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

Minister's Advent Message 2016

We have crossed the threshold into the season of Advent, the first season of the church year. Yes, the first season in the church year begins near the end of our calendar year.

The word advent is from the Latin "adventus" which means "coming".

Jesus taught his disciples to always pray and never give up.I like to think of Advent as a time of waiting and preparing our hearts for the coming of the Christ Child into our lives, in new and wondrous ways. Often, the colour associated with Advent in the church is blue, a colour of hope. We use blue in the symbols and d├ęcor, to remind us of this time for hope.

In many Christian churches, we also follow the tradition of lighting an advent wreath - a wreath with 4 candles, one for each week of the season, representing Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. Then on Christmas Eve, a central white candle is lit to symbolize the birth of Christ.

Are you doing anything special to prepare as you wait during this Advent time?

Are you finding ways to make space in your life for those gifts - for hope, peace, joy and love - to enter into your life, as you wait for Christmas? How might you facilitate making space for those gifts to enter into the lives of your loved ones, or even into the lives of the strangers you might encounter in the next few weeks? In reaching out in love, you are living as Christ would have us live.

Join us for worship in these Advent Days ... Sunday mornings in Olds at 10:00 am and Sunday afternoons in Sundre at 1:30 pm. Both services are followed by coffee and conversation time.

Also, on Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 pm. at Knox United in Didsbury, there will be a Longest Night Service. This is a quiet service, that recognizes the reality that for some, it is hard to be merry in this season, for a variety of reasons. All are welcome to gather for this reflective evening gathering.

On December 24th, we celebrate in joy, the coming of the Christ Child, with family friendly services filled with carols and story. In Sundre at 5:00 pm. and in Olds at 7:30.

Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year, and our congregations have both decided to make that a day with family and friends, so there will be no worship at either church. We'll gather as a whole pastoral charge, Olds and Sundre together, on January 1st at 10:00 in Olds. There will be no afternoon service in Sundre.

As you continue your Advent journey, may you know the blessing of God, and the peace and hope of the season.

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

Dear People of Olds United Church

  • 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 www.united-church.ca.

Church News & Events

It's Christmastime and that means lots of caroling and celebration. Come join us! December 4
CAROL FEST
Olds & District Ministerial Carol Festival at 7 pm. Everyone welcome!

December 9
CHRISTMAS CAROLING
Join us for some old-fashioned Christmas caroling! Mmeet at the church at 6:15 pm to share rides. We'll be going to Long Term Care, Sunrise Village, and the Kiwanis Manor West. Come and bring a friend ... the more the merrier! Meet Up Times Here

December 13
CHRISTMAS CONCERT
JoyFully His Preschool Christmas Concert at 6:30 pm. Come celebrate the season with our little ones.

December 21
LONGEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR
Knox (Didsbury), Carstairs-Bancroft, and Olds United Churches are hosting a "Longest Night Service" at Knox United in Didsbury (1100 20 Avenue). On the longest night of the year, we will gather for a quiet time of worship, acknowledging that this season is a time filled with joy, but also sometimes sadness or anxiety. All are welcome to join us.

December 24
CHRISTMAS EVE
Please join us as we celebrate the season during our Christmas Eve Candlight Service. Everyone welcome!

MORE EVENTS HERE

Daily Scripture Reading

Gal 2:20 - I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

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 at Christmastime. 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
An Advent message
Click here to see a message about the future of the United Church of Canada.In her Advent message, Moderator Jordan Cantwell reflects on the still unfolding story of God's arrival into the world.

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.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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