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Ministers

Bethel/Cooks Mills Charge, ON

“Two small rural churches with big hearts”, who cooperate well. Twenty minutes from the U.S. border, ten colleges/universities within one hour drive. Stable, hospitable congregations, affordable housing. Currently looking for a church partner to take our .625 ministry position up to full time. We are experienced as a learning site, with a supervisor nearby. Welcome applications from OM, DM, DLM, active, retired, candidates, admissions. Applications to be received by July 1, 2017, to Janet Henderson, 2199 Babion Rd., Port Colborne, ON, L3K 5V5.


Burlington, ON

West Plains United Church requires a full-time minister to work with a warm, welcoming and inclusive church family interested in deepening their spiritual growth. West Plains has a thriving music ministry and a deep commitment to outreach. Letter of interest and CV will be accepted until June 30, 2017. To view our Joint Needs Assessment, visit www.westplains.ca. Send resumés to wpsearch2017@gmail.com.


Camlachie, ON

A wonderful opportunity exists for a full-time ordered minister, in the hamlet of Camlachie. We are located on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron near Sarnia, Ontario. Our congregation is reflective of our mission statement “A Christian community welcoming and serving all people”. For complete information, please go to www.londonconference.ca.


Cut Knife/Wilkie, SK

Cut Knife and Wilkie are two individual pastoral charges located 75km apart in the heart of rural Saskatchewan. Both congregations require a half-time minister of any category. We can offer one half-time position at either pastoral charge, or both charges together, to form two half-time positions, which worked extremely well in the past. If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please contact Dorrie Shepherd at dashep50@gmail.com, or Karen Rutley at krutley@hotmail.ca.


Frankford, ON

Frankford United Church is seeking a full-time ordained or diaconal minister to lead and assist us in seeking more ways to offer the "Love of God" to our congregation and to the many families in our village who are not currently experiencing this fellowship. To view the Revised JNAC (March 12, 2017) and job description, and obtain more details on our mission visit www.opportunities@bayofquinteconference.ca. To apply, please contact the Bay of Quinte Conference Personnel Minister at personnel@bayofquinteconference.ca, or opportunities@bayofquinteconference.ca.


Innerkip, ON

Innerkip-Eastwood is a two-point pastoral charge located in southwestern Ontario, with easy access to major metropolitan centres, but with lower housing costs. It is close to elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools and to a variety of cultural and recreational facilities. We are seeking a full-time creative and energetic leader with a sense of humour, who can convey the Christian message with relevance to today. As followers of Jesus, we are an inclusive, intergenerational community with Spirit and Energy. We have a strong music ministry. Our music director works in collaboration with ministry personnel to enhance the worship experience. For a complete description of the position, visit www.londonconference.ca.


Kanata, ON

Kanata United Church is seeking a creative, energetic individual to provide ministry of music and leadership for our successful music program. Key aspects of the Music Director role include: Organist/Pianist, Senior, Intermediate and Children’s Choir Director, Band Leader and Production Director. For a full job description and details on how to apply, please visit our website at www.kuc.ca.


Little Current, ON

Little Current Pastoral Charge invites you to come and join us on beautiful Manitoulin Island – a region that offers year-round recreational activities and a rich heritage to explore. We are located on the scenic North Channel of Lake Huron, but within commuting distance of urban centres. The Little Current two-point pastoral charge is seeking a full-time ordained, diaconal, designated lay minister or qualified theology student for its Little Current and Sheguiandah congregations. We are seeking a minister who will invigorate the congregation and help build on the existing strong music ministry, a minister committed to pastoral care and visitation. The minister will be an individual who can relate to all age groups and has the energy and vision to draw new people into the life and work of the church. Complete details can be found in our JNAC at www.manitouconference.ca/vacancy-updates. If this opportunity intrigues you, please contact the Search Committee via mail at, Search Committee, Box 254, Little Current, ON, P0P 1K0, or via e-mail to Scott Mosher, Chair, at scmosher1764@gmail.com.


Mississauga, ON

Cawthra Park United Church is seeking a half-time minister who is warm, enthusiastic, creative and energetic. We are a small, welcoming congregation in Port Credit. We are completing a successful lengthy ministerial relationship and are looking for continued spiritual and congregational growth. Please visit www.cawthraparkuc.org for our JNAC report and job description. The position becomes available to start anytime between May through to September 2017. Please send your cover letter and resumé to office@cawthraparkuc.org.


Mississauga, ON

Eden United Church, a vibrant, diverse, inclusive and active congregation in Meadowvale, seeks a full-time ordered minister to lead our community in living out our mission to “Gather, Grow, Go.” Eden is finishing a period of transition and three years of intentional interim ministry. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with council and help our congregation grow through worship, faith development, pastoral care and community outreach. For a detailed job description and the full JNAC report, please visit our website at www.edenunitedchurch.com. Interested candidates are asked to forward a statement of faith and CV, including three professional references, to our joint search committee at edenjointsearch@gmail.com. Applications will be received until June 15, 2017.


Mississauga, ON

Erin Mills United Church, a diverse, thriving congregation, is seeking a full-time ordained or diaconal minister to lead us in offering opportunities for all persons to experience the love of God through Jesus Christ. For more details about EMUC and the position, both the JNAC report and job description are available at www.emuc.ca. If you are interested in this dynamic position, apply to Janet Tait at emucjsc2016@gmail.com. Please include a cover letter and up-to-date resumé. This position is vacant as of October 1, 2016, and applications will be received until a new minister is confirmed.


Niagara Falls, ON

“Reaching up to God; Reaching out to people.”  In the heart of Niagara Falls, St. Andrew’s, a faith community ranging from young families to seniors, is passionately committed to living lives that reflect the love of Jesus Christ. To fill the vacancy left through recent retirement, we are seeking a full-time minister to join our multi-staff team as we anticipate our best years ahead. Interested applicants can find our JNAC and our Core Values and Essential Beliefs at www.sainta.ca. Please submit applications to ehuynh@gmail.com.


Oshawa, ON

Columbus Community United Church is currently seeking a half-time minister (ordained or designated). Columbus is a small rural village situated between the City of Oshawa and the lakeside town of Port Perry. Congregation members travel from all directions to share their faith, friendship and sermons in a variety of worship styles. Members enjoy participating in worship service, and work diligently as a team to foster a welcoming community, mission and service and a supportive environment. Further information may be found in our Joint Needs Assessment Report found at www.columbusunitedoshawa.com. Applications are to be forwarded to the Bay of Quinte Conference, in care of David Timpson, personnel@bayofquinteconference.ca


Petrolia, ON

St. Paul’s United church is seeking a creative full-time Ordained, Diaconal or Designated Lay Minister, to fill the vacancy left by our retiring minister. Petrolia is conveniently located between Sarnia and London, offering a relaxed small-town environment with many amenities. We are seeking an enthusiastic leader who possesses a sense of humour, compassion and empathy, and can share the gospel. For additional information please visit www.londonconference.ca/content/vacancies.


Reston-Pipestone, MB

Two small country churches with lots of big, friendly hearts, in the wide open peaceful prairies, are seeking a half-time minister. We offer two weeks on/two weeks off with a stately three-storey brick manse in which to live. Both congregations are active, financially sound and full of ideas for the future! Located in the southwest corner of Manitoba, the main industries of Reston-Pipestone Pastoral Charge are agriculture and oil. You might be invited to ride on a combine, or watch a calf being born! Contact Joann Sauvé at jrsauve@mymts.net.


St. Thomas, ON

First United Church, a faith community in a growing city approaching 40,000, located only 20 minutes south of London, seeks a full-time ordained minister. The vacancy comes as our dynamic spiritual leader of the last 17 years retires. Our congregation ranges from young families to seniors who are committed to living lives that reflect the unconditional love of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour who died for our sins. We’re looking for an inspirational preacher who encourages us to live out our faith in today’s reality – to be His disciples in the 21st century. Learn more about us at www.firstunitedchurch.weebly.com, or contact our Search Committee Chairperson, Ray Bosveld, at rbosveld14@gmail.com. Application can be made through www.londonconference.ca. Position start date: Fall 2017 or spring 2018. Application deadline: October 31, 2017.


Toronto, ON

Join Us on Our Journey. Eglinton St. George's is seeking a Lead Minister who will work collaboratively with the congregation, staff, and a yet-to-be appointed second Minister to promote membership growth, congregational engagement and deepen spirituality. The ideal candidate will be energetic, fun, flexible, patient and resilient. The successful applicant must be ordained and have demonstrated effective leadership, interpersonal, preaching and communication skills. Please refer to www.esgunited.org under the News & Events tab for more details.


Toronto, ON

Timothy Eaton Memorial Church is abuzz with momentum! We seek a dynamic Minister of Congregational Life and Membership Development to grow our community. This team ministry position governs child & adult ministries across an array of endeavours including a vibrant music program, Sunday school, Bible study groups, adult education and some preaching obligations. The successful candidate will be an evident draw for new members. We will be delighted to hear from you if you feel the call to spark spiritual development at TEMC. Review our profile and apply at www.torontoconference.ca.


Toronto, ON

Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church is an active, engaged downtown Toronto congregation of approximately 200 members drawn from across the city. We are seeking a full-time ordered minister to encourage and inspire us in living out God’s mission in our context. Our minister will provide dynamic and collaborative leadership in our shared faith journey, particularly in the areas of worship, faith formation, support for lay leadership, congregational growth, and pastoral care. An inclusive and Affirming congregation, Trinity-St. Paul’s has a long tradition of action on issues of social justice and we expect our minister to share this passion and public witness. Our commitment to faith, justice and the arts is expressed in a wide variety of partnerships in our local community and beyond, which our Minister will help us continue to explore and nurture. Application deadline is May 31, 2017. For more information please visit www.vacancyavailability.ca/el-tc-vacancies.php.


Tweed-White Lake-Queensborough, ON

Our communities are situated in beautiful Eastern Ontario, a land of hills and dales, farms and lakes. We are three separate pastoral charges, sharing ministry and resources. We seek a full-time ordained minister who will guide us in living each day like Jesus, and who shares with us a commitment to worship, outreach, and pastoral care. Our people are welcoming and nurturing, and our communities have a lot to offer. If you want to be cared for as you care for others, and if you enjoy the great outdoors, this is the place to be! To request a copy of our JNAC report, send an email to denbesten@xplornet.ca. Applications can be sent to the same email address, c/o Tri-Church Joint Search Committee. Deadline for applications is May 31, 2017. 


Vasey (Midland), ON

The small country church with the big friendly heart may be the next place for you! We are a small one-point charge, serving a mostly rural community. Our church has a stable membership and is financially healthy. We have active groups serving the people in need in our community. Our trained teachers lead our small Sunday School group in Godly Play, as well as a monthly adult session. We use the Kenora governing model, utilizing our small leadership team and freeing up people to do the real work of the church. We have excellent leadership, ideas for the future and an active community. We take care of our people and our church as we serve God, by following the teachings of Jesus. We welcome everyone. In our theology of forward thinking, we believe all people are valuable. We hope you will lead us in Sunday worship and will work with us to keep our church relevant in this fast-paced world. We are looking for a full-time minister and are excited and looking forward to hearing from you! If this hasn’t convinced you yet, why not come and live on the edge of paradise? All seasons of the year, you have the best of Canada’s outdoors right on your door step with affordable living. When you need some city life, less than 1½ hours has you standing at the foot of the CN Tower. For more information, please email charlotte.elizabeth.jones93@gmail.com. See our profile and apply online through Toronto Conference, www.vacancyavailability.ca under Ministry Personnel. This position will remain open until July 1st, or until we have found our new minister. 


Windsor, NS

Golf, curling, skiing and close to nature, Windsor has all the year-round recreational activities you could want in a safe, welcoming community. Our United Church is an exciting, vibrant congregation with an active, engaged laity. It is financially sound, with a professionally-led music program. We are looking for a full-time ordained minister to continue our work in the community, starting July 1, 2017. Contact (note new email address) windsorunitedsearch@bellaliant.com, www.windsorunitedchurch.ca, or www.facebook.com/windsorunitedchurch. Applications will be accepted until an acceptable candidate is found.



Ministry of Music

Kanata, ON

Kanata United Church is seeking a creative, energetic individual to provide ministry of music and leadership for our successful music program. Key aspects of the Music Director role include: Organist/Pianist, Senior, Intermediate and Children’s Choir Director, Band Leader and Production Director. For a full job description and details on how to apply, please visit our website at www.kuc.ca.


Thornbury, ON

Grace United Church is inviting applications for Director of Music to maintain a tradition of high quality music in our worship services, to start as soon as possible. We are seeking someone with strong leadership, interpersonal and communication skills, to lead a diversely talented senior choir. As a team player, accountable to the Worship Committee, you will work with the ministerial staff and the congregation to plan for worship and faith development. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to experience a variety of music styles with a well-maintained two-manual Keats Geissler pipe organ, A Young Chang grand piano, Casio Privia Keyboard and a three-octave set of Schulmerich bells. There is also an option to negotiate teaching from this location. Applications will be treated with confidentiality. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience based on RCCO guidelines. Thornbury is located on the southern shore of Georgian Bay in the Town of the Blue Mountains, the heart of recreation in Ontario. Please visit our website www.graceunitedthornbury.ca and send applications to accounting@graceunitedthornbury.ca.



Other Positions Available

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Church Related

A Marriage Preparation Video Resource

More Than Friends is an innovative, inclusive, flexible, and affordable web-based marriage preparation video resource, adaptable to the diverse situations of couples and communities of faith. Convenient. Engaging. Addresses ‘hard to discuss’ issues.  Supported by United Church of Canada grants. Visit www.morethanfriends.live for more information.


Beautiful church items for sale

An oak pulpit, lectern, kneelers and other solid wood pieces as well as antique light fixtures are available from an Orillia, Ont., church. Great for up-cycling – the wood is ideal for creative cabinetry and carpentry projects. Interested? Call Joan at 705-487-6409, photos available upon request.


Choir Gowns Needed

Christ Church United in Chesterville, Ont., is seeking to purchase 20 nearly-new choir gowns with stoles in various sizing. If you are able to help, please contact Gail Parker at 613-448-2159, or by email at tommyandgail@hotmail.com. Thank you for your time and attention.


Church Websites

Churchweb Canada will build, run or refresh a church website for you. Free consultation. No church too small. Options to suit any budget. Coaching available. Prompt, dependable support. New domains available: .church, .community, .faith, .lgbt. Voice or text: 1-844-541-4212; email: wayneirwin@churchwebcanada.ca, or website: www.churchwebcanada.ca.


Have Manse, Will Travel

Does your church have a need for pulpit supply? I am a mature student DLM with a mobile manse and have some dates available in June, July and August for churches in Central and Southern Ontario and western Quebec and the townships. Hopefully I can " rectify " your needs! If interested, please email me at jasselstine081344@hotmail.com.


Medical Assistance in Dying

Are you willing to help examine how the new law (Bill C14) allowing for Medical Assistance in Dying will affect our attitude towards death, funerals, pastoral care and ethics? Can you participate in a 10-minute survey and/or accept to be interviewed and/or share personal experience with this new kind of-end-of life decision? Christopher Levan is undertaking a research project and would welcome your help. Contact Chris at chris.levan4@gmail.com.


The Ministers’ Professional Association

Already in place and at work - at no cost to the United Church. Unifor Unifaith Community Chapter is for United Church Clergy, Faith Workers & Family. So much to discuss. So much wisdom to share. Let’s talk! Please contact Robin Wardlaw: President@Unifaith.ca; 416-840-3211 or www.unifaith.ca


The Quest Centre

The Quest Centre for Religious Literacy is an Incorporated Ministry of the United Church of Canada. Its purpose is to promote religious literacy. At Quest the Bible and other literature inspires discussion, free thinking is valued, and the teachings of the Historical Jesus are paramount. Listen to our bi-monthly talks or read our blogs at www.questcentre.ca



Celebrations

Okotoks, AB

One hundred years ago, Okotoks United Church became one of the first union churches in the west. On June 24 & 25, 2017, we will be celebrating our centennial anniversary. We warmly welcome you to join us for this special occasion. More details can be found at www.okunited.ca


Acton, ON

Trinity United Church would like to invite you to honor a very special man – "A memory and musical athlete who sees success in everyone he meets." Dr. George Elliott, a teacher, band leader and conductor, was appointed our church’s Director of Music in 1957 –sixty years ago! George plays the pipe organ, the piano and every wind instrument. Known as “Acton’s Pied Piper of Music”, we will honor George and his wonderful music leadership at two church services on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Please join us and share in the celebration at Trinity United, 70 Mill Street East, Acton, ON.



Spiritual Health

Silent, Guided and Private Retreats

Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre on Lake Simcoe, just north of Keswick, Ontario, invites you to experience three, five and eight-day retreats in this sacred space, with meals and spiritual direction provided. Individuals may also book time throughout the year, depending on availability of accommodation. Call 905-476-4013 or visit www.lorettomaryholme.ca.



Announcements

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Church Supplies

Crownex Ltd. Robe Makers & Tailors,

Custom-tailored clergy apparel, choir gowns and vestments. Highest quality, low prices. Tel: 416-503-1288, email: info@crownex.com, website: www.crownex.com. Address: 1270 The Queensway, Toronto, ON, M8Z 1S3.


Church Dining Supplies Including Dishes, Cutlery, Glassware & Linens

In need of replacement dinnerware for church functions? Breaking coffee mugs or saucers and need replacements? Looking for quality low-cost linens? National Event Supply is a Canadian supplier of dishes, cutlery, glassware, linens and more. We routinely ship our products from coast to coast. Give us a call at 905-795-1667, toll free 1-800-827-8953, or send an email to info@NationalEventSupply.com. Check out our full product lineup online at www.NationalEventSupply.com.



CONNECTING

Looking for Rev. John May

Looking for Rev. John May and his wife Phyllis, my friend in the 1960's.  My name is Patricia Mullins, nee Reid. We attended Covenant College in the same year and attended summer university classes in London.  Please contact me at  crescentmoon0@outlook.com, by phone at 204-857-7734, or by mail at 204-701  Crescent Road East, Portage La Prairie, Man., R1N 0Y2.



Services

Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble...

is a national organization for those of differing sexual orientation or gender identity in The United Church of Canada, as well as their families and friends, offering educational resources, advocacy and support. We encourage UCC ministries including congregations, courts and associated organizations to engage in the Affirming Ministries program endorsed by General Council. For more information contact Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble, PO Box 57057, Ottawa, ON, K1R 1A1. Email: affirmunited@affirmunited.ca. Website: www.affirmunited.ca.


Do you need extra funding for a special project or program?

With more than ten years of successful grant submissions I can help. I'm an experienced grant writer with success rates well above the national average. I look forward to hearing from you. Email jcolwell@golden.net, or call 519-830-1159.



Travel

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Editorials

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Observations

by David Wilson

Global famine in the Trump era

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Video

ObserverDocs: Stolen Mother

by Observer Staff

The daughter and adoptive mother of one of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women share their story

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Justice

May 2017

Stolen mothers

by Kristy Woudstra

Almost 90 percent of Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women were parents. With the national inquiry hearings set to begin, we talk to five daughters who were left behind.

Society

April 2017

Dear Grandkids

by Various Writers

Six acclaimed Canadian authors write letters from the heart

Society

March 2017

Called to resist

by Paul Wilson

Liberal Christians in the United States test their faith against a demagogue

Justice

May 2017

Stolen mothers

by Kristy Woudstra

Almost 90 percent of Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women were parents. With the national inquiry hearings set to begin, we talk to five daughters who were left behind.

Society

April 2017

Dear Grandkids

by Various Writers

Six acclaimed Canadian authors write letters from the heart

Society

March 2017

Called to resist

by Paul Wilson

Liberal Christians in the United States test their faith against a demagogue

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