April 2017 / 9 posts found

30 Apr 2017 10:00am – Show And Tell – Rev. Philip Newman

Scripture Reading: Luke 24:13-35 The Walk to Emmaus 13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16 but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are [...]

23 Apr 2017 10:00am – Peace Be With You – Rev. Simon LeSieur

Scripture Reading: John 20:19-31   Jesus Appears to the Disciples 19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 When he had [...]

16 Apr 2017 10:00am – The Possibility of Possibility! – Rev. Philip Newman

Scripture Reading: John 20:1-18   The Resurrection of Jesus 20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. 4 The two were running [...]

14 Apr 2017 10:00am – The Cross – Rev. Philip Newman

Scripture Reading: John 18-19   John 18 The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus 18 After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. 2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met there with his disciples. 3 So Judas brought a detachment of soldiers together with police from the chief priests and the Pharisees, and they came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4 Then Jesus, knowing all that was to happen to [...]


In the Stephen Ministry materials I see the word “Pastor” used frequently. Our congregation does not normally use this term. We use the term “Minister.” Are we changing our theology or changing our staff structure? The term “Pastor” is used because Stephen Ministry uses the term “Minister” frequently to refer to Stephen Ministers who are our lay care providers. We use the term “Pastor” here to differentiate between our professional ministers and our Lay Stephen Ministers. How much of my time will it really involve? There is training, which will include two retreats [Friday evening 6-9:30pm, & Saturday 9-4 including [...]

Qualities of a Stephen Minister

The church is not looking for perfect Stephen Ministers. They do not exist outside of Jesus himself! Effective Stephen Ministers will not all be alike and that’s good. Care receivers will be different, so It helps to have a variety of Stephen Ministers who can serve them. Core Qualities of a Stephen Minister Core Qualities The person is a Christian. The person has the ability to keep confidences. The person is able to relate to others nonjudgmentally. The person is committed to giving the time necessary for training and service. The person is willing and able to participate faithfully in [...]

Stephen Ministry – An Invitation To Answer The Call


Dear West Vancouver United Church Friends:

Our congregation is now in the midst of exciting developments in the area of caring ministry. Three dedicated persons from our congregation — Ally Murray, Bob Pearmain and Gwen Carpenter — along with myself, recently attended a week-long training course in Anaheim, CA where we learned how to implement Stephen Ministry, a program of lay caring ministry for our congregation. Our instruction taught us to become Stephen Leaders who equip, encourage and supervise lay people in caring ministry. Stephen Ministry will be built upon the foundational commitment to caring ministry that has been a hallmark of West Vancouver United Church. It will exist alongside all of the current forms of caring ministry.

Now, we need to find men and women of our congregation who are willing to answer the call to serve as Stephen Ministers by being part of WVUC’s first training course this Fall. This training will be led by your Stephen Leaders and will

09 Apr 2017 10:00am – Two Parades – Rev. Philip Newman

Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:1-11, Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29   Matthew 21:1-11 Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem 21 When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.” 4 This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying, [...]

Summer Kids Camp 2017

Summer Kids Camp 2017! Our goal with Summer Kids Camp is to give children ages 4 to 10 the best week of their summer by providing a safe, welcoming space where each kid feels valued for who they are. Together, we explore God's love through biblical stories, creative crafts, and energy-filled games. All of it ties together so that kids leave with a deeper understanding of how loved they are. When July 10-14, 2017 9:00am to 11:30am. Where Want a feel for what Summer Kids Camp is like? The video below was made during Summer Kids Camp 2012. Summer Kids [...]