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Application Approved – Partial Reopening of Parish Buildings on Oct. 20

After prayerfully considering how best to balance our parish survey results and our ongoing ministry needs, Parish Council applied to the Diocese to partially reopen the buildings at the diocesan Phase 3 level. This application has been approved, and our target date is to reopen beginning Tuesday, October 20; this date will be dependent on completion of cleaning and preparation of the building for reopening. Note that our reopening does not include use of our buildings for worship at this time, but does include the ability to welcome back community user groups, partial usage of our buildings for smaller group activities, as well as a limited reopening of our Parish Office. Any and all activity would abide by necessary social distancing, cleaning, contact tracing, and other protocols, offering clear guidance to all. Details will be made available shortly. If you are interested in helping with any of the upcoming tasks to prepare for reopening, please connect with Ruby at peopleswarden@stja.ca.


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8/4/20 – Parish Council Message – Results of Survey re: Reopening Buildings & Future Worship

From St. John’s Parish Council to Parishioners: Thank you to everyone who filled out our recent online survey re: virtual worship and reopening the buildings for worship. Attached please find an Executive Summary of the results. For those who are interested in reviewing the raw data, it can be found via a separate link.* Thank you again for participating in our parish’s ongoing discernment on this topic. Please continue to keep this process in your prayers.   *Please contact us at administrator@stja.ca to request this information.


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7/10/20 Survey re: Reopening Buildings & Future Worship

Dear St. John’s Parishioners, Parish Council would like your input on how we might worship together in the future, as we discern about and move through various stages of reopening our buildings. We have created a short online survey*. Please indicate your thoughts through the survey by Sunday, July 19.    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and taking part in our parish’s discernment on this matter.   *Please email administrator@stja.ca to request the link to the survey.  


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5/22/20 Parish Council Statement on Re-Opening

(If you are looking for current information on online worship and meetings, please visit https://www.stja.ca/2020/program-updates/.)    From St. John’s Parish Council to Parishioners: On May 14, Parish Council held a special virtual meeting to discuss the possibility of reopening St. John’s on June 14, which is the first reopening date allowed by the Diocese. We came to a prayerful consensus that we will not reopen for in-person worship on June 14. We will continue to consult with parishioners, the Diocese, and provincial health guidelines to discern our parish’s readiness to eventually move from diocesan Phase 1 to Phase 2 of reopening*. As we considered our parish values of St. John’s being “home” and “family,” we affirmed that our primary concern was continuing to “love one another,” and “love our neighbour,” by prioritizing the health and safety of our most vulnerable members and of the wider community around us in this time. We also celebrated how our Zoom worship and other current mechanisms for connection have allowed us to meet to worship, nurture community, and offer mutual care and support with the greatest number of St. John’s folks in this time. Any in-person worship that we attempted now would involve many necessary restrictions and procedures** that would negatively impact our experience of worship and would also substantially reduce the number of people who could participate. Council also discussed the importance we place on our parish value of being “connected to our community” and so in the near future, we may consider opening up the building for limited uses that would serve those in great need around us. Any building use will require further discussion and planning, and will be contingent on being able to meet safety guidelines required by the Diocese and provincial health officials, and that we as a parish would...

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3/25/20 Letter from Wardens re: Parish Giving

25 March 2020   Dear Parishioners, We pray and trust this letter finds you well.  Seems like the notion of “cancel culture” just took on a whole new dimension. In a matter of a few days, this thing has gone from “wash your hands and cover your cough” to a significant lifestyle change that most of us have not experienced in our lifetime. Of all the cancellations, perhaps the most unnerving of all is the call to cancel church worship services. For all of our best efforts to eliminate hand shaking and peace passing, and to modify communion practices, the best way to protect everyone is to keep ourselves apart and safe. We were as disappointed as you when the call was made but thank goodness for technology, we are able to worship together via Zoom. If you are not already connected via Zoom and need help, please send us an email and one of us will help you connect. However, we need to keep “being the Church,” even when we can’t be in the church building. The work of St John’s is made possible through the giving hearts of our parishioners. This may seem like a small thing in the grand scheme right now, but it matters that we continue to get our offerings in, as long as we are fiscally able. This is a good time to re-examine other giving options, such as automatic withdrawal. Attached is a brochure and Pre-authorised Donation Application. You may fill it out and email same to  the Treasurer at treasurer@stja.ca or mail it back to 2208 St. John’s Street, Port Moody, BC V3H 2A7. Even the healthiest congregations can find themselves in the hole, and quick, after just a few Sundays of missed offerings. If you can’t give online, mail in a...

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Rev. Vivian Lam

Rev. Vivian Lam

We are delighted to introduce our new rector, Rev Vivian Lam into our midst. Vivian comes to us from her most recent position as Rector of St. Matthias & St. Luke in Oakridge, Vancouver, and before that, she was Curate at St. Peter’s in Bay Shore, New York, serving as assistant priest and day school chaplain.


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