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A friend is in Vancouver for a few weeks. Any suggestions for a good church while she is the there?

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John,

Boy..... that's a toughy. Canada in general and Vancouver in particular has very few truly Christian churches, if you know what I mean, Vern? <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/evilgrin.gif" alt="" />

I know of one in Chilliwack, B.C., but it is about an 1 1/2 hour drive east of Vancouver, Heritage Reformed Church.

And, there used to be at least one Reformed Baptist Church in Burnaby, but unfortunately, it has been years since I have been in contact with anyone associated with that congregation. Personally, I wouldn't set foot in 99.99% of the "churches" in the Vancouver area. ....

Ooooooh, there is another church just on the outskirts of Vancouver, here: Vancouver Associated Presbyterian Church. This congregation holds to exclusive psalmody and no instrumentation, which may be something to consider. When I lived closer, I used to attend there when Douglas Beattie was pastor.


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Boy..... that's a toughy. Canada in general and Vancouver in particular has very few truly Christian churches, if you know what I mean, Vern? <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/evilgrin.gif" alt="" />

I know of one in Chilliwack, B.C., but it is about an 1 1/2 hour drive east of Vancouver, Heritage Reformed Church.

And, there used to be at least one Reformed Baptist Church in Burnaby, but unfortunately, it has been years since I have been in contact with anyone associated with that congregation. Personally, I wouldn't set foot in 99.99% of the "churches" in the Vancouver area. ....

Ooooooh, there is another church just on the outskirts of Vancouver, here: Vancouver Associated Presbyterian Church. This congregation holds to exclusive psalmody and no instrumentation, which may be something to consider. When I lived closer, I used to attend there when Douglas Beattie was pastor.

Pilgrim,

Thanks. I do know what you mean about finding good churches nowadays; it's often not easy. I'll pass along the Vancouver Associated Presbyterian Church link to my friend. She doesn't really have a good source of transportation, so anywhere too far outside of Vancouver will probably be out of the question.

John

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The PCA Directory gives 2 chuches in Vancouve.

Faith Presbyterian 2581 East 45th Ave www.faithvan.com

Grace Vancouver meeting address: 4850 Windsor St www.gracevancouver.com

Other cities in British Columbia are Agassiz, Surrey, Vernon, and Victoria with PCa chuches (don't know if they are suburbs of Vancouver or not. Victoria is across the water.)


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The PCA Directory gives 2 churches in Vancouver.

Faith Presbyterian 2581 East 45th Ave www.faithvan.com

Grace Vancouver meeting address: 4850 Windsor St www.gracevancouver.com

Other cities in British Columbia are Agassiz, Surrey, Vernon, and Victoria with PCA churches (don't know if they are suburbs of Vancouver or not. Victoria is across the water.)
John,

FYI, I am unfortunately familiar with "Faith Presbyterian". It is one of "those" which I would recommend avoiding like the plague. I am not familiar with "Grace Vancouver". BUT..... IF it is typical of PCA churches in B.C., then it too would not be a viable option. However, I am NOT saying that it is.... just that IF it is typical. Taking a brief look at their website and particularly this page: Anatomy of a Worship Service, I personally wouldn't bother attending. <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

The other cities you mentioned vary in distance from Vancouver, but none are suburbs and thus would require extended driving times. Victoria would be prohibitive just from the financial standpoint as one would have to pay for the Ferry and other transportation to and from the Ferry.


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In addition to those already mentioned, we can add a Calvinistic Baptist church

Renfrew Street Baptist Church
Rolf Steenbergen
2887 E 3rd Ave
Vancouver, B.C. V5M 1H5
Church: (604) 255-6011
Home: (604) 874-6827
Email: steen@axionet.com

The Free Presbyterian Church Of Scotland also has a congregation
Contact: Mr John MacLeod
Tel: 604-516-8648.
Address: 202-815 Fourth Avenue, New Westminster, V3M 1S8.

There are also thre congregations in the Anglican Coalition in Canada (who have fled the liberal Anglican Church of Canada)

Immanuel Church, Vancouver, B.C.
Worship Location: The Salvation Army Families Centre on the corner of Fraser and Kingsway, opposite the Canadian Bible Society Shopfront
Service Times: Sunday, 4:30 pm
Mailing Address: 1655 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6M 1X9
Senior Pastor: The Rev. Paul Carter
Phone/Fax: 604-222-4486
Email: paul@acicanada.ca
Web Page: http://www.immanuelchurch.ca/
Immanuel Church, (IC)
Immanuel Church, Vancouver (IC) started in Paul and Lois Carter’s home in June 2003. IC has recently moved into its fourth location. We now meet in the Salvation Army Families Centre at Fraser and Kingsway, opposite the Canadian Bible Society Shopfront. At IC we bring people to Jesus Christ, we belong to one another, we seek to behave as He wants and we use our time, talents and treasure to benefit others, so that we may bless the Lord in our worship. The growth in our latest setting has been most encouraging. We would love to invite you to join us on a Sunday at 4.30 pm for one of our lively and enjoyable services. Do come to see and share with us Sunday by Sunday. You may also care to join one our small groups for men or women, our Pastorate on alternative Wednesday evenings or our Alpha course on a Friday at 6.30pm

St Simon's Church, North Vancouver, B.C.

Worship Location: Lions Gate Christian Academy, Maplewood School, 420 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver
Service Times: Traditional BCP, 9:00 am
Contemporary Worship, 10:30 am
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 9
112 – 1151 Mt. Seymour Road, North Vancouver, V7H 2Y4
Rector: The Rev. Ed Hird
Honorary Assist: The Rev. John Lombard
Deacon: The Rev. Ron Gibbs
High School Pastor: Rebecca Bailey
Children's Pastor: Christina Hodson
Newcomer Pastor: Josh Wilton
Church Secretary: Jan Malcolm
Church Phone: 604-929-1613
Rector Phone: 604-929-5350
Web Page: http://www3.telus.net/st_simons/
St. Simon's Church North Vancouver is a renewal-oriented Anglican congregation that has a real heart for children, youth, newcomers, and missions. Our St. Simon's purpose is 'Praising, Serving, Sharing Christ in the Power of the Holy Spirit.'

St. Timothy’s on the North Shore, North Vancouver, B.C.
Worship Location: Lynn Valley Recreation Centre, 3590 Mountain Hwy., North Vancouver
Service Times: Sunday, 10:00 am
Mailing Address: #908 – 1641 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC V7M 2J5
Rector: The Rev. Ken Bell
Phone: 604-908-4659
Email: k.bell@st-timothy.com
Web Page: http://www.St-Timothy.com
St Timothy’s
In the almost three years since St Timothy's was formed so much has been achieved. Started by faithful, visionary members of 3 Anglican congregations on the North Shore, St Timothy's has become a church family with a commitment to Mission (Go); Fellowship (Gather); Discipleship (Grow); Ministry (Give); and Worship (Glorify), our so called 5 G's. We meet in the Lynn Valley Recreation Centre, which is a beautiful setting for worship and praise. Our Prayer Book Services combine a mixture of ancient and contemporary worship, to help all the members of the family praise God in their own way. Lively preaching from our clergy, who uses various types of visual aids to help understanding, is developing our love for and knowledge of the Bible. With a passionate and committed leadership team and a sense of purpose among us, we feel poised to take the good news of the glorious gospel to the people of the North Shore.

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In addition to those already mentioned, we can add a Calvinistic Baptist church

Renfrew Street Baptist Church
Rolf Steenbergen
2887 E 3rd Ave
Vancouver, B.C. V5M 1H5
Church: (604) 255-6011
Home: (604) 874-6827
Email: steen@axionet.com
I know of this church and Rolf is a true man of God. When I attended there for a weekend conference, I was impressed even though he was quite annoyed with my paedobaptism. <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/rofl.gif" alt="" /> This was about 7 years ago. From my past experience I would say that this would be a postive recommendation.

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Immanuel Church, Vancouver, B.C.
The growth in our latest setting has been most encouraging. We would love to invite you to join us on a Sunday at 4.30 pm for one of our lively and enjoyable services.
This church and the others listed under the Anglican heading are "typical", IMHO, i.e., contemporary, emergent, seeker-friendly, ad nauseam. Of course, IF this is what one finds "attractive" then they would be something to consider.


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