Welcome to St Augustine's!
We are the Anglican community in Marpole, located on the corner of Hudson St and 71st Ave in Vancouver. We connect with God through our worship services (Sunday at 10am). We connect with the neighbourhood through our various service ministries (thrift shop, community meals, recreation programs). And we connect with each other through our warm hospitality ministry and our pastoral visiting program.
We hope that you will join us for a service, for a warm meal, or just to hang out and chat.
Who was St. Augustine?
Well, actually there were two St Augustines......
St Augustine of Canterbury was a Roman Abbot who was sent to England by Pope Gregory the Great in 596. He was the first Archbishop of Canterbury given responsibility for converting the Anglo-Saxons. His goal was to become a normal part of the landscape. He didn’t go looking for converts, but anyone who wanted to join was welcome.
St. Augustine of Hippo lived in Africa in the 4th & 5th centuries. He is famous for his writings including the Confessions where he talks of his own conversion and the City of God, which is a treatise on how we can live together. His vision of the Holy Trinity is ‘Lover, Beloved, and Love’ and his teachings remind us that ‘if you understand it, it’s not God.’ We strive to continue exploring the Divine Mystery, and to always be surprised when we encounter the presence of God.
Though it seems likely that Augustine of Canterbury is the patron saint of our church, this has never been made clear, and we are reluctant to limit ourselves to just one story. In fact, we would love for you to come and tell us your story.
We invite you to come and surprise us with God in your life.