Ministry team: Rev. Tracy Robertson & Rev. Marion Martin 

We are a proudly progressive, Affirming faith community that meets people where they are, and where all are welcome. 

Thanks so much for attending our open house, and for being curious about St. Thomas United Church. We’re glad you came. 

You might have some questions – here are some answers: 

What does Affirming mean?

Affirming is a formal term in the United church, meaning a congregation has taken intentional action to accept each other as we are, and welcome the ministry and participation of all persons regardless of age, gender identity, health, race, sexual orientation, differing abilities, religious or ethnic background, or economic circumstance. In particular, we are explicit in our affirmation of and outreach to members of the LGBTQ2S+ community.

How does St. Thomas United Church “Meet people where they are”?
We recognize that everyone is on their own spiritual journey; ours is a church for everyone, and whether you are a devout Christian, are questioning your faith, or have even lost faith, our community is here for you. In our church, what you do is more important than what you believe.

What time are your church services?

Sunday mornings at 10:00 or watch our live stream on our YouTube channel anytime!

 Is there programming for kids?

Absolutely – we offer Sunday School for kids up to grade 6, and Youth Group for grades 7 and up, every Sunday morning. In addition, the Youth Group and Junior Youth Groups meet many Friday evenings for games, friendship, and adventure. We also have a staffed Nursery during Sunday services, for younger kids.

What about music groups?

One of the St. Thomas community’s most unifying aspects is our love of sharing musical talents. We have a Children’s Choir, Youth Choir, and Adult Choir, an Orchestra, the Strummers, a Ukulele group, and more, each of whom practices regularly and offers a schedule musical anthem on Sundays. Some of the groups also perform at seniors’ homes, carol at Christmastime, and compete in events such as the Rotary Music Festival. Our Adult Choir was even invited to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City!

What is your church’s relationship with the bible?

We take the Bible seriously, yet not literally. We use its teachings to take us deeper into faith and action. We recognize that historically, harm has been done in the name of the Bible, and we take seriously the need to not perpetuate that harm. Our standard text is The Inclusive Bible.

Are there social groups I can join?

Our church is a busy place all week long. Some of the regular social groups (in addition to the music groups) include the Primetimers (an active monthly fellowship group boasting more than 80 members), Women’s Fitness, a Bridge Group, the Tuesday Quilters, a Knitting Group, Quilting for Others, and Book Club.

What about your outreach efforts?

St. Thomas is a proud member of the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good, which aligns us with many progressive churches and community groups in the city, advocating for local issues such as low-income seniors transit passes.

We also directly support Avenue 15, Habitat for Humanity, the Veteran’s Food Bank, and Bear Clan Patrol, and many other initiatives through the United Church of Canada’s Mission and Service Fund.

How does St. Thomas United Church approach reconciliation with Ingenious communities?

We recognize the United Church of Canada’s shameful role in establishing and operating residential schools and have the text of the Church’s formal apology posted prominently at the entrance to our sanctuary.

Every Sunday, we offer a Land Acknowledgement, recognizing that we reside on Treaty 7 land and Region 3 of the Metis Nation. Led by our Reconciliation Team, we are constantly searching for ways to better our relationships with our Indigenous siblings.

How can I be a part of the St. Thomas community?

All you need to do is show up! Whether it’s at a Sunday worship service, to a music group practice, Youth Group, or anything else we have going on, all are welcome. You do not need to be a member of the United Church to participate fully in our activities. To get more information, please contact the office at 403-241-0366 or office@stthomasunited.ca