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

please note these upcoming dates for 2017

April 25, 2017 –  Special Remit Meeting, location TBA

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
"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


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 Ruth McDonald, 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

NW Presbytery Youth WAVE Event!!

'For Such A Time As This'

February 3 - 5, 2017

Teen Ranch, Orangeville

7 pm Fri - 2 pm Sun
Deadline Extended: January 5, 2017





A youth and young adult retreat (min gr 7) based on the story of Queen Esther.
Join us for worship, study and fun!

We will spend some time building community, exploring scripture, engaging in fun and formative workshops and spiritual practices. There will also be time to blow off steam, explore Sabbath and play.

Can you: Stand in the light and be seen as you are? Do you know what makes you beautiful? What is beauty anyway? How can what makes you beautiful and unique make the world a better place?

More Information HERE!

Call For Chaplain: The Chaplain will work with the leadership team to prepare and lead theme based worship, be present for pastoral emergencies and needs of retreat participants, support the leadership team during leader check in times by offering opportunities for reflection, nurture the individual and group spirituality, help nurture and build relationships with God, participate in social activities and participate in learning, activities and opportunities over the course of the retreat.

Call For Home Group Leaders: The home group leader will oversee home group and larger group activities in such a way that opportunities arise for lives to change and growth is possible. This will include preparation of small group conversations, supervision during workshops and rotation activities, dorm check at the end of the day, participation in social activities and participating in worship, learning, and other activities and opportunities.

Call For Workshop Leaders:  We invite you to submit a proposal to present a workshop for youth and young adults that will:

  • connect learning, faith and life to the story of Esther;
  • help them discover and celebrate their uniqueness and vibrancy;
  • help us to live deeper into our faith, courage, creativity and justice;
  • engage them in spiritual practices;
  • develop the skills to make healthy decisions about themselves and their relationship with God;
  • involve youth and young adults in the excitement of a lively faith in action



For more information, contact Louise Hewson at: or 1-800-446-4729 ext. 6240


Share the Music is a free program for seniors re-commencing Wednesday, January 4:  every Wednesday, 10 -11 am 

Organist and choir director Eugenie Villanueva-Landry and soprano Susan Ryman help participants of any ability experience the joy of sharing music. The program also includes sharing some interesting local history.
The location is Wesley United Church which is equipped with a ramp and stair lift for those who require assistance to get into the church and up into the Sanctuary.

Wesley United Church is located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Aurora Road and Woodbine Avenue.

 Come and celebrate!


Enjoy dinner and socializing on
Saturday, January 14
th, 2017
at Bradford United Church.
A hearty dinner of ham, scalloped potatoes, vegetables, salad, bread/rolls, dessert, and tea/coffee/ juice
is being served from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm.


The ticket price is $16.00 for adults and $8.00 for children. Tickets may be obtained in advance by
calling 905-775-7268, and are also available at the door on January 14
th. Arrangements may be made in advance for take-out meals to be delivered to your home – contact the Church before 3 pm on Friday, January 13th to arrange for take-out.


The Church is located at 66 Barrie Street in Bradford. The proceeds go to support Bradford United Church and its charities. We look forward to seeing you!


Treasures Sale – Bradford United Church – January 28th, 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, January 28th, 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 January 28th Treasures Sale will predominantly be a book sale. 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, January 28th, 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 January 28th. 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.

THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA is currently seeking nominations for the next
Youth Forum Coordinator
for the 43rd General Council.
It would be most appreciated if you could share this call through your networks and prompt those with the desired gifts to give this opportunity prayerful consideration. 

General Council 43 Youth Forum Coordinator

We are seeking an established leader in youth ministry with excellent planning skills who can recruit, resource, and coordinate Youth Forum for the 43rd General Council. Deadline: January 19, 2017
For a sneak peek at what’s up-coming, early in January, we will also be launching a call for nominations for two new task groups:
Task Group on an Association of Ministers
Admissions Policy and Procedures Task Group. 

Thanks, as always, for your assistance and support in bringing gifted leaders into this work.
Diane Bosman | Member Engagement
The United Church of Canada
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 300. Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4
Tel: 416-231-7680 x 2211| Toll-free: 1-800-268-3781 | Fax: 416-231-3103

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

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. 

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