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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Pilgrims in Plimsolls find God in the Y gym By NOEL BUCHANAN Herald Staff Writer Can a man find God while exercising in a gymnasium? Ken Spence, general secre- tary of the Lethbridge Fam- ily Y responds affirmatively to that question, qualifying his remarks by saying the Y is different things to different people. "To a young woman, the Y residence could mean a home away from home. To a child, a fun place to play and swim. To a businessman, a place where many Leth- bridge leaders have received training." In a recent interview. Mr. Spence explained some of the early history of the Young Men's Christian Association, declaring there was a time when the organization was seeking to ''save souls.'' The YMCA was founded in England in 1844 when George Williams and 11 of his fellow employees met for prayer in one of the dormitory rooms of Messrs. Hitchcock and Co.. a cl apery firm. After their fifth meeting, the group adopted the YMCA title and declared as their purpose the desire im- prove the spiritual and men- tal condition of young men engaged in the drapery and other trades." The industi ial revolution Viad brought many young men into British cities, Mr. Spence noted. The workers sought to learn trades and establish themselves, but found accommodation and recreation a new problem to deal with. A small group of devout Christian young men in Mon- treal organized similar pro- grams in Canada. A lecture series on religious topics, a reading room and a city missionary employed to work with the poor and destitute initiated Canadian YMCA ef- forts. Prayer meetings, res- idences and hymn sings were all a part of early Y his- tory, Mr. Spence said. There were times when religious portraits and scrip- ture mottos hung in Y build- ings, Mr. Spence added. When the present Y struc- ture was erected in Leth- bridge, the building was de- signed as a warm, friendly place for young people. "I've sometimes heard of complaints about the lan- guage in the locker Moms." Mr. Spence said. "Some peo- ple say we should put a pic- ture of Jesus on the locker room wall. But I think it needs more than trappings to change a person's attitude." The bright orange furnish- ings, carpet and brickwork in the foyer were deliberate- ly planned as a place for youth to congregate. Mr. Spence said. However, prob- lems arose over the language and behaviour of some of the teenagers using the facilities. Some adult members be- gan to complain about the difficulty they encountered when purchasing candy and soft drinks from the vending machines in the foyer. The adults threatened to with- draw their younger children from Y programs if the teen- age problem wasn't cleaned up, Mr. Spence said. Thus, a drop-in centre started In the old Central School building. "I'm proud to say the Y pioneered the drop-in centre and youth hostel idea in Leth- bridge long before they gain- ed community Mr. Spence said. He commended the staff and Jesus Freaks for a good job working with youth at the drop-in centre. "The Jesus Freaks were very evangelical in their ap- proach. But they did a good job in their own way. It was like an old time program. After a while the kids attend- ing the drop-in centre real- ized their four letter words weren't shocking anyone else anymore. They began to change or move on. Through this initial contact some are now regular members at the Y." No Bible study N'o Bible study or formal spiritual counselling is offer- ed at Lethbridge Family Y. At one time, general secre- taries were required to be members of a Christian it is recognized persons of all faiths can do a good job administratively for the Y, without being Chris- tian. "Our physical staff are closest to the Mr. Saturday, June 33, 1973 THE itmomime nrKAio 37 CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE Corner 5th and 13th St. S. SALVATION HEALING MIRACLES Pastor: T. W. Royereft Bible Class and Sunday School Service Service Spence said. "Sometimes they find themselves in a fa- ther confessor role. No for- mal training in counselling is given; just common sense. I expect them to have their opinions and to be able to re- call similar situations in their own youth. I trust them to re- spond with suitable advice." i Emphasis varies i The degree of religious em- phasis in Y programs varies from place to place, depen- dent on the kind of secretary each centre has, Mr. Spence said. Local clergy sometimes serve on the Y board of di- rectors. "When Han Cantelon was minister at Southminster Uni- ted Church and our old Y building was located next door, there was a very close relation." Mr. Spence said. "We have since invited anoth- er clergyman to serve on the board, but he declined. There are several clergy members participating in programs here." Mr. Spence said he is a member of Lethbridge Minis- terial Association. "The Y is the doing part of the church. We offer physical opportunities for people who need more than being on their knees all the time. Some of the Y community pro- grams are conducted in church buildings. I don't see the movement being in com- petition with the he said. Mr. Spence agrees that whereas the Y organization's early history reveals it to have once been an evangeli- cal, soul-saving organization, the contemporary interpreta- tion of "Christian'' has broad- ened much wider. The Y en- deavors to instill an attitude of service and community in people, and to provide a wholesome atmosphere for recreation. "This organization is a movement which adjusts to social Mr. Spence concluded. He said he likes to think of the Y as an ever-widening circle, not to keep, anyone out, but to take in a more diversified membership and thus encourage each individ- ual in his own spiritual quest and practice. Lakeview Mennonite Brethren Church 1309-29th Street So. H. f. NIKKEI, Co-ordlnator Phone 345-3335 School Service Program NORBRIDGE COMMUNITY CHURCH The, Evangelical Church In Canada 1402 8 Ave. N. PASTOR: V. SCHORR School Wor- ship by Rev. N. W. Heeb- ner p.m. Musical Request Program EVERYONE WELCOME. SPECIAL BIBLE STUDY THURSDAYS p.m. Lethbridge Independent Baptist Church For Information Phone 328-3257 1714 14th Ave. South "Listen to p.m. Sunday" Lethbridge Christian Reformed Church Invites you to listen to the Back to God Hour every Sue- day night at p.m. over CHEC radio. Topic for Today: A NEW SONG How do you like church music9 This radio message uncovers certain Biblical principles thai must be remem- bered whenever church music is considered. The Christian Reformed church is located at 1807 2nd Ave. 'A' North in the city. Services at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. You are invited cordially. 9th and 16th St. S. Phone 327-8827 REV. R. C. DEASLEY Minister ftei. 327-4786 SUNDAY SERVICES 9.45 School for all ages Service Service MIDWEEK SERVICES AS USUAL A Friendly Welcome Awaits You BUDDHIST CHURCH 3611 Forestry Ave. School Japanese Sermon REV. N. KASAGI B ETHEL A 716 23rd ST. N. a m. r SOUTHSIDE CHURCH OF CHRIST 2720-21 Ave. S. Donald R. Givens, Evangelist Sunday: Bible Sfudr a.m. Worship: 11.00 a.m. and D.m. Wed: 7.-30 p.m. For information and Home Study Phone: 328-0972 or 318-0855 EVERYONE WELCOME j m. EVERYONE WELCOME JL T I S T MORNING SERVICES a.m. p.m. SUNDAY SCHOOL EVENING SERVICES (NURSERY FACILITIES FOR ALL SERVICES) THE SALVATION ARMY 1302 4th Avenue S. MAJORS THELMA M. CORNEY, JOAN M. PIEFC6 School Worship Service WE INVITE YOU TO MAKE THE ARMY YOUR CHURCH HOME BEREAN CHRISTADELPHIANS 633 7th South Service LAST MESSAGE TO MAN1' Speaker MR. W. PICKTORD Wednesday Class A Hearty Welcome Awaits You Here SOUTH LETHBRIDGE ROMAN CATHOLIC PARISHES WEEKEND MASSES ST. PATRICK'S CORNER 4th AVE. ond ioth ST. s. SATURDAY, p.m. (SUNDAY OBLIGATION) SUNDAY, 9 a.m., a.m., 12 noon ASSUMPTION 2405 12th AVE. S. SATURDAY, p.m. (SUNDAY OBLIGATION) SUNDAY-8 a.m., o.m., 11 a.m., p.m. (Folk Mass in Hall at a.m.) LETHBRIDGE PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE Urmif PASTOR M. iTlSRAELSON 520 7th Street South Home of the San shine Evangel Hour Listen every Sunday p.m. CJOC 1220 School with classes for all ages. Worship Baptismal Service AREA CHURCHES PARTICIPATING Tuesday p.m. Prayer and Bible Study Friday p.m. Christ's Ambassador's (Young People's) Service A HEARTY INVITATION IS EXTENDED TO ALL AND A WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU. COALHURST PENTECOSTAL ASSEMBLY REV. K. ROSET, Poster School Service Service Guest Speaker: REV. D HARRIS "A HEARTY WELCOME AWAITS YOU Lutheran Churches CHRIST TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 416 12th Strae- South Phone 327-0709 ELCC PASTOR HAROLD MARTIN Sen-ice July 3 to 7 Vacation School_______________________ Lufhercm Church of the Good Shepherd 11th Avenue and 24th Street South ELCC PASTOR ALBERT OLSON 9 30 Service with Communion EVERYONE WELCOME IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Corner 6th Avenue ond 18th Street S. Minister W. r. Schoepp Phone 327-4336 Office. 328-6987 Service School 8 p.m. Worship Service VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Monday thru Friday From 9 a.m. to noon lliten to the Lutheran a.m. CFAC Calgary Religious duties encouraged David Turner, 14, of 1118 23rd Street N. examines a church directory in the Leth- bridge Family Y foyer. The organization encourages its members to fully participate in the religious program of their own choice. CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST 425 llth St S. J R. CHAPMAN, Minister ji Mr. D. Money, Organist "DIAL AN ANSWER" 327-4774 Family Service a.m. (Worship service for adults S.S. Classes for Children) Evening Service p.m. EVERYBODY WELCOME L E. MAXWELL President and Founder of Prairie Bible Institute June 17th thru 24th at Bethel Baptist Church a.m. and p.m. CHURCH OF JESUS OF LATT DAY Sj SUNDAY SACRAMENT 1912 10th Ave. S. a.m. a.m. 1 p.m. p.m. 28th St. and Scenic Dr JJ a.m. a.m. p.m. p.m. 2223 6th Ave. 'A' N. a.m. a.m. p.m. p m. 2808 28th St. S. STUDENT a.m. CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 1203 4 AVE. S. SUNDAY "The TRUTH That HEALS" a School Service "Is the Uni- verse, Includ- ing Man, Evol- ved by Atomic Force" WEDNESDAY Meeting READING ROOM Noon-2'00 p.m. Open Tues., Thurs., Sat. a a THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA SAINT AUGUSTINE'S ARCHDEACON CECIL SWANSON, in charge .___ J--M- Communion Communion H.OO Eucharist MIDWEEK SERVICES Thursday, June 28th Communion ST. MARY THE VIRGIN RECTOR-. The Reverend Canon Robert W. Cowan, B.A., L.Th. NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST ta Parish Hall Eucharist fi.30 Wednesday a.m. Eucharist Friday: S. S. Peter and Paul a.m. Eucharist THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA A UNION OF PRESBYTERIAN, WE1HODIST AND CONGREGATIONAl CHURCHES MODERATOR- RIGHT REV. N. BRUCE McLEOD, TORONTO President of Conference: REV. P. A. CLINE, Edmonton Chairman of Presbytery: RcV. KEN JORDAN, Lethbridoe SOUTHMINSTER 4th Ave. anf7 llth St. S. R W. K. ELLIOTT, A. T. KING Ministry of Music: W. M. WOOIHOUSE A. K. PUTLAND, Org. Emeritus 11.00 Worship vviMi Rev. Ken Jordan ol First United Church in charge Anthem "COME THOU FOUNT OF EVERY BLESSING" Gluck NURSERY SERVICES AVAILABLE McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH Serving Southeast Lethbridge from 15th Ave. and 24th St. 5. MINISTER REV. BLAKE ANDERSON Choir Director: Mr. H. Van Eqteren Oroaniit: MRS. C. GREENE SUNDAY, JUNE 24th Service at Southminster Church SUNDAY SCHOOL SUSPENDED FOR SUMMER MONTHS FIRST UNITED CHURCH Carrier 5th Avenue and 13th SIMM MINISTER _ REV. K. JORDAN Director ef Muiic-MRS. DOROTHY CLOCK ATCM, RMT SUNDAY, JUNE 24th Service at Southminster Church ;