We know it can be a little daunting to step into a new thing, especially when you're not exactly sure about the details that matter to you. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions to give you a picture of what Westside looks like week to week.
How is Westside Responding to COVID-19?
Because of the evolving situation with COVID-19, we want to step forward with wisdom and use this as an opportunity to be good citizens and neighbours, and help to protect the most vulnerable among us by giving up our usual way of gathering for a time. For the time being, we’ve made the decision to move our Sunday gatherings online.
See our full communication and ongoing updates on how we're responding as a church as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.
To join us online this Sunday at 10 a.m. and find supporting resources, click the link below:
VIEW OUR LIVE-STREAM & RESOURCES PAGE
Where are you located?
We are located in downtown Vancouver, Canada, at 777 Homer Street.
Where can I see everything you offer online?
We try to keep our website as up-to-date as possible, but for a quick reference you can check out our Join Us Online Overview.
How can I get connected?
Subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of the page for weekly information updates.
Online Community Groups
We encourage you to join one of our Online Community Groups. Community Groups (CG) meet online once a week, and each CG is uniquely shaped by its neighbourhood and the people who attend. You can expect a weekly video chat that involves conversation, prayer, biblical discussion, and practical service in the neighbourhood.
Remote Help Ministry
The Remote Help Ministry calls those in our body to check in and see how they're doing, and delivers groceries for those who are unable to leave home. Join the team.
What about my kids?
Westside is a family-friendly place. We believe that children are a blessing from God and should be taught about God in a fun learning environment. Check out our online resources on our Sunday Live-stream page, and also take a moment to visit our Family Worship page for summer reading plans, fun challenges for kids, and a guide on how to establish the structure of regular worship within your own home.
What is a normal Sunday gathering like when there's no pandemic going on?
Westside has always been a place where we keep it pretty simple. It's relaxed and casual, but focused. We don't think we need to be flashy or put on big productions for people to meet God. We believe that Jesus is enough. We follow a basic pattern of meeting together. We teach from the Bible, and we pray, sing, reflect, and respond by taking communion together. The goal through it all is to love God and know Him better by making God's unchanging truth accessible without watering it down.
What you'll encounter when you come to a Sunday gathering is a diverse, biblical community where people seek to know and love God, live in community with others, and transform the world by serving our city as we think Jesus would. Practically speaking, that means that some of us are just checking out Christianity for the first time, while others have been in church their whole lives. We want Westside to be a place where you can learn, apply, and wrestle with who God is and what He wants for you. It's okay if you don't have it all figured out yet. Everyone is welcome.
What about getting connected in the summer?
Over the summer, most things stay the same, but our Community Group rhythms change a bit. They continue on, but they take a break from structured weekly meetings and spend time having more organic hangouts.
Outside of our Community Groups, we have recognized the need for safe and small community touch points to ease the symptoms of isolation that many might be feeling in this time. Visit our Summer Events page for more information on applying to host an event!
QUESTIONS ABOUT JESUS AND CHRISTIANITY?
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We have plenty of great classes to start with—learn about all our classes here:
How does Westside communicate with me?
We communicate with you in many ways to try to help you stay informed about what's going on in the life of the ministry. Check out our Westside Communication section for all the information about how you can keep up to date with what's going on.
What is Planning Center/Church Center and how do I use it?
Planning Center—or Church Center— is made up of several different web applications and each application connects you to something at Westside. This means that you don’t need to go to Planning Center to create your profile, but rather your profile is created in Planning Center by connecting and interacting at Westside (Ex: registering for an event, checking in your kids on Sunday, signing up for a team, etc.).
Thanks for checking us out! If you have some time, surf our website a bit; you’ll find much more information about Westside throughout.
Still have questions?
Call us at 604.263.2314 or email email@example.com