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Workshop from Union Gospel Mission

Addressing Grief + Loss in Community

Vancouver and the Fraser Valley are woven together pursing the common good and actively participating in Christ’s call for everyone to flourish. One part of this vision is an improved understanding of and engagement with communities facing poverty, homelessness, addictions and food insecurity. Working with vulnerable individuals living with these challenges – especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the overdose crisis – brings us near those experiencing grief and loss.

Many that attend supportive community and church programs see the setting as a primary spiritual community or connection to a Body of Faith. As that body, how do we address the death of one of our community members – honouring their life, supporting other community members through their grief, and sustaining ourselves in the journey?

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COVID contemplations that provide a balm for the spirit

By Joan Stewart                               

The Westside Anglicans Neighbourhood Ministry’s (WANM) retired deacon and clergy lead the Reverend Dr. Pitman Potter has prepared a timely new book of contemplation and reflection, which is being used as a fundraiser for the WANM.

Entitled Fever Dreams: Contemplating Corona Virus, the book presents 52 spiritual texts selected from Judeo-Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and Taoist traditions, as well as poetic and lyrical voices.

Each selected text is accompanied by suggestions for quiet contemplation, through which readers are invited to engage in Lectio Divina (a traditional monastic practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with, and increased knowledge of, God’s word), and to consider the meaning and application of the texts in their lives.

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2020 Annual Meeting draws attendees via Zoom

By Joan Stewart   

The Annual Meeting of the Westside Anglicans Neighbourhood Ministry (WANM) was held via Zoom on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, with 27 attendees from the parishes of St. Anselm’s, St. Helen’s, St. Philip’s and St. John’s Shaughnessy.

The meeting began at 7pm, with WANM clergy leader Rev’d. Pitman Potter being asked by Rev’d. John Stephens, chair of WANM, to open the meeting with a prayer. Rev’d. Potter led with an inspiring prayer of hope for the ministry and the world during this challenging period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Food and Clothing Drive Continues to Serve

By Beth Vondette 

The Westside Anglicans Neighbourhood Ministry has allied with other community partners to continue serving the homeless and vulnerable community with a clothing and food drive. Please view the attached flyer for further details.

From May 25 – Jun 8, 2020 please drop off donations to St. John’s Shaughnessy only.  St. Philip’s is currently a construction site as the roof is replaced. For your safety, we ask that all donations be directed to St. John’s Shaughnessy (1490 Nanton Avenue).

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Neighbourhood Ministry Food and Clothing Drive Delivers

By Beth Vondette 

A Westside Anglicans Neighbourhood Ministry volunteer dropped off all the clothing donations received by St. Philip’s and St. John’s Shaughnessy yesterday (approximately 13 “bags”). There was 1 purple rolling suitcase (carry-on sized) and 1 backpack donated amongst the bags, which were gratefully received. We anticipate the majority of the clothing donated were womens’ clothes. The shoes were also primarily women’s shoes/boots. Going forward, we ask that the clothing donations be primarily men’s clothing.
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Neighbourhood Ministry receives City of Vancouver grant

By Joan Stewart          

On February 26, 2020, the City of Vancouver approved a grant in the amount of $26,600 for the Westside Anglicans Neighbourhood Ministry’s (WNAM) project “Equipping Volunteers for Service to Homeless and Vulnerable People.”

The City of Vancouver received funding requests from 23 organizations and approved 15 of them, providing grant amounts ranging from $14,000 to $116,000.

For a full list of the organizations and their requests, click here.

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Neighbourhood Ministry Programs Suspended

Posted by Beth Vondette       

On March 17, 2020, Archbishop Melissa directed that most church activities, including outreach, be suspended in light of the rapidly evolving Covid-19 situation.  As such, the Neighbourhood Ministry will suspend the Street Outreach and Mobile Care Unit activities effective immediately.

This is an incredibly difficult time for our homeless and vulnerable neighbours. They are in our thoughts and prayers.