Westside Church in Vancouver launched just over three years ago. They hold their Sunday morning gatherings at the 5th Avenue Cinemas on Burrard Street just south of 4th Avenue. Since that time God, in His grace, has added almost weekly those who now call Westside home.
About a year and a half ago they began a second Sunday morning gathering which allowed the church to open up seats to accommodate those who were coming and joining.
Late last spring however it became apparent that as attendance continued to increase at the rate it was they would have a space problem even with two the gatherings and they would need to consider adding an evening gathering to the mix.
This past Sunday, January 11th, Westside opened the doors of their new venue just a few blocks from the 5th Avenue Cinemas at the Revue Theatre on Granville Island. What a tremendous evening of blessing it was. Lead Pastor and church planter Norm Funk had said earlier in the week that he didn’t honestly know what to expect, “I mean we could get 50 people, I just cannot say,” were his famous words.
Well, the Revue holds approximately 200 and, despite the fact that there were a few well-wishers there to support the evening, there was a standing room only crowd. It was a tremendous thing to see this venue and Granville Island inhabited by a group of very eager worshipers of Jesus Christ. Norm preached from Eccelsiastes 7:1-14 on Chasing the Wind and he held nothing back. The gathering was complete with some great worship led by Ben Gadd and team, as well as communion to close off the evening.
If you are in the downtown Vancouver area on Sunday nights and looking for an opportunity to worship the Lord in a fresh, relevant and enthusiastic way, check out Westside @ The Revue Theatre on Granville Island at 6:00 PM.