The Badminton group meets Mondays from 7:30-9:30 pm. Fun at all levels of play. Contact George Parton at (604) 988-4488.

Book Circle

A welcoming drop-in group that meets in the Highlands Church library on the last Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30 pm (except December, July and August). In the past, authors read ranged from Charles Dickens to Abraham Verghese and from Margaret Laurence to Boris Pasternak. This is a chance to mentally travel from England to Ethiopia and from the baking summer of the Canadian prairies to the snows of the Russian steppes. Come when you can or when you’re interested in a particular title. Watch for upcoming titles in the weekly Highlights newsletter.

English Language Learning Conversation and Bible Study

Many newcomers to Canada and the North Shore have difficulty finding a community gathering place to practise their English skills and meet Canadians. At Highlands, come and meet new people, learn about life in Canada, share stories, practise English and talk about spiritual matters—with volunteer teachers and leaders for the conversation and spiritual sections of the program. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 am to noon in Room 201. Cost is $30 a term and new teachers are always welcome. Contact Judy O’Neill (604-985-9611), Bonny Ball or Diana Bomford. Pre-registration is required.


English Language Learners Speakers’ Club

Highlands also offers an ESL Speakers’ Club Tuesdays at noon for an hour following the regular ESL conversation class. There is much laughter and fellowship as a group of varied ethnic friends learn to Speak Up and Stand Out. Experience solid support for each other to become active vocal members in our society. Contact Diana Bomford for more information.

Highlands Quilters

Love to quilt? Want to meet others who have a passion for quilting. Quilters get together most Mondays at 9:00 am in the Choir Room for an old-fashioned Quilting Bee. If you enjoy hand sewing a neat running stitch, come and see what we do as we sit around a quilting frame and stitch together the three layers of a quilt. The Quilters work on quilts for individuals as well as for charities. For more information, call Chris Robertson, (604) 988-5483 or Doris Colbalchini at (604) 904-1013.

Men’s Breakfast

Looking to join an active and thoughtful group of men? Highlands has a group that meets every Wednesday at 7:30 am at the Eighties Restaurant, 14th and Lonsdale in North Vancouver. Gather for fellowship, support and discussions about important issues in the community and church—and a great breakfast for under $10, including beverage and gratuity! More information from Hugh Creighton.

New Members’ Exploration

Interested in becoming a member of Highlands? Excited about taking responsibility to join with the community in living out our mission with open minds, open hearts and open hands? New Members’ Exploration discussions might simply help you discern your readiness. Or they can allow us to share where we have been on our faith journeys, look at Highlands’ faith journey, understand something of the United Church of Canada, meet others who are on the same searching path and decide how you want to use your particular gifts to make your unique contribution. Members are entitled to vote on all matters at congregational meetings.

Group workshops take place from time to time. All ages are welcome to attend. Or Invite two leaders from Highlands to your home for a conversation on becoming a member of Highlands. Find out more from Will Sparks.

Prayer Shawls Ministry

The prayer shawl group, initiated by Linda Baxter in 2012, gathers at the church each Monday 1-3p.m. Knitters and crocheters of all levels are welcome to join this fun, conversation-filled group. Drop-ins are welcome (as are a few dropped stitches.) Our intention is to create warm and comforting shawls threaded with prayers to be given to those in need of such an embrace. Donations of yarn, or other supplies, are gratefully accepted.

If you are aware of someone who might benefit from such a shawl, please contact Will Sparks, or Colleen Blair.

Inquiries about the group can be directed to Joy Dancey


Past Events: Adult Discovery Trip to Cuba

The Adult Discovery Trip to Cuba took place Saturday, March 15 to Sunday, March 23, 2014. Led by Highlands staff members Colleen Blair and Sandi Parker, with Mark Steffens.

This tour followed up on connection the youth group made last year with churches, retreat centres and social agencies in the cities of Matanzas, Cardenas and Havana, as well as the small community of Martis. Working on an organic farm, attending church, meeting with students and faculty at the Metanzas seminary, enjoying the beach, markets and the local culture were just some of our experiences. Each day included time for reflection, recreation and dialogue.

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