Year 2004 - Photo SamplerThe "Annual Spring Tea & Bake Goods Sale" was delayed by several months in 2004 due to the SAR's outbreaks in Hong Kong/ASIA spreading to Toronto/CANADA. In this photo (click for enlargement) we see Mrs. Kathleen Chan, Mrs. May Low, Mrs. Hong and Mrs. Wong, in the kitchen preparing the Bar B Q pork meat to be used in their famous Chinese Pork Buns, always a favorite sale item in the Senior Women's church groups's fund raising event.
It should be noted that the gas burner fired woks and other kitchen shelving was originally part of a "real downtown Victoria Chinese Restaurant" that specialized in take out food in the late 1960's. When it went bankrupt, the equipment was donated to the Church, by Mr. Harry LouPoy to which the restaurant owed back rent. (from memory of N. Chan )
Women's Missionary Society
Year 2003 - Events Sampler
Rev. Morgan Wong, from the Vancouver Chinese Presbyterian Church, visits and speaks at 110th Anniversay Celebrations on July 07, 2002. the picture attached to this link shows Morgan to the left of Rev. Paul Lam, Rev. Campbell Smyth (former Interim Moderator of the Chinese Church, and Clerk of Session, Elder John Lee.
Nativity scene with younger children - December 2001
Picture of Miss Watson, Deaconess and some members of Chinese Presbyterian Young People's Society taken in
the basement social hall, circa 1969-1970. Reverend Edward Ling was the minister during this time.
(click for enlargement of picture)
Note: not present in this picture were Arthur Gee, President of the the Y.P. Society and Sharon Chow, Secretary-Treasurer, John Lee and Leona ___, John and Paul Chow, Stephanie and Joanne Sam and Lila Lee
Comments on the outreach efforts of the Rev. Edward & Mrs. Ling during the 1960's and 1970's
by: Neal Chan
On his arrival in the late 1960's on his call to the Victoria church, Reverend Ling and his wife were active in promoting the revival of youth/young-adult programs in the church. Working with Miss Watson the deaconess the CPYPS (Chinese Presbyterian Young People's Society) met every Friday evening at the church hall, while many of this group did not attend Church on Sundays, they did faithfully form a "young adult" choir and attended the major events of the year e.g. Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving etc. - This was one part of the Church outreach plan.
Arthur Gee was the President of the revived youth group and attending UVIC at this time - when Neal Chan joined him at UVIC the two of them with the support of people like Nancy LouPoy and Sharon Chow and later Stephanie and Joanne Sam extended programs to involve the University Chinese student community (then only numbering about 110 people). Activities included picnics, hikes, tours, caroling at Christmas and dinners. Mrs. Edna Chow and her daughter Sharon were very gracious hosts on more than a few occasions when we had special dinner/dances/sing-a-longs at their home (how many of you remember singing "Moon River" accompanied with their footpump player piano?] Nancy LouPoy and her family (Harry and Alice) also were generous hosts on occasions where a big rumpus/family-room was a welcome social centre.
Reverend Ling recognized the new trend of Hong Kong and other Asian families sending their children to private highschools in Victoria in the 60's and 70's. Attending private highschools was a way to to give overseas students a better chance to attend University in Canada and the USA. Reverend Ling initiated opportunities to welcome students to the Church and Youth group activities, e.g.. with special dinners (always a big hit with students living in residences - remember also there were also fewer Chinese Restaurants then too).
In 2002 we forget how much more isolated overseas students were 25-35 years ago , there was
We need to remember that during the late 1960s and 1970s the church was challenged by the "boomer generation" in
rejecting many of the values and belief systems of their parents generation. I certainly remember Rev. Ling's
living his faith by welcoming people into his homes in Victoria and his family home in Toronto.
It is only now 30 years after the fact that I appreciate more of the challenges faced by the church of my youth. Today in 2002, the challenge remains for the Church, to develop and recruit and maintain its next generation of families.
Rev. Lam | 2002 - 2001 | 1990s | 1980s | 1970s | 1960s | 1940s - the war years | 1930s | 1920s | 1910-1919 |
· 2004 SARS in ASIA & Toronto
· 2002 Palestinian-Israeli conflict, AIDS-Africa, Terrorism
· 2000-2001 Sept.11 NY
· 1990s HK to CHINA
· 1980s Personal Computers
· 1970s Vietnam war OPEC oil crisis ; "Cold War"
· 1960sMoon Walk
· 1950s Korean war, "Cold War"
· 1940s W.W.2
· 1930s "Depression"
· 1920s 1929 StockMarket crash
· 1910-1919 W.W.1
· 1900-1909 Queen Victoria dies 1901
· 1890-1899 Queen Victoria 1837-1901