The United Church of Canada, of which Glen Abbey United is a part, is not a doctrinal church. By that, we mean that there are not a lot of rules, and not a lot of dogma about what is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ about what you believe.
However, be assured that God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are alive and very involved here!
The Creed of the United Church of Canada (see below) states it well; we are called to be the Church; to proclaim justice and resist evil.
You will find, as you talk to the people that attend services at Glen Abbey, that there are lots of opinions about various aspects of Christianity:
What happens after I die?
What is Heaven?
What happened at Christmas? What is the significance of Jesus being born?
What happened on Good Friday and on Easter Sunday? Why did Jesus have to be crucified? What was the point?
Why do we pray?
Why is the world the way it is? Why does God allow there to be evil in the world? Why do good things happen to bad people, and why do bad things happen to good people?
How does God answer our prayers?
Reverend Ted will try to help you answer these questions; he’s unlikely to tell you the answer, but rather to help you come to an answer for yourself.
Faith isn’t a definitive set of answers to questions. Faith is a journey.
That’s what Glen Abbey is about. We are people that have many beliefs about the specifics of our faith, but one thing in common; we believe in the message of Jesus Christ, God’s love in person, a poor itinerant preacher in an oppressed country on the edge of an empire. We believe in His message, and we believe that through our actions, as limited as they might be, we can change the world the way He wants us to.
And no matter what you have done in your life; whether you have been away from church for a while, or have just moved to the area, or have never been in a church before in your life, we’d be very happy to welcome you, and have you join us in your own journey of faith.
A New Creed – The United Church of Canada:
We are called to be the Church…to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope…