a welcoming, affirming, justice-seeking congregation

What We Believe

Immanuel is a congregation of the United Church of Canada. The United Church’s “New Creed” is used by congregations across Canada as a concise expression of our beliefs.

A New Creed

United Church of Canada crestWe are not alone,
we live in God’s world.

We believe in God:
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus,
the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others by the Spirit.

We trust in God.

We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God’s presence,
to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others,
to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us.

We are not alone.
Thanks be to God.

Amen.

The United Church of Canada, General Council, 1968, alt.

Immanuel’s Congregational Mission Statement:

Immanuel United Church seeks to be

a community of faith
celebrating the gift of God’s grace which marks our life together
sustained by the gift of grace which makes us part of the body of Christ and of the whole family of God.
a community of love and hospitality
centering our life together in worship and study
nurturing our life together by worship and study
enjoying our life together as children, youth and adults
sharing our life together with openness to all our differences.

a community of servants
reaching out with all our gifts to God’s world
working for justice and peace in God’s world
witnessing with our words and actions our hope for God’s world.

Affirming

Immanuel is an “Affirming Congregation” committed to welcoming and supporting all people, regardless of race, class, gender, or sexual orientation.

An “Open Table”

When we gather around the communion table,
we gather as friends and neighbours,
as seekers and sojourners.
We gather, not with all the answers, but with our many questions,
our worries, our struggles, our hopes and our joys.
All are welcome at the table,
which belongs, not to us, but to our God.
It is open to all who seek to live as Jesus would have us live.
There is a place for you at this table,
whether you belong to this church,
or to another church, or to no church at all.
The will to ground your lives in the message and ministry of Jesus
and to receive the mercy offered at the table
is the only requirement for admission,
and even then, your will need not be perfect.
This table is a starting place for lives lived graciously in the world.

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