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Welcome to United Pres


Our congregation gathers on Sunday morning at 9:45 for a worship service that blends the preaching of God's word with the best of Presbyterian liturgy, our Praise Band, our Chancel Choir, organ led hymns, and special music.

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Welcome to United Pres


Our congregation gathers on Sunday morning at 9:45 for a worship service that blends the preaching of God's word with the best of Presbyterian liturgy, our Praise Band, our Chancel Choir, organ led hymns, and special music.

Worship at United Presbyterian

Our worship services are casual and few of our members dress up. Come as you are. We are a very welcoming and friendly community.

We celebrate the sacrament of Communion the first Sunday of every month. All who actively follow Jesus and seek his forgiveness are welcome to join no matter what your denominational background. 

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Church Plant


UPC is committed to planting a new kind of church in Cañon City where we gather for mission, form our community in mission, and worship grows out of the fruit of mission. That mission is announcing and bringing the reconciliation of God to our community.

Church Plant


UPC is committed to planting a new kind of church in Cañon City where we gather for mission, form our community in mission, and worship grows out of the fruit of mission. That mission is announcing and bringing the reconciliation of God to our community.

Continuing the story

The story of UPC is 150 years old. There have been followers of Jesus who have held to the benefits of Presbyterian values (mutual accountability, equipping laity for ministry) for many generations. But the format of church is changing and we are continuing our story through a new generation and an entirely new kind of church.

Sowing a Seed

 

Every generation must plant new seeds of the gospel. We at UPC recognize that church is not the building, not the preacher, not even the worship event. Church is the people who gather in the name of Jesus. This seed is now in the process of being planted.

Leaving a gospel legacy

What kind of legacy will UPC leave for future generations? Will it, like many mainline Protestant churches decline and fade away by clinging to treasures we have stored up on earth? No, our congregation has voted to leave a gospel legacy, one in which we die to ourselves while we still live and so leave a legacy of laying down our life for the sake of others.


We have produced a magazine for our congregation explaining the details of this plan. Read it here.

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Vision


Vision


Our Vision

    We as the United Presbyterian Church feel that our church is a real home and that those who are involved are a family. We love the warmth and joy we find when we gather together. We look forward to a time when our unity as a family would be our identity in Jesus Christ alone, whom we strive to follow by teaching, loving, and serving. We want to be a family full of adopted children, people welcomed not because they naturally belong to us, but because they are loved by Jesus. We want to provide the gift of belonging to a family to others outside of our church. We already are a teaching church, but we want to create a time when all would learn to be mature followers of Jesus, disciples, who could teach others.

    We are already a loving family. But we envisage a time when everyone in church would know each other, love one another, and pray for one another. We anticipate a time when that same love that Jesus showed us would so abound that it has nowhere to go but to our wider community. This family will be so tightly knit and healthy that the our institutional stability would never be in question or reside in a single person.

    We are already a serving family. But we are preparing for a time when our ministries would lack for no volunteers. We acknowledge the limitations of our age. But we want to work to use the skills we do have, providing meals, fellowship, and our personal gifts to bless ministries around our town who serve in ways we are unable to. We anticipate a time when the deacons are overwhelmed with help in looking after the sick and shut–in. And we look forward to a time when the elders serve with gladness, maturity, and devotion, discerning the spiritual health of the family and leading it in continually seeking the will of God.

    The time is coming when we will be a family characterized by reconciliation in word and in deed, a family in which those who stray are brought back in love. We look forward to being a family that enables our pastors to succeed in their mission to teach and lead us into greater maturity.

    This vision is not unrealistic, it is our vision of what our church can be if we attend to the mission God has given to us, working together to be the family God calls us all to as his adopted sons and daughters, striving to follow Jesus by teaching, loving, and serving.

The Vision Team April, 2015