The Council of Rivers United Church is delighted to announce that Sheila Deforest has been appointed as a Student Minister at Rivers United, beginning on September 1, 2022.

Sheila comes to us from Saskatchewan. In 2018, she began studying to be a Licensed Lay Worship Leader. It was during this training that she first discerned her call to ordained ministry. She has completed two years of study at St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon. While she is in a halftime placement with us, she will complete five Learning Circles before graduating with a Master of Divinity in the spring of 2024.

Rivers United has been designated as a Supervised Ministry Education Site. This is a new experience for us. A Lay Supervision Team has been formed, and it will work closely with Sheila during the two years she is with us. Sheila is a student, not a trained minister. She will bring us her gifts and talents, and we will give her support and encouragement. We will learn along with her. It is an exciting time for all of us!

Sheila writes:

Our United Church hymn book, Voices United, introduction to Daily Prayer tells us: “All believers share the urge to place the beginning and the ending of the day in God’s hands. From earliest times, Christ’s victory over death has been symbolized by the dawning of a new day and the lighting of lamps at the close of day.”

Lighting a candle and turning the day over to God, has been a practice of mine and one I would like to share. Being a student, and having the blessing of Rivers UC to try new things I will be offering Wednesday evening Vesper/Evening services during July and August.

This worship service will consist of singing, scripture, silence and prayer. The intent is to praise God and offer prayers for the world. It is not meant to be a Sunday service, so the length of time will be approximately 30 minutes long.

I invite everyone to come, to gather in community and share the desire to be in relationship with God and each other.

The Wednesday evening service will begin on July 4, at 7 PM, in Rivers United Church. Everyone is welcome to attend and please if you are able, stay afterwards for a time of fellowship and visiting. 


  • Although we are not holding Sunday worship services in July and August, Rivers United is still “open”. Sheila will be working her usual 20-hours per week during this time.
  • A quilt will soon be hanging on the south wall in Friendship Hall. This quilt was made by the congregation of Rivers United Church to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the United Church in 1940. The quilt became the property of Rev. Wallace and Mabel Donogh when they left this church in 1944. Through some quirky circumstances, the quilt has returned home. It contains the names of all those who were members of this congregation in 1940. It is a real gem! For a more detailed description of the quilt, please go to the About Us page of this website.
  • Since we cut the trees down last fall, it has been evident that the sanctuary windows are in poor shape. At the June council meeting, it was decided that these windows need to be repaired. Four of the windows are made of stained-glass and were dedicated in memory of past members of our church family. These four windows will be removed, transported to Winnipeg, repaired, and returned to their former glory. We are very excited about this project. It is important that we take care of this building; it is also important that we recognize and treasure our great history. The only downside is that our windows will be covered with plywood for up to three months. For a more detailed description of the windows, please go to the About Us page of this website.
  • At the June meeting, the RUC council voted “yes” to a national church remit. Remit 1: Establishing an Autonomous National Indigenous Organization was authorized by General Council to determine if the United Church is in favour of a two-part church structure in which an Indigenous council is autonomous, and Indigenous and non-Indigenous councils work side-by-side. If accepted across the church, this remit would remove all structural barriers to developing and sustaining an autonomous Indigenous church within the United Church of Canada. Indigenous people who are part of the United Church of Canada are not looking to leave the church; they are looking for a way of making changes that is more in keeping with their traditions. Makes sense to us.
  • Sheila Deforest can be reached at the church (328-7940) or on her cell phone at 306-873-9947.
  • Reverend Barb Jardine, Minister at Forrest and Brookdale United Churches, is a great help to us as our Pastoral Charge Supervisor appointed by the Prairie to Pine Region.
  • Sheila will be on holidays from May 19 - May 23 inclusive and June 17 - 22 inclusive
  • There will be no regular Sunday worship services in July and August. Services will resume on September 10.
  • We are very excited to announce that we RUC will be hosting the Westman Youth Choir at the worship service on October 15. The music will echo in the rafters!!
  • October 15 is also the day for our Fall Supper. It will be a take-out supper. $20 per plate.

Suzan Ramsey is our compassionate care contact. If you know of someone who needs a get well or thinking of you wish, please call her at 204-328-7536 or

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