Tenth Kits at Carnarvon Elementary
- Sunday, September 9, 2018
- 10:15AM - 11:45AM
- 3400 Balaclava St.
Tenth Kits has been meeting in the St. Mark’s building at Larch and 2nd since the Fall of 2014. Since then, the owner of the building (the Anglican Diocese) has been considering the property's future. This May, the building was sold to a developer. The new owners have graciously allowed us to remain in the building as we make arrangements for a new meeting space.
As Christ-followers, we are guided by One who had “no place to lay his head” (Luke 9:58), so we want to seriously consider both where God has planted us and where he is leading us as sojourners. Although there is loss in leaving a much-loved building, there is also opportunity – that we might better understand our identity as a ‘people on the move’ – commissioned to go out and be a blessing to others.
In June of 2017, a group from our community began to meet together to evaluate possibilities. We explored the idea of purchasing St. Mark’s or another property, but given the vast amounts of money involved, we decided to look into rental options. We explored over 30 different venues, with a priority given to the Kitsilano area. We toured many sites and spent time in prayer and fasting before we finally landed on Carnarvon Elementary as the best fit.
On September 9, 2018 at our usual 10:15am time, we will have our first gathering at Carnarvon Elementary School at 16th Avenue and Balaclava Street. The school gives us more room for our worship gatherings in the gymnasium, and alternate spaces for kids programs, youth events, and a nursery.
Carnarvon Elementary is easily accessed by public transit. There is also plenty of street parking in the area.
Together, we embark on a new adventure. From week to week, we will need more hands on deck to facilitate our Sunday gatherings. To help, email Associate Pastor Nathan Uttangi Pray for our transition, for Carnarvon Elementary, for our new neighbours and for our ability to share in God’s renewing work together
The St. Mark’s building has been an incredible gift to our community. Meeting at St. Mark’s has allowed us to connect better with each other and to be more deliberate about caring for a particular region of the neighborhood. We’ve been able to share in meaningful activities like the Emergency Weather Shelter, the Christmas lunch, and the Munroe House summer camp. We hope and pray that these experiences can be translated into new opportunities in the days ahead. Many people have come together to help facilitate a good transition for us. Special thanks to the Anglican Diocese, the Jameson Development Corp. (new owners of St. Mark’s), and the Vancouver School Board. Lastly, special thanks to our Venue Discernment Team: Becky Bansback, Paul Bryant, Elsie Chin, Patrick Lo, Stanley Martin, Julie & Rick Marzolf, Betty MacLeod, Dan Matheson, Nathan Uttangi, Claire Perini, Kok Teh, and Ben Yung.