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Welcome to St James’ Anglican Church
At St James’ you will find an inclusive, diverse community ready to welcome you. St James’ is an Anglo-Catholic parish, part of the Diocese of New Westminster, in the Anglican Church of Canada. We lead a prayerful, gospel led, sacramental life and welcome all people to our community and times of worship. St James’ Church is an LGBTQ affirming congregation.
As we continue to journey through this pandemic, worship at St. James’ continues.
From Sunday, June 21 until at least Labour Day there will be two services: a simple said Liturgy of the Word (initially) or Mass, in church at 9.00 am; an online Liturgy at Home, via Zoom, at 10.30 am.
You are invited to register with the Parish Office ([email protected], 604-685-2532) if you intend to be present at the 9.00 am service in church.
The Zoom Meeting ID Number & phone-in number will be published weekly in the NEWS page of this website and in The Thurible.
This is an unprecedented time of global crisis: the world as we have known it is turned upside down. All of us are living in the midst of uncertainty and fear, to a greater or lesser degree. Our geographical parish, the DTES, is particularly vulnerable. Quite sensibly, as for most churches, St. James’ capacity to open is limited, for the safety and well-being of the whole community.
Despite this, it is all the more important that the life of the Church, the Opus Dei, Work of God, goes on. As Christians it is still our duty and our joy to praise our Creator God, and to offer our prayers — of intercession, anguish and lament — on behalf of the world God loves so much that he came to share its — our — life in Jesus, God’s own Son. We draw strength and hope from our faith that this Jesus who gave himself for us on the cross is risen, and now promises to us and all creation a share in his new life.
The Daily Office continues to be said at 9 am and 5 pm, online via Zoom. (Contact the Parish Office for connect details.) The Mass is being offered regularly in church, though sadly behind locked doors. The Parish Intercession Lists, which are being kept up to date, are being prayed daily. Again, please direct any prayer requests to the Parish Office: [email protected] or 604-685-2532.
Those who live close to St. James’ may hear the Angelus ring from the tower: this is an audible sign that the Church is praying for the parish, the DTES, the medical services, and for a swift resolution to this pandemic. In the midst of the round of news and comment, find space to be still, and to voice your prayers: the Psalms, the Angelus, the Lord’s Prayer.
Fr. Matthew is engaged with DTES Response, a network co-ordinating support for our neighbourhood: for further info go to www.dtesresponse.ca
If you would like to subscribe to the weekly newsletter, The Thurible, scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up, or email the church office ([email protected]) with your name and email address.
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak there is only one said service in St. James’ Church, at 9 am on Sunday. Max attendance is 50 and pre-registration is required. All other in-parish activities are suspended. Be sure that the Church’s prayer continues, for the DTES, our medical services, and for an end to this pandemic. For details of Sunday Worship via Zoom and other updates, please see the News section.