Around Town: Earthkeepers at New Brighton, Rikk Watts, Village Church . . .

Earthkeepers are inviting like-minded people to join them in cleaning up New Brighton Park Saturday morning.

The weather is likely to remain perfect this weekend, so some might want to spend Saturday morning (July 8) with the Earthkeepers down at New Brighton Park, on Burrard Inlet in east Vancouver.

They are gathering volunteers to “help clean up New Brighton Park, spend some time in God’s creation and enjoy the company of like-minded people!”

The focus of the clean-up is the eastern half of the park, which is located immediately west of the Second Narrows Bridge.

Earthkeepers: Christians for Climate Justice is “an ecumenical group in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories, working out biblical teachings in regards to ecology, love of neighbour and climate justice.”

In this cleanup they are working in cooperation with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, which notes that “since 1994, there have been 19,400 cleanups that have collected more than 1.2 million kg of trash across Canada’s shorelines.” Since 2010, there have been five cleanups that have collected 268 kg of trash at the New Brighton site.

The cleanup will take place from 10 am to noon. The Earthkeepers add: “Bring a bag lunch if you are able to stay afterward and share in a time of breaking bread.”

Rikk Watts, returned

Rikk Watts is back at Regent College, for a couple of weeks.

Well, for a couple of weeks at least. Rikk Watts spent two decades teaching at Regent College before becoming dean of theology at Alphacrucis College in his native Australia.

This week he is teaching The Gospel of Mark, and next week Jesus and the Mighty Deeds of Yahweh.

For the rest of us he will deliver a free lecture, intriguingly titled Steve Jobs, Jony Ive and the Gospel: Reading Mark with Leading Edge Designers, next Wednesday (July 12), 7:30 – 9:00 pm.

Well, if anyone can do justice to such a descriptor, Rikk can. Initially trained as an aeronautical engineer, Rikk worked for a number of years with IBM in large retail systems engineering while undertaking a degree in philosophy, art history and sociology.

Here is a brief description of the lecture:

Cultural historians – especially those immersed in the study of antiquity – have increasingly recognized the gospel’s contribution to the development of the modern world. An aspect of this contribution that remains under-appreciated is how fundamentally the gospel prepared the way for the modern world’s capacity for genuinely transformative invention.

This lecture will examine the first gospel’s profound contribution to the discourse of design, invention and ultimately the promise of genuine transformation. It will conclude with suggestions of what we can do about it.

This talk is part of a series of free evening lectures at Regent. Coming up soon will be:

* Susan Phillips, July 10: Retrieving the Ancient Practice of Spiritual Direction in an Age of Self-help
* Ashley John Moyse, July 11: The Art of Living for a Technological Age
* Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin, July 17: The Bible in Modern Artistic Imagination
* Loren Wilkinson, July 18: Imago Mundi Poetry Reading
* Malcom Guite, July 19: The Truth’s Superb Surprise – How Poetry Can Open Your Eyes and Deepen Your Thought
* David Ley, July 22 (daytime): Postmodern Urban Spaces – A City Tour
* Mark Noll, July 24: Martin Luther and the Dilemmas of Sola Scriptura
* Scot McKnight, July 26: Adam and the Genome – Rethinking the ‘Historical’ Adam
* Paul Lim, July 31: Liberation as Communion – Rethinking Reformation Theologies

Lots going on in Surrey
Three stories about Surrey came to my attention over the past week:
Village Church on CBC

Pastor Mark Clark began Village Church in his home in 2009.

Village Church was featured on CBC Radio’s Early Edition June 29. Host Stephen Quinn and reporter Jesse Johnston were both clearly surprised to have come across such a thriving church movement south of the Fraser River.

Here is how the interview began:

Stephen Quinn: Seven years ago a young pastor with Tourette’s Syndrome, who grew up in an atheist household, started a church in his home in Surrey. There wasn’t really anything newsworthy about Village Church in those days – it only had 16 members – but today Village Church has thousands of people in its congregation, a dozen Sunday services at three campuses in Surrey and Langley, and they’re looking to expand right across the country.

Now it happened at a time when a lot of Canadian churches are struggling with dwindling attendance and aging populations. So how did Village go from a living room with 16 people to a megachurch? South of Fraser reporter Jesse Johnston has been looking into that question . . .

Jesse Johnston: Sixteen friends of his, hanging out [pastor Mark Clark’s] living room, and that was the birth of Village Church. That was late 2009, and at the time he was reading a lot about what goes into starting a church. Through his research he found out that churches that don’t grow to about 200 people in 18 to 24 months don’t tend to do that well. So, that became his goal. . . .

Go here to listen to the interview, starting at 2:09:50. And here is the article by Johnston.

Surrey Christian School Belonging Benches

Twenty-two groups of Surrey Christian School students made ‘belonging’ benches for the surrounding community. Photo by Eric Fernhout.

Students at Surrey Christian School offered a gift to the community before letting out for the summer.

Tom Zillich wrote an article about the ‘belonging’ benches for the Surrey Now-Leader June 21:

Students at Surrey Christian School sawed, nailed and painted their way to a greater sense of community belonging.

As part of a “Belonging Bench” project, more than 100 Grade 6 and 7 students were urged to contact local organizations to see if they’d be interested in having a bench “that would tell the story of what it means to belong to their organization.”

During three months of work this spring, 22 benches were built and later given to the organizations, which include BC Vintage Truck Museum, Royal Canadian Legion, Urban Safari Rescue Society, Options Community Services Society and NightShift Street Ministry, among others.

For the full story go here. There was also an article in The Light Magazine and set of pictures on the Surrey Christian School site.

Surrey Food Bank / Church of the Epiphany

The Anglican Parish Church of the Epiphany may be rebuilt in order to accommodate the Surrey Food Bank.

The Surrey Now-Leader reported June 28 that the Anglican Parish Church of the Epiphany may make room for the Surrey Food Bank over the next couple of years.

Amy Reid wrote:

The Surrey Food Bank may move to Guildford.

For about six years, the charity has been actively seeking a new location, but has come up empty handed.

But now the Anglican Parish of the Church of Epiphany, at 10553 148 St., wants to partner with the organization in a redevelopment project that would see the food bank build a new home to suit its needs.

“They’re in the market to rebuild their church on that site,” explained Feezah Jaffer, associate executive director of the food bank.

“They have close to two acres and they wanted to partner with an organization that kind of has the same philosophy, the same community connection. They thought the food bank would be perfect because they want to bring the community together.”

The idea is the property would be subdivided with the food bank on one side and the church on the other, she added.

Go here for the full story.

July 6, 2017

Scorsese's Silence and the Revelation of God – July 6, 2017 at 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Annual Merton Lecture: Western Monastics Look East – July 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Watoto Choir free concert – July 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Problem Child – July 6, 2017 - July 8, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

July 7, 2017

Rising Eagle Reconciliation Concert – July 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Watoto Choir free concert – July 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Choir of Christ’s College, Cambridge – July 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

July 8, 2017

Carolyn Arends & Christopher Hall: John 17 - Praying Like Jesus (Summer Prayer Retreat) – July 8, 2017 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Earthkeepers: Clean Up New Brighton Park – July 8, 2017 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Watoto Choir free concert – July 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

July 10, 2017

Kickers Soccer Camp – July 10, 2017 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
New Christian Reformers and the Jews – July 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Susan Phillips: Retrieving the Ancient Practice of Spiritual Direction in an Age of Self-help – July 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 11, 2017

Ashley John Moyse: The Art of Living for a Technological Age – July 11, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 12, 2017

Rikk Watts: Steve Jobs, Jony Ive and the Gospel – Reading Mark with Leading Edge Designers – July 12, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 14, 2017

BC Christian Ashram Retreat – July 14, 2017 - July 16, 2017 at All Day
The Small Glories – July 14, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

July 17, 2017

Athletes in Action: Richmond Baptist Church Multi-Sport Camp – July 17, 2017 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
FLO Summer Soccer Camp 2017 – July 17, 2017 at 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin: The Bible in the Modern Artistic Imagination – July 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 18, 2017

Loren Wilkinson: Imago Mundi Poetry Reading – July 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 19, 2017

Prospera Valley Granfondo – July 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Malcolm Guite: The Truth's Superb Surprise – How Poetry Can Open Your Eyes and Deepen Your Thought – July 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 20, 2017

In the Garden: Beauty Bears Witness – July 20, 2017 - August 4, 2017 at All Day
Yaletown Art Seen – July 20, 2017 - September 4, 2017 at All Day
Prospera Valley Granfondo – July 20, 2017 at 10:00 am - 6:30 pm

July 21, 2017

Songs & Sonnets: An evening of music and poetry with Steve Bell & Malcolm Guite – July 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Film & Faith Evening: Luther – July 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Marjorie Suchocki: Does God Go to the Movies? – July 21, 2017 - July 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 4:00 pm

July 22, 2017

David Ley: Postmodern Urban Spaces - A City Tour – July 22, 2017 at 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Christian Music Concert: The Day of the Lord – July 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

July 24, 2017

Lunchtime Concert: The Exquisitrio – July 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Mark Noll: Martin Luther and the Dilemmas of Sola Scriptura – July 24, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 26, 2017

Mark Noll & Paul Pearce: Assessing the State of the Church in Canada – July 26, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Scot McKnight & Dennis Venema: Adam and the Genome – Rethinking the 'Historical' Adam – July 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 27, 2017

Film Screening: Between a Shoe and the Roof – July 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 28, 2017

Pause for Perspective: Deepening Our Awareness of God – July 28, 2017 at 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
REED Summer Film Fest – July 28, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Regen: Nathan Betts – July 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ezra Kwizera – July 28, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

July 29, 2017

Pacific Coast Gospel Music Festival 2017 – July 29, 2017 at 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 30, 2017

Jazz Vespers: Armi Grano & Miles Black Trio – July 30, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: LJ Mounteney Quartet – July 30, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

July 31, 2017

Lunchtime Concert: Asher Graieg-Morrison – July 31, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Jeffrey Greenman: Lived Faith – the Challenge of Christian Ethics – July 31, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

August 1, 2017

Early Music Vancouver: Bach Festival – August 1, 2017 - August 10, 2017 at All Day
Vancouver Bach Festival: Overtures to Bach – August 1, 2017 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

August 2, 2017

Vancouver Bach Festival: Schumann Dichterliebe and Brahms Four Serious Songs – August 2, 2017 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Regen: Gordon Pennington – August 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
David Kim: The Tension of Glory and Exile – Biblical Expectations for Work – August 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Kendrick Lamar: The DAMN. Tour, with Travis Scott & D.r.a.m. – August 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Vancouver Bach Festival: Songs of Religious Upheaval - Byrd, Tallis, Tye: Music from Reformation England – August 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

August 3, 2017

Vancouver Bach Festival: A Lutheran Vespers - Music for Troubled Times – August 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Vancouver Bach Festival: Bach's Italian Concerto – August 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

August 4, 2017

Vancouver Bach Festival: Conversions - Mendelssohn, Moscheles and Bach – August 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Vancouver Bach Festival: Handel in Italy - Virtuosic Cantatas – August 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

August 5, 2017

Summer Community Day – August 5, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jubilation – August 5, 2017 - August 11, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

August 6, 2017

Jazz Vespers: Fin de Fiesta – August 6, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

August 8, 2017

Vancouver Bach Festival: Playing with B-A-C-H - Sonatas for Violin by Telemann, Pisendel & J.S. Bach – August 8, 2017 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Vancouver Bach Festival: Before Bach - The Fountains of Israel by Johann Schein – August 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

August 9, 2017

Regen: Jason Ballard – August 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

August 11, 2017

Woman of the Cloth: Confessions of a Rogue Priest – August 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

August 13, 2017

Jazz Vespers: Shades of Blue – August 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

August 16, 2017

Regen: Derek Ross – August 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

August 21, 2017

Kickers Soccer Camp – August 21, 2017 - August 25, 2017 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

August 25, 2017

In Theatres: All Saints – August 25, 2017 at All Day
Canada on Track – August 25, 2017 - August 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

August 26, 2017

Cycling for Seafarers 2017 – August 26, 2017 at All Day

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