How often do you get to go to a fabulous block party downtown Vancouver? Right; not very often. Especially a block party that offers live music and free food and fireworks and thousands of lights to brighten late fall and winter nights, pointing to the Light that shines in every darkness.
St. Andrew’s Wesley is remarkably fortunate to have an amazing block party brought to our front door! This Friday our neighbour, St. Paul’s Hospital, unleashes their 20th annual Lights of Hope event. For the last six weeks, 150 volunteers have worked to put up ten kilometers of lights and over 100,000 bulbs that announce to the community the vital work of the hospital and the turn of the season toward Advent and Christmas.
The Vancouver Bach Choir and Vancouver Men’s Chorus and the Yamaha Children’s Choir will sing. Around 6:30 fireworks pop and soar. Starbucks and Century Plaza Hotel hand-out free hot chocolate, coffee and cookies. Food trucks line the street offering delicious meals (for purchase). Children and families, hipsters and elders stroll Burrard St. to enjoy the festivities.
St. Andrew’s Wesley throws open our front doors to join the fun. People stream in to soak in the warm beauty of the sanctuary; some sit and listen to music. Katherine Evans will play trumpet, Darryl will make the organ sing; the Guitar Duo follows. Tea and cookies will provide nourishment, as will a contemplative prayer station and a craft table for children.
Come for a great block party; come to enjoy community connections; come for some beautiful music; come for first glimmers of a festive season that brightens the pathway to hope.
Lights of Hope, Friday, November 16th, 6:00 – 8:00 (fireworks to begin between 6:30 – 6:40)