First News

Accepting the Call

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Good Afternoon, 

It is my joy to let you know that Anthony Brown has accepted the call to serve as our Senior Minister! 

I want to express my deep gratitude to our Senior Minister Search Committee members, Edna Grenz (Chair), Leona Adams, Josh Bennick, Alan Dyck, Sarah Kawamura, Lynda Palmer, and Holly Rail. For the past 21 months, they have laboured faithfully and prayerfully on our behalf. 

I also want to thank each and every one of you for your warm encouragements, wise reflections, and earnest prayers. 

As we have been, let us continue to fix our eyes on Jesus, our Good Shepherd. Let us faithfully, joyfully, and courageously respond to the His call in all spheres of our lives. 

"Pure grace and nothing but grace be with all who love our Master, Jesus Christ." (Ephesians 6:24) 

With joy,
Executive Minister 

Posted by Justin Kim

Lent 2019

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Lent is the 40 day season that precedes and prepares us for Easter. Since the 4th century AD, it has existed in common Christian practice as a time to think seriously about who Jesus is and how to live in response to Him. Looking towards Christ's death and resurrection, we ask ourselves if we are dying to the things He has called us to die to in order that we might truly live. 

This year, we will continue with the tradition of having communion on each Sunday in Lent, meeting Jesus at His table week by week as we journey towards remembering His death and resurrection on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. 

And we're going to try something new this year: on the first Sunday of Lent (March 10th), FBC will participate in what is known as " A Capella Sunday." (Click the link for more info)  

 We will have two Ash Wednesday services on Wednesday, March 6th:

A simple noon hour service for folks who work downtown or who would like to attend during the day from 12:15-12:45pm in the Chapel and a longer service at 7pm with choral and congregational music. 
Both services will include the imposition of ashes. Ashes remind us of our frailty, calling us to repent and to place our hope in God. This is a great way to mark the start of our Lenten journey with Jesus. 

In Christ,
Andrea Tisher
Minister of Worship

Posted by Andrea Tisher
Tags: lent

Alpha Course

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From April to June, FBC will be running a 10-week Alpha course to help people discover what Christianity is all about. Each session is designed to look at a particular aspect of the Christian faith and gives the opportunity for discussion. 

The evening includes dinner together, a short video, and time for small group discussion based on the topic that week. Topics include: Is there more to life than this? Who is Jesus? Why and how should I read the Bible, etc. Watch a video about the Alpha Film Series here.

The course will begin Monday, April 15th and run until June 17th. The evenings will be held from 7-9pm at St. James Community Square at 10th and Blenheim. 

We are looking for people to help! Would you consider being involved? Some ways you can be a part of this:

  • Invite a friend to come and attend with them!

  • Like to cook? Sign up to provide one or two meals during this series. You could also help with set up and clean up. 

  • Join the prayer team. Sign up to receive email prayer updates before and during the Alpha course. 

If you would like more information, or to sign up to help, contact Rebecca Thornber at