St. Clare-in-the-Cove transforms into the Deep Cove Coffee House on the second Friday of each month. It becomes a lively performance space that features acoustic music showcasing local talent.

Members of the "little blue church" work together with the local community to provide a gathering place in Deep Cove in North Vancouver. This March the Coffee House celebrated its first year.

Regularly attracting an audience of 80 to 100 people, the Coffee House opens at 7.30 pm with four short acts. After a break at 8:30 for scones and muffins, organic fair trade coffee and other refreshments, the feature act goes on at 9 pm. Cost: $5.

The April Deep Cove Coffee House will be held this month on April 17.

In other news from St. Clare:

With co-facilitators Rev. Lynne McNaughton and Rev. Carla McGhie, the two parishes of St. Clement and St. Clare-in-the-Cove North Vancouver gathered at St Clement to prepare themselves for the Lenten season. Ashes, penitence and the development of Lenten practices were explored.

St. Clare and St. Clement worked together offering an Advent morning Retreat in 2008. Their joint work is ongoing as the two parishes are now engaged in a joint Lenten Study Series and have offered involvement to the other Anglican churches in the deanery.

The parishes in the North Vancouver Deanery are presently engaged in working jointly on the Ministry Assessment Process (MAP). The practice of parishes working together is reflective of what is happening and being encouraged in the deanery as a whole. It is exciting for participants to get to know each other in a new way and to see themselves as part of a larger faith community.