Church address:
5350 Baillie Street
Vancouver, BC
(on 37th Ave between Cambie and Oak)

Church office address:
2325 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6J 3J2
604.558.4400

St John's Vancouver Anglican Church is a community of Christians dedicated to the exposition and teaching of the Word of God, to the spreading of the good news of the Gospel at home and abroad, and to the application of God's purpose in our own lives and families.

Rev. Sean Love from St. John's Richmond Church provided this report:

St. John's Richmond Church began Sunday services in January 2007. Our goal, prayerfully and by the grace of God, is to glorify Him, grow in Christ, and reach into Richmond and beyond with the gospel message. We are thankful for St. John's Shaughnessy (in particular the 9am congregation), and their generosity in sending out about 40 adults and children for this work in Richmond.

Our first Easter Sunday was joyous and full, with about a hundred people, including many invited guests from Richmond. The service was festive, but what happened afterwards was really wonderful also. Sean noted that, “I am reminded that a major aspect of the New Testament understanding of the church is that we "hang out" together, enjoying fellowship which tastes of heaven. I was delighted that people felt comfortable to stay afterwards for a long time.”

Here are some other things God is doing:

  • There are no passengers, only crew: everybody is involved. In a small congregation, there are many opportunities for people to try new ministries, and take on leadership roles. Our sense of community is growing deeper, even as new people enter into the fellowship.
  • Many are finding it easy to invite friends to a local congregation; and many are responding to these invitations
  • Our collaboration with Broadmoor Baptist in Sunday Children's ministry has resulted in a positive change to longer term commitments of teachers, which has brought deeper relationships between teachers and the children. One new teacher from Broadmoor said, “My first concern about signing up to help with the Kid's Ministry was of a selfish nature. I was going to be missing out on the Sermons, and my spiritual needs weren't going to be filled. Man, was I wrong.”
  • About a dozen people were involved in leading or attending our recent Christianity Explored Course.
  • We are thankful for the development of our innovative Children's Chapel program that occurs during the sermon time. Kids learn the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of key components of the liturgy, creeds, and elements of the Christian life like prayer. One mother said of her son, “He is learning so much about the Lord through Children's Chapel and I sense he really loves Him.”

We continue to partner in ministry with St. John's Vancouver in many ways:

  • Involvement with training days, women's retreat, Women@10, Good Friday Family Service; clergy from SJS come monthly to celebrate Communion and preach.
  • We pray weekly for the ministry of SJS, as you pray for us.
  • God has added to our numbers. Many invited guests came on Easter Sunday, some in response to our delivery of invitations to homes in the neighbourhood.
  • We are grateful for the seamless entry of Krista Carter into music ministry leadership in our congregation. We sing with gusto!
  • Thursday night Bible Study continues, with up to three adult groups and children's ministry to kids; we finish Genesis this month and then will do a series on the Bible Toolkit Paul Barnett taught us.

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