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Union Gospel Mission

17/11 November


Chilliwack Symphony & Chorus presents Messiah The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and Chorus presents Messiah this December. One of the special challenges in performing Messiah year after year is to keep the work sounding fresh, as if one had just discovered it. It is a joy for many listeners to hear a more detailed, articulate style […]

16/12 December 2016


Childish beliefs? Why this popular atheist taunt simply doesn’t add up by Andy Bannister The other morning, I powered up my iPhone to be greeted by a tweet from an atheist friend: “The only difference between God and Santa or the Tooth Fairy is that people don’t get slaughtered by believers in Santa or the […]


Holy Mo! A Christmas Show

by Keri Vermeulen What if you and two friends were assigned with the task of telling the first Christmas story – the Nativity, as your trio travelled around, through time and place to different audiences? What would you tell with glee? What would you avoid talking about? What would you even remember? And, what props […]

16/12 December 2016

Christmas Presence delights with story and song

by Angelika Dawson This month, Pacific Theatre presents its much beloved Christmas Presence, a collection of songs and stories for the holiday season. There will be six performances at Pacific Theatre and one performance in collaboration with Gallery 7 Theatre in Abbotsford. Pacific Theatre’s artistic director, Ron Reed likes to call the event “the un-slickest […]

16/12 December 2016

A cultured Christmas

Stories by Agnes Chung, Jenny Schweyer and Jack Taylor Canada boasts a rapidly changing population, increased numbers of new comers to Canada and a brighter cultural mosaic than ever before. More than 200 ethnic origins were reported in Statistics Canada’s 2011 National Household Survey. One in five people in Canada are foreign born. Our diversity […]

16/12 December 2016

Stories of Christmas Past

by Sharon Simpson Outside, the snow is falling. The trees are covered in a beautiful layer of glistening white. The log stove is keeping the room warm and the family is gathered together. The horses are in their stalls. The sleigh bells are silenced for the night. Peace. Calm. Love. “We’re sorry to tell you, […]

16/12 December 2016

“May it be to me as You have said”

by Rev. MaryAnne Connor We’ve all heard the phrase that God chooses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. In my case, God asked me, an ordinary person, to do something completely out of my comfort zone. Remember the fierce snowstorm back in 2004? God asked me to drive to Whalley, North Surrey’s inner city in […]

16/12 December 2016

Christmas Events

Songs strings and steps Marcus Mosely Chorale       Songs strings and steps Christmas Stories Songs Strings and Steps presents Christmas Stories on December 20 at Central Heights Church in Abbotsford, and on December 21 at Bethany Baptist Church in Richmond. Crafted by Calvin Dyck and Sylvia Friesen, this popular variety concert combines the […]

16/11 November 2016

Christmas events for singles

by Debbie Cazander Celebrating the most joyful event in history – namely the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ – is no less a heart matter to a single person than it is to a person in a relationship. However most social activities around the Christmas season are geared toward families. This leaves many single […]