Christmas at Canadian Memorial

Now that our tree is lit and decorations have been hung, we’re ready to celebrate the season with you! From annual Christmas concert to the quiet Blue Christmas service to three services on Christmas eve, CMUC has something for everyone. Please join us!

CHRISTMAS JOY

Sunday, December 16
9:00am & 11:00am

Our annual Christmas concert x2!

With a 60-voice choir, full orchestra and children’s choir, and featuring musical selections ranging from classical, pop to soul-shaking gospel, CHRISTMAS JOY has something for everyone. Come join us as we celebrate the season of Joy!

The same concert happens at both 9am and 11am, to ensure there is enough room for everyone.

Tips: This is our most popular service of the year. If you want to guarantee yourself a seat, come at 9am!

 

Blue Christmas

Wednesday, December 19

7:30pm

The Christmas season can be incredibly tough for those who have experienced loss. Whether it’s grieving a loved one, disconnection from family, sorrow for the state of the world, or just a deep loneliness, Christmas can feel more tormenting than triumphant. Join Minister Beth Hayward for a special service, known as Blue Christmas, to acknowledge and release our grief and sorrow and begin a new journey toward joy.

 

Christmas Eve

Monday, December 24

4:00pm: Toddler service – A Christmas Service especially for the little ones! With characters, costumes, crafts and comfortable seats. Featuring lively Christmas music, storytelling and sacred moments, and even a little dancing. All wrapped up in 30 minutes!

7:00pm & 9:00pm: Candlelight service – A Christmas Service for the whole family! Amid the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, join us for a sacred moment. A chance to remember the Christmas story, to sing some of your favourite songs, and to be in the warm and loving company of this warm and loving community of faith. This candlelight service features soloist Dawn Pemberton. You won’t want to miss it!

 

General info for all services

Free to attend. Freewill offering. All are welcome!

Parking:

There’s always plenty of free street parking south of 16th Avenue.

Accessibility:

We have a level access door to the Church on the west side (opposite side from Burrard street). You can get there from the lane or up the sidewalk from 15th Avenue. Handicapped parking spots are available in the lot next to the Centre for Peace.

Visually impaired: If your visual impairment means you can read a large text document, please speak to an usher or greeter. We have the worship bulletin printed out in large print each week for this purpose.

Hearing impaired: We have audio aids for those who have trouble with their hearing. Just ask an usher when you arrive.

 

Join our Children’s Christmas Choir!

Kids and Youth needed for a special Children’s Choir performance during our annual Christmas Choir Concerts on December 16!

Children and youth (aged 7+) are needed (no audition required) who would enjoy learning a fun song and sharing it as part of this year’s Christmas Choir Concerts. In just two special rehearsals, kids will be ready to sing, “That Time of Year” from “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure”. All faiths and abilities welcome!

Rehearsals are December 2 and 9. Concert is December 16.

Check out this webpage for more details.

Questions? Contact Lonnie Delisle at Lonnie@canadianmemorial.org

Seven Days: The Story of Creation as told by the Burrard Street Story Guild

Burrard Street Story Guild participants will share the story of creation during worship on Nov. 25. They have been learning the story by practicing drama this fall in Sunday school.

BURRARD ST. STORY GUILD

Leaders: Tama Ward, Robyn Williams

A program unique to CMUC Burrard St. Story Guild had its inaugural launch in the spring of 2018 with its storytelling of the prophet Jonah. Story Guild uses theatre arts to invite children (ages 3-12) into the stories of the Hebrew and Christian traditions. Participants are given lots of options as regards the extent of their involvement on the stage (depending on confidence and skill levels), yet regardless of experience or training (none required) all the participants work together to build a storytelling event that touches the hearts of young and old alike.

Rehearsals for the Story Guild productions take place on Sunday mornings from 10:45-11:45.

AFFIRM Film night: “Belonging in the Body: Transgender Journeys of Faith”

AFFIRM FILM NIGHT

BELONGING IN THE BODY:

Transgender Journeys of Faith 

Wednesday, November 14 | 7-10pm 

Would you like to better understand transgender experiences through the lens of Christian faith? You are invited to CMUC’s Affirm screening of “Belonging in the Body: Transgender Journeys of Faith” on November 14 in partnership with Generous Space Ministries.

The film, released in 2018, shares the stories of 11 trans Christians along with their experience of church, scripture and faith. Following the one-hour film in the sanctuary, there will be a chance to ask questions to a panel of trans Christians. A reception with refreshments will follow in the Centre for Peace. This is a FREE event open to all with an optional opportunity to donate toward the work of Generous Space.  

Check out the trailer here:

Evening begins at 7 pm at the church. Panel discussion follows film. Reception will happen afterwards in the Centre for Peace. This is a FREE event with donations accepted for the work of Generous Space. Come are you are.

Check out our Facebook event page for more details.

Come as you are. Invite your friends; meet new ones. ALL ARE WELCOME.

Nov 11: Remembrance Day & CMUC’s 90th anniversary

This Sunday, November 11 we invite all to attend our Remembrance Day service and tribute to the 90th anniversary of Canadian Memorial United Church as a memorial to peace. Service and starts at 10:30am. Open house at 12:30pm. Concert at 2pm.

~Take in a reverent and inspiring wreath laying service with peace advocate Tessa Blaikie Whitecloud.

~Tour the historic stain-glass windows and read their poignant stories.

~And hear the Universal Gospel Choir as they perform a moving Remembrance Day concert.

 

This is the 90th anniversary of the church, and we are so proud that we still stand as a tangible memorial to peace.

Please join us!

10:30am – Commemorative Service with church choir and orchestra

12:30-1:45pm – Open House. View the historical stain-glass windows

2:00pm – Remembrance Day Concert by the Universal Gospel Choir. (By donation.)

Come pay tribute to those who fought for our freedom, and join with us as we promote peace.

 

Check out this post for more information.

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