Where ever and whom ever you are, you are warmly welcome here! We are a diverse, inclusive and vibrant community located in the heart of the Downtown area and are part of the North Park neighbourhood. Come into our church any day of the week and you will find it full of activity. Sundays, we have two services: a communion service at 9:00 am and a worship service with the sanctuary choir, Children’s Time and Sunday School at 11:00 am followed by coffee and friendship. Our health and wellness, spiritual development, and social justice programs nurture us and help us live out our faith in ways that are healthy and that enrich ourselves, our community and our world. New to us?
First Met is updating its Photo Directory May 26 to Jun 7
Be part of our First Met Family Album. We need you to make our directory complete. Click here to find out how you can participate.
First Met celebrates the completion of Tony Hunt Jr’s totem pole
A special celebration was held on April 6 at 12:45 pm to celebrate and bless the Reconciliation pole created by Tony Hunt, Jr. in our sanctuary. Read more and see the pictures… Did you miss coming to the celebration? You can watch it online here.
Boycott of Fossil Fuel Industry
Desmond Tutu calls for anti-apartheid style boycott of fossil fuel industry. See more as reported in the Guardian.
Redevelopment plans continue to evolve. Lots of useful ideas and suggestions as well as questions were received at the redevelopment workshops held Dec 1. Additional input was received on Dec 15. The Redevelopment Committee wants to keep you updated on these plans, starting with this Advent message. Some interesting possibilities are raised in this video. Starting March 1st, the Redevelopment Task Group held the four meetings to present to the congregation its work on the options we face in redevelopment, including the proposal from the Greater Victoria Housing Society for an affordable housing development on the Fellowship Hall site.
Lent 2014 Newsletter and 2013 Annual Report
Welcome to an inclusive, progressive Communion service with a contemporary liturgy each Sunday at 9:00 am. All are welcome to partake in communion. The service in the round is held in the Chapel (entrance off Balmoral).
Click on the titles below for more information and to register.
- Gentle Yoga in the chapel: Mondays at 10:30 am from Jan 6 on, except for statutory holidays
- Climate Action Film Series: Apr 28, 2014, 7:00 pm
- Celtic Vespers: Apr 4 and May 2, 2014, 5:15 pm in the chapel.
- Taizé music and meditation: May 16 and June 20, Taize will be at St. John the Divine Anglican Church, 1611 Quadra St. at 6:00 pm
- Recovering Our Senses: a Talk by Philip Shepherd, UVic MacLauren Bldg, David Lam Auditorium: Apr 14, 7:00 pm
- 50 Minute Retreat online: Apr 15, 9:00 am (Pacific Daylight Savings Time). Register in advance using the linked page
- Five Course Appreciation Dinner by Chef Matthew Fraser: Apr 23, 6:00 pm
- Community Celebration to mark Earth Week and Earth Walk: Apr 25 and 26
- Radical Gratitude Book Study: Five Wednesdays, April 30 to May 28, 1:30 pm
- Celtic Day with Vanessa Hammond and Victoria Gaelic Choir: May 3, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
- Kenneth Mugayehwenkyi, our special guest: May 4, 9:00 and 11:00 am services
- Mother’s Day Concert: May 11, 2:00 pm
- Summer Gospel Choir begins on May 23, 7:00 pm
- Lovers in a Dangerous Time Retreat Day: Jun 7, 2014, (:30 am to 3:30 pm
Urgent Needs at Our Place
There are many opportunities to share your time or goods with Our Place. Needed are men’s clothing, basic food items, toiletries and hygiene items, first aid supplies, blankets, bus tickets, etc. Volunteers are needed to help with data entry, driving, food service, fund raising, grant writing, hygiene, reception, research, pastoral care and maintenance. Also needed for a Men’s Day on Father’s Day are: hoodies, sweat pants, underwear,shoes, cologne, good razors, deodorant, shaving cream, nail clippers, grooming kits, men’s toiletries and socks. Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Points can be also be donated. Thank you!
Thank you to the City of Victoria!
The City of Victoria has decided that for the next three years, First†Metropolitan United Church will not have to pay property taxes. This amounts to a saving of $102,761 over the next three years.
Are you, your family members or friends experiencing health problems, bereavement, relationship issues, work-related or student concerns, or other issues? The prayer team exists to support you in prayer, so take the leap and make a request!! Click here for Prayer Requests
Share your soul’s journey with someone who has travelled a similar road and who has been trained to listen with compassion. Linda Mulhall, MEd, a member of the First†Met congregation, has a private practice offering spiritual guidance. Click here for more information on Spiritual Guidance.
Share Your Gifts
First†Met is a large, active community that reflects its calling to love, honour, worship and serve God through programs that reach inward to foster spiritual growth and outward to help meet the needs of our neighbours and others in the world beyond. Your support allows us to maintain the array of programs we presently offer, add new programs to serve emerging needs, and update our church facility. See our Special Gifts brochures (PDF/2pp/400 KB) for more information and how to Share Your Gifts.
Share your talents with members of our congregation and the broader community by volunteering with one of our many programs.
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