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.

December 28, 2014

Understanding and Responding to Islam in the 21st Century

As Christians, it is important that we continue to educate ourselves about the world around us. The Missions Committee will be sponsoring a lunch entitled “Understanding and Responding to Islam in the 21st century”. The event will feature Dr. Warren Larson, Professor Emeritus, Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies at CIU and former missionary to Pakistan. This is a primer on Islam with the purpose of helping us understand Islam and its interactions with Christianity.

The event will take place immediately after the 11:00 am service on January 11th. The cost of the event will be $5 per person or $10 per family.

Ladies, save the date!

You are invited to hear Connally Gilliam speak on the evening of Tuesday, January 20. Connally is a Regent alum and is on the Regent Board of Governors. She currently works with the Navigators as a “Special Counsel” to the US National Mission Director in Washington DC. She is the author of ‘Revelations of a Single Woman: loving the life I didn’t expect’. What is it to embrace your life as a single woman? What is it to embrace the single women in your life? Join us and invite a friend along, as she gives insight and brings wisdom to bear on these questions.

This is a free event but we request that you please register online to give us an idea of numbers. For more information, email Jan Hobbis.

Stephen Ministries

In January there is going to be a training session for new Stephen ministers. If you are interested in becoming a Stephen minister and would like more information, feel free to contact Director of Pastoral Care, James Wagner at 604.558.4400 ext. 227 or email him.

Organ Update

We are pleased to announce that the full amount of pledges have been received and we can now move ahead the purchase of the new organ.

We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to making this new organ a reality. We are also thankful to God that we are able to make this purchase while we also trust in Him to meet our expenses for 2014.

We will now be accepting cheques for the money that was pledged. Cheques can be mailed to the St John’s church office or placed in the offering plate. Please  clearly mark the cheques intended for the organ fund. If you would like a 2014 tax reciept cheques must be received by January 4, however, it must be dated no later than December 31.

If you have any questions, please contact the church office.

Giving Envelopes

If you did not pick up your giving envelopes for 2015, contact the church office.

2015 St. John’s Board of Trustees

The nominating committee at St. John’s is currently accepting nominations for the 2015 Board of Trustees. The Trustees help give spiritual oversight and leadership through the Rector for the overall direction of the church and the progress of the gospel. If you know someone who might be well-suited to serve in this capacity please email our People’s Warden, Lesley Bentley.

Update on the Shafghats

As many of you know Pastor Ahmed and Mozjgan Shafghat are in a process attempting to become permanent residents of Canada.  Recently their application to have a judicial review of the Immigration and Refugee Board’s (IRB) decision not to grant refugee status was denied. This means there are two last applications for permanent residency that are still under consideration: one is called a Humanitarian and Compassionate (H & C) application this assesses hardship one would face because of being forced to leave Canada, including breaking family and community ties, health concerns, and hardships that would be faced in the country the Shafghats would be sent back to. Many of you have written letters of support that form part of the H & C application and the Shafghats are very thankful to you. The other application is called a Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA) application, which assesses only the danger or risk of persecution to the Shafghats in the country they would be sent back to. Both applications will be considered at the same time by an official from Immigration Canada and a response will be sent to the Shafghats in about three months time. If one of the applications is accepted than the Shafghats will be allowed to stay in Canada permanently. If neither application is accepted they will be required to leave Canada immediately. We are thankful that the Ahmed and Mozjgan cannot be forced to leave Canada until the applications are decided but they do ask you to pray for them as they wait. Please pray also for the immigration process and those who are making decisions about the Shafghats’ future in Canada. The Shafghats are very grateful for the support and hope that their St. John’s family has given to them as you have loved them and prayed for them, thank you!