V I S O N
Our vision is that of being a beautiful tapestry or patchwork quilt. It arises from the words of the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians:
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ…. Indeed the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot would say, `Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body…If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be?” While Paul doesn’t use the analogy of a patchwork quilt, it’s not hard to imagine the varieties of people and gifts Paul speaks about as a patchwork quilt. A quilt is made of many different pieces of material, different colors, and often, different textures. The one who is making the quilt decides how the quilt should be designed and stitched together by a common thread. We believe that God, through the Jesus Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit, is the ultimate maker of the patchwork quilt we call the church. Our goal is to use our space for the kingdom of God to create a patchwork quilt for the sake of a better world.
C O N T E X T
Central Presbyterian is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Through its repurposing of its building, Central Presbyterian Church has been able to create some of the finest church space in downtown Vancouver. This is a gift we have been called to steward for the sake of a better world working alongside our neighbours including the business community, the arts community, the healthcare community, other churches, and non-profits that share our values.
B U I L D I N G
Most people would agree that the church is not a building, but rather a community of faith. Nevertheless, communities of faith need places in which to gather for worship, learning, and serving. And our physical spaces can shape and influence us. It is said that Jonas Salk, the inventor of the polio vaccine, who went to places such as the Basilica d’Assis because it helped him work through the more complex problems that he was having in developing the vaccine. Central Presbyterian Church has been blessed with wonderful space in the downtown of Vancouver. Our mission is to use it in a way that blesses the world.