on the first reading of the amendment to the marriage canon. As I came to find out later, I am one of many people in the Anglican Church of Canada who sincerely want to work on making room for differing views on and practices related to marriage in our Church.

For many of us this has had to with our belief in what it means to be Anglican Christians—a Church that from the beginning stretched to hold itself together despite differing perspectives on theological, spiritual, liturgical and pastoral matters, a Church that comprehends complexity and finds the tension in the midst of complexity ultimately to be a rich and creative way of living, a Church dedicated to holding differences together, even though this “holding together” comes at a cost to all involved.

Over the last three years, I’ve watched many important groups come to the idea of “making room” for differing views and practices related to marriage, all of which culminated in the following: our own May 2019 Diocesan Synod at which our Synod in its wisdom adopted the affirmations in the Council of General Synod’s “A Word to the Church,” the adoption of these same affirmations at General Synod 2019 by an overwhelming majority and, finally, the July 15th statement from the House of Bishops apologizing for the hurt they have caused and affirming the idea of “local option” for those dioceses and communities where offering marriage to same-sex couples makes sense.

As I look at these many interrelated conversations and actions what I see is this: the Holy Spirit has been and is at work guiding the Anglican Church of Canada to move from attempting to resolve our different views on marriage by legislation in which some win and some lose, to a life together in which we as Anglican Christians strive to offer one another greater mutual respect and room for choice on this issue.

After General Synod, 2016, we as a Diocese held off on authorizing liturgies for the marriage of same-sex couples in the belief that the Anglican Church of Canada needed more time for the Spirit to work within the hearts and minds of its people and within its many convening bodies. As I see it, that work, though it has been painful, is well underway, encouraging us to the following action:

As of August 1, 2019, I will authorize a liturgy for the marriage of same-sex couples within the Diocese of New Westminster under the following conditions:

  • that the priest wishing to officiate at the marriage make a request of me to use that liturgy and work in consultation with me in preparing to conduct that liturgy. I specify this in that I want us all to learn together as we gain experience in working with this new liturgy and in preparing same-sex couples for the sacrament of marriage.

  • that the Parish Council of any church hosting or wanting to host the marriage of same-sex couples concur with and embrace the decision for same-sex marriages to occur there, and

  • that any same-sex couple wishing to be married satisfy all the typical and important requirements for marriage (proper preparation for marriage, at least one of the couple having been baptized, that the marriage take place in a church or another public place).

I expect the first two conditions to be temporary until we as a community become familiar with this change.

As I have stated before, I will continue to do all in my power to maintain a Diocesan culture that respects a variety of theologies, understandings and practices related to marriage. Therefore, though I am moving forward on authorizing a liturgy for the marriage of same-sex couples, no priest will be compelled to officiate at the marriage of a same-sex couple. Additionally, a person’s position on marriage will not serve as a litmus test for inclusion in this Diocese whose diversity in culture, theology and practice I deeply value. Finally, as a Diocese, we will do our part to maintain our relationships with other dioceses and communities that do not choose to authorize liturgies for the marriage of same-sex couples.

I want to offer my thanks to many as we have worked our way through this issue. Thank you to all who have advised me along the way. Thank you to all who have been honest with me about their frustrations, fears and hurt related to this important question. Thank you to those members of the LGBTQ2S community who continue to hold onto the vision that the Anglican Church of Canada can be a place that welcomes them fully and open-heartedly, all based on its commitment to follow Jesus. And, finally, I want to thank all the same-sex couples and their allies who have been waiting for marriage to be possible within the Anglican Church of Canada in the Diocese of New Westminster. I rejoice with you today.

I ask that you please post this pastoral letter on your electronic sites, print out copies making them easily available in the parish, and read the letter aloud at worship services on Sunday, July 21, 2019

In Christ,

+Melissa

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We welcome everyone to seek spiritual growth through Jesus Christ, and to be instruments of God’s love to all people.

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Announcements

  • Summer office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, from 9 am to 1 pm

  • Tickets are available for the Dessert Social and Vaudeville show on Saturday, October 5 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Price of admission is $20.  They can be purchased through the church office.

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Happenings around St. Andrew’s this week

  • Very exciting week around here as we had a film crew renting our parking lot and hall! It was very busy!!

Newsletter

We welcome everyone to seek spiritual growth through Jesus Christ, and to be instruments of God’s love to all people.

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Announcements

  • Worship Ministry lists for July and August are posted on the glass office wall.  Please sign up.  We will not be sending out reminder emails during summer, so please make note of when you sign up.  Summer is a great time to try a new ministry!

  • Summer office hours will be Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9 am to 1 pm (starting July 1)

  • Joanie Markwart, Parish Administrator, will be on holidays from June 29 to July 9.  If you need to contact the office please call 604-534-6514.  Volunteers will be here during summer office hours (see above).  There will be no newsletter July 4.

Up Coming Events

  • Saturday, October 5 – Dessert Social and Vaudeville Show!!  This is going to be such a fun night.  Save the date, tickets will go on sale very soon!!  More information to come!!

Warden’s Update June 2019

As we all look forward to enjoying summer, we thought it was a good time to look back at what has happened at St Andrew’s so far this year and let you know some of the plans we have for the rest of 2019.

Rev. Andrew Halladay has been our Vicar now for 9 months and we have really enjoyed working with him and welcoming him and his family to our parish.  Andrew has brought a new level of excitement and optimism to the church.  He has been introducing new ideas to us as well as making several changes to the way we use the church and worship together.

Our attendance on Sunday’s continues to grow and we certainly would like to welcome several newcomers to our congregation.  We are really glad to have you join us.

The last several months have been quite busy at St Andrew’s:

  • A successful Lent and Easter season, including a significant contribution to the PWRDF and Lenten and Easter study groups led by Andrew.

  • A lovely evening dinner and dance to celebrate Mardi Gras and raise money for the youth’s trip to Taize this summer

  • A regular Yoga session every Monday evening

  • A great “Messy Church” event in May with 12 children and their parents and grandparents.

  • A major overhaul of our electrical system, repairing long burnt exhaust fans, upgrading to LED’s and repairing non-functioning plugs and lights.  Everything is now brighter and much more up to date.

  • A meeting earlier this month with the Parish Council of St Dunstan’s to discuss how the two churches could work more closely together for the benefit of all.

  • A successful BBQ and youth led service last week, as a send off to the young ladies who are off to their Taize, France retreat on June 28.  Thanks to Alison Minto and Amanda Ruston for volunteering to chaperon the girls.

After the first 5 months of the year we were nearly on budget, financially.  Income was slightly under budget (-$1,857) but expenses were lower than expected (-$2,727).  We had budgeted for a Garage Sale in June (which was cancelled) that would have resulted in additional income, but we hope to offset this with our Vaudeville Evening fund raiser on Oct 5.

We have spent about $8,000 on our electrical work and a further $1,000 on roof repairs.  This money came from our Building and Maintenance Fund.

We have now begun to email a regular weekly newsletter to everyone to keep you all up to date on events and happenings at the church.  Please let Joanie Markwart at the office know if you have something you want to have announced. 

This fall we are planning several events that we hope you will put in your calendars and plan to attend.

  • Welcome Back Service and BBQ- Sept 8th

  • Dessert Social and Vaudeville Show – Oct 5th (tickets will be available soon)

  • Orpheus Men’s Choir – Christmas Concert – Dec. 6

  • Messy Church – Sat Oct. 19th and Sat Dec 14th

Keep an eye on the newsletter or the website for more activities and special services.

With the increase in children attending our Sunday 10 am service we will be looking at reintroducing a more structured learning program for them in the fall.

We are beginning to work on the major project of replacing the flooring throughout the church building, that was discussed at our last Vestry meeting.  A sub-committee of Parish Council (Stuart Allan, Cathy Barnes, Carl Markwart and Alison Minto) has been established.  The first objective will be to determine flooring options and estimates to bring to the congregation, hopefully this fall.  After we have a plan in place, then we will be able to discuss how to raise the necessary funds to do this. 

We hope that you have a great summer and thank-you for your continued active involvement at St Andrew’s.

 

May God bless you,

Stuart Allan, People’s Warden                  Cathy Barnes, Vicar’s Warden

Newsletter

We welcome everyone to seek spiritual growth through Jesus Christ, and to be instruments of God’s love to all people.

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Announcements

  • Sunday, June 23 - Taize Bon Voyage BBQ.  Come and help us send off our Taize travelers.  The BBQ will follow the 10 am service.

  • Worship Ministry lists for July and August are posted on the glass office wall.  Please sign up.  We will not be sending out reminder emails during summer, so please make note of when you sign up.  Summer is a great time to try a new ministry!

  • Summer office hours will be Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9 am to 1 pm (starting July 1)

Up Coming Events

  • Saturday, October 5 – Dessert Social and Vaudeville Show!!  This is going to be such a fun night.  Save the date, tickets will go on sale very soon!!  $20.  More information to come!!

Life at St. Andrew’s

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Newsletter

We welcome everyone to seek spiritual growth through Jesus Christ, and to be instruments of God’s love to all people.

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Announcements

  • Sunday, June 23 - Taize Bon Voyage BBQ.  Come and help us send off our Taize travelers.  The BBQ will follow the 10 am service.

  • Worship Ministry lists for July and August are posted on the glass office wall.  Please sign up.  We will not be sending out reminder emails during summer, so please make note of when you sign up.  Summer is a great time to try a new ministry!

  • Summer office hours will be Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9 am to 1 pm (starting July 1)

Up Coming Events

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  • Saturday, October 5 – Dessert Social and Vaudeville Show!!  This is going to be such a fun night.  Save the date, tickets will go on sale later this Summer.  $20.  More information to come very soon!!!

  • Messy Church dates for the fall are Saturday, October 19 and Saturday, December 14.  Mark your calendars!