In 1881 the first St. James Anglican Church popped up on the Burrard inlet. There is a plaque in Gastown that states: ON THIS SITE STOOD THE FIRST S.JAMES ANGLICAN CHURCH DEDICATED 15-V-1881 BURNED 13-VI-1886. We often remind ourselves that the church is the people, not just the building; our gathering together for worship, the […]

Aboriginal Prayer Sunday National Aboriginal Bishop Mark McDonald – September 24, 2017 Sermon preached by Bishop Mark MacDonald, our National Indigenous Bishop, in St James’ Anglican Church, Vancouver, BC, on Sunday 24 September, the day of the 2017 Walk for Reconciliation. In the Gospel Zone It is so nice to be here and to join […]

Last Saturday I went to the Diocesan Council retreat day at the Synod Office, where the day began with “The Blanket Exercise.” You may have heard of it. Participants begin by standing on one of several blankets which are on the floor, all next to each other without any gaps. The blankets represent “Turtle Island” […]


Come and be part of the Heart of the City Festival with the St. James’ “Honouring Women of the Downtown Eastside” Art Show! St. James’ Anglican Church will host an art show during the Heart of the City Festival with the theme of “Honouring Women of the Downtown Eastside.” The show will take place on […]

This week I had the pleasure of attending the induction of Mother Miranda Sutherland at Christ Church Hope. The church was packed out and there was a great deal of optimism and excitement in the air. You can find the pictures on the diocese Facebook page. The text that accompanies it reads: “A beautiful, late […]