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


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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Worship Services – September

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

On Sunday, September 15th AND Sunday, September 22nd we will be worshipping together at Ellesmere United Church 160-8960 University High Street (SFU) at 10:30 am.  Carpooling from Cliff Avenue United Church is available at 10:00 am.


It Takes a Community to End Homelessness

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

It takes a community to end homelessness- final flyer PDF

A Week of Reconciliation, Vancouver, September 16-22 , 2013

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

TRC logo

The Truth & Reconciliation of Canada issues a broad invitation to all Canadians to bear witness to the National Hearings in Vancouver in Septebmer, 2013. The United Church of Canada encourages all Canadians to attend the events during Reconciliation Week, including some or all of the Truth and Reconciliation Hearings in Vancouver.  There is no cost for any part of the events.

Reconcilliation Week

Monday, Sept. 16 Lighting of the Sacred Fire – Ambleside Beach (see reconciliationcanada.ca for more information.)

Tuesday, Sept. 17 Canoes from all over the province will be welcomed at a Ceremony at False Creek. The Welcome Celebration is open to everyone.

September 18 -21 Truth and Reconciliation Hearings, at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE). Survivors,Teachers and Support Staff are welcome to share their stories of the Indian Residential Schools in either Public or Private forums. To tell your story please register at trc.ca.

Registration is not required for listeners. All Canadians are encouraged to come and bear witness.

Thursday, Sept 19 A Concert

Sunday Sept. 22 Several Events:

What you can do

Attend any or all of the events in the Week of Reconciliation. (see ReconciliationCanada.ca and trc.ca)

Pray for all participants and those giving testimony.

Cupcakes are needed for the Survivors’ Birthday Party.  Can your Congregation prepare cupcakes in a “Food Safe” Kitchen?  contact khogman@shaw.ca with the number of cupcakes you can supply.

Bus Tickets, can you provide bus tickets, or gas money for a shuttle, to transport Survivors from downtown Vancouver to the PNE?  Donations gratefully accepted by BC Conference Office.

Prayer Shawls for Survivors giving testimony.  Does your Congregation have a Prayer Shawl Ministry?  Can you offer some of your shawls for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Hearings?  Prayer Shawls may be dropped off at by Sept. 8, 2013 at:

  1. Eagle Ridge United Church, 2813 Glen Drive, Coquitlam
  2. Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver
  3. Northwood United Church, 8855  156th Street, Surrey BC
  4. Ryerson United Church 2195 West 45th Avenue, Vancouver
  5. Wilson Heights United Church 1634 East 41st Avenue, Vancouver  (after Aug. 20,  Tuesday-Friday: 9:30-2:30)
  6. South Burnaby United Church, 7591 Gray Ave., Burnaby  Mon-Friday 9:00-noon
  7. In the Okanagan, drop off Prayer Shawls to Summerland United Church by September 6

Lunch Vouchers for Survivors. The PNE has indicated that $10.00 will cover a Survivors meal. This meal will include main course, side/snack and drink. As mentioned before, our goal is to have 3,000 Survivors lunch covered. On the Cheque Memo line please print: “Survivor food vouchers”.  Donations can  be sent to

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

The United Church of Canada has been involved with the Truth & Reconciliation Commision from it’s beginning. Recently, BC Conference has been host to the Ecumenical Advocates of the Turth & Reconciliation Commission in BC, and has offered financial support to advertizing to the National Event in September.

For more information about the history of residential schools in Canada, the Montreal Presbytery of the United Church has information on their website.

Reconciliation Canada is hosting the 4 km walk (a 2 km walk is also available) in downtown Vancouver ending with “A New Way Forward”, an outdoor celebration that will bring All Nations, both Aboriginal and non-aboriginal people together to celebrate a new Spirit of companionship among us. Please register for the Walk as a “Team” or as individuals on the Reconciliation Canada website.

More Information

Reconciliation Canada, and the Ecumenical Advocates group that supports their work are hoping for 50,000 people to Walk together for Reconciliation.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission came about as part of the settlement agreement between the Government of Canada, the Anglican, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, and The United Church, and survivors of the Indian Residential Schools.

Its purpose is to bear witness and record the stories of abuse and tragedy at these schools. It is important for all Canadians to know about the tragedy of the Indian Residential Schools so that everyone understands the need for healing the relationship between the first peoples and the immigrant people.

Through government records we now know the schools were originally intended to be the final solution of the “Indian problem” within the new nation of Canada. Much of the land Canada claimed as her own was actually historic lands of Aboriginal people. The rights to the land were not won in any war. The land was taken with the arrogance of those who believed themselves to be superior and therefore entitled to take what they wanted with no regard for law.

The Government of Canada settled some land claims through treaties. This was expensive and time consuming. The MacDonald government was in a hurry to build a railroad and add the western territories to confederation. The idea of Residential Schools was used as an alternative to treaties. They took children as young as five into Residential Schools to take the “Indian” out of them. The intent was that the Schools would alienate children from their families thereby forcing them to assimilate quickly making “Indians” disappear.

The government recruited the Churches to run the schools promising them new converts and a chance to do good. What happened was chronic underfunding and very little supervision.

Inevitably the Schools became host to abuse, disease, and malnutrition. Every child who attended these schools has a story to tell. Teachers and other workers found themselves caught in a heart rending situation—some tried to make the best of a bad situation, others took advantage of the children who had no one to turn to for help. They created a nightmare situation for thousands of children who had no defense.

All of us need to know the truth. The pain caused by these schools needs to be shared among us. All Canadians need to bear witness to this dark part of our history. We need to acknowledge this was an unacceptable way to treat children. We need to rebuild relationships with Aboriginal people based on mutual respect, genuine love, and the acknowledgement that Canada needs the best of all her citizens to address the challenges facing us today.

As Christians we have seen how our faith can be a sword -dealing violence and pain. We need to stand up to say this is not what our faith is about. We need to be visible as we seek reconciliation and healing.

The United Church administered 5 Residential Schools in BC. The General Council Archives contains records for the following Indian Residential Schools included in the Settlement Agreement. The schools were initially operated by the Methodist and Presbyterian churches before 1925. Following union, The United Church of Canada inherited administration of the schools.

  • Ahousaht, British Columbia (1904–1939)
  • Alberni, British Columbia (1891–1973)
  • Port Simpson, British Columbia (1874–1948)
  • Kitimaat, British Columbia (1893–1941)
  • Coqualeetza, British Columbia (1888–1940)

The Truth & Reconciliation Hearings in Vancouver will be Sept. 18-21. They will take place at the PNE to accommodate as many people as possible. Here stories of Indian Residential Schools will be told, grief shared, and healing celebrated. Survivors, Teachers and Support Staff are invited to share their stories.  Feel free to come to only a few hours of this event; you do not need to attend it all.

In addition to the Hearings there will be other events initiated by Reconciliation Canada. Reconciliation Canada is a charitable project, established as a collaboration between the Indian Residential School Survivor’s Society and Tides Canada Initiatives Society. This project engages Canadians in meaningful dialogue to build stronger relationships between Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals and to build resilience in our diverse community.

Working with Reconciliation Canada is the Ecumenical Advocates group, a diverse group of representatives from the denominations that ran residential schools as well as a significant number of people from churches that did not, including several Mennonite groups, the Salvation Army, Lutheran, Evangelical, and more. Meeting with people from the Indian Residential School Survivor Society regularly for the past year, this group has been planning and supporting a number of educational events throughout the province. It will also provide support for the presence of the churches at the Truth and Reconciliation hearings themselves.

Submitted by Rev. Kathy Hogman

TRC Educator, BC Conference