Burton Avenue United Church is a dynamic Christ-centred community of faith. For over 135 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!
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Executive Board Meeting - Wed., Sept. 14 with the Board Committees meeting at 7:00 p.m. and Board Executive at 8:00 p.m.
Art Workshop – those who signed up to attend the watercolour class on Sat., Sept. 17th are invited to bring snacks and beverages that might help to relax your brush and your registration fee of $35.
Children’s Moment Workshop – A short training session for those who are or would like to be one of our storytellers will take place on Sat., Sept. 17th at 9:30 a.m. Please see sign up in the foyer.
BBQ – mark the calendar for our church bbq that will take place following worship on Sept. 18. More details to follow at a later date.
The Nicaragua Mission team meets in the lounge Tuesday Sept. 20th at 7 pm. At this meeting, we will be discussing the next mission to Nicaragua, planned for February 16-27, 2017. If you would like to learn more about this, please join
us at the meeting or email Rev Pat at email@example.com.
The Truth and Reconciliation Group has planned a film series for the fall. The series is intended to raise awareness of, and spark dialogue about, the residential school legacy in Canada and the United Church of Canada’s right relations work. The first screening will be held on Sept. 21 at 7 pm in the Sanctuary. We will be showing Sheldon Wolfchild’s The Doctrine of Discovery (2014), about how the doctrine of “terra nullis” provided legal as well as religious justification for colonialism. Please write your name on the sign-up sheet in the foyer if you are planning to attend. We hope you will consider joining us for this important event! Also mark these dates for future film screenings: Oct. 19 & Nov. 16.
Camp Weekend - Everyone is invited to Sparrow Lake Camp for a weekend away with your Burton Avenue friends from Sept. 23-25. There will be opportunities for indoor and outdoor adventures, crafts, worship time and campfires. If you are planning on attending, please sign up in the foyer and leave a $20 deposit with a member of Life Long Learning. The rest of the fees will be collected in September. If you are not planning to come, but would still like to make a donation in support of this community event, you can find a donation envelope on the table beside the signup sheet. Your donation will be greatly appreciated and will help with the rising costs of renting the camp. Please fill out your envelope number or address
Book Club will resume Tues., Sept. 27th - at the home of Joanne Barnes at 7:30. Over the summer, you can read all or just one of the following books: "Birdie " by Tracey Lindberg; "The Hero's Walk" by Anita Rau Badami; "Bone and Bread" by Saleema Nawaz; "The Illegal" by Lawrence Hill'; "Minister Without Portfolio" by Michael Winter. Happy reading! Glorious summer!
You are invited to a Party! On Sat., Oct. 1 (please note date change) you will have an opportunity to participate in a wonderful “Party” for only $35.00. We will be looking for people to host 6 guests in their home for a starter and then 6 different guests for a main course. Then all of us, hosts and guests, will meet at the church for dessert. Hosts do not purchase a ticket, nor do they have to supply dessert. But they do receive the great joy of welcoming people into their home. What a fun way to get to know more people in our church!! Mark the date on your calendar and watch for more information on this “progressive dinner”. Consider whether or not you want to purchase a ticket to be a guest, open your home to be a host, or perhaps donate a dessert for the cause. For more information or to offer to host, speak to Kevin Wauchope or Andrea Wheaton.
Small Group Spiritual Direction - Are you interested in being part of a group that helps you notice and listen deeply for the ways in which “the Holy” may be touching your life? Perhaps you would like to set aside some time to listen deeply for the Spirit’s movement in your life and honour your heart’s longings as you grow closer to God and one another. You may want to join a small Spiritual Direction Group facilitated by Ruth McDonald beginning the first week of October. Tentatively, the group would meet during the day at a time that suits those who have expressed an interest. There will be space for up to 5 participants for an 8 week session ending the last week of November. Registration will be $50 per person. If you have questions or would like to learn more please call the church office for the contact information. Ruth has a ministry of spiritual direction in Barrie and has been trained through the Ontario Jubilee Program for Spiritual Direction. She is a member of Spiritual Directors International.
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Time & Talents Challenge You are invited to participate! See the display in the foyer for more information! Pick up an information sheet, post the time and talents you are offering or discover the time and talents you can support. Some of the things being offered for your purchase: Strawberry Jam, Homemade pies, Homemade bread, Dog Walking, Drives to Appointments, Housesitting, Pet sitting, Interior decorating, computer classes, Farm fresh eggs, Childcare for Progressive Dinner, Art Class, Spanish lessons….
Local and World Outreach Youth Haven is in need of twin size blankets and pillows - if you have any extra taking up space in your house, they would be very grateful for any donations. They also have an ongoing need for socks, boxers, milk and "lunch stuff" (granola bars etc.). If you have any questions, please contact Lyla Hubbert or Devon Williams or the church office. Thank you everyone for your ongoing support.
Attention Sandwich Artists!!! The Outreach Committee is in need of volunteers to make/ deliver sandwiches to the Busby Street Centre on Wednesdays between 9:00 and 2:00! Each week we require a total of 40 sandwiches. The signup sheet is in the foyer. Thank you! **Find a group of 4 people and do 10 sandwiches each for four weeks!!
Attention knitters: If you have any leftover wool that you have been wondering what to do with, the Refugee Sponsorship Group would love to have it for Hamida, the Syrian lady we are supporting. She likes to knit and sew in her spare time. Call Lois (705-725-1603)
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