See what's coming up in the Alberta and Northwest Conference


18-20     Banff Men’s Conference

21           Leadership Resource Development Committee

23           Coronation Presbytery in Daysland

23           South Alberta Presbytery Executive Meeting, Taber

14-15     Conference Executive (St. Albert)

22          Coronation Presbytery Executive,
23          Stewardship and Mission Education
23-25    Living Into Right Relations Fall Gathering

28          South Alberta Presbytery Meeting, Taber
29-31     Intercultural Ministry AGM and Continuing Education Event

4-5          Appeals and Grants Committee

24-25     Coronation Presbytery, Forestburg/Alliance

25           South Alberta Presbytery Executive -Teleconference Meeting

24-January 4       Conference Office closed for Christmas Break



05            Conference Office re-opens after Christmas Break

07            Coronation Presbytery Executive

27            South Alberta Presbytery Meeting, Taber


24           Coronation Presbytery, Drumheller
24           South Alberta Presbytery Executive Teleconference Meeting

9-10       Conference Executive (Calgary)

16           South Alberta Presbytery Meeting, Taber

24           Coronation Presbytery Executive

11-14     Stewardship Events in Calgary and Edmonton

26-27    Coronation Presbytery, Stettler

27          South Alberta Executive Teleconference Meeting


25         South Alberta Executive Teleconference Meeting


15         South Alberta Presbytery Meeting, Taber

23        Coronation Presbytery Executive

Companions on the Way: Oct. 29-31

An Event for Everyone interested in learning about Intercultural Ministry in the Church! Annual Meeting and Educational Event for ANW Conference’s Intercultural Ministry Committee Presenter: Adele Halliday, Program Coordinator: Intercultural Engagement, The United Church of Canada. Begins 4pm on October 29 and closes with lunch on October 31, 2015 Location: Star of the North Retreat Centre 3A St. Vital Avenue, St. Albert, Alberta For more information, please contact the Conference Office, 780-435-3995, View...

Enter the Social Innovation Challenge in Calgary

 WANTED: Bold, Innovative Ideas that work for the Public Good and contribute to the revitalization of a community This Fall’s Lion’s Den Social Innovation Challenge in Calgary brings together change makers, mentors, all focused on bettering society. Now is the time to share your idea, develop your idea, discover new partners and compete for prizes and start up funding. How to enter: Register for the Soul of the Next Economy Forum that will be held in Calgary from September 25 and 26th. You’ll receive resources on how to develop your pitch. Entry deadline for submissions is Wednesday, September 23. Then develop a 90-second pitch promoting your social innovation idea. Lion’s Den Social Innovation Challenge – Saturday, September 26. 1:30 pm.  Ambrose University. Deliver your 90 second pitch to peers, mentors and panel members. The top 8-10 finalists will be chosen based on People’s Choice and panel input. Finalists will go on to the October 17 Ultimate Innovation Challenge.  Each receives $300, further business training and direct coaching from a personal business guru. Top winners have the opportunity to receive cash prizes, business coaching, website services.  $22,000 is also available from a local entrepreneur.  Winners may also be able to apply to sponsors and panelists for additional funding. The Lion’s Den Social Innovation Challenge is sponsored by several organizations including The United Church Foundation, The Edge, St. Andrew’s (United) Regional Ministries, the Calgary Foundation and Ambrose University.       The Calgary Lion’s Den is one of several that the United Church will be involved in organizing across the country in the next several months. Click here for more information on Calgary’s...

Register for Alberta youth-run parliament

The 96th Session of the TUXIS Parliament of Alberta will be held December 26th to 31, 2015 in Edmonton, Alberta. TUXIS is Alberta’s youth‐run parliament, welcoming participants between the ages of 15 and 21. At TUXIS, Alberta’s youth govern and lead themselves to become physically, intellectually, socially, and spiritually balanced global citizens. At Session, participants spend their days debating in the Alberta Legislature Building and their evenings and nights enjoying social activities at Concordia University. If you or someone you know is interested in attending this year’s TUXIS session, visit for more information.   Register with the TUXIS Parliament Nomination Form...

Annual Video license available for ANW Congregations

Alberta and Northwest Conference has established a Conference-wide licensing agreement to provide a special rate for Congregations wishing to show movies as part of the activities and programs they provide. Becoming a member of this agreement means that you are not breaking copyright laws when you show movies as part of congregational programming. This is a joint license with Criterion Pictures and Audio-Ciné Films. The studios represented by these two companies should cover virtually any film you would want to show. We have reached an agreement which means that churches, even those with small membership, can purchase a license without the cost of a huge licensing fee. The annual fee for both companies to cover Congregations within Alberta and Northwest Conference is $1.30 per person (plus GST), based on average Sunday attendance as reported to the 2014 Year Book of The United Church of Canada. For example, if you reported an average attendance of 100 people in worship, your annual fee will be $130.00 + GST per year, and you will be licensed to rent any movie and show it legally without breaking the copyright laws. The license will be in effect from January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2016, and can be renewed annually. The Conference Office administers the agreement to help keep costs low. Just think of the ways that you can use movies in your Congregation: movie clips in worship or sermon; summer movie nights outside; movie nights for the community; Church School; Youth Ministry, etc. Once you have discussed this proposal with the appropriate committee(s) of your Congregation, please complete the 2016 Video Licensing Form...

Rundle’s Mission: 175th Anniversary

 Rundle’s Mission will mark the 175th anniversary of “The Meeting Place” where First Nations, Missionaries and Fur Traders contributed to the development of Western Canada.  The celebration is Saturday, August 29, 2015. Rundle’s Mission is located on the Northwest shores of Pigeon Lake, an hour south of Edmonton. Events begin at sunrise with a blessing of the site and then from 11 am to 4 pm, there will be an 1840s luncheon, covered wagon procession, old time music and more.  The anniversary cake will be served at 3 pm.  RSVP to View Email.  For more information on the Rundle Mission, visit the Mission’s website at...

Attention: All Stewardship Planners

The Fall of 2015 is almost here, and for those of us planning a Stewardship program, the search for resources and new ideas is current. The General Council Philanthropy Group has just released a full program, “Called to Be the Church”. The first  Program Guide should already be available in your congregational mailing and is also posted as part of the Stewardship Tool Kit on the United Church website: By the end of August a Resource Kit will be mailed to you as well, including videos, sermons, and detailed ideas. This resource features help with congregational giving, as well as support for Mission and Service. One is not successful without the other. You are invited to review the material in full and then to plan your own program as appropriate for your situation. You will see that the plans are for a five-week program, however this may be used for a three week program and/or for any time of the year, a monthly plan, or whatever suits your area. In any case it is very important that your leadership include both the minister and the lay leaders with essential  pre-planning. The pre-planning often results in a group exploration of what congregational stewardship means in our time and place. Wishing you and your colleagues a meaningful time in preparation and presentation of “Called to Be the Church” this year. Your ideas for your program and results would be appreciated and would be shared. Please send any feedback to the Conference Office, by email to View Email. Thanks! Together in Stewardship Ellinor Townend, Acting Chairperson, ANW Conference Stewardship and Mission...

Paul Walfall: Who are we as a Church?

Enroute to General Council and Comprehensive Review discussions ‘Who are we as a Church?’ By Rev. Paul Walfall, Conference President     Someone should have told me about the amount of reading involved in being a Commissioner to the General Council!  It is quite a lot! Yet, for the most part, it is interesting to see how the church ‘is in dialogue” with itself as we seek discern the way forward. After wading through the first 100 of the 600-page General Council Workbook it is not difficult to feel somewhat overwhelmed by the important task of being part of the General Council. Reading through the proposals and reports, especially those concerning the Comprehensive Review Task Group, I had a gnawing feeling that something is missing from the dialogue. Then I received the letter to Ministry Personnel from Moderator Gary Patterson, to Ministry Personnel and I better understood what caused my disconnect. First, let me say thank you to the Moderator for his kind and encouraging words that meant a great deal to me and I am sure to the vast majority of Ministry Personnel. Yet, in his letter the Moderator says in the General Council meeting we “will bring further changes to the way we ‘do’ church.” It was then that I had my “Aha Moment!” You see what I was reading was how we are to ‘do’ church but the issue that gnaws at me is how are we to “be” church?  I can hear someone saying, ‘this is only semantics.’  However, it is fundamental to me that who you are will determine what you do.  It is from...

VBS Caravan in Calgary area

Looking for faith-based, affordable day camps for children or grandchildren? Look no further! VBS Caravan will be offered in several church locations in the Calgary area as a week-long day camp for children from kindergarten to grade six. A team of five leaders based out of St. Andrew’s Regional Ministries will be working in collaboration with local congregations. Locations and Dates: July 6-10  Airdrie United Church, 216 1 Ave. NE, Airdrie July 13-17   Woodcliff United Church, 5010 Spruce Drive SW, Calgary July 20-24   St. Thomas’ United Church, 100 Hawkwood Boulevard NW, Calgary July 27-31   Symons Valley United Church, 38 Kincora Rise NW, Calgary August 10- 14  Deer Park United Church, 77 Deerpoint Rd SE, Calgary August 17-21  St. Gerard’s Parish, 8944 Elbow Dr SW, Calgary August 24-28  Robert McClure United Church, 5510 26 Ave NE, Calgary Cost is $100 for first child, $75 for each additional child. Pre/Post Camp childcare is also available.  For more information and to register:...
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