Celebrating 90 years of prairie ingenuity

The United Churches of Big Valley, Erskine and Stettler are throwing a party to celebrate its 90th birthday.

The United Churches of Big Valley, Erskine and Stettler are throwing a party to celebrate its 90th birthday, and they hope members from all communities to join and worship in the park on June 14, starting at 10:30 a.m.

The event is a throw back to the formation of the United Church, which saw several Christian faiths unite to provide consistent faith services to the far-flung prairie communities, and will include family fun games and worship under a tent, rain or shine.

“There wasn’t enough ministers,” Jan Richardson, minister for the United Church in Stettler, explained. “There’d be travelling ministers, and there’d be these big tent services.”

“My grandmother told me about them,” Richardson said. “They’d be this great, excited atmosphere,” and that’s what the event this weekend is hoped to capture, she said.