St. Stephen's Anglican Church
Diocese of New Westminster
St. Stephen's is a welcoming Christian Church providing spiritual and caring support to the community
You are warmly welcomed here!
St. Stephen's Anglican Church serves the West Vancouver community and is part of the Diocese of New Westminster of the Anglican Church of Canada, which in turn, is part of the Anglican Communion of 80 million members across the world. We are a global family of Anglicans, and the readings from Scripture we hear every week are the same right across the Anglican Communion, and other churches including the Roman Catholics. We are local, national and international. Worshippers here at St. Stephen's come from different cultures, backgrounds, ages and faith journeys. And all of us are equal parts of our inclusive, prayerful and welcoming Church.
From the Rector
St Augustine said that when you sing you pray twice. Well, here at St Stephen's Anglican Church we have some wonderful musical opportunities over the coming months - both participating and enjoying.
See our events pages for dates and times of our Community Choir and Jazz Vespers.
This is all part of our mission strategy to develop our musical life and develop our beautiful church building as a lively musical venue for the West Vancouver community. We look forward to welcoming you soon, and of course to our Sunday worship (services at 8am and 10am).
At St. Stephen's Anglican Church West Vancouver, we are engaged in a lifelong task which is to build a community, made up of a wonderful mixture of people from different backgrounds whose most abiding quality is 'grace'. We believe that the God we have begun to know and worship is full of self-giving grace and it is our hope that in all that we do and are together, grace will be our hallmark.
Working out what 'grace' means takes time and so in response to the invitation to become such a community we choose, freely, to commit ourselves to a few guiding qualities. These are:
A commitment to a prayerful lifestyle
A commitment to growing throughout our lives
A commitment to generosity in action and in spirit
A commitment to hospitality and openness
A commitment to living compassionately
A commitment to celebration and gratitude
We believe that in Jesus Christ we see these qualities fully displayed and so it is our hope and prayer that we, as a community of ordinary people, might reflect some of this grace.
We are a growing church - both in depth and numbers. We are also a frail church - we have illness and age as challenges. Our aim is to be an open, dynamic Christian community in which people from many different backgrounds can worship God, can grow in our understanding and experience of God so that together, we can make a difference in our world.
Whatever your reason for being here, we hope that you will find a warm welcome and an exciting place to discover more about being a friend and follower of Christ, a place that is indeed a community of grace.
ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS SERVICES and SPECIAL EVENTS
Sunday 3 Dec The First Sunday of Advent
8:00am BCP Holy Communion
10:00am Advent Service of Lessons and Carols, with guests Jason Cook (baritone) and Tegan Peemoellen (harp)
Thursday 7 Dec
10:00am-12:15pm Testament of a Naked Man – performance of Mark’s Gospel by Angus Stuart, followed by soup, bread, cheese lunch
Friday 8 Dec
4:00-6:00pm Spirit of Christmas fundraiser. Community Choir to sing in sanctuary from 4:00pm
Sunday 10 Dec Second Sunday of Advent
No 8:00am service today
10:00am Parish Advent Eucharist with Bishop Melissa, followed by parish lunch
4:00pm Jazz Vespers with The Mighty Fraser Big Band
Thursday 14 Dec
4:30pm St S Community Choir sing carols at Red Lion, Dundarave
Sunday 17 Dec Third Sunday of Advent
8:00am BCP Holy Communion
10:00am Parish Eucharist
4:00pm Christmas Presence – poetry and song for Christmas, featuring Duo Anima - Erin Marks (flute) and Tegan Peemoeller (harp). Event will be followed by mulled wine
Thursday 21 Dec
6:30-7:00pm Church Choir to sing Carols at Hollyburn House Care Centre, followed by refreshments at church
Sunday 24 Dec Fourth Sunday of Advent
No 8:00am Service today
10:00am Joint Parish Eucharist
Sunday 24 Dec Christmas Eve
4:00pm Family Christmas Service
8:00pm The First Eucharist of Christmas with St. Stephen's church choir and Malcolm Aiken, trumpet
Monday 25 Dec Christmas Day
8:00am BCP Christmas Day Holy Communion
10:00am Parish Christmas Day Eucharist
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