Please note that most of our in-person activities continue to be suspended until further notice, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The monthly Saturday Book Club and the weekly Monday Discussion Group are continuing to meet using Zoom. Contact the church office to ask for the Zoom links for these groups.
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.
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.
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. Books are chosen by the group and there is always rich discussion! The Book Club welcomes new participants at any time. Please note that the Book Club is meeting on Zoom until further notice. Contact the church office for the link.
We have a one-room Sunday School structure, encompassing kindergarten to grade 6. As we continue through the year, we will be exploring how the Bible can teach us about how communities celebrate, live together, change, and grow. The weekly activities typically include crafts, drama, cooking, and games. We are eager to have the children become more involved in the church community, by periodically participating in coffee time preparations, greeting, and presenting a Christmas Pageant. The nursery cares for and nurtures the little ones with play, stories, and crafts to celebrate the changing seasons in the church and in the wider community. There is currently no separate class for the youth, but they are welcome to join the younger folks as learners or as helpers, or may choose to remain upstairs and enjoy community as part of the congregation. We strive to develop the children’s faith and friendships within the church family.
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 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.
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.
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.
All men of the congregation are invited to our Men’s Breakfast at 9:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month, from September to June, at Sunterra Market, 2536 Kensington Rd. NW. There is no agenda – just fellowship and conversation.
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.
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. The nursery cares for and nurtures the little ones with play, stories, and crafts to celebrate the changing seasons in the church and in the wider community. For the safety of all these young ones, we ask that no peanut products be brought to the space.
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.
Join with others by Zoom on Mondays (except for stat holidays) at 4:30 pm for stimulating conversation and reflection on the Bible lectionary readings for the week. The atmosphere is open and encouraging; no Bible experience is needed. All are welcome to join in the discussion any time you are able from September through June.
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.
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!
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.
There is currently no separate class for the youth, but they are welcome to join the younger folks as learners or as helpers, or may choose to remain upstairs and enjoy community as part of the congregation.