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First Met congregants voted unanimously Nov. 21 to become an Affirming congregation. The vote by those attending a  congregational meeting, in person and on line, follows many months of work in following the process set out by the United Church of Canada.  [Click here for meeting minutes]

The next step will be a public service of celebration at a later date at which we will receive official certification and join the Affirm United community.

We thank everyone who took part in the vote and those who worked on a special series of projects that let us advance to this stage. 

Here is what some folks had to say:

Health and Wellness Advocate Kyla Morrison Morgan

"My heart was filled with a sense of pride this past Sunday as I watched every hand, of every congregation member in the sanctuary lift to vote "YES" to First Met United Church becoming an Affirming Congregation. I've been employed at First Met since 2016 and over the years I've heard so many conversations from congregation, lay leaders, staff, and dedicated volunteers envisioning the day when First Met would declare itself as a radically welcoming place of community and worship, an Affirming Congregation.

This is not only a step forward for our church family presently but for all the generations that will follow, it's a resolute message to them which says, all are truly welcome. Not only in the words we speak, but in the actions and steps we take each day in our lived-out practices and faith traditions. When the vote was called, I turned and looked at our beloved Lead Minister Shelagh as tears welled in my eyes, knowing this was indeed a historical day in the life and times of First Met United Church." 

Sunday School Co-ordinator Micia Kanstrup

The First Met children, youth, young adults and families are thrilled that our congregation is now part of the Affirming Church community! Our door was always open and the lights were on, but now we can switch on the porch light, hang up the welcome sign, and roll out the big all-weather welcome mat. The Children's program has had the unconditional love and support of our church family, and now we can extend that welcome so that all know they will be warmly welcomed. We are excited and hopeful, and grateful to all whose efforts brought us here.