Sunday School and programs for all ages!

Grosvenor Park United Church is a welcoming, LGBT2Q-friendly, Affirming Saskatoon church located near the university with programs for all ages, from Sunday School to programs, activities and events for adults. Come join our diverse, intercultural community!

 

For Kids

Kids! Come explore Christian themes in a safe, fun environment... Parents! Attend worship knowing your children are in good hands! 

Young people are an important part of our ministry, so we find knowledgeable, engaging teachers to work with your children in a Sunday School environment that's intimate and flexible. We encourage parents to help guide our programming. As is our policy, all teachers or volunteers working with our children must have a vulnerable persons safety check.


Preschool

Infants to four-year-olds are welcome in our Nursery. Since 2014 Shae Forsberg has been our lead caregiver, along with regular volunteers. Children ages 3 and 4 may choose to be in the nursery, or participate with the older children in Grace Land activities. Occasionally we require parents to help out. You can see our colourful nursery space on the Rentals page.


Kindergarten to Grade 6

Grace Land

Grace Land is a Sunday School program where children:

  • explore God’s grace and the example of Jesus throughout the seasons of the church year
  • engage in stories from the Bible through storytelling, music, art, drama, and games
  • absorb a ‘vocabulary’ with which they are better able to express their spirituality
  • participate in outreach projects
  • build relationships in a faith community

Each group has the same teacher every Sunday. Our 2017-18 teachers are:

  • K to Grade 3: Yoonjoo Shin
  • Grades 4 to 6: Hoeun Lee

Curriculum:
Seasons of the Spirit


Grades 7 - 9

Souled Out

Lia Storey-Gamble facilitates this Sunday School group, engaging young people with conversations about faith and social justice, as well as organizing outreach projects. The program is member-directed, with the support of parents and the Grace Land Coordinator. Souled Out keeps in touch through social media and texting, and they get together most Sunday mornings. Occasionally they're joined by older youth for favourite activities such as city-wide youth events.


Young Adults

A CASUAL LUNCH AND DISCUSSION GROUP

This small group of young adults has been meeting after Sunday Worship since the Fall of 2016, normally on the third Sunday of the month. It's a self-directed group guided by Rev. Nobuko Iwai. Everyone is welcome. 


Elmwood Friends

Special Class

Since 1969 adults with intellectual challenges have met most Sunday mornings at our church to attend worship services and explore Bible stories through art, music and storytelling. Members of the group also attend some of Grosvenor's special events. Over the years our accessible, welcoming church has been a real "home" church for many Elmwood residents (and some from other locations as well). Ruth Robinson is the facilitator, with the support of Elmwood caregivers and Grosvenor volunteers.


For Adults

Current Programs and ACTIVITIES for Adults

Exploring Our Lives Through Scripture (eLS)

  • Wednesdays 10:30 AM - Noon (on pause during *Lenten Study - see below)
  • McFaull Lounge  (Sponsor: Christian Education Cte)

*Lenten Study: Why I Believe

  • Wednesdays 7:40 - 9:00 PM for 5 sessions: February 21 & 28, March 7, 14 & 21
  • McFaull Lounge  (Sponsor: Christian Education Cte)

Intercultural Action Group - ON HIATUS until further notice

  • 2nd Wednesday of the month 7:45 - 9:00 PM 
  • McFaull Lounge  (Sponsor: Intercultural Action Pod)

Silent Meditative Practice

  • Thursdays 7:00 - 7:30 PM
  • Sanctuary Prayer Corner - use lift entrance  

Tai Chi Meditation

  • Thursdays 2:30 PM
  • Schnell Hall  (Sponsor: Tai Chi Pod)

Congregational Breakfast

  • 2nd Thursday of the month, 7:00 AM, September through June
  • Grainfields Restaurant -- Grosvenor Park Centre, 2105 8th St. E.  (Sponsor: Breakfast Pod)
  • Everyone welcome for food and fellowship!

Nobuko’s Community Office Hours

  • Most Saturdays, 10:30 AM - Noon
  • Jerry’s Food Emporium - 1115 Grosvenor Ave. @ 8th St. E.  (Sponsor: Congregational Care Cte)
  • A chance to visit and have coffee together. Children welcome.

Choir (sings twice a month at worship service)

  • Wednesdays 6:30 - 7:30 PM
  • Sanctuary  (Sponsor: Worship Cte)
  • more info below

Worship Band (plays every Sunday)

  • Sundays, rehearsals at 9:15 - 10:00 AM
  • Sanctuary (Sponsor: Worship Cte)
  • Plays during 10:00 - 11:15 AM service  
  • Rehearses again after the service 
  • more info below

Choir

Anyone's welcome to join the choir! It’s a great social time - lots of visiting and laughter. And when it's time to get down to singing, you'll enjoy the variety of musical genres and the challenge of singing something new. Led by Colin Elliott, our choir sings for two Sunday services a month. 

Ours is a friendly, supportive choir, happy to greet new choristers with warmth, regardless of previous musical experiences or abilities. So, don't be shy - we don't mind the odd squeaky note. Or several!

  • Rehearsals: Wednesdays 6:30 - 7:30 PM, Sanctuary

Worship Band

Our lively band provides an eclectic blend of traditional and contemporary hymns for all our worship services, and is always open to more instrumentalists and vocalists. If you have a musical gift you'd like to share, either as a regular band member or as a guest artist, our Music Director, Ken N. would be happy to talk with you.

  • Rehearsals: Sunday mornings before and after the service: 9:15 - 10:00 AM; 11:15 AM - ?, Sanctuary

Pod Programs 

A Pod is a Spirit-led study, action or social group of two or more people with a shared interest, concern or vision. A Pod can enhance the members’ sense of belonging, allow them to explore a subject in depth, and/or organize to take action on a particulate project or cause. Current active Pods include Congregational Breakfast, Intercultural Working Group, and Tai Chi Meditative Exercise.

Current Pod Update pdf


Outreach Programs

Led by the Outreach Committee and several task-specific Pods (see above), Grosvenor extends its work into the community and beyond with a variety of aid and advocacy initiatives. In 2016-17 we sponsored a Syrian refugee family in partnership with St. Paul's United.

  • Outreach meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 1:30 PM, McFaull Lounge

2015 Outreach Report pdf


Diversity Support

Through our Affirming and Worship Committees and a study pod dedicated to "intercultural church," Grosvenor continues to offer a variety of ongoing and one-off initiatives that provide opportunities for learning and understanding among diverse peoples. We are also working on following "best practices" for making our building and programs more accessible to those with disabilities. Our aim is to strengthen the relationships among those who call Grosvenor their home church.

  • Worship meets on the first Wednesday of the month, 7:40 - 9:15 PM, Sanctuary
  • Affirming meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM, McFaull Lounge
  • Intercultural Action Group meets on the second Wednesday of the month, 7:45 - 9:00 PM, McFaull Lounge

2015 Affirming Report pdf


Congregational Care

This program is led by a group of our members who communicate intentionally with our congregation about our health and wellbeing. Through the pastoral leadership of Rev. Nobuko Iwai, we endeavour to share in the pastoral care of one another in a relationship that is akin to an extended family. Our program of care includes “support circles” for those whose lives are in crisis and are open to this method. We also support one another through social media for congregants who find this kind of contact helpful.

  • Congregational Care meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 9:30 AM, McFaull Lounge