5350 Baillie Street
(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.
Citizen and Immigration Canada has given first stage approval on the Humanitarian and Compassionate application for Pastor Ahmad Shafghat and Mozjgan Shafghat to stay in Canada as permanent residents. This is a two stage approval process but the second stage is usually fairly straightforward and involves security, criminal and medical records checks. What this decision means is that Shafghats will be allowed to stay in Canada permanently as long as the records checks are OK. This is the end of a long legal journey and it is because of many prayers and St. John’s support of the Humanitarian and Compassionate application that they have this wonderful outcome. Thanks be to God!
The Singh’s Are Coming
We are so pleased to announce that Bidyuta Singh, founder and Director of Helping Point, along with his wife Deepa, Director of Helping Point Women’s Ministries, and their two children Bertina and Angelica, will be visiting Vancouver from May 6th - May 27th!
Helping Point is one of SJV’s primary mission partners and Bidyuta and Deepa are excited to visit Vancouver and share with us how God is working in extraordinary ways in India. Helping Point continues to strive towards its vision to see rural Dalit communities in Orissa and Andhra Pradesh transformed socially, physically and spiritually by sharing the love of Jesus Christ.
There will be many opportunities to have fellowship with the Singhs while they are in Vancouver, including:
Thank you to those who have so generously donated to the work of St. John’s this year. As you can see we have recevied 16% of the total offerings we budgeted for in 2015. Ideally we would hope to have received 25% of our offerings budget by this time.
This week you will be receiving your contribution reports in the mail which updates you on your offerings to March 31st. Please read through the letter which will be enclosed and consider how you might give regularly and generously for the remainder of 2015.
Keeping Company with God: rest, reflection and restoration at the end of the day
Come tomorrow, Monday, April 27th, at 7:30 pm and join with us as we continue our journey through the season of Easter. This worship service, in the Chapel, will include music, a short reflection on a Bible passage, prayers from across the centuries and around the world, and if you so desire, an opportunity to be prayed with by a member of our prayer team. If you have questions, please contact Manya Egerton.
Stephen Ministry serving on Sunday
Did you know SJV has 10 trained lay pastoral care ministers? Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of training and offer compassionate, distinctively Christian and confidential care, meeting weekly with members of SJV. Today our Stephen Ministers are reading and leading the prayers in our services. On May 10 our newly trained Stephen Minister will be commissioned. If you have questions or would like to become a Stephen Minister see a Stephen Minister at the table in the foyer or contact James Wagner at james(at)sjvan(dot)org or call 604.558.4400.
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.
Katherine Stevenson has joined our staff as the communications specialist. She and her husband, Austin, have come to Vancouver from Wyoming in order for Austin to study at Regent College. Katherine has a degree in communications and a minor in graphic design from the University of Wyoming. We look forward to working with Katherine.
Youth Guys Retreat (dads, sons, youth, leaders)
On Friday & Saturday June 5-6, St. John’s will be having a Guys Retreat at Camp Kawkawa in Hope, BC. Friday night we will settle in and have snacks, games, and lots of fun. Saturday morning we will have some great gospel teaching for dads, and also for the boys. After a tasty lunch we will spend the afternoon in sweet fellowship as a group; allowing for lots of time to interact one-to-one. Dads, youth, and leaders always enjoy the air rifles, archery, and waterfront. Every year we go on an amazing hike through the Othello Tunnels, which feels like you are entering Middle Earth or Narnia. This retreat is truly a favourite of the dads and boys that have come in the past.
The cost is $100/ person ($50/ person Saturday only)
If you have any questions contact Rev. David Little.
March for Life - Every Life’s Worth Living
On Thursday, May 14th, the Victoria “March for Life” will be taking place. At the end of the march there will be a rally on the lawn of the BC Legislature with speakers, including our own Dr. Will Johnston. Rev. Rich Roberts is coordinating ANiC participation in the March in Victoria - as well as transportation over to Victoria. If anyone wishes to march and participate with others from ANiC they should contact Rev. Roberts at robertsrj(at)mac(dot)com. We encourage congregation members to attend. For more infromation please go to www.m4lvictoria.ca.
Every Sunday in the Cafe Room at 9:00 am, Learners’ Exchange offers stimulating speakers and engaging discussions. The perfect opportunity to explore and grow in faith. All are welcome.
Still More Soundings in 1st Peter
May 3 - Shelagh Westberg
God is My Refuge: Seeking Refuge Then and Now
May 10 - Rev. James Wagner