Do You Have 43 seconds?
If you do, I’m Ted Vance, the minister here at Glen Abbey United, and I hope you’ll watch this short welcome video.
What Does Glen Abbey United Church Believe In?
The United Church of Canada, of which Glen Abbey United is a part, is not a doctrinal church. By that, we mean that there are not a lot of rules, and not a lot of dogma about what is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ about what you believe.
However, be assured that God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are alive and very involved here!
The Creed of the United Church of Canada (see below) states it well; we are called to be the Church; to proclaim justice and resist evil.
You will find, as you talk to the people that attend services at Glen Abbey, that there are lots of opinions about various aspects of Christianity:
- What happens after I die?
- What is Heaven?
- What happened at Christmas? What is the significance of Jesus being born?
- What happened on Good Friday and on Easter Sunday? Why did Jesus have to be crucified? What was the point?
- Why do we pray?
- Why is the world the way it is? Why does God allow there to be evil in the world? Why do good things happen to bad people, and why do bad things happen to good people?
- How does God answer our prayers?
- What happens after I die?
Reverend Ted will try to help you answer these questions; he’s unlikely to tell you the answer, but rather to help you come to an answer for yourself.
Faith isn’t a definitive set of answers to questions. Faith is a journey.
That’s what Glen Abbey is about. We are people that have many beliefs about the specifics of our faith, but one thing in common; we believe in the message of Jesus Christ, God’s love in person, a poor itinerant preacher in an oppressed country on the edge of an empire. We believe in His message, and we believe that through our actions, as limited as they might be, we can change the world the way He wants us to.
And no matter what you have done in your life; whether you have been away from church for a while, or have just moved to the area, or have never been in a church before in your life, we’d be very happy to welcome you, and have you join us in your own journey of faith.
A New Creed – The United Church of Canada:
We are called to be the Church…to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope…
We are not alone,
we live in God’s world.
We believe in God:
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus,
the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others
by the Spirit.
We trust in God.
We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God’s presence,
to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others,
to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us.
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God.
( Ref: http://www.united-church.ca/community-faith/welcome-united-church-canada/new-creed)
Sunday Morning at Glen Abbey
Worship services at Glen Abbey United Church start at 10AM each Sunday morning. People will arrive any time between about 9:30 and 10:00. If you are one of the early arrivals, there’s coffee, decaf, tea, hot chocolate and cookies waiting. If you’re in the mood, you can catch up with the lives of fellow congregants. Or you might prefer to enter the sanctuary, where worship takes place, and quietly reflect, pray, and listen to choir practice. If you are new to Glen Abbey, we’re happy to talk with you, and you’ll always find a willing ear.
What Is Church All About
Are you a person that has wondered what Church is all about, and why people would go there? Do you want to know a bit more? Have you wondered about why life is the way it is, and have some questions you’d like answered? Have you heard that Church is just a name for a bunch of people that think they know what is best for everyone, and like to stick their noses into everyone’s business?