Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

Sunday, October 29
In the most recent edition of Between the Aisles there was an article by Nancy Heule about the Reformation and some of the history and the changes in the church before and during the time of Martin Luther. The United Church is a church born out of the Reformed tradition, from our Methodist and Presbyterian roots. Come celebrate the past with us as we share an entire Bach cantata, look at the Reformation over the last 500 years, and look also into the future as the church continues to “reform” today.

The 10:30 am service on October 29 will feature Bach’s Easter Cantata, BWV 4 “Christ Lag in Todesbanden”, with chamber orchestra (Strathcona String Quartet and friends) using period instruments, soloists from the choir, and a guest soloist from Calgary. We will also sing some wonderful hymns from the Reformed tradition, and hear from theologians who spoke and are still speaking about reformation.

Covenanting Service with Rev. Leigh Sinclair

Sunday, Nov 5 at 7pm
On Nov 5 we will be hosting a covenanting service with Edmonton Presbytery and Rev. Leigh Sinclair followed by a reception. Everyone is welcome to come and pledge their support to this new ministry with Rev. Leigh Sinclair. Guest preacher is Rev. Don Mayne.

Soul OUTing

Sunday, Nov 12

A safe place where LGBT persons can explore the sacred and connect with one another. This informal service is part worship, part bible study, part sharing circle.

Soul OUTing is held in the chapel on the second Sunday of each month at 7 pm.

Outreach Programs

Community Dinner

Every month a group of volunteers gather to create a free meal for the community.
The next dinner is Saturday, Nov 11 at 5:00 pm

The Santa's Workshop on Dec 2 will be open again this year. We need donations for male and females of all ages (about 350 total) of NEW (purchased, re-gifted, or handmade):
Hats, scarves, gloves, mittens and socks
These will be stored, then placed around a tree in the chapel, and offered as gifts to Dec. 2nd Christmas Community Dinner guests.

Note: This is NOT affiliated with White Gift Sunday which is the unwrapped gift donations that will be located in the main sanctuary.

Prayer Services

The Spiritual Pod is excited to host three worship experiences this fall to help us all experience different forms of prayer. They will be 30 minute services, held the third Sundays of each month. Each service we will learn about a way of engaging in prayer and then experience it together.
The last session in this series is Sunday, Nov 19 from 9:00-9:30 am in the Chapel.

Messy Wednesday

On approximately every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 5pm – 7pm, families with children gather for dinner, activities and discussion. The families gather to eat a meal together at no cost to the family, which is served around 5:45pm. We have a couple of volunteers who do the cooking for us, so it is night off for parents! This is part of our outreach ministry and a way to welcome all families to gather together for a time of fellowship. There are activities for the children before and after dinner and adults take the opportunity engage in conversation during the evening. Don’t worry if you can’t make it right at 5pm. Families are invited to help with clean up and children’s activities.

Grandparents are welcome to join us! This is a wonderful way to get to know other families in the church and the neighbourhood.
It is a messy and fun time for all! November dates: Wednesday, Nov 8 & Nov 22, 5 pm.

Artful Responses

Artful Responses is a yearlong series of one time, art-based workshops dedicated to community building within our current political climate. We will explore pottery, paint, voice work, and more. Artful Responses will allow people to reflect on current injustices within our society. In these trying times, nourishing our soul is important to continue to be engaged in the world and news feeds. Artful Responses will take place from 7-9 PM, guest artists to be announced.

Speak our Words Workshop

2017 Nov 10, Friday 7:00 pm

Explore poetry in a variety of forms!

Don’t Shop Til You’ll drop - Dance

2017 Dec 15, Friday 7:00 pm, Memorial Hall

December is filled with busy times often buying gifts for family and friends. “Don’t Shop Til You’ll Drop” is a guided experience to get you into your body, dancing, moving and warming up! Guaranteed to be fun and free (in all senses of the word).

Full details and registration posted on the Spirited Arts Movement web page.

Contemplative Practices

Theme: Remembrance

Sunday, November 12, 7 pm - 8:30 pm
If you are seeking an escape from the world, some quiet space and inspiration, this is for you.
Throughout the hall at the church there will be different stations set up with different contemplative practices that use the arts to meditate and contemplate. Come when you can and stay as long as you like. There will be instructions at each station. This is a true oasis.
This will be the first of 7 contemplative evenings offered at Robertson-Wesley United Church (10209-123 Street).

Future dates can be found at on our website: Contemplative Practices.

Creative Self Care Workshop

Remembering Self

November is a month for remembering… But as this season gets busy we can often forget self. Instead we need to be intentional in remembering self.
While self-care is known to be an ethical issue for healthcare professionals; it is equally important for all caregivers - and for all of us - to prioritize our own health and wellness.
In this workshop, we will explore mindful creative arts practices, as ways to manage stress and find greater self-compassion.

Saturday, Nov 18 from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Register online from the Spirited Arts Movement web page.

Art Sale

Saturday, November 18, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Once again we will be holding an art sale- Art defined by the beholder!
Paintings, sculptures, sketches and posters and more!
If you would like to donate a piece of art (everything from posters to sculptures to paintings) please consider donating to R-W's annual Art Show. You receive a tax receipt for the value of the sale of the individual piece of art. All funds raised goes to R-W. If you would like you donation to be picked up please call Sheila at 780-481-0056 or drop your donation off at the Church office.

All is Bright Festival

Saturday, Nov 25, 4 - 8 pm on 124 Street between Jasper and 102 Avenue

The businesses of 124 Street and High Street invite you to our annual light up festival, a unique event that celebrates the coming of the winter season in Edmonton and lighting up the night through illumination, fun, and live entertainment to patrons of all ages.

This is a free event and we hope that you will come out and join in the fun. Don't forget to visit the church on Nov 25 between 4 and 8 pm! We will be decorating cookings, making crafts and will have plenty of hot beverages for everyone.

We are seeking volunteers to greet people at the door of the church, people to help with crafts, and some people to help with clean up. A sign-up sheet is in Memorial Hall.

Spirited Art Studio

Facilitated by Laura David Foster

The studio is a place for people to explore art and connect with each other in an informal creative environment. Each time we have various arts media and processes to explore. People are welcome to drop in any time and try out these different art-making processes. Some people like to work on their own ongoing projects, and this is encouraged as well. The studio's purpose is to bring people together, to enjoy art, and be in community. We are all creative and the studio community nurtures creativity, authenticity, and friendship… and it’s just a fun place to hang out!
Regular attendance is not required but registration via email is recommended to stay informed with studio developments. For example, this fall we have expanded our program times, and we’re looking at new possibilities like exhibiting our art.

Please join us on Monday nights, (except holidays) Tuesday afternoons and after the Robertson-Wesley Community dinners. For more information, please contact Laura at spiritedartstudio@rwuc.org

  • Mondays, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Tuesdays, 1:30-3:00 pm

More information is on the Spirited Arts Movement web page.

Scripture Reflection Tuesdays

Every Tuesday at 12:10 pm, Club Room

Join us in the Club Room over lunch on Tuesdays to reflect on the scripture passages for the upcoming Sunday. This is an informal gathering of people. We will read the scripture passage out loud, then we will take some time to write, or sit and reflect on the words of the scripture. After about 10-15 minutes in silence we will have a conversation about what the scriptures were stirring in you on that day.

Full details and previous reflections can be found on the Scripture Reflection page on our website.

Grocery Cards

Pay for your groceries with gift cards bought through Robertson-Wesley United Church. This will generate a 4 to 8% rebate to our congregation, based on the volume we purchase.

Really, we're just asking you to change your method of payment. And it's a great way to budget!

Gift cards are available in denominations of $25, $50 or $100, for either Superstore/No Frills, Save On Foods, Sobeys/IGA or Safeway. They do not expire and they operate on a declining balance basis. Buy a $100 gift card and you will get $100 worth of groceries!
Cards can be purchased after worship in the hall.

Coming in December...

Advent Noon-Hour Concert Series

Thursdays from 12:10 pm to 12:50 pm

Robertson-Wesley is hosting a noon-hour concert series again this Advent, for three Thursdays beginning December 7.

  • Dec. 7 – Jim Findlay, guitar & Mingmei Xu, violin
  • Dec. 14 – Nansee Hughes, soprano & Spencer Kryzanowski, piano
  • Dec. 21 – Matthew McGuigan, flute & Tammy-Jo Mortensen, keyboards

Lessons and Carols

Sunday, Dec 10 at 4:00 pm

This is an afternoon of traditional congregational carols, scripture readings and music sung by the Choir of Robertson-Wesley, directed by Tammy-Jo Mortensen and accompanied by Belinda Chiang. No charge, freewill offering. Please come and invite your friends and neighbours!

Advent and Christmas

For details of our Advent and Christmas services, please visit the
Christmas web page

White Gift Sunday

Sunday, Dec 10

Robertson-Wesley will gather gifts for children, youth and adults along with non-perishable food items that will be distributed through the Bissell Centre.

R-W Live Nativity Scene

Saturday, Dec 16, 4:00 pm

Robertson-Wesley will be staging a Live Nativity Scene outside on the front lawn of the church. We invite anyone to come and dress up as their favorite character/animal in the nativity scene.

2017 November

Sunday Morning

Oct 29
Pentecost 21
Reformation Sunday, 500th Anniversary
Bach cantata
Second for Stewardship
Choir of R-W
Tammy-Jo Mortensen, organ
Nov 5
Pentecost 22
Choir of R-W
Tammy-Jo Mortensen, organ
Nov 12
Pentecost 23
Remembrance Sunday
Robin Doyon, Trumpet
Choir of R-W
Tammy-Jo Mortensen, organ
Nov 19
Pentecost 24
R-W Ringlets handbell quartet
Tammy-Jo Mortensen, organ
Nov 26
Reign of Christ
Whole Family Worship
M&S Celebrations
Cantilon Children's Choir
Tammy-Jo Mortensen, organ
Dec 3
Advent 1
Second for Stewardship
Choir of R-W
Tammy-Jo Mortensen, organ
Dec 10
Advent 2
Choir of R-W
Tammy-Jo Mortensen, organ

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