Serving Greater Vancouver & the Fraser Valley
Union Gospel Mission

17/10 October

Thankfulness and unity in Abbotsford

by Debbie Cazander With the changing colours and the cooler weather there is no denying that summer is past and we are now in the season of autumn. For many in Abbotsford there is another visible sign of fall – one that can be witnessed by the single message displayed on the signs of many […]

17/10 October

White Rock + Surrey 2 – snapshots of faith

BY PETER BIGGS [See Other Cities snapshots of faith- incl. SURREY 1]   TABLE of CONTENTS (click below to go to:) THE VILLAGE CHURCH – (includes interview with Lead Pastor Mark Clark) Introduction & background Two cities – one community Penninsular Pastors Network Surrey Pastors Fellowship Going to the Mayor Catholic presence A Rocha Youth […]

17/09 September 2017

Surrey – snapshots of faith 1

by PETER BIGGS  [See Other Cities – snapshots of faith – Incl. SURREY 2] TABLE of CONTENTS (click to go to): • Background     • Whalley’s STRIP     • Refugees     • Cloverdale Pastors Surge     • Church leaders meet Mayor     • Seniors     • Friendship with Sikhs […]

17/06 June 2017

Voices Together 2017 – July 1st, 5 pm ‘Free Admission’ – Worship and Prayer at Pacific Coliseum

On July 1st at Vancouver’s historic arena, the Pacific Coliseum, a celebration will take place which will impact the destiny of our city for many years to come. The Church in The Lower Mainland representing the multi-cultural, multi-generational and multi-denominational diversity of our city, will gather to celebrate our Christian faith and Canadian heritage in […]

14/04 April 2014

Voices Together is unique!

Recently someone asked me the question – ‘Why would anyone go to a church service in the Coliseum?’ My answer was clear, “Voices Together is always on Canada Day, July 1st, and being a holiday, thousands are able to come to the arena to lift high the name of Jesus in a wonderful display of […]

17/04 April 2017

Abbotsford Church unity events

by Debbie Cazander In the centre of what is commonly referred to as the “Bible Belt”, the City of Abbotsford is home to many churches, denominations and groups who worship weekly. For the past few years the Abbotsford Christian Leaders Network (ACLN), has organized an annual communal time of worship, open to all Abbotsford churches […]

17/04 April 2017

One City, One Message

by Pastor Mark Glanville The same sermon theme will be preached in over 150 Vancouver churches on Sunday June 11, on our theme: Welcoming the stranger. Together, we are sending a unified message to the city, a vision of the kingdom: the radical welcome of God, in Christ. The idea for One City, One Message came […]

17/01 January 2017

Hope Rising in 2017

by Rev Dr. Ed Hird O ur hearts were created to be filled with rising hope. For each of us in this New Year 2017, hope is a choice. Will we be hopeful or hopeless, thankful or thankless, joyful or joyless? Billy Graham said that people in the most affluent societies are feeling this sense […]

17/01 January 2017

Voices Together: ‘Rushalong in unison’ – on Canada Day!

In the winter of 2007 Yani Lim, full of faith and inspiration, shared her vision to reach the lost of Vancouver through a large demonstration of celebration and proclamation – lifting high the name of Jesus in Rogers Arena. It was a great vision and Pastor Giulio Gebeli and myself readily agreed in principle but […]

17/01 January 2017

Racist flyers in Richmond prompt diversity celebration

Photo credit: Angelika Dawson by Angelika Dawson On a frigidly cold Friday in December, Kelly Greene and her two-year-old son Sully braved the snowy weather and headed out to the Richmond Public Library. It wasn’t a regular visit to take out books, but a special visit to attend a public rally of support for the […]