Okanagan Falls United Church

The Okanagan Falls United Church (The Blasted Church) began its life as a Presbyterian Church in the mining community of Fairview. When the town’s fortunes declined, the church was not being used. The Okanagan Falls congregation and their minister decided in 1929 to dismantle the church and bring it to their community. It is the “dismantling” part of the church lore that is shared as a great story, and that named a winery. The practice in those days was to board over the windows and seal the doors of a building in which a stick of dynamite was suspended. The resulting force loosened all the nails so that removal of the boards was accomplished more easily and with less damage to the wood. The material was then brought to Okanagan Falls, reassembled, and the church was reopened with a dedication service on January 19, 1930, with Reverend Feir officiating. It was an interdenominational church for several years. Many of the furnishings and stained glass windows are dedicated from and to the pioneers of the area. The pews were originally made circa 1902 for use in Elliott’s Hall in Fairview, and were in place for the visit of the poet Pauline Johnson. They were sawed by hand, the bench from one solid piece of lumber, and the backs of two pieces. When Elliott’s Hall closed, the pews were given to the church in Fairview, and subsequently came to Okanagan Falls. They are still in use. This lovely old country church at the corner of Willow Street and 11th Avenue has served its communities well in the past, and continues to do so today. Please come and participate with the congregation in the continuing adventure and evolution of the “blasted church.”

Okanagan Falls United ChurchOur Impact Why We Exist

To be a faith community where our spirits are nurtured and where all are welcome.To make a positive difference in the lives of our church community, and the world by using our gifts.

Okanagan Falls United ChurchOur Story What We Do

Worship is the major focus of our week and is a time of cheerful, caring ministry.  We share our joys and concerns in prayer, songs and liturgy   All are welcome, come as you are. Join us after the service for a coffee and friendly conversation.  On the 1st Sunday of the month we have communion.  Worship is a time where laughter is enjoyed, tears are comforted and seniors are cherished.  We provide ministry for men, women and children weekly.  We provide pastoral care for members and adherents.  Our outreach includes funds for the United Church of Canada Mission and Service Fund.  We also donate to local charities including the local school Breakfast Program.  We are a participant in ecumenical community events and hold the Carols and Lessons Service every fourth year.  We perform marriages, funerals and baptisms.

Okanagan Falls United ChurchOur Programs How We Do It

Worship is the major focus of our week and is held at 9 AM on Sunday morning.  It is a time of cheerful, caring ministry where we share our joys and concerns in prayer, songs and liturgy   After the service we share coffee and friendly conversation.  The 1st Sunday of each month is communion Sunday.  Wednesday Night Back Door Gathering provides ministry for men, women and children weekly.  Pastoral care for members and adherents is on an as needed basis and we try to keep track of our congregants when they are missing from our weekly services and gatherings.  Outreach includes donations to the United Church of Canada Mission and Service Fund.  There are donations and volunteer work for local charities including the local school Breakfast Program.  We participate in ecumenical community events and hold the Carols and Lessons Service every fourth year.  Marriages and funerals are performed by an ordained minister or a marriage commissioner.  Baptisms are performed during the weekly service by our minister.

Our goal is to start a new program in September called Sing for Your Life.  We will have a Silver Song Group who will meet in our church twice a month.  The Sing for Your Life Foundation who sponsors the program states that participation in this group will improve the health and well being of older Canadians who live at home or in residential care, through music.

Okanagan Falls United ChurchWhat You Can Do

We hold weekly worship services.  We provide ministry for men, women, youth and children.  We provide pastoral care as required.  We donate funds to the United Church of Canada Mission and Service Fund and to local charities.  We provide funds and volunteers to the local school breakfast program.  We participate in ecumenical community events and host the Carols and Lesson service every forth year.  We perform marriages, funerals and baptisms.

Contact

Bob Shanks
Treasurer
250.460.2560
Charitable Number: 107793267RR0001

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Finance & Governance

Annual Operating Budget: 
$ 22,000
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