CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Our ministry with children is a fun and busy place! kidZone happens Sunday mornings most of the year, and is organized by dedicated volunteers who we call coaches. Children ages 3 to grade 3 read from the Spark Story Bible. They hear the same story for about 4 weeks and each Sunday there are different activities to explore and develop their own understanding of that story: crafts, games, science projects, cooking and baking, drama, and music just to name a few activities.

Children sit with their parents for some of worship each Sunday, then move to kidZone part way through the service.

Youth also go to kidZone - those in grade 4 and up have their own Sunday program.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

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YOUTH MINISTRY

The Northminster Youth Group is a place to be yourself, find community, and have fun. It’s about getting out, engaging with others, exploring topics that are on your mind and how faith is part of that, and figuring out what's important and meaningful to you . We meet Sunday mornings during church, and a few other times each month.

What do we do? Well, in the past we have

  • gone wall climbing and roller skating
  • had movie and games nights
  • made sandwiches for the homeless
  • attended a weekend youth camp
  • participate in a monthly supper and youth worship called Naked Faith with other United Church youth from across Calgary...there's a band, videos, great food, and games.

For further information contact Rachel Myers-Jordan at northminsteryouthleader@gmail.com

UNITED CHURCH WOMEN

The United Church Women have an active group of women who meet regularly at Northminster United Church from September to May. Meetings take place monthly on a Thursday afternoon

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We gather for devotions, study and fellowship, through a variety of programs. We prepare and deliver Christmas baskets for shut-ins in December and organize funeral receptions as a service to our church members. The UCW members do their share to support the work of our church including providing coffee hour once a month and kitchen cleaning on a regular basis.

All women are invited to attend and participate in our meetings and activities.

MEN'S BREAKFAST

Men’s Monthly Breakfast – 3rd Saturday of the month (except summer months).  A time of friendship and if anyone has a story to tell should be fun.  Please contact Ron at 403-273-1825 email rhieb@shaw.ca or Ernie at 403-274-9742 email boardchair@northminster.ca

SENIORS PROGRAMS

Please consider joining us for an afternoon of fun and friendship with the Senior Fun n’ Friends social group. The group meets the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (excluding July and August). Scrabble, cards, crib, conversation and fellowship are enjoyed. In addition we go to the Legion for lunch the third Wednesday of each month.

Also on the third Thursday at 11:30 Seniors are invited to Soup for the Soul. Gather for a bowl of soup and great conversation. Call the church office to (403) 277-0322.

BOOK CLUB

BOOK CLUB: If you like to read books and like to share your views with others, you will enjoy our group. Please take this notice as your invitation to come and be part of the conversation

The book club meets at the church on the first Saturday of each month at 10 am.  For more information please contact the church office at 403-277-0322.

Come Join the Discussion. Everyone Welcome

SCRAPBOOKING AND CRAFTING

SCRAPBOOKING: Come join us for an evening of crafting, creativity, conversation and fun! Whether you scrapbook, make cards, knit, needle point, or just want to get out of the house, we would love to have you join us. We meet once per month which varies so please check with contacts below for upcoming dates. We meet in the Upper Room at Northminster from 7 pm – 10 pm. If you are interested in coming or have more questions, please feel free to contact Tracey Abbott at (403)274-9742 or Suzanne Vandervoort   svanderv@shaw.ca    You can also email the office office@northminster.ca.

HEALING PATHWAYS

Healing pathways is a process of loving cooperation with the Holy Spirit. It is a way for individuals to act as vessels or channels for the flow of universal energy. The healing power comes from God.

To view a short informational Healing Pathway video (just under 8 minutes) click on the following link.  https://vimeo.com/173105275 

Healing

The body is an energy system. Healing Pathway influences this system, thus affecting one’s physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health and healing. It is a process guided by God to restore wholeness and balance of body, mind, and spirit.

How is it given?

The person receiving healing is in charge of his or her own healing process. We honour strict confidentiality. For your own comfort you lay on a massage table fully clothed except for your shoes. Your head and knees rest on pillows. Prayers are said to invite God’s presence into our minds and bodies, allowing God’s healing energy to flow through. The person receiving healing touch will be asked to relax and try to be in a peaceful state. Not only will you feel peaceful but also supported with love.

What might you feel?

Some people feel tingling in some areas of their body or a temperature change, ( usually heat ) as the energy flows through them. You may see colors or images. Occasionally a forgotten emotion will emerge. This usually occurs when you are ready to deal with an unrecognized past or present event.

Holistic Care

Healing pathways is not a substitute for medical care. It is not necessarily a cure. It is another type of holistic care and serves to compliment traditional medicine. It can assist you in managing stress, relieving pain, speeding tissue and bone healing, strengthening the immune system, and promoting relaxation.

Who gives Healing ?

The Healing pathways group are part of Northminster United Church’s caring outreach to the congregation and greater community under the Pastoral Care Division. All people offering healing at Northminster have completed at least Phase 1 of the Healing Pathway program under the leadership of qualified instructors trained at the United Church of Canada’s Naramata Center.

When do we meet?

The healing pathway group meets every Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. For more information or for appointments please call Helen Thresher at 403-274-0379.

Christ’s ministry emphasizes healing in individuals, relationships and communities. Interest in reclaiming the church’s healing ministry continues to grow in our congregation.

PASTORAL CARE

Our prayer chain is a group of persons who convenant together to offer private prayer for emergent needs within a congregation or community. Each member receiving a notice of request from a leader and passes the request(s) to the next.

Commune- I- Care is another program in the congregation. Volunteers phone participants in the church three times per year to maintain contact and communication. Pastoral concerns may be voiced at this time and forwarded on to the appropriate individual.

Prayer Shawl Ministry - there is nothing better than being wrapped in the warmth of a shawl. Volunteers make these beautiful items that we share with those struggling with grief, ill health, and stress. As these shawls are made, the crafter offers prayer, trusting that the one who will eventually use the shawl will know hope, peace, comfort, and healing.

CHOIR

Want to make a joyful noise? Then you’ll be wanting to join the Northminster United Choir. We sing everything from classical to gospel to well-loved secular pieces, and at all occasions from Sunday worship to funerals and weddings upon request.

Come out for practices at 7:30pm on Thursdays and 10:00am on Sunday mornings.  All keys welcome.

OUTREACH

Northminster United Church is very passionate about outreach within our surrounding community. Relationships have been established with a few agencies such as North Central Resources, and this helps us focus on those around our church. It also helps us make the most of what we have for time and dollars.   We support many programs in our NE/NW inner city communities along with a few that are city wide.  During the year we fundraise so that we have the means to participate within the community and hopefully make a difference.   Following is a list of agencies and groups that we have worked with and donated to in the last year. 

  1. Mission and Service Fund
  2. Our Neighbors in Need
  3. Brown Bagging for Kids
  4. The Alex
  5. U of C Chaplaincy
  6. Acadia Place
  7. Canadian Food Grains
  8. Naramata Centre
  9. Camp Kasota
  10. Calgary Food Bank
  11. Veteran’s Food Bank
  12. St. Stephen’s College
  13. Children’s Cottage
  14. Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter
  15. Sonshine Society of Christian Community Services
  16. Bethany Care Foundation