Both at 11am
Two New Services
To better serve both our members and our neighbourhood, and to help fulfill our mission of being a vibrant, multi-cultural church in the heart of Vancouver, every Sunday we will host two language-specific services at 11am on Sundays. There is a Chinese (Cantonese) service in the upstairs sanctuary, and an English service in the brand-new downstairs chapel.
We conduct two simultaneous services: one in Chinese and one in English. This ensures people can worship and learn about God in a context they are most comfortable in, and makes our church more accessible for visitors and new-comers.
How will our services be different from our old bilingual service?
Both services will very closely resemble our previous services. The Chinese service will use the same ACNA liturgy that has been used at our 11am bilingual service. The English Service will celebrate Holy Communion weekly, using the familiar Common Worship liturgy used at our 4pm service last year.
Why are we doing this?
The goal of the church is to worship and spread the worship of Jesus Christ. To announce God's good news of great joy to all people, irrespective of lifestyle, ethnicity, social status or age. Our leadership feels through prayer and discernment that the best possible way to both feed our current members and position ourselves to better connect with our neighbourhood is to hold simultaneous services which are language-specific.
Won't this split our church in half?
One of the main concerns of a change such as this one is that division inevitably will create disunity. This doesn't need to be the case. Our church has a rich history of hosting several language-specific services on Sundays to maximize our missional reach while maintaining our sense of being one united church. Although our congregation will be separated between the two services, we are still united in faith through Jesus Christ: we are still part of His One Body. To further facilitate our continued sense of unity, we will regularly host Sunday lunches and special events for the entire church, and share a coffee hour weekly before our services.
I don't want things to change!
Our church has had to embrace many changes in the past decade, and for some this additional change may be unwanted. Any change is both difficult and takes time to get used to, but trust in this transition that God is at work, that He has led our church in this direction by opening some doors and closing others, and He has a plan for us to serve Him in this context. Now is not the time to be divisive or argumentative, but to support the leadership of our church and trust that they are striving to follow the leading of our Good Shepherd.