Weekly News May 22, 2020 – Updated

Weekly News May 22, 2020 – Updated

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, May 24, 2020

We hope your special day was one filled with laughter and that you enjoyed every minute!

From all of us at First United

Rev. Ian, the work you do for all of us is so much appreciated.

Thank you!

1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
2 Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!
3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.
7 O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem.
8 It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.

Psalm 130

Let us pray

God, our companion and guide, be with us as we approach you in prayer. Be with us as we try to make sense of the many changes we are going through as a faith community. The lack of personal contact, hug or handshake can be very difficult for so many who remain isolated. Even the lack of human presence can affect so many after an extended time apart. Emotions, feelings, stress and strain can at times cause pressure to build. May our gathered prayers for all in this difficult time be a comfort, may our thoughts of others wash over us cascading down through our hearts. May the love that is found in this community of faith enable us to continue to reach out to our neighbours through conversations over a backyard fence, facebook, email and telephone. That together we can look after each other.

Be near, O God, to those who are in hospital suffering from covid-19. May we through you, O God, offer our prayers to the many seniors in nursing homes who have this virus, those who have recovered and especially those who are part of the communion of saints that are always around us. Be near others who are awaiting their surgery. Be with those who are dealing with recovery from a stroke. Allow our prayers to wrap around these individual and their families offering them a presence of support and compassion.

It is through faith in you God that enables us to offer these prayers. Through Jesus and his human interactions we are aware that you know what it is like to feel what we feel. Jesus experienced loss of a friend, he experienced joy at weddings and he knew how to give love and received love. We ask therefore that you be with us in all our emotions and feelings. That you hold us close, protecting us and loving us. Amen

A very BIG Thank You to everyone for sharing Mom's 100th birthday with us. She enjoyed all the attention and every minute of her day, as did we.  It was so special.

from Linda Manuel
On Behalf of the Pennell / Manuel families

Click HERE to see the photos and greetings .

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For most of us FOOD has played a huge role in helping us survive in our bubbles during covid-19.  Did you discover any new recipes you would like to share? If so, send them along and we'll add them to our Recipe Collection (located under Life and Work in the Main Menu. Click HERE to email a recipe

Weekly News

First United publishes an online weekly newsletter (Weekly News) on this website. 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 adhoc and as needed basis in between the Weekly 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.


Bridges to Hope Has Re-opened

Bridges to Hope had been closed because we were unable to meet all the requirements for us to operate under the COVID-19 guidelines, and we have been working ever since to meet these guidelines.

There will be some new ways in which we will operate, including making appointment times for receiving hampers, and these will be publicized. We hope to be able to safely receive donations of food soon, and how, when and where this will happen will also be publicized.

In the meantime any financial donation will be appreciated as we are including supermarket gift cards to supplement our hampers.

Bridges to Hope

Bridges to Hope
39 Cookstown Road, St John’s, NL


The Jimmy Pratt Memorial Outreach Centre has resumed a Friday Meal Program as a takeaway Brunch. This features a Hot Breakfast Sandwich plus other associated foods and condiments. Servings start on Fridays at 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM.

The Monday Breakfast Program also include a Hot Breakfast Sandwich as a takeaway every Monday. Servings start on Mondays at 8:30 AM - to 10:00 AM.’

George Street United Church/
Jimmy Pratt Memorial Outreach Centre
25 Buchanan Street

Update from Rev. Ian

May 15, 2020

As most of you are aware we have moved from phase 5 to 4, which has enabled some things to open but still not churches. We will continue to offer our internet worship and it is our hope that you are sharing with us.

Several of our ministries are making use of technology to meet such as our Board and youth group and book club. The UCW and men’s club have been using email and the telephone to keep in touch with each other and share concerns.

If you are experiencing difficulties getting groceries or medications please call the church. If you are feeling lonely or having a stressful time, need to talk or just to say hi, please call the minister at 727-7803 or email revianm@gmail.com.

Rev. Ian March-MacCuish
First United Church


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)

Contact Information:
Church: 709-368-2194
Email: firstunited@nf.aibn.com
Website email (use form on this page)
Emergencies: 709-727-7803


Do you wish to make a donation in memory or in recognition of someone?  If so, you can place it in the mail slot at the church or the online donation button making sure to indicate it is a “memorial.” The memorials will be listed on the website under the “life and work” tab/menu item. If you do not want it placed on the website, please indicate.online giving



Pastoral Visitation Through Phone Calls

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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