WELCOME

An Invitation to

Bowen Island United Church

We are an open hearted, open minded Faith Community. No matter the colour of your skin, no matter who you love, no matter where you are on your faith journey-you are welcome here. We follow the teachings of Jesus Christ because by doing so, we believe we maintain a focus on justice, reconciliation, forgiveness, compassion and love. We believe that if we follow the path that Jesus shows us, we can contribute to the healing of the world and that lives may be transformed. Please join us each week as we worship online. Our services can be found on YouTube on our channel “Bowen Island United Church.” We bring music, prayer scripture and a reflection to you each week as we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Dr. Bonnie Henry and as she says, “This is for now. It is not forever.”

Our Service to the Community

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Food Bank
Pantry Style Food Bank allowing 24 hour access for anyone in need.
Fall Supper
Bringing the Community Together over a warm, nutritious meal.
Strawberry Tea
Bringing the Community Together in the Early Summer for an outdoor gathering with strawberries, tea, scones, gently used clothing, entertainment and more.
Pastoral Care
Keeping in touch with those who may be isolated, lonely or in need of Spirtual Care.

Moments in Time

Programming & events throughout the year.
We bring in musical guests, speakers at different points throughout the calendar year.

Sunday School

Remembering

A time for reflection

Musical Guests

Strawberry Tea

Drive Through — Strawberry Tea
Every June, Bowen Island United Church hosts a Strawberry Tea. Last year, it became a Drive Through Strawberry Event due to Covid-19. This year it will again be held as a drive through event at The Legion on June 12th.

Oh how we yearn to be together in the churchyard, welcoming the community-serving tea and amazing shortcake along with the freshest of strawberries and sandwiches. But, for now, we can promise you strawberry shortcake and sandwiches by donation at The Legion. You can pre-order bulk strawberries in 2.5 pound baskets by emailing Sheila McCall at msmccall@telus.net or call Sheila at 604-947-9074.

Please come out on Saturday, June 12th. We will start serving at noon and close when we are sold out. Early birds will be chatted with and offered smiles but we will not start serving until the stroke of noon.

Thank you all for supporting the life and ministry of Bowen Island United Church.

Prayer Circle

Prayer Circle
For centuries, Christians and people of all faith traditions, have gathered together to pray for the world and for one another. Today is no different. With many in our community in need and many in the world who are suffering, Bowen Island United Church is beginning a Prayer Circle starting Wednesday, June 2 at 7:15 and meeting the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Sarah Jane Milroy has kindly offered us her outdoor deck as a meeting place. She is at 1457 Woods Road.

We will gather, have a time of sharing and then begin to pray. Music, silence, poetry and contemplation will all be incorporated into our time together.

If you are interested in joining our circle to receive and offer prayer, contact Lorraine at (778) 688-2061.

“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”

Colossians — 4:2

Message from the Board Chair

January 11, 2021
Bowen Island United Church would like to thank all those who supported the drive-thru dinner we held at the Legion in December.

These past few months have been financially challenging for many, including churches, and we do appreciate the support. It means we can continue to be a vital presence here on Bowen...

Our Church has been working hard to be flexible and adjust where we can during the pandemic; we were pleased to still be able to offer versions of annual events like the Strawberry Tea and Fall Supper. Our dedicated volunteers have also made sure that the food bank has stayed open, safe and well stocked.

We were very disappointed not to be able to gather this year for Christmas Eve worship, surrounded by the beautiful Christmas light display. Attending this service is a lovely tradition for so many people. We try to remember that this is not forever, it’s just for now.

Because we can’t worship in-person right now, Reverend Lorraine Ashdown has been recording a weekly service. If you’d like to check it out on youtube, search “Bowen Island United Church.” We have a facebook page, too. Our website is also a great source of information if you’ve ever been curious about the past and present of our church. The site is www.biuc.ca

Bowen Island United Church relies heavily on the financial generosity of its congregation as well as local community to help keep the doors open, the lights on and continue to function as a faith community. As we move further in to 2021, we welcome any contributions you can afford. If you’re able to help us you can e-transfer Board Treasurer, Sheila McCall at msmccall@telus.net (be sure to include your address in the message for a tax receipt). You may also send a cheque, payable to Bowen Island United Church, to BIUC Treasurer, c/o 264 Smugglers Cove Road, V0N 1G1. Donations over $25 will be issued a tax receipt.

Kind regards,
Mary Ann Zakreski
Board Chair, Bowen Island United Church

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BIUC