Our Story

Collaborative and Forward Planning

Collaboration and partnerships are central pillars to the work of Fish Creek Shared Ministries. Since 2013, well-planned, collaborative initiatives have resulted in great resources, strong support and good participation in our ministry programs. We are connecting with faith communities and social service agencies in Calgary to grow ministry and outreach for families, children, teenagers, young adults, seniors and others.

Background: We called it our 20/20 Vision

St. Andrew’s United Church, Calgary, began in 2008 to consider its future mission. Through careful prayer and persistent research, the congregation identified it could do more ministry and outreach by liberating itself from brick and mortar and developing intentional partnerships and shared ministries with other churches and organizations. In 2012, the congregation voted to let go of its building and in 2013, the former south west Calgary facility was sold. The St. Andrew’s congregation then opened a multi-sited, collaborative ministry with offices and program space at St. Andrew’s Centre.

With approval of The United Church of Canada, the Regional Ministries Initiative came about. Building sale proceeds have been invested and are used to fund a range of initiatives in Calgary and beyond. This new initiative is governed by a Management Committee with representatives from Chinook Winds Region, The United Church of Canada and partner programs. The continuing St. Andrew’s United Church congregation received no financial support from the Regional Ministries Fund.

In 2013 the communities of faith of St. Andrew's United Church entered into a worship sharing agreement with Deer Park United Church.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. 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, and now look forward with joy and excitement to a new future together as Fish Creek United Church. The regional ministries initiative begun by the congregation of St. Andrew's continues to thrive, and will now be known as Fish Creek Shared Ministries, to better reflect its place as an important ministry of Fish Creek United Church.

What We've Learned 

  1. We can be a catalyst for new ministries and outreach.
  2. We need to work collaboratively with others. Our vision and mission is about reaching out to the wider community. We need to work with congregations and social service agencies — complementing their mission — not replacing or competing with their programs.
  3. Establishing coordinating/supportive groups is critical to the management of the organization.
  4. Providing safe places is a must.
  5. Leadership development is a key part of the programs.
  6. We need to be open to new ideas and try new initiatives.