The crest is designed in the form of a St. Andrew's Cross with an insignia in each of the four corners. The X at the centre, the first letter of the Greek word for Christ, is a traditional symbol for Christ. Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28-30. The oval shape of the United Church Crest is derived from the outline of a fish, a symbol of identity by early Christians. The initials of the words Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour spell the Greek word for fish.
Welcome to Olds United Church
Located in the heart of Olds, Alberta, the United Church has witnessed the Christian faith through worship, service, and fellowship for 120 years (as of 2014). All are welcome to share in our ministry.

"I know there is nothing better for them,
than to be happy and enjoy themselves."


Should We Do Christmas Shoe Boxes?

This is a question raised and reflected on in the article below, written by Canadian philanthropist Ray Sawatsky. He says very eloquently what I believe we need to hear, as we consider the difference between outreach based on a charity model, verse a justice model. Within the United Church of Canada we now have a program called "Gifts With Vision" (or pick up a catalogue at Olds or Sundre United Church).

Maybe we should be thinking about better ways to help those in need.The United Church of Canada developed the Gifts with Vision giving catalogue in response to member requests to be able to give gifts to relatives, friends, and loved ones that are in direct support of the church's Mission & Service partners across Canada and around the world.

Gift funding raised for partners through the catalogue will be over and above the regular member-supported, stable core funding that these partners receive. Each year, the catalogue features different partners.

Gifts are available in a range of dollar amounts, as well as for many areas of need (hunger, shelter, education, health, safety, mobility, and more).

I offer Ray Sawatsky's article, which he has given permission to share, as a very helpful reflection on how our society gives, and how we might do so in ways that are more just for those who receive. For is that not what Jesus calls us to do?

Blessings, Tammy (Reverend Tammy Allan)

Should We Do Christmas Shoe Boxes?
Ray Sawatsky

People truly want to do the right thing. People want to be generous.

Christmas is a time for strategic and thoughtful giving, not what is easy or benefits us! As the October 31st season comes to a close, it's time to gear up for a new one ... charity! My favourite (note a tone of sarcasm here) is Christmas Shoeboxes. Let me be clear, my critique that follows here is not a criticism of the 'motivation' or reasons behind 'shoeboxes', but rather a hard look at the collateral consequences and some thoughts on a better way.

Let's consider the average shoe box. The recipe is simple.

Read more here ...

Dear People of Olds United Church

  • Help Wanted - We are looking for a treasurer to replace Peter Choropita. Position Description

  • Roatan Honduras Project - Our committee was approached by Shirley Challoner for GrammaLink. They have surplus fabric they wish to donate from their previous fund raiser for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. We would like to take this donation and sell it as a fundraiser for Roatan Honduras. We would do this Saturday, June 20th from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from the Upper Hall at Olds United Church. We plan to donate some of monies to GrammaLink and to our local church.

  • Survey Results - A congregational meeting was held in May to address the decision of moving forward to a formal, permanent relationship with Sundre as a two-point pastoral charge. SURVEY RESULTS HERE.

  • Helping in the Sudan - Alarmed at the growing humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, the United Church of Canada is issuing a church-wide appeal. Donations will aid displaced persons with food, water, shelter and medicine. Mission & Service partners are already on the ground in refugee camps serving those in need. Contributions are urgently needed to mitigate the severe human suffering that threatens to worsen as the time of seasonal rains draws closer. To see how you can help out, visit

Church News & Events

Wishing you blessings during the Christmas season. December 6
Everyone is welcome to attend any of our Sunday morning worships. Advent celebrations begin November 29th.

December 11
Please join us as we bring musical greetings of the season. 6:30 pm at the Hospital Long Term Care; 7:15 pm at Sunrise Village; 8 pm at the Kiwanis Manor.

December 13
Please help us support the Olds Christmas Angels program.

December 20
A wonderful Sunday morning service with our children presenting their Church School Program at 10 am. Return in the evening for the Longest Night Service at 7:30 p.m.

December 24
Please join us at 7:30 pm for our Candlelight Service. Everyone welcome.


Daily Scripture Reading

Matt 11:28 - "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

Joyfully His Preschool offers children a faith based environment for spiritual, emotional, social, intellectual and physical growth. Runs at the United Church on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Click here for details.

The Olds United Church is a beautiful facility and was built during the ministry of Reverend Jack Towers and dedicated on September 11, 1960. It involved great congregational involvement in planning, construction, and financing.

The church looks wonderful throughout the year.Our church is always beautifully decorated. Visit our Photo Gallery to see our favourite pictures, including pictures from our 120th anniversary. Better yet, stop in for a personal visit!

United Church of Canada Videos
Called to be the Church
Click here to see a message about the future of the United Church of Canada.The Rt. Rev. Jordan Cantwell offers two paths to deepen your experience of Advent this year. for daily and weekly reflections and a prayer chain supporting the COP21 gathering in Paris.

Messages & Blogs from the Moderator

From our Conference President
Rev. Paul Walfall
Paul Walfall was elected President at the Spring 2015 meeting of Alberta and Northwest Conference and serves the Cold Lake Alberta pastoral charge.Two things stood out for me at August's General Council meeting: the commitment of the commissioners for their church and their concern for the church. You felt their passion for the church's well being in the intense dialogues which occurred at tables and you saw it on many faces as issues were discussed and decided upon.

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BIRTHVERSE consists of 366 verses chosen from the 66 books of the Bible. Each verse correlates the chapter and verse with its month and day.

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How to get here
From Highway 27, go south on 48th Avenue, and turn right (west) onto 50th Street. The large parking lot is just west of the church. Olds United Church is located on the corner of 48th Avenue and 50th Street, just a couple of blocks west of Olds College. Click the map for an enlargement.
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The United Church is the largest Protestant denomination in Canada with a rich history closely entwined with the development of Canada itself. We believe a United Vision is serving, friendly, flexible, inclusive, welcoming, faithful, compassionate, justice-seeking, caring, peace-seeking, tolerant, and innovative. The vision of the United Church of Canada involves ministry in our own United Churches and in work with partners across the country and around the globe. In the four corners of the United Church crest are symbols, three of which are particularly associated with the three communions, Congregational, Methodist, and Presbyterian, that united to form The United Church of Canada in 1925.
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