Deer Park is like ‘Cheers’ for me – a place where everybody knows my name, and my family’s names too. When we first started to come, it was a place of education and spiritual nourishment for me. Now, it’s even more… an environment in which I look forward to watching my daughters learn and talk about Jesus and God; to be able to question deeply and experience their spirituality. I now feel part of a loving and accepting community because I got involved. I am having fun discovering my gifts, volunteering my time and making new friendships in which I can talk about spiritual matters.
Deer Park United Church is and has been our spiritual based that offers to us a solid foundation full of love and caring. It offers to us acceptance, freedom and a sense of belonging, as we learn and grow searching to realize our true spiritual being.
Deer Park United Church gives us opportunities and experiences. It encourages us in questioning and seeking understanding. We have grown as a family within our church family
Deer Park means spiritual development, learning, growing, friendship, community and feeling good as soon as you walk through the doors
From a youth perspective, Deer Park has enabled me to experience the meaning of compassion, the support of community and the importance of local and international outreach by opening doors to other cultures and people.
Although Tom was born and raised an American, his life experience and faith journey have brought him to our congregation. His social justice background, deep empathy and sense of humor have combined to give him the depth to lead this flock in south Calgary. He can be totally at home leading us in prayer or in a rousing shout of “Yahoo!”
Erin is currently on Maternity Leave and will be returning to work in Fall, 2014.
Erin grew up in the United Church in Saskatchewan and is passionate about both faith formation and the Roughriders. Erin’s ministry includes responsibility for spiritual development. She especially enjoys putting together curriculum for the Spirit Kids’ Club. She is also enthusiastic about creating opportunities to explore and express our faith with one another.
Deer Park United Church – An Affirming Ministry in the United Church of Canada