Around Town: United Church housing, song for Sedins, Village Church site . . .

Four United Church congregations will soon host affordable housing as a result of an agreement with the provincial government.

Four church properties will undergo major redevelopment as a result of an agreement between the United Church and the provincial government to create more affordable housing.

At a news conference April 13, Premier John Horgan announced that the provincial government will work with.the BC Conference of the United Church of Canada to build more than 400 new affordable rental homes for individuals, families and seniors.

The process will begin this June at Como Lake United Church in Coquitlam, where 75 units will be built for people with incomes between $50,000 and $100,000. The other churches involved are Lakeview Multicultural United in Vancouver, Brighouse United in Richmond and Brechin United in Nanaimo.

The provincial government made the announcement as part of its new HousingHub initiative (which is overseen by BC Housing). A news release stated:

The hub will work with private land owners, developers, non-profits, faith-based groups, Indigenous organizations, and federal and local governments, to locate, use or repurpose land in communities where affordability is an issue. . . .

“The United Church in BC has more property than we need,” said Terry Harrison, property resource team lead, BC Conference of the United Church of Canada.

“We must use these valuable assets wisely, in ways that will help congregations develop new and sustainable models of ministry while, at the same time, providing a practical benefit to the wider community. Working families and individuals need affordable, quality, purpose-built rental housing, and our partnership with the HousingHub will help us to leverage select church properties to do just that.”

An article in the Vancouver Sun said:

Terry Harrison . . . said aging infrastructure and shrinking congregations have led the church to look for ways to redevelop its properties.

“We had to do something innovative to try to figure out how to re-purpose properties,” Harrison said. “Our faith teaches us to serve those in need, and here and now, one of the greatest needs is affordable housing for middle-income families.”

The church developed a plan to leverage its prime real estate in places like Metro Vancouver to support development in locations with lower-valued land, like in Nanaimo, she said.

The plan will allow the church to upgrade and take care of its facilities while also providing a benefit to the community with affordable housing, Harrison explained.

“While it’s imperative that we use these assets for the United Church, we must also provide practical benefits for the wider community. That’s sort of our yin-yang.

A Building Re-purposing Project report on the Como Lake United Church website answered the questions, ‘How did we get here?’ and ‘Why are we doing this?,’ saying “New reasons have emerged over time”:

  • Sustainability of people and resources
  • Vision for a renewed congregation
  • Housing that fills a community need
  • To leave a legacy of faith and vision and church space
  • To pioneer a new initiative
  • To benefit the wider church
  • To connect in community and answer God’s call

The United Church’s property resource team – which includes Harrison and executive secretary Doug Goodwin – says:

The team is available upon request to work with Presbyteries, congregations and other ministries to re-purpose property assets into financial assets to serve new forms of congregational life now and for generations to come.

Apart from the affordable housing projects discussed above, the team is working on three market projects, in Burnaby, Vancouver and White Rock:

BC Conference has partnered with two different Market Developers, who are redeveloping three congregational properties in BC. Each site will feature brand new multi-purpose church space. Two projects will feature strata condos, and the other features a community care facility.

Go here for a detailed overview of the property resource team’s work.

Tuneful tribute to departing Sedins

Clayton Imoo, whose day job is associate director for the Ministries and Outreach Office of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver, published a song in honour of the Sedins April 14. He said:

Enjoy our tribute to Henrik and Daniel Sedin, inspired by Coldplay’s hit song ‘Fix You.’ Vocals by the amazing Marie Hui; I always feel so blessed to collab with her. As well, I was thrilled to once again work with my brother Jason – he helped write the lyrics, he performed some of the music and he produced the track.

The Vancouver Canucks shared the video on Twitter April 16. This is not the first time that Imoo – whose Twitter handle is @CanuckClay – has shown his devotion to the team (and the Seattle Seahawks) on video. Check out his popular YouTube channel here.

Village Church site approved

Village Church has taken another step forward in its plan for a permanent home. From the Village Church Facebook page, April 10:

We are excited to announce that last night Surrey City Council gave their final approval for our Village 2021 building project! We are so grateful for every person who gave to this project so far and we can’t wait to see how God moves next!

I noted March 8 that Village Church had reached the financial target it had set for itself.

Village Church has reached its ambitious goal of raising $10 million between last September and the end of February, in order to purchase land for a new ministry centre.

The property is located on the southeast corner of 56 Ave (Highway 10) and 148 Street in Surrey – adjacent to the building where its current leased Ministry Centre is located. The property is approximately six acres in size.

Village Church began in 2009 and now holds nine services in three locations in Surrey and Langley (and one in Calgary).

An April 12 article by Amy Reid in the Surrey-Now Leader said of the proposal to build a large worship centre and 36 townhouses:

After Monday’s lengthy hearing – which saw impassioned pleas from supporters and opponents of the project – council voted to let the proposal move ahead. But the green light was on the condition that a good neighbour agreement and traffic mitigation strategy be completed, along with a reworking of the Highway 10 and 148th Street intersection to improve safety and sight lines.

The church will discuss the project further at its annual general meeting April 26. In the meantime, a glance at their Facebook page shows they are not fixated on land acquisition. There is lots of life in the congregation, without any land or building – on the 12th they raised $30,000 for the families of the Humboldt Broncos, and on the 13th a crowd watched 25 people being baptized at the White Rock Pier (that’s 1,250 since the church began in 2010). Stay tuned . . .

February 27, 2018

Income Tax Ministry (Tuesdays & Saturdays) – February 27, 2018 - April 24, 2018 at 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

April 19, 2018

Relationship: Singleness & Marriage – A Conference with Dr. Tim Lane – April 19, 2018 - April 21, 2018 at All Day
TWU Men's Volleyball Team vs 'The Legends' – April 19, 2018 at 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Dr. Tim Lane: Redeeming All of Your Relationships – April 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

April 20, 2018

Destiny Awakens Women's Conference – April 20, 2018 - April 21, 2018 at All Day
Sideshow – April 20, 2018 - April 21, 2018 at All Day
Church Renewal Round Table – April 20, 2018 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
T4T (Training for Trainers) with Rev. Ying Kai & Grace Kai – April 20, 2018 - April 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Kwerks – April 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

April 21, 2018

HOPE International Development Agency Dinner & Film Premiere – April 21, 2018 at 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Danny & Debi Brooks – April 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Forever and Ever: A Christian Rock Musical – April 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

April 22, 2018

Jazz Vespers: Kristian Alexandrov & Shannon Gaye – April 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dr. Naim Ateek: Book launch of 'A Palestinian Theology of Liberation' – April 22, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Foster Care Info & Awareness Night – April 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

April 23, 2018

Stop SOGI 123 Rally – April 23, 2018 at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

April 24, 2018

Made in God's Image – April 24, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

April 25, 2018

Church Leaders Forum: The 5 Conversions of the Church – April 25, 2018 at 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Where Discipleship Meets Mental Health & Social Isolation – April 25, 2018 at 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Recipe for Success Gala, with Vikram Vij – April 25, 2018 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

April 26, 2018

Welcome the Stranger: Refugees Becoming Neighbours – April 26, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Spirit(us): An Evening with Tenor Charles Daniels – April 26, 2018 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

April 27, 2018

BC Healing Rooms Conference – April 27, 2018 - April 29, 2018 at All Day
Coalesce: Grad Art Exhibition at TWU – April 27, 2018 - April 29, 2018 at All Day
Discovered – April 27, 2018 - April 28, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Harvest Glory Night with Che Ahn – April 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
God’s Created Dinosaurs and In Search of Leviathan with JD Mitchell – April 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Soprano Sarah McGrath and Organist Denis Bédard – April 27, 2018 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

April 28, 2018

Kingdom Rise Conference – April 28, 2018 at 12:00 am
People of Faith & Friends Against Kinder Morgan – April 28, 2018 at 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
BC Christian Academy: Branching Out & Bearing Fruit – April 28, 2018 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Lighthouse Harbour Ministries Spring Luncheon – April 28, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The Fallen Tent: the Story of Paul & Silas in Philippi – April 28, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Most Popular Origin Beliefs, and Divine Proportions in God’s Creation with JD Mitchell – April 28, 2018 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Divine Proportions in God’s Creation – The Hand of God with JD Mitchell – April 28, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Worship Invasion – April 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

April 29, 2018

Jazz Vespers: Linda Szentes & Jazzlinks – April 29, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Linda Szentes & Jazzlinks – April 29, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Linda Szentes & Jazzlinks – April 29, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Evening Service with Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim – April 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Journey 101 (Sunday evenings) – April 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

May 1, 2018

First Reformed – May 1, 2018 - May 7, 2018 at All Day

May 2, 2018

Light in the Workplace: Abbotsford's 29th Annual City Prayer Breakfast – May 2, 2018 at 7:00 am - 9:30 am

May 3, 2018

Grow Your Own Medicine Seminar (Bye, Bye Malaria Society) – May 3, 2018 at 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
DivorceCare (Thursday evenings) – May 3, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
DivorceCare for Kids (Thursday evenings) – May 3, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

May 4, 2018

Abide Women's Conference: Even Better than Eden, featuring Nancy Guthrie – May 4, 2018 - May 5, 2018 at 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Leadercast: Lead Yourself – May 4, 2018 at 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Life on the Margins: a weekend workshop – May 4, 2018 - May 5, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Viper Central – May 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

May 5, 2018

Find Hope, Live Life: Journey Canada Annual Fundraiser – May 5, 2018 at 12:00 am
Arise Girl Conference – May 5, 2018 at 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Faith, Mental Health & Caring for One Another – May 5, 2018 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Gloria Dei Chorale: A Glorious Thing – May 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

May 6, 2018

Jazz Vespers: Mighty Fraser Big Band – May 6, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Double Portion in Concert – May 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Reconciliation in the Justice System: Restorative Justice and Law – May 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

May 8, 2018

Dr. David Wilkinson: Hawking, Dawkins & Artificial Intelligence – Communicating Jesus in a Scientific World – May 8, 2018 at 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

May 9, 2018

2018 Pastors & Leaders Conference: Ambassadors – Christ in the Public Square – May 9, 2018 - May 11, 2018 at All Day
Mission Possible Tour – May 9, 2018 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Nikki Toyama-Szeto: Skipping Stones in Glass Homes – Navigating the Generational Gifts of Immigrant Churches – May 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
SOLD! Housing Forum – May 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Dylan Cramer & Ron Johnston – May 9, 2018 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

May 10, 2018

The Presence of Absence by Erin Ware – May 10, 2018 at All Day
March for Life – May 10, 2018 at 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Dr. Roberts Liardon – May 10, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Almost, Maine by John Cariani – May 10, 2018 - May 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

May 11, 2018

FamilyLife BC Marriage and Family Conference – May 11, 2018 - May 12, 2018 at All Day
From Sea to Sea . . . to Sky! Science & Christianity in Canada – May 11, 2018 - May 14, 2018 at All Day
Hearing God in the Midst of a Busy Life – May 11, 2018 at 9:30 am - 2:15 pm
The Wellspring Gala – May 11, 2018 at 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Welcome the Stranger: Refugees Becoming Neighbours – May 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

May 12, 2018

Zambia Fundraiser – May 12, 2018 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Fares Fair: Affordable Transit for All – May 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Bob Ekblad: 'Teaser Night' for Certificate in Transformational Ministry at the Margins – May 12, 2018 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Gospel Music Festival with Blackwood Brothers – May 12, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fauré's Requiem and Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna – May 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sky Gala: Katharine Hayhoe, Janet Danielson & the Isotone Ensemble – May 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Gloria Dei Chorale: A Glorious Thing – May 12, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Kantatefeier: A Cantata Celebration – May 12, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

May 13, 2018

Your Last Walk in the Mosque – May 13, 2018 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Jazz Vespers: Darlene Ketchum & Bill Sample – May 13, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

May 14, 2018

Taste & See: An Edible Science & Faith Odyssey – May 14, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
FaithTech at #BCTech – May 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

May 16, 2018

Dr. Gordon T. Smith: Catechesis for a Secular Age – The Wisdom of 1 Peter – May 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Joshua Coutts: Denominating God in Earliest Christianity – May 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: The Milk Crate Bandits – May 16, 2018 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

May 17, 2018

Thy Kingdom Come – May 17, 2018 - May 20, 2018 at All Day
Dr. Paul Heintzman: Toward a Holistic Understanding of Leisure – Christian Perspectives – May 17, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

May 18, 2018

The Sojourners – May 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

May 19, 2018

A Mexican Pop-Up Dinner: Taste of the Sea and Spanish Stories – May 19, 2018 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Handel Society Presents . . . – May 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

May 20, 2018

Self Defence Seminar for Women – May 20, 2018 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

May 22, 2018

Spiritual Perspectives on Death & Dying – May 22, 2018 at All Day

May 23, 2018

Lines of Thought: Drawing Explorations & Painting Studies - Opening Reception – May 23, 2018 at 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cameron Johnston: Stress Management Seminar – May 23, 2018 - May 24, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dr. Susan Phillips: Narrative and Pilgrimage – Forming Our Stories in the Company of Others – May 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: The Angela Verbrugge Quartet – May 23, 2018 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

May 24, 2018

Pope Francis: A Man of His Word – May 24, 2018 at All Day
Tax Clinic – May 24, 2018 at 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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