We all know it takes a village to raise a child. But in the case of the Reading Room in Burnaby, it took a village to raise a building.
Once church members of the Willoughby Heights Canadian Reformed Church living in Burnaby saw the need for a reading room in which to discuss the Christian faith in the area, the plan was set into action.
Soon after, the Willoughby Heights, Aldergrove, and Chilliwack Canadian Reformed Churches, as well as the United Reformed Church in New Westminster, came together to build a place in Burnaby for people to learn about the Christian faith.
Together, the four churches operate the Reading Room in Burnaby.
“We have members across Metro Vancouver, in Surrey, Langley,” says one volunteer, a church member of Willoughby Heights Canadian Reformed Church. “But there was a need for a space in Burnaby.”
Approaching its first-year anniversary, the Burnaby Reading Room provides a non-confrontational space for Christians and non-Christians to explore the religion, ask questions, and have lengthy discussions. The room offers comfortable seating, books and other literature, and has volunteers on hand to answer questions.
Those looking for deeper explorations are welcome to participate in the weekly, drop-in Bible study sessions on Wednesday evenings at 8 p.m.
“We discuss a range of topics in the Bible and apply them to modern day living,” says a volunteer. “It’s a comfortable, open environment where people can ask questions about life.”
The Canadian Reformed Church was born out of the Reformation in the beginning of the sixteenth century, when some felt the Church of Rome had strayed too far from its scriptural roots.
Today, the church believes the Holy Bible is the Word of God, and that God’s Word represents the final rule of faith and life. It has adopted three creeds from the early church—the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed—and three confessions from the Reformation—the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort.
Worship times for each of the four churches operating the Burnaby Reading Room can be found on their websites: www.whcanrc.com, www.aldergrovechurch.com, www.canadianreformedchurchchilliwack.org, and www.newwesturc.org.