Boundary Road Assembly was a church that started in the 1950‘s. A church building was built on the border of Burnaby and East Vancouver on the corner of Boundary Road and Laurel Street. This church faced challenges and in 2010 was left with a handful of people, looking toward a new day. This led to a new church being planted in the city, based out of the Boundary Road facility. The facility was renovated and named the 34Ten Centre.
This new church plant came to life through two partnerships: The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada B.C and Yukon District and Living Waters Church. The PAOC District office knew the challenges of Boundary Road and approached Living Waters, who sent one of their pastors, Brett Donald, to lead this new church plant. Brett oversaw the renovation of the facility through the summer of 2010, moved into the city with his wife and and a small team in the fall of 2010, and was released by Living Waters to be a full time church planter in January 2011. The C2C Network also became a strategic partner in 2011. Work began to gather a core team, start Life Communities, and serve the community. In September 2013, the Grand Opening of Sunday Gatherings occurred!
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Jesus (Matthew 5:14–16, ESV)
We are CityLights. We are lights to the city. Our communities are small cities that shine the light of Jesus to the world. We want to know Jesus and make him known and we make him known through word and action.
We specifically named our church “CityLights” in the plural to signify that it isn’t about one location or one light. As the individuals that comprise the church and as multiple Life Communities scatter throughout the area, we aim to be lights that point to Jesus.
We are CityLights.
Our logo is simple yet it has meaning. The rectangular shapes represent high-rises that symbolize the city. It is a city mirrored by another city that is darker, upside down and in the shadows. The bright, evident city has lines through it symbolizing brokenness. The city and region that surrounds us is broken. The world is broken. Things are not as they should be.
The mirrored city, that is darker, and not as evident does not have lines through it. We believe that Jesus is on the move and he is renewing all things. He is going to make all things new! One day there will be a great city where there is no brokenness. One day things will be as they should be (Revelation 21:2-5). In the meantime, Jesus is developing a city amidst our city that is participating with him. He has people among the people who are pointing to truth and being lights amidst the brokenness.
The brokenness of our city is evident. But beneath the surface a great work of renewal and rescue is occurring. Jesus is on the move! We are participating with Jesus in his great work and we look forward to the day when there will no longer be brokenness. We long for the day when Jesus will make all things new. In the meantime, we work participate in the great mission of Jesus as he rescues and renews and restores. We invite you to join us as we join Jesus.