Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Education for Ministry Program

The North Vancouver Region Education for Ministry program which started in Fall 2011 continued in 2013 with Andrew Wilhelm-Boyles as the mentor.  Our group grew from six to ten people this year with members from St. Clement's, St. Catherine's, St. John’s and St. Andrew’s United Church.   In January 2014 two more members are joining us from Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and one of our members is taking a year out so there will be 11 students in total.   Rev. Judith Hardcastle, minister of St. Andrew’s United Church has kindly provided meeting space for us again.  We meet on Wednesday evenings, first with worship, then with study (and a mid-evening break).   We are most grateful and give thanks to Andrew for his dedication to this ministry.

Some people find the title of the program “Education for Ministry” misleading.  EfM is for anyone interested in studying our faith, and how that study might influence our understanding – and practice – of the “ministry” of all the baptized.  Most of us are not contemplating a career in the ordained ministry – we are in the program for our own interest and spiritual development.  

Respectfully submitted,

EfM group

January 2014

Eco/Social Justice Annual Report 2013

The Eco/Social Justice group has continued to meet and work this year on these issues:
  • Metro Vancouver Alliance – the group is now a member of the MVA and is participating in a listening campaign to identify key issues around which to plan a non-partisan advocacy program to effect change.
  • Members of the group made a Banner and took it to several events, including the TRC Walk.
  • Idle no More Statement approved by the Eco/Social Justice group
  • Stands for Housing - The group and individual members participated in efforts to raise the profile about the need for affordable housing
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  Members were involved in all aspects of the TRC Vancouver event, including the All Nations Canoe Gathering, Sunrise ceremonies, witnessing, the birthday celebration with 500 cupcakes made, delivered and distributed, and the memorable Sunday walk.
  • Vancouver Pride Parade - Sunday 4th August.  Group members participated in the liturgy, brunch and parade with other Anglicans from the diocese.
  • Members of the group attended several lower mainland rallies, events and demonstrations including the Vancouver Anti-Racism March, a Langley event against the deportation of Salvadoran Jose Figeroa.
  • Robyn Allan spoke at November 2013 event organized by the group on the Economic cost and Risk of the Pipelines proposed for BC.  Members also participated in the gathering to protest the Enbridge Pipeline in November.
  • The group compiled questions for the Episcopal candidates, received and circulated responses.
  • We are currently working on expanding the Eco/Social Justice group to interested individuals in our own and other faith communities.  Please contact your church office if you would like to be involved.

More information on the North Vancouver Regional website

Respectfully submitted by the Eco/Social Justice Group: Gail Berger, Laurel Dykstra, Marion Edwards, Elizabeth Mathers, Lynne McNaughton, Christine Rowe, Chris Trendell, Andrew Wilhelm-Boyles, Alison Watt, and Penny Connell [until September 2013 when she moved to the Sunshine coast].  

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Monday, 6 January 2014

Youth Events

Hi Everybody,

Jut a reminder of some of our upcoming youth events!

Open Gym: Sunday Jan 12 from 5pm to 7:30.
I'm still looking for a couple of adult volunteers if you or someone you know is willing.

Auditions for the Sound of Music & the Selfish Giant
Saturday, Jan 11 at St. John's North Vancouver
Saturday, Jan 18 at St. Philip's Dunbar
To book an audition, emailanglican.arts@gmail.com

Open Gym: Sunday Feb 2 from 5pm to 7:30

Winter Retreat – Keep Calm & Love God
February 7, 8, 9 & 10 at Sorrento Centre for ages 13-25
course fee $150.00 includes 
     meals (Friday dinner to Monday lunch) 
     and accommodation

Love from,


the Rev. Andrew Halladay
Regional Youth Ministry Coordinator
North Vancouver