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Holy Shift: Innovation and Our Story

Start Date: 
Oct 20 2017 - 7:00pm - Oct 22 2017 - 1:00pm

What is the future of Church in the 21st century and how do we tell the story of our faith in this context?

Holy Shift is a dynamic learning conference for congregation members, staff and clergy to share ideas, connect and dream about the unfolding of Spirit in their communities.

Held in Parksville at Knox United on Oct 20-22, this year’s event features Beth Ann Estock, author of Weird Church: Welcome to the 21st Century, and Kelli Walker-Jones, author of Know Your Story and Lead with It: The Power of Narrative in Clergy Leadership. Beth Ann’s book meshes spiral dynamics with analysis and examples of new expressions of faith communities in the 21st century.

A must-read for anyone daring to innovate!

Full details are on the Leadershift website. Read the poster!

Registration is now open and available here.

Pastoral letter regarding summer 2017 wildfires in BC

BC Conference President Cari Copeman-Haynes writes to all of those in BC Conference:

This weekend has marked the most extraordinary set of circumstances with regard to fires in the interior of our province for more than a decade. Hot weather, dry lightning, high winds, and human activity have all conspired to endanger many people in many parts of our province due to the huge spread of fire through dry tinder.

Many of our congregations are ministering right in the heart of the threatened and enflamed territory. Some of our people are among those evacuated from their homes, and others are among those who seek to support and house those who have been evacuated. And meanwhile, the fires keep on starting (97 new fires on Saturday alone) and spreading.

At a time like this, when fear, anxiety, loss and dislocation trouble the hearts of many of our neighbours (and ourselves) in BC Conference, we turn to prayer, we turn to Scripture, and we turn to each other.

Continue reading.

The United Church of Canada sends this prayer to all.

Archives are moving!

On June 7, 2017, BC Conference entered an agreement with the City of Vancouver to lease office space for the Conference Archives at a location known as “312 Main”.  This is the former site of the Vancouver Police headquarters, at the corner of Cordova and Main.  The facility is currently under renovation, and will offer 1800 square feet of office and storage space for the Archives.  The space will include full environmental controls, and security and reception services will be shared with other tenants.  We will be able to house our entire holdings onsite once again, with some room to grow.

Assuming plans proceed on schedule, the Archives will move to the new location in early September.  The Archives will be closed between July 17th and late September/early October to accomplish the move.

Naramata to reduce its 23-acre footprint

May 18, 2017

Over the next few years, Naramata Centre will sell a portion of its 23 acres in the heart of Naramata village. The Centre's Board of Directors arrived at some difficult, but necessary, decisions this spring and presented the plans to Society members this month.

Naramata Centre Society Board Chair, Doug Wollard, says "We believe by creating a smaller footprint we can operate in a way that fits the demand in today's world. Having fewer acres will require less maintenance, and will better fit our registration requirements as the Centre no longer hosts large conferences."

Read the full press release. More information on future plans are here in the Centre's newest newsletter.

M&P 101 Training workshop Burnaby

Start Date: 
May 13 2017 - 9:30am - 3:30pm

What?
M&P 101
The role of the M&P Committee
The M&P Committee and the Church Board/Council

Who?
M&P Committee Members
Board or Council members or anyone who is interested!
Open to all in the Fraser and Westminster Presbyteries.

 

 

When?
Saturday, May 13, 2017
9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Where?
Jubilee United Church
7591 Gray Ave
Burnaby, BC V5J 3Z4

Cost?
Free! With the option to purchase lunch for $15, payable at the door.

Registration available here.  Please register so we print enough packages, order enough lunch and set up enough chairs.

M & P 101 Training workshop Victoria

Start Date: 
Apr 22 2017 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

What?
M&P 101
The role of the M&P Committee
The M&P Committee and the Church Board/Council

Who?
M&P Committee Members
Board or Council members or anyone who is interested!
Open to all in Victoria and area.

When?
Saturday, April 22, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Where?
St. Aidan's United Church
3703 St. Aidan's Street
Victoria, BC V8P 2V7

Cost?
Free! With the option to purchase lunch for $13, payable at the door.

Registration available here. Please register so we can set up enough chairs, print enough materials and order enough lunch!

NOTE: The same workshop is planned for Parksville on Saturday, May 6th if that works better for your location and schedule. Information can be found on this website.

M&P 101 Training workshop Parksville

Start Date: 
May 6 2017 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

What?
M&P 101
The role of the M&P Committee
The M&P Committee and the Church Board/Council

Who?
M&P Committee Members
Board or Council members or anyone who is interested!
Open to all in the Comox-Nanaimo area.

When?
Saturday, May 6, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Where?
Knox United Church, Parksville
345 Pym Street
Parksville, BC V9P 1C8

Cost?
Free! With the option to purchase lunch for $15, payable at the door.

Registration available here. Please register so we can set up enough chairs, print enough materials and order enough lunch!

NOTE: The same workshop is scheduled for May 6th in Victoria if that is a better fit for your location and schedule. See this page for the link to that registration. Stay tuned for announcement of M&P 101 training for Fraser and Westminster Presbyteries.

Church Amalgamation for New Life

Start Date: 
Apr 8 2017 - 9:30am - 4:00pm

Workshop at Crossroads United Church, Delta.

$50 per person or $175 for 4 or more.  Includes lunch.

Register here!

If your congregation is considering partnerships with other congregations or denominations, there are no shortage of questions. What is the best model for our context? What financial information should we be aware of? How do we co-create a new vision together?

This workshop is for congregation members and their leadership teams to come together and learn from real-life examples of partnership. You will leave with a good understanding of the various models for partnership, processes and issues to work through, and inspiration on how to thrive in your new form.

Read about the workshop and the workshop leader David Raymond on the Leadershift website.

Registration also available by calling Brenda Wolff, at the BC Conference office - 604-431-0434, ext. 308.
 

BC Conference United Church Women Annual General Meeting

Start Date: 
Apr 27 2017 - 9:30am - 3:30pm

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Golden Ears United Church
22165 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge, BC

9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Contact lynn [at] kluane [dot] net (Lynn Lancaster) for more information.

 

 

External Organizational Audit completed in 2016

Every three years the BC Conference Executive hires an independent “auditor” to look at the whole work of BC Conference (not just its finances). The goal is to make sure the work being done is following the purposes and goals of the Conference and is being done in an effective and efficient manner.

In 2016 the well-known church governance “guru”, Dan Hotchkiss, carried out the review. Since receiving his report in November the Conference Executive has been discussing it and exploring ways of following up on its recommendations.

His findings and recommendations can be read here.
 

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