Sustainable Faith Schools Interest meeting

If you’re interested in either the School of Spiritual Direction or the School of Mercy and Justice, then this is for you. Both schools are run by Sustainable Faith, and the local cohorts of both are taught by Suhail Stephen.

At this interest meeting you’ll get to meet the Winnipeg cohort teacher (Suhail Stephen) and hear from some former students. We will overview the syllabus for the fall 2020 cohorts and there will be time for questions and answers.

If you’d like to attend the meeting, please contact Suhail for the Zoom link. For more information:

Wednesday, April 15, 7 – 9pm

Edna Sinclair

It’s with great sadness that we need to let you know that our dear auntie Edna passed away March 24 – exactly one month after Richard her husband of 40 years. She died peacefully at Deer Lodge. She was in a weakened physical state struggling with pneumonia and the recent deaths of Richard and Kenny (her son) hit her very hard. In the end, it was all too much. 

We are happy that she is no longer suffering, and yet saddened by this loss. Please pray for her family as they come to terms with yet another death. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18) – let’s pray that this is their experienced reality in these difficult times which are made more difficult by the inability to gather to say goodbye.

Note: Due to Covid-19 all gatherings are postponed. We will update you with info as it is available.

Online Sunday Gatherings

Hey folks,

For the foreseeable future we’ll be meeting online on Sundays. To catch our time together head over to our Facebook page. We will be broadcasting a live feed starting at 10am. Tune in for worship in music, prayer, inspiration, and simple connection. The broadcast will remain up on our Facebook page afterwards as a video in case you miss the live feed. We’re going to keep it organic, intimate and simple. Nothing flashy, nothing fancy. Just simple connection with God and each other. Sounds good, right?!

We will be meeting this way up to and including April 19, 2020. This date is determined by the current length of the Manitoba Government state of emergency. It may be adjusted.

Job Postings: Bookkeeper & Administrator positions (extended)

We are hiring again! This time we have two part-time positions open:

To Apply:

  • Please forward a cover letter and resume to:
  • Should you be invited to participate in the next stage of the hiring process, we will be asking for a reference from a current or recent leader or employer.
  • Applications will be accepted until March 23, 2020 Revised date: April 6, 2020.

Thank you, Vanessa!

For the past five years Vanessa Lewis has been our Administrator and when Lillian retired two years ago she also became our Bookkeeper. She will be resigning this Spring. We are so grateful for the way Vanessa has served with diligence, faithfulness and love in these positions. She’ll be missed in the office but we’re excited for this next step in her journey!

NOTE: This post was originally published March 5, 2020. Due to uncertainties surrounding Covid-19 we have extended the application date from March 23 to April 6, 2020. Thanks for understanding.

Kids & Youth Developments

There are some changes in our Kids and Youth ministries that we’d like to keep you informed of. Beyond the obvious challenges Covid-19 has presented us (not meeting together on Sundays as well as postponing all kids and youth group activities – read about that here), we have recently had a change in leadership.

After having served faithfully since last summer, Andy Arthur has stepped down for personal health reasons. Andy has done a fantastic job with both our kids and youth. Also, volunteers have expressed appreciation for his organization and diligence in equipping them with what they need to see successful and thriving programs for our kids and youth. Thank you, Andy, for all this, and we wish you peace, grace and healing for the road ahead. You’ve done well!

Thankfully, Dustin and Dynel Davidson have stepped in to be our Interim Directors of Kids and Youth ministries. Dynel will be overseeing the kids and Dustin will be working with our youth. They both will start immediately. Having Dynel and Dustin step up right now, is a real gift and will help to ensure our kids and youth will have as little disruption with Kid’s church and Youth Groups as possible. At present we are planning on posting permanent positions for these jobs later in the Spring.

Thanks D & D!

Dustin & Dynel Davidson

New Prospective Elders

Last fall we embarked on a process to discern who God was inviting into eldership at the Vineyard. Lindsay and Lois Ward, Rick and Luanne Hill, Cornelius and Tania Martens and Christy Chan came to the forefront of our discussion and prayer. We’ve since invited each of them to be prospective elders. This means that they will come to our meetings and participate in normal elder activities in the Vineyard. At the end of this prospective period (April 2020) we will determine if they would like to have their names stand to be elders. If it seems good to us and the Holy Spirit (Acts 15:28) the membership of WCV will vote on them.  

Let’s continue to pray for all of them, as well as the rest of the elders and Leadership Team.

Lindsay and Lois Ward

Lois and Lindsay have been part of WCV tribe since the mid 1990’s having experienced significant God encounters through Prairie Fire (Winnipeg) and the Toronto Airport Vineyard (Toronto Blessing).

“Church planting was a significant initiative within the Vineyard movement and encouraged by a John Wimber conference leading to plants being seeded in Winkler, Portage la Prairie, Brandon and locally in Transcona and South Winnipeg. In 1998, two couples, the Musselmans and ourselves embarked on a journey of ‘doing the stuff’ in the South end of the City meeting in various locales under the auspices of WCV. What a ride! There are lots of ‘out and back again’ stories in the Bible, and we’ve been part of that story. WCV has been our home for a quarter of a century (ouch) yet we look ahead with confidence and some trepidation to what God is planning for WCV.”

Luanne and Rick Hill

Luanne and Rick Hill have been involved in ministry for over 35 years (youth, church planting, parachurch and church consulting). They became acquainted with WCV in 2001 soon after they arrived in Winnipeg from Ontario with their three children (Esther, Caleb, Micah). Luanne has recently retired from her full-time position as a Nursing Instructor at Red River College (although she has returned on a temporary basis). WCV has served as a spiritual home for them between periods of Rick’s work as a transitional pastor/consultant in several churches throughout Winnipeg.  

Rick and Luanne are both trained Spiritual Directors (Sustainable Faith) and are passionate about helping people cultivate a deeper connection with God. They are excited to have welcomed their two new daughters-in-law and a future son-in-law into their family over the last few years. 

“We are full of hope and looking forward to see how God moves within WCV in the future.”

Cornelius and Tania Martens

Cornelius and Tania Martens, along with their four children: Lukas, Annalie, Tobias, and Larissa have been attending WCV since 2007. They are especially passionate about the Kids and Youth ministries. They have served as Youth Leaders, Club 56 Leaders, and Sunday School teachers over the years. Tania currently administrates and teaches ages 4-6 kids ministry. Cornelius enjoys being part of the regular worship rotation and he also serves on the Board of Directors.

Christy Chan

Christy has been a part of WCV since around 2001. Over the years she has enjoyed helping with Sunday School, the Breathe program for moms with little ones, and co-leading a house group with her husband Andrew and their 3 boys. She has recently become a Spiritual Director (Sustainable Faith) and is enjoying the gift of hearing peoples stories and praying with them.

Kenny Lacquette

Our dear friend and long-time WCVer, Kenny Lacquette passed away on February 20, 2020 at St. Boniface Hospital. He was admitted earlier in a state of “general decline”.

Kenny was an active member of our community since near the beginning. Drop-in, the School of Justice, Freedom House, Flatlanders and Sunday mornings were all enlivened by his smile, laughter and camaraderie. He even made a trip to Nepal to visit the Vineyards there.

He will be missed.

A memorial service will be held. We’re just working out the details and will let you know as soon as plans are finalized.

Up From The Ground

Thursday, March 12th. An Invitation to share, and create.

Hi friends,

Next Thursday, March 12, we are hosting a WCV community sharing night called “Up from the Ground”. The hope is to have members of our community share pieces they have created over the past 2 years. This could come in the shape of song, poetry, art, craft, dance, etc. You are invited to come and share, or come and receive. All are welcome.

We will also begin a community art project together that will culminate on Easter morning. Sometimes when difficult seasons strike it feels like we’ve been shattered. Lent gives us an opportunity to share in the grief and the unknown nature of our hard seasons.

For our art project, we are inviting you to bring something breakable that you are willing to smash. It could be a cup, a pot, a plate, a piece of pottery, a small sculpture, etc. At some point in the evening on Thursday we will take a moment to shatter our pieces, and collectively surrender these things to God.

On Easter Sunday some members of our creative team will rebuild these pieces into a community art piece.

If you have a piece of art you can share on Thursday, please contact Krista Heide or Sherry Ansloos so we can plan accordingly.

And please, think about what sort of breakable item you can bring along to contribute to our collective Lent art project.

Please feel free to share this invitation. Youth are invited to participate as well.

Thank you!

Richard Sinclair

It’s with great sadness that we need to let you know that our dear friend and brother, Richard, has passed away. He died in his sleep early Monday morning. Richard was a dearly loved and long-time member of our community. His smile, laugh, faith and presence will be missed. Our deepest condolences go out to his many family members, but especially Edna, his wife of 47 years.

There will be a Wake held at 782 Main St on Tuesday March 3, 7 – 10pm.

Funeral Service, Wednesday March 4, 11am at 782 Main St. There will be a feast to follow. Afterwards he will be laid to rest in Traverse Bay, MB.

If you’d like to contribute to the feast, please contact Jocelyn Armbruster, or the office.

If you have pictures of Richard, the family would appreciate having them. Please send them to Andy.

Workshop #2: The Peaceful Way of Life – with guest psychologist Sarah Juchnowski

We are hosting a workshop designed to help us understand the effects of stress and the importance of self-care in difficult seasons of our lives. We will learn about how the brain responds to life’s challenging situations and some practical self-care strategies to combat stress and negativity. The overall goal is to promote wellness.

We’re bringing in Sarah Juchnowski to facilitate this event. Sarah is a psychologist with St. James Assiniboia School Division. Her passion is working with children and families and sharing her knowledge about the brain and mental health in an accessible and practical ways. She comes to us with experience in dealing with stress, anxiety and negative thinking. With a deeper understanding of how stress affects us we can empower change towards a more healthy and peaceful way of life.

Tuesday, Feb 25, 7-9pm

782 Main St.

Anyone is welcome.

>>>Read about our First Workshop Here

KidUnique Workshop

WCV is hosting a parenting workshop with guest speaker Cathy Dyck.

Due to low registrations this workshop will be cancelled. Stay tuned for a future KidUnique workshop.

The goal of the workshop is to equip parents, leaders and other adults who have a relationship of influence in the life of a child or a teen, to intentionally reflect God’s heart to the kids they care about, helping them begin to discover who it is that He has created them to be and what He has created them to do.

Participants will:
• Get an overview of ways in which culture is impacting their children and their families.
• Identify character qualities that they as parents can cultivate that will help them engage with their kids in positive and meaningful ways.
• Receive practical tools and ideas which will help them get and stay close to the kids they care about, using the 4 window model.
• Create 1 or 2 doable actions steps which will have a positive impact on the relationship they have with the kid they care about whether they are 5 or 15.
• Have opportunity to consider an optional workbook that is both a guide and a journal.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn strategies for engaging with your kids and youth, to walk alongside them as they navigate the challenges of developing a deep relationship with God in a digital era.

>>>The Details:

  • February 22, 2020
  • 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
  • There is a $10 fee to help cover a light lunch.  To register contact Andy Arthur or the WCV Office.