We are delighted to share our online weekly worship services with you. Unless otherwise noted, each service starts at 11 am every Sunday morning. You can watch the service at that time or, if 11 am isn't a good time for you, drop in to our website later in the day or anytime that best suits your schedule.
Online Worship Service
Starting 11 am, Sunday, June 7, 2020
20 “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word,
21 that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
22 The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one,
23 I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
24 Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world
Written by: First Dawn Eastern Edge Youth Forum 2020
In this time of COVID-19 Holy one, we come to you We come with both the joys and the sorrows of our hearts. We offer our thanks to all those in health care and working in essential services We hope for an end to this time of uncertainty. Divine one in you we trust
Mother, we are grateful for double bubbles, especially now as they expand For families and friends who love us. For health care workers, and all other essential workers whose work enables us to stay safe. For beautiful weather and all of creation
Father, we pray for those who suffer from discrimination because of their race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any form of prejudice. For those who are not safe in their communities. May they know that they are valued, loved, and seen. We pray for peace and the well- being of all creation.
Creator, help us to be salt of the earth and light-bearers Allow us to encourage others to see the salt and light they must share. Together we join to make this world a better place for all. Amen.
Did you Know?
SNAC, our Youth Group, participated in a Youth Forum this weekend. Click HERE to see what else they have been doing!
Update from Rev. Ian
May 29, 2020
We still remain closed as instructed by the Minister of Health. It is very difficult to say when we will be able to worship as we did prior to the pandemic. However it will not be in the near future. Small groups MAY be able to meet within certain guidelines and restrictions once we reach level two. Some of those guidelines will have to include physical distancing, thorough cleaning, recording names of those present just to name a few. The Board has put a small committee together to make recommendations as to when and how we can open the church doors. Again please understand we are still a long way from achieving “a new normal.”
Thank you to all who have kept up their contributions during this time. Your donations have been a blessing to your church. Special thanks to those who have watched our services from as far away as Australia and to those around the corner who are first time givers and are using the donation button on the website. Please know we are also doing all that’s necessary to apply for government programs to help us. In the next couple of weeks we will be mailing out statements and a new way of having our annual can project - stay tuned.
The region continues to offer tremendous support to all pastoral charges and personnel. There are biweekly gathering for both clergy and governing bodies. There are several recorded webinars on the churches www.united-in-learning.com web page covering a range of topics. Most of these are free. Several are out the church’s response to the pandemic.
Rev. Ian March-MacCuish
First United Church
Your Support is Needed
We're a very active congregation from worship to outreach. Even during this pandemic our ministry continues, albeit in a different form. From Online Worship, to supporting our local food bank, to individuals preparing and delivering meals to those in need, to telephone visits, we haven't stopped. Also we have been making use of grocery store gift cards for those in need. To do all this, we need your support.
During the months of September through to May, First United publishes an online weekly newsletter on this website. For June, July and August we revert to monthly issues. It shows under News and Things in the main menu with the latest edition also feeding to several pages throughout the site. Since the covid-19 pandemic started we have also been issuing updates from Rev. Ian, scripture and prayers, links to our Online Worship and other relevant information and news. These updates have been (and will continue) on an ad hoc and as needed basis in between the News editions. Please note that at the very bottom of each publication, there is a place to leave comments and/or Follow us. If you select Follow, the newsletters automatically feed to your email address each time a new publication is issued.
First United also issues Constant Contact emails and provides information on our Facebook Page. If you haven't signed up either of those, we encourage you to do so as it is another convenient and timely way of keeping abreast of what is going on.
At First United Church you are part of our FAMILY
and you are always welcome
We Worship! We Dance! We Sing!
There's room for the lively, the quiet and the shy
There's room for all ages
There's room for laughter and for tears.
While during this time of COVID-19 we cannot physically greet you with smiles, a handshake or a hug,
we welcome you through the use of technology
Phone Calls, Emails, Online Worship, and Facebook!
You are welcome here!
How to Contact Us
If you are going through a pastoral emergency, we ask that you call or email the church office. The voice mail is checked daily as are the emails.
You can also contact us through this website (see Email form on this page) (please note: website emails are monitored periodically throughout each day)
Website email (use form on this page)
While the way pastoral visitation has changed, Rev. Ian continues to reach out through phone calls. You, too, can help. Please continue to be a neighbour. We have a number of individuals who live alone, individuals and couples who may feel isolated and reaching out with a phone call can make a huge difference.
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