AFFIRMING

The Affirming Ministries Program is a network of primarily United Church ministries that declare themselves to be fully inclusive of all people.

What We Have Accomplished

Sept 2019: Board Approved the motion to create a team and start the Affirming Process to guide us through

Oct 2019: Call for people to create the Affirming Team

Nov. 13, 2019: First meeting for the Affirming Team

Jan. 2020: Snuggle up and read day - 'And Tango makes three' story - Youth led

Jan. 28, 2020: In Service Performance of 'First Middle Duck Church' Skit

Feb. 23, 2020: Affirm for All Café (discussion and interactive tables)

Mar. 2020: "We the Church" T-shirts design and for sale

June 27, 2020: Pride Sunday - Sermon and reflection of Pride Rights

Nov. 22, 2020: Inside Out Church - Diversity theme

Mar. 2021: Promote and talk about PIE Day with community

April 20, 2021: Board Approved the motion to accept new Mission Statement

May 2021: Updated our Marriage Policy

May 14, 2021: 3 motions made and accepted unanimously by the St. Andrew's congregation

  • Motion that St. Andrew’s United Church becomes an Affirmed Church.
  • Motion that a New mission statement be "St. Andrew’s is an open, inclusive and affirming spiritual home reaching out to the West Mountain community and beyond, putting our Christian faith into action through a dynamic, interactive and welcoming ministry. We affirm the inclusion, diversity and equity of people of every age, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, family composition, ability, health and social or economic circumstance and encourage participation in all aspects of the life and work of St. Andrew’s United Church."
  • Motion that the Affirm Committee become a standalone committee of the Community of Faith Board, with a 2022 Operating Budget line of approximately $200 for membership fees (actual 1/20 of 1% of Net Annual Revenue).

What Happens Next

Affirm United Website