I'm new here...
.... then welcome, we love meeting new people!
Is this a Safe Place?
YES. You are welcome here. NO EXCEPTIONS. We acknowledge that we gather, worship, work and play on the unceded and ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations and we are a *Reconciling in Christ Community, welcoming into full membership and ministry people of all sexual orientations and gender identities (lesbian, gay, bisexual, two spirit, trans, non-binary, intersex and queer +). We are committed to being a welcoming church that is opposed to discrimination against any person on any basis. We seek to extend hospitality to our neighbours and friends and ALL ARE WELCOME here, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation; regardless of social, economic, educational, or linguistic status; regardless of citizenship, religious, or cultural background; regardless of relationship status or family make-up; and regardless of physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual condition. First Lutheran is a community of diverse cultures and traditions that seeks to extend love and grace to one another.
What can I expect?
At First Lutheran we celebrate Holy Communion every Sunday at 10:30 am. Our service includes lively music, Bible readings, children's message and Sunday school, sermon, prayers, and many welcoming handshakes!
The service is always followed by coffee, light snacks and interesting conversation on the lower level.
What about my children?
Children are an important part of our community and our worship. We encourage parents to feel at home as they help their children experience worship. We understand there may be wiggles and active bodies. There is often a children's time during the service. All children and parents are welcome to receive Holy Communion. There is a place in the narthex at the back of the church where children may go if they need some quiet time to colour or read.
What about Communion?
Worship is the heart of our ministry and mission. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper every Sunday morning at 10:30 am.
The bread is received in the open palm (gluten free option available upon request),
All are offered wine or non alcoholic grape juice from the first (common) cup, or can choose an individual portion.
Anyone who desires prayer and/or anointing for the healing of any illness or brokenness in mind, body or spirit
are invited to receive these blessings after communing.
Parking and Transportation and Accessibility?
We are located in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighborhood of East Vancouver, 6 blocks east of Victoria Drive,
and south of 41st Ave, on the corner of Wales street and 42nd Ave.
By Car: Parking in our west side lot, is accessed from Wales St. and on the church side of Wales St. and 42nd Ave.
By Bus: The church is well served by the #41 and #29 bus, minutes from Joyce and 29th Ave Skytrain stations.
Accessibility: There are two disability parking spots in the parking lot (access off Wales St.) directly in front of the side door (office) wheelchair entrance. There is same level access to the sanctuary on the main level and an elevator to access the lower level. There are two fully accessible washrooms on the main level.
What do I wear?
In case you are wondering about what to wear to church, we are an informal group
and there is no need to dress up - just wear clothes! Come as you are and be welcome!