38 Aldborough Avenue, St. Thomas, Ontario, N5R 4T1
United Church of Canada
Rev. Jim Phone: 519-860-1161
Church Phone: 519-631-5705
Minister of Word, Sacrament and Pastoral Care:
Reverend James (Jim) Evans, B.A.A., M. Div.
The United Church Crest
The oval shape echoes the outline of a fish, a symbol of identity adopted by early Christians because the initials of the words "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour" spell the Greek word for fish. As the first letter of the Greek word for Christ, the “X” at the centre is a traditional symbol of the Saviour. The symbols alpha and omega is 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 background colours of the quadrants of the crest now reflect four traditional colours of the Aboriginal medicine wheel. Each colour represents a different corner of the world and carries specific teachings: yellow for the east, black for the south, red for the west, and white for the north.
In the perimeter ribbon, the Latin words ut omnes unum sint mean "That all may be one." Taken from John 17:21., they remind us that we are both a "united" and "uniting" church. The French translation of The United Church of Canada—L'Église Unie du Canada—was added by the 28th General Council in 1980. A phrase from Canada’s many Indigenous languages is the latest amendment: Akwe Nia’Tetewá:neren* (“All my relations”). The Mohawk words share Aboriginal peoples” understanding of Christ’s vision the encompasses all. Mohawk was chosen because the first documented ministry between Aboriginal peoples and founding denominations began in 1822 between the Mohawk and Methodist missionaries.
Through God’s grace, we are indeed a “united” and “uniting” church, and we live this out even in our crest. Thanks be to God.
[*aw gway-- nyah day day waw-- nay renh]
Three churches joined together in 1925 to become the United Church. The open Bible represents the Congregational Churches with their emphasis upon God's truth that makes people free. The dove is emblematic of the Holy Spirit (Mark 1:10) whose transforming power has
been a distinctive mark of Methodism. A symbol of Presbyterianism, the burning bush refers to the bush
that burned and was not consumed (Exodus 3:2), and signifies the indestructibility of the church.
The Mission And Service
of The United Church of Canada:
God’s Mission, Our Gifts
The church crest is the official signature of The United Church of Canada, and
visually presents the cornerstone of our faith and the traditions that shape us. As such, the crest
displays our spiritual and historic roots. At the 41st General Council in August 2012, the United Church acknowledged the presence and spirituality of Aboriginal peoples in the church by revising the crest.