What if there was a community of faith that allowed you to explore issues of life and faith at your own pace?  What if there was a church that celebrated the presence and participation of children of all ages, a church where you could dress casually,  enjoy a variety of music, and be challenged to think about the important issues of your life? What if there was a church that was not afraid to hear your doubts and be challenged by your questions? What if you could find that kind of church?

We believe you just did.

Welcome to First United Church!

  

How is God calling you?
 

First United Church is a welcoming place to start your spiritual journey or refresh yourself along the way!

In accordance with Alberta Health Services Guidelines, and out of respect for those we serve, we are taking a Sabbath from our Sunday face to face gatherings.
 
There are still many ways and places to come close to the Holy!
 
Current worship services are found on the “Prayer and Care” page in text format and with a video link to our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/firstunitedwetaskiwin/
You can find video’s of previous month’s services on our Facebook page as well.
 

Looking for other places to worship and wonder? Here’s a link to communities of faith across the country where you might “drop-in”.

https://edgeucc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html?fbclid=IwAR2RPv0DZNt6s_Eww8P-08IyJxOol1DhsYzkekm8HNCuF2U3Te9X2MwRjCs#/00d5083bcaff4120863a8badb2d0928a

 

Or you might want to take a virtual pilgrimage to further away places. The World Council of Churches is gathering prayers from around the world. #stayathome; #prayathome.

https://www.oikoumene.org/en/resources/documents/covid-19/pray

 
To prepare holy space at home or within anytime, you might try some of the following:
*  Light a candle in a quiet space in your home or as you begin each meal.
*  Take a few moments to quiet your breathing and sing or hum a well- loved Hymn.
*  Say a prayer of thanks for the blessings you have received. Offer a prayer for those who are on your heart/mind and/or anyone who is facing a challenging time.
*  Find a daily rhythm to pause, rest, give thanks, or pray for others.
*  Read one or two of your favourite Biblical stories or a Psalm. Stop and reflect on why you chose these, and how they speak to the way you are feeling right now.
*  Take a walk outside if you are able and look around at all the beauty of our world. Listen to bird song, or the sound of the wind. Reflect on those things we can count on; the sun rising, animals going about their business, the promise of longer days and warmer air.
*  Take time to rest, and renew your souls in ways that are meaningful to you.
*  Reach out to one another via a friendly phone call to pass time and let others know you are thinking about them.
Text versions of our worship are available on the Prayer & Care page as well as links for services posted on our Facebook page.
 
“God, you have searched me, and know me… You discern my path and the places I rest;
You are familiar with all my ways… I come to the end – I am still with you.    Psalm 139 excerpts
 
Holy Mystery, You are in all our beginnings and endings and in-betweens. You sing all creation into being and call us to live with respect with all Your relations. Too often we take Your gifts for granted. Deepen our humility and appreciation for the diversity around us. Help us to whisper and dance the circle back so it may be old and it may be know. May we dwell in Your light and it in us. Amen.