Being part of St. John's means walking through life together

Whether it is through occasions of joy & growth, or periods of grief & loss, the important thing is that we love and support each other as we move towards a deeper understanding of God's love for us.

 

+ Stephen Ministry: Christ-centered care and support

Would you or someone you know benefit from receiving care from a Stephen Minister?

Stephen Ministry provides quality, confidential, Christ-centered care and support to people experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, job loss, loneliness, disability, relocation, and other life difficulties. If you are wondering whether receiving care from a Stephen Minister would be a good fit for you please email the Director of Pastoral Care, James Wagner at james@sjvan.org or call 604.558.4400 ex. 227.

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+ Divorce Care

At St. John's you don't have to go through separation and divorce alone. DivorceCare is a network of 13,000+ churches worldwide equipped to offer divorce support groups. The program is nondenominational and features biblical teaching. DivorceCare helps you recover from the pain of separation and divorce and is a support group that meets weekly. You'll find it to be a warm, caring environment and will come to see your group as an "oasis" in an otherwise difficult season of your life. If you have questions contact us at 604-558-4400 or care@sjvan.org.

Next Session: Jan 19 - April 13 (13 weeks)
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Location: 5350 Baillie Street, Vancouver
Fee: $20.00 (to cover the cost of materials)

Unless you've been there, it's hard to understand the hurt that comes from separation and divorce. That's why many of your friends and family don't fully understand what you are going through and don't know how best to help you. We Do. DivorceCare groups are led by people who have been through divorce and successfully rebuilt their lives. We understand how you feel because we've been in the same place. We'll show you how to deal with the hurt caused by your separation or divorce.

There are three key parts to your DivorceCare experience:
Video Seminar: Dynamic and information-packed videos featuring top divorce recovery experts.
Support Group: Small group discussion about the video content and the issues faced by individual group members.
Workbook: Journaling and personal study exercises that reinforce each session's topic.

Some seminar topics that are covered:

  • What's happening to me?
  • The road to healing/finding help
  • Facing my anger
  • Facing my loneliness
  • What does the owner's manuel say?
  • New Relationships
  • Financial Survival
  • KidCare
  • Single Sexuality
  • Forgiveness
  • Reconciliation
  • Moving on, growing closer to God

It’s normal to feel nervous about going to a support group. Most people at our group quickly feel more comfortable at their first session. There is often a sense of relief at finding others going through similar experience, especially when your situation has caused you to feel isolated. To help calm any anxieties, you can also learn a great deal about the program before you attend by visiting the DivorceCare website.

The DivorceCare seminar and support group program is designed for those who have already experienced separation or divorce. Although considering separation is certainly a very challenging time, DivorceCare is not a good fit for those not yet separated or divorced.

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+ Grief Share

Most things in life are not permanent. Grief Share helps you deal with the loss of a loved one, understand how to grieve, overcome emotional turmoil, and most of all, learn how to tap into the constant source of strength and comfort through the creator of the universe, God himself, through Jesus Christ. Grief Share at St. John’s is a 13-week support program for people who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Grief Share is most helpful when taken within a few months following a loss. But others who have lived with a loss for years and have not been able to overcome it have also found this program helpful.

Each week, you will meet to participate in a seminar consisting of a professionally prepared video, followed by group discussion with your small support group and prayer. You will also learn from helpful weekly exercises and tool kits provided as part of this course. 1:1 sessions are also available.

The Grief Share experts include 48 different doctors and professionals. Grief Share seminar leaders at St John’s are experienced facilitators of this course.

Grief Share sessions include these topics:

  • Living with grief
  • The Journey of grief
  • The effects of grief
  • When your spouse dies
  • Your family and grief
  • Why?
  • The uniqueness of grief
  • God’s prescription for grief
  • Stuck in grief
  • Top twenty lessons of grief
  • Heaven

Next Session: TBD
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: St. John’s Vancouver Anglican Church, 5350 Baillie Street, Vancouver
Fee: $20.00 (to cover the cost of materials)

The St. John’s Grief Share program is a provided by Church Initiative Inc., a non-profit ministry. More details about Grief Share may be viewed at www.griefshare.org

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+ Addiction & Relational Healing (Journey CANADA)

Hope. Healing. Wholeness. Helping men and women deal with relational and sexual problems. Living Waters Canada is a discipleship program for Christians who long for healing in their relationships with God and others and are willing to be honest about the broken areas of their life.

JOURNEY CANADA (Formerly "Living Waters")
This discipleship program is for Christians who long for healing in their relationship with God and with others and are willing to be honest about the broken areas of their life. The Living Waters program is made up of three components: worship, Biblically based teaching and prayer ministry in a small group led by trained leader. This ministry provides a safe and spiritually trustworthy place to be transparent before God, who desires to heal our relationships and sanctify our sexuality. For more information see www.journeycanada.org or call 604-301-1470.

+ Prayer

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." -Philippians 4:6-7. There are a few primary ways to join us in prayer or seek prayer at St. John's. We have prayer teams available to pray with you during communion. We also have a twice monthly worship service called called Keeping Company with God and during that service there is an opportunity to receive prayer.

Prayer Chain – crises can’t wait for scheduled prayer times. A prayer chain is active at St. John’s and available for those in need. Confidentiality is assured. For more information contact the office at 604.558.4400 or care@sjvan.org.

+ Pastoral Visits

Do you know someone who would be blessed by a visit from a member of our Pastoral team? If you do, we would love to visit them. We are called to minister to the elderly, sick and needy. If you know someone who would be encouraged by a visit: perhaps has trouble getting out of their home, is experiencing difficulties or is in hospital (or recently returned home) let us know!

Contact the church office at 604.558.4400 or care@sjvan.org for more information.