Burton Avenue United Church is a dynamic Christ-centred community of faith. For over 145 years, we have served the community of Allandale and the surrounding Barrie area, through meaningful worship, spiritual nurture and outreach into the community and wider world. We are inclusive, open, welcoming, willing to push the boundaries and take risks in order to be the hands and voice and heart of Christ. If you are looking for a church home where you will be welcomed, nurtured and challenged, Welcome to Burton Avenue United Church!
What's Happening this week!
EXPLORE BURTON aVENUE uNITED church
Join us for Sunday Service at 10:00am!
Children are invited to Rainbow Club after our Children’s Story. Caregivers with toddlers & babies can make use of the Lounge beside the sanctuary if you need or go visit in the Rainbow Club. An usher can help you find your way.
Refreshments will be served in the lounge after service. If you would like to take a turn serving cold refreshments, please sign-up in the lounge.
Newsletter - If you receive a paper copy, the latest edition is in the mailslots in the foyer. If you are not on our list to receive the newsletter, sign up in the foyer or contact the office. Extra copies are in the foyer or at the above Newsletter link.
News and upcoming events
Aug. 4: Rick Williams Aug. 11: Chris Haynes
Aug. 18: Pat Edmonds
More Ushers Needed – At least one more usher (non-counter) per Sunday is needed to fill in the summer schedule. If you can help out, please let the church office know.
Milk Bags - Please bring your empty 3L milk bags (the bags that holds the three 1 liter bags) and leave in the basket in the lobby above the coat racks. Lyle Edwards will take them to Westminister Presbyterian church to be made into mats for those in need.
Book Club - Our next meeting will be Tues., Sept. 24 at 7:30 pm. Discussion will be recommendations on a book of each member’s choosing. Sally Telford will be hosting at her home. All are welcome.
Resource Corner - Check out the corner of resources just outside the Lounge. Both the Affirm Team and the Truth & Reconciliation Committee have compiled books and other resources that you can borrow or keep. On the bulletin board right outside the sanctuary & in the lower level the Outreach Committee have posted information about Mental Health Awareness – take any flyers or information that you need.
Photo Collection We are collecting photos that you might take on your vacation, of your garden, of your family, of your experiences, of nature, of celebrations that we could use in our worship powerpoints. You can email them to Andrea Wheaton or drop off on a usb drive and we will download and return drive to you.
Photo Directory – a pdf copy was emailed to church families. If you want a printed copy, contact the office. Please check your info and let the office know of changes. As well, if you have a more up to date headshot photo that you would like us to use please email it to the office. We will be planning to hold sessions for updated photos in Sept.
The Kitchen Club will be starting in the next few weeks. It is a ‘community kitchen’ in that participants get together to prep and cook meals and take them home to the freezer. Participants engage in planning meals, preparation, and cooking. They can learn about healthy eating and get some healthy meals into their sometimes single lives. Research tells us that community kitchens can have positive impacts on social support networks, education, and personal health practices. The Kitchen Club Steering Committee will be looking for a Project Coordinator who will manage all aspects of this program. It will be a part-time (approximately 5 hours per week) one year contract. For more information about the position please contact a member of the steering committee: Alan McGee, Miriam Oben and Cathy Manzato or call Peggy Gemmell at 705 719 1438 or email email@example.com.
Sparrow Lake Camp - As we get ready to head into summer, the Life Long Learning Committee is busy planning our fall camp weekend. Camp weekend is Fri., Sept. 13 – Sun., Sept. 15. The cost is $55 per adult and $45 per child (under 5 are free) or pay what you can over or under those amounts. In order to help with the additional activity costs, we are going to have a fundraiser. $20 for a paddle (waterfront activities) & $10 for a bulls eye (archery). Sign up and fundraising begins today. We look forward to another fun fall weekend!
lend a helping hand
Barrie Food Bank - is in need of juice, jam and toilet paper. Busby Street Centre - is in need of coffee, tea, sugar, peanut butter, sunscreen, bug spray and deodorant. Youth Haven - Youth Haven’s pantry is looking for the following items: Kraft Dinner, Pasta Sauce, Mr. Noodles, Tuna, Chef Boyardee, Cereal, Coffee, Oatmeal - instant breakfast packages, Pancake mix and Maple syrup, school/work snacks, Soup (minus tomato soup)**we have lots of beans so don’t need any of those right now.** This food is used in the shelter and to provide food packages to youth living on their own. Donations can be dropped off at 22 Wellington St. East. Thank you
The Open Hands Mission Team is supporting a number of projects in Nicaragua including the building of a school. Donations in support of the Nicaragua Mission should be made payable to "Open Hands United Mission.
ON THE WEB
Website Update – our website has been redesigned. Note that the address has changed from .ca to .com. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for corrections, changes, or additions to the website.
Burton Avenue United Church Facebook Page
Please feel free to invite your friends and family to like the page and join us at our events.
Name tags If you do not yet have a BAUC name tag (or have misplaced yours 😊) please add your name to the list in the foyer, or speak to Lois Delaforce
The local Kairos group is sponsoring a new family from Syria. We have been asked to assist with ensuring they receive a warm welcome to Barrie by helping acquire items for their new home. The Outreach Committee are looking for a kitchen table and chairs, a microwave cart, microwave, toaster, kettle, dishes, bedding, linens & furniture. These items can be new or gently used. If you can help out with kitchenware, speak with Christine Nayler. If you have large furniture items, speak with Ruth McDonald.
Treasurer Position After more than twelve years of service to our congregation Alan McGee has decided to resign the position of Treasurer effective Dec. 31, 2019. We are grateful for Alan’s hard-work and dedication to this role. The Ministry & Personnel Committee have drafted an updated version of the Responsibilities & Duties of the Treasurer. If you are interested in learning more about this role please speak to a member of the Stewardship Committee. (Devon Williams, Sandy Davidson or Alan McGee) or Chair of the Board (Cathy Manzato).
2019 Church Offering Envelopes - in the mail-slots in the foyer. If you wish to have envelopes, please call Stacey at the church office. If you regularly use visitor envelopes, please consider asking for an envelope number as it makes it easier for our office to record your donations for tax receipt purposes.
Rides to Church – Are you able to occasionally offer rides to church for those needing them? We are wanting to collect a list of those able to offer rides. If you wish more information or are able to offer rides, please speak to Andrea Wheaton.
Bibles - for those who wish to use a Bible during worship, there are several copies available at the front of the sanctuary near the entrance. Please return them to this location after the service.
Our Daily Bread – This daily devotional is available outside the sanctuary doors. Pick one up and spend a few moments each day reading a scripture passage and a reflection.
Your Givings Are Safe With Us – If you plan to be away from church over the summer, please consider the use of preauthorized remittance (PAR) or leaving your church envelopes with post-dated cheques in a larger envelope available from the church office, Alan McGee or Devon Williams. They will be securely stored and put on the offering plate on the appropriate Sunday.
Pre-Authorized remittance program (PAR) - It is a convenient way to replace having to remember to bring envelopes to church or playing catch-up at the end of the summer while you were away. Forms are available in the foyer or call the office.
Parking Lot - Did you know that on Sundays there is parking on the other side of the school next door to us? There is also the lot behind the school which can be accessed from Cumberland St. or there is now a road from our lot to it. Please leave the parking spaces closest to the church for those who have difficulty walking a further distance.
People with hearing aids!! The sanctuary is equipped with a loop system which works with your hearing aids. You must have a “T coil” installed and activated. Set your hearing aid to “T coil”.