The Diocese of New Westminster consists of sixty-six parishes and three emerging faith communities organized in six Archdeaconries, each with two Deaneries (except Burrard which has only one.) You can find a map of the diocese and a list of Archdeacons and Regional Deans here, and a list of parishes organized by Deanery here.
Christ Church Cathedral
Situated on the ancestral territory of Coast Salish nations, Christ Church founded in 1888 is both a parish church and the diocesan Cathedral, designated as such in 1929. A much loved heritage building in the downtown Vancouver, the Cathedral’s diverse congregations value Anglican worship, thoughtful engagement with scripture and meaningful service to the community. The performing and visual arts find a home at the Cathedral which is a safe, welcoming and positive space for LGBTQ/2S people, their friends and families. Our motto is “Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Minds.” You can find the Cathedral's web site here.
The Burrard Archdeaconry centres around the downtown core of Vancouver, as well as venturing out into East Vancouver. There are eight parishes, including the Cathedral. The demographic of the downtown area is fairly typical of Canadian cities, with great wealth as well as great poverty. Many of the churches are involved in social projects supporting the needs of a wide cross section of our communities. Several of the churches have developed ministries to particular cultural groups including a Japanese congregation and an explicitly multicultural congregation.
The Capilano Archdeaconry comprises the northwestern portion of the diocese, stretching from Deep Cove in the east, including North and West Vancouver, northwest to include Whistler, and west to include the Sunshine Coast up to and including Powell River. Twelve parish churches serve a varied population including pensioners, professionals, coastal fishers and even a few children and youth. A strong focus on mission and ministry means that our parishes are known for their positive impact in the communities they serve.
The Archdeaconry of Fraser consists of sixteen worshipping congregations spread from Surrey all the way east to Hope and from the Fraser River south to the US/Canadian border. Our parishes are known for being inclusive church families with a climate of openness and welcome. As a group, our congregations' vision is to continue to focus on membership growth, deepen our spirituality, and engage in the life of our communities.
The Lougheed Archdeaconry comprises of 10 parishes along the north side of the Fraser River, stretching from Burnaby to Mission. The parishes vary from high density housing to smaller rural communities. There are many commuters living within the Archdeaconry and there are pockets of industry providing jobs closer to home.
Most of the communities have seen expansion of housing in the last couple of decades and will continue to expand. Housing prices in Vancouver have priced many families out into the suburbs and further away. Many of these families have moved out into the valley. The expansion of the Skytrain to Coquitlam has helped commuters. Several of the churches within the Archdeaconry are heritage buildings with the advantages and disadvantages of such designations. Because of the new housing developments, some churches are no longer in the heart of the village, town or city, as they once were, and this presents challenges to being visible and present in the local communities.
The Archdeaconry of Vancouver incorporates the parishes on the west side of the city of Vancouver in the Point-Grey and Granville areas. There are ten parishes in this region and also the Vancouver School of Theology. It is an area of great extremes in terms of expensive homes and a homeless population, well-educated professionals and students, the very wealthy and those with little income, those new to Canada and others who have been here for generations or even longer. The churches of this area respond to the concerns of all of these people in a whole host of beautiful and positive ways.
The Archdeaconry of Westminster encompasses the regions of Richmond/Delta and the TriCities of New Westminster and South Burnaby. This is mostly the central and southwestern part of the Diocese. Many of the people who live in these areas are commuters or those who are can afford to live in close proximity to the downtown core of Vancouver. There are nine parishes in the Archdeaconry, three of which are historical sites (Ladner, New Westminster and Sapperton), and two of which are known by the outreach programs in the neighbourhoods in which they serve (St Barnabas and St Albans in Richmond). The remaining four parishes are located in growing suburbs that are constantly changing demographically and culturally. In Delta, the two churches are situated on the territories of the Tsawwassen First Nations, while the other seven churches are located on other lands of the Coast Salish First Nations peoples.