North Shore Pacific Grace Mennonite Brethren Church (North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
Before 1997, the only Chinese church presence on the North Shore (North Vancouver and West Vancouver) was some small Bible study groups. In October 1996, Pacific Grace Mennonite Brethren and Burnaby Pacific Grace Chinese churches in Vancouver received an invitation from some of their members on the North Shore to begin an outreach ministry there. Following an evangelistic Christmas lunch in 1996, several programs were initiated. In the next half-year, through evangelistic meetings, Bible study classes and home visits, 13 people accepted Christ. In June 1997, a team visited 200 homes in one week, inviting local residents to attend a musical evangelistic meeting on the weekend. About 100 people attended, and four accepted Christ.
In January 1998, a core group of families from the two Pacific Grace churches began weekly Sunday worship services and various fellowship meetings for adults, youth, young working adults, post-secondary students and children. At Thanksgiving 1998, the group formally registered as the North Shore Pacific Grace Mennonite Brethren Church, with 32 charter members. The congregation joined the British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches in May 1999.
The church has had its share of difficulties. The worship service location changed a number of times in its history, and many activities have had to be conducted in homes because the church has no permanent meeting place. But God has used these home meetings as stepping stones to bring in new families living nearby. To Wang-Hui served as pastor of the church from its inception until July 2005, when he resigned for health reasons. Abraham Lau became pastor of the congregation in November of that year.
Directory of Mennonite Brethren Churches and Church Plants in British Columbia. Abbotsford, BC: British Columbia Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, 1999: 57.
Mennonite Brethren Herald (May 20, 2005): http://www.mbherald.com/44/07/transitions.en.html (accessed 19 May 2008).
"We Are in the Same Family." Mennonite Brethren Herald 40, no. 21 (November 9, 2001). http://old.mbherald.com/40-21/family.html (accessed 19 May 2008).
Mailing address: 202-1801 Welch Street, North Vancouver BC V7P 1B7
Meeting address: 515 West Windsor Rd., North Vancouver, BC (The Bridge Community Church)
North Shore Pacific Grace MB Church Membership
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