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

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

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.

July 5, 2015

Ministry Spotlight

1552 Order of Holy Communion in Modern English

The lead Bishop of our Canadian Diocese (the Anglican Network in Canada or ANiC) has recently written to all the clergy in ANiC commending the new 1552 Order for Holy Communion in Modern English.

You can read the letter here.

The aim of the Canadian Liturgy Task Group was to develop a Holy Communion service in Modern English, with a family likeness to the Modern English Services published by our larger Anglican Church in North America. The aim of the service is unity, clarity and the glory of Christ.

We will trial the service in August at St. John’s as we have received permission from the Canadian House of Bishops to use the trial service for two years. The service is very much the same as the one we are used to with two main differences. First, it is in Modern English and second, it uses the 1552 order which lies behind the one used in the 1662 – only slightly briefer.

The service is available here together with an FAQ.

Archbishop Thomas Cranmer was the architect and author of the Book of Common Prayer in the sixteenth century. He points out that the Apostle Paul directs that in our gatherings all things be done for the building up of others, for edification. What cannot be understood cannot build up. In his essay ‘On Ceremonies’ Cranmer argues for simple clarity—language understood by all worshippers:

“…some think it a great matter of conscience to depart from a piece of the least of their Ceremonies (they be so addicted to their old customs:) and again on the other side, some be so new fangled, that they would innovate all thing, and so do despise the old, that nothing can like them, but that is new: it was thought expedient, not so much to have respect how to please and satisfy either of these parties, as how to please God, and profit them both.”

Join us for a time of explanation and discussion on the topic of the new liturgy.

This Sunday, July 5th, 12:00 pm, at the Church

Missions Lunch - July 12

Next Sunday join us for a Missions Lunch after the 10:00 am service to hear about the work of local non-profit Journey Home. James Grunau, the director of Journey Home, will be speaking to us about his work with refugees new to Vancouver. All are welcome to come hear about this exciting work as we begin to think about how we as a church can support refugees in Vancouver. The cost is $10 for a family or $5 for individuals. 

Short Summer Evenings
on the basics of the Christian Faith

Do you have someone in your life who would be interested in understanding the basics of the Christian Faith? Perhaps you are new to St. John’s and would like to hear about what we believe in a context where there will be no pressure, and you will not be put on the spot. We would like to invite you to 4 Monday nights in David Short’s home: July 13th, 20th, 27th, August 3rd. It will just be 1 hour from 8 – 9 PM. We will move through the basics of what Christians believe, and you can ask any question you wish. If you have a friend who is interested, bring them. If you are interested in coming please contact Krista Friebel at 604.558.4400 ext 233 by Friday, July 10th.

Help Needed for Summer Coffee Hour

Over the summer we give our Coffee Hour volunteers some time off.

This means that we will need new volunteers who are willing to serve coffee each Sunday beginning July 5th and ending on September 6th. Coffee Hour will be held after the 10:00 am service during the summer months. We will need 4 people to help out each week, arriving at 9:30 am to set up. If you are willing to help please email Marion Maxwell. Please consider serving in this way this summer.

Parish Retreat

Jesus said, “Let your light shine before others, that others may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Let’s ‘light it up’ at Camp Charis over the October 2-4 weekend when we will grow as a church family in faith and fellowship. Registration is open, click here.

Love to Sing?

We are looking for singers, especially sopranos and altos for the morning choir. Please email Terry Fullerton or contant him at the church office ext 229.

No Children in the Balcony

During the summer the door to the roof in the balcony will be open for ventilation purposes. For this reason we ask that children and youth refrain from going up to the balcony. Thank you to all parents for your help in this matter.

The Choir of Selwyn College, University of Cambridge

On tour in July, the acclaimed Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge is coming to Vancouver for a concert July 21st, 7:30pm, and service of Compline on the 22nd, 9:00 pm, at St. James’ Anglican Church (Cordova and Gore). The tour coincides with the release of their latest CD, featuring sacred choral works by Paul Mealor, Eric Whitacre, Cecilia McDowall, and Morten Lauridsen. One of the finest mixed university choirs in the UK, Selwyn is directed by Canadian Sarah MacDonald, the first woman to hold such a post in over 800 years of Cambridge University history. This concert is being hosted with the help of Ben Ewert and Oculus Chamber Choir. Reserve your spot If you are interested in hosting any of these young singers over the two nights, contact Ben Ewert.

Children’s Ministry Donations Needed

Sunday School is looking to acquire gently used ipods or mp3 players and ipod docking stations. If you have one to donate please contact Jeremy Graham or connect with Jeremy on a Sunday.

New Staff

We are pleased to welcome Kristen Moore back to our staff. Kristen will be joining us as the part-time Children’s Ministry Coordinator.

We are also pleased to welcome back to our staff Kimberley Graham. Kim will be taking on the role of part-time Children’s Ministry Resource Developer.

We are blessed to have both these women join our team.

New Donation Option

A number of congregation members have asked for this donation feature, which is now available online. St. John’s is now set up to receive automatic monthly donations from your credit card. If you would like to use this option simply visit our website and:

  1. Click on “online giving”
  2. Choose “make a recurring donation”
  3. Complete the form and click “submit recurring donation”.
  4. You will then be taken to PayPal to complete your transaction. Please note you will need a PayPal account to use this feature.
  5. You can cancel this recurring payment at any time through your PayPal account.

If you have any questions please contact Krista Friebel in the church office.