Teacher & Parent Workshop

Hey there parents and youth and kids' volunteers!

We are hosting our first ongoing training session to help support and equip you in teaching and nurturing children. Some of you may already be close to experts by now and some of you are new to the world of children's education. This workshop is designed for ALL OF YOU! 

Come to Redemption Church from 7:30-9:00pm on either Monday, October 20 or Tuesday, October 21 for a session with Aloha Johnson.  


Workshop Overview:

Want to help with the children, but they seem like a bit of a mystery to you? Already signed up to help and you get butterflies every time your turn comes around? Have children of your own and find yourself trying to figure them out? Come and join us in our workshop. In a relaxed evening of laughter and discovery, we will look for the answers to the following questions:

-What is the Biblical view of the child?

-How important is preparation?

-What is “classroom management”? Can I actually have it?

-Who is in control? Can it be me?

-What are learning styles/MI’s? How will they help in my understanding of the child?

-What are “SGR’s”?

-Where do I begin?


Aloha's Bio:

A longtime member of this congregation, Aloha Johnson has a passion for teaching children and equipping adults to do likewise. She enjoyed being a teacher and administrator in the Christian school setting for 20+ years. In her teaching, she utilizes a variety of approaches from traditional, multiage, multi-sensory, learning styles and multiple intelligences, all from a Biblical perspective. She also has a deep interest in the arts and served as the worship coordinator for Point Grey for a number of years, as well numerous other worship and Fine Arts projects. She continues to serve at Redemption Church in a variety of capacities, including the Family Advisory Committee and worship.

Aloha (and Reid) have four children, and so many of these “theories” have been tried and tested in the field. 


We are very much looking forward to an evening of equipping!

Please RSVP so we can appropriately set-up our space. Thank you! Send RSVPs to Lisl at lisl@pgcc.org or 604-723-7400. 

Tierra Nueva: New Certificate in Ministry on the Margins

We are so blessed to have a long-standing relationship with Bob & Gracie Ekblad, who were recently up here for a ministry weekend with our church. (Click here to hear their weekend talks and here to learn more about Bob & Gracie). 

In October 2014, The People’s Seminary will pilot its first cohort Certificate in Transformational Ministry at the Margins. 

This 18-month course of study is designed for Christian pastoral workers called to pioneer holistic ministry among the poor and marginalized.

The foundation of the certificate is Tierra Nueva’s more than 30 years of ministry and reflection. Its objective is to train ministry leaders, missionaries, theology students, and pastors in transformational ministry that includes Word, Spirit, and Street categories.  The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology is considering co-sponsoring this non-accredited certificate.

Four 4-day courses will be offered over 18 months and will be limited to 35 participants who will journey together from start to finish as a learning community.  Classes will take place between Wednesday evening and Saturday evening in sixteen 1½-hour sessions. Courses will be followed by distance-learning activities and practical hands-on assignments.  Each on-site course will include daily worship and personal ministry, lectures, discussion, and group meals.

Tierra Nueva will host the course at its ministry center building in Burlington, Washington, an hour north of Seattle.  New Earth Refuge in Mount Vernon will provide lodging for up to 20 participants during the on-site sessions.   A separate cohort based in the United Kingdom will begin at All Saints Woodford Wells Church in London in January 2015. Partnerships for cohorts in Paris, Seoul and Bangkok are also being pursued.

Further information and the application from can be found on their website here:



Plan to Protect Volunteer Training Workshop: June 21 - Cancelled

Plan to Protect Volunteer Training Workshop

Notice to all volunteers with the kids and youth!

Our scheduled training is cancelled to focus on Greek Days - if you've already signed up, Lisl will be keeping you posted about the next training day!  If you're still interested in getting some awesome training and helping out with our kids' programs, please email her to get involved and sign up for the next training date! 




Greek Day aka Church on the Street Day!

We've been hearing about how to live out our faith in community this last little while, and now we've got the chance to get practical!  

Last year we had a fabulous time doing the same thing at two of Vancouver's busiest street festivals, and made lots of new friends, helped people relax, and blessed many with rest and a place to pause amidst the crowds. 

This year on Sunday, June 22nd, our signature summer event will be on the street in front of the Hollywood Theatre for Greek Day, alongside community partners Kitsilano Neighbourhood House and Vancity. We'll need between 30-50 volunteers to make this event a success, so mark the date on your calendars now and join us that Sunday for some service in action! 

Sign up today: sarah@pgcc.org or erincarbol@gmail.com

Opportunities include:

Supporting Greek Days Volunteers:

4 volunteers for Greek Days Kids’ Area throughout the day to give Greek Days volunteers breaks. 

Skills: willing to work with kids & parents in a busy area

Info Table:

4-6 people (in shifts of 2) willing to man our info table throughout the day and talk to people about our church as well as our history at the Hollywood/developments.

Skills: Networking and people skills; willing to talk to strangers and speak on behalf of the church 

Marketing & Promotion:

If you're artistic or media savvy and want to help with presentation in advance - any graphic design, posters, business cards or ways to show who we are in a public space/format (art, posters, telling the story etc) would be helpful!


4-5 people to unload the van, set up tents, couches, tables and gear; help lift and carry things.

Skills: muscles and ability to start at 9:00am Sunday.


4-5 people to pack up gear, clean up area; return things to church building and storage.

Skills: muscles, organization

Time: 4-6pm 

Chill Tent/Oasis: 

4 people always present on 2-3 hour shifts each


Mingle, greet, facilitate area, provide info and water refills (cooler or bottles).

Connect with people and chill out with them, monitor and keep area clean.

We will be there to help people who need a rest from the crowds, a cup of water, a moment of quiet; a cell phone recharge etc

Manage sidewalk chalk area for kids, chairs for parents to sit and rest in; manage colouring sheets of the Hollywood & handing out crayon boxes. 

Volunteer Tent:  

2 people every 2 hours  (~8 people)

Space for volunteers from Kits House and Vancity to take a break, get a snack, stash their gear, take a rest, connect with someone.


2-3 people wanting to gain event management experience to help oversee all areas and coordinate organization and trouble-shooting with Sarah Kift (basically be extra Sarahs - be able to know the big picture in terms of volunteers, logistics, timing, gear, and task lists as well as regular check-ins of specific areas). 

Working with Vancity and Kits House:

Volunteers to work alongside Kits House and Vancity volunteers at their tents throughout the day, running games and activities.

Skills: people wanting to make community connections and build bridges with our partners; show our love for the community in a practical way through serving with them shoulder to shoulder.

 Scheduled shifts will be organized with Vancity & Kits House. 

Volunteer Party - June 18

All volunteers will be invited to an orientation/pizza party here at the church on Wednesday, June 18th, where you'll receive an awesome t-shirt to wear at Greek Days, your assigned role and shift time and a chance to meet and greet our friends and fellow volunteers and staff at Vancity and Kits House. 

Sign up today!





Job Posting: Communications & Adminstration - Maternity Leave Position

We'll be needing someone to replace Sarah Kift as Communications & Administration Coordinator for the next year as she will be away on maternity leave - so check out the full posting here:

Job Posting: Communications & Administration

Please send resume and cover letter by May 25th, 2014 to our senior pastor, Tim Horman:


Interviews will commence the following week.

Four days of training provided from June 18-22, with the job starting on Sunday, June 29th, 2014. 

Volunteer this Summer!

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Want to get involved on a crew or team with the church? Sticking around town this summer and looking for some meaningful volunteer work?

We've got lots of spots open this summer and would love to have you!

Check out the various areas below - and join our volunteer community! And if you'd like to help out in any other ways, from special events to projects to a particular skill or talent you'd like to contribute, please don't be shy. Talk to one of our staff on Sunday or send us an email: info@pgcc.org



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



We're always looking for new creations and ways to document our church life - so if you're creatively minded and would like to add your art or photos to our ever-changing collections, we'd love to have you. From blackboards to web space, there's room for your particular lens. 

Email Sarah Kift: sarah@pgcc.org



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



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



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


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



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



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  

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! 


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. 




Kids' and Youth Volunteer Training - March 22!

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Kids' and Youth Volunteer Training Workshop - March 22

Have you started your volunteer application process, but not yet completed it?  Would you like to get involved in the kids' or youth ministries in the near future?  Would you like to complete your refresher training?  All of our volunteers are required to complete "Plan to Protect" training as part of their recruitment process.

On Saturday, March 22, we will be hosting a live webinar training session at the church from 9:30am-12pm.  

Come and join other volunteers for a time of conversation about why we do what we do, and to complete the Plan to Protect training required to be a volunteer with our kids and youth!

Please contact Lisl Baker to RSVP or with any other questions.  lisl@pgcc.org  604.723.7400.