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Affirm UnitedMeets: Last Sunday of the month, coffee and conversation
Where: State & Main, 101 Street and Jasper Avenue
Time: 12:30 p.m.
About: McDougall Church is an all inclusive, Christian, spiritual community that welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons.

Affirm! McDougall actively pursues ideas to enhance their ministry. Educational programs are held throughout the year and participation is encouraged in wider community events.

Affirm! McDougall strives to meet the spiritual needs of the marginalized, invisible minorities and excluded groups in society; as well as reaching out to address wider needs.

Affirm! McDougall welcomes anyone who is supportive and interested in being part of an active, inclusive ministry to attend their meetings and events.

For updates and curent information, see our News Page.



Biblical Queeries

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Date: First Sunday of each month
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: McDougall United Church - Norwood Room (please use south entrance on MacDonald Drive)
About: Affirm! McDougall and Soul OUTing invite everybody to Biblical Queeries, a spirited monthly Bible discussion. Bring your favourite Bible or study Bible and be prepared to think outside the box.

What is Soul OUTing???

Soul OUTing is an interfaith initiative of people in Edmonton Presbytery and is largely an Edmonton Presbytery planned ministry. The ministry serves LGBT and straight people who are interested in spiritual discussions and reflections. The services (hosted by Robertson-Wesley United Church) tend to have short readings, liturgy, some music and thought provoking discussions. In some cases, art is integrated in the responses to the discussion and the readings.

Two ministries have been formed as a result of Soul OUTing: one that serves youth and the Bible discussion group, Biblical Queeries.

Questions? Please contact

Book Group

BookclubDate: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Please call the church office 780-428-1818.
Currently Reading: One Summer in America 1927 by Bill Bryson.
About: The author describes a pre-Depression time when everything seemed possible and many schemes unfolded. Think Mt. Rushmore, Charles Lindberg, Al Capone, Babe Ruth …
Questions? Please call the church office 780-428-1818.
All are welcome!



Meets: Thursday evenings, September-June (not in summer)
Where: Sanctuary
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
About: The senior choir has a great time each week preparing music for the Sunday worship service and for special events they produce. This is a non-auditioned choir, and all voices are welcome.
Questions? Email Kimberley McMann

See also Music



Painting for Pleasure

paintingMeets: Every Thursday morning
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Location: Norwood Room (upper level, please use south entrance 10086 Macdonald Drive)
Host Artists: Karen Bishop and Christina Bellsmith
About: This is an informal morning for artists to come and be inspired painting together, discussing your work, sharing techniques, ideas and experiences.
Bring: Necessary painting supplies and something you are working on or want to start.
Questions: Call 780-428-1818 or email Karen Bishop
Parking is available.


Pastoral Care

About: Pastoral Care is the centerpiece in the life of McDougall Church. It is blessed with many folk who are constantly in touch with seniors, shut-ins, those in hospital, care centers, and any who need a tender touch no matter their situation and stresses of life. We also provide a card ministry to those who have been bereaved, celebrating birthdays, or other special occasions.



Power House Prayer Group

Power of PrayerMeets:Every Thursday afternoon
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: McDougall Lounge
Facilitators: Velia Watts
About: This is a time of prayer for the life and work of our church, to receive and honour prayer requests, and pray for the Sunday worship service.
Entrance: Please use south entrance 10086 MacDonald Dr.



Sundays @ 9

Sundays @ 9Meets: Every Sunday morning
Time:  9 a.m.
Location:  Banner Room (lower level, please use south entrance 10086 Macdonald Dr.)
About: This study will be a two-part series: Loving Our Neighbours will look at faith practices to help us get closer to God. They help us make space in our lives to actively live out the way of Jesus.

The second series is Speaking Christian based on the book by Marcus Borg, a well-known and highly respected theologian. We will examine the words of our faith, their history, where they appear in the Bible, how they were taught to us in the past, and what meanings they have for us today.

Sunday School

Meets: Sunday mornings
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Our Mission:To support our children and youth in experiencing the Spirit in their lives. To provide spiritual and emotional growth in a safe and caring environment for all ages.
About:McDougall United Church provides a safe, caring environment for children of all ages. Typically on a Sunday morning, children meet at the back of the church (left hand corner) with their leaders at 10:30 a.m. They come forward as a group at the beginning of the service with the Christ Candle and share in the first part of the service. They then go downstairs for an open session of music a theme lesson, snacks, and break up into age specific groups for crafts and other fun stuff!


Wedding Ministry

Wedding MinistryMeets: For rehearsal and the ceremony
Where: Sanctuary
Time: As required
About: McDougall Church is a popular wedding venue for many brides and grooms. The Wedding Ministry includes individuals who are willing to support the occasion by doing all the background work before, during and after the ceremony:
  • Attending the rehearsals to learn what the needs of the ceremony will be.
  • Be at the wedding one hour prior to the ceremony to receive ushers, flowers, open doors, light candles, etc.
  • Welcome the bride and her attendants.
  • Be sure family and important guests are present and seated.
  • Facilitate the bridal entrance.
  • Tidy up after the ceremony.

Same Sex MarriageWe have a number of individuals who are part of this ministry and perform the services required for wedding parties at McDougall Church.

(Click here for information on weddings at McDougall.)



Canada Day Celebration

Blessing of the Animals

Summer Outdoor Sanctuary

Heritage Sunday

Labour Day Picnic Lunch

Welcome Back Sunday

Festival of Faith Fair

Thanksgiving Pie Sunday

Remembrance Day Prayer Service and Walk for Peace

Shrove Tuesday on Sunday

Black History Month

Solstice Celebrations

Volunteer Appreciation

Aboriginal Sunday

Pride Sunday



New Year’s Eve


Spiritual Retreats

Membership Information

Meet & Greet

Leadership Retreat

Sundays @Noon Speaker Events

Taize Services

Affirm! McDougall (LGBTQ) Luncheon and Speaker Events

Norwood Gallery Exhibits

This page provides a general overview of activities and programs held at McDougall Church.

For updates and current information about our programs, please see our News Page.

For a full visual summary of dates and times for all events held at McDougall Church, please see our Events Calendar.

For a listing of all events and programs that were held at McDougall during the past year, please see our Annual Report.

For more information about Committees and Groups, see About Us.

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