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McDougall Church On-Site Takes a Break


McDougall United Church has suspended on-site 10:30 a.m. Sunday services until further notice. The church is operating, but the building is closed to the public.

We may not be able to meet physically during this time, but that doesn’t change our desire to share the “good news” and put our arms around the people in our care. To be a place for gathering, and for seeking help and hope in tough times.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
- Hebrews 10:23-25

Option to Celebrate Easter

Zoom Meeting Instructions:

If you have a computer, notebook or smartphone, you are invited to join our worship using Zoom video conferencing by clicking on this link:

If you haven’t used Zoom before, join the meeting 10 or 15 minutes early to make sure you can get in. If you have any problems, call 780-995-2253.

Conference Call Instructions:

If you prefer to join by telephone conference call (toll free), dial 1-888-224-1908 and enter the participant code 64035074.



Pride Service

Pride FlagDate: Sunday, June 7, 2020
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Via Zoom (see link)
Service Host: Gary Simpson
Guest Speaker: Mark Guevarra
Mark will come to us via Zoom from Berkeley, California where he is a first year doctoral student at the Graduate Theological Union. He was born in Vancouver of Filipino immigrant parents, baptized and raised Catholic, and journeyed in life, deepening his faith and growing in recognition of his gay identity and who he is called to be.

Mark is a trained school teacher, former instructor at St. Joseph’s College at the University of Alberta, and has served pastorates at St. Matthew’s Parish in North Edmonton and St. Albert Parish in St. Albert. He is passionate about helping all people, especially LGTBQ+ folks deepen their faith and enrich the church. Most importantly, Mark has a heart for people.



The Changing Seasons at McDougall
A Place for You!


We are a diverse, inclusive
Christian spiritual community
of the United Church of Canada …

striving to be a safe place for people
of all races, cultures, creeds, ages,
abilities, sexual orientations, and
gender identities

We will be back as soon as it is safe to do so!



Sundays in June

Sunday, June 7 – Pride Sunday, Holy Communion
Sunday, June 14 – 95 Anniversary of The United Church of Canada
Sunday, June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day and Indigenous Day of Prayer, Prayer Candles
Sunday, June 28 – Canada Day Service, Annual Congregational Meeting on Zoom



95th Anniversary of The United Church of Canada

Via Zoom and Phone-InUnited Church of Canada

Date: Sunday, June 14, 2020
Time: 10:30 a.m.
About: The United Church was founded in 1925 as a merger of four Protestant denominations: the Methodist Church of Canada, the Congregational Union of Ontario and Quebec, two-thirds of the congregations of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, and the Association of Local Union Churches.



National Indigenous Peoples Day and Indigenous Day of Prayer

Indigenous DayVia Zoom and Phone-In

Date: Sunday, June 21, 2020
Time: 10:30 a.m.






Canada Day Service

Canada Day

Via Zoom and Phone-In

Date: Sunday, June 28, 2020
Time: 10:30 a.m.

O, Canada – Strong and Free



Annual Congregational Meeting

Via Zoom and Phone-In

Date: Sunday, June 28, 2020
Time: 12 noon
Chair: Larry Derkach
Council Members:
Larry Derkach, Chair
Velia Watts, Secretary
Natalie De Roij, Treasurer
Members at Large: Tom Hutchinson, Rob McLauchlin, Margaret Lea Phillips, Gerald Watts

Please watch for an information package in the next few weeks with:

  1. Annual Report,
  2. Proposed Budget 2020,
  3. Church Re-opening information



Creating Your At-Home Worship Space

Momade worship spaceMany of you are tuning into our Zoom and phone-in services each week. But physically, is it more than just sitting in front of your computer or on the phone? Might be.

We invite you to think about creating a meaningful worship space for yourself with elements that will nurture your mind, body and spirit as you worship. Here are some thoughts:

  • Arrange a white cloth for your worship space.
  • Perhaps set a special cloth underneath your screen to set the messaging medium apart.
  • Place some water to remind you of your baptism.
  • Set some candles, a Bible, a cross, flowers, or items from nature which will inspire and hold meaning for you.


Edmonton Community Foundation Gift to McDougall


McDougall United Church is the recent recipient of a significant donation from the David and Janet Bentley Family Fund at the Edmonton Community Foundation. We are thankful that members of the wider community support the continuing presence and ministry of this historic community resource. We are most grateful for their generosity.


Stay Connected

Rivers EdgeWellness Matters During COVID-19
Rivers Edge Counselling Centre, St. Albert
Over the next few months, Rivers Edge Counselling Centre is offering free webinars as part of their Wellness Matters talk series.
Our Pastoral Care Minister, Rev. Gordon Oaks, highly recommends them, as he has personally found the webinars to be very helpful during this difficult time. We hope you will too.

Mental Health Helps
Mental Health Tip

We encourage you to take a moment to read the tip below and plan how you will practice it today. We hope you enjoy the daily tips and invite you to share them with others.

Healthy Together, AHS - Central Zone Addiction Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Team
Click here to learn more online about building a practice of self-compassion.
Click here for 10 Self-compassion practices for COVID-19.

Reach Out for Support: All Albertans

  • Find local AHS addiction and mental health supports
  • Call the Mental Health Help Line (24/7) at 1-877-303-2642


Kimberley McMannISOLATUNES!
With: Kimberley McMann
Date: June 4, 2020
View Online:




A Pandemic Reflection

“I heard that we are all in the same boat, but it’s not like that.

We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat.

Your ship could be shipwrecked and mine might not be.

Or vice versa.

So, friends, we are not in the same boat. We are going through a time when our perceptions and needs are completely different.

Each of us will emerge, in our own way, from this storm.

It is very important to see beyond what is seen at first glance.

Not just looking, actually seeing.

We are all different ships during this storm, experiencing a very different journey.”

- Author Unknown

(Excerpted from Straight from the Street, Inner City Pastoral Ministry Newsletter, May 2020)



Daily Devotional...

A Liturgy by Gary Simpson

Gary Simpson is broadcasting "A Liturgy" daily on Facebook. You can watch the liturgy at 7 pm or at a more convenient time, because the liturgies are saved to the McDougall United Church Facebook Group.

The liturgy usually includes a short centering exercise and prayer, a Psalm, a short story or reading from the Old Testament and from the New Testament, community prayers, the Lord's prayer, and a benediction. Some days, there is a short one minute reflection on one of the passages. The entire program usually lasts between 4 and 8 minutes.

Gary has been broadcasting live on Facebook and then saves it on his Facebook Page, Gary on Religion, on his Facebook account and on the following Facebook Group accounts:

This daily liturgy is another way McDougall Church is helping people feel more spiritually connected. There is no need for you to dial into a number or give any codes. It is available to anyone who has a cell phone, tablet, or computer, has internet access and has a Facebook Account. You should be able to easily access it either at 7 p.m. or after it has been saved.



Inner City Response to COVID

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How You Can Help...

The Bissell Center continues to minister to its clients at this critical time. They will welcome donations of money to support their work. Here are some ways to help: 1) $100 supports the Recovery Fund, 2) Urgent Needs Fund: $64 provides 20 meals and lunches, 3) $25 can go toward disinfectants, 4) $25 for diapers and formula. CHEQUES payable to Bissell Center, 10527 – 96 Street, Edmonton T5H 2H6.

The Inner City Pastoral Ministry (ICPM) continues its street ministry of presence and seeks donations of money for the current needs. They are 1) creating pre-packaged lunches of non-perishables distributed on the street, rooming houses, tent camps, and the EXPO Center, 2) they are at the EXPO Center every day from 10 a.m. – noon, distributing socks, underwear, snacks, toiletries – and pastoral care. CHEQUES payable to Inner City Pastoral Ministry, 10527 – 96 Street, Edmonton T5H 2H6.

The Mustard Seed has sent greetings and prayers to churches: “Praying you find peace in the good work God is doing in your lives, and that this be a time of reflection … holding you up in our prayers as we continue to carry out the work we’ve been called to do during this pandemic.”

e4c continues its work in the inner city; their shelter and housing programs are considered essential services. As of May 4, they have had no confirmed COVID cases within their spectrum of housing residents or in their staff team. “Thank you for lending your spiritual strength to our work, especially during these most difficult of times. May your journey be one of social distancing and kindness.”

Affirming News

United Church Affirm

June 2020 - Please click HERE to read


By Denise Isaacs, March 2020


May we who are merely inconvenienced, remember those whose lives are at stake.

May we who have no risk factors, remember those most vulnerable.

May we who have the luxury of working at home, remember those who must choose between preserving their health or paying their rent.

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children, remember those who have no options.

May we who have to cancel our trips, remember those who have no safe place to go.

May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic markets, remember those who have no margin at all.

May we who settle in for a quarantine at home, remember those who have no home.

As worry grips the world, let us choose love.

During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other.

Let us find ways to be the loving embrace of God to family, friends, and neighbours.




COVID-19 and Communities of Faith United Church of Canada Response

Wash your hands

Click HERE to read



Sunday School

Sunday school

Due to COVID-19, Sunday School at McDougall has been cancelled until further notice, in compliance with Alberta Health Services advisories.

We’ll be looking for you!

Kids are welcome to sit with their families when they arrive. They are invited to come forward early in the service to share a story with the minister, then go downstairs to a Sunday School session for children of all-ages.

McDougall Affirm (LGBTQ) Group

Due to COVID-19, all programs at McDougall have been cancelled until further notice, in compliance with Alberta Health Services advisories.

AffirmDate: Last Sunday of each month
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: State & Main, 101 Street and Jasper Avenue
About: An informal social gathering for conversation and community. All are welcome

Learn more about Affirm! in Programs


Haven (LGBTQ)

Date: Third Sunday of the month
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: McDougall United Church, Norwood Room 2nd floor (please use 10086 Macdonald Drive entrance)
About: Haven is a group of LGBTQ people of all ages who create a contemporary, evangelical style of Christian worship largely for this community, although all are welcome. Their purpose is to provide a safe place where LGBTQ and straight Christians can worship God; it is largely LGBTQ led.


2019 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report (PDF)


Beuilding Restoration

Life at McDougall - Visit our Photo Gallery for images taken in and around McDougall Church.

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