Join Us as We Leave

St. Croix Vineyard wants to take a stand for LGBTQ+ Christians. Stand in solidarity - all are welcome!

Thanks for Joining Us – Check out “Queerly Grafted”

Thanks so much to all of you for joining us as we make this transition. Your willingness to take a stand for justice for LGBTQ+ people has touched many, and your comments have been most encouraging.

We wish you could have all been with us in person for this past weekend, but with the COVID-19 crisis, even many locals weren’t able to make it out. Still, with precautions, a small but mighty group came out to share sacred space with our LGBTQ+ siblings as they shared lament and gratitude. We called the evening, Queerly Grafted – and you can listen in on the stories and songs.  Unfortunately, the Sunday morning service when we originally planned to continue to grieve and celebrate as we step into our new identity has been postponed due to the public health concerns related to COVID-19. Stay tuned!

I’ve always known and experienced St. Croix Vineyard as a safe, loving, and embracing community. Unfortunately, a love that embraces all others is not embraced by all others. Even though SCV must leave Vineyard Canada because of its convictions about what love looks like, it will continue to stand as a beacon of what a church community can be in a time when justice requires the full inclusion and participation of all people.

David Hayward@nakedpastor

Despite claims (and even intentions) to the contrary, the sad truth is that LGBTQ2S+ people suffer real harm and trauma when churches impose exclusionary positions such as the ones Vineyard Canada has recently enacted. This is why the St. Croix Vineyard's commitment to full LGBTQ2S+ affirmation is critical to exposing the injustice of those positions and to making space for all God's children.

Jamie Arpin-RicciAuthor and pastoral leader, Little Flowers Community and Generous Space

Now that the line is being drawn within the Vineyard Canada and our particular church, we willingly place ourselves with those on the other side of it. To many of us, this isn’t an 'agenda' nor is it an issue or a debate: these are our church homes, our families, our dear friends - both gay and straight, and this hurts everyone. It’s complicated and hard. And yet the grief we are experiencing as a family pales in comparison to the damage, oppression, and hurt inflicted on the personhood of LGBTQ+ believers: there are life and death consequences for these policies, especially for vulnerable young people. God, forgive us all.

Sarah BesseyAuthor/Preacher

Equal marriage and the full acceptance of LGBTQ2 people within our churches is not only vital in terms of compassion and love, but also a fundamental of genuine Christian relationship and belief. To be affirming is not contrary to Christianity but at the heart of its meaning.

Rev. Michael Corenclergyman, columnist, author, radio and television talk show host

Join us as we “step away”

On Feb. 5, 2020, Vineyard Canada “concluded that it is not a practically viable option for our movement to allow a diversity of practice regarding officiating same sex marriages or licensing people in same sex marriages for pastoral ministry.”

We, at St. Croix Vineyard, in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada have been a part of Vineyard Canada since its beginning in 1995. As a result of this decision by Vineyard Canada, we are being asked to “step away” and “cease using the name ‘Vineyard’ as to avoid confusion.”

We have heard from LGBTQ+ friends and allies that it is important that we don’t just slip away quietly, complicit with the harm that this decision extends.

We are asking our friends across the country and around the world to join us in this process. We are inviting you to become “honourary members” of St. Croix Vineyard, so that when we leave, we leave representing the strength that is growing among affirming churches and individuals. EVERYONE IS WELCOME! (You don’t have to be Canadian or a part of the Vineyard.)

Please add your name now and show Vineyard Canada, Vineyard International, and LGBTQ+ people everywhere that we are not quietly accepting the exclusion that has been practiced for far too long.

We‘ll leave as a church of 1304

Stand in solidarity with us

JoAnna Bisson

March 24, 2020

Virginia Bacon

Virginia Bacon

March 24, 2020

Emily metzger

Emily metzger

March 17, 2020

Dr Aileen Barclay

Dr Aileen Barclay

March 14, 2020

Jennie Y.S. Wong

Jennie Y.S. Wong

March 10, 2020

Eric Lin

Eric Lin

March 10, 2020

Cyrus Lin Chak Kwan

Cyrus Lin Chak Kwan

March 10, 2020

Chloe Hiu Lam Lin

Chloe Hiu Lam Lin

March 10, 2020

Nestor Wai Sum Lin

Nestor Wai Sum Lin

March 10, 2020

William Woo Chong Kit

William Woo Chong Kit

March 10, 2020

Robyn

Robyn

March 10, 2020

Thomas Lin

Thomas Lin

March 10, 2020

Wendy Kwong

Wendy Kwong

March 10, 2020

Anna Poon

Anna Poon

March 10, 2020

Tracy Lo

Tracy Lo

March 10, 2020

Stel Raven

Stel Raven

March 10, 2020

Calvin Culverwell

March 10, 2020

Nanci Bell

March 8, 2020

Steve Bell

March 8, 2020

Duncan Robertson

Duncan Robertson

March 7, 2020

Kendra

Kendra

March 7, 2020

Paul Walton

Paul Walton

March 7, 2020

Heather Christ

March 7, 2020

Erin Lanning

March 6, 2020

Ivan Emke

March 6, 2020

Jen Nickerson

March 5, 2020

Marianne Mendgen

Marianne Mendgen

March 5, 2020

Donna Ross

Donna Ross

March 4, 2020

Don & Karen Olmstead

March 4, 2020

Chris and Daryl Spires

Chris and Daryl Spires

March 4, 2020

Hans Larson

March 3, 2020

Jordan Dueck

March 3, 2020

Donna Chubb

Donna Chubb

March 3, 2020

Angela York Crane

March 3, 2020

Andrew O’Neill

March 3, 2020

Agnes Kramer-Hamstra

March 3, 2020

Morven R Baker

March 3, 2020

Dan Iverson

Dan Iverson

March 3, 2020

Merna Eisenbraun

Merna Eisenbraun

March 3, 2020

Rick Zerbe Cornelsen

Rick Zerbe Cornelsen

March 3, 2020

Mercy Peterson-Au

March 3, 2020

Alun Williams

March 3, 2020

Brian Hurlburt

Brian Hurlburt

March 2, 2020

The McGarrigles

March 2, 2020

Anita Hitchcock

Anita Hitchcock

March 2, 2020

Mayara Lima

March 2, 2020

Sarah Pentlow

Sarah Pentlow

March 2, 2020

Carey Yeoman

March 2, 2020

jenn Cusick

jenn Cusick

March 2, 2020

luz galvez

March 2, 2020

Glenn Ingersolll

Glenn Ingersolll

March 2, 2020

Amy Watson

Amy Watson

March 2, 2020

Laura Barkey

March 2, 2020

Vivian Unger

March 2, 2020

Jordan Sundberg

March 2, 2020

David Hogg

March 2, 2020

David Moore

March 2, 2020

Sunny Wiens

March 2, 2020

Karly Wurnig

Karly Wurnig

March 2, 2020

Isabelle Gagne

March 2, 2020

Dori Zerbe Cornelsen

Dori Zerbe Cornelsen

March 2, 2020

Carolyn Harper

March 2, 2020

Kim Petersen

March 2, 2020

Sandra Farris

Sandra Farris

March 2, 2020

Allison C Turman

Allison C Turman

March 2, 2020

Mark J Brewer

March 2, 2020

Carrie Martens

March 2, 2020

Christine Lannaman

Christine Lannaman

March 2, 2020

Pamela Manzer

March 2, 2020

Jen Pogue

March 2, 2020

Jacquie Reimer

Jacquie Reimer

March 2, 2020

Kenrick Reesor

March 2, 2020

Nicole Larson

Nicole Larson

March 2, 2020

Stormy Fisher

March 2, 2020

Leah Harder

March 1, 2020

James Goetz

James Goetz

March 1, 2020

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones

March 1, 2020

Cedric Martin

March 1, 2020

The Rev. James Pratt

March 1, 2020

Kathryn Skorobohacz

March 1, 2020

Allieren Ward

March 1, 2020

Kelly Price

Kelly Price

March 1, 2020

Steve and Glenna Ganster

March 1, 2020

Meggin Perry

Meggin Perry

March 1, 2020

Nath Charest

March 1, 2020

Stephanie Strang

March 1, 2020

Claryssa Haugrud

Claryssa Haugrud

March 1, 2020

Roxanne Grant

March 1, 2020

Pastor Dani Veenstra

March 1, 2020

Adrienne Kehler

March 1, 2020

Jordan Oostenbrink

Jordan Oostenbrink

March 1, 2020

Rev. Michael Henderson

Rev. Michael Henderson

March 1, 2020

Lee

March 1, 2020

Crystal Wuthrich

March 1, 2020

Martin Ketteringham

March 1, 2020

Heather

Heather

March 1, 2020

Jedi & Martine Noordegraaf

March 1, 2020

Levonne Hastey

Levonne Hastey

March 1, 2020

Matt Crisp

Matt Crisp

February 29, 2020

Katrina Hadland

February 29, 2020