COME ALONG SIDE JESUS
Tune in each week of Lent as Rev Richard invites us to “Come Along Side Jesus” in these short (under 5 minute) reflections that have a different perceptive from the Sunday Sermons. Take a moment to wonder together, as we explore Parables from the Gospel of Matthew with real world examples and concrete ideas on how to apply them to daily life in a storytelling format.
Check out more short videos on the Parable Perspectives Page – A Lenten Series on Matthew’s Morsels .
Parables are simple stories used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus.
Airy DIY Marshmallows
They are easier then you think!
Who doesn’t love a marshmallow? These tasty little treats are gluten free and can be made with any flavor! Ever had a peppermint marshmallow in a creamy hot chocolate? Or do you remember toasting a traditional vanilla one on a starry night? Make your own marshmallows at home with a few simple ingredients and share with us how you used them!
What is LENT?
Have you ever wondered what people are talking about when they say they’re giving something up for Lent?
Lent is often described as a time of preparation and an opportunity to go deeper with God. This means that it’s a time for personal reflection that prepares people’s hearts and minds for Good Friday and Easter.
The Custom of Giving Easter Eggs
The custom of giving eggs at Easter celebrates new life. Christians remember that Jesus, after dying on the cross, rose from the dead. This miracle showed that life could win over death.
For Christians the egg is a symbol of Jesus’ resurrection, as when they are cracked open they stand for the empty tomb. No one actually knows when eggs were first used as symbols at festival times but it was long before Jesus’ time. Eggs were always thought to be special because although they do not seem alive, they have life within them especially at springtime when chicks hatch out.
Long ago people gave gifts of eggs carved from wood or precious stones. The first sweet eggs that were eaten were made in the last 100 years from sugar or marzipan. Since then chocolate eggs have become popular and these are given on Easter Sunday.
Cultures each have their own traditions when it comes to decorating the eggs. In Canada, we dye hard boiled eggs that are often hidden for an Easter Egg Hunt. In Austria the eggs are hollowed and then pieces are punched out to make patterns. The Hungarians paint hollowed out eggs and string them up on branches to make an Easter Egg Tree. The Danish paint on wooden eggs and display them in their flower pots. Perhaps the best known Easter eggs are the Pysanky the Ukrainians make using hollowed out eggs with natural dyes and wax.
Do you know of other Easter Egg traditions?
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Live In Person Next Worship
April 2, 2023
Rev Dr Richard Chung
Curated & Curious
With Claire Turner,
We are thrilled to have Costumer, Claire Turner on the next episode of Curated & Curious where we talk about all of the hours that goes into costuming a production right here in Vancouver. Join us for the Episode Release on Saturday, March 25th!
Garden Shed Meditation and Creation
Are you noticing that you are carrying any extra stress or tension?
Help lower your cortisol (stress hormones!) through drawing and gently explore your stress and tension through creativity with an invitation to draw without judgement to creating something perfect guided by an audio recording.
Easter is a time that is surrounded by different symbols that are seen almost any where you look this time of year. You can probably think of some of the most common right off the top of your head like eggs, baby bunnies and chicks; but have you thought about any of these lesser known symbols and where they come from?
Take Easter Baskets – Did you know that this tradition started in Germany and was brought to America by German immigrants? The tradition is called Osterhase and started as having children create their own nests to entice the Easter Bunny to lay his coloured eggs in. This slowly morphed into baskets with chocolate and goodies but it still carries the same symbol of fertility and new life.
Check out our list of Other Easter Symbols
to see if you would like to make them part of your own traditions this season.
An Instrumental Measures Playlist
For March we are starting to see the very first signs of spring while still experiencing the chill of winter. To reflect this we have curated a song list that inspires hope and renewal at the very beginning stages.
The Annual Report is out! You can view the ACM 2023 Budget, and 2022 Annual Report under REPORTS . Please take some time to review them — especially the Annual Report. We’d love to hear your questions about 2022, and your hopes for 2023. Contact US
Curated & Curious Presents:
The Refreshing History of Recycled Art
Did you know that artists have been recycling way longer then the blue box program has been in effect? Check out this ART-icle that explores a couple historical instances!
LENT & EASTER APPEAL
Helping the people of Syria and Turkey
Funds raised during our Lenten Appeal this year will be directed to the National United Church of Canada. We will answer their fundraising call to help the people of northern Syria and Türkiye (Turkey) in recovering from two powerful earthquakes that destroyed homes and led to enormous loss of lives. Your can read more about the appeal by clicking here.
Please make your donations by clicking on the purple donation button below. Thank you for giving generously.