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
Do not be afraid ...
"But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see - I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people ..."
Those are words from the Gospel of Luke - Chapter 2, Verse 10. Familiar to many of us. Words that hold deep meaning.
Did you know that wherever an angel appears in biblical story, the first words spoken are "Do not be afraid"? God's messengers always remind us not to fear - it's a reminder that we are held in the arms of a God of love.
Even in difficult times, that presence is with us. We celebrate that good news this week, at Christmas time. We reach out in love and joy, and share the gift of compassion so easily in this season.
My hope and prayer for the world - even our little corner of the world - is that we could hold on to that promise of God's never ending presence among us all year and live in the light of that promise. My prayer is that we might carry the peace and joy of this season into the long dreary months of winter, and through the spring, summer, and fall. My prayer is that our acts of Christmas kindness might kindle hope and love that flows into the whole year. My prayer is that we might be bearers of the good news those angels came to share not just for a week or so each year, but every day, of every year.
May this season inspire you to live in the light each and every day. Christmas blessings to you and yours.
In peace, Tammy (Reverend Tammy Allan)
Olds-Sundre Pastoral Charge of the United Church
Are you someone who has questions, who is seeking to explore your faith, and learn stories of our faith?
You're welcome to join us in worship on Sundays, in Olds at 10:00 am, and in Sundre at 1:30 pm.
If you'd like to have a conversation with Reverend Tammy, the minister of the Olds-Sundre Pastoral Charge, please call the Olds office and we can set up an appointment!
Church News & Events
January 5 WORSHIP & COMMUNION Come and join us as we worship together on Sunday morning.
February 17 CONNECTING NEEDLES Connecting Needles is a group of quilting, sewing and knitting enthusiasts who gather the third Monday of each month in the Upper Hall of Olds United Church between 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Participants are invited to bring a current project to work on or start a new one. Connecting Needles is all about connecting with other crafters through crafts, participating in demonstrations, charity work and the occasional party! All are welcome - stay for a few minutes or a few hours. For more information please call Craig's at (403) 556-3717.
February 19 COFFEE & CONVERSATION We invite our congregation members, their friends, and the entire community to celebrate the month of love! 10 - 11:30 am. By Donation.
March 13 STEW LUNCHEON One of the most popular events in town is our annual Irish Stew Luncheon. "Friday the 13th" from 11:30 am - 1 pm. $15/person, $7/child (under 12 years). Presold tickets only are available from UCW members or church office 403-556-3052. Print our Poster and put it on your fridge or in your staffroom. A great idea for Staff Appreciation.
Sundays MORNING WORSHIP We hope you will join us for worship at Olds United on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. Ask us about our programs for young people, families, and seniors.
PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) - Are you on PAR? If you already pay bills, taxes, or your mortgage with automatic withdrawals from your bank account, then you've got the PAR principle. Monthly PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) offerings are an exceptional expression of commitment and allows you to support Olds United Church through automatic monthly withdrawals from your bank account.
Besides being convenient, using PAR for your offering ensures regular monthly givings to help our Church's ministry and increasing our overall financial stability, even while you are away. You can also include a regular Mission & Service gift at the same time. Why not participate in PAR? Here's how ...
Prayerfully decide how much you want to give each month.
Fill out a PAR Authorization Form with a cheque marked "VOID".
Enclose both in an envelope and place on the offering plate, or leave at the church office.
We send this information to the United Church's national office, who instructs your bank to automatically withdraw your gift around the 20th of each month.
You can increase, decrease, or cancel your contribution at any time. To learn more, please call the church office at (403) 556-3052, The United Church of Canada at 1-800-268-3781, or visit www.united-church.ca. Thank you!
WELCOME TO THE OLDS COMMUNITY LENDING SHELF! - Effective October 20, 2017 the Olds Community Lending Shelf became an outreach partner of Olds United Church. This means that this very important community non-profit is now housed in the lower level of our building, and has more space to carry out its work. We're happy to be able to provide space for these great folks, and we are pretty sure their director, Lucinda Watkins, has a spouse who is very happy to have his garage back! So, again, welcome!
Daily Scripture Reading
Heb 12:1 - Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
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
Minutes for Mission - Touch the Earth
We have learned that intergenerational trauma runs deep. The legacy of Indian Residential Schools continues to affect every generation as Indigenous parents struggle to educate their children in the ways of their people. In spring 2018, six youth travelled from Winnipeg to Sagkeeng First Nation in Fort Alexander, Manitoba, to attend a Zam-mi-nan aki ("Touch the Earth") cultural retreat at the world-renowned Turtle Lodge. At the three-day retreat, Elders taught the youth some of their traditional teachings to reconnect them with their culture. We are thankful that through our gifts we can offer opportunities for healing to young people experiencing intergenerational trauma.
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How to get here
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.