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.

October 19, 2014

Ministry Spotlight - The Gospel Moving in Cambodia

“I’m Chheng Chan Thoeun, a 13 year-old girl in Home Based Care (HBC) children service. I don’t know how to write well from my heart.  I’m just making a short report the best I can do. Due to my parents living in poverty with HIV, I felt hopeless and lonely.  No one cared about me. I didn’t have many friends or relatives to visit me, I dared not to have a dream about studying, my life was covered by darkness.  But now the opposite! I have Lokrou (Lokrou is a Khmer word meaning teacher) to visit and encourage me a few times monthly to hear my feelings and needs.

I’m so happy that HBC has provided me extra money to pay school fees.  This brings me hope and helps me a lot in my studying. Now my dreams are coming back.  Thanks Home Based Care! I love you!”

Chheng doesn’t have many friends due to the stigma attached to her parents living in poverty with HIV. Ratanak International’s Home Based Care program visits and encourages children like Chheng, reminding them that they are precious and loved. It also funds their school uniforms and part of their school fees for the year, while staff provide extra homework help during visits. Our programs serve families and children like Chheng in Cambodia by providing them much-needed access to medical, education and social services. We also provide community development initiatives, anti-trafficking programs, and disaster relief, with inspiring results. It is through the unconditional love and compassion of staff members that many of the people we serve – the vulnerable, exploited and the marginalized – encounter the love of Christ. Your generous support enables us to empower Cambodian children & adults to create a better future for themselves and their communities. Thank you so much for your prayers and for being a blessing to Cambodia!

St. John’s is committed to sharing the blessings of God and the love of Christ throughout the world. One of our primary partners in this work is Ratanak International. Each time you give financially to St. John’s a portion of that gift goes to the work of Ratanak. Thank you for your support.

You are invited to hear more about the work of Ratanak at a lunch and presentation by its founding director, Brian McConaghy. It will be taking place downstairs in the church hall today immediately after the 11:00 am services.

A Night of Prayer
for a new building

Since we left our Granville Street property in 2011, we have been longing for a home of our own: a place of our own for ministry and community; a building of our own from which to share the gospel in the city of Vancouver.

Humanly speaking, the odds are against us. That is why we need to turn to God as one family and together in prayer and petition present our requests to Him.

Join us on October 27 as we:

  • Hear fresh updates from the building committee;
  • Announce the establishment of a building fund;
  • Embark on a sustained campaign of prayer.

Date: Monday, October 27
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: downstairs in the Fellowship Hall

Keeping Company with God - Thursday, October 23rd

The “Keeping Company with God” worship service that usually takes place on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month will not be held on Monday, October 27th because of the special prayer night for a new church home that will be held on that night. The next “Keeping Company with God” service will instead take place on Thursday, October 23rd at 7:30 pm in the OAC chapel. You are all warmly welcome to come to this service.

Marriage retreat next weekend  new openings available!

The Executive Inn, Squamish has made available additional suites for the SJV marriage retreat October 24 - 26th.  Seize this opportunity to join 17 couples to strengthen and celebrate your marriage including teaching by Mitch Whitman in a relaxed setting. The cost is $425 including most meals. Register here.

Catechism Class

You are invited to take part in a pilot catechism course beginning Wednesday, October 29th at the church office on 7th Avenue and Burrard Street. There will be three five-week parts to the course that will ground you in Christian belief, Christian life, and Christian belonging. The class size will be limited. Please click here to register. If you have questions, please contact Dan Gifford or Jordan Senner at the church office.

Senior’s Tea

The Senior’s Thanksgiving communion and lunch will be Tuesday October 21st 11:00 am. We look forward to seeing you all there. Should you wish to bring a friend please do so.

RSVP by October 19 by calling Solveig at 604.777.3212 or emailing her. For a ride call Julia Peter at 604.723.9479.

Helping Point - Help us rebuild after cyclone Hudhud

Cyclone Hudhud hit the Eastern coast of India this past week leaving considerable damage in it’s wake, especially in the areas where Helping Point works. Both the boys and the girls dormitories at the Helping Point school were heavily damaged. Helping Point Director, Bidyuta Singh, has asked us as a church to consider giving towards both the repair of the damaged buildings as well as the construction of more permanent dormitories, to allow the children can safely weather future storms. Donations can be made online or by mailing a cheque to 1424 Commercial Drive, PO Box 21653, Vancouver, V5L 2Y4.

First Things

Are you new and want to learn more about St. John’s? Join us for First Things; a three week course designed to help newcomers learn about the community of St. John’s. It is a great opportunity to connect with the church in a meaningful way.

Connecting – Nov 9
St. John’s approach to the Gospel, church values, and tools for studying the Bible

Believing – Nov 16
“What it means to be an Anglican”

Belonging – Nov 23
Understanding St. John’s history, vision and how to get involved

First Things begins Sunday, November 9 at 11:00 am in the Café Room.

Upcoming Missions Lunches

Sunday, October 19
12:30 pm
Lunch will be followed by a presentation from Brian McConaghy on the work of Ratanak. Ratanak International is a Christ-centered organization committed to serving the people of Cambodia by being an agent of change in Cambodia’s social, economic, and spiritual landscape.

Sunday, November 16
12:30 pm
Lunch will be followed by a presentation from the India team that visited the people and projects of Helping Point in India this summer.

Cost for all events: $5.00 per person/$10.00 per family to cover the cost for meals.