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COVID-19 Update – May 19

by Fiona Watts
As our province begins with Phase 2 of BC’s ReStart Plan, we are beginning to shape a way forward in what will undoubtedly be a new normal for West Vancouver United Church. We are following the protocols outlined in our province’s restart plan (gov.bc.ca/restartbc) as well as guidelines provided by the Pacific Mountain Regional Council of The United Church of Canada (PMRC Guidelines). As we move forward, we are prioritizing: Doing all that we can to keep our community healthy and safe Making decisions based on what we need to do rather than what we want to do Being able to [...]

Music for Sunday April 19, 2020

by Gerald van Wyck
In this second Sunday of Easter, the Resurrection is still wonderfully in our minds and hearts. The first solo, sung by Ty Koch and accompanied by piano, is Chris Tomlin’s “I Will Rise” composed in 2008 with his collaborator Louie Giglio. Says Tomlin, "We were sitting across a table at lunch one day and he said, 'Man, I feel like there needs to be more songs for people who are really going through the hardest time in life. They're struggling and maybe have just buried someone and they're looking over a grave. But what kind of words can you give [...]

Music to Know

by Gerald van Wyck
Welcome to the Music in Worship site for West Vancouver United Church. Here I will share thoughts about and recordings of music and how it integrates into worship at our church. There is so much powerful music for Holy Week. Kiyomi Hori sings "Surely He Has Borne Our Grief" by Kenneth T. Kosche, based on words from Isaiah 53: 4 Surely He Has Borne our Grief Sophia Angus sings an arrangement of "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord", for Good Friday. Were You There When They Crucified My Lord Although we are currently unable to meet together in [...]

COVID-19 Update – March 17

by Fiona Watts
In line with recommendations from the B.C. Public Health Authority and the Pacific Mountain Region of The United Church of Canada, beginning this Sunday, March 22, and until further notice, we will not be gathering face to face as a worshipping community.  However, Sunday morning worship at 10:00 AM will continue online and we hope that you will all join us from the comfort of your own homes. You can participate online either at wvuc.bc.ca/live or on our Facebook page.  Our services are also recorded so you are always welcome to take in a service at another time.  We encourage [...]

COVID-19 Update

by Fiona Watts
The Official Board of West Vancouver Church United had a comprehensive discussion about COVID-19 at our March 10th meeting. There have been many questions raised, both from members of the church as well as those who use our building. Overall, we are following current guidelines offered by public health authorities while being thoughtful about the particularities of those who gather in our space as well as how they interact with one another. At this point, Vancouver Coastal Health considers the risk of COVID-19 in our community to be low. This, of course, is a continually-evolving situation and we continue to [...]

Stephen Ministry at WVUC

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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 our Lead Minister, Rev. Philip Newman, 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 [...]

Q&A

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 [...]