What We Believe
Affirming Faith Statement
We are an inclusive, open, and progressive community of faith within the liberal Christian tradition. We aspire to live out God’s call by our actions, day to day.
We celebrate that we are not alone and that the mystery and excitement of God’s love for all persons and creation was taught to us by Jesus and lives in us by the Spirit.
We are an affirming community of faith where all people are invited and welcomed, accepted, and not judged, honouring all ages, races, family structures, physical and mental abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, socio-economic status, and spiritual point of views in all aspects of our ministry.
We take the Bible seriously, but not literally, recognizing that parts of the tradition came out of specific historical circumstances and need re-interpretation for our time. We believe that a questioning theology is a healthy part of one’s spiritual journey.
We are called to live God’s love and follow the way of Jesus by:
Loving and serving others
Respecting all creation
Pursuing justice for all
Nurturing spiritual growth
Call to ActionAs a community of faith, we commit to:
- Doing all things in love and compassion.
- Intentionally inviting others in the spirit of genuine hospitality to participate in our faith community, where all will be welcomed, accepted, honoured, and supported.
- Creating inclusive, safe ministries and environments with a shared sense of belonging.
- Nurturing and proclaiming our faith through our ministries and programming.
- Seeking out opportunities to actively engage with and serve our local and broader communities.
- Taking action against injustices in our world and helping to find solutions
As a faith community, following the way of Jesus, we celebrate the mystery and excitement of God’s love for all persons and creation.
No matter who you love or how you identify, you are accepted and not judged, regardless of age, race, family status, physical or mental dis/ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, social economic status or spiritual point of view.
St. Andrew’s provides intentionally inclusive, safe environments where all are welcome.
We journey together openly, to build trust and engage all in the broader community as equal participants in a community of faith Called to Follow the Way of Jesus.
Seeking…Sharing… Serving… Caring
- Our decisions and actions are true to our core values, extending them where appropriate.
- Whatever we do is either our response to our faith or provides opportunities for others to grow in faith.
- Non-judgemental actions and decisions are made.
- Shared, Consultative Leadership
- A Dynamic Faith that reaches out
- Open to Learning
- Wise Stewardship
The United Church of Canada: A New Creed
WE 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.
At Fish Creek the Sunday morning Worship Services are held at 10 A.M. at the Deerpoint Location (77 Deerpoint Road SE). Everyone is invited to attend: we have programs for Children and Youth, and a Nursery for the youngest children, although they are always welcome to remain in the Sanctuary. Please see Children and Youth, under Connection & Community for more information.
Our Worship planning team strives to create engaging and meaningful services through prayer, preaching, scripture and music. It is a relaxed environment where all are invited to come just as they are and participate as they are comfortable.
How Fish Creek United Church Was Created
Since 2013 the Faith Communities of St. Andrew’s United Church and Deer Park United Church have worshipped together, celebrating our faith, and the presence of God in our lives. Over the past eight years we have participated together in other activities and projects as well and shared our passions and gifts with each other and our wider community. After more than five years of joining together to worship, socialize and participate in each other’s programs, discussions began about how our two communities of faith could work more closely together in the future. A series of “Moving Forward, Building the Future” workshops were held with members of the two congregations, as well as an online survey. Building on the feedback received, in February 2020 an Amalgamation Steering Committee,(ASC), comprised of lay members and clergy from both communities of faith was struck to explore pursuing a full amalgamation.
The steering committee investigated the many strengths and gifts apparent in the programs and ministries of each faith community, and the opportunities and the challenges choosing to amalgamate would bring. After consulting widely with the congregations, the ASC recommended that Deer Park United Church and St. Andrew’s United Church amalgamate into one community of faith.
On November 7, 2021, we gathered for a congregational meeting and vote, where we prayerfully and intentionally decided to formally amalgamate the individual faith communities of St. Andrew’s United Church and Deer Park United Church into one new community of faith.
On January 16th 2022 this new community of faith held its first congregational meeting and chose a new name: we now look forward with joy and excitement to a new future together as Fish Creek United Church.