One of the things which we look forward to in summer is joining with our sister congregation, West Vancouver Presbyterian Church. Last year we found this to be a tremendously enriching experience and so we are joining together for worship and pastoral care from this Sunday up to and including Labour Day weekend. Their minister, the Rev. Dr. Glenn Inglis will cover for me while I am away. This Sunday, June 25, the two choirs will be joining together. Following the service, the Presbyterians will be hosting St. David’s to a fiesta. On September 3, St. David’s will host the Presbyterian congregation to lunch. We will observe communion on the first Sunday of July and the on September 3.
A couple of things to think about this week as we slide into summer:
Next week we join together in celebrating Canada’s 150 anniversary as a nation. CBC recently conducted a poll about the national anthem. The question was whether the words should be changed to omit any reference to God in the line God keep our land glorious and free. Two surprising things emerged from the poll. First, they had the greatest response that they have ever had to any poll they have conducted and second, 86% of the respondents were in favour of keeping the word “God.”
One of the conversations which St. David’s is involved in as part of our Christian presence in the community is the issue of affordable housing in West Vancouver. The West Vancouver Foundation is sponsoring a series of these talks which are based on the statistical research which the Foundation sponsors.
Some of the questions being asked are:
- In the richest city in Canada how can we ensure that no one in our community is homeless or at risk of homelessness.
- How can we make the significant changes necessary to increase affordability and keep what we love about West Vancouver?
- If diversity is important to community vitality and resiliency, how do we ensure West Vancouver has housing for downsizers, families, people on disabilities, our workforce, people on low/fixed income?
And the facts:
- There are 100 homeless people on the North Shore
- An increasing number of people in our community are seeking social services and other forms of assistance.
- The average rent in West Vancouver is over $500 more per month than the average for Metro Vancouver.
- The average price of a single-family home in West Vancouver is nearly $3.3 million and a condo just over $1 million.
- The average size of a new detached home in West Vancouver in 2010 was 5,500 sq. ft.
- A concern is that most health and emergency service personnel live outside of West Vancouver and off the North Shore. How would the community fare in a disaster?
And a reminder that we have been live streaming our services through the St. David’s Facebook portal. Thank you, Vince, for doing this! We are hoping to live stream the services from the Presbyterian Church.
We have formed a new committee which will be looking at St. David’s presence on social media. Thank you to those who have volunteered to be a part of this committee. If you would like to join, please contact the church office.
St. David’s is in the process of hiring a part-time intercultural ministry co-ordinator. Interviews have been conducted and we will let you know as soon as we have a person for the position.
While our church administrator, Leanne, is away, Ceilidh will be filling in at the church office. Her hours are Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Please remember Leanne in your thoughts and prayers.
Blessings and Peace,