Welcome to St. Alban’s, Richmond
St. Alban’s is a parish of committed Christians, loving God and our neighbour, welcoming all people, pursuing spiritual growth through prayer, worship and education, and actively reaching out to and serving our world community.
Located at the corner of St. Alban’s and Bennett Roads in central Richmond, B.C. in the heart of Richmond
The Anglican Church of St. Alban’s is an inclusive community of disciples of Jesus Christ serving God in the heart of Richmond through worship, ministry and outreach. There has been a parish of St. Alban’s in Richmond since 1893. Since 1953 people have met on the St. Alban’s Road site to worship God and witness to Christ’s love for the world. We are strengthened and enriched by the diversity of our community. It is a place of caring, service and outreach, and a place that welcomes all.
Social Justice and Advocacy at St. Alban’s
Jesus inaugurated his public ministry by echoing the words of the prophet Isaiah: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives And Recovery of sight to the blind, To let the oppressed go free, To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour. (Luke 4.18-19, Isaiah 61,1,2)
Jesus’ connection of himself to Isaiah and the biblical call to justice tells us that this is an important indicator of what Jesus is about, and therefore, what we are to be about.
As followers of Jesus, we believe we are called to live out both Jesus’ call to radical compassion – for example, through our Friday Lunch Program, Food Aid Delivery, the Shower Program and the Community Meal, at St. Alban’s – and Christ’s call to radical justice.
There is an intimate connection between compassion and justice. It is, in many ways, a bottom- up approach. We start with changing lives, not policies. But when we do so, justice will naturally follow. As Jim Wallis said, “You can’t just pull bodies out of the river and not send somebody upstream to see what or who is throwing them it”.
It starts with us. We act compassionately and seek justice in our own spheres of influence – starting in our lives, then within our families, congregations and communities.
If you would like to know more about outreach ministries of St. Alban’s, or would like to volunteer, please call:
604-278-2770 ext 102