What we believe
We are a congregation of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. The Presbyterian Church belongs historically and theologically to the Reformed family of churches.
“Relying on the power of the Holy Spirit, we proclaim the love and good news of Jesus Christ through our words and actions. As a reformed church, we rely on the truth and inspiration of Scriptures for God’s guidance into the future—a future that we approach with wonder and anticipation, knowing God is with us. As a worshiping community joyfully celebrating the sacraments, we are supported, strengthened and equipped to share the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ.”*
(*from PCC Website: Who We Are)
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.**
(**from PCC website: What We Believe)
Our vision and mission
What are we here for?
A short answer is that we are here in this place and at this time to bring glory to God in all of life and to be God’s servants in the church, in our community, and beyond. That is our mission. One of our catechisms teaches us that our “chief end is to glorify God and enjoy God forever.”
The variety of ministries in the congregation are there so that we may be equipped to love and serve God in our daily lives and to reach out to others in the love of Christ. These are ways in which we participate in God’s mission to the whole creation.
Although the Reverend Robert Jamieson came as a missionary to BC in 1862 and held periodic services in the Fraser Valley, it wasn’t until the arrival of the Reverend Alexander Dunn in 1875 that the Presbytery of BC was organized and the first Presbyterian service was held in our area. That service was in Port Hammond, in the home of John McIver, the grandfather of Jean Sloan, a long-time member of our current congregation.
Dunn was succeeded in 1886 by the Reverend Alex Tait, and it was during Tait’s ministry that St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church was built in Port Haney. Begun in 1888 and dedicated on March 20, 1889, the building served Presbyterians until 1925, at which time the congregation voted to join in the union that created the United Church of Canada.
Four dissenting Presbyterian individuals chose not to enter that union, and along with another small group from the Hammond congregation, became a joint charge. In 1933 they erected a building in Hammond. A series of students and ordained ministers served the Haney/Hammond congregations until 1946.
In 1947 the Reverend J. Murdo Pollock was appointed to the area and was instrumental in establishing new work in both Mission and Haney. Each Sunday he would hold morning services in Mission, afternoon services in Hammond, and evening services in Haney. Mr. Pollock’s ministry left its mark on many, especially the youth, four of whom responded to a Call to the ministry themselves: Rev. Dr. Tony Plomp, Rev. Dr. Allen Aicken, Rev. Tom Aicken and later also Rev. Marion Barclay MacKay.
And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. [Ephesians 2:22]
Who we are as a church today is a direct result of the journey of faith begun by those who travelled before us.
In the early 1950s the Presbyterians of the area amalgamated, and Haney Presbyterian Church as we know it today came into being. A building fund was launched in 1956 with five dollars donated by the treasurer, George Barclay, and property was purchased on what we currently call 223rd Street. The new building was dedicated on March 30, 1958.
By 1981 the congregation had outgrown those facilities and plans were approved for a new church to be built on 216th Street. During the two-year interval until the new church could be completed, the members held services in St. Andrew’s United Church located on Dewdney Trunk Road at 222nd.
The new Haney Presbyterian Church was dedicated on October 2, 1983. The sanctuary’s chancel was expanded in 1996, and an addition constructed in 2000. The new area of the latter provided a visitor’s lobby and elevator, two new offices, a large hall/gymnasium and upgraded kitchen facilities.
Through the years the congregation has sought to grow together into a unified ‘Community of the Concerned’, sharing together in faith and fellowship, work and worship, supporting each other, and reaching out into the surrounding community and beyond. Its history is rooted in the faith of generations past. A more detailed record of the first 140 years has recently been compiled, copies of which are available in the church’s library.