Imago Dei Groups

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Imago Dei meets as a house fellowship in various locations across Canada and in other places in the world.

Imago Dei Groups

If you would like information regarding current times or locations for any of our groups please contact the respective leaders as follows:

 Imago Dei Groups

If you would like information regarding current times or locations for any of our Imago Dei groups please contact the respective leaders as follows:
CANADA

  • Vancouver (BC) Imago Dei Group meets on Sundays at 4 pm except the first Sunday of the month. For the month of December meetings will be on the 11th and the 18th but the group will then take a break until January 15th. For more info contact Paul Woodyard  woodyardpiano@hotmail.com
  • Spiritual Direction Group at Fairview Baptist Church (Van.) meets every Wed. at 12:30pm. Contact Lee Best  lee.best37@gmail.com or StephenHasbrouck jr_hasbrouck@yahoo.ca for more information.
  • Imago Dei @ A Rocha (BC) meets at 7:30pm in Surrey/White Rock at the A Rocha Field Study Center  www.arocha.ca on the first and third Tue. of the  month.  Contact Ruth  info@imagodeicommunity.ca .
  • ImagoDei@Vancouver meets at 1385 West 8th once a month.  For more information contact Hilda Henry manager@leansensei.com.
  • Chinese (Mandarin) Imago Dei Group (Richmond).  For information on this group contact Pei Lee at  qinzi9031@gmail.com 
  • Chinese (Cantonese) Imago Dei Group (Vancouver South).  For information on this group contact Kay Wai Bernice Ma at  mabernice@hotmail.com
  • Tri-City Imago Dei Group meets in Port Moody on Thursdays at 7:15pm (or6:45 for a pre-meeting social time). Contact Gillian Coates at gcoatespt@gmail.com.
  • Harrison Hotsprings Imago Dei meets every other Wednesday at 10:00 am.  For more information please contact Anne White at 6celtickilts@telus.net.
  • Campbell River (BC) Imago Dei meets every Tuesday night.  Contact  Kathryn Guenette kathrynguenette@mac.com
  • Comox Imago Dei Group meets on the first Monday of each month at 7pm.  Contact Irene Gifford-Cole at the_well@island.net
  • Calgary Imago Dei.  For information on this group contact Rod Olson at rod.olson@gmail.com
  • Winnipeg (Man.) Imago Dei meets on the first and third Monday of each month. Contact Mary Reimer at  mary@gdreimer.com
  • Montreal Imago Dei group meets every other Wednesday evening 7:30 – 8:30 pm at the Isaiah 40 Foundation (5867 Chemin De La Cote-Saint-Antoine). Contact Dan Poenaru at dpoenaru@gmail.com for further information.
  • St. John’s (NFLD) Imago Dei. Contact Glenn Meyers  glennm@nl.rogers.com
  • Halifax Imago Dei. For information on this group contact Peter Young at peteryoungg8@gmail.com.

**Also, please note that for those who live in the Kingston or surrounding area, interested in joining an Imago Dei group, please contact Dorothy Messenger at dotmessenger@gmail.com. We ask that you would seek God’s leading in this endeavour on behalf of Dorothy as she looks for direction in starting a new group.

ASIA

USA

  • Imago Dei in North Branford, Connecticut meets on Wednesdays. Contact Price and Peggy van der Swaagh vander@comcast.net
  • Imago Dei in Miami, Florida meets on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month at 4pm. Contact Gary & Marlene Cameron garymarlenec@gmail.com.

EUROPE

  • Imago Dei in Florence, Italy meets on Wednesdays at St. James Episcopal Church.  For more information contact Margi Hammer at margihammer@yahoo.com.

UK

  • Imago Dei London meets once a month at Golders Green Parish Church. For more info contact Em Balogh emese.irene@gmail.com.

OTHER IMAGO DEI GROUPS
Besides our regular Imago Dei groups we have also encouraged other contemplative groups to form over the years.  These include:

  • Contemplative Group in Victoria meets every second Sunday at 2pm.  Contact Harry & Linda Stanbridge (linda.stanbridge@gmail.com)
  • Ancient Streams meets in Kelowna, BC.  Contact Nancy Keery at (lkeery@shaw.ca) for information.

 

Imago Dei also presents a Contemplative Communion Service along with Fairview Baptist Church on the

First Saturday of every month
7pm, Fairview Baptist, 1708 W. 16th, Van.

Join us for an evening of meditative worship, silent prayer and communion. Each month features meditations from the writings of various spiritual directors, past and present.

From: “Linda Stanbridge” <linda.stanbridge@gmail.com>
To: “Rob” <imago@shaw.ca>
Subject: Re: Imago Dei: Dec. 30, 2010
Date: Thursday, December 30, 2010 7:00 PMThanks so much for this word Rob, it certainly speaks to my heart in a very direct way.
Harry and I do wish you and Ruth a very blessed New Year.
We hope to see you here in Victoria this coming year for a wee visit.
I didn’t get much opportunity to talk at Christine’s, we look forward to a more opportune meeting together.
Rob please change the E-mail address on your site.
It is now linda.stanbridge@gmail.comGod Bless
Linda
On 2010-12-30, at 12:26 PM, Rob wrote:> IMAGO DEI: Dec. 30th, 2010
>  www.imagodeicommunity.ca
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> Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.     Mat. 10:29
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> When my son was two years old we used to play a game of trust where he would jump into my arms from the roof of our Volkswagen van.  I was the one who called it a game of trust.  He simply called it fun.  I would lift him onto the roof of our van, stand back a few feet, and then invite him to jump off.  Without a moment’s hesitation he would leap into my arms.  I would then take another step back from the van and call him to jump again.  And once more he would fly off the roof into my arms, laughing all the way. I remember doing this after church one Sunday and having a little crowd gather around to watch.  It was quite a spectacle to see.
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> But I will always remember the last time we played this game together.  As we had done so many times before I put my son on the roof and waited for him to jump to me.  And then I saw it in his face.  Whatever thought entered his mind, I knew that it had introduced him to the notion of fear.  For the first time in his short life, he had entertained the possibility that I might not actually catch him. I could see the struggle between faith and doubt so evident in his hesitation.  It paralyzed him until I went over and helped him down from the roof.  And that was the last time we ever played this game together.
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> It was inevitable that this moment would one day arrive but I wonder if God too has such memories of times when we have chosen fear over faith.  Does the Lord remember the first time He saw us hedging our bets, or setting up a back-up plan just in case He didn’t come through for us?  What does God see on our face whenever we entertain the possibility that He might not actually catch us?  And what would it take for us to return to that child-like trust where, without hesitation, we would gladly jump into God’s arms?  As you anticipate the coming year, how might this apply to something that God is inviting you to trust Him with?
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> There is no more direct way of honouring another person than by expressing our trust in them.  We withhold trust when we are uncertain about a person’s motives or competence.  We hesitate to rely on someone if we’re not sure they can be counted on to deliver or to succeed in a task.  We lack confidence in someone if we doubt that their word or promises are really worth anything.  And we are naturally more cautious if we suspect a person’s intentions might not be in our favour.
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> To exercise trust in God then is to express faith that God’s character is good, that He is up for the task, and that we expect Him to be faithful to His word.  It also honours God that we are at peace in the certainty that He has our best interests in mind.  Trusting God then is the most direct means we have of honouring the trustworthiness of His character.  In the coming year, the many ways by which we express such confidence in God’s faithfulness will surely be what most touches our Father’s heart.
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> Rob Des Cotes
> (604)-87-IMAGO  (874-6246)
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> HOUSEKEEPING
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> Contemplative Communion Service
> Please note that our monthly first-Saturday-of-the-month Contemplative Communion Service will be held on the second Sat. of January (the 8th) @ 7pm.  We will return to our first Sat. schedule for Feb 5th’s service.  Fairview Baptist Church, 1708 W. 16th Ave.
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> ID @ A Rocha
> The Imago Dei group at A Rocha will meet on Tue. Jan. 18th, 7:30pm at Brooksdale Manor, at the new A Rocha site.  Please reply to this e-mail for directions if needed.
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> St. John of the Cross Seminars
> Imago Dei will be hosting a monthly series of three seminars on the teachings of St. John of the Cross.  These will be presented by Rob Des Cotes and will offer an introduction to John of the Cross’ spiritual theology as outlined in his three books The Ascent to Mount Carmel (Sat. Jan 22, 10am-4pm), The Dark Night of the Soul (Sat. Feb. 19, 10-4pm) and The Living Flame of Love (Sat. Mar. 19, 10-4pm).   Fairview Baptist Church, 1708 W. 16th Ave. (btw Burrard & Granville). By donation (sugg. donation $30).
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> St. John in Chilliwack
> This first seminar (Ascent to Mount Carmel) will be presented through the Imago Dei group in Chilliwack on Sat. Jan. 15th, 10am-4pm @ Communitas Supportive Care #18,45966 Yale Road West Chilliwack.  To register contact Anne White anne@communitascare.com or 604 855 2359
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> Alpha Course
> If you  or anyone you know in the Vancouver area are interested in an Alpha program as part of your New Year’s resolution do make note of one starting at Fairview Baptist Church (1708 W. 16thAve.) from Thurs. Jan. 20th to Mar. 31st, 2011.  To register either e-mail the church at fairbap@telus.net or register directly at http://www.alphacanada.org/find/register
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> Introduction to the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises (Jan. 27-29)
> Rob will be leading a three-day retreat of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises at Carey Theological College from Jan. 27-29. (Thurs. 7-9pm, Fri. 7-9pm, Sat. 9:30-4:30pm).
> Cost $89, includes lunch on Sat.  To register see http://www.carey-edu.ca/institute/news/faith_and_reality_philosophy_and_theology_cafe_ubc
>  or call 604-224-4308.
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> Imago Dei Groups
> If you would like information regarding current times or locations for any of our other groups please contact the respective leaders as follows:
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> Vancouver Imago Dei meets every Sunday at 4pm.  Contact Paul Woodyard (woodyardpiano@hotmail.com)
> Campbell River Imago Dei meets every Monday night.  Contact Tim & Michelle Harris (harris.michelle1@gmail.com)
> Imago Dei @ A Rocha meets at 7:30 in Surrey/White Rock at the A Rocha Field Study Center (www.arocha.org) once a month.  Contact Sandee Brossard (sanbrossard@hotmail.com) .
> Tri-City Imago Dei meets on Thursdays at 7:15pm (or 6:45 for a pre-meeting social time).  Contact Esther Hizsa (ehizsa@gmail.com).
> Kelowna Imago Dei meets every second Wednesday at 6:30pm.  Contact Al & Barbara Februar (barbarafebruar@telus.net)
> Halifax Imago Dei  meets on Sat. mornings.  Contact Ian & Claire MacKenzie (mackenzie@claireastra.com)
> Hong Kong Imago Dei  meets monthly. Contact Drago Lai (alisonkk2006@yahoo.com.hk)
> Winnipeg Imago Dei meets on the first Monday of each month. Contact Mary Reimer at mary@efaithworks.ca
> St. John’s Imago Dei (Nfld.) meets every second Wed. at 7:30pm.  Contact Peter & Elaine Young  (pyoung@st-thomaschurch.com)
> Chilliwack Imago Dei meets every second Tue.  Contact Anne White at anne@communitascare.com
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>  Besides our regular Imago Dei groups we have also encouraged other contemplative groups to form over the years.  These include:
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> Contemplative Group in Victoria meets every second Sunday at 2pm.  Contact Harry & Linda Stanbridge (lstanbridge@telus.net)
> Contemplative Group in West Vancouver meets every second Thursday night. Contact Christine Farris (dfarris@shaw.ca)
> Contemplative Group at Point Grey Community Church meets every Tue. night in Van.  Contact Brant Levert at magpie1999@hotmail.com
> Spiritual Direction Group at Fairview Baptist Church (Van.) meets every Thurs. at 12:30pm.  Contact imago@shaw.ca for more information.
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> GENERAL
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> Thank Offerings:   If you have benefited in any way from the ministries of Imago Dei we ask that you consider tithing to its work in the coming year.
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> Our ministry is
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> ·        to encourage a deeper spirituality in your life as a Christian
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> ·        to help you recognize and welcome God’s transforming work in your life
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> ·        to encourage a growing faith towards the life God is calling you to live in this
> world.
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> We offer spiritual direction and various resources for groups or individual spiritual growth to all who desire encouragement.  We also represent a network of faith communities around B.C. that meet regularly for fellowship and support.
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> If you would like to support the work we do, offerings can be made payable to Imago Dei Christian Community and either placed in the tithe basket at our Sunday meetings or mailed to 260 E. 24th Ave., Van., B.C., V5V 1Z6.  A tax receipt will be issued to you. Imago Dei is affiliated with the MB Church of BC.
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> May the favour of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.           Psalm 90:17
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> UPCOMING IMAGO DEI  (Vancouver area)
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> Sun.  Jan. 2nd @ 4pm: Imago Dei (Vancouver) meets weekly for fellowship and communion.  For information please contact Paul & Paivi at woodyardpiano@hotmail.com  or (604) 985-7564.
> Please note that our regular first Sunday potluck will be postponed until next week for this month only.
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> Sun.  Jan. 2nd @ 4pm: Imago Dei (Vancouver) meets weekly for fellowship and communion.  For information please contact Paul & Paivi at woodyardpiano@hotmail.com  or (604) 985-7564.
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> ***Pot-Luck Sunday.  All are welcome.  Plan to contribute something to the pot and enjoy supper together following our fellowship time***
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> Sat. Jan. 8th @ 7pm:  ‘Contemplative Communion Service’  featuring Taizé-styled worship, with meditations from Bernard de Clairvaux.  Fairview Baptist, 1708 W. 16th Ave.
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> Sun.  Jan. 9th @ 4pm: Imago Dei (Vancouver) meets weekly for fellowship and communion.  For information please contact Paul & Paivi at woodyardpiano@hotmail.com  or (604) 985-7564.
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> Tue. Jan. 18th @ 7:30pm: Imago Dei @ A Rocha (ID @ AR) meets in White Rock.  For directions or information please contact Sandee Brossard (sanbrossard@hotmail.com) .
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> Sat. Jan. 22nd, 10am-4pm:  St. John of the Cross seminar on The Ascent to Mount Carmel.  Fairview Baptist Church.  (see above)
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