Robson Valley Shared Ministry is an ecumenical shared ministry between the Anglican Church of Canada and United Church of Canada. We are rural, a two-point charge in the beautiful Robson Valley with church buildings located in the villages of McBride and Valemount, British Columbia. Located approximately 100 km west of Jasper, Alberta, this faith community enjoys being held by God's Creation in a valley home that is home to the Rocky and Cariboo Mountain ranges and the headwaters of the mighty Fraser River.
Our church family considers itself welcoming, open and inclusive which may seem obvious considering we have been in shared ministry since 1986.
We meet in Valemount and McBride every Sunday for worship at 10 am the first three Sundays of the month. The four Sunday of the month sees worship in McBride at 9 am and in Valemount at 11:30 am. When there is a fifth Sunday in the month we typically meet for a joint service in the community of Dunster, BC. At this time and because of the nature of our small congregations, we are able us to meet for in-person worship following Covid safety protocols. The Reverend Kim McNaughton, a United Church diaconal minister, serves both communities of faith. Worship is often lay-led as Kim's position is part time. We share in on-line bible study on Monday mornings.
At the McBride church Youth Group meets every Wednesday after school and church and community ladies run a thriving Thrift Store.
In Valemount, a weekly walking group meets at the church Thursday afternoons.
"As a visible presence of Christ, representing the Anglican/United Churches, we are a welcoming and accepting faith community, sharing worship, work, and education in a caring manner with all."
"By our lives of worship and dedication to God, we show the love of Jesus to our church group and to the community around us. We serve God by offering spiritual, emotional, and physical support to those we see in any kind of need. As much as possible we contribute to outreach projects beyond our own community."
At one time the villages of McBride and Valemount were primarily agriculture and forestry-based with the trend now leaning to tourism. Year-round recreation draws people to this valley, snowmobiling in the winter and hiking in the summer. Both villages have public elementary and high schools, grocery and hardware stores, and arenas and are places of business for the smaller communities in the valley, including Tete Juane Cache, Crescent Spur, and Dunster. If you are holidaying in the area or a resident, you are welcome in our faith family.