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Our next Presbytery meeting is
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
at Midhurst United Church

Add these 2017 dates to your device calendars:

April 25, 2017 –  Special Remit Meeting, St. Paul's, Orillia

June 13, 2017 – Bracebridge UC

September 12, 2017 – York Pines UC

November 14, 2017 – Grace UC

forward to the Editor: 
by the 25th of each month

The Nominations Committee of Living Waters Presbytery is currently seeking people to fill a number of leadership positions.  Please prayerfully consider how you might use your gifts to provide leadership in Living Waters Presbytery and in the wider Church.

For further information on the vacant positions available, please contact Bruce Chappell, chair of Nominations at

It is vitally important that the governing body of every pastoral charge and presbytery cast a vote on all applicable remits. An absolute majority is needed for the remits to pass, not just a majority of those that vote. If passed by an absolute majority, each remit will go to the 43rd General Council 2018 for approval. If a governing body of a pastoral charge or presbytery does not vote, that is considered a vote AGAINST the remit question.

The deadlines for communities of faith are:
  • Remits 1, 2, 3, and 4: votes must be received by 30 June 2017
  • Remit 6: votes must be received by 28 February 2018
For more information as well as study guides, visit the GC42 remit site.

Watch for notice of information sessions in Living Waters Presbytery coming in the Spring.  If you have any questions about the process, you can contact Jody Maltby at
"A four year old child, whose neighbor was an elderly gentleman, had recently lost his wife.  Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old man's yard, climbed on his lap and just sat there.  When his mother asked him what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy just said, "Nothing, I just helped him cry."

If in your busy lives, you find you need to talk to someone or have a visit, we are available to meet with you.  We may even help you cry.

Tina Bax - 705-767-3479:  Colin MacDonald - 705-728-7589

It is with great pleasure we announce that Carole Bennett, from Islington United Church, has been selected to participate in the Mission & Service Global Pilgrimage to Kenya in 2017. 

From March 25 to April 4, 2017, Carole will experience an incredible journey led by our Mission & Service partners in this region. She will have a first-hand opportunity to witness the joys and challenges of life in Kenya and learn just how the people of the United Church are sharing God’s love and making a difference in lives of thousands of individuals every day.

Upon her return Carole will be given opportunities to share her experience and learning.  We are excited that Carole will be our Conference’s representative and look forward to working with her to share her story. 

Congratulations Carole!

Jody Maltby

Conference Minister for Vision and Mission

Living Waters Presbytery, Toronto Conference

The United Church of Canada

to register for the Confirmation Retreat.


Living Waters has a list of ministry personnel and lay leaders willing to offer occasional pulpit supply to our communities of faith.  To get a copy of the list, please contact the Presbytery Administrative Assistant, Rachael Howes, at 800-446-4729, ext. 6230, or by email at 

Living Waters Presbytery has made a mindful decision to Nurture Ministry with Youth and Young Adults

Living Waters is pleased to announce a new ministry with youth and young adults in our Presbytery and to invite applications for the full-time 3 year contract position of Youth Ministries Coordinator. The Youth Ministries Coordinator position was formed through a partnership with Grace United Church in Barrie and Living Waters Presbytery. The Coordinator will work a 1⁄2 time position with Living Waters Presbytery and  a 1⁄2 time position with Grace United Church in Barrie. We believe this position will appeal to United Church ministry personnel or lay persons with experience and/or training in ministry with youth and young adults.  Please share this opportunity widely in your circles. The position posting is as below.

 December 20, 2016


 3 year contract position – Youth Ministries Coordinator for Living Waters Presbytery and Grace United Church (position descriptions attached)

Compensation: This is a full-time Congregational Designated Minister position with an annual salary range of $ 51,261- $59,291 or the Lay Equivalent Rate for a period of 3 years beginning from the negotiated start date with the successful candidate. The preferred start date is April 3, 2017, but is open to negotiation.


Deadline for applications               February 17, 2017

Short-listing                                      February 24, 2017

Interviews                                         March 6, 2017

Starting date                                     April 3, 2017


Please send applications and names of three references by e-mail to Jody Maltby, Living Waters Presbytery, at

The Link to the job description on the Toronto Conference website is: 

12990 Regional Road 39
Zephyr, Ontario

The warm and welcoming congregations of Sandford/Zephyr United Churches are seeking an enthusiastic Music Director, proficient in the organ and/or piano. This position involves Sunday morning worship and creating and leading a choir awaiting an inspirational and patient musician.

Please forward resumés to Joanie Sine at

Want to give your partner a gift of lasting love for Valentine’s Day?

Join us at a 3 Hour Couples Workshop!

Hear a discussion of love that is fun and insightful

Discover the unconscious forces that influence romantic attraction

Embrace struggle as a natural process to work through, not a signal to give up

Learn a 3-step communication skill to deepen connection

Make sense of love

Saturday February 11th from 9am - 12 pm

91 Doran Road, Midhurst ON

$30/couple, $15/individual (bring a buddy!)

Includes a gift card, materials and snacks

~Sponsored by Midhurst United Church~

To register or for more information, please email or call (705) 816-5683






Saturday February 11, 2017

1:30 PM TO 4:00 PM


Sip tea from fine china teacups and enjoy a selection of homemade scones, finger sandwiches, and desserts. Invite friends and family and plan to attend this relaxing, enjoyable afternoon.  

All proceeds go to local charities.

TICKETS are $15 and can be obtained in advance by contacting the church office at 905-884-3606. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Treasures Sale – Bradford United Church –
February 25
th, 2017


Once they were valued and necessary possessions of their owners, but now they are no longer needed. So, they are looking for a second home – hoping to be treasured and useful again. So, on Saturday, February 25th, 2017, from 8:00 am to 11:00 am, come to Bradford United Church (66 Barrie Street in Bradford, telephone 905-775-7268) to make a donation to the Church, and make these treasures your own. The proceeds go to support Bradford United Church and its charities.

In addition, if you have goods that you wish to sell at prices you determine, a table may be rented for $15 – contact the Church regarding table rentals.

Hope to see you at the Treasures Sale!


On Saturday, February 25th, 2017 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, Bradford United Church is hosting a Euchre Party. The Church is located at 66 Barrie Street in Bradford (telephone 905-775-7268). Tickets are $10.00 per person, and may be obtained at the door on February 25th. The proceeds go to support Bradford United Church and its charities. Refreshments and prizes will be provided. Come and join us for an enjoyable social afternoon of cards. We look forward to seeing you.

World Day of Prayer
On March 3, 2017, Christians in more than 170 countries and in 2,000 communities across Canada will gather to learn, pray, and celebrate in solidarity with the women of The Philippines through the World Day of Prayer.

Please join us and invite your friends and family to attend the World Day of Prayer 2017.

A local World Day of Prayer service will be held at:
Midhurst United Church, 91 Doran Road, Midhurst, Ontario at 1:30 p.m.

For more information contact Angela Schwarz at 705-722-6331.
A member of Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC) & President of Toronto Conference UCW



Enjoy dinner and socializing on Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at Bradford United Church. A hearty dinner of roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, salad, bread/rolls, dessert, and tea/coffee/juice is being served from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

The ticket price is $18.00 for adults and $9.00 for children. The proceeds go to support Bradford United Church and its charities. The Church is located at 66 Barrie Street in Bradford. Tickets may be obtained in advance by calling 905-775-7268, and are also available at the door on March 4th. Take-out is available.

We look forward to seeing you!

Available: Used Keates pipe organ
from St James United Church in Parry Sound. This instrument would be suitable for anyone looking for parts or perhaps has an interest in re-purposing the console. It is available “free’. However, the recipient must provide pick up and transportation. To inquire, please call either the church office at 705-746-8553 or Gloria Tozek at 705-746-4587.

Call for Nominations for Toronto Conference

Conference Chair of
Nominations Committee, Past-President Bryan Ransom invites
discernment for TORONTO CONFERENCE

At the 2017 Toronto Conference Annual
Meeting, we will elect a President-Elect to serve our
Conference for four years*, one year as
President-Elect, two years as President and one year as
Past-President. This is an opportunity for you, or
someone you know, to serve the wider church within Toronto

*depending on the results of the remits about
the future shape of the church

 I invite you to discern whether you, or someone else, might
have the gifts and the time to serve in this capacity in the
Conference. You may wish to speak with the current
President,  Rev. Audrey Brown or myself as you
discern your call to this ministry.

If you are interested in serving, I invite you to indicate
your interest through the application process (see page 3-10
in the Executive Policy Governance Handbook).  There will be an
opportunity to meet with members of the Conference
Nominations Committee to discuss your interest. 

 The election of President-Elect will take place at the
Conference annual meeting, and duties will begin at the rise
of Conference.  At that time, all of the candidates
will have a chance to speak to the Court. There will be no
proxy speakers for candidates who are not in

To find out all the details, please follow the link at:
Expressions of interest for these positions will be received until April 3, 2017


Bryan Ransom, Toronto Conference Past-President
Chair, Nominations Committee

DAY WITH EMMANUEL - event for future students and guests!

Saturday, March 4, 2017, 10:00am-2:30pm
Experience a day in the life of Emmanuel College, attend a mini lecture, enjoy a time of worship, prayer and meditation, learn about our programs and financial support, take a tour, and have lunch with students and faculty. Emmanuel College offers a range of programs in theology, ministry and spiritual care. Learn about the newest addition to our Master of Pastoral Studies program, the Certificate in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy.
Advanced registration for this free event is required: or contact our Admissions Counsellor, Andrew Aitchison:<>, 416.585.4464 for more information.

Interfaith & Faith - Canada's 150th anniversary - 2017

Dear Interfaith Colleagues in the GTA:    Faith in Canada 150 is a growing, multi-faith movement of organizations that is connecting and convening thousands of local leaders and organizations as Canada celebrates its 150th birthday in 2017.

You can get involved. We exist to help resource your work. Because of your interfaith work in the GTA and beyond, we would like to invite you to get acquainted with our initiatives and join us at no charge by signing up at the Faith in Canada 150 website. Attached is an invitation to our upcoming Toronto event and a brochure with more information about how you can get involved. For more information or to get connected, please call our Faith Alliance Coordinator in Hamilton, Stephen Lazarus at 905-528-8866 ext. 138 or go to .

Greg Pennoyer, Program Director

Faith in Canada 150

 AVEL newsletter is available HERE 
RAINBOW MAKERS stained glass specializes in making and restoring Memorial stained glass since 1979.

And since then we have been upgrading our new and restored stained glass windows to include insulated glass and our narrow profile insulated aluminium vents.

Our approach is to remove the stained glass to be restored or refurbished and where the stained glass was installed, we install new insulated thermal panes and aluminium screened vents. In essence we create a new modern window but we use your wood or stone frame.

We reinstall your stained glass against the thermal pane from the inside, and in most cases use the original moldings. You can imagine the congregational benefits of having a draft free church with modern thermally insulated glass and vents. Heat loss and condensation will be eliminated, future maintenance costs and your heating cost will be drastically reduced.    

We are proud of our Memorial windows and can provide numerous examples of our work.  Each  new or restored window installed with thermal panes and our own aluminium vents since 1985. 

304 SHANTY BAY ROAD, BARRIE   705-726-0934

Emmanuel College Continuing Education Newsletter
for February 2017 is available HERE.
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