Programs

We are intentional about creating program opportunities that help people to build connections, live faith and act for justice. All our programs have elements of education, spiritual growth, outreach and community building, although some focus more on one area and some on another. Wherever you are in your faith journey and in your life, we hope that you will find something that appeals to you.

Here are some of the programs, events and activities that are offered at Parkdale United Church.

  • Adult Spiritual Life Courses
  • Book Club
  • Children’s Ministry
  • Choir
  • Healing Pathway Ministry
  • Journalling Group
    (No Way to Do It Wrong)
  • Knitting Ministry
  • Labyrinth
  • Men’s Breakfast Club
  • Movie Nights
  • Nursery
  • Prayer Circle
  • Sunday’s Scripture Conversations
  • United Church Women (UCW)
  • Women’s Breakfast Club
  • Women’s Lunch Bunch
  • Youth Ministry

Adult Spiritual Life Courses

Parkdale United Church offers a variety of opportunities to enhance adult spiritual development. We present adult courses in a variety of formats, such as one-day workshops, weekend workshops (Friday evening to Sunday morning), or evening learning events of 4 to 6 weeks. All are welcome to participate in these learning opportunities, whether or not you are a member of Parkdale United Church. Check our News & Events page to see what courses are currently offered or phone the church office, 403-283-3301.

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Book Club

Our Book Club meets once a month (usually the second Saturday morning of the month) from September to June. Book Club meets from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the Quiet Room upstairs. Books are chosen by the group and there is always rich discussion! The Book Club welcomes new participants at any time.

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Children’s Ministry

Our Sunday School Program is available for children from Grade 1 to 5.  This year the curriculum we are offering is Whole People of God, which will include drama, crafts and activities to enrich the learning experience for the kids. All children are welcome!

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Choir

Parkdale United Church offers a vibrant music program. The Adult Choir rehearses on Sunday mornings at 9:40 a.m., and on Thursday evenings, September to May, at 7:30 p.m. The choir leads singing during Sunday worship services and presents an anthem almost every week. Parkdale United Choir participates in special services during Christmas, Easter and “The Twelfth Night” service in January. The choir always welcomes new singers. Come and sing with us!

Healing Pathway Ministry

Healing Pathway is an energy-based therapeutic approach to healing. It uses light touch to influence the energy system with the intent of balancing physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. Healing Pathway treatments take place in the church’s healing rooms on the second floor. Everyone in the church and wider community is invited to experience the Healing Pathway Ministry. Treatments are available by appointment. Please contact the church to make arrangements, 403-283-3301. Read more about Healing Pathway Ministry on the Community Life Page.

 

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Journalling Group – No Way to Do It Wrong

No Way to Do It Wrong is a journalling group that meets at Parkdale United Church on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. In each session there is a brief introduction to a journalling resource, an entrance meditation, quiet time to write, and a closing prayer. There is no expectation that we share what we’ve written. New journallers are welcome.

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Knitting Ministry

The knitting ministry at Parkdale is dedicated to knitting Prayer Shawls for people who are ill or in need of comfort as well as baby blankets for the newest members of our congregation. The knitting group also knits “prayer squares” to leave at the front of the sanctuary so people who come to church can have a little reminder of God’s comforting presence.

Labyrinth

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Parkdale United Church has an indoor labyrinth, located in the lower level of the church, available for those who would like to walk the labyrinth as a spiritual, healing or meditative experience. Walking the labyrinth helps some people to feel expansive, grounded, and balanced. It may help reduce grief and enhance physical and emotional healing. Each person experiences the labyrinth in their own way. The labyrinth is open most week days and Sunday mornings.

 

Men’s Breakfast Club

All men of the congregation are invited to our Men’s Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month, from September to June, at the Village Park Inn (Motel Village). There is no agenda – just fellowship and conversation.

Movie Nights

About one Sunday evening a month, the Faith and Justice Committee hosts a Movie Night in the Conference Room downstairs. All are welcome to gather at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy dessert and fellowship, and to watch a thought-provoking movie with a social justice flavor. Following the movie, we engage in stimulating conversation about the movie. All are invited to join in the socializing, discussion and learning. See the News & Events page for more details about the next Movie Night.

Nursery Care

We have Nursery staff who are available to care for the youngest among us (infants and pre-school children), on Sunday mornings from 10:15 a.m. until the conclusion of worship. The Nursery is located in the east wing of the building in the Blue Room, a space wonderfully suited for child care. For the safety of all these young ones, we ask that no peanut products be brought to the space.

Prayer Circle

The Prayer Circle focuses healing thought on those who are unwell in body or spirit, or who wish for spiritual healing with the use of daily contemplation and meditation. With permission, members of the Prayer Circle hold a person’s concern in God’s love and pray for his or her highest good. Check the News & Events page to see when the Prayer Circle will be meeting.

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Sunday’s Scripture Conversations

Join with others in the Quiet Room at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays, for stimulating conversation and reflection on the Bible lectionary readings for the day. All are welcome to drop in, any Sunday morning you are able from September through June.

United Church Women (UCW)

The Parkdale UCW group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. Activities include interesting learning opportunities and discussion on topics that are current and relevant. We provide financial assistance to support a variety of agencies in our community and in the world. We host a Friendship Dessert Party in the spring and a congregational Christmas luncheon in December.New members are always welcome.

Women’s Breakfast Club

Please join us on the second Monday morning of each month, 8:15 to 9:30 a.m., from September to June, for breakfast and socializing. We meet at Cora’s Restaurant in Northland Village Shopping Mall. It’s fun!

Women’s Lunch Bunch

Join the women of the church for lunch on the last Sunday of every month, from September to June, right after church. Meet at Boston Pizza on 16th Avenue NW (Motel Village) for lunch and good conversation.

Youth Ministry

Our Youth Ministry is for young people from Grade 6 and up. On Sunday mornings, the youth of the church gather in the sanctuary for the opening of the worship and then go to their class for a time of learning and conversation.  This year the curriculum we are offering is Whole People of God, which will include drama, crafts and activities to enrich the learning experience for the youth.  All youth are welcome!