WWelcome to Cliff Avenue United. We are a neighbourhood church in North Burnaby discovering together what life can be like when lived from a place of faith, hope, love and purpose . We gather weekly as a whole community for prayer, celebration, song, learning and to experience the care and belonging of God's love in community.

Cliff Avenue is part of the United Church of Canada, a protestant denomination which seeks to embody God's radical love and new life. We hold a wide spectrum of theologies while remaining rooted in traditional Christian understandings.

Whether you are living, studying or just visiting North Burnaby, we look forward to welcoming you. Come join us at our Sunday service at 10:30 a.m.

Latest News and Updates

P.L.A.Y Professional Live Arts For Youth presents

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

FALL PROGRAM:  Rolling Dice Improv

10 weeks  Wednesday, October 8th through Wednesday, December 10th 4:30 – 6 pm

Improv is about telling stories, solving problems and enjoying the moments. It’s about friends performing on stage together, living in every moment and being ready for anything. Improv has a set of rules that must be followed so that every story is consistent and comprehensible to the audience. It’s about FUN.

Rolling Dice Improv believes in building ensembles, building friendships, learning the rules of Improv and knowing exactly when to break those rules. This Improv program will be a group of people together so they can grow as a team and learn the basics. Throughout the 10 weeks of class, the group will go through the 10 basic rules of Improv and how to incorporate those rules while telling a story. They will also learn and play many short form Improv games that can be performed for an audience. The group will eventually be able to perform short form games, incorporate audience suggestions and follow the 10 rules and maybe breaking one every once in a while. There will be a maximum of 10 people per group.

Ages:  14 – 18 years

Location:  Cliff Ave United Church, 1600 Cliff Ave, Burnaby, BC  V5A 2K2 (enter through rear parking lot behind church)

Time:  4:30 – 6 p.m. – 10 weeks beginning Wednesday October 8th – December 10th, 2014

Cost:  $75 for 10 week program. Sign up in advance on our website:  www.professionalliveartsforyouth.ca

Instructor:  Brad Tones

Brad Tones is one of the talented professionals behind P.L.A.Y. Most recently he co-created and led an extremely well received summer intensive program at the Langley Fine Arts School with the request for more classes from children and parents. Brad has extensive experience with children and youth of all ages.

If you wish more information, please call or text Rev. Deb Hinksman at 604-837-4161. 

3rd Annual Community BBQ and Open House

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

You are invited to join us for our 3rd Annual Community BBQ and Open House.

Where?            Cliff Ave United Church

1600 Cliff Ave, Burnaby

(rear parking lot off Blaine Ave)

When?             Sunday, September 14th, 2014

12:00 – 1:30 pm


… find out what the local church is doing in your community and see what we have to offer!

Summer at Cliff Avenue

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

During the months of July and August, our church office is closed, but our Worship services continue each Sunday morning at 10:30!

Email to cliffave@shaw.ca and phone messages (604) 420-2621 are checked regularly and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

May you enjoy a restorative summer!


Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Our church  is currently undergoing extensive renovations to the exterior and interior of the building.  During this time, Sunday services will continue at 10:30 am each week; however, our church office may not be open during regular office hours.  We expect these disruptions may continue through mid-June. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Messages and emails are being answered as promptly as possible.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.


Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Palm Sunday, April 13th  – 10:30 a.m.

Cliff Avenue United Church, 1600 Cliff Ave, Burnaby. 

We begin Holy Week remembering as Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey, a sign of a different kind of leadership.

Maundy Thursday, April 17th  – 7 p.m

St. Timothy’s Anglican Church, 4550 Kitchener St, Burnaby.  Light supper of soup/bread @ 6 pm; service @ 7 pm

On Maundy Thursday, we remember Jesus’ last supper with his friends and the servanthood he modelled by washing their feet.

Good Friday, April 18th  - 10:00 a.m.

West Burnaby United Church, 6050 Sussex Ave, Burnaby.

We will be joining with other United Church congregations in a joint service reflecting on the meaning of Jesus’ death and how our faith allows us to boldly call this day “Good.” 

Easter Sunday, April 20th – 10:30 a.m.

Cliff Avenue United Church, 1600 Cliff Ave, Burnaby.
A joyous celebration of hope and new life in Christ! Story, music and transformation will lift up the meaning we find in Jesus’ resurrection.  


Blood Donor Clinic

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Burnaby Blood Donor Clinic –


The next clinic will take place THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2014

Cliff Avenue United Church

1600 Cliff Avenue, Burnaby

Fall Winter 2013 Clinic Schedule

(entrance is at the back of the church. Parking is available)

Clinic Hours: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Appointments can be booked ONLINE at www.blood.ca
or by calling 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236 6283)

Canadian Blood Services – it’s in you to give

8 5x11Because Without Blood Donors – Cliff Avenue

Ways to help our community!

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Just a reminder…we collect various items that some people

would normally just throw away and turn them into valuable benefits for community causes such as Cancer related

services, Eye care for Third World Countries, and school

programs and activities.

Cancelled Stamps:  Used stamps from incoming mail

(Canadian, US and International stamps are welcome)

Postcards:  New or Used (leave stamps intact)

Used Eyeglasses:  Any style is ALWAYS in fashion!

Campbell Soup Labels:  Please ensure the UPC code is


If you have any of these items, please bring them into the

church and place them in the box provided near the front

doors of the church and we will take care of sorting and distributing the items to the appropriate

agencies.  THANKS!


Wednesday, January 15th, 2014


Donations of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food, as well as SOCKS, used towels, foot care products, underwear, age appropriate clothing, coats, footwear, blankets, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shoelaces, combs, brushes, travel sized soap, shampoo, diapers (adult/children), lip-balm, feminine hygiene products, and deodorant. Items may be dropped off at the church before/after Sunday morning services or during office hours Tues – Fri 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Burnaby Holiday Miracle

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Burnaby Holiday Miracle Poster

Advent and Christmas Services at Cliff Avenue/Ellesmere United Church

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Advent is the season before Christmas where Christians prepare for the birth of Jesus!   A candle is lit each week leading to up to Christmas Day as God’s greatest gift –  Jesus, the Light of the World  is given to ALL people….

Advent 1 – HOPE 10:30 a.m., December 1st –  –  Communion service.

Advent Songs and Stories  3:00 p.m., December 1st – – A combined service of all the United Churches of Burnaby.   Refreshments will be served after the service.   ALL ARE WELCOME!

Advent 2 – PEACE 10:30 a.m., December 8th –

Advent 3 – JOY 10:30 a.m., December 15th –

Advent 4 – LOVE 10:30 a.m., December 22nd –

Christmas Eve  7:00 p.m.,, December 24th – All Ages Carol Service

Christmas Eve  10:00 p.m., , December 24th – Candlelight and Communion Service