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!
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Services Held During Holy Week
Thursday, April 18
Maundy Thursday Service – 6:30 p.m.
A service of scripture, song and the Last Supper
Friday, April 19
Good Friday Service – 10 a.m. shared worship
at St. George’s Anglican
Kairos Walk for Justice at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 21
Sunrise Service with other Barrie United Churches
7 a.m. at Heritage Park
Easter Worship – 10 a.m. at Burton Avenue
Friday April 19
Office Closed – the office will be closed Good Friday, Apr. 19 and Apr. 22 for Easter Monday.
Good Friday Walk for Justice - Simcoe County KAIROS will hold its 6th annual Good Friday Walk on April 19. Assembling at Meridian Place in downtown Barrie at 1:00 pm, the walk is intended to acknowledge and remember deaths in our community due to homelessness and the opioid overdose crisis. Reflection and prayer will be followed by a meditative walk and the laying of a remembrance wreath at the Spirit Catcher. A return walk to Meridian Place will conclude with closing reflections, a commissioning to action, and a sharing of soup and bread served in a zero-waste environment. Please “Lug-a-mug”. (Bring a re-usable cup that you can take home and wash.) Walk and reflections will last about one hour. Sponsored by Simcoe County Kairos, part of the Kairos Canada network: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives. For more info. contact Elaine at 705-252-3459 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday April 21
Join us for Sunday morning service at 10:00am!
Children and Youth are invited to Rainbow Club after our Children’s Story. Caregivers with toddlers & babies can make use of the Lounge beside the sanctuary or go to the lower level Nursery where care is provided. An usher can help you find your way.
Refreshments are served downstairs after worship during a time of conversation and visiting.
Easter Lilies Thanks to all who placed orders so that our sanctuary could look so beautiful today for our celebration of the resurrection. Remember to take home your plant after today’s service
Tuesday April 23
Youth Confirmation Class Our next class is Tues., Apr. 23 in the Lounge from 6:30-8:30 pm. Remember to bring your journals.
Sunday April 28
Pulpit Supply on Sun., Apr. 28 will be Bob Clay while Andrea Wheaton is away with those registered for the Women’s Weekend Retreat.
Youth Inc. meets for their final gathering until the Fall on Sun., Apr. 28 at X-Play from 6:30 – 9:00 pm. An online waiver needs to be signed and let Kim or Steve Stoll know asap if you are attending.
News and upcoming events
Book Club - next meeting is Tues., Apr. 30, 7:30 pm at the home of Miriam Oben - We will be discussing Love Anthony by Lisa Genova. All are welcome.
Roast Beef Dinner – Fri., May 3 at 6 pm. Adults $20. Children 12 and under $10. Tickets are available after church on Sunday mornings or through the week at the church office. If you are able to help, please contact any of the following:
General Convener: Islay Scott
Kitchen Food/Help: Alan McGee
Servers: Miriam Oben
Pies: Lyla Hubbert:
Vegetable Preparation: Lyle Edwards
Helpers needed for Thurs., May 2 at 1:30
Table/Chair Set Up: Lyle Edwards
Table Place Setting: Marlene Holman
Helpers needed for Fri., May 2 at 10 am
Clean Up: Edd and Sherry Taylor
Retirement Reception will take place after worship as part of Rev. Pat’s retirement celebration on May 5. Congregational Life Committee is asking you to bring a finger food dish (that does not require heating) to help in this celebration.
Movie Night here at the church on Fri., May 10 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Wear your PJ's or comfy clothes and bring your camp chair and a favourite blanket! Come enjoy some popcorn, ice cream sundaes and a great movie "Racing Stripes"! A movie about a zebra that aspires to be a racing horse and what he does to achieve that. $15/family, $5/individual, $10/child (with no adult - babysitting) Get your "movie ticket" from Life Long Learning in the foyer after church.
Congregational Life Committee invites those interested in live theatre to join us on May 12 for lunch at Hot Stacks in Cookstown and then on to see the 2 pm show at the South Simcoe Theatre. “HELLO DOLLY” is a classic Broadway musical filled with comedy and romance. We’ll meet after church and drive down in groups. Theatre ticket cost is $20 each and lunch will be charged at the restaurant for whatever you order. Please see us downstairs at coffee time to book your spot by April 28.
Youth at Shining Waters Regional Council Register asap if you are in grade 8+ and want to attend (May 23-26). We will be gathering together to engage ourselves in our commitment to building the best possible United Church, and we need the youth to be a part and have your voices heard. Program begins on Thurs. night with activities and time for conversation. For more info speak to Andrea Wheaton or go to: https://shiningwatersregionalcouncil.ca/regional-meeting/regional-meeting-youth/
Save the date – Nica Golf Tournament - Mon., May 27. Details to follow.
Vacation Bible Camp - Save the dates for another fabulous camp here at Burton Ave from July 22-26. We will be looking for teen and adult helpers as we once again welcome Shining Waters Camp Awesome
Welcoming New Members – If you have been attending for a time or are newer here and would like to have a conversation about membership, please be in touch with Andrea Wheaton.
Retirement Reception As part of Rev. Pat’s retirement celebration on May 5, there will be a reception following the worship service, set up by the Congregational Life Committee. We are asking the congregation to bring a finger food dish (that does not require heating) to help in this celebration.
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).
Crisis Appeal -The United Church has launched a church-wide appeal to respond to massive emergency needs and support eventual rehabilitation and rebuilding after the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. There are several ways to make a donation, if you are able. Through your regular offering envelope or visitor envelope. If a cheque, make payable to Burton Ave United. Mark on the line for other for “crisis appeal” with the amount. Or donate directly to the United Church Online via https://www.united-church.ca/cyclone-idai Phone 416-231-5931 or toll-free 1-800-268-3781 ext. 2738 and use your Visa or MasterCard. Send a cheque, money order, or Visa or MasterCard information with donation amount to:
The United Church of Canada
Philanthropy Unit - Emergency Response
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4
Please be sure to note "Emergency Response -Cyclone Idai" on the face of your cheque.”
lend a helping hand
Barrie Food Bank - in need of canned goods, pasta and sauce, coffee, tea, etc…
Busby Street Centre needs us to make/deliver sandwiches to them on Wednesdays between 9:00 and 2:00! Signup sheet is in the foyer. They are now at their permanent location at 88 Mulcaster.
They are also in need of volunteers for dishwashing from 7-9 am and from 5:30-7:30 pm.
Youth Haven is currently in need of soup, canned meats, pasta sauce, school/work snacks, canned fruit/ veggies. They also need laundry detergent, dryer sheets, general cleaning supplies. As well as cutlery, towels and large Tupperware containers.
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 email@example.com 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
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.
Affirm Team In continuing to live into our commitment as an Affirming Ministry we will be forming a new team and invite you to participate along with some returning members. Speak to Angela Kerr for more information.
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.
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”.