Immanuel’s Congregational Mission Statement:
Nurtured and sustained by God’s grace,
we at Immanuel United Church
seek continually to be formed as servants of God:
centring our life in worship and study,
enjoying and sharing with one another in our diversity,
offering hospitality to all who come through our doors,
extending an open invitation to God’s table,
reaching out beyond our walls,
affirming the worth of every person,
working for justice and peace,
and witnessing to our hope for God’s world.
Immanuel is a congregation of the United Church of Canada. The United Church uses various statements of faith, including “A Song of Faith” and “A New Creed”.
A New Creed
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.
The United Church of Canada, General Council, 1968, alt.
Immanuel is an “Affirming Congregation” committed to welcoming and supporting all people, regardless of race, class, gender, or sexual orientation.
Truth & Reconciliation and Relationship
We are all Treaty People
We acknowledge with respect that the land we live and work and play on is Treaty One land – the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree and Dakota peoples; and the heart of the Metis Nation. We understand the treaties outline responsibilities and obligations for all in order that we all live in peace and friendship on this land. We acknowledge that settlers/newcomers to Turtle Island have not lived up to their obligations under treaty and that the United Church is complicit in this country’s history of colonialism and racism. Immanuel United Church is engaging in study and action about this history and about treaty and is committed to responding to the TRC Calls to Action. We fully support the Indigenous Caretakers Calls to the United Church.
Immanuel has had a long association with the Raymond Flett congregation, a United Church congregation of Indigenous peoples, in the north end of Winnipeg. We try to maintain and strengthen a relationship with its members.
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.