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Observer Sunday - Church Service

A complete Sunday Service to help out when a lay person/volunteer takes over the service in the minister's absence. Or a nice gift to your minister to save her planning a service one busy Sunday.
Available here as either PDF version (220kb) or MS Word (.doc) version (507kb)

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Contemporary church poster encouraging more readers. Size: 11 x 17"


They're back! We've brought back this popular resource. Great as an insert in the Sunday bulletin, or inserted in the pews as giveaways. Subscription information included for those new subscribers!

Sunday Service

A complete Sunday Service to help out when a lay person/ volunteer takes over the service in the minister's absence. Or a nice gift to your minister to save her planning a service one busy Sunday. (Also available by download - see above)

Subscription Envelopes

Can be used in the pews or will fit into offering box envelopes. Perfect in helping to collect subscription fees.

Sample Issues

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The author is baptized at Central United in Calgary. (Photo courtesy of Al Coe)

Why I got baptized in a United Church at the age of 42

by Jacqueline Mercer-Livesey

"I told myself that I didn’t need to go to church to believe in God. I found peace and the Holy Spirit in the things that surrounded me. But still, there was a nagging sense of something missing."

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Editor/Publisher of The Observer, Jocelyn Bell.

Observations: The rewards of letting go

by Jocelyn Bell

Editor Jocelyn Bell reflects on the upcoming changes for The United Church of Canada, the magazine and in her own life.

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ObserverDocs: Two nurses tackle Vancouver's opioid crisis

Richard Moore is a resident of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. In this poignant interview, he explains the important work of nurses Evanna Brennan and Susan Giles.

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June 2018

The moment the Pope asked me to pray for him

by Miriam Spies

A United Church minister on the impact of a simple gesture from a powerful man.


July 2018

Best self-care tips for caregivers

by Kate Spencer

Counsellors, teachers and ministers share what it looks like for them.


July 2018

Meet your 2018 moderator nominees

by Mike Milne

Later this month, General Council commissioners will choose the United Church’s next moderator. As of press time, 10 leadership hopefuls had been announced. We asked each of them to sum up their pitch in a tweet.


July 2018

A fond farewell to presbyteries

by Steven Chambers

They will likely be eliminated this year as the United Church restructures. Steven Chambers celebrates the end of an era.


July 2018

Instead of retirement, these two nurses are battling Vancouver's opioid crisis

by Roberta Staley

At age 71 and 65 respectively, Evanna Brennan and Susan Giles embrace their unconventional work in the Downtown Eastside.


June 2018

I hate you, Canada, for teaching people to treat me like this under your name

by Zach Running Coyote

A Cree actor says he blames our country for the racist comments recently directed at him in a McDonald's restaurant.

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