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Chatham, ON

St. Andrew's United Church is looking for a full-time ordained minister who is enthusiastic, energetic, has a sense of humor and a love of music. The position will require strong leadership to "spark the fire within". Our worship should feed the soul and teach us how to live with intention, positivity and gratitude. Qualified applicants should apply to the following website: www.londonconference.ca/content/vacancies. For more information on St. Andrew's Church, please visit our www.standrewschatham.org.

Kingston, ON

Crossroads United Church seeks a full-time ordained minister due to retirement in June, 2017. Crossroads is an open-minded and inclusive congregation that seeks to nurture spiritual growth, promotes social justice, and celebrates God's presence with worship that is relevant and with music that moves the soul. Our church is located mid-way between old Kingston and the newer suburbs and we have an accessible sanctuary and hall that are equipped for projection. The successful candidate will work with a team that includes a Designated Lay Minister, two Directors of Music and an involved laity. She/he will support us in our vision by helping provide pastoral care, community outreach and innovative, inspiring worship. A copy of our JNAC report may be obtained from our website at www.crossroadsunited.ca. For further information or to apply, contact crossroadsunitedchurch@gmail.com.

Lacombe, AB

St. Andrew’s United Church is looking for up to a full-time position to work in conjunction with a full-time ministry position and a 0.2 pastoral care position. We are an Affirming Church with a strong Messy Church community and are interested in the emerging church. The successful candidate will have strengths in family ministry, pastoral care and team leadership. A copy of the Joint Needs Assessment is available on request. St. Andrew’s is designated as a Municipal Heritage Building. The City of Lacombe, approximately 13,000, is a vibrant, progressive community situated 20 minutes north of Red Deer and midway between Edmonton and Calgary. The position is available immediately and will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Interested candidates may inquire at lacombeunitedsearch@gmail.com.

Marmora/Cordova Mines, ON

An exciting opportunity awaits you in Eastern Ontario with Marmora Pastoral Charge. The rural two-point charge of Marmora and Cordova Mines is seeking a part-time minister (24 hours per week) to meet the needs of the congregations and communities. Applicants from any stream of ministry will be joyfully considered. Our ministry’s focus is on worship and pastoral care. There is Sunday worship at each church. Visit www.marmorachurches.com/wordpress to read the JNAC report. Applications accepted by David Timpson at personnel@bayofquinteconference.ca.

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 a suitable candidate is found.

Montreal, QC

Located on the south shore of Montreal, Saint Lambert United is a suburban English-speaking congregation with a strong commitment to musical ministry, families and youth. This congregation is dedicated to outreach and has an excellent pastoral visitation team. We are looking for a minister who will lead us into the future through a balance of both traditional and innovative worship, thoughtful and uplifting discussion, and an inclusive love and acceptance for all who walk through our sanctuary doors. This full-time position requires an ordained or diaconal minister with strong skills in preaching and worship leadership and a deep interest in pastoral care. A candidate with experience is preferred. For additional information, including our JNAP report, visit www.stlambertunited.com/news_events.html.

New Minas, NS

Orchard Valley United Church, located in the middle of the beautiful Annapolis Valley, surrounded by orchards, vineyards and farm country, is searching for an energetic, dynamic, compassionate, experienced and inspirational ordained full-time minister. Our congregation is reflective of our mission statement: “Inspired by the grace of God, we are a welcoming faith family called to love ourselves, others and the world. We seek to deepen our spiritual understanding and reach out through worship and socially just action.” We appreciate a leader who shares a sense of humour, will work with our talented music director and will guide us into our next phase of spiritual growth and mission work. Preaching, pastoral care, Christian development and outreach are priorities for our congregation. Our JNAC report is available at www.orchardvalleyunited.ca. Inquiries and resumes are invited until a suitable candidate is found. Please contact Peter Oleskevich, Search Committee Chair, at 902-542-8022, or peter.oleskevich@gmail.com.

Regina, SK

Sunset United Church is the centre of a circle of community – a place for joyful worship, open-minded spiritual exploration and growth, support for one another and outreach to the broader community and around the world. Sunset is described by its members as welcoming, a place where you can experience fellowship and belonging. The congregation encompasses a wide range of ages. Sunset worships in a circle where our children are unconditionally welcomed. In 2007, our congregation became an Affirming Ministry, seeking to truly welcome everyone who wishes to join the circle. This is very important to us, as is our music program, which continues to be one of the highlights of worship at Sunset. We are seeking a full-time minister who will: offer leadership in the life of Sunset Pastoral Charge; support, foster, and challenge the congregation in faithful, responsive, and inclusive Ministry and work; serve collaboratively with committees and the laity; work as an intentional team with the Church Administrator and the Youth and Young Adult Program Co-ordinator, as well as, foster our continued growth as an Affirming Ministry. For more details about Sunset and the position, the Joint Needs Assessment Report is available by contacting sunsetsearch2017@gmail.com. If you are interested in being part of this circle of community please summit a cover letter and resumé to Sunset Search Committee at sunsetsearch2017@gmail.com. This position is vacant as of August 14, 2017, and applications will be received until a new minister is confirmed.

Roblin, MB

Roblin Knox United Church is seeking a full-time creative and energetic minister to lead our welcoming and inclusive church family. We are active in wider church activity and deeply committed to outreach initiatives. We are also financially strong and able to supply up to and including Category F benefits. Our community of about 1,800 is located among the rolling hills and beautiful lakes of the Parkland area in mid-western Manitoba. All amenities are provided within our community; however, only 80 km away in Yorkton, SK, top-rate medical & educational facilities, shopping etc. is available. Our 11-year-old, 6,400 sq. foot geothermal church is built on one level and our four-bedroom manse is a fully redecorated 30 year old building. For more details, and view our JNAC report, contact Judy Hare in Winnipeg at jhare@confmnwo.mb.ca. Submit  applications to vacancies@confmnwo.mb.ca.

Selkirk, ON

Faith Centennial United Church is a rural, traditional, Christ-centred congregation. We are “family-sized”, welcoming and mission focused. The village of Selkirk is situated along the north shore of Lake Erie, in Erie Presbytery of Hamilton Conference. We have an immediate opportunity for a three-quarter time ordained minister to lead an eager group of lay leaders and followers into a new phase of spiritual growth and Christian service. Manse available. To view our JNAC report visit www.fcuc.ca. Please send resumés to johnnyretail@sympatico.ca.

Stevensville, ON

St. John’s Stevensville United Church straddles the border between Niagara Falls and Fort Erie. Said to have one of the most beautiful smaller sanctuaries in Canada (seats 150), this robust congregation is expanding its Outreach Ministry. Plans include a new office in Downtown Fort Erie, a Church and Community Youth Choir operating out of the Fort Erie School of Music, seniors enrichment programs in the congregation’s own Morningstar Gallery and a range of other outreach ventures. To lead in the achievement of these goals we will call an Outreach Minister who will also have limited but significant preaching responsibilities, shared with our regular “inreach” minister. The excellent remuneration package will include generous provisions for an expectation that the successful candidate will purchase a home and live in the community. Resumes and any other electronic materials or YouTube connections may be forwarded to the chair of the Official Board, Ric Gorham at rcgorham1@bell.net, or 930 Edgemere Rd., Fort Erie, Ontario, L2A 1A8.

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: December 31, 2017.

Waterdown, ON

We are calling out to a full-time Minister from the Ordered Ministry to accept the opportunity of working with our two distinct services, Contemporary and Traditional. He or she will use their experience surrounded by a strong team of volunteers to serve God within the church and the communities beyond. Answer the call at St James United Church Waterdown, Ontario. A copy of our JNAC report and full job description is available at www.stjameswaterdown.ca/news/ministry-opportunity. Applications to be forwarded to St. James JSC at stjamessearch2017@gmail.com.

Windsor ON

Riverside United Church requires an ordained minister to continue our work in Christ within the congregation and the community. Fulfilling our mission of "Reaching out in Peace, Faith and Love" will be the mandate for an energetic leader in Christ with eloquence of speech and a love for music and youth. View our church online at www.riversideunitedchurch.ca, and submit all applications through London conference at www.londonconference.ca/content/vacancies.

Ministry of Music

Dunsford, ON

Dynamic Dunsford United Church invites applications for a music-loving, people-loving music director to play piano/organ, lead and support our dedicated senior choir, play for our junior choir when needed and to share our love of music. We are a vibrant rural congregation. We need you—a team player who communicates effectively, who will encourage musical gifts, and plan music with the worship team and minister. Contact John Lummiss, johnlummiss@gmail.com, and visit our website for details at www.dunsfordunitedchurch.com.

Lunenburg, NS

In the beautiful UNESCO world heritage town of Lunenburg, Central United Church is seeking a Minister of Music. The successful candidate will work in a collaborative environment with the minister, musicians within the church, members of the congregation and visiting musicians, to lead all musical aspects of worship. We have an enthusiastic, gifted choir and musical community. Music is highly regarded within Central United Church, and the Minister of Music has a key role to promote and enhance this part of our spiritual journey. RCCO standard salary applies. For more information on this position, visit www.centralunitedlunenburg.ca/music/choir.html, or call 902-634-4035. Please send applications to centralunitedch@bellaliant.com. Deadline for submissions is November 15, 2017.

Ottawa, ON

MacKay United Church is searching for a part-time Music Director for an interim period of time (four-month minimum), to support the development of our evolving music program, including the choral portion of our worship service. The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic, flexible, highly competent, creative person who is comfortable not only with a traditional approach to church music, but also with other styles of music, and who is able to work collaboratively with others in these areas. The candidate a passion for choral music and teaching, as well as piano/organ skills. The position will be supported by an accompanist on piano and organ. Remuneration will be commensurate with experience and training, based on established guidelines. MacKay United is in an exciting period of being in the first stages of evolving a broader vision for music. The interim Music Director will be eligible for the long-term position at a later date. Other expectations include: an average of 8-10 hours per week; on-site availability Thursday evening and Sunday morning choir rehearsals, as well as at Sunday and other services; weekly meetings with the Minister, and monthly meetings with the Worship Committee. Also weekly planning meetings with the Minister and proposing appropriate music in the context of service themes from MacKay’s music library and beyond. Application deadline: September 24, 2017. Please highlight how you meet the above-noted criteria. Police records check and references will be required during the hiring process. Please submit your application via email only to: admin@mackayunitedchurch.com. We appreciate all expressions of interest in the position. No telephone calls, please. Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly.

Other Positions Available

Program Leader - Child, Youth and Families

Georgetown, ON – Norval United Church (www.norvalunited.ca) is a dynamic, active congregation of people living out their faith in God each and every day. Our mission is to be a caring, forgiving Christian community, welcoming people of all ages to join us on life’s journey in finding God, growing spiritually, sharing our faith and reaching out to serve others. Our congregation is at an exciting stage of growth and expansion. At this time we are seeking to hire a Program Leader - Child, Youth & Families, to provide full-time program leadership to our congregation. The Program Leader will be of Christian faith, and will bring energy and strategic leadership to the development of long-term, sustainable programs that positively impact children, youth and families. Interested candidates should contact the Search Committee Chair, brucecunnington@live.ca, for more information about the application process. Applications will be reviewed starting October 15, 2017. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Two positions availalbe: Pastoral Visitor and Childrens' Church Worker

Applewood United Church, located at Dixie-QE Hwy in Mississauga, is a welcoming Affirming congregation with a rich history of outreach, and a congregation that ranges from young families to seniors. We are seeking to fill two part-time positions. Pastoral Visitor: to provide pastoral care to those in need, and to encourage and support lay people, particularly the Pastoral Care Team, and work in partnership with ministry personnel. (Estimated 10 hrs/wk).  Childrens’ Church Worker: will organize and deliver Sunday curriculum in a fun, nurturing age-appropriate manner to children, aided by the Family Life Team. (Est.5 hrs/wk). Details of both positions can be viewed on our website, www.applewoodunited.ca.

Church Related

Church Website Service

Churchweb Canada can help you with your website. We build, renew, rescue and run mobile-friendly sites for churches, faith communities, pastoral charges and presbyteries. We provide the lowest prices, as well as dependable support and security, with unlimited coaching. New domains available: .church, .community, .faith, .lgbt. For information, text 905-541-4212; phone 1-844-541-4212; email inquiries@churchwebcanada.ca, or visit www.churchwebcanada.ca.

Luther’s Legacies

This is a United Church conference celebrating the 500th anniversary of the posting of the 95 Theses by Martin Luther will be held at Five Oaks Retreat Centre, near Paris, ON, Oct. 29-31. Presenters are John Derksen, Robert C. Fennell, Robert Kelly, Pamela McCarroll, Marguerite van Die, Harold Wells and Peter Wyatt. For further information, contact peter.wyatt@utoronto.ca. To register online, go to www.fiveoaks.on.ca/events/oaten_institute

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 for Religious Literacy

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

Want to have your best fundraising event ever?

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Luther’s Legacies

A conference celebrating the 500th anniversary of the posting of the 95 Theses by Martin Luther will be held at Five Oaks Retreat Centre, near Paris, ON, Oct. 29-31. The conference features a chancel drama, the singing of great hymns, and presentations by John Derksen, Robert C. Fennell, Robert Kelly, Pamela McCarroll, Marguerite van Die, Harold Wells and Peter Wyatt. For further information and to register online, go to www.fiveoaks.on.ca/events/oaten_institute. Supported by the Alfred J. Mitchell Fund of The United Church of Canada Foundation, Halton Presbytery and Toronto Conference.

Saint Columba House

Saint Columba House, an outreach ministry of The United Church of Canada, in Point St. Charles, Montreal, is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. We invite former staff, volunteers, participants in our programs and supporters to join us at a Homecoming Reunion on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 3-6 pm. Light refreshments will be served. At this event we will have students from Concordia University involved in an Oral History Project offering to record short stories about life at Saint Columba House and The Pointe. Please RSVP to info@saintcolumbahouse.org, or 514-932-6202. More details can be found at www.saintcolumbahouse.org.

Spiritual Health

Retreats at Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre

Three Day Silent Retreats - October 6-8, November 7-9. Experience the gifts of silence waiting for you in this sacred space. Accommodation, meals, and spiritual direction are offered. Call  905-476-4013, or visit www.lorettomaryholme.ca. to register.


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John Dominic Crossan God and Empire and Violence lecture weekend.

A world-class Jesus scholar explores first-century Christianity as a response to oppression and violence, and parallels in the global west today. October 20–22, 2017. Friday keynote $15. Saturday $30. Full weekend $40. Open session before worship Sunday. Wesley-Knox United Church, 91 Askin Street, London, ON N6C 1E7. More information and registration available at www.crossan2017.com, crossan2017@wesleyknox.com, or 519-473-1668.

Luther’s Legacies

Aconference celebrating the 500th anniversary of the posting of the 95 Theses by Martin Luther will be held at Five Oaks Retreat Centre, near Paris, ON, Oct. 29-31. The conference features a chancel drama, the singing of great hymns, and presentations by John Derksen, Robert C. Fennell, Robert Kelly, Pamela McCarroll, Marguerite van Die, Harold Wells and Peter Wyatt. For further information and to register online, go to www.fiveoaks.on.ca/events/oaten_institute. Supported by the Alfred J. Mitchell Fund of The United Church of Canada Foundation, Halton Presbytery and Toronto Conference.

Weaving Stories of the Messiah of Peace

The 8th Canadian Festival of Biblical Storytelling takes place October 13 and 14 at The Church of St. John the Evangelist, 12 Carleton St. S., Thorold, ON (near Niagara Falls). The Keynote Speaker and Storyteller is the Rev. Dr. Tom Boomershine, the founder of the Network of Biblical Storytellers. Come, learn and experience the joy and power of biblical storytelling. This event is for ministers, Christian educators, lay readers and laity. Cost is $160 before September 1, 2017, and $180 afterwards for the two days including lectures, workshops, storytelling concert and meals. For further details and registration information go to www.biblicalstorytellingCAN.ca, or contact Ron Coughlin at NBSCan@aol.com, or 514-694-0214.

Church Supplies

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.

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.


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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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