ONGOING PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES

Did You Know?

As a fixture on Main Street since 1891, the Canmore Church (originally Canmore Presbyterian… then Canmore United in 1925… then Ralph Connor Memorial United in 1942…) has always functioned as a community hub.  Similarly, the Banff Church, situated at the south end of Banff Avenue since 1886 (originally a Methodist Church… then Banff United in 1925…then Rundle Memorial in 1941…) has played an important role in the Banff community. Now that we are one congregation with two campuses, we are pleased to have these connections with  in both communities.  Call the Canmore Church office 403.675.0064 or the Banff Church office 403.762.2075 for further information, or contact the program leaders listed below.

Please note that as of February 6th, 2023 the Canmore building will be undergoing significant construction within our “Building Accessibility Upgrades” project, so most programs have had to find a new home for February – March – April of 2023.  Where applicable, this is noted below. 

Programs that happen at both sites are listed first, then Canmore, then Banff:

REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP – BVRP and TWION

The Bow Valley Refugee Project  was established in late 2015 as an Outreach Ministry of Ralph Connor in response to the Syrian refugee crisis. This community volunteer organization has successfully sponsored a family of six, who arrived in Canmore in the fall of 2016, and a family of two who arrived in the summer of 2020.   Although our first two sponsorships involved refugees from Syria, our mandate has now expanded so that refugees from elsewhere may also be considered. In concert with Rundle Memorial United Church in Banff and its “The World is our Neighbour” (TWION) project, we are at present working on two sponsorships, involving a total of five people.
Ralph Connor is proud to provide a “home base” for the BVRP. One does not need to be a member of the Church, or of any faith community, to volunteer for this broadly supported community organization.

KIDS CONNECTION and TODDLER CARE: Sunday during 10 am Worship

Kids Connection – Our Sunday morning programming for children, age 4 to 15, happens during the Sunday service, whether we are worshiping in Canmore or in Banff.  Please note that toddler care for younger children, age 1-3 is a separate thing .  See https://ralphconnor.ca/kids-connection/ for more info!

HEALING PATHWAY: Wednesday and Friday on Zoom

Twice weekly, the Healing Pathway Prayer Circle meets online.  This group is a long-standing healing Ministry at Ralph Connor. {resumes virtually Jan 6, 2023}  If you have a prayer concern, please contact v.goodrow@me.com

CANMORE

ALPINE VOICES THRESHOLD CHOIR: Monday 7:00 pm

Threshold choirs give singers the opportunity to offer their voices in service, singing at bedside as a gift to those at life’s thresholds. The Alpine Voices Threshold Choir rehearses on the second and fourth Monday night of the month at 7:00 in the Sanctuary, and sing at the Canmore Hospital each week. All community members are welcome – while hosted by Ralph Connor United, this is a separate entity.  Please contact jan.tissandier@gmail.com for more information. {from the beginning of February to the end of April: call Jackie 403 679-9110 for time and location}

COMMUNITY FOOD AND FRIENDS NIGHT: Monday 5-7 pm at St. Michael’s

Ralph Connor is pleased to be one of the community partners that serves the Monday night communal meals at St. Michael’s Anglican Church. Anyone and everyone wishing to have a great meal  come to St. Michael’s Hall between 5:00 and 7:00 PM on Mondays!  During the pandemic, this event transitioned to take-out only and there is no word on when the sit-down meals will resume…. but volunteers are still needed, sign up here!

SPECIAL NOTICE: January 10, 2023

FOOD AND FRIENDS – NOW HYBRID
Exciting news from Canmore Food And Friends!
In January 2023, we hope to launch a new hybrid service at our Monday Evening Community Dinners at St. Michael’s Hall. While the Covid-19 Pandemic changed many things for us, it also allowed us to learn more about our guests’ needs & wants.
To make this a reality, we NEED YOUR HELP!
For a new hybrid service, accommodating both takeaway and a limited number of in-person dining, we need an additional 5 volunteers every Monday evening to help us with table setting, clearing, service, dishwashing & general tidying.
We also hope to boost our Sunday Volunteer Prep Team with a few extra hands for chopping, slicing, dicing, and great conversation.
If you would like to join our incredible team of volunteers on either a Sunday or Monday, now is the perfect moment.
We use Sign Up genius to help coordinate our teams, so getting involved is straightforward. Simply click on the link below, select the day, date, and volunteer position, and that’s it!

 

EVENSONG: Contemplative Worship, Wednesday at 7:15 PM

This service, held on Wednesday nights from fall to spring, began in 2001, and provides a quiet and gentle spiritual Oasis in the middle of the week.  Some of our services are on Zoom, others in person in the Ralph Connor Canmore Sanctuary.

On “The Longest Night”, Wed Dec 21 at 7:15PM – Evensong ~was recorded and available to watch on the Ralph Connor YouTube channel. {February 1st, Evensong will be in the Sanctuary, then on February 8th reverts to ZOOM}

UKULELE: Thursday Night

The “High Strung” Ukulele group uses Gordon Hall and the Sanctuary for their practices each Thursday at 6:00 PM from fall to spring. This group has seen rapid growth in recent years, and now performs at a number of community venues. {no class on Feb 2,9,16 ; resumes Feb 23, 2023.  Classes will be at St Michael’s Church Hall, Canmore, until the construction is complete at Ralph Connor Canmore}

 

RALPH CONNOR CHOIR: Thursday 7:30 pm

Most Sundays from September to June, our volunteer choir sings a Sunday anthem, led by music director Tanya Sullivan.  Music is such an important part of our congregation’s Worship life – come join us. {resumes Jan 5, 2023}  Our choir has a “playlist” on the Ralph Connor Canmore YouTube page! {from February 9 until the construction is complete at Ralph Connor Canmore, our Choir rehearsals will be held at St Michael’s Church Hall, Canmore}

PRAYER SHAWL KNITTING AND CROCHETING CREATORS: Friday 1:00 pm

Over 1000 Prayer Shawls have been given to those in need and they are such a huge success for those receiving them. What a gift and a fellowship for those creating!

Typically, gatherings are on the second Friday of the month at 1:00 PM in Gordon Hall. Bring wool and needles. Call Jeanette at 403.678.2030 for further information about this community/ecumenical group, including date and location of gatherings while the Ralph Connor Canmore space is unavailable due to construction. 

 

CYAN – CANMORE YOUNG ADULT NETWORK

The Canmore Young Adult Network was established following a study conducted by Ralph Connor’s Community Networker in the summer of 2017.  For more information, visit the CYAN Facebook Page or  website. As described in their materials, CYAN programs are “For Young Adults – By Young Adults” and include weekly yoga, young adult community suppers, cross-country skiing, art nights, board games nights, special seasonal celebrations, Canmore Eagles games, information nights on social issues… and we are so pleased to be involved with them.

 AA MEETINGS: most nights

Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings there are AA meetings at Ralph Connor, and Al-Anon meets on Tuesday nights.   For dates and locations of AA Meetings in Canmore, see https://calgaryaa.org/meetings/?tsml-day=any&tsml-region=canmore
There will be extra meetings in the 2022 Christmas season, many of which will be hosted at Ralph Connor. {we thank Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Canmore, and Alberta Health Services, for hosting these groups during the construction at Ralph Connor Canmore}

BANFF

RUNDLE UNITED THRIFT: Tue/Thu afternoon 2-5 PM, Wed/Fri evening 5-8 PM, Rundle Memorial UC (ground level access from Banff Avenue)

The Rundle United Thrift store, located in the lower level of our Rundle Memorial United Church building in Banff (enter from Banff Avenue), is open on Wednesday evening each week to provide affordable goods… and to raise money for the Mission of the Church.  We are grateful for volunteers from both Banff and Canmore who help with the work of this important community outreach. For more information, please go to http://rundleunited.ca/rundle-united-thrift-banff/

BANFF RUNDLE PLAYSCHOOL

The Banff Rundle Playschool is truly a Banff “icon”, having functioned for over forty years!   At playschool, three and four year old children interact and learn through play in a trusting, safe and fun environment. It is located in Travis Hall at Rundle Memorial UC – enter via the back alley. For more information see https://www.banffplayschool.com/

In addition:

Local choirs & singing groups, hold rehearsals in our sanctuary, musicians make recordings all taking advantage of the tremendous acoustics of our historic buildings. If you are interested in renting the Sanctuary, Hall or Upstairs for your Canmore event or meeting take a look at our Building Rental Page. or for Banff-Rundle rentals, contact the Banff Church Office.   {Participants in the Bow Valley Chorus, which normally meets on Sunday night at Ralph Connor Canmore, please note: rehearsals will be held on Sunday nights at Rundle Memorial United Church in Banff, until the construction at Ralph Connor Canmore is complete.}