We were never designed to do life alone. But yet that is the struggle many of us face. The lower mainland is home to over 2.4 million people, and there really is nothing like it. The area is diverse, creative, cares about social justice, and about the environment. It’s beauty to the extreme. Sunsets on the seawall, and glorious mountain views are the norm.
Yet, amongst so much beauty and possibility there is hurt that lingers. Drug addiction and depression are on the rise. Stress and a unhappiness are the reality. And time and time again we have seen and heard how finding real community and friends feels impossible. With all that the area has to offer, many are missing what truly makes life beautiful. This is a conversation we want to engage in. What is it we are all searching for?
We believe that Jesus sheds light on this question we all wrestle with.
At City Collective Church we are a community characterized by the person and life of Jesus. As we are engaged with the complex and beautiful collection of texts we call the Bible, we are led to the realization that it is through Jesus that we discover the beauty of love and life. Jesus is the only exact representation of the divine and from the very beginning God looked like Jesus. He wasn’t an aloof deity set apart from humankind, but one who invites us into a beautiful relationship with Him. We’ve abandoned the idea of an angry, violent God in order to fully embrace the good news brought forward by Jesus. A good news that wasn’t an obligation but a natural overflow of who He is: LOVE. We believe that Jesus came not to change God’s mind about us but to repair our imagination of God. It is incomprehensible in our human experience, but this radical love is made readily available to all today. So we journey as a community to discover, converse and attempt to understand that his love given to us through scandalous grace is the manner in which God chooses to heal all things.
Our desire is to be part of creating spaces where everyone feels welcome. To be a people that is present, that is available, that stands with each other, and that advocates for real relationships and conversations. The manner in which we connect isn’t isolated to the four walls of a church building but extends into our homes, our workplaces, our communities, and our city. It isn’t just a church service on a Sunday, rather it's a coffee on a Tuesday, a dinner on a Friday, or serving on a Saturday. We believe that we are better together and our heart for others will always be expressed through our community.
It is from grace that we wish to live as individuals in community believing for the transformation and renewal of all things according to His love. So we serve first, live in community and follow the way of Jesus trusting that his good news is even better than we can imagine.
We want to invite you to join us. Every Sunday morning we meet 10:30am at H.D. Stafford Middle School. Kids check-in for a great kids program opens at 10:10am, and come have a cup of coffee on us to start the morning right. We would love to save you a seat!
YOU ARE WELCOME HERE
“Love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” — John 15:12-13
For more information visit: www.citycollective.com