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Easter Service

Events, Service & Podcasts

February 12, 2018

As part of the Lenten Season, we look ahead at the Journey to Easter! The dates below are Woodcliff’s planned services for Easter.

Feb. 14th – Ash Wednesday 2:30pm

Mar. 25th – Intergenerational Palm Sunday Service

Mar. 29th – 6 pm Maundy Thursday Dinner Church

Mar. 30th – 10:30 am Good Friday Service at St. Matthews

Apr. 1st – 7 am Sunrise service, 10:00 am Easter worship (Special Children’s Worship)

Woodcliff Olympics

Children's Programs, Events, Youth

February 5, 2018

Playing on the spirit of the Olympic Games, Woodcliff will be hosting their own winter games! Our focus will be on building community, outreach, education, and striving to do our best. The people of Woodcliff will have the opportunity to come together through different activities, games, and community building.

Here’s how it works:

Everyone will be on a “team” and “compete” for the Woodcliff Gold by contributing to different outreach projects. The focus of each of the 6 weeks from Feb 11th – March 18th will be a different outreach project. Each week there will be an educational piece around an outreach project and an opportunity to contribute to the project. On Feb 11th, our Outreach focus is on the Calgary Drop-In Centre. You are invited to bring new hats, underwear, gloves or socks, so we can make up hugs for the DI patrons.

Looking ahead, Feb 18th will focus on the Food Bank with the request for toilet paper. Watch the bulletin for the rest of the details and check the Narthex for your team assignment. Spoiler alert: the winner will be all of our outreach partners, and you will have a lot of fun!

Drumming Circle

Children's Programs, Events

January 29, 2018

On February 11th, the Campus Ministry team from the University of Calgary is coming to lead a drumming circle. BEFORE church at 9:15am there will be a drumming circle for everyone in the choir room, meaning, YOU are invited! During Children’s worship at 10:00am, children and youth will have their own opportunity to take part in a drumming circle. This is a special opportunity for the children – you won’t want to miss it! 

Hugs and kisses will follow the Drum circle with kids having the chance to help sell “kisses” at our booth during the special pancake breakfast.

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group


January 26, 2018

This caring circle organized by the Alzheimer’s Society of Calgary meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 1:30 to 3:00 pm in the Edworthy Lounge, here at Woodcliff.  No professional referrals are required. If you have questions, please be in touch with Ron at roncarter@telus.net or Lorna at rowsell5@shaw.ca.

Seeking Full-Time Ordered Minister


January 18, 2018

Woodcliff United Church is currently searching for a full-time Ordered Minister. Resumes and inquiries can be sent in confidence to chris.jackson@roneta.com.

Link to: WUC 2016 Annual Report

Link to: 2018 Update to Joint Needs Assessment Report

Link to: Joint Needs Assessment Report

About our Rev. Grant Dawson


January 7, 2018

While reading ads for ministers he was moved by the spirit, or perhaps a whim, to apply for Knox in Calgary. From the first time he saw the church it felt right and has continued to feel right. Knox, a huge old Presbyterian church has a variety of worshippers, straight, gay, street people and wealthy parishioners.  It has been in the forefront of many movements. The church sold air rights to TransCanada Pipelines, a decision that monetarily enriched the church. He provided covenanting services before same gender marriages arrived. He advises us to keep an eye on what is happening in the culture. There is no use driving off in a bus if no one is on it..

When asked about his accomplishments Grant instead talks about the church community taking the time to make thoughtful decisions. He emphasizes the pastoral side of his role, saying that you can’t preach if you are not in touch with people, their hopes, fears and frustrations. He has encouraged worshippers to be a vibrant community, growing in worship, church structure, and theology.

“ People don’t want to just sit on committees, they want a job.”

The church needs to keep on growing, a challenge for a church surrounded by downtown businesses. Three families live in the parish. The rest come from all over the city.

Grant is an accomplished linguist, fluent in Mandarin, and at least conversant in French, Spanish, German, Russian, Greek, Hebrew and is now learning Italian for his post retirement trip.  He and his wife, Dorothy, have travelled and look forward to Italy. He also loves computers.

And after retirement? Grant isn’t sure. After a couple of months he will look at options, perhaps teaching or writing. He will continue on the Board of the Oi Kwan Foundation for Calgary Presbytery.

When asked about frustrations Grant iterates that he is very positive. There are no problems, just situations (Tolle).

Welcome our Ministers

Please welcome Reverend Debbie Stockdale, who will be our half-time minister, and Reverend Clint Mooney, Reverend Bob Mutlow, and Reverend Dr. Grant Dawson who will be our guest ministers. We are delighted and fortunate to have them!

Visit our calendar to see which Minister will be leading our Sunday worship service.


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Seeking new Order of Ministry Person

Service & Podcasts

June 7, 2017

Woodcliff United Church is currently seeking a new Order of Ministry person. Download the Joint Needs Assessment Committee’s (JNAC) Report here or contact the Joint Search Committee (chris.jackson@roneta.com) for more information. During this interim period we are delighted and fortunate to have Rev. Debbie Stockdale as our half-time guest minister, as well as Rev. Clint Mooney, Rev. Bob Mutlow, and Rev. Dr. Grant Dawson who will be preaching for the other half of the time.

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Services every Sunday at 10 am

Where Are We Located?

5010 Spruce Drive SW, Calgary

We are located at the south entrance to Edworthy Park.

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Office Hours

Tuesday – Friday

9:00am – 2:00pm

Office: 403.249.3121