2018-19 Program & Ministry Brochure

This brochure is a collaborative offering from both St. Aidan’s United and CBUC, please make note of which campus the program you are interested is being offered at. 

Spiritual Practices

  • Date: Thursdays
    Time: 8:00am – 9:00am
    Room: Narthex
    Leadership: Eileen Campbell (ecchome@shaw.ca)
    Place: Campus CBUC

    Here you find yourself beginning in a quiet circle, letting go of the inner noise of your mind and spirit.  A passage of scripture or reading is read. Silence follows and you let the words just sink in.  The passage is read again … words are shared that connect with you. Silence again… the reading is read a third time…after another time of silence, people around the circle are invited to share what thoughts, images or words engaged them in the readings and silence. Spirit evokes a response which is shared. You rise refreshed and challenged. Coffee and tea time follows.

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  • Date: Tuesdays
    Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
    Room: Chapel
    Leadership: Moira Wightman (250-477-7689)
    Place: Campus St. A

    Come and sit in sacred stillness. Christian meditation (www.wccm.org) is based on an old tradition dating back to the 4th Century. Sit quietly, listen to music, hear a short recorded talk and then enter into 20mins of contemplative silence. This method of meditation involves repeating a word(s) in an attempt to draw us away from our own thoughts and concerns to attain harmony of body, mind and spirit. All faiths are welcome!

  • Cadboro Bay United Offers: weekly appointments for spiritual direction that are open to all They use a variety of spiritual practices to deepen the path you want to explore. Spiritual direction using deep listening, contemplative prayer and silence rather than therapeutic techniques. Sessions are private and confidential For an appointment please call the CBUC office 250-477-2715

  • Date: Mondays & Thursdays
    Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm (Sept – Dec)  1:00pm – 3:00pm (Jan – June)
    Room: Hall
    Place: Campus CBUC

    The labyrinth is an ancient walking meditation tool open to all who are seeking spiritual deepening. Name a question or wonder as you enter and then walk the path to the center. Or you can use it to simply empty your mind and soul of the noise and static and return to a place of grounded peace.  Music for mediation is available if you wish. Other times can also be offered, just speak with the office for availability

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  • Date:  Sundays
    Time: 9:00am – 9:30am
    Room: Chapel
    Facilitator: Betty Anne Dempsey (250-208-4394)
    Place: Campus St. A

    This time begins with a quiet reflection, a short reading followed by 30mins of silent contemplation with quiet background music. We end in prayer. It is a time to just “be”, embraced by the Holy

  • Date:  Tuesdays
    Time: 9:30am – 10:30am
    Room: Narthex
    Facilitator: Eileen Campbell (ecchome@shaw.ca)
    Place: Campus CBUC

    Would you like to try Tai Chi? The type of Tai Chi is called Tai Chi Chih which is a simple, gentle, form introduced in 1974. There is no cost for the program and you are welcome to bring friends. Wear comfortable clothing, no special gear needed. We begin with a self massage and some stretches then move into the Tai Chi form. You do not have to know the positions.

Exploring Our Faith - Adult Study & Reflection Groups

  • The Thursday afternoon study group will resume this year. While the season is broken into several courses, you are welcome to drop in at any point in any of the series. We want you to always feel welcome to jump in, listen & share.

    What is Believable & Not: A remake of Christian Faith for the 21st Century Mind

    Date: Thursdays Sept 13th – Oct 18 (omitting Sept 27)
    Time: 1pm – 3pm                     Room: Narthex/Sanctuary
    Leadership: Mark Green      Place: Campus CBUC

    A chance to both deconstruct and reconstruct a faith system that works for you. Hear the ideas of a number of contemporary authors, others in the group and leave with a sense of affirmation about what you believe and have faith in today. John Shelby Spong’s final book “Unbelievable” and Brian MacLaren’s book “The Great Spiritual Migration” will be two key resources for this study time. Excerpts will be shared with the group.

    Toward an Understanding of Gender Fluidity

    Date: Thurs Nov 1st – 29th  Time: 1pm – 3pm
    Room: Narthex  Leadership: Mark Green
    Place: Campus CBUC

    This is a chance to explore the ever changing world of gender and its fluidity. For many the changes, terms, ways of being respectful of others and trying to understand the psychology and numerous expressions is overwhelming and confusing. People often want to be supportive but aren’t sure how and may have questions they don’t know where to ask. This space and time will be a safe place to ask all the questions and explore even the biblical stories that have this component. We will look at the story of Joseph in a whole new way that we think you will find exciting.

    Massey Lecture Series

    Date Jan 17th -Feb 14th, 2019 Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
    Place: Campus CBUC     Leadership: Mark Green

    All Our Relations: “Finding Our Path Forward” is the title of  the 2018 Massey lectures exploring reconciliation in Canada. As a group we will listen to the lecture together (print versions can also be ordered online in advance) and then discuss what we have heard and the implications there are for us as a city, church and country.

  • Date: Fri Oct 26th – Sun Oct 28th    Room: Sanctuary
    Leadership: Beth Ann Estock    Cost: $25/person for the weekend 
    Place: Campus CBUC

    Beth Ann Estock, author of “Weird Church”, will be leading an event Oct 26-28th in Victoria. Beth Ann was a key theme leader at Holy Shift in Parksville last fall. Victoria Presbytery is bringing her back to the island for a more in-depth exploration of spiral dynamics, and analysis and examples of new expressions of faith communities in the 21St Century. Our two congregations are committed to having a significant group of leaders at this event and will be subsidizing the cost for our folks. Cost for the whole weekend is $25/person. The event takes place at Cadboro Bay United Church, Fri evening and through the weekend, including worship and final workshop on Sunday!

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  • Date: Fourth Saturday of Every Month
    Time: 7:00pm           Place: Campus CBUC
    Leadership: Mark Green      Room: Sanctuary

    Join us on the fourth Saturday of every month at 7pm for a feature length film connected to the theme of the month.  Popcorn, snacks and beverages are provided and the film is followed by a guided discussion and exploration of the themes that emerge.  You are welcome to join in any month and the upcoming film is announced at the beginning of each month in the newsletter and bulletin.

  • Date: Varied
    Leadership: Betty Anne Dempsey (bettyanned@yahoo.com)
    Place: Campus St. A                                

    These field trips are a wonderful opportunity to have fun, make new friends and explore beyond the traditional walls of church. The next trip planned is to Chemainus for lunch and theatre on Nov 24th, 2018. Sign up in the St. Aidan’s library or email Betty Anne.  The bus trip ministry is open to everyone in our community. Invite your friends & family. Questions? Trip Ideas? Call Betty Anne @ 778-432-3776

  • Date: 2nd Wed of each month
    Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
    Place: Different Members Homes
    Organizer: Lois Heppell (250-477-3465)

    Afternoon friends is a women’s group that meets each month. Occasionally having a guest speaker who informs about volunteer groups in the city and abroad. Each meeting “tea money” is contributed and donated to local charities.

  • Date: Mondays
    Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
    Leadership: Cheryl Black
    Place: Campus St. A

    This is for you if you:

    1. Want to help with the Sunday Reflection?
    2. Are interested in the Ancient Stories of Scripture?

    All are welcome to attend this small group discussion.

  • Date: 3rd Tues of each month
    Time: 2:00pm
    Room: Lounge
    Leadership: Jim Pearce (jamespearce@shaw.ca)
    Place: Campus CBUC

    This group of men take turns suggesting titles and together they discuss a book, its theme and its impact on their lives and the world around them. The group meets in the lounge on the 3rd Tues of each month. Come and join the discussion and have a cup of coffee!

  • Date: Wednesdays (1st & 3rd of the month)
    Leadership: Janis Evans (250-383-1956   rjevans1@telus.net)
    Place: 1st (member’s home) & 3rd Campus St. A

    St. Aidan’s Bookworms is a small group that reads and discusses two or three books a year, exploring spirituality and contemporary religious concepts. We welcome new members or visitors who would like to drop in.

  • Date: Tuesdays Oct 30-Nov 20
    Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
    Place: Campus St. A

    This is a follow up to the Beth Ann Estock event where we will push deeper at what the implications are of the learning from the weekend specifically for St. Aidan’s and CBUC as we continue our journey of integration and collaboration. What insight shape steps that we have taken or are anticipating taking or haven’t considered yet. Join us to plumb the depths of learning more.

     

  • Date: 1st Tuesday afternoon of the month (except Dec)
    Place: Local movie theatre & restaurant
    Leadership: Betty Anne Dempsey (bettyanned@yahoo.com)

    Meet at the theatre to watch a movie together and then go out for dinner to discuss the movie afterwards. Contact Betty Anne for details or read it in St. Aidan’s weekly newsletter.

  • Date: Fri Feb 8th 7pm – 9pm & Sat Feb 9th  9:30am – 3:30pm
    Leadership: Cathy Fouracre
    Place: Campus CBUC

    The Enneagram is a tool we can use to understand ourselves in relationship to others, to explain differences in the ways we do things and perceive things and in appreciating the uniqueness we each bring This tool can also aid us in understanding why certain spiritual practices can appeal to us more than others and what resources we may need in our life to feel whole and balanced. Cathy Fouracre will lead us in this illuminating workshop where we will gain insight into ourselves and others.

  • Contact: Jim Upright  250-479-1101
    Place: Campus St. A

    Meet every 2 months for dinner or fundraising.

  • Date: Mondays Jan 21st – Feb 11th, 2019
    Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm                     Room: Sanctuary
    Leadership: Mark Green      Place: Campus CBUC

    “Who is my neighbor” is the question asked by Nicodemus of Jesus and through the ages up to today. In the children’s TV series “Mr. Roger’s Neighbourhood” Fred Rogers took a unique and cutting edge approach to lay a foundation for a whole generation about how to see the world and its people in a different way. Subtle yet profound, his insights are still important today. Combining the use of scripture and the documentary “Won’t you be my neighbor?” we will examine these and their implications for today.

Healing Ministry

  • Date: 1st 3rd & 4th Tues Evening at 7pm @ every 2nd Tues Afternoon at 1:00pm
    Room: Sanctuary
    Place: Campus CBUC   (250-477-2715 to book an appointment)
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    Date: Monday & Friday @ 10am – 3pm
    Room: Healing Rm
    Place: St. A Campus     
    Coordinator: Val Bauld  (250-721-5962 to book an appoinment)
     

    Qualified volunteers offer healing sessions to members of the congregation and the wider community. Please call the church office(s) to make an appointment.

    What do we mean by healing?: Healing is a term that indicates the process of restoring harmony and wholeness to body, mind and spirit.

    What is the Healing Pathway Ministry?

    The Mission of the Healing Pathway Ministry within the United Church of Canada is:

    ~ To renew the Church’s role in healing
    ~ To reach out to those in need to healing in body, mind and/or spirit
    ~ To encourage its practitioners in their persona, Spirit-centered healing journey.

  • This is a ministry where those who knit help to create a prayer shall in an intention mindful and prayerful way that is shared with those who are in the midst of a hard time.  With the shawl wrapped around them, they can know that our prayers are with them and God’s love surrounds them.   If you wish to be a part of this ministry, call the church office(s) and we will put you in touch with the coordinator

  • Date: Sun Dec 16th   Time: 7pm
    Room: Sanctuary      Place: Campus CBUC

    This quiet gentle advent service is an opportunity to find peace and healing through the power of ritual, quiet reflection and song. Christmas can be a difficult time for many people for a variety of reasons: grief, loss, anxiety, regret and feelings of being overwhelmed can alter ones experience of the season. Join others for this quiet service of healing and hope.

Children, Youth & Young Adults

  • Date: Sunday Mornings     Time: 10am
    Room: Sanctuary              Place: Campus CBUC

    Babies, kids, tweens, and youth all start worship together with the rest of the congregation. You will experience song, story, prayer and children’s conversation in the first part of worship.  After children’s conversation, the tots, kids, and youth transition to their spaces to explore, create, play and experience sacred biblical story and activities. We strive to create a safe environment that respects the needs of children, honours their spiritual curiosity, and engages their hearts, minds and their bodies. Each month is a new theme, a biblical story, and different activities to explore the teachings of Jesus and how children can link the sacred story to things that happen in their everyday. Jes, Hannah, Maddy, and Josh meet the children and youth where they are at on their faith journeys and are excited to explore with them.

  • Date: Sunday Mornings     Room: Nursery
    Leadership: Erin Mcleese Place: Campus CBUC

    Tots Konnect gathers in the nursery on Sunday mornings after children’s time to play, discover, create and have time together with one another.  This space is available for children who 0-3yrs of age and is staffed by Erin McLeese.  She can be found in the nursery, ready to welcome you before the service, and after the children’s conversation.

  • Date: Sunday Mornings       Room: Library/Hall
    Place: Campus CBUC       Leadership: Hannah, Maddy & Josh

    This primary program is new this year for CBUC and is exciting as more pre-schoolers and kindies are a part of our congregation.  We have created a P&K curriculum that is engaging, respects the developmental needs for 3-5-year-olds, and allows preschool and kindergarten children to learn through movement, play, and kinesthetic activities. This group will follow the same biblical story and themes as Kids Konnect, Youth Konnect, and the congregation. There will be opportunities for the P&K’s to engage with the other children on Sunday mornings!

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  • Date: Sunday Mornings       Room: Lounge
    Leadership: Jes, Hannah, Maddy & Josh
    Place: Campus CBUC

    This is a safe place for kids of all ages, gender identities and abilities. Staff and volunteers make every effort to make sure that this is a welcoming space for all children. Grade 1-4’s can expect to have programming that is relevant to their lives, unpacks biblical text and story and look at Jesus’ teachings. The curriculum is created monthly by Jes to coincide with the same biblical story and theme the youth and congregation explore. Children can expect to have fun, learn through play and movement, and explore their spiritual curiosity.

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  • Date: Sunday Mornings       Room: Youth Rm
    Leadership: Maddy & Hannah
    Place: Campus CBUC

    Youth Konnect will meet upstairs and is available for those in Grades 5-8 and 9-12.  Sunday mornings will consist of gathering with one another, sharing food, exploring biblical theme and deepening our faith in safe community. Be prepared for enriching, engaging and a chill-out space where youth can be youth. A light breaky will be offered each Sun during program, so come hungry.

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  • Date: Sunday Mornings     Time:10am – 11:15am
    Room: Sanctuary              Place: Campus St. A

    St. Aidan’s offers programming for children that allows them: to experience God, to freely explore all their child-wise questions, and to have fun and make friends! We welcome all ages and stages. If you want to find a quiet place, our family room is located at the front of the sanctuary and has a change table, washroom and play area. On Sunday mornings, children ages 2 and up meet at the children’s table in the sanctuary. Following Children’s Time and Kid’s Band (impromptu) during the service, our Children’s Ministry Leaders will gather them up for Sunday School in the church hall.

  • Date: Mondays (except stats)           Time:10am – 11:30am
    Room: Lower Hall                            Place: Campus St. A
    Leadership: Jean Margison (jean@jampot.ca)

    St. Aidan’s invites children (5yrs and under) & their caregivers to enjoy play, snack & circle time together. There is no cost for this fun interactive time.

  • Date: Wednesdays starting Sept 12   Time: 9:30am-11am
    Room: Hall         Place: Campus CBUC

    This is a place for parents, grandparents, and caregivers to socialize while watching their children playing, developing and socializing. The coffee will be on (cause who doesn’t need coffee in the mornings?).  There is no cost for this group, so come and enjoy!

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  • Date: March 13-17th 2017                Time:9am – 3pm
    Leadership: Jes Beckerley, Cheryl Dennett, Jeff Poynter
    Cost:$150 per child (please bring a lunch)
    Place: Campus CBUC

    For the first week of Spring Break come spend the day with us creating a dynamic musical with performances on Fri the 22nd and Sat the 23rd at 7pm. Together we will learn the musical score, create sets, learn lines and engage in dramatic roles.  Each year is a different theme and line up of music and we’ve been going for 11 years now. Included in our time together is also the playing of games and a swim time. For those who have been involved in the musical before and are 13 and up, there is a Junior Leader opportunity as well. Registration begins January 2019

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  • Date: 1st & 3rd Fridays (dates announced each month)
    Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm                  Room: Hall
    Leadership: Jes Beckerley            Place: Campus CBUC

    Be prepared for an exciting evening full of games, community building, laughter, and fun. A community is built, questions of faith are explored, exciting games and activities are to be had.  We eat together, we pray together, we laugh and wonder together and most of all build an amazing community. Jr. Youth meets twice a month, usually one the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month.  Friends are welcome to come and experience the excitement, and snack is always provided.  For further updates and schedules connect with Jes in person or via email.

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  • Date: 1st & 3rd Sundays (dates announced each month)
    Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm                  Room: Hall
    Leadership: Jes Beckerley            Place: Campus CBUC

    Sr. Youth love getting together, being in community, discussing issues and themes relevant in their worlds. Sometimes we don’t figure it out; we just have a safe place to keep on talking about it. We meet bi-weekly, usually at CBUC and on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month from 7-9pm. This youth group is for everyone: come as you are, come when you can, come with yourself or with friends

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  • Date: Sept 9th & 16th (Two Suns per month + scheduled evenings)
    Time: 11:30am – 1pm         Room: Hall      Place: Campus CBUC
    Leadership: Mark Green & Jes Beckerley

    Young Adults at CBUC is a community that seeks to connect spirituality, engage in community outreach, worship, and build community. On Sept 9th, we hope you can join us for worship that starts at 10am followed by a Free BBQ lunch and casual meet and greet.  Come and fill your bellies, and to have a sneak peek at other ya’s in our community. If you are between the ages of 18-30ish, and are yearning for community that is welcoming, liberal, relaxed and unique, this is a place for you.

  • Dates: 1st Mon of each month            Time: 5pm-7pm
    Place: Home of Mary Kennedy  (makenn@uvic.ca  250-532-1480)

    Students wo are new to Victoria are invited to Mary’s home for a home cooked meal and a chance to get to know each other. If you would like to join this monthly informal gathering, pleae RSVP to Mary a week before the dinner. Next supper is Oct 2.

Building Community

  • Dates: 2nd Saturday night of each month
    Leadership: Carol Sidhu (carolsidhu@shaw.ca)
    Place: Campus St. A

    This social group of about 70 people meets most often at the church, for various activities such as a speaker, games, a play, a restaurant or outdoor activity. Everyone is warmly welcome! If you wish to attend contact either Carol or Val

  • Dates: 6 times per year
    Leadership: Janis & Ray Evans (250-383-1956)
    Place: Various Locations

    Strictly social, for any adult who enjoys a meal out with friendly people. Couples, singles, old-timers, newcomers are all welcome. We plan a get together about six times a year. There is no membership; the first 14 people to sign up are in, then it’s a waiting list. It’s usually supper at a restaurant; sometimes it’s a potluck at someone’s home

  • Dates: 4 Sundays per year (Nov-Mar)
    Time: 12pm following worship        Place: Campus CBUC

    4 times during the winter season, join with others for a simple lunch of a warm bowl of soup and a bun. The homemade soups will warm your soul as will the conversations and stories shared with others at the end of coffee time and worship.

  • Dates: December 5, 2018              Cost: $20.00
    Time: 5:30pm – 7pm        Place: Campus CBUC

    Join us for our annual Ladies Christmas Dinner!  Each year we host women for a catered meal followed by a short worship service.  Tickets are $20 each and will go on sale in November. At this meal we also collect winter items like gloves, mittens, scarves, toques, and monetary donations for Our Place

Families

  • Date: 3rd Tuesday of each month starting Sept 18th
    Time: 5pm-7pm    Room: Hall      Place: Campus CBUC
    Leadership: Mark Green & Jes Beckerley

    We have created a new program outline this year for Family Fun  Night. The church will still provide a FREE evening including dinner, and programming open to all families. There will be separate children’s programming with Jes and friends as well as an adult conversation with Mark. The evening format will be 5-5:30pm Intergenerational/Family games and or activities. Grace & Dinner from 5:30-6ish. Separate children and adult programming from 6-7 pm. Food allergies/intolerances can be adapted as needed to ensure all needs are met.

  • Date: 2nd Weekend in June 2019
    Time: 7pm on the Fri – 12pm Sun      Place: Camp Pringle

    This an intergenerational opportunity not to be missed so mark it on your calendars!. You can come for the weekend so just for the day on Saturday. Accommodation is basic dormitory style but each family will have their own room. Sleeping bags and toiletries are all you need to bring. Food is provided and a whole host of programming happens as well as community building.  More information will come out around March 2019

Outreach & Justice

  • At CBUC our vision is to put the life of prayer into action in the world. Your giving’s to our General Fund include generous annual donations we make to our Outreach Partners. You can do more than just give…you can also serve and work for justice in our world. Opportunities for service in our church and local community can help heal the world in relevant and beneficial ways. Jesus’ mandate to take the gospel to the world starts right here with some of our partners.   

    Poverty & Homelessness – Pillar 1

     Our Place: serves the street family and has a volunteer coordinator

    who is willing to fit you into any one of a number of service areas that may be suited to your particular skill set. We also host a monthly movie night on the second Saturday of the month at the Downtown location.  You are welcome to get involved in a number of ways.

    Project Connect:  A yearly initiative with the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness is a service fair that connects those living in extreme poverty or on the streets with service providers and agencies.  There are a number of volunteer opportunities and we have also been asked to gather 400 + pairs of gloves, socks or toques to be distributed.   Culminates on Thanksgiving Sunday

    Refugees & Justice – Pillar 2

    Our community is in the midst of working with 3 refugee initiatives. One is to bring an at risk LGBQ person through the rainbow refugee umbrella group who is at risk of persecution and death for his orientation.  Another is the reunification of a Palestinian/Syrian family we sponsored 3 years ago and one sister and family remain at risk overseas.  And the final is a partnership with the Victoria Tibetan refugee group to bring a small family of 3 here this fall. Requests for help and funds are made from time to time and an educational opportunity is being planned for the new year.

    Care for the Earth – Pillar 3

    KAIROS , R.A.V.E.N. , Ancient Forrest Alliance: these are just a few of the organizations we partner with to care for and protect the earth and its resources.  The bulletin and newsletter provide invitations as they emerge for environmental action and events.

    CBUC Gardeners: with some dirt and a whole lot of fun-filled camaraderie you can help make this land in Cadboro Bay reflect the colours of heaven. Contact Eileen Campbell 250-477-4221

    BackDoor Recycling:“Touch the Earth Lightly” forces us to think green each month. Volunteers are needed to sort and pack our recyclables. Contact Anne Churchill-Wong 250-472-2666

    First Nations Reconciliation & Relationship Building – Pillar 4

    We acknowledge that we live, work and pray on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish peoples and we are grateful for their stewardship of this land.  We seek as part of this acknowledgement, to study, learn and grapple with what it means to be in right relationship.  Our programs of Study and Justice are some of the ways we seek to do this. There are several First Nations organizations that we partner with and person we work with to continue taking seriously the recommendations from the TRC for reconciliation with our First Nations brothers and sisters.

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  • Each November, an opportunity is offered through OUR PLACE for you to purchase a gift for a member of the OUR PLACE family to receive at their Christmas party.  A tree in our entrance way will have cards with the age and gender of a person living on the streets and you are asked take one, purchase an appropriate gift, wrap it and return it with the card to the church. 

    This is a small way we can share a little Christmas each year.

  • St. Aidan’s provides a meal of soup, veggies and cookies to homeless youth, who use the Out of the Rain Night Shelter. Food preparations usually happens on the fourth Monday morning of the month from Oct – Mar.. If you want to help, contact Doreen Lovely 250-652-3641

  • St. Aidan’s has worked in partnership with other community groups to establish the kitchen in 2014. This community food resource centre is located at 3541 Shelbourne St. and provides support to people lacking healthy food and is a place where people can cook and share meals. There are lots of opportunities to help with fundraising, gardening and kitchen programs.  Contact Mary Lou Whidden (marylou0308@hotmail.com)

  • Dates: Wednesdays
    Time:
    10am – 2pm & 4pm – 8pm Fourth Sat of the month open 10am-2pm
    Place: Campus St. A      
    Leadership: Sylvia Campbell (scampbell6@shaw.ca) & Betty Anne Dempsey (bettyanned@yahoo.ca) 4-8pm shift leader

    We call our Thrift Shop “The Friendly Octopus” because it reaches out to so many in our community. Our Thrift Shop supports care of the earth and works wisely to recycle, reuse, repair, and reduce. The Thrift Shop team is extremely proud of one of its main roles: to provide clean, appropriate clothing and usable items to various groups in the city including Our Place.

    We create a caring atmosphere for volunteers, donors and shoppers alike. New volunteers are always welcome and needed.

    Thrift Shop donations can be dropped off in the hall by the office when the building is open. Call St. Aidan’s office if you have a large volume of donations to drop off.

  • The Intercultural Ministry at St. Aidan’s & CBUC welcomes newcomers to Canada, Victoria and to our 2 Campus’; as well as educating the church community on intercultural issues.

    Program Leadership: Julie Ng nghongkong@hotmail.com.hk

    Intercultural Lunch: Ignite Our Taste Buds
     Date: 1st Sun of the month after worship
    Place: Local Restaurant or Campus St. A

    Everyone is invited to this lunch out where we enjoy exploring cultural differences through our taste buds and interesting conversations at an ethnic restaurant.

    Mini-Intercultural Workshops
    Date: 3rd Sun of the month after worship @ Campus St. A
    2nd Sun of the month after worship @ Campus CBUC
    Time: 11:30am-1pm

    For those who are curious and would like to learn something about different cultures, these mini-workshops will sure be the safest space for you to ask questions and learn something new about a different culture. Newcomers and the congregation are invited to attend either or both offerings at each Campus.

    Learn English Through Bible Stories
    Date: Thursdays in Sept & Nov       Time: 2:30pm-4pm
    Place: Campus St. A.                     Leadership: Cheryl Black

    Newcomers and those who would like to improve their English fluency are invited to learn English through Jesus and bible stories.

    Conversation on “Life in Victoria & Canada”
    Date: Thursdays in Oct & Dec           Time: 2:30pm-4pm
    Place: Campus St. A     Leadership: Julie Ng

    We all go through our own learning curve living in a new city. This is a chance for everyone to share and to learn from one another about living in Victoria and other parts of Canada.

    Scripture Discussion – An Intercultural View
     Date: Sundays       Time: 10am   Place: Campus St. A
    Room: Chapel        Leadership: Julie Ng

    Newcomers that find English challenging are invited to have a conversation on the scripture during Sunday Service to help gain a better understanding of it.
    For more info contact Julie Ng nghongkong@hotmail.com.hk

Fun Fundraisers

  • Date: Nov 3, 2018      Time: 10am – 3pm   Place: Campus St. A
    Coordinator: Marilyn Smith (250-479-5676 tony.f.smith@shaw.ca)

    A bazaar the size of ours does not happen overnight. It takes months of preparation. We need your help. There are jobs year round preparing for the big day as well as help with selling at the bazaar itself.  Check out the bazaar page at www.staidansunited.ca

    Help us spread the word about this wonderful sale day. Let you family, coworkers, friends, and neighbours know that it’s a great place to donate a myriad of items and an even better place to find wonderful bargains for themselves or gift-giving. Contact one of our coordinators if you can help or would like more information.

  • Date: Nov 24, 2018    Time: 7:30pm   Place: Campus CBUC

    Join us for a evening of some fine appetizers, local wine & beer, a great Jazz quartet and the opportunity to bid on a wide variety of items and services in our silent auction. Perhaps you’ll find the perfect Christmas gift for that hard to buy family member. Bring your friends and neighbours for this event where laughter and music will be the focus of the evening. We are always looking for volunteers to help plan the evening and on the night of. If you are able to help with the silent auction, hospitality, ambience and set up, publicity and ticket sales please call the office 250-477-2715

  • Date: Nov 30 – Dec 2               Room: Chapel   Place: Campus St. A
    Leadership: Mary Kennedy (makenn@uvic.ca)

    Opening (with live music) Friday Nov 30th from 5-7pm; Family Time (exhibition and Advent wreath making) Sat Dec 1 1-3pm; Exhibition and free concert by Victoria Children’s Choir Sun Dec 2 11-1pm

  • Date: Sept. 29            Time: 10 am – 2 pm    Place: Campus St. A
    Coordinator: Marilyn Smith (250-479-5676  tony.f.smith@shaw.ca)

    What is the Pop Up Sale?  We have so much to sell at the bazaar that we started a pre Bazaar Sale called The Pop Up Sale.  It features Vintage/Retro Clothing, International Clothing, Hand Knitting and Halloween Costumes and More. The Thrift Shop is also open that day.  It’s a fun event so please spread the word.

Music Ministry

  • Date: Thursdays Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm  Room: Lounge
    Leadership: Louise Rose     Place: Campus CBUC

    Join others who have a desire to sing, lead and be nurtured in the presence of others who find music to be a spiritual practice. The time together includes reflection on the words and meanings of the songs chosen for each week, opportunities to practice both melody and harmony to provide congregational leadership during the singing and occasional special music to be shared as a gift to the congregation. All are welcome. No experience necessary.

  • If you like music and singing you will like the choral singing at St. Aidan’s. You will find a supportive community where music is fun and the folk amazing. Also, there is nothing quite as wonderful (or important) as leading music in worship. Please come join us!

    St. Aidan’s Sanctuary Choir
    Date: Thursdays    Time: 5:00pm -6:45pm
    Room: Sanctuary & Music Room
    Leadership: Dr. Adam Con (Sept&Oct)  (music@staidansunited.ca)
    Place: Campus St. A                  

    The choir leads music at Sunday Service (except on the 4th Sun). Check St. Aidan’s website for practice times after Oct. 2018.

    Ted Boulden Singers Choir

    Date: Thursdays starting Sept 6th    Time: 6:30pm
    Room: Sanctuary                      Place: Campus St. A            
    Leadership: Kelly Orr-Loney 250-658-4275

    Ted Boulden Singers (TBS) is a choir of all ages that sings contemporary Christian folk music in four-part harmony with guitar and/or piano accompaniment. We lead the music of the 4th Sunday Service of each month, as well as a number of occasions throughout the year.

  • Date: Sun Dec 16th        Time: 7pm            Room: Sanctuary
    Place: Campus St. A    Mary Kennedy (makenn@uvic.ca)

    This celebratory evening features choirs and community singing. Young and old will delight in the music of the season

  • Date: Wednesdays
    Time: 5:30pm – 6:15pm
    Room: Chapel
    Leadership: Dr. Mary Kennedy (makenn@uvic.ca)
    Place: Campus St. A

    This children’s choir is open to children ages 5-11 years.  The kids learn songs, play games and listen to stories.  They also sing in church on the 3rd Sunday of every month.  For more information contact Mary.