Grace Presbyterian Church is an urban congregation in Calgary’s Beltline Neighbourhood. We have a long denominational history (Presbyterian Church in Canada) and our own 100+ year history in Calgary. Our history steeps us in tradition, but we’re open-minded critical thinkers. We’re exploring how to balance our identity as a Christian community rooted in our history, with the changing landscape and needs of Calgary.
We strive to approach scripture with our minds, bodies, and spirit. We desire to understand what the story of God, as told by scripture, can teach us about how to be generous, loving participants in our own time and context.
As a Christian community, we endeavour to be:
Thinking and learning – to keep an open mind, and wrestle with difficult questions. We work to understand our context and community as it is, rather than as we assume it is. We challenge ourselves to grow continually.
Inspiring – In all our programs and actions we work to inspire people, not guilt or shame them. We work to lead and encourage people by stepping up and taking action.
Traditional – Our tradition and history offer us a strong foundation and can help us make better decisions in the future. We acknowledge and leverage our history (the good and bad) to move forward.
Relevant – We strive to be relevant. Not by changing ourselves to fit in, but by participating in the community authentically: getting to know people and organisations; being a good friend and neighbour.
Gracious and Compassionate – Life is difficult. We work to provide a community of love and support, offering grace and compassion to everyone we meet.
Transforming lives through God’s grace
Inspired by the Holy Spirit, we grow disciples of Jesus Christ to love our neighbours and effect social change.
Engagement, Belonging, Community, Compassion, and Service.
What we Believe
We join with Christians across the world in affirming our beliefs as summarised in The Apostles’ Creed:
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. AMEN.
Living Faith provides a more comprehensive statement of the beliefs of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. Click the link to download a PDF copy of Living Faith.
We believe in the triune God. In other words, God is one God, yet revealed in three persons: Father, Son (Jesus Christ), and Holy Spirit. The one God comes to us in three modes: the Creator (the Father), the Redeemer (the Son), and the Sustainer (the Holy Spirit). Jesus is human and divine and is the Son of God.
The Bible – Old Testament and New Testament – is our sacred Scripture. We believe the Bible is the written revelation of God’s word. It tells the story of God and God’s relationship with God’s people.
God guided and inspired the writers of the Bible. Because of this, we and succeeding generations may know what God has done, is doing, and how God wants us to live.
Human hands wrote scripture, and historical and cultural circumstances shaped scripture. Similarly, our own time and culture, and our own biases condition us. We believe that we must seek to understand the Bible in its historical context while praying for the guidance of the Holy Spirit to help us listen afresh and bring the biblical teaching to bear on our current situation. We must always consider Scripture as a whole, avoiding the dangers of quoting isolated texts.
Presbyterians celebrate two sacraments – Baptism and Communion. Baptisms happen at several points of the church year. Traditionally, Grace celebrates Communion four times a year. Both Communion and Baptism are visible expressions of the gospel which encourage Christian growth.
Baptism can occur at any age. Believing parents bring their child for Baptism and promise to raise their child to love and serve God. The entire congregation vows to support the child and the family. Usually, the minister pours or sprinkles water on the person’s head in Baptism. The waters of Baptism symbolise refreshment, cleansing, new life, the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Because we see Baptism as an act of the whole church and a sign of church membership, Baptism happens in the presence of the worshipping congregation.
The breaking of bread and drinking of wine or grape juice reminds us of Jesus and his Last Supper with his friends. Communion unites us with Jesus and with each other. It strengthens us to go out into the world as a symbol of hope for a troubled age. Communion is thanks-giving and a memorial of Christ’s life and death.
The Presbyterian Church in Canada
Grace is part of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. As a Reformed church, we rely on the truth and inspiration of Scriptures for God’s guidance into the future. A future that we approach with wonder and anticipation, knowing God is with us. As worshipping communities joyfully celebrating the sacraments, we are supported, strengthened and equipped to share the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ.
For information about the Presbyterian Church in Canada, visit their website at www.presbyterian.ca/
Leading with Care
Grace complies with the Presbyterian Church in Canada’s comprehensive Leading with Care policy. The policy ensures a climate of safety for children, youth and vulnerable adults. You can review the Leading with Care policy here: www.presbyterian.ca/leading-with-care/
Presbyterian World Service & Development
Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D) is the development and relief agency of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. For over 65 years, PWS&D has been working with partners overseas and Canadians here at home to make positive changes in our global village. PWS&D has a wide variety of programs that work to help communities overcome poverty, recover from emergency situations and provide hope for vulnerable people.
In addition to our mission and ministry work, Grace dedicates a portion of our budget to support the work of PWS&D. For more information about their current efforts visit their website at www.presbyterian.ca/pwsd/