Christian Education & Spiritual Formation

Looking for a liberal, thoughtful, progressive, and justice-minded group of people with whom to worship, learn and give back to the world. 

At Nelson United Church, we have a commitment to Christian education and spiritual formation. Below are some of the programs that we offer regularly; others come up from time to time. And there are opportunities for family events and other learning opportunities throughout the year.

Liberal, Protestant & Progressive Educational Opportunities For ADULTS

Book Group: Thursday mornings over a simple breakfast, an opportunity to talk about a book.

Meditation: The 2nd and 4th Sunday evenings at 7:30 pm. We meet for an hour, a ½ hour of which is meditation.

Theology & Bible Studies: Two or three times a year, we use a DVD study resource from Living the Questions, and also engage in bible study.

Lenten Studies: During the 6 weeks of Lent, we offer a spiritual & justice based study.

Intentional Living: This group meets on a mutually convenient Monday evening for intentional sharing about our lives.

Watch our calendar and announcements for dates and places.


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A Liberal, Progressive Sunday School

Nelson United offers age-appropriate learning opportunities for children at 10:00 every Sunday morning, and a Youth Group that gets together twice a month.

timothyWhen many people think of Christianity, the stereotype that is generally put forward is that of a judgmental God, an overemphasis on guilt, the denigration of creation, and an exclusive claim about who is welcome.

Would it surprise you to learn that there is no monolithic way of being Christian and that many of us come from a liberal Protestant perspective where love is emphasized and all are welcome regardless of sexuality, gender, race, or socio-economic status? Maybe Nelson United Church is a place for you and your family.

Wanderers Group: Ages 3-6. Emphasis on stories.
Explorers Group: Ages 7-10. Emphasis on stories and learning to pray.
Seekers Group: Ages 11-14. Emphasis on becoming a teenager, offering mutual support and learning about spirituality.
Wayfinders Group: Ages 15-18. Emphasis on service, uncovering individual gifts, deepening an understanding of justice & peace.


Youth Group:  members of Seekers and Wayfinders Groups and their friends meet twice a month Friday evening.

Family Events: At key times of the year, e.g. Advent and Lent, family events are offered to encourage a deeper understanding of those seasons and as a support encouragement to families living in today’s world.


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Youth Ministry
Sunday School at Nelson United Church:  we offer three Sunday School classes during the second half of most 10 a.m. Sunday services.  There is a class for children ages 3-6 years, a class for children ages 7-11 years, and a class for youth in Grade 6 & up.

PLEASE NOTE that there is no Sunday School on Communion Sundays: typically the first Sunday in the month — These are intergenerational worship Sundays.

Youth Group at Nelson United Church:  our winter schedule is the first and third Fridays of the month from 7-9 p.m.  Youth in Grades 6-12 are invited to join us  for games, snacks, friends and meaningful conversations.