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

Easter greetings!

The Easter story - one many know by heart, we hold it in our hearts. Yet each year, we share it again - and it becomes new, renewing our hearts and our spirits - and I don't know if it is so for you, but for me - after the long dark days of winter, my heart and soul have been so ready for this season of Easter, and the joyful celebration of life, new life, life abundant in the community of God. In fact, as I write this piece, I have just returned from still MORE snow shoveling! I just keep reminding myself that wonderful things will emerge from that ground soon, especially since it's been blessed with so much moisture!

Whatever affects one affects all.There are different versions of the Easter story told by the different gospel writers. That's not so strange, though, is it? Take any experience shared by a group, and you'll have as many versions of what really happened as you have people telling the story - even today.

For each of us brings something of ourselves to any story, to any experience. To me, that is part of the wonder and mystery of community story.

The writer of Mark's gospel has Mary Magdalene, Mary, mother of James, and Salome going to the tomb that morning of the third day to anoint Jesus' body - only to discover the stone rolled away, the body gone. They encounter, instead, an angel, who assures them not to be afraid, but to go and tell others. Yet Mary and her friends, out of fear, the story says, tell no one. I like to think that they do go and tell - they just need a little time to let what they've experienced make sense, to become real. For we know, people did learn of Jesus' rising, the news did get shared.

In John's gospel, Mary first believes Jesus to be a gardener, until he speaks her name - and then, there is recognition, surprise, and joy.

The stories of that morning, they are stories for us too. Stories of joy, if we hold on to the hope that death is not an end, but a new beginning.

Let that be the good news for us, in this season, and in every day. In those times of shadow in our lives, let us remember that the Spirit lives among us, that we are not ever alone. Thanks be to God for the hope that comes with the resurrection story.

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

Are you someone who someone who has questions, who is seeking to explore your faith, and learn more about the story of Easter, or any of the other 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 me, the minister of the Olds-Sundre Pastoral Charge, please call the Olds office - 403-556-3052 and we can set up an appointment!

Church News & Events

Let's celebrate springtime with our friends and family. April 1
EASTER SUNDAY
One of the most festive events among Christians worldwide. It commemorates Jesus Christ's resurrection from death, as written in the Bible. Olds United Church welcomes all to join us for Easter morning worship at 10:00 am. Communion will be celebrated.

April 10
PLANNING DAY
You are invited to join us at 6 pm as we meet to discuss planning for National Indigenous Day in Olds.

April 27
CONCERT
Come to the United Church at 7 pm to enjoy a Concert with Harmony Cats. Tickets $10 per person.

MORE EVENTS HERE

Dear People of Olds United Church

  • CHIC & BILLIE MILLER FUND - 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 2018. Olds United Church will be accepting applications until April 27 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

  • NEW OFFICE HOURS - The Church Office is now open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10 am - 3 pm.

  • 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!

  • 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.

Daily Scripture Reading

Eph 2:8 - For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God

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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BIRTHVERSE consists of 366 verses chosen from the 66 books of the Bible. Each verse correlates the chapter and verse with its month and day.

You are a child of God. He created you in His own image. He chose the day for you to be born. Look up your birth date and see what Bible verse corresponds to it. Click the image above to look up your verse now.

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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