We are devoted to our relationship with God, receiving the Eucharist every Sunday and spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to new comers. As our Japanese Canadian heritage is at the heart of who we are, we understand the significance of humanitarian rights in Canada and how racism has negatively impacted the health and healing of churches. We know the importance of forgiveness, keeping an open mind, sharing our minds and experiences which gives us hope our small parish will survive and continue on as Holy Cross Japanese Canadian Anglican Church.
We are the only parish in Canada actively participating in a bilingual Sunday service in both English and Japanese. The service and sermon is conducted in both languages and parishioners are encouraged to sing the hymns in their own language. It is very difficult to sing in unison, hymns however we are able to maintain a balance of openness and diversity among all of us during the service.
We cherish worshiping and meditating together and our strong commitment to always having an abundance of food to share after Sunday service, at bible study, committee meetings and bazaars is truly awesome.
We value learning from others, encouraging communication between the clergy, wardens and parishioners. Safety policies are important to us as volunteers are required to complete a volunteer records check, sexual misconduct training and anti-racism training. We have congregational members and generations of their families with a strong calling to God continuing to support and remain bonded to Holy Cross. You will find members exceptionally knowledgeable in the bible, applying their interpretation and experiences with God to every day life. The Japanese Canadian history of Holy Cross is also an important part of our identity.