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.
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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."

ECCLESIASTES 3:12

From the Minister's Desk

On behalf of the board of Olds United Church, I greet you, in the name of the Risen Christ. As we enter into the season, I am sure you share with me the joys of spring - seeing the first robins, finding tulips peeking out from the damp earth, feeling the warmth of the afternoon sun shining through the window.

Along with the newness of spring, for the community of Olds United Church comes the joy of being part of a community of people who share the common bond of faith. We are what church theorists call a "pastoral sized church", - currently averaging 50 to 60 people for weekly worship on Sunday mornings. One of the gifts of our size is that we are a close community, we know each other at least by name, and connect not just at church, but outside church as well.

One of the benefits of that "knowing" one another is that we care well for one another, across generations as well. Our size makes it easy for us to reach out and welcome newcomers as well. And, we certainly have room to grow. Did you know most newcomers to church join because a friend invited them to come?

We also enjoy the gift of community engagement in places such as the lodge and long term care, with the local ministerial, and through members' involvement in supporting various community agencies and initiatives. These are just a few examples of how Olds United Church members and adherents take seriously the call to live out their faith.

We are realizing that there is a core group of active members of the church who are sharing a large load of responsibility, and we would dearly love to have others come forward and share in the joys and responsibilities of ministry with us. The United Church presence in Olds is important and valued by many. It would be wonderful for a wider circle of people who think of themselves as part of the United Church to join more actively in the mission and ministry we offer. We invite you to prayerfully consider how you are able to share your time, your talents, and your financial support with the church.

We are at a critical time in the life of the church. For the past year, we have been operating under a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Sundre United Church, sharing my time on a ¾ for Olds, ¼ for Sundre basis. Our midway evaluation of this working arrangement was very positive. Now, we come to the point of doing a final evaluation, leading up to decision making around moving from this MOA to a more permanent arrangement. It is vitally important that we have engagement from as many of the Olds United Church members in this evaluation and decision making process as we can. On Sunday April 12, undertook the evaluation (SURVEY RESULTS HERE), and have proposed May 3rd as a congregational meeting to address the decision of moving forward to a formal, permanent relationship with Sundre as a two-point pastoral charge.

These are critical, yet exciting times. We'd appreciate your input in shaping the future of our ministry.

As our mission statement says: "We teach the ways of God and Jesus Christ through worship, programs and music." Come, join us on the journey.

Blessings, Tammy (Reverend Tammy Allan)

Dear People of Olds United Church

  • Bookkeeper/Treasurer Needed - We are looking for someone interested in taking on the task of Bookkeeper/Treasurer. If anyone knows of someone who might be approached or asked to do this, please contact Joyce Quaife, 403-556-3802 or call the office at 403-556-3052.

  • 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 www.united-church.ca.

Church News & Events

Happy Springtime. Enjoy life! APRIL 29
Town of Olds Meeting
We welcome the community of Olds to our church. Town of Olds Council and Administration will be holding a Community Engagement Session to discuss their "draft" Community Standards Bylaw, beginning at 6:30 pm

MAY 3
Congregational Meeting
Following our April 12 survey, today we will address the decision of moving forward to a formal, permanent relationship with Sundre as a two-point pastoral charge.
SURVEY RESULTS HERE

MAY 28
Preschool Concert
Come watch the children from the Joyfully His Preschool share what they've learned this year at their year-end concert. Everyone welcome.

MORE EVENTS HERE

Daily Scripture Reading

Rom 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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
Lenten - Longing for Home: Palm Sunday
Click here to see a message about the future of the United Church of Canada.Moderator Gary Paterson invites you to take in the "Longing for Home" online Lenten group, featuring video reflections on the lectionary with the Moderator and hosted conversations with a variety of leaders from the United Church and beyond. Learn more by watching the Palm Sunday video, reflecting on the journey into Jerusalem in Mark 11:1-11, John 12:12-16, below.

Messages & Blogs from the Moderator

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Chic Miller Gift Keeps on Giving
Thanks to the foresight of a rare gift from a prominent Olds businessman, deserving individuals or organizations in Olds will get a hand up again in 2011. Olds United Church will be accepting applications until March 04 for annual grants from the Chic and Billy Miller Endowment Fund, created by a legacy from businessman, community booster and philanthropist Chic Miller. The fund is designed to support projects that meet the needs of the community of Olds. Key considerations in awarding grants from the fund will be the overall need of an individual or organization and the number of individuals who will benefit.
DETAILS & APPLICATION INFO

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APRIL 2015 | SEPT 2014 | JUNE 2014

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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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