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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WoRship in December
Advent and Christmas Worship
Sunday, December 17
9:50 a.m. – Advent Hymns & Christmas Carols
10:00 a.m. - Advent 3 – Joy
Rainbow Club presents a Christmas Story
Items for the Barrie Native Friendship Center
2:30 p.m. Christmas Cantata
Thursday, December 21
6:30 p.m. - Longest Night Service
Acknowledging sadness, loss, struggle, despair…
….amidst a season of celebration.
Sunday, December 24
9:50 a.m. – Christmas Carols
10:00 a.m. - Advent 4 – Love
5:00 p.m. – Pageant of the Nativity
Presented by our children & youth
10:00 p.m. – Candlelight Communion
Sunday, December 31
10:00 a.m. - 1st Sunday of Christmas
A service of story and song
No Rainbow Club today.
Events this Sunday December 17!
Gifts - The Local & World Outreach Committee thanks you for bringing unwrapped items that will be distributed to the Barrie Native Friendship Center…. items can be placed in the white bins in the foyer entrance to the sanctuary.
Children & Teens are remaining in worship today as the Rainbow Club is presenting a Drama. After the Children’s Moment & Song, the children will gather in the Rainbow Club for a special treat. Caregivers with toddlers & babies can make use of the Lounge beside the sanctuary, if needed, or the lower level Nursery. An Usher will gladly help you to find your way.
2018 Church Offering Envelopes - available in the foyer Sunday December 17. If you wish to have envelopes, please call Stacey at the church office.
Worship and Music Committee - Plants adorning the sanctuary can be taken home after today’s service or left for next week’s service. All other plants are in the lounge and can be picked up there. Please remember to keep your plants protected from the cold as you transport them home and remove the plastic sleeves as soon as plants arrive home. The church realized a nice profit from these sales as well as having a beautifully decorated sanctuary for our pre-Christmas service. Thanks for all your support of this fundraiser.
Special Christmas Offering In this season of giving, when we celebrate receiving the greatest Gift of all, the Stewardship committee has placed special Christmas Offering envelopes in the pews. Please use them as you are able.
Christmas Cantata 2017 - “Night of Our Creator's Love” Join us in the Sanctuary on Today at 2:30 pm for an afternoon of music to get you into a Christmas frame of mind. Our choir (with some special guest helpers) will be presenting "Night of Our Creator's Love", a beautiful and fun cantata, full of quiet musical moments and rousing choruses. We will also be enjoying the talents of some of our younger church members on keys, strings, and voice. Admission is by freewill offering, which will be given to the church's general fund. Hope that you can join us and add your voices to the sounds of Christmas."
Upcoming Events and Announcements
Advent Study Group – meets in the lounge Mon., Dec. 18 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. OR from 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Rainbow Club We will be taking part in the 5 p.m. Christmas Eve family service. All children and youth are invited to take part. Please let Catherine know before then if you wish to take part. We will rehearse during the morning service on Christmas Eve. Please arrive at 4:20 on Christmas Eve so that we have time to get into our costumes. Also, there will be no Rainbow Club during the holidays, Dec. 31 and Jan. 7, in order to give our teachers a break.
2018 Church Calendars – are now available from the church office to purchase for $7.
From Stewardship – Church Envelopes If you are a regular attendee and are currently using pew envelopes, please consider asking for an envelope number as it makes it much easier for our Office Administrator to record your donations for tax receipt purposes. Request an envelope number either through filling out the form in the pew or by calling the church office.
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. If you would like to sign up, please contact the church 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.
lend a helping hand
Laptops Needed – Open Hands United is looking for 2 used laptops to bring to Nicaragua in Nov. for our partners in the Moravian church. If you can help please contact the church office.
PowerPoint Team We have been on the team since 2010 and have decided to step down from this role at the end of January. This means that we need one or more volunteers to prepare and/or present a PPT once a month. We know that there are lots of “techy” people in church as well as people who are willing to learn—we had never used PPT when we started and found it pretty simple. Training is provided. We really hope that this opportunity speaks to someone. Brad, Kenji and Devon are the other team members. Please speak to any of us if you are interested.
Catherine Fletcher and Ken Down
Bulletin Folders Needed. We are looking for a few volunteers to fold the Sunday worship bulletin and banner on Friday mornings. Call the church office if you can help.
Rainbow Club We are looking for new volunteers to help. We really need one more teacher, but even more would be great. We have a curriculum, so the planning is done for you. We have a very flexible team, so we can work on your schedule. If you can help every other week, once a month, once in while or every week, we’d love to hear from you. Please speak to Andrea Wheaton or Catherine Fletcher.
Ushers & Greeters List: Scheduling for the 2018 list of greeters and ushers will soon be done. WE ALWAYS NEED MORE PEOPLE. We like to have enough people so that everyone only commits to two sessions of two week segments in the year. Scheduling can be arranged according to your availability. Please seriously consider serving here – we have 52 weeks to cover and any training needed can be arranged.
Youth Haven has need of boxer shorts and socks for males, as well as towels, sheets and blankets. Vegetable and mushroom soup, pasta & sauces, KD, and canned tomatoes would be greatly welcomed as well. The Barrie Food Bank is looking for any juices, jam, mayonnaise, canned vegetables and toiletries.
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.
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!!
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