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."


Hope and Happenings - The Seed is the Word of God

The parable of the sower and the seed, from Matthew's gospel offers a wonderful image for summer days. Think of it - sitting on the beach, listening to someone tell stories. There were probably a few instruments for musical inspiration, too. And there was probably food shared as people sat and listened to Jesus share is wisdom.

The Seed is the Word of GodI'm sure many of you remember this parable from your Sunday School days, when we would hear the story, then plant seeds in styrofoam cups, to take home and transplant later in the family garden.

A simple definition of a parable - an earthly story with a spiritual truth. Jesus often used parables to teach lessons to the gathered people. This one was told to help people understand the depth of God's grace. The sower and the seeds. When you plant seeds, do you waste them on your garden path, where they'll surely get trodden on and never take root? Do you spread seeds on the rocky parts of your field - only for them to be weak and never survive the heat - never mind what might happen to any gardening or farm equipment you might use?

Do you toss your seeds in amongst the thorns and the weeds, where they'll get choked out and never flourish? What's the point of all that? Of course, a careful gardener plants only on rich, fertile soil. Unless - unless, you're a sower of grace. How liberally the sower in the parable scatters the seeds. They go everywhere, indiscriminately, extravagantly. The sower - the Creator. The seeds - seeds of love and grace, planted in the soil, planted in you and I.

Whether we're hard and worn, thorny and rough, or rich and fertile, no matter. The gift of God's grace of God is for all - given extravagantly, that all might know the love and blessing of God. Thanks be!

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

Church News & Events

Have a great summer! Enjoy life! July & August
Following is a list of our Joint Shared Services for the summer.

August 13 - 10 am: Please join us for a Shared Service in Bowden (2036 18 Ave)

August 27 - 10 am: Please join us for a Shared Service in Didsbury (1406 - 19th Ave)


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

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.

Daily Scripture Reading

Phil 4:19 - And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

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!

United Church of Canada Videos
Minutes for Mission 2017: Care for Creation
Click here to see a message about the future of the United Church of Canada.ADES, the Santa Marta Economic and Social Development Association, aims to achieve social and ecological justice in rural El Salvador. Farmers receive training and support as they adjust to practices that respect the earth and restore the land. Supported through your generous donations to the Mission & Service of The United Church of Canada.

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.It is with joy that I invite each member and friend of the church in this Conference area to participate in a Season of Prayer during Lent (March 1 - April 15). During this time each person in our congregations is invited to join with the others to raise our concerns for the church before God in prayer ... This Season of Prayer is intended for us to change the focus of our discussions a little as we seek to discern the will of God and focus more on the Mission of the church.

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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.

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.
Ph: 403.556.3052

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