Burton Avenue United Church is a dynamic Christ-centred community of faith. For 150 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!
Acknowledgment of Treaty Lands We acknowledge that Burton Avenue United Church meets on land that is part of Lake Simcoe-Nottawasaga Treaty #18, of 1818. This treaty is part of the church’s relationship with the Indigenous Peoples of this land. We acknowledge that both Indigenous Peoples and all Canadians are treaty people.
From Worship & Music
Livestream Worship. Click HERE for our YouTube channel link and look for the live video stream that begins at 9:50 a.m. with announcements and the service starts at 10:00 a.m. If you miss the livestream you can watch the recording after it uploads.
Sunday, February 18 - Celebration of Holy Communion - Lent 1
Rainbow Club - Backwards Sunday - Children and youth will begin in Rainbow Club and then join us for the Sacrament.
Sunday, February 25 - Lent 2
Pulpit Supply: Catherine Fletcher
Cancellation of Sunday Worship for Inclement Weather or Other Emergency: Should you need information about possible Sunday Worship cancellation, please check the church website www.burtonavenueunited.com, the Burton Avenue Facebook page or the recorded church telephone message. Should there be a power outage such that tech devices cannot be used, members of the congregation should use their good judgement considering the weather conditions or nature of the emergency.
Parking - A reminder as the weather turns colder and space is needed for snow, that there is more parking on the other side of the school & also in the lot below the school accessed from Cumberland St. or from our lot. Please leave the spaces closest to the church for those who would have difficulty walking a further distance.
Thank you church family! Thanks so much to those who made our Annual Meeting and lunch to follow so wonderful. For the donation of soups, and breads and other treats, and for the good conversation as well as for the industrious set up and clean up crew. Many hands made yummy lunch and light work!
Board Meeting - The new Church Board will be meeting Wed., Feb. 21 at 7:00 pm in the Rainbow Club Room. All team leads/co-leads, & others who report, please send any reports if you have one, via email to Susan Cole by Sun., Feb 18.
Spring Fling 2024 - Reserve your tickets now as seats are limited!! There are only two weeks to the big event and Alan McGee will be selling tickets again after this week's service. Or you can contact the Church office (705-726-0401 during regular office hours or email@example.com).
This year’s theme for our Spring Fling on Fri., Mar. 1 is “Denim & Diamonds” which promises to be fun for everyone. Tickets are $90 each with a tax donation receipt of $50. Our menu this year will be your choice of stuffed chicken or salmon. Special dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
Live and silent auction items are welcome, please contact Alan McGee (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ken Down (email@example.com) if you would like to donate.
What is the Spring Fling? - It is a gala themed dinner event that we organize and host in late February or early March of each year. This event began its life in 2009 when Harv Garraway was Chair of the Stewardship Committee. He suggested that we do something fun to bring people together during the dreary winter months and so, the first “Beat the Winter Blues” fundraising dinner was born. The format consisted of a gourmet dinner prepared by a professional chef, served to attendees at their table with entertainment provided by a professional auctioneer, the late Barb Richards. The highlight of the evening was her auctioning off donated items and experiences, including a pie made to order by Lyla Hubbert. Thus began the annual tradition of Alan McGee paying way too much for a lemon pie, even on those occasions when he was not even there to bid!
As the years have gone by, this event changed its name to the Spring Fling and we have enjoyed different themes such as the Royal Wedding, Back to the 60’s, New Year’s Eve in March, and now this year’s “Denim & Diamonds.” Barb’s daughter, Krista who is also professional auctioneer has taken over those duties and we have added gourmet desserts to the list of items to bid on. This event has become a highlight of the social calendar at Burton Avenue United Church and a major fundraiser to support the mission of the Church. It is always good fun, so please consider supporting the event by attending or helping to organize in some way.
Stewardship Second - Rainbows and doves—two signs of God’s abundant love. What is a sign that you are sharing your abundance and love with the world?
Life Long Learning
Lenten Study Book - Act/Fast: Spiritual Practices for a Climate in Crisis. Grief, anxiety, hope, love, pain, despair, awe—many emotions are used to describe our relationship with all of Creation. What is your personal, physical, and spiritual relationship with God’s Creation? How does this relationship affect how you follow Christ? This Lenten devotional invites us to deepen our love for Creation and take action or fast for a climate in crisis. Although we will not be hosting a study group (unless someone wants to organize one), if you would like to receive a copy from a bulk order, email Andrea Wheaton or put your name on the sheet in the foyer by Feb. 4th. The price of the book is $15.00 but we will be inviting you to pay what you can. Do not submit any payment until confirmation that the books are still available. Or order a digital copy yourself by going to the UCRD website.
Youth Inc - Sun., Feb. 18 - 6:30 to 8:00 pm Board Game Night - Bring your favourite game - Snack provided 🙂
Book Club - Meeting on Feb., 27, 7 pm in the church lounge. We will be discussing Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce. Our March selection is A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman. All are welcome to join us.
Men's Group Lunch - We will be having lunch together at Wickies Pub (274 Burton Ave.) on Tues., Feb. 20, at 12:00 pm, in the back room as per usual. All men of the congregation are welcome. Please join us for fun, food, and fellowship!
Outreach & Social Justice
Coldest Night of the Year Fundraiser: Walking In Support of Youth Haven – It's cold out there. And on Sat., Feb. 24, the BAUC team is going to do something about it. Together with thousands of Canadians across the country, we're walking and fundraising to support and serve people and families experiencing homelessness, hurt, and hunger in our community. The funds raised in Barrie will support Barrie’s Youth Haven. Since 2010, Barrie’s Youth Haven has helped 2980 from sleeping on the streets, and supported countless youth in their Transitional Program and their Outreach Workers provided more than 200 youth with support. We are looking for eager BAUC walkers to join our team, or if you don't want to walk, please donate to our team’s fundraising efforts or support one of our walkers. To join the team or to donate, please, click this link Thanks! Contact Marni O’Brien at or Angela Kerr.
Office Hours - Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Phone - 705-726-0401
E-transfer Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Wheaton will be away beginning Thurs., Feb 22 and returning Thurs., Mar 7. Emergency pastoral care will be covered by Rev. Patricia Gale-MacDonald (705-795-9438) and Rev. Colin MacDonald (705-790-9438). Best to text to Colin & Pat.
Taizé Prayer Service - Fri., Feb. 23rd, at 7:30 pm, at Westside Lutheran Evangelical Church, 510 Ferndale Drive North, Barrie. We invite you into reflection and meditation through prayer, song, Scripture and silence. This service is hosted by The Barrie Taizé Community—A partnership of Christian Churches. For more information, please email Susan Stott-Hood at email@example.com
World Day of Prayer Service - Fri., Mar 1 - 1:00 - 2:00 pm at Grace United Church. Fellowship and refreshment to follow the service. For more information, please contact Mary Greiner.
Minecraft Camp for March Break - We're gaming with God! St. George's Anglican Church is offering a March Break Minecraft Bible Camp from March 11-15, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm for kids ages 10-14. The cost is $100. If you know any young kids who would like to attend, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ON THE WEB
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Burton Avenue United Church Facebook Page
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lend a helping hand
OPEN HANDS UNITED MISSION
The 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"
LITTLE FOOD PANTRY
Thank you to all who have been dropping by the church to add items directly to the pantry. Just a reminder that during the cold weather, appropriate food items are things that will not be adversely affected by freezing temperatures, such as canned goods with water. For a list of suggested contributions during the winter, please refer to the posters on the door and the side of the pantry or click here for the winter list.
CANCELLATION OF SUNDAY WORSHIP FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER OR OTHER EMERGENCY:
Should you need information about possible Sunday Worship cancellation, please check the church website, the Burton Avenue Facebook page or the recorded church telephone message. Should there be a power outage such that tech devices cannot be used, members of the congregation should use their good judgement considering the weather conditions or nature of the emergency.
If you would like a nametag or you need a new one please sign up in the foyer or let the office know. Children & Youth can have nametags too. If parents prefer just first names on the children’s tags let us know. And remember to wear your nametag. It helps us get to know one another.
CAR POOL 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.
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 the Outreach Committee have posted information about Mental Health Awareness – take any flyers or information that you need.
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”.
NOTICE TO CHURCH MEMBERS AND GUESTS
Our services and events may be photographed or videotaped for the purpose of informing our members or the public. If you have a concern about your image being used in these situations, please let us know.
We keep in touch through phone calls, emails and even snail mail. What a blessing it is that we can connect to one another in those ways. Remember that Pastoral Care is a ministry that all of us share and need to participate in, however we can. Whether you are making contact or receiving contact, we are caring for one another. Whether you are on the prayer list or you are praying for those on the list, we are caring for one another. Whether you are listening to someone's concerns or you are voicing your worries, we are caring for one another.
For the month of November, we give thanks and pray for the work of Samaritan House. They provide safe housing for women & children recovering from domestic abuse. Their Resource Centre Drop In here at BAUC is a place where families can enjoy a cup of tea & select from articles of clothing & household items. They also provide workplace skills, knowledge & guidance.