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Ministers

Agincourt, ON (Toronto)

We are Knox United Church serving our inter-generational and culturally diverse community surrounding Midland Ave. and Sheppard Ave. E. for 170 years. Our vacancy for a full-time ordained Minister of Word, Sacrament and Pastoral Care is effective February 1, 2019. We look to our minister to help the congregation express itself and grow in its Christian faith through Sunday worship, with inspiring sermons that relate scripture to everyday life which is enhanced by our excellent music program. You will be a skilled and caring leader involved in and helping various committees and the congregation to continue to move forward. It will be vital that you demonstrate and reflect a passion for the continuing development of an intercultural church with a vibrant group of children and youth; and an understanding of its dynamics and needs. You will coordinate the staff team at Knox and have oversight and responsibility for the Sunday worship in cooperation with the Worship Committee, the Director of Music and the Coordinator of Chinese Ministry. Our Minister of Visitation and Seniors Programming, together with our Coordinators of Christian Education and Chinese Ministry will fulfill their responsibilities while working in collaboration with you. The top five priorities of this position are Worship, Growing in Faith, Stewardship, Pastoral/Spiritual Care and Leadership. Please visit www.myknox.ca to find out more of who we are and see our faith in action. Applications for the position will be accepted until the position is filled. Vacancy contact email: amos_cheryl@hotmail.com. For a detailed Ministry Position Description; our Ministry Articulation Profile; our Demographic, Financial & Community Profile and procedure for application, please visit www.torontoconference.ca.


Buckhorn and NM Pastoral Charge, ON

We are a two-point charge, offering one of the best locations in the beautiful Kawarthas. One congregation is in the indigenous community of Curve Lake. This church is a large new building which will hold approximately 300 people. The other congregation meets at Wesley Church, which is just south of the delightful village of Buckhorn. Our communities are approximately ½ hour from Peterborough, located on the Trent Severn waterway. There is close access to Trent University (Peterborough), Lakefield College (Lakefield), and the renowned Sir Sanford Fleming College, with campuses in both Lindsay and Peterborough. Peterborough has a new Regional Health Centre, which also has a cancer treatment centre. In winter, the area attracts many sports enthusiasts for snowmobiling, skiing and ice fishing. In summer the population swells, with the addition of many cottagers who are attracted to the area for fishing, boating and other water sports. We serve the mostly rural communities, plus many people who are choosing the area as a vacation destination or a future retirement location. The candidate we are seeking must be sensitive to our indigenous population and will have to be open to obtaining knowledge of the First Nation’s language, traditions and ceremonies. At Wesley, we have two talented musicians who play keyboard and lead an enthusiastic choir. The successful candidate will have strong worship and pastoral skills and be able to lead these two congregations in community involvement and growth. The position will require a commitment of 30 hours per week. Please send resumé to T. Timson, Director of Personnel, at bayofquinteconference.ca.


Calgary, AB

Are you passionate about your faith in Jesus Christ and inspiring faith in the lives of children, youth and their families? Do you thrive on developing and delivering engaging programs for worship and faith formation? Wild Rose United Church is seeking a positive team player for this exciting part-time position of Congregational Family Minister - 30 hours per week - to support the growth of our vibrant and welcoming congregation. This could be your calling! Please visit us at www.wildroseunited.ca/family-minister-job-posting.html for a full job description. Applications will be received until September 30, 2018. Please apply in confidence to vivwh@icloud.com.


Carleton Place, ON

Located in the heart of our historic town, Zion-Memorial is a hard-working church that has completed a three-year Interim Ministry. We are seeking a full-time ordained minister. We strive to be a safe place where all are heard; we communicate our ministry to all; to be an inclusive, intergenerational ministry; create linkages to the wider church; and be known as a welcoming, fun congregation making a difference in our community, using our new governance model based on the Holy Currencies. Worship and music are important. Pastoral care is key. Our well-maintained building is constantly engaged by the congregation and community. Our minister will be comfortable with both traditional and contemporary theology, as well as administrative and technological tasks. They will help us define more clearly our ministry now and in the years to come. Applications will be received until a suitable candidate is found. Please contact Karen Valley, Search Committee Chair, at 613-882-3114, or zmucsearch@gmail.com


Clinton, ON

Clinton United Church requires a new full-time ordained minister to replace our recently retired clergy. Our congregation of 200+ families has an active choir, Sunday school and youth program. A manse is available in town. United Church salary scale is offered. For additional information, please review the vacancy listings for London Conference (www.londonconference.ca), or contact the church directly at 519-482-9553.


Creemore, ON

You need to meet us! We are a two-point charge looking for a part-time (30 hour) ordained, diaconal, designated lay minister, student or recent graduate. Creemore Pastoral Charge is located approximately 120 kms north of Toronto, in the rural communities of Creemore and New Lowell. Our area offers welcoming, kind, hard-working people; Farmers’ Markets, ski hills, hiking trails, lakes, small shops, sports parks, schools and artisans – all 30 minutes from larger cities. We enjoy the benefits of both the energy of our youth who have participated in mission trips and the grounding spirit of our older members. We strive to be strong role models and an active presence in both communities. We welcome forward-thinking scripture-based leadership that will help us advance the ministry and outreach in our communities and beyond, while becoming attractive to new, younger families. Our buildings provide us with updated, accessible space and we want to fill them. You could be the person who helps us “get out of the building” to encourage the community to join us inside the building. We look forward to meeting you. This position is available as of March 1, 2019. Please view our profile on the Toronto Conference website www.torontoconference.ca, or contact Linda Peacock at peacockfamily@ymail.com.


Fergus, ON

We have an immediate opportunity at Melville United Church for a half time Minister of Faith Formation and Outreach. The minister will be responsible for leadership and resources in areas of Christian Education for children, youth and adults. The Minister will also offer opportunities for all ages to be informed about current events and justice issues within the church and community. The candidate will work in collaboration with our ministry team. For more information and the JNAC report visit our website melvilleunited.com. Applications will be accepted at melvillesearch@gmail.com until the closing date of October 5, 2018.


Grimsby, ON

Trinity United Church, a vibrant, diverse, inclusive, active congregation, is seeking a full-time ordered minister who is looking for a long-term spiritual relationship to lead our community in living out our Vision "Opening Minds, Opening Hearts, Opening Doors". The successful candidate desires a call in the lovely Niagara region, with access to Southern Ontario's academic, business and cultural centres. We seek an energizing force to steer us in cooperative leadership toward a fulfilling future, while respecting the congregation's heritage and traditions which began in 1831. Applicants will possess inspirational preaching skills that draw strength from the word of God as well as the skills necessary to communicate in 21st century technological society. Our spiritual leader will bring attributes that will benefit present and future congregants attending our inclusive and always welcoming church. Learn more at www.trinityunitedgrimsby.ca. Questions/apply to pjanescholer@gmail.com.


Hanna, AB

Are you looking for a change - a change of pace from the challenges of city life, or just a change in general? Are you searching for a more relaxed atmosphere, in a town that has a strong sense of what it means to be a community? Hanna First United Church is looking for a full-time ministry personnel (Ordained, Diaconal or Designated Lay Ministry) effective immediately. Hanna is located in East-Central Alberta, approx. two hours from Calgary. We are a community which offers the amenities of an urban centre and the comfortable lifestyle of a rural town. We are willing to become a Supervised Ministry Learning Site. Skills to include: worship; intergenerational education; communication; interpersonal skills to help the church to grow; stewardship; counselling; mediation and motivation; organizational; and collegiality. A manse is located adjacent to the church. This pastoral charge (a part of the Alberta North West Conference, Coronation Presbytery) will become a part of Region 3 in the new provisional restructuring in 2019. JNAC report is available at: www.hannafirstunitedchurch.ca/news/joint-needs-assessment-report-2018. Take a look at Hanna – it’s well worth the drive! Visit www.hanna.ca; www.specialareas.ab.ca and www.returntorural.ca.


Halifax, NS

Fairview United Church is a warm and inviting congregation. We are seeking a part-time minister (Ordained, Diaconal or Designated Lay Recognized). Our new leader will help our congregation grow through inspirational worship, pastoral care and community outreach. The ideal candidate will be energetic and nurturing. You can view our JNAC at www.fairviewunitedchurchhalifax.org. Applications, with a resumé and cover letter, should be emailed to grose.kathy@gmail.com.


Kingston, NS

We are seeking a full-time ordained or diaconal minister for our three-point charge. Will need a flexible approach to worship that includes a range of theology from traditional to evolving Christianity. Must also share our values of affirming inclusiveness, social justice and community. JNAC at: www.kingstonunitedpc.com. Contact: Jim Spurrell at jimspurrell@hotmail.com.


Lakefield/Youngs Point, ON

Lakefield-Young’s Point Pastoral Charge, situated in the heart of the Kawartha Lakes, seeks a full-time Ordained Minister of Word, Sacrament and Pastoral Care to lead our two-point charge. Lakefield United serves as a community and ecumenical hub in the historic village of Lakefield. Young’s Point is a smaller, family church, ten minutes north on the Trent Severn waterway. The two are complimentary and have been jointly served for more than a century. Music is an integral part of both worship services. We seek a collaborative, compassionate, imaginative individual to inspire our worship and our work as we grow together as a vibrant and viable community of faith. More information and our Transformation Project and JNAC reports click here. Please submit your resumé and your Skills, Gifts and Passions Profile document to lypjsc@gmail.com. Resumés will be accepted until the position is filled. Our congregations are open, kind and keen to greet the future with our new Minister.


Mississauga, ON

Westminster United Church is a diverse and caring faith community. We are seeking a full-time ordered minister who will provide spiritual leadership and guidance, and who will work collaboratively with the leadership council as we strive to fulfill our mission. Our new leader will help our congregation grow through inspirational worship, pastoral care and community outreach. The ideal candidate will be energetic and nurturing, with an interest in ministering to a diverse congregation. Interested candidates can view our JNAC at www.westminsterunitedchurch.ca. Applications, with a resumé and cover letter, should be emailed to carmelita.rabanillo@rogers.com.


North Battleford, SK

Third Avenue United Church is seeking a full-time Ordained or Designated Lay Minister. Information about our Church family, our ministry, and our JNAC report may be found on our website at: www.thirdavenueunitedchurchnb.ca. North Battleford is a growing community of 16,000+. Our congregation of approximately 200 families is seeking a dynamic team leader. The successful candidate will possess the ability to connect effectively with people of all ages and promote a welcoming church environment. Applications will be received until a suitable candidate is found. To submit your resumé and/or to request further information please contact our Corresponding Secretary, Ken Holliday, at 9702 – 97th Drive, North Battleford, SK S9A 0L4 or holliday.k@sasktel.net.


Perth, ON

Bathurst Pastoral Charge is seeking a half-time faith leader (ordained minister, designated lay minister, diaconal minister or student) to share their faith, friendship and sermons in a traditional style of worship within our two-point charge. The successful candidate must be able to lead the congregations in weekly corporate worship which preaches the Gospel of Jesus, incorporates inspiring hymns and songs and engages people in heartfelt prayer. Our charge is located approximately one hour from both Kingston and Ottawa, with a manse available. Both churches are located in rural communities. The Calvin church is located 15 minutes from the heritage town of Perth, while the Althorpe church is located 10 minutes from the village of Westport on Rideau Lake. Our congregations are multi-generational and have great pride in our faith roots. Interested candidates are asked to forward their resumé to David Timpson at personnel@bayofquinteconference.ca until August 17th, 2018.


Peterborough, ON

Northminster United Church is seeking a full-time minister. We look forward to welcoming an individual who will help us to continue the work of Jesus and advocate for justice locally and globally. He/she should be an enthusiastic leader in our journey of renewal. We have a need for pastoral care, Christian development and outreach. Our new leader should be able to provide meaningful, relevant and inspiring messages at our church services. Our new minister should be comfortable with the use of social media and be able to work collaboratively with other staff and other churches in our area. The beautiful city of Peterborough has a population of 82,000, a university, a community college, a large hospital, and several medical clinics. We are located in the Kawarthas, surrounded by many lakes, rivers and the Trent-Severn Waterway. We have a well-maintained church with offices, meeting rooms and auditoriums. We are a solvent entity with an administrator-secretary, Music Director and custodians. Our JNAC is available online at www.northminsteruc.ca. Inquiries and resumés are invited. Please contact our Search Committee Co-Chair, Joyce Armstrong at wdarmstrong@cogoco.ca, or phone 705-745-9230. Resumés will be accepted until November 15, 2018, or until a suitable candidate is found.


Port Colborne, ON

“New days, new ways, come join us in the journey.” Central United is seeking a full-time ordered minister to join us in our journey in a community located on Lake Erie in beautiful Niagara. Our new leader will be part of a team ministry with a half-time DLM on staff. We have a tradition of great music and active mission work in our community. We seek a caring, dynamic leader to energize our mission “To know Christ, and to make Him known.” Our JNAC Report can be found at www.centralunitedchurch.ca. Please submit applications to Lori Smith at lorir1952@gmail.com.


River John, NS

Come and be part of our dynamic churches and communities of River John and West Branch. We work ecumenically and joyfully to promote the word of God to all. Our two-point charge is a 50% position and there are many volunteers who are excited to promote the ministry of our communities. Find your peace in our manse, overlooking the river with a fabulous view of our famous sunsets. Be with us as we move forward in our exciting ministry! Deadline: February 1st, 2019. Contact: Joan MacLeod, 902-351-2759, or joanandmarie@ns.sympatico.ca.


Saskatoon, SK

McClure United Church is seeking an exceptional minister for the position of Minister of Worship and Renewal. Working in collaboration with two other ministerial team members, this position will have primary responsibility for congregational renewal (including outreach), preaching and worship leadership. This full-time, three-year appointment is open to an Ordained, Diaconal, or Designated Lay minister with a passion for renewal work. McClure has been defined by outreach since its inception and has both a seniors’ high-rise and assisted living complexes attached to the church. The entire church is multi-use with community and church events happening most evenings. We are an Affirming congregation, with active children, youth and young adult ministries. The position is open immediately. For further information or to apply, contact mcclureunitedsearch@gmail.com. A copy of the JNAC report is available at mcclureunitedchurch.org. Deadline for applications is October 1, 2018.


Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Harmony St. Marks in Richards Landing and Grace United in Hilton Beach make up a two-point charge located on beautiful St. Joseph Island. The members of these two congregations are seeking an individual who has a strong background in preaching and is willing to make pastoral care a priority. Both congregations are made up of adults and the elderly. The position would be full-time, with members of the congregation helping with worship, community outreach and pastoral care. A manse is located in Richards Landing. Please submit applications to Janet Prodan at janetprodan@gmail.com.


Shellbrook, SK

Knox United Church is seeking a half-time minister, to serve approximately 50 families in a one-point charge. This is a congregation who are surviving (and thriving) after a year without clergy to call our own! Our jugband has elicited laughter and smiles in regional care homes. Our musicians are tops. We have dedicated folks who sit on church council, the worship and music committee, the local ecumenical ministerial association, and lead workshop in the local long term care home and on Sunday mornings. When folks are asked to participate in worship, “no” is a word we have not heard. When there is a call for a work party, it feels like a party, and the work is accomplished. Our UCW discusses Observer articles each month. Shellbrook has excellent recreational, educational and health care facilities. We are close to two urban centers, Prince Albert (47 km east) and Saskatoon (150 km south). A manse is available in Shellbrook, which has a population of about 1,400 people. If you are an enthusiastic worship leader, and have an interest in pastoral care, direct enquiries to Deb Mervold, Box 351, Shellbrook SK S0J 2E0; d.mervold@sasktel.net or (306)747-7580. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.


Sicamous, BC

Sicamous United Church Pastoral Charge in BC’s beautiful Okanagan, situated between Shuswap and Mara Lakes, is searching for a half-time ministry personnel, to serve a small, open and caring congregation. It has a thriving thrift shop outreach ministry attached to the church. For more information call Bernice at 250-836-2300 and visit our website, www.sicamousunited.ca. Submit resume’s to k_nickerson@hotmail.com.


Toronto, ON

Dewi Sant Welsh United Church is looking for a full-time minister who is grounded in the theology and ethos of The United Church of Canada. We are community of faith originating from an ethnic Welsh heritage, seeking a minister who will lead our community in fulfilling our Mission Statement which is “To grow in the Christian faith through the Word, the sacraments and fellowship, and to maintain and encourage the music, Welsh heritage, language and culture for future generations”. We recognize that the minister may not have any Welsh background, but we believe that a genuine interest in Welsh culture and history (both in Wales and in Canada) will help a new minister to feel at home in our congregation. While the church is based in north Toronto, our congregation is spread over a wide area. Similar to many United Church congregations, we are missing young families and expect that the new minister will develop a strategy for outreach to new members in the local community, as well as from the Welsh community third and fourth generations. Our Mission Articulation Profile is available on the Toronto Conference website under #875794346 on the www.vacancyavailability.ca/el-tc-vacancies.php. If you are interested, please contact Anna Dunets, Chair of the Search Committee, at adunetswills@gmail.com.


Toronto, ON

Lawrence Park Community Church (United, Unlimited, Unorthodox) hopes to declare a vacancy this fall for a new Team Minister to begin working in January 2019. Besides a share of the preaching, this position will involve pastoral work, team building, and helping us launch an innovative evening service with a focus on guest speakers, meals, and secular but spiritual music launching in September 2019. We invite progressive ministers with superior preaching gifts to inquire. Send an email to judi@lawrenceparkchurch.ca. Visit www.lawrenceparkchurch.ca.


Toronto, ON

Manor Road United Church, a close-knit, caring faith community, located mid-town, desires a full-time minister to lead us through the next phase of our congregational journey. Our newly-renovated and redeveloped property includes a brand-new playground park immediately adjacent to our church, which calls us to find new ways to engage and serve our surrounding community. We are searching for a minister who is strong in faith and active in spirit to inspire and guide our congregation. Email applications to mrucsearch@gmail.com. Come grow with us!


Toronto, ON

Metropolitan United Church seeks an experienced, full-time Intentional Interim Minister (ordained) for 1-2 years, starting no later than February 1, 2019. Metropolitan has a team ministry with specific accountabilities for each minister as they work together to support the Metropolitan community and programs. The IIM will fill the role of Minister of the Congregation, assisting congregation and staff as they deal with the end of a long-term ministry, preaching three times per month, and working with the Transition Team to guide the exploration of new opportunities for the future. Ministerial team members include the Minister of Congregational Care and Development and the Minister of Music. Metropolitan is an affirming congregation in downtown Toronto with a tradition of learned, contemporary preaching that relates the Bible and Christianity to spirituality in our world today. Metropolitan has strong lay leadership and dedicated volunteers. Its heritage building will be under renovation for part of the tenure. Necessary skills include strong preaching and worship leadership, competencies in pastoral care, and the effective communication and interpersonal skills needed for inclusive consultation. For the position description and DFC, contact boardsec@metunited.ca. Those interested should contact the Toronto Conference Personnel Minister at DHildebrand@united-church.ca.


Williamstown, ON

Welcome to our corner of paradise, St. Andrews United Church in Williamstown – a storybook church set in a village steeped in Celtic tradition, century homes, wrap around porches and most importantly residents who are actively involved in the community and are proud of it. Located in the middle of a strong and vibrant agricultural area, benefitting from the values of rural living, just 15 minutes east of Cornwall and within commuting distance of Ottawa and Montreal, we call it home. As we continue on our faith journey, we are in search of a full-time Ordained Minister to be part of our church family and community. If you are interested in becoming part of our family, we would love to hear from you. You can find us on the web at www.standrewsunited.org, or on Facebook @standrewsunitedwilliamstown. For more information on how to apply, contact us at standrewschurchsearch@gmail.com, or visit the conference website at www.montrealandottawaconference.ca/pr-rp.


Virden, MB

St Paul's United Church is close to a beautiful valley, and halfway between Regina, Sask., and Winnipeg, Man., on #1 Highway. We are a small rural community looking for a full-time minister. If you are an Ordained Minister, Diaconal Minister, or Designated Lay Minister, please apply. Full information can be found in the St Paul's JNAC Report, on the MNWO Conference website, www.mnwo.ca.


Yellowknife, NWT

Do you feel the winds of God? Is it time for an adventure in a great church family in the Northwest Territories? Yellowknife United Church is a welcoming and affirming congregation and we are seeking a full-time ordained or diaconal minister to lead us in our congregational ministry. We are looking for a minister with excellent worship and preaching skills, an interest in creative outreach, pastoral care, and Christian education for all ages. Our church is located in Northern United Place, built in the 70’s as congregational outreach to the community providing subsidized housing and commercial rental space. Yellowknife, (pop.18,000) the capital of the NWT, is an exciting and challenging small city. An abundance of services such as recreation, health care and education are available here and are comparable to most cities much larger. We are a financially-stable church; offering a manse and an attractive remuneration package. This position can be available as soon as November 2018. Do you feel those winds? For our JNAC package and more information please contact ykucministersearch@gmail.com.



Ministry of Music

Nelson, BC

The affirming congregation of Nelson United Church seeks a Minister of Music – a skilled musician who can play the organ, the piano and direct our choirs. We are the proud owner of a Keates Pipe Organ, a Yamaha Grand Piano and a set of handbells. You will be responsible for the overall music leadership of the congregation, providing direction to the chancel choir. This position is for 15 hours per week; salary will be determined by experience and based on salary schedule set by the RCCO. All interested candidates, please contact: office@nelsonunitedchurch.ca, see more at nelsonunitedchurch.ca.


St. Catharines, ON

Elm Street United Church seeks a creative music director and organist for an enthusiastic volunteer SATB choir of approximately 20 members. The organ is a world-class 3-manual Allen Renaissance, the piano a new Roland LX7 digital. The successful candidate will provide a versatile, spiritually uplifting and enlivening music program. Once part of our ministry team, the music director will be expected to plan and work with our pastor and pianist. Position is available immediately. Please contact us at heathermargaretjohnson@gmail.com.



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Church Items for Sale!

At Saint Andrew's United in Port Moody BC, we are redeveloping our property to build a new church and affordable housing. We are selling audio-visual equipment, a piano, a pipe organ, pews, hymn books and various other equipment that we won't need in our new church space. Contact us at transformation@sauc.ca.


Church Website Service

Church Website Service - Churchweb Canada can help you update and run your church website. Our new sites are secure, fast and optimized for tablet and phone. Our support is unlimited and dependable. 844-541-4212, help@churchwebcanada.ca, or www.churchwebcanada.ca.


Handbells Wanted

Looking for 3 octave of Malmark Handbells, cases, pads, mallets and binders, to borrow or buy, for Wasaga Beach United Church. Contact Susan Gutsell, 705-441-1954.


Long-experienced Preacher Available

Long-experienced preacher, journalist and author of bestseller book The Little Immigrants is available for Sunday sermons in the city of Toronto and congregations near its perimeter. He has interviewed Harry Emerson Fosdick, Leslie Weatherhead, George Pidgeon, Martin Luther King, Reinhold Niehbuhr, John Robinson, Jim Mutchmore, Bill W (AA founder), Ray Hord, Norman Vincent Peale, and many others with theological and sociological insight. Upcoming sermons will be on the following three topics: "Dealing with our Doubt;"  "Faith and our Future" and  "The Present and the Path beyond the Present....."  No fee. If interested, please contact Rev. Kenneth Bagnell by email at kbagnell@aol.com. (View his commentaries at www.kennethbagnell.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 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, or find us on Facebook.



Celebrations

Metropolitan United Church 1818-2018

Toronto, ON – Metropolitan United Church 1818-2018 – Please join us in celebrating our 200th Anniversary: Sunday, September 23, 11:00 a.m. - Anniversary Worship Service. “A Focus on Community” guest preacher: The Rev. Dr. Catherine MacLean, Senior Minister, St. Paul’s United Church, Edmonton, Alberta. Sunday, September 23, 12:15 p.m. - Our Annual Fall Fair. Celebrating community with our heritage partners with specially commissioned carillon music and arts activities. Sunday, September 30, 7:30 p.m. - Special Evening Service. Friday, October 19, 7:30 p.m. - Anniversary Organ Concert. Dr. Ryan Jackson. Saturday, November 3, 7:00 p.m. - Arts Event and Reception. A multi-media event presenting the history of Metropolitan with drama, music and visuals. Sunday, November 4, 11:00 a.m. - Anniversary Worship Service. The Rev. Dr. Malcolm Sinclair, Minister of the Congregation. Special musical commissions by the Metropolitan Choir and the Metropolitan Silver Band. Located at 56 Queen Street East, Toronto. For more information, visit www.metunited.ca, or call 416-363-0331.


Waterford United Church 200th Anniversary

We’re celebrating our congregation’s 200th Anniversary at Waterford United Church!  In 1818, we became a congregation, started by an American Methodist Episcopal saddlebag preacher, working through four strains of Methodism, and joining the new denomination of the United Church of Canada.  Please help us celebrate in prayer, song and word as we rejoice on October 21, 2018.  Following the worship service at 10:30 a.m., enjoy a catered lunch, then we’ll join our voices in a Celebration of 200 Years of Singing Faith.  Hallelujah!  RSVP to wucsecetary@bellnet.ca; 135 Main Street S., Waterford, Ontario, N0E 1Y0.



Spiritual Health

Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre

Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre – 5-Day and 3-Day Silent Retreats. Sept. 8-12, October 9-11, November 13-15. Spend time in this sacred space. Relax, rest and re-focus in an atmosphere of beauty, peace and solitude. Take time to receive the gifts of silence waiting for you. Accommodation, home-cooked meals and spiritual direction are offered as part of these days. Call 905-476-4013, or email booking@lorettomaryholme.ca to registers, or visit www.lorettomaryholme.ca for more details



Announcements


Events

Canadian Society of Presbyterian History Conference

What do Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canadian Presbyterian theological training in the 19th century, and Reformed Church architecture have in common? They will all be discussed at this year's annual conference of the Canadian Society of Presbyterian History. Knox College, UofT, Toronto. Saturday, September 29, 2018. See www.csph.ca; or phone 519-864-1119.


StoryFest!

Stories of the Bible heard again for the first time. A refreshing and fun look at the life-giving stories of the Bible, written and produced by Ralph Milton. Check out StoryFest, a series of nine videos and a book funded by the ProVision Fund of the BC United Church and Wood Lake Productions. The inclusive and affirming videos, professionally recorded at three story festivals in in BC United Churches, invite the viewer to discover the link between their personal experience and the ancient scripture story. The story-tellers are Linnea Good, Allison Rennie, Donald Schmidt, Don McNair and producer Ralph Milton. Google Pacific Mountain StoryFest, then look for An Introduction, to see a short preview describing the nine free videos and related resources. Suitable for individuals or congregational groups. A lively and fun way to introduce the riches of the Bible.



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.



Book Releases

The Perfume Beyond the Veil

Rev. Sally McShane has written a novel about eternity. A well-known stage actress, Genia O’Donovan, has bought an old manor house on the edge of the Irish Sea. Surrounded by the mystical secrets of the Irish countryside, she begins to sense her new home has its own secrets.  She is kept sane by the presence of her dear friend Dimitri of Greek opera fame and a visit from a few of her stage friends. In the background are the surprising revelations about her ancestor who left Ireland during the Great Famine. The scene has been set for a mysterious and thrilling summer in Ireland. Published by Axial Press and posted on Amazon.ca for $12.95.



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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.



Travel

Visit Africa

Visit Africa: Ultimate Ghana Tour – January 23-Feb 3, 2019 – This small group tour to “one of the friendliest countries in Africa” will take you to the most amazing sites Ghana has to offer. From elephants to former slave castles to village drum-dance ceremonies, this tour will be your experience of a lifetime. Visit www.africanskiestours.com.


Walking the Way!

Walking the Way: El Camino de Santiago - May 25 - June 12, 2019. Join us on this pilgrimage walking two portions of the French Way (256 km). Your challenge and purpose await you as we walk together through the beautiful landscape and ancient villages of northern Spain. We’ll build a community of Pilgrims sharing the journey together. Cost is $3,795 Canadian, includes accommodation, most meals, guides, support vehicle, all trip organization and GST. For more information visit www.worldpilgrim.ca, or email worldpilgrims@gmail.com. World Pilgrim offers educational travel experiences to Guatemala, Cuba, India, Thailand, Mexico and more!



Columns

Rev. Don Collett had a hand in writing the document that paved the way for the open ordination of LGBT folks in the United Church of Canada. (Credit: Bayne Stanley)

For me, the landmark United Church vote on sexual orientation came at a high personal cost

by Don Collett

"Justice was served at General Council. Yes. And harm was also done," says Rev. Don Collett.

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Observations

Editor/publisher of The Observer, Jocelyn Bell.

Should we apologize for the hurt surrounding the 1988 decision?

by Jocelyn Bell

The groundbreaking United Church vote on gay and lesbian ministers has transformed the denomination in the years since, but there's still work left to do.

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Video

Meet beloved church cats Mable and Mouse

by Observer Staff

They're a fixture of Kirk United Church Centre in Edmonton.

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Society

September 2018

11 Ontarians share their opioid stories in this powerful project

by Mugoli Samba

The Opioid Chapters hopes to add nuance to the public discussion on opioids.

Society

September 2018

Do we face a future without Down syndrome?

by Kevin Spurgaitis

Advances in prenatal testing mean parents can detect the chromosomal difference earlier. What does this mean for the future of Down Syndrome?

Faith

September 2018

I send my kids to Catholic school, but I'm not Catholic

by Pieta Woolley

A lifelong United Church member explains why she's embracing lessons in reading, writing and rosaries.

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