Musical leadership on Sunday morning is provided by the dedicated members of the choir, our two volunteer keyboard players and the violin. New members are always welcome (the choir usually meets Thursday mornings at 10:30 am) and if you play an instrument, we invite you to share your musical gifts with the congregation. Contact the church office for more information.
Women’s groups have always been active in the life of the church. There has been a United Church Women’s group at Ponoka United Church since the national organization was formed in 1962. They gather for fellowship, outreach and study, supporting community needs, the local church and Mission & Service with work and fundraising. Celebrating their 55th anniversary in 2017, Past Moderator Jordan Cantwell called UCW “the hands and feet of the church.”
A friendly, flexible and caring group, Ponoka UCW welcomes new members of all ages. They meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 1:30 pm.
Open Wednesdays, 9 am – 1 pm
The Ponoka United Church Thrift Shop has been operating for decades and serves the town, county and neighbouring areas. Their mission is to make donated clothing, bedding, linens and small household items available at a reasonable cost to those in need. The Thrift Store is open year round and can be found in the basement by the front door of the church (enter by the Thrift Store door on the east side). It is staffed entirely by volunteers. If you would like to help, please contact the church office. Donations of gently used clothing can be left anytime in the secure drop box a the southeast corner of the church. Household and fragile items can be dropped off during store hours or at the church office.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Members of our community lovingly knit simple shawls for those in need. They are given to people grieving a loss or hurt in the hopes that, wrapped in it, they may know they are held in thought and prayer, that they are not alone and that God’s love is with us always.
New shawls are blessed in services at Christmas and Easter. Knitters are always welcome! Yarn is supplied. Please contact the Church office.
Seasonal (Advent and Lent) and book or theme based Bible Studies are shared over a period of a few weeks. Check the calendar for more information.
Speaking of Religion
In the spring of 2018, we began an informative interfaith speaker series. Each session focuses on a specific faith tradition with a presentation by a member of that community, a question period and refreshments. Sessions are presented as a cluster of bi-weekly sessions in fall and spring. Check the Events page for the next series.
The Book Club meets at 7:30 pm on the 3rd Monday of the month in the fall and spring. Anyone is welcome to attend. The books discussed are varied, from contemporary fiction to biographies and and history. The last session of the spring is usually a classic novel and the final meeting a potluck supper and the movie version of that selection. Check the events page to see what we’re reading or contact the church office.
A small library of donated book
s is located in Hall 2 by the door to the main office. There are biographies, devotionals, worship resources, non-fiction and fiction books that offer insight into the spiritual life. Books may be signed out. Donations of books are always appreciated. Please leave them on the shelf provided and they’ll be catalogued and filed.
Kasota East Camp
Ponoka United Church has been a strong supporter of Kasota East Camp for many years. Fundraising opportunities provide funding to support general operations and pay camp fees for those in need. Find out more about the camp at kasotaeastcamp.org.
Since 2009, a team of ladies has made delicious pies at the church and sold them in support of KEC. As much as possible, supplies are locally sourced or Canada grown. These pies are available for sale at special events and (fresh frozen) through the church office.
There is also the sale of Christmas poinsettias, a spring flower promotion and a theatre promotion that raise several thousand dollars each year.
In the spring of 2017, we started CUSP (Church United for Special Projects). The idea is that people be encouraged to set aside a small amount – a toonie – on a regular basis throughout the year, accumulating a slightly larger amount that could be put with others and make a significant amount that could make a difference. Small purses are handed out (and available in the church lobby) and participants bring them back in the spring at the end of April (receipts provided).
Currently, CUSP donations are funding a camping experience for two or three children at Kasota East camp.
We love our town and throughout the year, you can expect to find a variety of family oriented events happening to which everyone in our community is invited: suppers, Family Nights, our annual Yard Sale in May, the Ponoka Stampede Parade BBQ and much more. Check out the Events Page for the latest.
Klaglahachie Fine Arts Society [kfatheatre.com]
“A ministry of joy,” Klaglahachie was formed in 2007 as an initiative of the congregation. It was seen as a vehicle for nourishing the spirit within each person, promoting personal growth, working together for justice and doing this by building a community around the creative arts. The goal was to provide an uplifting experience for those who participated in each production and those who enjoyed the finished product.
Klaglahachie became a society with its own Board in 2010, distinct from the church, but maintains a deep connection and a solid working relationship. A large scale community musical production is presented in November, smaller productions and occasional events throughout the rest of the year, with a children’s Drama Camp in August. For more information on being a part of Klaglahachie or attending their shows, visit kfatheatre.com.
Our congregation works with other community organizations in Ponoka. We volunteer with Meals on Wheels and support the work FCCS and Coats for the Cold, now based at St. Mary’s Church.