Monday, 18 February 2013

Deanery Spirituality Programs Survey

Thanks to everyone who took our survey - we had 66 responses. The results will be posted forthwith!

The winner of a copy of Barbara Brown Taylor's An Altar in the World will be announced soon.

Contemporary Worship Service

St. Martin's would like to invite all who are interested to attend one or more of our contemporary worship services.  They are evening services that feature modern music and videos.  They are led by Emily Duholke and Rev. Sarah Tweedale.

The dates and times are:

February 20th, 8pm to 8:45pm
March 20th, 8pm to 8:45pm
April 24th, 8pm to 8:45pm
May 29th, 8pm to 8:45pm
June 26th, 8pm to 8:45pm

All services at St. Martin's

Friday, 15 February 2013

Eco/Social Justice Group Supports Idle No More

The North Vancouver Anglican and Lutheran Environmental and Social Justice Group stands in support of and solidarity with the Idle No More movement.

As grassroots Christians called by our faith and scriptures to work for justice we affirm with Idle No More:
  • The sovereignty of First Nations and their right to land and resources
  • Our obligation to care for the land, air, water and all living creatures
  • The value of communities and land over governments and corporations
  • A vision of healthy, just, equitable, and sustainable communities

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Nominations Open for Regional Council Chair

The North Vancouver Regional Council is looking for a new chairperson for the coming year, after two excellent years under the leadership of Andrew Wilhelm-Boyles.  We are looking for someone skilled at running meetings, consensus building, conflict resolution, and electronic communications, as well as familiar or willing to familiarize themselves with MAP and Anglican polity.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Ash Wednesday Services - Feb 13, 2013

Begin the Season of Lent with Eucharist and the ancient sign of Ashes

Now a four year tradition, we are sharing Ash Wednesday services with all the Anglican Churches in North Vancouver .

There are 3 alternative times and locations.  Choose the one which suits you:

7:30 a.m. St. Clement in Lynn Valley, 3400 Institute Rd. (map)

12 Noon St. Martin’s 195 Windsor Rd E, upper Lonsdale (map)

7:30 p.m. St. John the Evangelist, 13th and Chesterfield (map)

Leadership School and Evangelism Event

Registration is now open for two great education events for lay people and clergy.

Leadership School

The School this year runs from Sunday July 21 through to  Saturday July 27 at Rosemary Heights. We are really looking forward to presenting Year B of the curriculum. Last summer’s school was very well received, so we have expanded enrolment this year to 50 participants. Parish teams are encouraged. Highlights of the program include parish visits, marketing, and power & politics. A brochure can be found here

Register online and then just send your cheque to Marnie at the Synod office. Cheques will be held here until April 30, which is the cut-off date for registration.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either Marnie or Tasha.

Evangelism Event

One highlight of the Diocesan School for Leadership are the models of church, different frameworks that allow us to look at our congregations and assess them. The Gather-Transform-Send model forms the basis for the March 2nd workshop Everyday Evangelism. Focusing on the “inviting” section of Gather-Transform-Send, the Rev. Andrea McMillin (consultant in congregational development, Diocese of Olympia) will take us through exercises that will help us develop of clear picture of our parish’s identity and practical ways to talk about our churches. This is for people who have found themselves saying “We’re a welcoming church, but visitors don’t seem to return…” or “I love the Anglican Church; why don’t others know about us?”

This is an excellent way to introduce concepts from the School for Leadership to people who are uncertain about making a full week commitment. It will also be a good refresher for last year’s participants (and includes new material). Plus, $20 includes lunch and materials. The flyer is here, and you can register online.  Questions? Call Tasha 604-684-6309 x 227

Bonus: Everyday Evangelism is at the same time and place as the next Stewardship seminar, STEWARDSHIP: Communications & Hospitality.  Share the ride and exchange ideas on the way home.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Upcoming Spiritual Formation and Christian Education for the Region

Anglicanism 101

Worship and personal prayer:

The "Daily Offices" Morning and Evening Prayer and Compline (late evening prayer), by oneself or with a group, have long been a part of Anglican personal devotion or prayer life. This is a “how to” course for lay people, using BAS and other resources.
Led by Lynne McNaughton
Wednesday, Feb. 20 1:00–3:00 pm at St Agnes


Thursday, Feb. 21 7:30–9:30pm at St Martin’s

Lenten Book Study

An Altar in the World Barbara Brown Taylor

This delightful book explores contemporary and practical prayer practices for beginners and other
real people.
Led by Lynne McNaughton

Three Tuesday mornings March 5, 12, 19 10.00–noon @ St Catherine’s


Three Wednesday evenings March 6, 20 and 27
7:30 – 9:30pm @ St Agnes


Walking Into Lent

An invitation from the deanery Spiritual Development Team. We have the use of a labyrinth at St.
Catherine's on Saturday, Feb 16, 10am - 12 noon. After an introduction and orientation to the ancient
contemplative tradition of walking the labyrinth, there will be time for walking, quiet prayer and contemplation, accompanied by meditative live music. $5 donation will be collected at the door.

Waiting at the Tomb

Holy Saturday mini-retreat -an invitation from the deanery Spiritual Development Team, to explore the
spiritual issues of living in between Good Friday and Easter Resurrection. Led by Lynne McNaughton
Saturday, March 30 12:30–4:00 pm at St Clement’s

Easter Book Study

A Fair Country - John Ralston Saul
“Canada as a Metis nation” – preparation for Truth & Reconciliation (TRC) in September, led by Elizabeth Mathers.

Four evenings in April, dates, time and place to be decided.