The parishioners of St. Christopher in West Vancouver were thrilled to welcome Bishop John Stephens to his parish on Sunday, January 15. This was the first episcopal visit to the parish during Bishop John's now almost two year episcopacy. The visit coincided with the celebration of “St. Christopher’s Day”, an annual event that gives parishioners a chance to look back at all that they have achieved over the years while also looking ahead to the future.
Bishop John presided, celebrated the Eucharist, and preached a well-received sermon on being open to receive God's call in our lives and how we may use our gifts to serve the community. The liturgy included the hymn, "The Church's One Foundation", that had been sung during the first service held in the current church building in 1956.
Following worship, the congregation gathered in the parish hall to look at photos and memorabilia from past events. Elinor Martin, co-author of St. Christopher’s history book, gave an informative and entertaining presentation on the first 70 years of parish life and presented Bishop John with his own copy of the book. Following the presentation a delicious potluck lunch was served and those present had the opportunity to catch up with friends old and new.
This, the second annual St. Christopher’s Day was definitely one for the (history) books!
Please find attached a YouTube post of the liturgy and the information session and book presentation