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."


Minister's Message

There is a parable in Luke's gospel known as the story the widow and the unjust judge. (Luke 18:1-8). It starts out with Jesus' call to his disciples to pray without losing heart, then moves into the parable.

Jesus taught his disciples to always pray and never give up.The judge in the story is a man who neither fears God nor respects people. If he did he would live by the code of the Hebrew Scriptures, and the laws that say that widows and orphans shall be cared for, and protected by those in the community with the power to do so. Yet, this judge is a man who lacks a moral code; he is focused on using his power for his own gain. He seems to operate with impunity.

The widow represents the vulnerable people of the day; the marginalized and victimized by those who had power and abused it. Her actions with the judge, the repeated visits, crying out for justice ... those are persistent, active acts of prayer.

God is present in the widow's persistent cries for justice. Her persistence brings transformation for the judge, and for her situation of suffering and injustice. There is hope. God is in the hope.

Who are we in the story? Are we the judge? Are we people who use the power of our position in the world to our own gain? Or do we strive for the common good, like the widow, who sees injustice in the world and persistently seeks change, and hope for a new tomorrow?

Let us pray that God's wisdom will guide us on the path of justice, and that we will follow faithfully.

Blessings, Tammy (Reverend Tammy Allan)
Olds-Sundre Pastoral Charge of the United Church

Dear People of Olds United Church

  • NEW OFFICE MANAGER - Welcome to Maureen Simpson, our new Office Administrator. Big thanks to Lil Grover, who has been our Manager for many years, and to Bonnie Rayton, who filled in while Lil was away. You gals are terrific! Maureen who will be starting on August 31.

  • HELPING FORT McMURRAY - Thanks to your generosity, as of May 13, 2016, the United Church appeal for Fort McMurray has received over $50,000 for emergency relief, rebuilding, and rehabilitation. If you would like to contribute, please visit Emergency Response, Fort McMurray.

  • 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 autumn season. Wednesdays & Fridays
We have changed our office hours. Now open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am - 4 pm (Closed from 12 - 1 pm).

October 21
Our annual Olds United Church Variety Show at 7 pm. So much fun. Bring a friend!

November 5
It's our annual Soup's On & Bake Sale. $8/person. Great day to have lunch out with friends. Hope to see you there!


Daily Scripture Reading

Heb 4:12 - For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

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!

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Diversity is the Name of the Game
Click here to see a message about the future of the United Church of Canada.We humans can be very uncomfortable with diversity, and react negatively to differences among ourselves, sometimes misusing religion to justify such prejudice. Drawing on the experience of the LGBT community, we discover how sharing personal stories is a powerful force for change. When we risk "coming out", and when we listen carefully to others telling their stories, we discover how diversity can become a gift for everyone.

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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.Hurricane Matthew continues to rage in the Caribbean.

Alberta and Northwest Conference President, Rev. Paul Walfall, encourages us to pray with our brothers and sisters affected by the hurricane's devastation.

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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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