NOTE: while the Canmore building is under construction (installing accessibility features!) all services move to Banff.
Join us for Sunday Morning Worship at 10:00 AM – in person in Canmore (617 Main Street) or Banff (102 Banff Avenue), or on our Ralph Connor Canmore Banff YouTube Channel
Our Evensong Contemplative Worship Services, Wednesdays at 7:15 PM (Sept-June) is held on Zoom – contact firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom login. On the first Wednesday of the month, Evensong is in-person at the Ralph Connor Canmore sanctuary, rather than on Zoom.
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We nurture the spiritual exploration and growth of all who participate…members, adherents, visitors and part time people who live here.
We are an intentionally inviting Christian community that welcomes and embraces new participants.
We reach out and become agents for social justice in our neighbourhood and in the global community.
People are inspired to join us for worship for a variety of gifts that include:
✢ a community of faith and spirituality
✢ a welcoming and diverse approach to modern day thinking
✢ music that resonates with our soul
✢ relaxed, non judgmental and respectful atmosphere
✢ supporting social justice issues
✢ recognition that both Banff and Canmore have many visitors… and you are welcome to join us on Sunday!
Worship can include quiet contemplation, insightful discussions of scripture, thoughtful sermons, and a spirit-filled approach to music. Worship also includes an emphasis on open and “generous” communication in all aspects of the operation of the church.
Scripture is interpreted with a deep understanding of the complexity and nuances available through a more liberal interpretation of traditional teachings. Offerings from other faith traditions and a deep reverence for ecology and our place on the earth are sometimes woven into regular services. In all that we do, we commit to the ideals of an Affirming congregation, welcoming the participation of persons of all backgrounds, all gender identities, and all sexual orientations.
Social justice and outreach are an important manifestation of worship at Ralph Connor and are connected with the efforts of the United Church of Canada. Through discussion, ministerial input, fundraising for those in need, and direct engagement in the needs of the community around us, the congregation stays abreast of current issues in our world and endeavors to take action in ways that make a difference. In addition, once per month (on Communion Sunday, typically the second Sunday of the month) we receive a second “Benevolent” offering, so that funds are available for emergency needs and for community outreach.
At Ralph Connor, in both Canmore and Banff, you’ll find a congregation and staff who are warmly welcoming, an intellectually and spiritually stimulating environment and a true sense of social responsibility and justice in action. We welcome any questions or input you might have about our approach, mission or vision.