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2018 Worship Central Conference: Vancouver in February

Worship Central Canada will be hosting their third national conference February 16-17 at the Centre for Performing Arts (Westside Church) in downtown Vancouver. This two-day training conference is designed for church leaders, worship leaders, musicians, and followers of Jesus in all spheres of work and all walks of life who are passionate about encountering God […]

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Young Life at work in Abbotsford

by Debbie Cazander   Having had its’ start in New Westminster in 1954, and presently at work in more than 50 communities across Canada, there is now a Young Life ministry in Abbotsford working actively with youth at a local high school. With the premise of the organization “living in the everyday world of teens,” […]

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The new ‘Connect & Engage’ report digs deeper

by Jonathan Bird   Last week the Vancouver Foundation released a much-anticipated update to its landmark 2012 Connections and Engagement report on loneliness and community life in Metro Vancouver. This update, like the original report, provides hard evidence for trends most of us know intuitively, even as it yields a number of surprises – some […]

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Famine, war and hope

by Brian Stiller   Three years ago Missionary Aviation (MAF) flew us from Uganda onto a dirt landing strip in Yei South Sudan, a wind blown village bravely holding onto life. For four days with 90 chiefs, elders and government ministers we endeavored to broker a peace. These weren’t enemies because of religion but were […]

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Bart Millard on worship music and TWU

by Keri Vermeulen   The writer and composer of the only single in Christian music to ever achieve certified platinum from the Recording Industry Association of America, is now also part of Trinity Western University’s Worship Arts Program. Bart Millard, frontman for the Christian rock band MercyMe, and author of the GMA Dove awarding-winning, double-platinum […]

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Vancouver Christmas Market: German traditions revived

by Keri Vermeulen The traditional outdoor German Christmas market is alive and well, producing delicious tastes, twinkling sights and nostalgic sounds in downtown Vancouver. The 8th Annual Vancouver Christmas Market, at Jack Poole Plaza, is the city’s biggest one yet, with 75 quaint wooden vendor huts and a warming tent called Alpine Haus, festive family […]

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Make a difference

by Angelos Kyriakides Being homeless is hard enough, but during the cold season the stakes are higher than usual. Coastal rains make the situation worse by soaking many on the streets who have no easy way to dry themselves. Add to this our freezing temperatures and it’s not hard to see the challenges of being […]

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A different kind of thrift store

by Angelos Kyriakides When people hear the words “thrift store,” lumber and flooring tiles aren’t usually the kind of items that come to mind. However if anyone were to venture into one of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores, those are the kind of products they are likely to find. ReStores are thrift stores that sell home […]

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A cultured Christmas

by Agnes Chung and Jack Taylor Argentina: Christmas in summer The Europe of South America, Argentina has a long history of Christmas traditions dating back to the arrival of Spanish explorers in 1516. More than 80% of the population identifies themselves as Roman Catholics. Most Argentinians are of Spanish, Italian and other European lineage. Their […]

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Let the Story Run

by Jack Taylor When Dennis Wilkinson found himself on a Vancouver West End bench sharing the whole gospel story with a Jew and a Muslim friend together he knew his philosophy of church planting was rooting. He saw hospitality was at the heart of the gospel. It meant “making strangers into friends.” Meta Communities is […]