Sunday School and programs for all ages!

Grosvenor Park United Church is a welcoming, LGBT2Q-friendly, Affirming Saskatoon church located near the university. From Grace Land (Sunday School) and a city-wide Youth program to numerous activities and events for adults and young adults, we have something for everyone.

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 2019-20 teachers are Minhyuk Hwang with Sena Kim.

Curriculum:
Seasons of the Spirit


Grades 7 - 12

city wide youth gathering

All youth and parents from Grades 7 to 12 will initially meet at Grosvenor on Sunday night, September 8, 5:30 pm for pizza and to meet GPUC’s Youth Leader, Ben Abell-Smith. Ben is familiar to our congregation because of his work as the Facilitator of our 2019 Summer Pop-Up Program, and part of that work included Sunday mornings with youth ages 10 and up. You’ll also hear about our exciting new program plan for youth, and then you'll drive to McClure Church for the first City Wide Youth Gathering at 6:30 pm. Pick up is at 8:00 pm. Future Gatherings: Sept. 15 at St. Martin’s United; Sept. 22 here at GPUC.

Contact Diane Phillips 306-292-6887 or phillipsd@sasktel.net to register, then keep an eye on your email for details.
NOTE: At least two parents are needed to support this program


Young Adults

A CASUAL LUNCH AND DISCUSSION GROUP

This small group of young adults has been meeting after Sunday Worship since the Fall of 2015, normally on the second 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

Silent Meditative Practice

  • Thursdays 7:00 - 7:30 PM

  • Sanctuary Prayer Corner - use lift entrance

Tai Chi Meditation

  • Tuesdays and Fridays 1:30 for beginners; 2:45 for those who know the set.

  • Schnell Hall (Sponsor: Tai Chi Pod)

Congregational Breakfast

Nobuko’s Community Office Hours

  • Most Saturdays, 10:30 AM - Noon (Check the Sunday bulletin for exact dates.)

  • 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 7:00 - 8:00 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 is 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 Mike Reece 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 7:00 - 8:00 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, Tai Chi Meditative Exercise, Book Study and Contemplative Arts Festival of Saskatoon.

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. In 2019-20 we’re sponsoring a trans person who is a refugee from Africa.

  • 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 make a practice of reading scripture in non-English languages during Worship once a month. We are also working on following "best practices" for making our building and programs more accessible to those with disabilities. We encourage the occasional use of sing language during our services. Our aim in all of this work is to strengthen the relationships among those who call Grosvenor their home church, and to be intentional about connecting with people in a variety of ways.

  • Worship meets on the second Wednesday of the month, 5 PM, Main Kitchen

  • Affirming meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM, McFaull Lounge

  • The Book Study Pod will soon be discussing Interdepence by Rev. HyeRan Kim-Cragg.

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