St. John's Richmond Church is an evangelical church for Christians wanting to worship God in an Anglican setting. We are a Christian church in Richmond, BC.
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We have moved to Trinity Lutheran Church (TLC), 7100 Granville Avenue, Richmond, B.C. We are blessed that Trinity's congregation has overwhelmingly supported our rental and use of the their beautiful facility. We will have room to grow. It is close to downtown Richmond, right across the street from Minoru Park. Please see the updates below for quotes, timeline, location, and background on why we are moving.
"Thank You and Amen": Speeches and Prayers from our Final weeks at Broadmoor Baptist
On Sunday June 17th, SJR prayed for the Broadmoor Baptist Mandarin congregation who will be following us in the Sunday morning time and space in the North Chapel. Rev. Sean Love prayed this prayer for the leaders of the Mandarin congregation who joined us on the 17th:
"Eternal God, the heavens and the earth cannot contain you, much less the walls of this chapel. Yet you are pleased to be present where your people are gathered in your name. And so we pray that you will graciously guide and nurture the Mandarin congregation who will follow us in this time and space.
We commission and dedicate them to your service. We pray earnestly for their humility and readiness of heart to hear your word, and for your grace to obey it. Grant them success in testifying to your mighty name both at Broadmoor and beyond. Make every challenge a catalyst for greater truth and growth.
And, As you have cared for us here these many years, so we pray your continued blessing on your people who follow us. In Christ's name, AMEN"
On June 17th, SJR joined the congregation of BBC for the final part of their service to mark the end of this phase of our partnership. Carol Mager, past Congregational President of BBC, said the following about the seven years we have shared:
Carol then blessed us with these words:
During June, we will be packing up and cleaning up, and saying goodbye to our brothers and sisters at Broadmoor Baptist Church.
Thursday June 14th. Tours of TLC. 10 am and 7:30 pm. Drop by TLC for guided tours of the facility.
Sunday June 17th, 10 am. We say goodbye and thank you to the congregation at BBC, and will be prayed for as we set out on the next phase of the journey. We will then enjoy coffee and cake with Broadmoor.
Sunday June 24th, 10 am. We will mark God's goodness and faithfulness to us in these last seven years with a celebratory Holy Communion service, our last one in the North Chapel. Immediately following coffee, we will drive to TLC for some hymns and prayers in the new space.
Monday June 25th, 3 - 9 pm. Moving Day. Come and help pack up and clean up. We want to leave BBC in better shape than we found it, in support of the Mandarin community who will be meeting on Sunday mornings after we depart.
Sunday July 1st, 9 am. Our first regular Sunday morning service at TLC, beginning at 9am.
Where is TLC, Anyway? CLICK Photo below for a Map
Background to our move
St. John’s Richmond Anglican Church (Anglican Network in Canada) has met at Broadmoor Baptist Church (BBC) for nearly 5 years on Sunday mornings. On November 23rd, the congregation of Broadmoor Baptist approved a ministry plan which will move their Mandarin service, which currently meets Sunday afternoons in the North Chapel, to the Sunday morning time slot. This move is expected to take place on the first Sunday of July, 2012.
The move will align the Mandarin congregation more closely with Broadmoor’s Sunday morning congregation, and open up possibilities to integrate other BBC ministries with the Mandarin congregation. BBC’s decision emerged from much thought and prayer, seems right for their congregation’s future, and is of course within their prerogatives as owners of the building. We are grateful for the notice we have been given.
This decision will affect SJR’s time and/or location of our corporate worship on Sundays. (BBC continues to welcome SJR to use their facility outside of the Sunday morning time period). Clearly, this will mean change, which may create anxiety, and will be a challenge for SJR as we move forward.
However, this is also an opportunity for us.
It is very important that we finish well while we are in this location. We are committed to loving and blessing BBC in the process, and to trusting (and praying for) God’s direction and timing and provision. We must continue to care for one another. This is not a time for complaining, but keeping our eyes on Christ, who provides living water on the wilderness journey.
The Board of Directors welcome input and prayer, and may be contacted during the week or on Sundays.
SJR Board of Directors
Tom Robinson (Rector’s Warden); Jen Selman (Treasurer); Christine Chen; Jimmy Lo; Robert Edwards
On Sunday Nov 27th we ended the service with the blessing from Numbers 6:
The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
Tom Robinson, SJR Rector’s Warden, announced initial details of our transition process on Sunday Dec 4th. Highlights of Tom’s announcement appear below.
What is our situation?
As announced on November 27, the congregation of Broadmoor Baptist has approved a ministry plan which will move their Mandarin service, which currently meets Sunday afternoons in the North Chapel, to the Sunday morning time slot. This move is expected to take place on the first Sunday of July, 2012. The move will align the Mandarin congregation more closely with Broadmoor’s Sunday morning congregation, and open up possibilities for BBC to integrate other ministries with the Mandarin congregation.
The Directors will be developing a plan in January 2012 which will help us to move forward, including:
In the meantime, the Directors have discussed possible alternative spaces for a Sunday morning service, not to make a decision -- but to begin to assess what might be available in Richmond. There are many potential types of meeting spaces – traditional church buildings are one option, but there may be others also.
What must we not do?
Questions / comments?
The SJR Directors welcome questions, comments, and feedback. (You may reply to this email update and your comments/questions will be forwarded to the Directors, or you are welcome to speak to them in person). They will present a plan for moving forward in January.
Sincerely in Christ,
How to Pray in the Transition
We do not want to move forward in this journey on our own strength and cleverness. We do not, in the words of the Book of Common Prayer, want to lean on our own ‘devices and desires.’ Rather, as a congregation, it is essential we pray. We must exercise trusting obedience in God our Father. We believe he is faithful. We believe he will lovingly lead us and provide for us, for his glory and our good.
We ask, therefore, that you commit to praying regularly for SJR during this time of transition. Pray for God’s help as we move. Pray that the new space will meet both current and future needs, and facilitate Christian ministry and growth. Pray that we will be given strength to pray, and to trust God’s goodness. Give thanks that SJR is Christ’s church, and he will not abandon us (John 14:17-19).