Food for the Hungry: Ending Poverty Together Bootcamp


Hi friends! 

Throughout the gospels, Christ turns people's perspectives upside down when it comes to the established social pecking order of his day: He consistently ate with people he shouldn't have eaten with, touched people who were considered "untouchable" and responded to people's immediate, physical needs. His heart for the poor and the marginalized is evident throughout scripture. We are called to join him in seeing people on the margins, treating them with dignity and caring for the physical, as much as spiritual, needs of those around us. 

That said, best way to care isn't always straightforward. How to respond to things like the fentanyl crisis, refugee flows from very diverse places, natural disasters or plain, old, grinding, chronic poverty?  We want to wrestle through these challenges together to come to an understanding of how to help in a healthy way. To get a taste of what the day will be about, click here for a promo video and registration page

There is hope and there are ways to participate in Christ's work. Come and explore some of this topic in a thoughtful, open space. We'd love to see you there. 



  • Saturday, Dec 2nd from 8:30-3:30 (lunch provided) at the church.
  • Cost is $25 with lunch included but we can provide subsidies to ensure everyone who wants to participate is able to. 

You can invite your friends through our Facebook event at this link here!

If you have any questions, email the office at


Foundations of Christian Discipleship Group

The New Testament writers used the term "Christian" only twice. They used the term "disciple" more than 200 times. Foundations of Christian Discipleship will explore the biblical call to being and making disciples of Jesus.

Starting Monday, June 12th, this group will meet weekly from 7:30-9pm for four consecutive weeks. You must be committed to attending all four weeks. This is not a "drop-in".

If you are interested in registering for the group, please talk to Reid Johnson about participating. Hope you can join us!

Understanding and Caring For Our Mental Health

Hi Church, 

Sanctuary Ministries will be leading a seminar on mental health at Redemption on Saturday, February 4th from 9:30-11:30am. Many of us are affected by mental health issues such as stress and anxiety in our daily lives. This workshop is geared toward anyone who is looking to develop a greater awareness and understanding of mental health issues faced today. We would love for you to extend the invitation to friends or family who might also be interested. Everyone is welcome! 


This workshop breaks down the barriers between us and them when we speak about mental health, allowing each of us to recognize we are all on the mental health continuum - somewhere between languishing or flourishing, whether diagnosed with a mental illness, or not. Participants will consider individual capacity, stress and vulnerability as it relates to mental health and the resources and practices that have helped them and others move from surviving to thriving.

Participants will

  • Be introduced to what MH is/is not and some definitions of mental health and mental illness.
  • Explore the mental health continuum, from languishing to flourishing.  
  • Consider one’s own position on the MH continuum.
  • Grasp that flourishing in mental health is uniquely experienced by each individual, determined by external context, personal vulnerability (from history) and current capacity to handle stress.
  • Generate ideas of what practices and/or resources have helped them and others move from languishing to flourishing.
  • Consider how to manage one’s own mental health (personal medicine) and also walk alongside another (self-management and companioning).
    *Interactive questions, activities, and case studies will focus on anxiety and depression.


Fiona Choi

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"I once walked alongside a friend who experienced early trauma and battled with depression and suicidal thoughts. Together with a small community, we journeyed with her and gradually saw her uplifted and gain the strength in Christ to continue her walk towards mental, emotional and psychological healing. This brought me such joy. I was 14 at the time. Since witnessing the power of such transformation, I have also seen the pain of those who are marginalized for their mental health issues and struggle to be understood, even amongst those who boldly proclaim the love of Jesus Christ.

I firmly believe that a spiritual community can provide much-needed mental health support, open avenues of communication and help remove barriers that prevent potentially healing relationships from developing. My motivation for joining Sanctuary’s mental health coach program is driven by a desire to see church and parish communities work together towards healing transformation, beginning with the church and parish family and eventually extending beyond that, possibly stirring waves outside the walls and into the larger community."

Fiona has an educational background in psychology, mental health and addictions research. She is currently working on her post-doctorate training with the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction to understand and improve treatment and health outcomes of substance abuse and co-morbid psychiatric conditions.

Kate Dewhurst

"I am a pastor’s kid, have worked in pastoral ministry and through the years, I have participated in many different Christian communities -- from Catholic to Anglican to Pentecostal to Mennonite/Mennonite Brethren and non-denominational churches and parishes. Within these environments, I have experienced the powerful ways God works in community to bring support, care, healing, wholeness and transformation. Also at times, through a lack of mental health awareness and understanding, I have witnessed further marginalization of persons living with mental health issues.

A couple of years ago, I attended a Sanctuary seminar and was impacted by the stories of people with lived-experience and their insights into how churches and parishes could better support their recovery journeys. I wanted to be part of an organization that elevates these voices and their life-wisdom."

Kate is married to Nate, and has worked as a teacher, pastor and writer and she currently serves as Sanctuary's Services Coordinator. She finds the common thread of community development woven through the many roles she has filled and is inspired by the ways church communities can become even more loving places of belonging and hope.

Plan to Protect: October 22

Do you currently help out with our kids' or youth programs? Are you interested in becoming a volunteer?

Join us Saturday, October 22nd for the next Plan to Protect workshop. Come and meet other volunteers while receiving the mandatory training for all of our children and youth workers. 

The workshop will take place from 9:30am until 12:30pm at Redemption Church.

This is a new orientation training, but can also count as your annual refresher.  If you would prefer to do your annual refresher online please let Lisl know.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Lisl Baker by email, in person, or call the church office at 604-732-5577.

Plan to Protect: November 28

Do you currently help out with our kids' or youth programs? Are you interested in becoming a volunteer?

Join us Saturday, November 28 for the next Plan to Protect workshop. Come and meet other volunteers while receiving the mandatory training for all of our children and youth workers. 

The workshop will take place from 9:30am until 12:30pm at Redemption Church.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Lisl Baker at or 604-723-7400.

Parent Education Spring Series

Join parents, child and youth workers, and other educators this spring for a four-week course exploring ways to nurture childrens' social and emotional development. This Parent Education Series is helpful for parents and other children's workers who engage with typical children as well as children with neurodevelopmental and behavioural challenges. The sessions provide an understanding of a child's social-emotional development. Do you want to learn some practical skills and theories behind ways to better relate with your children or other children that you work with? This course is for YOU!

April 20: Social and Emotional Learning/Self-Awareness

  • Overview of children's social and emotional development over time
  • How to talk about emotions with your children at home

April 27: Self-Management/Emotional Regulation

  • Introduction to the Zones of Regulation: what they are and how children can use the language at school and at home
  • Activities to do with children

May 4: Social Awareness & Perspective-Taking

  • Building on children's "social thinking"
  • Understanding the impact of self on others

**May 12: Relationship Skills & Responsible Decision-Making

  • Building and maintaining healthy, rewarding relationships
  • Communicating clearly, listening, cooperating and negotiating
  • Making choices about behaviour and social interactions

  • Considering ethics, safety, consequences and others' needs

Presenter bio: Reid Johnson is a registered social worker in BC and former family therapist. Reid has worked in psychiatry, counselling, and in medical and vocational rehabilitation for more than 30 years. His experience working with families, persons with disabilities and in community development is enriched by his experience in university and pastoral ministry. Reid currently works with children with neurodevelopmental conditions like Autism and ADHD. Reid is married with four children of his own. 

All sessions above will take place from 7:30 - 9:00 PM at Redemption Church (3512 West 7th Avenue and Collingwood, Vancouver) over 3 consecutive Monday nights and a final Tuesday night session.

**Please note this change from Monday, May 11.

The cost for the four-week series is $40/person. Payment can be mailed to Redemption Church (cash or cheques payable to "Point Grey Community Church," our legal name). Payment will also be accepted at the first session. 

Please register using the form below. If you have questions or would like more information, contact Lisl at 604-732-5577 or


Registration Form

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Basic Sozo Training

Sozo is the Greek word translated “saved, healed, and delivered." Sozo Ministry is a prayer ministry birthed out of Bethel Church in Redding, California and aimed to get to the root of things hindering your personal connection to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. With a healed connection, you can walk in the destiny to which you have been called. 

Redemption Church is hosting basic Sozo training on April 17 and 18. This basic training course will prepare you to participate in Sozo Ministry in your church. This course covers four Basic Sozo Tools: The Father Ladder, The Four Doors, Presenting Jesus and The Wall. Each tool can be used in combination with other tools as the Holy Spirit leads. In the course, we seek to teach the Scriptural Foundations for Sozo Ministry and give tips that will increase your ability to flow with the Holy Spirit in doing Sozo Ministry.

Sozo is a prayer ministry. It is not counseling or therapy. In the training we will be ‘teaching and doing’ the ministry. No one is required to participate. We will ask for a volunteer to participate in a live demo at the end of the training. In lieu of this, we will watch a DVD demo of basic tools at the end of the training.

The training session is conducted by instructors approved by Bethel Church to train and equip new Sozo prayer ministers. A Bethel Basic Sozo Manual is included in the registration fee. 

If you desire more information on the Sozo Training Course or Sozo Prayer Sessions, please email


 Sozo Basic Training Registration Form & Payment Information

Training will be held at Redemption Church (3512 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6R 1W3) on Friday, April 17 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM and Saturday, April 18 from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

The registration fee for this training is $50 a person. Please make cheques payable to "Point Grey Community Church" (our legal name) and mail to Redemption Church (3512 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6R 1W3).  

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If yes, please recognize that Sozo ministry sessions will be held on Friday and Saturday beginning at 9:00am on both days. The sessions are typically not more than two hours in length. A suggested donation for this session is $60 (to be paid only at the time of ministry). There are 27 slots that will be on a first-come-first-service basis. For more information on reserving a ministry slot, please email

Plan to Protect

Please note that this event has been changed from February 14 to March 14.

Do you currently help out with our kids' or youth programs? Are you interested in becoming a volunteer?

Join us Saturday, March 14th for the next Plan to Protect workshop. Come and meet other volunteers while receiving the mandatory training for all of our children and youth workers. 

The workshop will take place from 9:30AM until 12:30PM at Redemption Church.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Lisl Baker at or 604-723-7400.