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."


Summer greetings!

A week ago I started 4 months' leave - a combination of a month of holiday and 3 months' sabbatical time. Sunday worship in both Olds and Sundre will carry on as usual (with the exception of August 11 - both will worship at 10:00 am at St. Andrew's United Church in Bowden, and August 25 - both will worship at 10:00 at Knox United in Didsbury. Emergent pastoral care coverage will happen through some of my colleagues, so should the need arise, just call the church, and Maureen (Olds) or Kathy (Sundre) will have the contact information you need. That will also be on the answering machines.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.My plan has been to spend much of my sabbatical time travelling the prairies and visiting rural congregations that are flourishing or thriving.

By thriving or flourishing, I mean congregations that:

  • have a consistent or growing membership (in the rural context, that doesn't necessarily mean a large membership), and that the membership is reflective of the community context
  • are financially stable
  • engaged with the community in meaningful ways (town, region, and wider world)
  • offer worship that engages and inspires
  • offer a variety of educational opportunities
  • is engaged in a variety of missional/outreach endeavours

Interspersed with the visiting, I'll be seeking ways that what I learn may be applied to our context, here in south-central Alberta. I hope to create some form of log of my learnings, that I can share with other congregations.

Another piece of my sabbatical journey will be to spend time with the grief that entered my life in June, with the sudden passing of my mom. Our family's world changed on June 23rd, the day after my parent's 66th anniversary. I will also be spending time with my dad, as I am now sharing the role of his primary care with one of my sisters. Dad lives in a wonderful seniors' residence in southwest Calgary, with amazing caregivers and support, however dementia and health challenges only serve to compound the sense of deep loss he is experiencing, after losing the true love of his life.

I have created a blog, which I will be using to share some of my reflections as I journey through these days and weeks. You can find me at

Join me on the journey!

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!

Phone: 403-556-3052

Church News & Events

Wishing you blessings during the autumn season. October 16
Join us for visiting over coffee and muffins from 10 - 11:30 am today. Meet new friends and catch up with old friends.

October 26
Another fun opportunity to meet with other men and chew the fat. Everyone welcome.

November 2
Join us for lunch from 11:30 am - 1 pm. Just $10/person or $5/ages 1 to 8 years. Includes soup, bun, dessert, and beverage. You'll love our Bake Table and Cookie Trays. Christmas Cakes too (subject to presale). Print our poster and tell your friends! Everyone welcome.

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.


Dear People of Olds United Church

  • 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 ...

    1. Prayerfully decide how much you want to give each month.
    2. Fill out a PAR Authorization Form with a cheque marked "VOID".
    3. Enclose both in an envelope and place on the offering plate, or leave at the church office.
    4. 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 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

Eph 3:20 - Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

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Update from Kasota, Fall 2019

The Olds United Church is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2019.

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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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.

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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