Around Town: Martin Smith, Chinese Churches, Handmade & Fair Trade . . .

Martin Smith was front man for Delirious? for some 20 years; now he is touring on his own.

Martin Smith was front man for Delirious? for some 20 years; now he is touring on his own.

Did you feel the mountains tremble? Well, probably not, but there’s a good chance you’ve sung the song. And you’ll be able to hear from the man who wrote it this Sunday (November 16). Martin Smith, formerly lead singer for Delirious?, will be at Coastal Church in Vancouver as part of his ‘God’s Great Dance Floor’ tour.

Delirious? disbanded five years ago, but their legacy lives on. They were pioneers in reaching out beyond the ‘Christian ghetto’ with their music. As Wikipedia puts it, “Between 1997 and 2001, the band targeted the majority of its work towards a mainstream audience, with several singles reaching the top 20 on the UK music charts.
 
They also had a major influence on the worship music scene. Apart from ‘Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble?, songs such as  ‘I Could Sing of Your Love Forever’ and ‘Shout to the North’ are still sung regularly all over the world. As a single artist, Smith has worked with Jesus Culture, Worship Together and Hillsong.
 
Opening for Smith will be Village Church Worship Band The Wind & the Waves (from Surrey) and Ryan McAllister (from the Fraser Valley).
 
I don’t know if Smith will sing ‘Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble?,’ but I hope some of its spirit will pervade Coastal Church:
 
Did you feel the mountains tremble?
Did you hear the oceans roar?
When the people rose to sing of
Jesus Christ the risen one . . .
 
And we can see that God you’re moving
A time of Jubilee is coming
When young and old will turn to Jesus
Fling wide your heavenly gates
Prepare the way of the risen Lord
 
worshipworkshop1There will also be an opportunity the next morning (November 17) to spend time with Martin Smith – and his special guest Brian Doerksen – for a Worship Leaders Workshop.
 
They will be joined by Phil Spoelstra, Eric Damewood, Steve Klassen, Steve Matthews, John Broadhead and Brent Gibson as they delve into “key areas of the worship arts, such as: touring, band leadership, record labels, worship songwriting, composition, audio, lighting and visual effects, video, streaming and audio controllers and recording studio.”
 
 Chinese Church Conference / Art Show
 
A Chinese Christian Art exhibit opens this week at Carey, with an open house November 22.

A Chinese Christian Art exhibit begins this week at Carey, with an opening reception November 22.

Carey offers a number of courses in Chinese and a North American Chinese Church Ministry Concentration in their MDiv program. So it is not surprising that they will host both a Celebration of Chinese Christian Art and an Intergenerational and Intercultural Chinese Canadian Church Forum this fall.

 
The art exhibition opens this Saturday (November 15), with an opening reception a week later (November 22), 4 – 6 pm, at Carey on the UBC campus.
 
The Intergenerational and Intercultural Chinese Canadian Church Forum takes place November 20 – 22. Among the topics will be: Trends and Figures: 2011 Census and Implications for Chinese Canadian Churches; Between Two Worlds: Raising up 3rd Culture Kids; Releasing the Potential of 3rd Culture Kids; and Missional Church Planting: The Secret Recipe for Thriving Church Planters.

All Handmade Sale / Fair Trade Market

This weekend will provide a couple of great opportunities to buy handmade and fair trade gifts for Christmas:

allhandmade1* The All Handmade Sale at Grandview Calvary Baptist Church, just off Commercial Drive, is a celebration of handmade, homemade and homegrown items made by local artisans. The church opens its doors Friday evening (November 14) and during the day Saturday “to our larger community to share our artistic gifts and expressions.” The sale also functions as a small fundraiser for charity.

* Ten Thousand Villages, the oldest and largest fair trade non-profit organization in North America, partners with thousands of talented artisans around the world in healthy business relationships. And they’re presenting a Fair Trade Christmas Market at St. Andrew’s United Church just east of Lonsdale in North Vancouver on Saturday.

November 13, 2014

Moiré Studies: a digital screen-print exhibition by Laurie Culshaw – November 13, 2014 - November 14, 2014 at All Day
Jerry Whitehead: Inspirations – November 13, 2014 at All Day
The 36th Annual Covenant Awards – November 13, 2014 at All Day
Vancouver School of Theology Open House – November 13, 2014 at 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: A Traditional Christmas – November 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mission Possible Gala: Opportunity is Possible – November 13, 2014 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Generous Spaciousness: Responding to Gay Christians in the Church – November 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sharing Our Stories: Songwriters and Arrangers – Featuring Brander McDonald (Cree), Willis Taylor (Seminole), Aaron Loewen, Darryl Klassen – November 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

November 14, 2014

All Handmade Sale – November 14, 2014 - November 15, 2014 at All Day
Jesus in the Centre – November 14, 2014 - November 15, 2014 at All Day
Living Waters Canada: Deeper – November 14, 2014 - November 15, 2014 at All Day
Spark Alive Pre-teen Conference – November 14, 2014 - November 15, 2014 at All Day
The Daring Way for Women – November 14, 2014 - November 15, 2014 at All Day
Vision Sharing: Life in the Downtown Eastside – November 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Do Monkeys Go to Heaven?: Finding God in All Creation – November 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday Night Talks: Tim Dickau - Plunging into the Kingdom Way – November 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Generous Spaciousness Conversation – November 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Homeward: New Lyricism – November 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

November 15, 2014

Aging Matters Conference – November 15, 2014 at 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Refocusing Understandings of Creation Care – November 15, 2014 at 9:00 am - 1:15 pm
Fair Trade Christmas Market – November 15, 2014 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Stradivari Ensemble – November 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 16, 2014

Martin Smith: God's Great Dance Floor Concert – November 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sacred Renaissance Concert – November 16, 2014 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

November 17, 2014

Worship Leaders Workshop with Martin Smith, Brian Doerksen and More – November 17, 2014 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

November 19, 2014

Package Deal: Local Artists in the President’s Gallery - Artist Talk and Opening Reception: Diana Durrand, Claire Moore, Jo-Ann Sheen – November 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hidden Legacies: Film Screening and Panel – November 19, 2014 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Jazz Evensong: Jennifer Scott & Rene Worst – November 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Subway Stations of the Cross – November 19, 2014 - November 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

November 20, 2014

A Celebration of Chinese Christian Art – November 20, 2014 at All Day
Butterfingers Angel – November 20, 2014 - November 29, 2014 at All Day
Intergenerational and Intercultural Chinese Canadian Church Conference – November 20, 2014 - November 22, 2014 at All Day
Operation Christmas Child: National Collection Week – November 20, 2014 - November 23, 2014 at All Day
The Mousetrap – November 20, 2014 - November 30, 2014 at All Day
Package Deal: Local Artists in the President’s Gallery Diana Durrand, Claire Moore, Jo-Ann Sheen – November 20, 2014 at 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Winter is Coming Exhibit: Opening Reception – November 20, 2014 at 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Find Hope. Live Life. – November 20, 2014 at 6:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Bryan & Katie Torwalt: Jesus Culture, Kingdom Come Tour, with Andrew Ehrenzeller – November 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ReFrame Vancouver Launch – November 20, 2014 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

November 21, 2014

Dennis and Lynnie Walker – November 21, 2014 - November 23, 2014 at All Day
Family Life Weekend Getaway – November 21, 2014 - November 23, 2014 at All Day
Vision Sharing: Mato Oyate – November 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Nightshift: 8th Annual Gala of Light – November 21, 2014 at 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Union Gospel Mission presents 'Reflected Light' – November 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Beyond Forgiving: A South African Story – November 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Gospel Sing-Along in the Oasis – November 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Carolyn Arends: Christmas - The Story of Stories – November 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Celebration and Readings: The Adventures of Theo Bentley – November 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
SAMC Concert Band + Orchestra concert – November 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

November 22, 2014

Market Day – November 22, 2014 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
A Celebration of Chinese Christian Art: Opening Reception – November 22, 2014 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Philippines58 Christmas with Ray An Fuentes – November 22, 2014 at 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Glen Soderholm in Concert – November 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WeMakeStuff Volume 02 Book Pick-up and Launch Party – November 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

November 23, 2014

Ever Singing: A 125th Anniversary Evensong – November 23, 2014 at 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Jazz Vespers: Tom Arntzen Special 3 Generations – November 23, 2014 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mike Mason: Book Launch Party for Twenty-one Candles – November 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tim Neufeld & the Glory Boys – November 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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