The AbbeyChurch is a Christ-centred community seeking to receive everyone we meet with radical hospitality, humbly acknowledging that it is easier said than done.
We are rooted in ancient Christian teachings and practices, intentionally creative, liturgical and intergenerational and our gatherings, including the weekly Eucharist, are open to all.
We often say that we like to 'keep Church weird.'
We desire to be an authentic community of steadfast love and abundant grace, and are growing into our understanding of what that looks like in our everyday. We acknowledge that we will sometimes get it wrong.
We are striving to be a community that unites in Christ and celebrates diversity in all forms. We invite the sinner and saint in all of us to show up and be fed.
What to expect on a Sunday night
We gather is a layered semi circle around the altar at the front of the church. Musicians are seated at the front of the circle to help lead the singing. Our worship is punctuated by song, silence, prayer, readings and reflection, all culminating in the sharing of bread (gluten-free) and wine (and grape juice) at communion.
We practice an open table and all are welcome at Jesus’ table. Although children are always welcome in worship, we also offer an opportunity for children to learn together during the sermon / teaching time.
Where: 600 Richmond (at Richardson)
When: Sunday 3pm in the Church - most Sundays. Check Facebook in case something changes - especially during the summer.
We are a ministry of the Emmaus Community: a neo-monastic community that is focused on worshipping, living, praying and playing in the Fernwood, Oaklands and Fairfield-Gonzales neighbourhoods. You don't have to live in those neighbourhoods to join us!
We are a shared ministry of the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia (aka Diocese of Islands and Inlets) and The United Church of Canada, and are in full communion with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. We are a part of the NewLeaf Network and the Parish Collective.
The AbbeyChurch worships, serves, prays and plays on the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations.
The AbbeyChurch welcomes into full belonging and leadership all who seek to follow Jesus Christ as Lord; including LGBTQ2IA+ people, women, elders and children, non-binary folks, differently abled folks, folks from communities of colour, indigenous peoples, those of various housing realities and varied educational places and linguistic abilities - and varied and diverse political, ecological and social positions.
In other words - everyone who seeks to be a disciple of Jesus.
We welcome and respect those from a variety of theological positions and denominational affiliations - even as we strive to be rooted in a generous orthodoxy rooted in scripture and the historic Creeds of the Church - as well as the distinctives in being an Anglican and United Church ecumenical shared ministry.
We recognize that a comittment to a deep diversity means that we include in belonging and leadership those who are actively and prayerfully discerning their own diverse positions regarding inclusion; even when it may vary from others in the church. We trust that the Holy Spirit will unite and challenge us in this call as a community rooted in faith, hope - and, greatest of all, love.