Stepping Stones Summer Camp July 10-14 – Applewood United

Applewood United Church's Stepping Stones Summer Camp runs from July 10-14 from 9-11:30am for children ages 4-10.  Cost is only $40/child or max $75/family.  Click here for the registration form … [Read more...]

The Educational and Inspirational Preaching of Orville James

“Preaching the Sunday sermon is the most impactful thing any minister will do in a given week,” Rev. Dr. Orville James, the minister of Wellington Square United Church in Burlington, said. “If you can deliver the goods on Sunday morning, even if you’re a mediocre organizer, it can make a tremendous difference.” James’ thesis for his D. Min. in Homiletics at Princeton focused on communicating effectively to people in different stages of faith, based on James Fowler’s 1981 book, Stages of Faith, which outlines six stages to spiritual maturity. “Most people in the United Church are at stage four,” he said, “the Individuative-Reflective stage where they no longer blindly accept what those in authority tell them. They need to work things out in their own minds and examine how it applies to them. There are people with a high level of education in the United Church—with scientific and literary knowledge. They can interpret the Christian stories on a level of meaning that goes beyond the … [Read more...]

East Burlington Seniors’ Lunch a Truly Ecumenical Effort

While many churches in the Halton region have collaborated to host lunches for seniors, the East Burlington Seniors’ Lunch has become by far the most ecumenical. “That’s why I decided to volunteer,” Kathy Pringle, the current chairperson, said. “The ecumenical nature of the group really appealed to me.” Three years ago, Rev. Jean Archbell, then the rector of St. Elizabeth’s Anglican Church in Burlington, decided to replicate the Out-4-Lunch program operating out of St. Matthew On-The-Plains Anglican in Aldershot. While the Aldershot seniors’ lunch planning team featured a combined team of United, Catholic and Anglican volunteers, the East Burlington added Baptists and the Lutherans. When she was planning the event, Archbell contacted the minister of virtually every Christian Church in south east Burlington—from Walkers Line in the west to Burloak and from Lake Ontario up to Upper Middle Road. The response was amazing. “From its inception we had volunteers from five churches … [Read more...]

Six Nations Seek Partnerships Based on Relationships and Trust

Mohawk, Phil Monture, has made it his life’s work to make the governments of Ontario and Canada accountable for the misuse and appropriation of the lands allocated to the Six Nations (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora) according to the 1784 Haldimand Treaty. Although the group was awarded 950,000 acres of land (six miles wide on each side of the Grand River) as a reward for defending the northern territories during the American Revolution, the 28,000 surviving band members only control 46,000 acres (less than 5% of the original amount) near Brantford. Monture said, at an insightful talk at Port Nelson United Church, in Burlington, on April 26th, that he doesn’t expect the government to remove “the squatters” or “the innocent bystanders” from the land that’s not rightfully theirs, in communities such as Brantford, Kitchener/Waterloo and Cambridge—but Six Nations does expect to “receive justice” for the losses. “The government always tells us we’re entitled to … [Read more...]

Michael Coren Says Christians Must Love Everyone Unconditionally

  “Some of the finest Christians I’ve ever met are gay,” Michael Coren told the crowd at Applewood United’s third anniversary of becoming an affirming congregation, on April 2nd. Coren, the award-winning author, journalist, radio and television personality, who once stood strongly against gay marriage because of his traditional Catholic beliefs, is now on the lecture circuit convincing Christians to show compassion to the LGBTQ community. It has been a long journey for the journalist, whose Jewish father scorned religion of any kind, and raised him in a tough guy neighbourhood to be a stereotypical male. Coren came to the Christian faith, and later to an acceptance of non traditional lifestyles, through a lengthy period of soul searching. Coren said it was the situation in Uganda that caused his change of heart. When he realized that people were being condemned to death simply because of their sexual orientation, he knew he had to stand up against it. And then he wrote … [Read more...]

Ministry in Motion Nov 13-15, 2017 – get the early bird rate now!

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West Plains United Church Reaches out to Those in Need

West Plains United Church, situated on the border between Hamilton and Burlington, is keenly positioned for outreach.  However, in recent years the needs of the people stopping by were too great and the church wasn't able to respond to everyone's requests for help. “We had to start directing people to the Compassionate Society,” West Plain’s United Church Women’s association (UCW) President, Linda Sanderson, said, “and we give them a $200 donation per month”. The registered charity, located behind the Bingo Connection at 484 Plains Road East in Burlington, is also supported by two other Burlington-based United Churches—East Plains and Wellington Square. The organization distributes used clothing, food and everyday household items on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons to those in need. Sanderson, a former Ontario welfare worker, knows a lot about social services. She applies her expertise to design, organize and volunteer for charitable projects. The church also host … [Read more...]

Traditional Music Ministry Job Description – Wellington Square

Coordinator of Traditional Music: One who helps people draw near to God and into the experience of praising God through music. Hours and Salary: 12 hours weekly: $17 000.00 annually Please note: The abilities and responsibilities as described include those that are needed for this position but are not limited to those listed. Abilities: The prospective Candidate is able to: Articulate a clear testimony of faith in Jesus Christ. Demonstrate: A heart for the spiritual formation of the congregation and of the music ministry. A passion for personal spiritual growth that focuses on leadership skills, musicianship and differing styles of music. Inspire enthusiastic and positive attitudes as the worship leader of the congregation. Establish a culture of teaming, specifically as a team leader and team builder. Work collaboratively with ministry leaders, volunteers and church members to achieve the mission, vision and values of Wellington Square … [Read more...]