Volunteer Opportunities

We invite you to take a look at our new web page on Volunteer Opportunities at Robertson-Wesley. We believe that everyone has a gift to share and everyone is called to discipleship.

Blanket Exercise

Facilitated by Michelle Nieviadomy

Robertson-Wesley is pleased to be the location that a Blanket Exercise is being held. It will be held in Memorial Hall from 7:00-9:00 pm on Thursday, June 1, 2017. Everyone is welcome. A Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning opportunity to share Canada's history from the perspective of Indigenous peoples. It covers over 500 years of history in a one and half hour participatory workshop.
Please contact: michelle.iskew@gmail.com to register.

Oliver Community Festival

There Goes the Neighbourhood!

photo by Kailey Brown

The Oliver Community Festival is happening on Saturday June 3, 2017 from 3pm - 9pm.

This year we will be creating an outdoor living room on the street with a market place, entertainment, and activities. There will be pet blessing, and a family friendly drag show and other fun activities like board games. We are looking for people to help organize events, and the site see the sign up sheet in Memorial Hall. We are also looking for people who would be willing to bring their outdoor patio furniture for the event and then pick them up after the event. If you are interested in helping please e-mail olivercommunityfestival@gmail.com
This event is about bringing people together in our city.

Celebrating 50 years of handbell ringing!

Sunday, June 4

The current members of the Robertson-Wesley Ringers and Nova Bells would like to invite you to a special celebration. The R-W Ringers will play in the service on Sunday, June 4 at 10:30 and the service will be followed by a concert with the R-W Ringers and Nova Bells.

This celebration is in honour of the 50th anniversary of handbell ringing here at Robertson-Wesley United Church. Robertson United Church, under Music Director Douglas Millson, was one of the first churches in Canada to get a set of handbells, and what a legacy that purchase has created! We are are calling on all alumni handbell ringers and directors, as well as audience members to join us in this celebration. The concert will begin at approximately 11:30 am on Sunday, June 4.
No admission charge, but a freewill offering will be appreciated.

The musicians of R-W are going on tour!!!

The combined choirs of United on Whyte, Choir of R-W, the R-W Ringers and First Nations singer/songwriter Karen Donaldson Shepherd are going on a “tour” in June. We received a Canada 150 grant to do five concerts in four days in the Edmonton region including all four surrounding counties. We will be performing all Canadian music in the following venues:

Friday June 9, 8:00 pm - First United (10409-100 Avenue) Fort Saskatchewan
Saturday June 10, 7:30 pm – Seba Beach Golden Age Seniors Centre (109-1st Street), Seba Beach
Sunday June 11, 2:30 pm – St. Vital Catholic Church (4905 50 Street), Beaumont
Sunday June 11, 7:30 pm – Morinville United Church (9610 Morinville Drive), Morinville
Monday June 12, 7:30 pm – Robertson-Wesley United Church (10209-123 Street), Edmonton

Get out of the city and be our groupies! For more details, look for an article in the upcoming Between the Aisles, posters, our web site and concerts page!

Celebration of Faith

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Celebration of Faith is a time where we celebrate all that we have learned together since September as followers of Christ. On this Sunday the children and youth share a few things they have done over the year, we welcome children from Grade 6 into the youth group, we acknowledge any youth who will be finishing High School, and we find ways to share our stories of faith with one another. This is truly a morning to celebrate! We hope that everyone will join us for this colourful and playful morning, and join us to decorate your own cupcakes after the service in fellowship.

Mission and Outreach Pod

with guest Paula Kirman

A gathering of the Mission and Outreach Pod is called for Sunday, June 18 at 12:00 noon in the Club Room. At this gathering our guest speaker will be Paula Kirman. Paula is the marketing project co-ordinator with Mill Woods United Church. She is also the e-mail list manager and social media co-ordinator for the group Moving Forward with Reconciliation, which includes members from the United Churches throughout Edmonton. She will share with us the progress to date of the many actions that are taking place in moving forward to healing and reconciliation. Everyone who is interested is invited to be part of this gathering.
"Honouring the Truth,
Reconciling for the Future”

14th Women's Weekend

Earth's Weavers: Making Connections

The weekend is a time to relax, eat delicious meals and most of all, the time to get to know the women at R-W.
Phone or email the church office at mail@rwuc.org if you have any questions. More details can also be found on the Women's Weekend webpage.

2017 Sept 15-17
A weekend time for:
prayer, love
friends, laughter
spiritual practice

photo by Jane Cheseborough

Click here to download the registration form. Drop off your registration and deposit to the church office by July 2, 2017.

Sanctuary Liturgical Environment Group

On June 13 at 5:00 pm we would like to gather a group of people who are interested in creating sacred environments for the different liturgical seasons. We want to explore symbols and come up with some ideas for how the sanctuary could be set up for the coming year based on our themes, to help deepen our experience of worship during the different liturgical seasons. In the past we have done this through candles, fabric, the communion cloths/paraments, flowers, stars, mirrors, rocks, words, etc. No special skill is required. At this first gathering we will explore all the different bits of what can be done, and do some dreaming of what we might need to create. And then we will see if there are people willing to take on creating some of this.
Please let Rev. Karen know if you are interested and able to come.


2017 May 8 - June 19

Between Mother's Day, May 8 and Father's Day June 19 we will be collecting supplies for the Bissell Centre to distribute to families with young babies.

Gifts can be brought in any time during this period and placed in the portable crib that will be in the sanctuary. Good news for the knitters in our congregation: The Bissell Centre is happy to accept handmade baby clothes and any new mother would be overjoyed to receive such a gift. Why not host a knitting party and have some fun creating some warm hats, or maybe even an entire layette? If anyone is unsure of what to contribute, there are lots of families with young children in our congregation who would be happy to point you in the right direction.
Thank you for your generosity, and let's fill that crib!

R-W Flower Group Disbanding

After 89 years of service it is with sincere regret that we are announcing the disbandment as of July, 2017 of the Robertson Wesley United Church Flower Group. With the aging of the ladies and the declining membership, the decision has been made that continuing is no longer viable. We are hopeful that the tradition of having fresh flowers available for our Sunday services might continue in some way under the umbrella of other committees within the church. The present members of the Flower Group would be happy to assist the various committees to absorb the duties presently held by the Flower Group members. These members include Lorna Berlinguette, Betty Jean Buchanan, Rosemary Dunbar, Lois Field, Gayle Houston, Mary McLean, Jean Muir-Golden, Colleen Ouellette, Betty-Lou Weir.

Steering Forward

The Robertson-Wesley United Church (RWUC) budget for 2017 was passed by the Board of Directors on February 3, 2017 and approved by the congregation on February 12. Details on the budget, including facts and figures, will be in the next edition of Between the Aisles.

Robertson-Wesley United Church was built on over 100 years of commitment, work, love, and steadfast faith. Times have changed dramatically during that period, but our need to live a spiritual life in service to God and our community is perhaps more urgent than ever. Five full-time day staff, three part-time events coordinators, and dozens of volunteers like you continue to work together to provide creative and affirming Christian programming and outreach.

RWUC Budget 2017 includes a provision for a part-time business manager, Garth van Herwaarden (more on that below this article).

Perhaps most importantly, the business manager will help us to focus our efforts. There is so much good work that we do and so much more that we would like to do. We must become intentional with our gifts and resources so that we can be effective in our mission. Planning for our future also includes examining solutions and taking action on our parking challenges so that we can be as vibrant in the next one hundred years as we have been in the first one hundred.

Thank-you for your faith, support, and for being an important part of our community. We are very grateful and excited for the all the opportunities we have to expand our programming with more outreach, Christian development, community, and fellowship.

From Ministry & Personnel

It is with great pleasure that the Ministry and Personnel Committee announces that we've hired a business manager. Garth van Herwaarden has been a Chartered Accountant for over 20 years and brings an excellent background in tax and financial controls as well as a deep love of our congregation as a member of Robertson-Wesley. He'll be working with the Finance Committee and our new treasurer, Donna Chmielewski.

Garth will be joined by Iain Gillis, who will lead the development of a communications strategy and implementation plan. Iain has been a valued part of our community since his time as General Manager of Cantilon Choirs. The communications work is inspired by the Joint Needs Assessment, which identified communications, especially social media and technology, as a priority for staffing.

Both Iain and Garth will rely on working with volunteers, committees and congregation members to achieve our mission together - please be sure to identify if you have an interest, passion or skills in these areas.

Please contact Lisa, Chair of M&P at lisatrev@hotmail.com or 780-616-7763 if you have any questions about the business manager or communications work, or any other ministry and personnel questions.

Upcoming Improvements
at R-W

Two projects will be completed at Robertson-Wesley this year, likely by the end of July. Those projects are:

  • Replace the present elevator. Note: elevator will be out of service from June 5 - July 31.
  • Upgrade the basement washrooms to make them handicap accessible. This project is expected to run from June 22-July 31

The Property Committee submitted grant applications and has received substantial funding from the federal and provincial governments toward these projects. Below is the summary:

Projects cost
Elevator $55,090
Washrooms $51,755
Total $106,865
Federal Government $36,681
Provincial Government $53,271
Total $89,952
Robertson-Wesley Contribution $16,913

So the church is getting $106,865 worth of work done for less than $17,000. If you would like to make a donation to help offset these costs, it would be much appreciated. Any residual amount will come from the church reserve funds.

Bear with us during these renovations as the lack of an elevator will inconvenience some people. The east entrance with the ramp will be used by those who can’t manage the stairs.

Meditation Group

Every Sunday from 10 am to 10:25 am, Room 11

Meditation has been important in many spiritual traditions through the centuries. Western medicine now has become very interested in the health benefits meditation and mindfulness seem to promote. If you are a committed meditator or would like to learn how to meditate, come Sunday mornings before the service at 10:00 am for a group meditation session. See for yourself how this technique can improve your health - mind, body and soul.

Scripture Reflection Tuesdays

Every Tuesday at 12:10 pm, Club Room

Join Rev. Karen Bridges 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.

Spirited Art Studio

Mondays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Art is a safe way for people to explore their life and express themselves and is a common language between the secular and sacred. Creating Art with others has created an opportunity for people to build deep and lasting relationships with others. People have experienced transformation and healing.

The Open Art Studio will be a set time where people can come work on their solo or group based visual art. Laura Foster will be facilitating the space.

Grocery Cards

Pay for your groceries with gift cards bought through Robertson-Wesley United Church. This will generate a 3 to 5% 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.

2017 June

Sunday Morning

Jun 4
R-W Ringers
Tammy-Jo Mortensen, organ
Jun 11
Whole Family Worship
Choir of R-W
Tammy-Jo Mortensen, organ
Jun 18
Pentecost 2
Choir of R-W
Tammy-Jo Mortensen, organ
Jun 25
Pentecost 3
Choir of R-W
Tammy-Jo Mortensen, organ
Jul 02
Pentecost 4
Belinda Chiang, organ
Jul 09
Pentecost 5
Tammy-Jo Mortensen, organ

Worship Calendar


Between the Aisles

2017 Jun
Next edition
2017 Aug 27
Deadline: 2017 Aug 6


R-W has its own YouTube channel!

Check it out by clicking here, and watch for more video posts!

R-W Blogs

RW Sermons
Listen to audio
Read or print text
e-mail to a friend
even on pod cast
RW Thoughts

By R-W staff and members

Answering the Call: For God and Country by a R-W community member

United Church

The United Church
of Canada
exploring our denomination
Presbytery Matters
The latest issue is in the brochure racks and posted in Memorial Hall. "Presbytery Matters" provides a summary of each meeting.


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  • Jul/Aug: Jun 28
  • Sep: Sep 4

Deadline for eNews is the 15th of each month, if there is anything you would like to see included please email the office: mail@rwuc.org

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