It’s not just what we do at church. It’s about what we do outside of church, too. How do we live our lives to bring justice to our community, peace to the world?
Highlands United Church is committed to concerns outside of the immediate congregation.
Highlands Flea Market
A gigantic thrift sale—the epitome of reusing, recycling and reducing! Highlands cares for the environment, and is committed to being a link in transferring stuff from those who no longer need it to those who do. The annual sale on the Saturday after Thanksgiving ignites the energy of more than 150 people who volunteer to make this event a success.
Healing Hands is a major outreach and caring ministry. It is an energy-based approach to healing, working with and restoring balance to the energy fields that surround you. Awaken your body's innate healing powers, restore harmony and balance to your whole being.
Highlands has a real heart for people who are struggling in their lives, and a lot of people who love to cook. So a marriage is made. We make Saturday Lunch at North Shore Neighbourhood House for up to 50 people. Once a month, we prep and serve dinner at the North Shore Lookout Shelter. And Mondays you’ll find us in the church kitchen making sandwiches for people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Shelter to Home
Through all the twists and turns of life, some people end up homeless and needing support. In partnership with North Vancouver agencies, Highlands provides furniture and household items so that people can return to independent housing.
Highlands is active in the community—the Edgemont community, the North Vancouver community, the Downtown Eastside. From teaching ESL to new Canadians to making lunch at the North Shore Neighbourhood House, Highlands is at work. The church also serves as a meeting place for many organizations whose goals match our vision—Grief Recovery, Tai Chi, AA, Cubs, Scouts, Guides and more.
Globally, Highlands is involved specifically with helping women and children in Guatemala, as well as providing support for refugees from around the world. Through affiliation with the United Church of Canada's Mission and Service Fund, Highlands is involved in other global projects.