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Airdrie, AB

Airdrie United turns 115 in 2017 and serves a young, rapidly-growing community, 15 minutes north of Calgary. Starting July 1, we seek collaborative pastoral leadership for worship, spiritual and pastoral care, church redevelopment and growth. For more information, or to apply, please contact Christine Gardiner at cgardine@shaw.ca.

Bedford, NS

Is Bedford United searching for you? If you are passionate about leading a ministry for children, youth and families, and you are an Ordained, Diaconal or Designated Lay Minister (Recognized) in the United Church, then you may be just the person Bedford United Church (BUC) is looking for. BUC is a growing, vibrant, theologically-progressive congregation with an active ministry for children and youth. We are seeking a full-time minister who is warm and enthusiastic, creative and energetic, inspired and inspiring. While the focus of this ministry is with our children, youth and their families, there will be opportunities to lead worship and provide ministry to the entire congregation. Located in Bedford, a community in Halifax, Nova Scotia, we offer an opportunity to join a collaborative ministry team serving an engaged and diverse congregation. Does this sound like just what you’ve been waiting for? We invite you to review our Needs Assessment Report for more information about BUC and this important role:  www.bedfordunited.com. Our JNAC Report and Position Description can be found under Whats Happening/Council News/BUCJNAC2016FINAL. If you are excited by the possibility of joining our team, please submit a cover letter and resumé in confidence to BUCsearch@bedfordunited.com. Our search will stay open until a suitable candidate is found.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Bloomingdale ON

A vibrant, lively and faith-filled church in Waterloo Region seeks a half-time minister. Do your gifts and visions include ministering to an open, highly motivated community of faith, dedicated to outreach, youth and music? Are you open to working with an enthusiastic and participatory congregation? Have we piqued your interest? If so, please visit www.bloomingdaleuc.com to view our JNAC, and send your resumé to bloomingdaleresumes@hotmail.com

Calgary, AB

St. Thomas United Church, an Affirming Ministry, is a vibrant, highly motivated community of faith with a mission to nurture and grow our spirituality and make a greater impact in outreach and social justice in our communities. We are seeking one full-time Ordered minister for the position of Minister of Preaching and Administration to be an equal member of our ministry team. The successful candidate will have an inspirational speaking ability, the ability to empower and engage the laity while developing lay leadership, and work well as a team of equals with the existing Minister of Nurture, Education & Outreach. We are looking for a minister who is flexible, energetic, patient, authentic and has a great sense of humour. Come walk with us on the next phase of our faith journey. We are an open, liberal, fun-loving multi-generational congregation and we enjoy a relaxed, informal style of worship. We have many strengths and talents: wonderful music programs, children's and youth programs, strong pastoral care and outreach programs. Our faith statement is Open Hands, Open Hearts, Open Minds. Interested in walking with us? Please check our website at www.stthomasunited.ca to read our JNAC Report and view Livestream recordings of past services. Resumés may be forwarded to our Corresponding Secretary, Jeff McLean, at jeffmclean2010@gmail.com. Note: Deadline for submission of applications is February 28, 2017.

Calgary, AB

Embracing a shared leadership approach and a keen sense of community and fellowship, the congregation of Woodcliff United Church is seeking a full-time order of ministry person to join our team. Our vision is to be a vibrant community, living our faith. With many active volunteer ministries from outreach to hospitality, and thriving programs like children/youth ministry and pastoral care, we live this out every day. Like many United Churches, our population is mostly over 60, but our crowd doesn't act a day over 40. Only an hour to the mountains, sitting amongst the evergreen trees of west Calgary's Edworthy Park, it is easy to find the Spirit alive at Woodcliff. If you are an enthusiastic leader with a strong theological background, visit www.woodcliffunited.com to learn more about our community and JNAC. Contact Chris Jackson at chris.jackson@roneta.com to apply.

Carlisle/Kilbride ON

Carlisle/Kilbride United two-point pastoral charge (carlisleuc.ca, kilbrideunited.com) provides spiritual sustenance to two communities on the Niagara Escarpment, north of Hamilton and Burlington. We are a community of worship, rich in traditions and growth opportunities and are currently looking to welcome a new Order of Ministry personnel. We are seeking to form a partnership with a minister who has a strong background in traditional Bible-based theology, but is also willing to explore a variety of worship formats, including multimedia. We are also looking for an effective leader to help us achieve and sustain growth. Our goal is to welcome a minister with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to empower, motivate and inspire. We value the skill to reconcile varying points of view, the capacity to meet intergenerational needs, the ability to form strong community partnerships and a sense of humour. If God is calling you to us, please send a resumé/CV and a one-page statement of your spiritual philosophy on today's role of the church and its minister to search@carlisleuc.ca, by April 30, 2017.

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.

Glen Morris, ON

Overlooking the Grand River valley in Southern Ontario, heritage Glen Morris United Church has been a vital part of this community for over 160 years. After a staff retirement, we are now seeking a full-time minister who will be an enthusiastic and inspiring guide to lead vibrant worship and have compassion for spiritual and pastoral care, as well as assist us with continued growth in relation to our recent Vision Plan. This involved, rural, family-oriented faith community is within 40 km of two universities and one college, with close proximity to Highways 401 and 403. We invite you to explore us through our JNAC report and related Vision Report at www.glenmorrisunited.ca. If you are interested in this opportunity to serve, please contact Deb Aitkin at daitkin@silomail.com or Karen Murray-Hopf at kmurray.hopf@gmail.com. Closing date is May 1, 2017.

Halifax, NS

First Baptist Church is seeking a full-time Senior Minister to enable the ongoing individual and collective spiritual development and growth of our church community. Grounded in Baptist principles, First Baptist Church Halifax is an inclusive and ecumenical community of believers in Jesus Christ committed to proclaim God’s mission of love by word and deed. The Senior Minister is a Christ-centered spiritual leader who draws upon a deep personal faith and experience to lead, engage and guide us in discerning a shared sense of God’s purpose and direction. This Minister will enable us to discover, grow and focus our gifts in response to God’s call for meaningful action and Christian mission in our Congregation and beyond. For more information on this opportunity, please click on this link Senior Minister, or contact Sheila Stanley at sheilastanley@fbchalifax.ca.

Kitchener, ON

Part time position: Forest Hill United Church, a vibrant, community-engaged congregation of mixed ages seeks a caring and collaborative half-time ordered minister or designated lay minister to walk with us as we live our mission to Celebrate God, Be in Community and Reach Out to Others. As part of a ministry team, your gifts will provide leadership in pastoral care and Christian development in support of our mission. Forest Hill is located in Kitchener, a thriving centre of innovation, culture and learning. While Reach Out to Others is a strong mission for us, so too is Be in Community. That means recognizing the pastoral care needs of our aging members, the Christian education needs of children and youth and nurturing our congregation through all phases of life. A glimpse of our active church, as well as our full Joint Needs Assessment report, may be found at www.foresthillunited.org. Please forward all queries, and your application, to the attention of Susan Hummel at slhummel@bell.net. All applications should arrive at the church no later than Friday, March 31, 2017, … and don’t forget to ask us about Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner! Forest Hill United Church, 121 Westmount Rd. E., Kitchener, ON, N2M 4Y6.

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 centers. 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 15th, 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.

Mount Brydges, ON

Mount Brydges Pastoral Charge is seeking a part-time minister to fill a two-point charge, at two beautiful churches located minutes from each other. We would like to find an inspirational speaker who encourages us to live out our faith by relating to today's world. Please review both profiles and apply through  www.londonconference.ca (see Vacancies).

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 until March 31, 2017.

North Bay, ON

Emmanuel United Church, a single-point charge, is searching for a full-time, ordered minister. North Bay is a nature lover’s paradise, with lakes everywhere, hiking trails and a ski hill in the heart of the city. Warm summers, gorgeous fall leaves, and a beautiful waterfront; North Bay has it all! We boast our own University and College, and a rich, live theatre experience. Emmanuel United Church is a loving, caring and compassionate congregation, and we are searching for a minister who will bring energy and leadership into our spiritual journey. We enjoy a fully accessible building, a love of music, fun-raising suppers and teas, pot-luck dinners, community outreach and fantastic gatherings after church. Visit our website www.emmanuelunited.net to view our JNAC report, and check us out on twitter @Emmanuel_United. Please forward your resumé to esimmens@cogeco.ca. Further questions can be directed to the JSC chair, Janie Clayton, at 705-472-1182.

Ripley, ON

Ripley-Bervie/Kinloss Pastoral Charge, located in beautiful Bruce County, not far from Lake Huron, is a two-point charge looking for a full-time minister who will engage all ages and provide spiritual growth, guidance and pastoral care. Interested applicants contact sduliban@hamconf.org by March 31, 2017, for more information.

Saskatoon, SK

Integrated Community Ministry (ICM) is a social justice ministry seeking a full-time Ordained, Diaconal or DLM within the United Church of Canada. The Community Minister will work in partnership with individuals, congregations and community organizations to build relationships of solidarity, justice and compassion. For more information on this opportunity to serve, please contact Reverend Darren Wooff at icmsearch2017@gmail.com. Applications accepted until April 30, 2017. 

Saskatoon, SK

Saskatoon Shines! River. Parks. Festivals. Arts & Culture. University. St. Paul's United is an exciting, vibrant congregation, with an active engaged laity and paid support staff. We are searching for a full-time ordained lead minister who's youthful, energetic and inclusive. If you are interested in leading our pangenerational community into the future, please email confidentially to spucsearch@gmail.com

Shelburne/Primrose, ON

Shelburne/Primrose, a two-point charge located in central Dufferin County, is seeking a full-time minister to lead vibrant worship and have compassion for spiritual and pastoral care. Primrose United is a small rural church. Trinity United is a larger town church. Although we have diverse personalities, we work well together and strive to meet the needs in the community. For more information please email Glen Thompson at gl.enman@hotmail.com, or to see our profile and apply, please visit www.torontoconference.ca and look for “Effective Leadership” under resources.

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.

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. 

Waterloo, ON

Parkminster United Church, a congregation of 240 households, is completing three years of Interim Ministry and is now seeking TWO full-time equivalent ministers (ordained or diaconal) to lead our affirming, diverse and progressive community of faith. Successful candidates will work collaboratively in a team ministry in a) Worship & Outreach and b) Spiritual Development and Pastoral Care. Please consult Parkminster’s Joint Needs Assessment Report for detailed ministry descriptions at www.parkuc.ca. Please submit your resumé to the attention of the Search Committee at mncrawford@rogers.com. Applications will be accepted until the two full-time equivalent positions are filled, however, submission prior to March 15, 2017 is preferred. Please note we will request three references prior to any future interview.

Welcome, ON

New Hope United Church is seeking a half-time ordained or diaconal minister. We are a small congregation in the hamlet of Welcome, just north of Port Hope, at the 401. If interested, please email search@newhopeunitedchurch.ca. Closing date is March 1, 2017.

Welland, ON

Central United Church, located in the Niagara region, is seeking an innovative and energetic spiritual leader. This is a full-time position for an ordained minister with interest in a variety of worship formats relevant to today's world, including the use of multi-media. Our church is located in a downtown area with a number of mission oriented needs that we are actively serving. It is also located close to a rapidly expanding area of new homes. We invite you to explore us through our JNAC report and related membership survey which are posted on Facebook and available through the link on our website at www.centralunitedchurch.org. If you are interested in exploring this opportunity to serve, please contact Mr. Dave Duffus, Search Committee Secretary, in confidence, at your earliest convenience, at centralwellandsearch@gmail.com.

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.

Yellow Grass, SK

The Yellow Grass United Lutheran partnership is currently looking for a part-time minister for this small congregation in southern Saskatchewan. We are located about 45 minutes from Regina and 20 minutes from Weyburn. This is a one-point charge. For more information please email Lorry at sbar_7@hotmail.com, or call her at 306-465-2582.

Ministry of Music

Hamilton, ON

Ryerson United requires an energetic and creative Music Director, competent with our instruments (see www.ryersonunitedhamilton.com) and familiar with Church liturgy, to lead our choirs and congregation in worship. Working with our minister, you will prepare and present both traditional and contemporary hymns and anthems selected to complement each service’s worship theme. This position becomes available September 1, 2017. Send your letter and CV to ryersonmdsc@gmail.com.

Markham, ON

Heritage United Church is seeking a qualified, responsible and creative Music Director able to play and lead worship music using a variety of musical styles. This position is available immediately and involves Sunday morning worship, leading our Praise Team and a variety of other services throughout the year. Interested candidates should send their expression of interest to the Chair of the Ministry and Personnel Committee, Karen Chandler, at kchandler@rogers.com

Wallaceburg ON

Trinity United Church (www.trinity.mnsi.net) is seeking a qualified Music Director, able to play and lead worship music. This position is available immediately and involves Sunday morning worship, leading our choir and a variety of other services throughout the year. Interested candidates should send their resumé to the Chair of the Ministry and Personnel Committee, Herb deJong, at hbdejong@shaw.ca.

Other Positions Available

Office Administrator

Manor Road United Church (mid-town Toronto) is seeking office administrator – an energetic, enthusiastic individual with strong organizational, computer, and inter-personal skills. The administrator manages the church's day-to-day administrative and operational functioning. Approximately 30 hrs./week. Annual Salary $32K. Find complete job description at www.manorroadunitedchurch.com. Submit resume to ellen.manorroad@rogers.com. Applications accepted until Feb. 9, 2017.

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 Stained Glass Windows for Sale

From Grace United Church, Swift Current, SK. Approximately 5 ft. X 6 ft. Made by Dorothy Gilmore and Andrea Simpson. Pictures can be emailed and price negotiated. Contact Dixie Green, d.green@sasktel.net, or 306-773-6305, or Box 1301, Swift Current, SK, S9H 3X4.

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.

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

Music for Worship

The music of United Church composer/arranger David Kai is now available at www.sites.google.com/site/davidwkaismusic. Here you will find original hymns, songs for all ages, sample videos and choir anthems for only $10, for your whole choir! Email davidwkai@gmail.com for more information.


Spiritual Health

Three Day Silent Retreats

Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre on Lake Simcoe, just north of Keswick Ontario, invites you to experience the gifts of silence in this sacred space. Accommodation, meals, and spiritual direction are offered. January 10-12, February 7-9, March 7-9, April 11-13, May 9-11, June 6-8, October 10-12, November 7-9. Tuesday noon - Thursday 1pm, $250 p.p. Call 905-476-4013, or visit www.lorettomaryholme.ca


Honouring the 100th Anniversary of Vimy

A new novel written by Christopher Levan, Downhill from Vimy is a robust historical account of love, loss and longing. It tracks the journey of one soldier as he struggles to gain his sanity through the disasters of 1917: Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele and the Halifax Explosion. Contact Chris at chris.levan4@gmail.com to get a signed copy or arrange special rates for your book club. Available through Amazon, or go to www.friesenpress.com to purchase online.

Church Supplies

Church Folding Tables & Chairs

Are you looking for folding tables and chairs for your next church function? Are your current tables and chairs old, beat up and too heavy to handle? Look no further. National Event Supply is a leading Canadian supplier of quality folding tables and chairs. We have stress-tested our plastic folding tables and 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.

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.


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.


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