There is a great diversity in all the various United Churches
in Guelph and Area, from downtown to suburban and rural, from brand new to 168
years old, with all their deep-rooted and new-found traditions.
About the United Church of Canada
Created in 1925 with the uniting of three mainstream protestant
churches, (Methodist, Congregationalist, and some of the Presbyterians)
and today one of the largest and strongest religious denominations
About Hamilton Conference
Hamilton Conference is one of 13 Conferences of the United Church
of Canada. It includes 60,000 church members in 245 pastoral charges.
Hamilton Conference provides leadership and support to six Presbyteries
(Bruce, Erie, Halton, Hamilton, Niagara and Waterloo) to enable
a variety of ministries in the Presbyteries and congregations and
to do the work of General Council in the area bounded by Mississauga
and Kitchener-Waterloo and Tobermory and Niagara.
About the United Church Crest
The United Church Crest is the official signature of the United Church of Canada, placed on legal documents, ordination and commissioning parchments and licences to perform the sacraments. It was designed by Dr. V.T. Mooney, former Treasurer of the United Church.
For our church members, this insignia is a spiritual and historic reminder. Its oval shape is derived from the outline of a fish which was used as a symbol of identity by early Christians. The initials of the words "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior" spell the Greek word for fish.
The "X" at the center is the first letter in the Greek word for Christ, and is a traditional symbol for Christ.
The open Bible represents the Congregational Churches with their emphasis upon God's truth that makes people free. From this communion we have a heritage of liberty in prophesying, love of spiritual freedom, awareness of the creative power of the Holy Spirit and clear witness for civic justice.
The dove is emblematic of the Holy Spirit (Mark 1:10) whose transforming power has been a distinctive mark of Methodism. Here our heritage is one of evangelical zeal, concern for human redemption, warmth of Christian fellowship, the testimony of Spiritual experience and the ministry of sacred song.
The burning bush is the symbol of Presbyterianism. It refers to the bush that burned and was not consumed (Exodus 3:2), and symbolizes the indestructibility of the Church. From Presbyterianism we have received a heritage of high regard for the dignity in worship, the education of all people, the authority of scripture and the church as the body of Christ.
The symbols Alpha and Omega in the lower quarter are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. They symbolize the eternal living God, in the fullness of creation (Revelation 1:8).
The Latin words ut omnes unum sint, that surround the symbols on the crest, mean "That all may be one." They are a reminder that we are both a "united" and "uniting" church.
In 1980, a French translation of "The United Church of Canada" was authorized by General Council to be added to the crest.