Big Country United Churches are a group of faith communities of The United Church of Canada located in the South East edge of Alberta, which Welcomes everyone regardless of one's Race, Gender identity, Sexuality, Orientation, skin colour, religion, background or way of life. All are welcome as they are, for who they are.
In 2015 congregations from seven communities began exploring how to work together in ways that will encourage the presence of the United Church to remain vibrant in rural communities that are shrinking and cannot support paid leadership alone.
We are sharing in conversations and events that are energizing us and encouraging us to try new ways of being the church in a changing world.
We find ourselves living the model of a Church Cluster, named in the upcoming changes to the structure of our National Church as vitally important to keep our connections and church relationships vibrant. Although Buffalo United Church disbanded at the end of 2015 and the McNeill Memorial United Church of Empress closed in 2017, their members remain a valued part of our Cluster story.
Come join the United Church folk of Acadia Valley, Alsask, Buffalo, Cereal, Empress, Loverna, and Oyen as we worship and play together in God's emerging and growing world.
The Big Country United Churches Welcomed Pastor. Shane Goldie, a 2 Spirited, 21-year-old of Cree and Metis heritage, in August 2022 as our new minister, acting as a Student Minister completing his MDiv. Before becoming ordained in the Spring/Summer of 2023.