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2017 BC Conference General Meeting

Start Date: 
May 25 2017 - 6:00pm - May 28 2017 - 12:00pm

 

The 2017 BC Conference General Meeting will be held May 25-28, 2017 at The Nest at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. (6133 Univeristy Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1) The theme for the General Meeting is "How Big is Our Tent?"

The Celebration of Ministry service will be at 10:00 am on Sunday, May 28, 2017.

The General Meeting will be livestreamed via Facebook Live. Click here to view the BC Conference Facebook Page.

To view the session from Thursday night, please click here. 

Click here for the History Quiz! Fill it out by 2pm May 27th for a chance to win a prize!

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.
 

Saskatchewan Conference Refugee Action

Saskatchewan Conference takes action for refugees: increase sponsorships and end the Safe Third Country Agreement

On Friday, January 27th US President Trump signed an Executive Order that temporarily halts all resettlement of refugees to the US, halves the number of refugees to be resettled in the current year, and bars Syrian refugees and discriminates against refugees of Muslim faith or background. The Order also imposes a temporary ban on the admission of nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Over the past year, United Church people have welcomed thousands of refugees into their communities.  As people of faith, the church continues to ask and respond in this time and place to Jesus’ question: “And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you?” (Matthew 25).

Take action
There are positive, immediate steps Canada can take to respond to this crisis, but our government will need to hear that message from us.  Read the full call to action.

A Prayer for Love

January 30, 2017

Dear Friends,

Events in the world in general, in the country to the south of us in particular, and at a mosque in Quebec City in awful detail, prompt me to write as the President of BC Conference to confirm the steps I am sure you are already taking. To confirm your instinct to reach out, to offer assurance, to stand with, to take your place alongside our friends and neighbours who count themselves, as we do, as sons and daughters of Abram and Sarai.

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