St. George’s United Church, Courtenay, B.C.

Inviting, inspiring and investing in the way of Jesus Christ, this congregation focuses on hospitality, worship and growth through outreach and education.

Five years ago, there was one child attending St. George’s when Rev. Ryan Slifka was called. In 2017, Rev. Ingrid Brown was called and St. George’s now averages 30 children. Lay leaders credit the leadership of Ryan and Ingrid for this growth. People are attracted to this congregation because of its inspirational preaching, diverse music, faith development for all ages, a strong, public ministerial presence and solid community outreach. They choose a different community non-profit organization each year and raise funds for them through a garage sale, concerts, $5 for every new person who joins the St. George’s email list, donations, the dedication of the Christmas Eve offering ($1,500 last year) and volunteer hours. Last year they raised about $10,000 for the partner organization.

Ingrid’s position has recently been expanded through a generous regional grant to work with Weird Church, a new church plant based out of Cumberland United Church, which recently closed. Weird Church is designed for those who have been harmed by the church and for the unchurched. It is “a social-justice oriented, queer-inclusive, incarnational, contemplative, irreverent, radically inclusive community seeking to follow Jesus in a way that allows for personal and social transformation.”


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