COVID-19 adjustments at Ralph Connor United
We support all public health regulations to limit the spread of COVID-19 and are thankful for the growing opportunity for vaccination.
All in-person Church-related gatherings were discontinued in mid-March, 2020 and have had online services since then.
Sunday Worship Services are posted at the “Ralph Connor Canmore” YouTube channel – click here
Online services will remain posted for one full year – feel free to watch them at a time convenient to you!
For the duration of the Provincial Public Health Emergency, we will not be accepting new bookings for facility use.
Our Church Council re-affirmed this decision as of June 2, 2021.
Alberta’s “Reopening for summer” plans – currently in Stage 2, proceeding to Stage 3 on July 1, 2021- may be seen here.
The Government of Alberta’s Stage 2 guidance for places of Worship, revised June 18, 2021 is posted here.
We will not know the specific regulations for Stage 3 until sometime after July 1st.
Our Ralph Connor Building Usage Guidelines (version 5 – revised on December 2, 2020 and still in place) are posted here.
Although the government regulations are gradually relaxing, 2m distancing is still in place
so our Sanctuary capacity is still greatly diminished. We will not likely resume in-person gatherings until the fall.
We are honoured to reside on the traditional lands of the Stoney Nakoda people,
and look forward to Sunday, June 20 when we mark the Indigenous Day of Prayer with two online services.
We encourage you to watch both! our RCMUC service and the Chinook Winds Region service.
The recent discoveries at the Kamloops Residential School remind us of the ongoing, important work of Reconciliation.
This work begins with taking seriously the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,
which include specific Calls to the Churches.
To see the 1986 and 1998 Apologies issued by the United Church of Canada to Indigenous Persons, click here.
We are not gathering for indoor, in-person Worship services until the end of the public health emergency – and will reassess it then –
but folks from the Bow Valley and beyond are invited to join us for online Worship each week,
posted every Sunday on the “Ralph Connor Canmore” YouTube channel!
on Sunday, June 20, in addition to our RCMUC online service we will also have a Chinook Winds regional service, online at 10: 30 AM
~a mid-week oasis of silence, chant, word and song~
This contemplative gathering is on Wednesday nights at 7:15 PM from Fall Equinox in September to Summer Solstice in June.
During the pandemic, Evensong transitioned to a Zoom gathering and brought people together from many places.
Its 20th consecutive year wrapped up on June 16, 2021. Evensong resumes September 22, 2021
To Donate by Credit Card or PayPal to Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, click the button below.
Online donations and receipts will be handled through “Canada Helps”
For additional ways to make financial contributions, click here
Thank you to everyone who supports our ministry in time, talent and treasure!
If you have not yet responded to the fall 2020 “PledgeFest”, here is the 2021 Pledge form
If you wish to sign up for, or update your Pre-Authorized (PAR) giving, the form is here.
In the same way that Jesus reached out to all people, our faith community is called to be open and inclusive.
As congregations residing on treaty 7 lands, we continue to seek ways to be inclusive of all people of the Bow Valley,
regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, cultural background, education level, mobility challenges… ALL people!
We are delighted that both Ralph Connor and Rundle Memorial United Church, Banff, are Affirming Ministries.
ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN AND CONTEMPLATION: GREEN EXODUS
Are you astonished by the beauty of the world – especially the Bow Valley corridor?
Are you wanting to assist with the empowerment of community as you engage with or try to engage with lessening our ‘carbon footprint’?
Perhaps you have a Spiritual/Religious connection with Nature?
Are you wanting to join with others in restoring this planet to health?
if so…then you may be interested in the Green Exodus!
Green Exodus began with a four-week series in February 2021 hosted by Canmore, Friday afternoon Zoom gatherings where we used contemplation, creativity, community and a fresh look at the Cosmos to re-align our relationship with the Earth.
At present, Church-organized gatherings are not being held in the Church, and new rentals/user groups are not permitted. Once the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, Ralph Connor Church will be happy to rent our space for special events or meetings.
Our indoor spaces include the Sanctuary, Gordon Hall and upstairs.
Please inquire through the office.