Take the Plunge Easter Weekend!

Thinking about baptism! Take the plunge this Easter Sunday - we're planning to celebrate the sacrament of baptism as a community.

If you are feeling the call to get baptized, join us for our next Living Room Session on March 30th, where our lead pastor,Tim Horman, will be teaching on and discussing this important step in the journey of faith, and email him today to sign up for Easter Sunday: tim@pgcc.org

See you at the water's edge! 

Living Room Session #3: The Sacraments

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The Living Room Sessions provide opportunities to dig deep into topics of faith.

We gather monthly to connect, eat, and discuss a particular topic of Christian faith and practice. 

Join us for these informal and informative evenings - everyone is welcome! 

MARCH SESSION: UNDERSTANDING THE SACRAMENTS - BAPTISM & COMMUNION

Sunday, March 30th from 6:30PM - 9:30PM 

@ The church: 3512 W 7th (at Collingwood)

A simple dinner (like pizza or sushi) will be provided.

Baptism isn't an 'optional extra' but an essential part of discipleship. To prepare those interested in getting baptised, Tim Horman will be teaching at our next Living Room session on the meaning of the sacraments (communion and baptism).

This will be required for anyone who would like to be baptised this Easter, though everyone is welcome to come and bring their questions and discussion around what baptism and communion means according to scriptures, and within our community context. 

 

 

 

Lent 2014: Create. Participate. Encounter...Artists Needed!

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We're doing something a little different this Lent and Easter season, and would love to have your artistic involvement and participation.

We've set up a special area on one side of the church near the blackboards, and want to fill it with art - either art in the making, art in motion, stationary art, or whatever else you may be inspired to do based on our weekly themes.

The overall idea is to enter into the story of Jesus' journey to the cross each week as a whole community, and we're hoping to have artists in motion and creating during the Sunday service in our Lent space, or if that's too much pressure, bringing a piece to install that will invite the congregation to participate and meditate, and engage with Christ in a new way. 

Just think of it like an extended Stations of the Cross for the entire season of Lent as we journey together towards Easter - we may also set up a station every week and incorporate it into our collective worship time. 

If you have any ideas, big or small, or want to sign up for one of the weekly themes below, please let us know and we can get creating and creative! Also, if you know of any artistic folk or friends who would love to participate, spread the word!

Contact: Sarah Kift - sarah@pgcc.org

Our weekly themes: 

March 9: First Sunday - New creation/Garden of Gethsemane

March 16: 2nd Sunday - Jesus Betrayed

March 23: 3rd Sunday - Trial

March 30: 4th Sunday - Denied by Peter

April 6: 5th Sunday - Scourged and Crowned

April 13: Palm/Passion Sunday - Judged/Palm Sunday

April 18: Good Friday - Cross and sacrifice

April 19: Holy Saturday/Vigil - Vigil/Waiting for the Lord

April 20: Easter Sunday - Resurrection

 

Prayer in Community: Wednesday Nights

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Prayer in Community starts this Wednesday!

 

'Lord , I have heard of your fame, I stand in awe of your deeds, Renew them in our time.' Hab. 3: 1

 

Do you agree that praying with others can amplify our awareness of God?  Have you ever had this experience?

 

Come and be upheld by the prayers of fellow believers.  Everyone is welcome.

 

Wednesdays - 7:00 p.m. @ 7th & Collingwood 

 

" Now He is able to do more than all we ask or imagine ...."  Eph. 3:20 

We Believe: Winter 2014 Sermon Series

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Dear Church,

This Sunday, January 12,  we are launching a new preaching series, which is going to be something a little different to anything we have done in the past. For the next few weeks we'll be looking at the Nicene Creed, which is an amazing document, and historically one of the most important for the church, apart from Scripture. 

Alongside the content of the creed, we'll be looking at why the Nicene creed was written, why it is still important for us, and as we look at each section of the creed over the next few weeks, we will be unpacking the many key passages of Scripture that it is based on.

 

It's going to be a fun journey, and I'm really looking forward to sharing it with you.

Tim H

Lead pastor

 

The Nicene Creed in full:

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

 

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven:

by the power of the Holy Spirit

he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory

to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

 

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father [and the Son].

With the Father and the Son

he is worshipped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

 

The Crew Needs You!

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Every Sunday we gather together to worship and fellowship as a community, and all the behind-the-scenes stuff is done by a dedicated group of volunteers.

Since moving to our new space and running two services, we are in desperate need o more help. Please consider signing up today - many hands make light work and the more people are involved, the shorter the shifts will be. 

SERVICE CREW

Make the building ready, set up chairs, greet newcomers, facilitate communion, offering and other in-service events, and assist people with various needs and information. 

A great way to meet new people, practice hospitality and get involved in church life as part of a consistent team. 

Committment level: Once a month; minimal training required; 8am-1pm Sundays until we have more people! 

 

Email Sarah Kift: sarah@pgcc.org

 

COFFEE CREW

Set-up, serve and clean up coffee and tea and all the fixings for both services; you will have so many grateful people thanking you that it will make you feel totally awesome! 

Committment level; Once a month; minimal training required. 

Email Tracy Moar: tracymoar@gmail.com

 

MULTIMEDIA

Prepare and project the worship songs, record the sermon, coordinate and project slideshows and other media for pastors and staff.  

Commitment level: Once a month; training required; 8am-12pm Sundays

Email Ian Lin: ilin09@hotmail.com

 

WORSHIP

Practice and play instruments or sing vocals as part of a band.

Commitment level: Once every three Sundays plus practice times (varys within in each band), musicianship and singing ability required.  

Email Tyson Beesley: tyson@ pgcc.org

SOUND

Manage a complex sound board and speaker system; dynamic adjustments as required by various bands; movement of sound equipment and stage set-up as required. 

Commitment level: once a month; significant training required.  

Email Ian McLeod: creedence85@gmail.com

 

PRAYER TEAM

Come prepared to pray for people after the service; pre-service prayer at 8:30am or 10:30am.

Commitment level: Once every three weeks; personal interview and confirmation by leadership team required.  

Email Tony Vick: tonyvick@shaw.ca

 

KIDS & YOUTH MINISTRY

Every Sunday we have three different classes running for kids age 3-13 in various locations. 

Commitment level: Varied times and rotations; criminal record check required; personal interview required. 

Email Lisl Baker: lisl@pgcc.org  

Church in the Park! Sunday, August 4th

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Yay! The weather forecast is looking great, and once again, we'll be bringing some blankets, some sandwiches and some joy down to Jericho Beach Park this Sunday to celebrate summer and new life together. We have four baptisms planned, so you'll get to hear some testimony and then walk over to the water to see it live. Get in the splash zone, then dry off and relax with us under the trees as we share a meal together:  a BBQ by donation, hosted by our youth ministry.  

See you Sunday under the willow trees at 10am. Bring a blanket and a few dollars to share. 

 

***Please note***  We will be having a picnic style lunch instead of a BBQ this week, with meat, cheese and veggie sandwiches, as well as fruit and other summer themed treats.  

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Take the plunge!

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We had a wonderful time with our new pool at the Hollywood on May 12, and rejoiced with two of our folk who took the plunge! If you have been nudged to consider baptism, don't put it off any longer - talk to Christine Hammill or send us an email today. Next Baptism Sunday coming soon!

To learn more, you can take a look at the Baptism workbook below - we ask that all those wanting to be baptised work through it and meet with one of the pastors prior to being baptised.