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St. Brigids is the Sunday Evening congregation of Christ Church Cathedral, meeting weekly at 5.30pm.
St. Brigids is an emerging, LGBTQ-affirming Christian community rooted in the Anglican tradition located in downtown Vancouver. We are a community where questions are honoured, faith is nurtured, and discipleship pursued.
This Cathedral Church is a community enriched and enlivened by its diversities. It is a place for worship, for growth in the life of faith, and daily discipleship. The Cathedral is a positive space for members of the LGBTQ community where people of all abilities, ages, ethnicities and backgrounds are welcome.
Children of all ages are more than welcome, and will be doted on and adored by the congregation. We believe in the importance of including children within worship, that they might come to know the rhythms of worship that form each of us. We provide a variety of activities which children can occupy themselves within the space, including books, colouring, quiet toys and a variety of other activities. If St. Brigids runs a little late for your family, you’re welcome to slip out before the service is over if you need to.
What We’re About
Founded as a ministry of the Cathedral in its 125th year, the St. Brigids community emerges from the liturgical and spiritual traditions of the Anglican church. Together, we’re experimenting with ways of more actively involving all members of our community in the creation of and participation in the liturgy. Our St. Brigids liturgy has a familiar shape to the Cathedral’s morning liturgies with some noticeable differences.
This is a community where:
- The Gospel of Jesus Christ matters deeply and profoundly to our daily life and work
- We honour Christian Scripture and Tradition enough to faithfully question it and wrestle with its implications
- Intellectual honesty and spiritual revelation are honoured
- We seek to live integrated lives, where we do not have to culturally commute or bracket out parts of ourselves to be in Christian community
- We wrestle with the intersection between prayer, thought and action, as we respond to the Gospel individually and in community
- We are active co-creators of a liturgy that forms our way of living the Christian story in the world
The life of our Christian community is shaped by a three-fold rhythm. We are Gathered, Transformed, and Sent.
God is the source of all invitations to the life of faith. For some, these invitations have come as gentle nudges. For others, as tender entreaties. For others still, these invitations have come as great awakenings. We are individuals and a community who have experienced God’s welcome through Jesus Christ, and who seek to extend that welcome to one and all by the power of God’s Spirit.
In Christian community, we are baptized, fed and renewed to become the people God has called us to be and to do the work God is sending us in the world to do. We are constantly being formed and transformed through Christ in the sacraments, in personal and corporate prayer, in justice-seeking, in listening and learning, and as we live intentionally in community with one another.
Jesus sends us to be his hands and feet in the world: into the relationships, communities, roles and occupations we already find ourselves in. He also sends us into new relationships to bear witness to God’s love. Together we wrestle with what it means to live reconciling, shalom-seeking, and justice-oriented lives that serve God, all God’s people, and the world God loves.
St. Brigids is a ministry of Christ Church Cathedral where all members of our community take ownership and exercise the gifts of their baptismal ministry. Our community’s mission is shaped by the Anglican Communion’s Five Marks of Mission.
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
- To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
- To respond to human need by loving service
- To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth