You are warmly welcome here! Walk in our doors any day of the week and you will find lots going on. Join us Sundays at a worship service or volunteer with our outreach activities. You are invited to participate in any of the many activities our First†Met community is involved in: social events and clubs, spiritual development seminars, meditation groups, musical offerings, children’s programs, health and wellness activities -and more! First†Met is part of the North Park neighbourhood, a vibrant area of businesses, homes, heritage buildings and services located in the heart of downtown Victoria. First time at First Met?
Remember to set your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed on March 8. Otherwise, you might be late for church on March 9!
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. On Saturday, March 1st the Redevelopment Task Group held the first of several 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 is a time of preparation for Easter, the most important season in the church year. The Lenten season is marked by the use of purple hangings and antependia. This year, our theme is “Earth Tones: the Landscape of Lent”. The week from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday is known as Holy Week. Find out more about the special activities and services during this season
Summer Student Job Posting: Website and Livestreaming Assistant
First†Met is looking for a summer student to assist with implementing a WordPress theme on the First Met website and with all positions on the technical crew providing sound, lighting, visual and livestreaming services. This position is open to Post-secondary students who are between 15 and 30 years of age, were registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year. More information…
Lent 2014 Newsletter
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: Mar 24, Apr 28, 2014, 7:00 pm
- Jazz Alive! March Dates are Mar 4, 11, 18 and 25 (Tuesdays) at 7:00 pm
- Celtic Vespers: Mar 7, Apr 4 and May 2, 2014, 5:15 pm in the chapel.
- Taizé music and meditation: Mar 21 at Fairfield United Church, 1303 Fairfield (corner of Fairfield and Moss), Victoria, 6:00 pm; April to June, Taize will be at St. John the Divine Anglican Church, 1611 Quadra St.
- Privacy Pilgrimage Guide – Taking a Walk through PIPA: Mar 12, 2:00 pm
- The Trees that Sea the Sky: Mar 12, 7:00 pm
- Decolonizing the Church- Unsettling the Settler Lenten Reflection Series at Christ Church Cathedral, Mar 12 for 6 weeks, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
- Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper,Mar 4, 5:30 pm $7 for adults, $3 for children and $15 for families.. Ceremony of Ashes, 6:30 pm . See more of our events for Lent.
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 new, unused cosmetics and beauty items for Beauty Day and knitting supplies. 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.
About the First†Met Website
The First†Metropolitan United Church website is built on a WordPress platform, an open-source publishing and content management system. Using an automated system such as this means we can easily update and revise content.