Welcome to Our Carstairs Bancroft United Church.

I hope that you will find it an informative and interesting source of information about our church and its activities. Our weekly worship services generally include contemporary and traditional elements. We offer a variety of programs for learning, serving and fellowship for all ages, including children and youth. Christian music has an important role in our church’s worship and activities.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation – keeping the safety of our members in mind, and in compliance with the Alberta Health Authorities’ recommendations – the Board of CBUC had decided to cease the in-person worship services. So, there is a “Sorry we are closed” sign on our church door. However, the congregation has made a huge step by adapting to the situation, and we moved our meetings and worship services online, mostly using ZOOM.

We are glad that we still can offer the followings to our members and to those who seek spiritual nourishment through CBUC:

  • Live ZOOM worship services each Sunday morning from 10:00 a.m. including an informal check-in time after announcements.
  • Full worship service material is sent to our members and to those who request participation with the link to join by e-mail on the day before each week. Our Treasurer, Bob Peel provides a printed copy to those who live in Chinook Winds Lodge and have no Internet access.
  • We record the worship services and post the recordings on YouTube
  • We carry on Coffee & Conversation gatherings on ZOOM on Thursday mornings from 10:00 a.m. Conversation starters and links are sent to participants prior to these meetings.
  • During the week, I send out daily encouragements to those of us who have an e-mail address through Chris Whittaker. Many thanks to Chris for providing this assistance to us with forwarding all those messages. You can also find these encouragements on this homepage.
  • We hold special events – like our Lenten Bible Studies – on ZOOM as well.
  • We also organize the official Board and Committee meetings on this online platform.
  • Our youth and children receive seasonal Faith@Home kits to learn more about God’s love through stories and crafts.
  • Our Prayer Chain Group is still available if someone needs extra strength for healing or in distress.
  • I am also available for pre-arranged private meetings if you would like to talk in person while honouring the precautions set by health authorities.

You can reach me by e-mail, or on the cell phone if you would like to join our online meetings or to schedule a visit.

“We are not alone,” is the first line of “A New Creed,” one of our statements of belief.    In this spirit, we keep in touch and support one another. We wish you strength and guidance in these challenging times with the assurance that the promise of the Almighty is offered and valid to all of us: “… do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10) 

Grace and Peace to You All,                         Reverend Maria Szabo Berces

 

 

 

Online Worship Services Starts at 10:00 AM Sundays.  Please contact our Church office if you would like to join our services for the first time. 

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Upcoming Events

March 5th

Emmanuel College’s Gandier Lecture

You are cordially invited to join us online on Friday, March 5, 7–8:30 p.m. EST via Zoom for Emmanuel College’s Gandier Lecture (Becoming the Beloved Community: A Call to Transformative Discipleship) featuring the Rev. Michael Blair.

The Rev. Michael Blair, General Secretary, General Council for The United Church of Canada (UCC), will be delivering the 2021 Gandier Lecture at Emmanuel College. In his talk, Blair will ask, “As the church seeks to address both the current reality of Anti-black racism and its historic complicity with practices of exclusion, how might it understand its response as part of its commitment to being disciples?”

Named after the College’s first principal, this lectureship reflects the College’s partnership with the UCC from its founding until the present day, as well as our intent to bridge conversations between the College and the wider UCC context. In this spirit, this year’s lecture will be presented by Emmanuel College’s Centre for Religion and Its Contexts with the support of the UCC’s United in Learning.

Full details of Blair’s talk are available on the Centre for Religion and Its Contexts website.

All are welcome!

 

March 7th

Live “Zoom” Sunday Worship

March 10th

2021 Lenten Bible Study on ZOOM

March 11th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

March 14th

Live “Zoom” Sunday Worship

March 17th

2021 Lenten Bible Study on ZOOM

March 18th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

March 21st

Live “Zoom” Sunday Worship

March 24th

2021 Lenten Bible Study on ZOOM

March 25th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

March 28th

Live “Zoom” Sunday Worship

March 31st

2021 Lenten Bible Study on ZOOM

April 1st

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

April 4th

Live “Zoom” Sunday Worship

April 8th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

April 11th

Live “Zoom” Sunday Worship

April 15th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

April 18th

Live “Zoom” Sunday Worship

April 22nd

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

April 25th

Live “Zoom” Sunday Worship

April 29th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

May 2nd

Live “Zoom” Sunday Worship

May 6th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

May 9th

Live “Zoom” Sunday Worship

May 13th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

May 16th

Live “Zoom” Sunday Worship

May 20th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

May 23rd

Live “Zoom” Sunday Worship

May 27th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

May 30th

Live “Zoom” Sunday Worship

June 3rd

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

June 10th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

June 17th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

June 24th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

July 1st

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

July 8th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

July 15th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

July 22nd

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

July 29th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

August 5th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

August 12th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

August 19th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

August 26th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

September 2nd

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

September 9th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

September 16th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

September 23rd

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

September 30th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

October 7th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

October 14th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

October 21st

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

October 28th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

November 4th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

November 11th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

November 18th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

November 25th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

December 2nd

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

December 9th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

December 16th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

December 23rd

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom

December 30th

Coffee & Conversation on Zoom