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, January 7th, 2015

Twist (Ages 7-11) Wednesdays 4:30-6pm

This program will allow children to create and perform their own version of a classic tale. The group will choose a well-known story in which they want to recreate. From there, they will bend, twist and rewrite the story to satisfy their own creativity. New characters will be created, new dialogue written and possibly a new ending. Rehearsals will be guided by Brad Tones, a teacher and director with over ten years’ experience in children’s theatre. On the final day the group will perform their new version for friends and family. The class is designed for those who love to create, have a wild imagination or just want to join a group and see what theatre is all about.

The class will focus on: Teamwork, Trust, Brainstorming, Performing and Fun.

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.

Ages:  7-11 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, January 7th through Wednesday March 4th, 2015

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

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

Advent / Christmas at Cliff Avenue United

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Sunday, November 30th  Advent 1 HOPE
What a way to begin Advent with Linnea Good and David Jonsson sharing in worship leadership next week to help us begin our Advent journey.   Please let others know of this special addition to worship!

Advent Meditation group:   Monday mornings at 9:30 (45 minutes) A time of quiet personal reflection (with resources) to focus on the Advent theme for the up-coming Sunday.  This Monday (November 24) we begin with Hope….followed by (Peace) Monday, Dec 1, (Joy) Monday, Dec 8 and (Love) Dec 15th.  ALL ARE WELCOME!

Wednesday December 10th Community Carol Sing

Just like it sounds!  We will be inviting our neighbours and others to this evening of singing carols that we love and don’t get enough time to sing in this short season.  Come yourself and bring a friend and let’s get our lungs and hearts ready for the season!

Friday December 19th   Bread Ministry Breakfast 8 a.m.  Lower Hall

Sunday December 21st Longest Night Service 7 p.m. This special worship service is a time of solace for those who are feeling less than 100% “merry” at Christmas.    Quiet and meditative, respectful and reflective,  this worship service acknowledges that many of us struggle during the holiday for a variety of reasons. Held on the longest night of the year, we take time to allow people to be in a community of those who understand that this can be a difficult time.

No discussions happen … no personal sharing … simply worship and reflection.

Please consider attending and share this opportunity with those who might benefit.  Or offer to bring them…..

Christmas Eve – December 24

“All ages” Worship – 7 p.m.

A lively celebration of Christmas featuring carols and scripture readings – and this year with “pageant” and live nativity.  A great service to invite family and friends.

Candlelight Communion – 10 p.m.

A seasonal favourite, this quiet, late night worship gathers us to reflect on the deep meaning of Christmas.  Come and immerse yourself in the beauty of this in this special service of candle glow, communion and carols that evoke the birth of the Christ child.

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