Where do we go from here?

Discussions are continuing between Kimberley United Church and All Saints Anglican Church about the possibilities of working together, going so far as thinking about shared ministry. Please discuss and share your hopes and concerns with KUC council members or committee members Diana Semenchuk, Louise Welsh, and Jim Andrews. 

Please read this document: Where Do We Go From Here?

Talking to the Anglicans

Talking to the Anglicans 

This fall we, Diana Semenchuk, Jim Andrews, Susan Baker and Louise Welsh, have met twice with a small group from the Kimberley Anglican church. 

The purpose of these meetings was to explore the future with the congregations of both of our churches. The discussions have discussed opportunities to connect our two congregations in fund raising events, worship opportunities and social interactions. 

We have no models or serious amalgamation plans developed. If we do choose to move forward, both congregations would need time to outline any details. In the United church, the congregation is always given the opportunity and responsibility to make any decisions about the future of our church. 

We are planning to hold a joint meeting with the Anglican congregation in February to have more discussion about where we might be headed in the future. 

We have contacted Kathy Davies, who works in the United Church office in Vancouver, to try to facilitate and coordinate this event. There will be involvement with some people with similar positions in the Anglican church. We will be letting you know the date of this important meeting as soon as we have some details. 

What we would like from you is feedback about your concerns and thoughts regarding moving along in this discussion. 

Consider these questions: 

  1. What do you see as the future of our church and the wider church in Kimberley?
  2. What models of working together with the Anglican church appeal to you?
  3. What concerns do you have about some shared ministry with the Anglican church?
  4. What are the questions that you would need answered in our meeting in February? 

Please take the time to consider these questions and provide us with 

feedback over the next few weeks. You can contact any of us or drop off 

any written notes at the office or you can email responses to webmaster@kimberleyunited.ca 

We look forward to hearing from each of you. Louise, Susan, Jim and Diana 

Note the following dates.

Feb 29,2020– Combined meeting of the congregations of KUC and All Saints Anglican. Led by K.Davies and Bishop L McNaugton. 9-12noon. Followed by light lunch.
Mar 1,2020.-Combined worship service of two congregations led by Bishop McNaughton

Church Secretary:

KUC Office Secretary

We welcome Kathryn Sinclair to the role of office secretary. Her office hours will be Tuesday and Thursday between 9:00 and 12:00. You are welcome to drop by to say hello. 

Thank You Linda

Thank you Linda.

Linda Johnson has been our office secretary for 9 years, 2010 to 2019. During this time she has prepared bulletins, looked after the office, and been the person to ask about what was happening. Thanks so much for being so friendly and so efficient at your job.

KUC and All Saints Anglican

This is an announcement to be shared today with the Congregations of Kimberley United and All Saints Anglican regarding the opportunity to pursue discussions concerning options available to us as we work together into the future. 

We have had one preliminary meeting from which both individual councils have passed motions to continue to proceed with the possibility of some sort of shared ministry. 

It appears that we can begin this work late this summer.  We are blessed to have The Reverend Dr. Laura J Hermakin (Windermere Valley Shared Ministry),  Kathy Davies (United Church Lay Regional Minister) and Rev Trevor Freeman (Anglican church diocese) to aid us in the process. 

We want to emphasize that this is in the beginning stage only and that both congregations will be an integral part of the decision making process. We intend to make this a “made in Kimberley Solution”.

Please keep open minds and hearts as we contemplate what terrific opportunities might lie ahead for our continued Christian work in our community of Kimberley. 

This announcement was made by Diana Semenchuk, chair of KUC council on June 3, 2019

Easter 2019

The day started with a spectacular sunrise over the Rockies. This was followed with coffee and muffins at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The worship service included great music and we welcomed 2 new members, Darrin Alberton and Kathryn Sinclair.

Easter 2019 Newsletter

Kimberley United Church

Services for Holy Week & Easter.

April 14th:  Palm Sunday:

   9:00 a.m.  “Blessing of the Palms” in the Platzl.

  10:00 a.m.  Worship

April 18th: Maundy Thursday: 

  5:30 p.m.  ”Love Feast”, hosted by the Lenten Devotions group (upper hall).

April 19th: Good Friday:

  10:00 a.m.  Worship

April 21st: Easter Sunday:

6:45 a.m.  Sunrise Service–2 Km. ESE on Jim Ogilvie Way. 

  Note:  Muffins & coffee will be served in the Catholic Church Hall immediately   following. 

  10:00 a.m.  Worship.  Communion will be served.   

Minister’s Message

“In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free! In the cold of snow and winter there’s a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.” (In the Bulb verse 1)

Dear sisters and brothers of Kimberley United Church,

It’s all about life! We have followed the journey of Jesus from life to death, and to resurrection; a new life. There is life, and then there is the hope of life. When a caterpillar goes into a cocoon, and when we plant a bulb, we know that life is growing inside even though we cannot see it. On the other hand, we can see that big statues or battery-operated moving toys are clearly not alive; appearance can be deceiving…  Jesus conquered death and rose again. God promises us life eternal. So, what kind of life are we hoping for? 

We are not talking about technically being alive, with merely a beating heart and breathing. I once read a quote that said, “Just the fact that you’re not dead is not a sufficient proof that you are alive.” What Jesus gave us with his earthly life of ministry, death, and resurrection is a life that we can truly and fully live. With the victory of God’s power and love offered to us, let us live a full life, fully appreciating the joy of life and fully sharing the hope and joy of God’s kingdom with one another. I wish you a fully blessed Easter; may we all be able to fully be the blessing in the world into which we are sent to be disciples!

Rev. Sun-Young “Sunny” Kim

Maundy Thursday 2019 “Love Feast”

For the second time, this Maundy Thursday (April 18), we will have an Agape Meal (a.k.a. Love Feast) at 5:30 pm. Agape Meal is a ceremony like Holy Communion, but sharing a real meal, not only a symbolic “bread and wine”. The Methodist Father John Wesley loved the love feast that he observed the Moravians do, and made it a regular Methodist celebration. Usually, Maundy Thursday service includes the feet washing ceremony, because in John chapter 13, after the last supper, Jesus washes his disciples’ feet and teaches them to love and serve one another. However, considering the cultural differences between Jesus’ culture and ours, instead of washing feet, we will share supper. This year’s Lenten prayer and meditation group members will cook and serve supper as a part of their spiritual practice of serving others. If you would like to experience this meal of Christian love, please sign up at church or by calling Linda Johnson, our church secretary.

Rev. Sun-Young “Sunny” Kim

KUC Council

Easter blessings to all in the community we call Kimberley United Church.  We have been travelling through Lent, through a time of reflection and we eagerly anticipate the Easter message with its hope for renewal, its promise of peace, its challenge to incarnate God’s word by being doers and not just sayers and its invitation to inspire us to continue the work of Jesus in spirited and truthful ways.  

Just as springtime is bringing forth changes so are we at KUC experiencing change.   Rev. Sunny will be relocating to Sicamous to lead ministry there as of July 1. We wish her God’s blessings as she continues travelling her chosen path of ministry.  

We are blessed to have an active search committee working on our behalf to find replacement ministerial leadership for Kimberley United. 

We are challenged by the messages of Lent and Easter to stretch past the usual, perhaps seek a new response, see a different answer, have courage to feel excited about all possibilities.  

Be kind to one another, be aware of God’s many faces and as promised feel the security and comfort of God’s presence in your life. 

Happy Easter, Happy Spring. He is risen!!

Diana Semenchuk

Search Committee

The congregation accepted Rev Sunny Kim’s resignation at the annual meeting in February. As Sunny has found a new position she has revised her last date of work to June 30. 

After the annual meeting a Search committee was formed to find a new minister. The Search committee members: Jim Andrews, Corinne Backman, Kathy Desbiolles, Linda Johnson, Michael Jones, Gail McColl and Louise Welsh have had meetings and worked hard to get our process started right away.

This committee revised and developed a Kimberley United Church profile and is working on the recruitment process. We have our vacancy listed on the Pacific Mountain region website. We set a closing date of May 31 with the hope that we will have applications to review after that date. 

We will keep the congregation up to date as much as we can share about our search and applications.

Louise Welsh

Ministry and Personnel  

We have advertised for the position of office secretary, and we are hoping to have a person in place by May 21.

Linda Johnson, our current administrator, is willing to help to train a new person in this position. 

We thank Linda for her dedication and hard work to keep our church office in order over the past nine years. The job has been well covered over that time. Until you work to write up full job description you may not realize how much we have relied on such a competent, knowledgeable individual to keep Kimberley United running smoothly.

Thank you Linda for the work you have done. How lucky we have been to have such skills all these years.

Trustee Committee

Easter is a time for joy and reflection, a halleluiah for his resurrection, laughter and joy with the children while hunting for delicious eggs. We remember the legacy that Jesus left us.

Kimberley United’s members created a legacy for us all. Our current Legacy Fund, as of March 31, 2019 totals $ 110,745.70. 

Our Church family is dear to us. Please consider Kimberley United Church as one of your preferred Charities. If you wish to know how to contribute to a stronger sustainable Legacy Fund, just ask us.

Happy Easter

Graham Mann

Pastoral Care and Fellowship

I feel like I can safely say that SPRING is here.  It is wonderful to feel the heat of the sun, see the melting of snow banks and start to think of flowers and what we are going to do in our yards. We had three funerals and still have three more to host. There will be lots of changes for us all with Rev. Sunny leaving and summer activities starting. We have cancelled the Queen’s Tea and cleaning of the two kitchens until a later date. The Church picnic will still be in June. We all wish you a very happy Easter and hope you get to make lots of coloured eggs, and eat many chocolate bunnies over the Easter Season.

Jan Simmonds

Ministry Profile and Search

The committee appointed has completed the Ministry Profile and Search Report. This report has been approved by the council and the congregation. The Pacific and Mountain Region of the United Church of Canada has approved the report. The Search Committee is now waiting for applications.

For more information or to apply for the position contact


Click to view the Ministry Profile and Search Report