We are having a block party to celebrate what’s happening on St. Paul Street.
Kamloops United Church, a Centre for Community and Spiritual Discovery, is hosting a “Festival at Fourth” on May 14 and 15 to celebrate three significant milestones.
First, and most visibly, the bricks and mortar are in place and the scaffolding is down; a six storey condo development has been built and the new homeowners at 429 St. Paul are moving in. The ten-year vision of creating more housing and nurturing community in downtown Kamloops has been realized! With the new building complete, as well as housing, there is also wonderful new space for use by the church, and by the community. So exciting! (www.429stpaul.ca) (kamloopsunited.ca/429-st-paul/)
Secondly, we are celebrating the introduction of Kamloops United Church as a Centre for Community and Spiritual Discovery. By hosting a variety of speakers, forums, book studies, and other educational programs, as well as offering ongoing programs for families and youth, and continuing to explore a variety of music and worship opportunities, the Centre for Community and Spiritual Discovery is the continuation of our expanding role in the community and spiritual life of the region. We seek to be a place of community, and a place of spiritual discovery for all: young or old, parent or child, single or partnered, wondering or certain, religious or SBNR (spiritual but not religious).
Third, the timing couldn’t be better, because we are also proud to be celebrating the Twentieth Anniversary of being an Affirming Congregation. On May 12, 1996, Kamloops United Church became one of the first United Churches of Canada to officially become an Affirming Congregation, which means that as an Affirming Ministry, Kamloops United Church declares itself to be fully inclusive of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. (More info on Affirm United at affirmunited.ause.ca)
The celebration happens over two days, starting on Saturday, May 14, as we host a neighbourhood Block Party with food, fun, music, art and more! We will be partying at 421 St. Paul, on the street and in the building, on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. On Sunday, May 15, there will be a special worship service at 10 a.m. with wonderful music and an honoured guest speaker, Rev. Keith Simmonds, President of BC Conference of the United Church of Canada. On the evening of May 15, the celebration weekend concludes with a hand bell concert at 7 p.m. featuring Harmony in Hand, Bells of Note, Musical Chimers, Desert Bells, and other guests.
The invitation is for all! Everybody is invited to come and help us celebrate at 421 St. Paul Street. For more information, visit the KUC website or call the KUC office – Sharon , 250-372-3020.
Saturday, May 14 – “Festival at Fourth” Block Party - 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 15 – Special Worship service - 10 a.m., Hand Bell Concert – 7 p.m.