Fellowship, Programs and Outreach
No matter what your age, we have something for you. You decide how you want to participate in the life and work of our Church. Come prepared to roll up your sleeves and work or to sit and talk, to discuss your thoughts on the latest book, to sing, to join us in fellowship or worship. The choice is yours. When you get involved, you'll never be short on laughter and you'll certainly find no shortage of things to do and ways to serve.
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 continue our ministry, we need your support.
As time continues we may need to be involved in helping members of the congregation who have been laid off or have had hours reduced or have lost their jobs altogether. If you know of anybody that could use a hand up please be in touch.
This page provides a snippet overview of some of our groups and the work we do. To get updates on what's happening each week, head on over to the News and Things page on our website.
- First United Men's Club
- United Church Women
- Book Club
- Quilt Group
- Outreach and Social Action
The Latest News and Things
Starting this week and for the months of June, July and August, we will revert to monthly rather than weekly news issues with ad hoc updates being provided in between whenever new information or announcements become available.
Please note .. Online Worship Services will continue each week. As well, the website will continue to be updated on an ongoing basis.
It is with gratitude and thanksgiving we acknowledge the following Gifts and dedicate them to the Glory of God:
- In celebration of Florrie Pennell’s 100th Birthday. From Jean and Paul Kieley.
NOTICE: Father's Day Memorials
Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21st. If you would like to make a donation in memory or in recognition of a loved one for Father’s Day, you can submit by phone, email, the mail slot at the church or through our online giving. Be sure to indicate which fund you would like the donation to go towards. The memorials will be listed on the website for Father’s Day.
Due to Covid-19 we are unable to do any food drives or hold any Fundraising Events at this time. And, for the first time ever we have been purchasing all of our product to ensure our clients have access to essential food. We can really use your support at this time – no donation is too small!
What is The Great Canadian Giving Challenge?
It is a national public contest to benefit any registered Canadian charity. Every $1 donated IN JUNE is an automatic entry for your charity of choice to win (minimum $3 donation required). The grand prize draw is on Canada Day and one lucky charity will receive the grand prize of $20,000.
Here is a list of some things Bridges to Hope could do with $20,000:
- Provide 4000 Smart Snack Kits. We service over 250 children a month.
- Provide 8000 food hampers to the marginalized in our community.
- Provide 15,000 loaves of bread baked daily by our volunteers.
- Pay for us to make 30,000 bowls of Homemade Soup.
If Support is Needed
First United Church Mount Pearl: If you are experiencing difficulties getting groceries or medications please call the church at 368-2194 and leave a message. If you are feeling lonely or having a stressful time, need to talk or just to say hi, please call the minister at (709) 727-7803 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact us using the email contact form on this page (emails are monitored daily).
We realize these are very difficult times. The following is a list of some of the organizations in the St. John's / Metro area that are available to help.
- Bridges to Hope Food Aid Centre: Due to the current pandemic, Bridges to Hope is distributing food hampers by appointment only. To register for a food hamper, please call (709) 726-9246 between 9:00 am – 1:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday.
- St. Vincent De Paul Society, Mary Queen of the World Conference (Food Pantry) : call (709) 364-7140
- Stella's Circle, Brian Martin Housing Resource Centre: call (709) 738-0457 - assisting participants with emergency shelter, food, COVID19nfld news & counselling thanks to their "Welcome Window"
- The Gathering Place: call (709)-753-3234
- Jimmy Pratt Memorial Outreach Centre: (709) 726-8775 - The Husky Breakfast Program has resumed as of April 13th 2020 plus a Friday Brunch is now being offered as of May 8th 2020. These services are takeaway meals offered every Monday from 8:30 am – 10:00 am and the Friday Brunch from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.and will be available at the main entrance to George St United Church on George Street
- Naomi Centre: call (709) 579-8641 - an emergency shelter that offers safe and supportive temporary housing for women aged 16-30 within a harm reduction model.
- Irish Kirby House: call (709) 753-1492 - emergency housing, advocacy and support services are available at the shelter free of charge to all residents and ex-residents
- Bridge the gApp - an online mental health resource available in Newfoundland and Labrador connecting you to local services, information and tools to support wellness.
- HOPE Program – Healthy Opportunities for People with Eating Disorders: call (709) 777.2041 - for people (fifteen years and older) who have been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or other specified feeding and eating disorder. The program helps provide a journey to wellness in a trusting, supportive environment.
- Mental Health Crisis Line (for Newfoundland and Labrador) 1-888-737-4668
Our Men's Club has been in existence since the early days of the establishment of First United Church in Mount Pearl. We meet eight times a year, sharing in fellowship, food and fun. We also take part in the work of the Church, often leading functions, social action and outreach activities. Our Club currently consists of about 45 men, averaging about 30 in attendance at each meeting. We welcome new members to share our fellowship.
United Church Women (UCW)
The First United Church Women's Group (UCW) is a vibrant and active group of women who meet the second Monday of each month, September to June. We worship, deal with business, tackle special projects, visit our elderly, sick and shut-ins, and support the overall work of our Church Community. We welcome new members to join us on our faith journey as we share our time, talents and treasures.
Our children are such a wonderful, vital part of our Church and we learn from them as much if not more than they learn from us. Our Sunday School classes range in age groups from toddlers to Junior High. Each Sunday they join our Worship Service and then, after their special time of story, music and sharing, head downstairs to Trinity Hall where there is fun, music and more stories.
"A person is a person - no matter how small."
~ Dr. Seuss
SNAC is Sunday Night at Church - Our Youth Group
First United Book Club meets for an hour once each month to choose and discuss. We're deliberate in keeping a wide range of reading, from fiction to non-fiction, from Newfoundland to Australia, from historical biography to fictional biography. Our only criteria is that each book have a religious, moral or social theme but we aim for a wide variety of writing styles. Books are chosen by all members a month or two in advance.
We average about six regular members for each meeting with a couple of others dropping in as able and would love to have more people join us.
The quilting group meets the first and third Monday evenings of each month at 7:30 pm. We usually meet in the multi-purpose room at the church. If you are interested in joining, contact us for information. Beginners and experienced quilters welcome.
Outreach and Social Action
We're a very active bunch! Our routine volunteer work, fundraisers and financial contributions include such things as:
- Seniors dinners
- Visitation with the sick and shut-in
- Christmas baskets for prisoners
- Bridges to Hope
- Stella Burry Foundation
- Iris Kirby House
- Emmanuel House
- Foster Children's Fund
- Mission in Service Fund
- Mount Pearl Community Supper
We also participate in special projects from time to time as a need arises.
" The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the Commitment to make a difference in the lives of others."
~ DeAnn Hollis
Cooking! Baking! BBQs!
A big part of our fellowship at First United is sharing conversation over a cup of tea, a cookie, a sandwich or a hearty meal.
We've started a series of Feature Articles
so we can get to know each other better.
People of all walks of life. A part of a community of faith!
Who we are, what we do - putting names to faces and sharing some of our stories.