At the AbbeyChurch, we practice the teachings and ways of Jesus as best we can. We share hope, share meals, throw parties, care for our neighbours, and for God's creation.
We're all hungry in our own ways for a deeper sense of meaning, connection and spirituality.
We're at different places in our journey - but we share a guiding story as found in sacred scripture and outlined in ancient Christian creeds.
We share a willingness to honestly wrestle with God and with our questions and doubts.
We intend to be truly diverse; old, young, rich, poor, conservative, liberal, single, married, LGBTQ2IA+, straight, evangelicals, progressives, overeducated, undereducated, certain, doubting, hurting, thriving (to name a few).
We believe that Christ's love binds our differences together in unity as we gather at Jesus' table of welcome.
We say we like keep church weird: which means we keep church open to the surprising, the creative, the mysterious and the authentic. It means too that each person is safe to grow and be themselves and contribute in ways that are uniquely theirs. There is no cookie cutter religion here.
“We trust that everyone will be safe, but that no one will be comfortable.” [Rachel Held Evans - Searching for Sunday page 72]
Religion isn’t a crutch or a way to make life easy. We believe it is a means by which we might be learn to be the best version of ourselves in the context of community. Sometimes that might be uncomfortable but we all make sure that we are safe to grow in relationship and respect of each other.
We gather is a layered semi- circle around the altar / table 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 Eucharist and all are welcome at Jesus’ table. You are welcomed to receive as you feel called to do so.
Although children are always welcome in worship, we also offer a children’s ministry with opportunity for children to learn together during the sermon / teaching time.
Where: Balmoral at Quadra (First Met)
When: Sunday 4pm in the Church - most Sundays.
Some weeks we stream online here:
We are located right in the neighbourhood where many of us live (focusing on, but not limited to. North Park, Fernwood and Oaklands.)
Unlike many church plants, we are not funded by big outside sources, though we do get some small grants from our parent denominations – The Anglican and The United Church - as we evolve and grow. In this sense we hope to be an organic, sustainable presence for the long-term and not dependent on large outside donations for staffing or building budgets.
We also brew beer and make non-alcoholic elixirs as a craft industry... But that's another story.
Rather than having big budgets for music, staff, clergy & buildings, we are experimenting with a grassroots, ‘small is beautiful’, patiently-fermenting model which focuses on the gifts of people.
We accept all at Jesus' table of communion. We welcome and are enriched by the full participation, leadership and inclusion of LGBTQ2IA+ folks in our community.
Clergy from The AbbeyChuch officiate marriages and adult and infant baptisms for folks from all sexual orientations and gender identities.
The AbbeyChurch is a Christ-centred, Trinitarian ministry of the neo-monastic Emmaus Community which seeks to live out faith daily, not just on Sundays though commitments to prayer, presence and simplicity. As an intentional community we pray together most weekdays and seek to live lives of hospitality including with those on the margins of our society. We have a commitment to prayer, presence and simplicity. AbbeyChurch members are welcome to participate in the life of the Emmaus Community as they wish.
The AbbeyChurch and The Emmaus Community are a shared ministry of the The Anglican Diocese of British Columbia (aka Diocese of Islands and Inlets) of The Anglican Church of Canada and the Pacific Mountain Region of The United Church of Canada. We are in full communion with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada - through the ACC - and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) - through the UCC.
The AbbeyChurch worships, serves, prays and lives on the ancestral, traditional and 'unceded' territories of the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. By saying 'unceded', we recognize that though the flawed Douglas 'Treaties' do exist - their content was filled in only after blank pages were by the Tribal Chiefs - and consent is uncertain at best. We also recognize the reality that the Lək̓ʷəŋən-speaking peoples', these Nations, are in a process of developing new treaties. For a more extended and person land-acknowledgment and history from one of our folks, please click here (land acknowledgment starts around 6:20). As a Christian community of faith who is affiliated with the 'of Canada' denominations, we who are settler-occupiers recognize our own complicity in historic and ongoing colonialism; including ongoing euro-centric ways and our past involvement in the genocidal Indian Residental 'School' (ie prison) system. Together, we prayefully seek right-relationship, reparations and justice - and thus commit to action as called for by Indigenous leaders in the Churches and the TRC Calls to Action. We support the development of the self-determining Indigenous Church within our denominations (Anglican and United) and seek to be evangelized by the faith of Indigenous Christians.