About BC Conference

BC Conference is an administrative and service-delivery body of The United Church of Canada. We provide staff, finances, advice, advocacy and programming resources to 10 presbyteries, 200+ congregations, hundreds of ministry personnel and numerous ministries in British Columbia including camps, social service agencies, housing and care facilities, chaplaincies, hospitals and educational centres.

Read about our mission and vision and read what's happening in our part of the church below. Then like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

Celebration of Ministry 2016

Start Date: 
Jun 4 2016 - 1:30pm

The Celebration of Ministry worship service for BC Conference will be held:

June 4, 2016
1:30 p.m.

West Vancouver United Church
2062 Esquimalt Avenue,
West Vancouver, BC

This service is usually held at the General Meeting of BC Conference except in those years (like 2016) when there is no General Meeting.  We anticipate up to nine people will be ordained or recognized as Designated Lay Ministers.  Preaching will be the Rev. Dr. Keith Howard of Victoria.

Please pass on this invitation to your congregations and friends.

Shalom,
Doug Goodwin
Executive Secretary, BC Conference

Update from the Naramata Centre Society board

The Naramata Centre Society Board is working hard to develop the future direction for the Centre and ensure the Centre is safe and well cared for.  We are in a period of transition and discernment over what the future will be for Naramata Centre. 

This fall we engaged with people who care about the Centre during work weekends at the Centre and in communities across BC and Alberta. We heard many great ideas and some consistent themes started to emerge.

Many believe the Centre, as a place of spiritual nurture and renewal still holds true; a place for education, personal growth and transformation with strong connections to the United Church.

There were 20 public sessions and a number of individual submissions. Over 270 people participated providing us with valuable feedback about a possible future for Naramata Centre. 

Discernment weekend May 12 - 14, 2016

Bethlehem Retreat Centre in Nanaimo, BC

You will have the opportunity to explore your call to ministry in community, to learn about the different streams of ministry and to understand the denominational
process of the United Church of Canada. Open to all BC Residents.

Cost: $100
To request an application, please email bwolff [at] bc [dot] united-church [dot] ca (subject: Discernment%20weekend%20May%2014-16%2C%202016) (Brenda Wolff) at BC Conference United Church of Canada or call her at 604.431.0434 or 1.800.934.0434 Ext 308

Pray, Write and Act for Syrian Refugees

September 10, 2015 - Keith Simmonds
Dear friends in Christ,

In Corner Brook, at General Council 42, we learned that we were all dear. Dear to the heart of the greeter, dear to the folk we met, m’dear and m’darling to just about anyone who claims ‘The Rock’ that is Newfoundland, as home.

Each day we’d be asked “How’s she cuttin’, b’y?” and each day we’d respond “Best kind, b’y, best kind”. It was true enough. There among so many church folk, surrounded by so much love and so much care, it was ‘best kind.’

This past week, though, I’d have said “The bottom’s gone right out of her.”

42nd General Council

The 42nd General Council of The United Church of Canada took place August 8-14, 2015 in Corner Brook, Newfoundland at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University and the Corner Brook Civic Centre.

What is General Council?

The General Council is a national gathering of 356 delegates called commissioners. Close to 200 guests, observers, youth, children, global partners, staff and volunteers will also be present for the week-long gathering.

Why does General Council happen?

The General Council meets every three years to elect a new Moderator, to pray and worship together, and to approve new church policies. All General Council business reflects the church's deep commitment to concerns of peace and justice, and to God's call to mend the world.

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