Monday, 30 September 2013

Provincial/National Youth Ministry

The British Columbia & Yukon Anglican Youth Movement is holding it's annual Fall Conference at St. Matthew's Anglican Church in Abbotsford over the Thanksgiving weekend. This is a fantastic conference attended by over 100 youth from all over BC, Alberta, and the Yukon. To register visit

Squamish: Elements of Justice: KAIROS InterGenerational Gathering 2013

When: Oct 24 – 27, 2013
Where: North Vancouver Outdoor School, 2170 Paradise Valley Rd Brackendale, BC V0N 1H0
Description: An adventure in ecumencial social justice! A weekend of team building for change! Childcare available! Everyone welcome!

Community Service Opportunity

St. Catherine's  & Gloria Dei are hosting a Community Thanksgiving Dinner at St. Catherine's on Saturday, October 12 in the evening. There may be over 200 people attending this dinner.

The organizers are asking for youth and young adult volunteers to help out by waiting tables. Serving starts at 6pm and you should remember to eat before arriving. Things should wind up by about 8:30pm.

Please let me know if you are interested in participating in this opportunity to connect with people in North Vancouver.

Fall Youth Event

We are scheduled to hold a Fall youth Event!

Who: Youth of all ages
What: Dinner, games, worship, & pumpkin carving
Where: St. Catherine's Anglican Church
When: Sunday, October 27th from 4pm until 6:30
Why: to get to know one another
How: each parish will be responsible for contributing to the evening

We will start at 4pm with some Ice-Breakers & Getting-To-Know-You Games.
We'll have a competition to Name the North Vancouver Regional Youth Ministry.
We'll have Dinner at 5pm.
We'll have an Evening Prayer Service at 6pm and then go home!

We need each church to volunteer to provide for different aspects of the afternoon. Volunteers can be parents, youth, and/or other interested parties. There are seven jobs and seven churches so that works out nicely.

We need:
dinner (maybe spaghetti & sauce)
dessert (fruit? pumpkin pie? cookies?)
beverages (juice? milk? maybe no pop?)
set-up (maybe St. Catherine's should take this on as the host church)
pumpkins for carving

Food should mostly be prepared in the kitchen at the church. We will have access earlier in the afternoon if necessary.

I (Rev. Andrew Halliday) have, as of October 1, received only partial contact information for the youth in the region. This means that clergy and youth leaders (and other interested parties) must take responsibility for contacting the youth in their churches. Put it in the leaflet! Make some phone calls! Send some texts! I will create a poster and drop one off at each parish in the next week.

This is so exciting! I can't wait to get everyone in the same room at the same time.

Urgent Request from Mount Olivet Church


As the devastation of the Syrian civil war continues to unfold, refugees living at the Za’atari refugee camp are bracing themselves for another harsh winter.  A housing shortage, lack of appropriate clothing and a demanding climate can make life extremely difficult for families that have fled the violence.  At the request of our partners, Canadian Lutheran World Relief will be dispatching a second shipment to support Syrian refugees living in Jordan, and we need your help.

Our goal is to gather 10,000+ sweaters this fall and dispatch them in time for winter.  Sweaters of all sizes are needed, for men, women and children.

We at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in North Vancouver encourage everyone to help us reach this goal.

We are asking you for new and gently used sweaters that are cleaned.  You can gather the sweaters (mens, womens and childrens) place them in a box with your name on the front of the box and drop them off at Mt. Olivet Lutheran church.

Mt. Olivet Lutheran church, 1700 Mountain Highway, North Vancouver
The church is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9:00 a.m. until 12:00
Or you may leave your box outside under the canopy on the parking lot side of the church.

Mt. Olivet will rebox, properly supply shipping labels and deliver to home hardware.  Home hardware then takes care of getting the shipment to the Lutheran World Relief’s warehouse in Winnipeg and they are responsible for getting it to “Za’atari refugee camp.  All boxes must get to the warehouse no later than October 31st.

Note:  all sweaters must be delivered to the church by October 20th at the latest******

Today, your help is needed again to provide warmth and dignity for those who have survived unspeakable hardships.  Together we will make a difference.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

You are invited to a Workshop on


Come and learn how to prepare your home and your family for community emergencies

Presented by the District of North Vancouver member of the
North Shore Emergency Preparedness Committee

Saturday September 28th

St. Agnes Anglican Church, 
530 East 12th Street, 
North Vancouver

9:30 AM - Refreshments
10:00 to 11:30 - Workshop

Sponsored by the North Vancouver Region 
Community Engagement Committee

August Meeting Minutes

Click through to see the minutes for the August Regional Council meeting

Monday, 23 September 2013

Fabulous Fridays at St. Martin's

St. Martin's is holding its own version of "messy church" this Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 from 5:30-8 in the church hall at 195 Windsor Rd E, North Vancouver, BC.  There's going to be fun, crafts, singing, and eating. Everybody is welcome!

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Upcoming Events

All the events for the 2013-2014 season are described on the Deanery Calendar page on the Important Documents page.

In September, we have the following events:

Tuesday, September 10: Spiritual Practices Group
Using Barbara Brown Taylor’s book An Altar in the World as a guide, this group will meet monthly at St Catherine’s starting at 10 am. For more information contact Lynne McNaughton at or call 604 780 1420.

Thursday, September 12: Pastoral Care Support Tea
For those who are involved in pastoral care work. At the home of Christine Rowe, 962 East 29th Street, North Vancouver. For more information contact Elizabeth Mathers at, or Christine Rowe at or 604 985 0666.

Thursday, September 12: Regional Council meeting at 7:00 pm
With representatives from each of the North Vancouver Anglican and Lutheran worshipping communities. Meeting this month at Gloria Dei, 1110 Gladstone Drive. Contact is Alison Watt, Chair,
Saturday, September 14: Community Engagement Team meeting
All North Vancouver Anglican and Lutheran ‘worshipping communities’ are invited to participate with at least one “rep” from each community. 9 am to 4 pm at St John the Evangelist, 220 West 8th Street, North Vancouver. Contact Patrick Blaney at or 604 986 1151.

Wednesday, September 18: Deanery sponsored TRC liturgy
At St David of Wales, 2475 Franklin Street, Vancouver in support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission events held in Vancouver this week. This is one of a series of evening Eucharist liturgies to be offered at St David’s. To get involved in the deanery service, contact Stephen Muir at or call 604 987 0432.

Saturday, September 21: North Vancouver TRC service
7:30 pm at St John the Evangelist, 220 West 8th Street, North Vancouver. In support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission events held in Vancouver this week. Contact Patrick Blaney at or 604 986 1151.

Sunday, September 22: Walk for Reconciliation
Starts at 8 am with a special diocesan Eucharist service at Christ Church Cathedral with National Anglican Indigenous Bishop Mark MacDonald, followed by a 4k Walk. Please register at

Saturday, September 28: Emergency Preparedness Workshop
9 am to noon at St Agnes, 530 East 12th Street, North Vancouver.  A practical workshop about how to prepare for an emergency such as an earthquake or industrial accident. Open to all. Contact Shannon Trevor-Smith c/o