Our minister of six and a half years, the Rev. Brian Krushel, has accepted a call to Faith Lutheran in Kelowna and concluded his ministry with us in August 2019. A committee, working with our three denominations, is in the process of seeking our next minister/pastor/priest. Worship leadership is being provided by members of our two congregations and qualified individuals from beyond our parish. We are endeavouring to include communion twice a month.
For over 60 years the folk of the United Church in the North Thompson Valley have been one church family – the North Thompson Pastoral Charge of the United Church of Canada.
For many years the Pastoral Charge was made up of 3 points: Blue River, Clearwater, and Barriere. The Charge begins in McLure and goes to Blue River (a distance of almost 200 km). In the 1980s Blue River United Church closed and thus the charge became 2-point.
In the late 1990s, Clearwater United Church sold their building and have been worshipping in St. James’ Catholic Church since 2000.
In 2008, Barriere United Church began experimenting with becoming Church of St Paul, recognizing the coming together of the Anglicans, Uniteds and Lutherans in town. (Serving Together as a Parish of Anglicans, Uniteds and Lutherans). This was made real on Pentecost Sunday 2010 with the signing of the Shared Ministry Agreement!
In the Fall of 2015, the entire Pastoral Charge became an Ecumenical Shared Ministry when representatives from the three denominations and the Pastoral Charge gathered to sign a new Shared Ministry Agreement. Clearwater United Church became Trinity Shared Ministry!
Worship is held each Sunday. All are welcome.
- Trinity Shared Ministry (Clearwater) worships at 9:00 am in St. James’ Catholic Church (324 Grant Rd, Clearwater, BC).
- The Church of St Paul (Barriere) worships at 11:00 am in the Church of St Paul, Barriere (4464 Barriere Town Rd., Barriere, BC).
Both churches are Ecumenical Shared Ministries relating to The United Church of Canada, The Anglican Church of Canada, and The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.
So, if you’re looking for a church family, or some way to re-imagine your experience of church – come out and check us out! Our doors are always open for you!
It doesn’t matter who you are or what you think you’ve done that you won’t be welcomed here – you will be. It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female or trangender, straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or questioning, it doesn’t matter how great you feel your faith is, or how small, it doesn’t matter if you feel like you are a Christian or a questioning person of another faith – you are welcome in these churches.