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

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!

Canadian Blood Services – Bloodmobile

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Cliff Avenue Bloodmobile poster July 3 2014


Saving lives has never been easier!

The Bloodmobile will be at
Cliff Avenue Church
Thursday, July 3, 2014
10:00 am – 4:15 pm
1600 Cliff Avenue, Burnaby


Please make an appointment to donate!
Call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283)
Book your appointment on-line at www. blood.ca.

Did you know?

Blood donations help cancer patients, premature babies, accident/injury victims, and people undergoing surgery and transplants, as well as those suffering from blood diseases, burns and shock.
Basic Requirements for Donating Blood

1. First time donors must be between the ages of 17 and 61
2. Donors must weigh at least 50 kg (110 lb). Are you between the ages of 17 and 23? Visit our Eligibility Calculator or call 1 888 2 DONATE for additional criteria.
3. You must wait 6 months to donate after having a piercing or tattoo
4. If you’ve travelled outside of North America within the past year, please call our toll free line, and speak to a clinic nurse to make sure you did not travel to what we consider a ‘malaria risk area’.

For additional eligibility questions, please call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283) or visit www.blood.ca

It takes many donations to save 1 life!



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



Friday, September 13th, 2013
Dear Friends,

First of all, thank you for the tremendous support that has been offered so far with financial donations, prayer shawls, cupcakes and birthday cards for the Survivor’s Birthday party.  We have 4000 cupcakes pledged for Sept. 21!   I had a chance to see some of the prayer shawls yesterday.  What a wonderful assortment of beautiful creations.   I also heard from the TRC that we  are very close to the goal of $72,000 for meal vouchers for Survivors.  Through donations of many faith communities, we hope to supply two meal tickets to each of the survivors that comes to the TRC.  They are estimating 3000 survivors will come.  If you still have donations for meal vouchers, there’s still time to mail a cheque to

70 Arthur Street, Suite 440
Winnipeg, MB (Manitoba)
Canada R3B 1G7 

On the Cheque Memo line please print: Survivor food vouchers.

We need your help with one more thing:  birthday cards for the Survivor’s Birthday Party on Sept. 21.   Would you be willing to ask your Sunday School children and youth to make handmade birthday cards for Survivors.  Of course, adults can make birthday cards too.  It’s a wonderful teaching opportunity to help the children imagine what it might be like to be far from home with no one to celebrate your birthday while you were away at residential school.   We will need these at the Forum for the Closing Celebration on Sept. 21 from 4-6:00pm.

The final program schedule for the TRC at the PNE is now available online
It is full of helpful information about all the various events that will be taking place Sept. 18-21.    The programs will be available when you come to the TRC at the PNE.

A couple of events to consider taking in are the Commissioners Sharing Panel, a Survivor’s Sharing Circle in the Forum and the Listening Circles at the Churches Listening to Survivors Area in the Agrodome.  I’d also recommend the Town Hall on Reconciliation on Sept. 19.  There will be lots to see in the Display and Archival Area in the Agrodome.   It would be great to have you join us when BC Conference of the United Church makes an Expression of Reconciliation on Sept. 19 at 5:00 pm in the Forum.
Whatever events you choose, please come with an open heart, ready to listen and learn.

The final event of the week is the Conference wide worship service at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church (Burrard and Nelson)  at 8:00 am Sept. 22.
A children’s program will be offered during the 8 am service to help prepare our youngest children for the walk.  Many thanks to Cathy Cryder and Jen Cunnings  who will be creating a space for children 3 to 6. There will also be a nursery play and care provided for those 2 and under.   An invitation to singers and musicians from Darryl Nixon:  “It would be wonderful to support the community singing with a great cloud of witnesses from the front of the church-instrumentalists, singers, drummers. The community songs will be Draw The Circle Wide, O Great Spirit, We Are Marching In The Light Of God. There are a few small details to work out which we can do before the service.  Early rising singers, drummers and instrumentalists, if you can be at St. Andrew’s Wesley at 7:30 am to hear about the details that would be great.  Let Darryl know if you are coming just so he has an idea of how many to expect:nixon_darryl@hotmail.com

By Sept. 16, we will be sending out a Call To Worship and a prayer that congregations throughout the province are welcome to include in your worship services on Sept. 22.  It’s one small way that we can be united in worship, even if we can’t all be together at the Walk for Reconciliation.

From the church we  walk to the Queen Elizabeth Plaza at W. Georgia and Hamilton for the opening ceremonies and the start of the Walk for Reconciliation.  Look for a press release today or tomorrow about a special guest speaker who has just agreed to attend the opening ceremony.   Sorry I can’t release the name yet.  Also, the finish line for the walk has just been changed.  We will now conclude on the north side of False Creek.  There will be many volunteers and marshals along the way so don’t worry.  There will also be portapotties along the route.  Please leave your high heels at home.  Wear comfortable clothing and comfortable walking shoes for worship and the walk.

BC Conference has made up 1000 buttons with the new United Church crest and the words “United for Reconciliation”.
They will be passed out at St. Andrew’s Wesley on Sunday Sept. 22 at the 8:00 am worship.   They aren’t as visible as banners but certainly one way to identify that we are UCC.

In peace

Janice Young

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