High River United Church of High River, Alberta
     

FacebookTwitter
Who We Are
Welcome to High River United Church

which is located at the Crossing of the Highwood River

We acknowledge with respect the history, spirituality and culture of the peoples for whom this was once the sacred gathering ground of the buffalo and the healing place of the Medicine Tree, the peoples with whom Treaty 7 was signed. We recognize our responsibility, as signatories to that Treaty, to live with respect on this land and in peace and friendship with its people.

Treaty 7 logo

 

Welcome to High River United Church

which is located at the Crossing of the Highwood River

We acknowledge with respect the history, spirituality and culture of the peoples for whom this was once the sacred gathering ground of the buffalo and the healing place of the Medicine Tree, the peoples with whom Treaty 7 was signed. We recognize our responsibility, as signatories to that Treaty, to live with respect on this land and in peace and friendship with its people.

Treaty 7 logo

 

Our Crest

 

This insignia is a spiritual and historic reminder of who we are as a church.

Its oval shape is derived from the outline of a fish, an early Christian symbol. In Greek, the initials of the words "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour" spell the word for fish.  

 

crest.jpgThe crest is designed in the form of a St. Andrew's Cross or X. The X is also the first letter of the Greek word for Christ

 

The four colours are used to recognize the First Nations people on whose land all United Churches sit. These are the symbolic colours of their spirituality: yellow, black, red and white.

 

The open Bible represents the Congregational Churches with their emphasis upon God's truth that makes people free. 

 

The dove is emblematic of the Holy Spirit (Mark 1:10) whose transforming power has been a distinctive mark of Methodism.

 

The burning bush is the symbol of Presbyterianism and symbolizes the indestructibility of the church.

 

 Alpha and omega, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet,  symbolize the eternal living God, the fullness of creation

 

The Latin words ut omnes unum sint mean That all may be one and are taken from John 17:21. The Mohawk Akwe Nia’Tetewa:neren means “All my relations”. Both phrases remind us that we are connected with each other and all creation & called to seek unity.

 

History

This United Church of Ours

The United Church of Canada was formed in 1925 as an amalgamation of The Methodist Church in Canada, The Union Churches of the Prairies, The Congregational Union of Canada and many of the Presbyterian Churches in Canada. The United Church continues to uphold the founding vision of "in things essential unity; in everything else diversity."

 

We are the High River Pastoral Charge, part of Foothills Presbytery which is part of the Alberta and Northwest Conference which is part of The United Church of Canada.

 

The Pastoral Charge (made up of one or more congregations) is the grass roots of the United Church of Canada. High River United Church is a single point pastoral charge under the governance of a Church Council which has teams to look after various aspects of the ministry and mission.

 

High River United Church is under the oversight of Foothills Presbytery. Foothills Presbytery consists of 18 United Church Pastoral Charges in a donut shaped area surrounding Calgary. Ordered ministers and one or more lay representatives from each pastoral charge attend Presbytery meetings about 4 times a year.

 

Foothills Presbytery is under the oversight of the Alberta and Northwest Conference as are eight other Presbyteries in Alberta, northern British Columbia, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. Conference holds a bi-annual meeting which is attended by Ordered ministers and Lay representatives of every pastoral charge.

 

The General Council is the highest court of The United Church of Canada. It is responsible for legislating on "matters respecting the doctrine, worship, membership and the governance of the United Church". The council is made up of members of the order of ministry and lay members from all across Canada and meets every three years. Volunteer members of working units continue the work between meetings. General Council Offices are in Etobicoke, Ontario. The Manual outlines the polity of the United Church of Canada.

 

Purpose

What is the purpose of High River United?

As a congregation, we have spent a great deal of time reflecting on and praying about who we are to be as God’s people in this place and time.  The phrase we use the most is that we are “a community of help, home and hope.”

 

Here is our Mission Statement:   adopted November 22, 2004

Rooted in the love of God

and grounded in the teachings of Jesus,

High River United Church 

is a community of help, home, and hope

where we nurture spirits,

create caring, respectful sanctuary

and reach out compassionately.                     

 

Behavioral Covenant

Our Behavioral Covenant describes our commitment to how we will work and worship together:

 

As a community of help, home and hope,               
          rooted in the love of God
and grounded in the teachings of Jesus,

 

compassionWe value COMPASSION, therefore

  • we welcome everyone & seek to create a sense of belonging.
  • we acknowledge the impact of our decisions upon people within our congregation, our community & around the world.
  • we acknowledge the impact of our decisions upon the earth and the environment.

diversityWe value DIVERSITY, therefore

  • we encourage, invite and appreciate the participation of people of all ages, backgrounds, skills and expressions of faith in our worshiping community and in our decision making.
  • we welcome all ideas and points of view.
  • we seek truth and wisdom through divergent view points.        

respectWe value RESPECT, therefore

  • we work to understand the beliefs, ideas & life story of others.
  • we trust our point of view will be considered within the group.
  • we share our views honestly and frankly in a considerate manner within the appropriate forums.
  • we acknowledge that conflict does exist.
  • we accept the decision made by the group.

courage

We value COURAGE, therefore

  •  

    we tackle difficult questions, discussions and situations.
  • we ask the questions we have & say what we need to say.
  • we seek to resolve conflict respectfully among those involved.
  • we accept challenges believing that among us we have all the resources we need.

 

In our worshipping and working together, this is our covenant with each other.

adopted by High River United Church Council on November 2, 2009 &  by the Congregation on February 7, 2010 


 

 


Winter Solstice 2018 Labyrinth Walk
Created On Thursday, 13 December 2018
For those who appreciate walking the labyrinth, as a way to focus your prayers, to calm your...
Experiencing Grief, Depression or Loneliness this Holiday Season
Created On Thursday, 13 December 2018
We know that this season is not Merry for everyone. Join us for our Longest Night Service on...
Thanks to the High River Downtown Businesses!
Created On Thursday, 06 December 2018
We love our downtown High River.....and its businesses! Thanks to these businesses who donated...
Don't Forget to join us for Games Night
Created On Thursday, 15 November 2018
Board games, card games, role-playing games and more. Bring your own or play one we have...

 

SUNDAY MORNINGS @ 10AM

123 MacLeod Trail S.W. High River, Alberta.

(403) 652-3168

office@highriverunitedchurch.org

Contact Us Page