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Crescent Fort Rouge United Church

Spirituality. Arts. Action.

CFRUC is a safe place for all people to gather regardless of race, creed,
age, ability, cultural background, sexual orientation or gender expression.

We regret that due to the current pandemic status we will offer online services only for January 2 – 23, 2022.

If you are looking for a Sunday service we are offering them online at 10:30 a.m.

Twitch: https://twitch.tv/crescentfortrougelive
YouTube: CFRUC Live

Donations can be made to CFRUC at Canada Helps: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/crescent-fort-rouge-united-church/

or by etransfer to cfruc@mymts.net

The Accessibly with Ease Project

A few years ago, we recognized that the congregation was diminishing in numbers and increasing in age, while the cost of operating and maintaining our magnificent, old building was steadily increasing. At the same time access to all levels and areas of the building was only possible for people able to navigate stairs. The situation was not sustainable; we needed to consider a new purpose and mission for our church.

After a great deal of prayerful consideration, we settled upon three areas of outreach to our community:

  • Provide meaningful learning and social activities for seniors.
  • Develop programming for children and young families, in partnership with our in-house childcare.
  • Provide hospitality to arts groups.

If our mission was to be successful, everyone must be able to enjoy access to every space in the building, including the upper level and the basement. Although the ramp to the Nassau Street entrance has been around for almost twenty years, it only allows access to the main floor. We didn’t have a single door with an electric door opener.

After the decades of recognizing this need for accessibility, not only for our partners but also our members, the dream is finally closer to reality. The Accessibly Team has been very busy behind the scenes, laying the foundations that will make our church easily accessible for all.

This project is more than just the installation of a lift to connect all floors. As well, it will include adding washrooms to the basement and upper level, and electric door openers to many interior doors and to the two main entrances. At the Wardlaw Avenue entrance, the outside stairs will be removed and this entrance will have a new look and an inviting canopy that will allow everyone to travel from city sidewalk to all floors and areas of the building with ease and dignity. Improvements for the visually or cognitively impaired and other disabilities and fire alarm upgrades will also be made.

As some may know, we have hired an architect and plans have been drawn up. We also have a construction manager and a multi-phase construction schedule. Fund raising has begun and it is hoped that construction can soon start on the first phase.

This project will allow a greater utilization of all parts of our building and will be of benefit not only to the congregation but also to our partners and renters.

This summer a drill rig was used to make test holes to aid the structural engineers in their design of the foundations.

Compost Bins!

Free for neighbourhood use.

Manitoba Conservation and Climate provided funding for this project.

Who We Are

CFRUC is a centre for spirituality and the arts in this community – a place where community can grow, gather and flourish.

Venue Rentals

On average yearly, we host more than 10,000 attendees at public events. Our church facilities can accommodate a variety of functions including meetings, workshops and concerts. Wheelchair accessible spaces are available. We have added recording and live streaming capabilities to what we offer.

Community Programming

The foundation of our church and congregation is service. We achieve this through community programming, supports to the arts and by participating in broader social justice initiatives. Our building and grounds provide a welcoming gathering space for community to connect, learn and enjoy the arts.

Children Youth & Families

We maintain a Christian education program for children and youth. At the same time we look beyond our walls to support the needs of the children in our neighborhood. Along with our arts partners, we provide enrichment programming to children and youth. The Fort Rouge Child Care Centre is located in our building.

Hospitality to the Arts

We believe in the positive impact of the arts and this message is central to our purpose. We provide arts programming and are a venue for musical, visual, literary, and performing arts events. Artfest is our lively annual festival celebration of the arts.

55 Plus and Seniors

We have a vibrant 55 plus presence in our faith community – energized, action-oriented and engaged. Community-focused programming celebrates and connects seniors. Join a music class, walking group or simply visit us for coffee and socializing. We offer opportunities to explore the arts, engage in a variety of workshops, or become a volunteer!

Faith in Action

We believe to be faithful is to be engaged with the world around us, to live with respect in Creation, to love and serve others and to seek justice and resist evil. As we live out this faith, we have found a variety of ways to reach out to support families, seniors and many arts and choral groups.

Worship & Spiritual Growth

Reverend Marc Whitehead offers worship online and in person, if health regulations permit, every Sunday at 10:30 am. We interpret the Bible seriously but not literally and seek the Spirit in everyday life. We love music at CFRUC and our services are enlivened under Music Director Michael Cutler. We also offer special services such as Christmas Eve and Good Friday, as well as weddings, funerals & baptisms.

Stay Connected!

During these Covid 19 times, we invite you to get involved and get connected! While adhering to social distancing protocols, Crescent Fort Rouge has been active in creating online and in-person opportunities to – Nurture Your Spirit!