St. Thomas Mission is an Anglican Church and Christian study centre at UBC on the westside of Vancouver. Our diocese is the Anglican Network in Canada and we are a member of the Consortium of Christian Study Centers. We exist to Behold and Uphold Jesus Christ in All Things. We do this through practices of worship, hospitality, spiritual formation, study, and one-on-one discipleship.
We worship at 5pm on Sundays at University Chapel, and gather throughout the week for prayer, fellowship and service, and other special events.
Our sevices follow a certain pattern, or liturgy. The word "liturgy" is from the Greek meaning "to serve.". Liturgy is a way in which everyone can participate, knowing what to do and when. In our liturgy we move through confession, absolution, corporate singing, the preaching of the word, profession of faith, prayers of the people, and the celebration of Holy Communion. Liturgical worship involves the whole body and all the senses as we stand, sit, kneel, confess, and pray together. Banners, furnishings and robes in various colours, the use of incense on occasion, and varied emphases in the liturgies expand our concept and experience of worship and life in God. Our printed booklets will help and guide you.
A few years back we created a series of videoes to help people become familiar with liturgical worship. You can watch the videos here.
We welcome children into our worship service. We know that small children often make noise. Children were no different in Jesus' day, and yet he invited them to himself, without regard for the distractions they might present (Mt.18-19). While we ask parents to be considerate and sensitive to others, as a congregation, we have a high tolerance for the presence of children in worship and value whole families learning to worship together, parent and child alike.
This invitation is quite intentional. We see our children as wholly a part of the family of Christ, and thus welcome them to participate fully in our worship.