Month: October 2020
Blessing of the Animals
“EVERYONE wants to hold your new baby. And everywhere you go, people turn and smile because there’s nothing like a newborn to stir hope and promise.”In the church, we celebrate our gratitude for this new life with the sacrament of baptism, the single rite of initiation into the Christian community. A sacrament is a holy act – a ritual of our faith. It says that God’s love surrounds us from the moment we’re born and continues throughout the course of our lives.
Pledge of SupportAt St. Andrew’s United Church, baptism takes place during a regular Sunday service. When children are baptized, their parents and godparents make promises before God and the entire congregation to raise them in the Christian faith. Adults seeking baptism make the promises themselves. It’s a significant commitment to bring a child to church every Sunday, so during a baptism, the congregation also pledges to support parents and their children, as well as to help with children’s Christian education.
All AgesBaptism is one of two sacraments in the United Church of Canada (the other one is Communion). It uses water as a symbolic cleansing that signifies the acceptance of new life within the church family. We believe the gift of God’s love doesn’t depend on our ability to understand it, so we baptize people as infants right up through adulthood. Baptism is not a requirement for God’s love, however, nor is it a magic charm for life. The United Church believes people who die without baptism are in no way condemned, lost, or damned.
Baptism & Renewal of Baptismal FaithHere at St. Andrew’s United Church, we celebrate baptism and the renewal of baptismal faith regularly. Baptism in the United Church is recognized by all denominations of the Christian church that practice infant baptism. Similarly, if people have already been baptized in another church, the United Church recognizes their baptism and welcomes them.
Wednesday closest to the Winter Solstice at 7 pm
For many the Christmas season is not necessarily a time of joy and peace. Blue Christmas, a service of hope and remembrance, is for those who find themselves in such a position. Sponsored by St. Andrew’s United Church and The Region of Anglican and Lutheran churches of North Vancouver.
As in daily life and at parties, good times happen in our kitchen … come join us!
In the Christian tradition, hospitality is a spiritual act. The act of breaking bread is an act that unites all of humankind: there is no culture that doesn’t gather around a meal. At St. Andrew’s United Church, we feel called to offer a community hub centred around feeding and nurturing the body as well as the soul.
A community kitchen is a place to gather and prepare meals together. It can be used for cooking classes, for creating large batches of healthy food in an inexpensive way, and for gathering with friends and community to feast, share, and laugh.
Want to check us out? Drop by the church during office hours, or arrange another time with our Event Coordinator, and we’ll give you a tour. Or come to one of our free community lunches or dinners.
At St. Andrew’s United Church we offer a fully stocked kitchen and dining room that are available for community use at affordable rates. Depending on your group’s budget, you can negotiate a fee from a sliding scale of $40 to $60 per hour, usually based on a 4-hour minimum. That means everyone contributes to the upkeep of the kitchen and everyone can afford to use it.
Anyone in the community can use our kitchen. We have hosted cooking camps for kids, community lunches and dinners, Cooking on a Shoestring workshops, and other programs related to food. Neighbours have enjoyed the kitchen and dining room for family reunions, bridal showers, and birthday parties. In addition, our spacious Friendship Room, with its lovingly maintained wood floors, is a great choice for yoga classes and many other events. Please contact us to learn more and discuss arrangements.
Greater Vancouver Food Bank Hub:
Fresh food with dignity
A light brunch (fresh salads and fruit) is delivered and served to approximately 150 clients of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank North Shore Hub at the North Shore Neighbourhood House on Wednesdays throughout the summer. The ingredients are prepared on Tuesday morning in our community kitchen from 9 – 11 am, put together at 7:30 am on Wednesday morning, and then served from 9 – 11 am.