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!
Upcoming 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.
nd International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Oct. 24: Stewardship Sunday
Oct. 31: Jeffrey Dale for Pulpit Supply
Nov. 7: Remembrance Sunday
In Person Attendance at Worship – there is a group of people without internet access who will be accommodated permanently and they will be contacted each week. The remaining seats must be reserved by calling the church office at 705 726 0401 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Thursday at 11:00 a.m. of each week prior to the service. Please read What to Expect When You Arrive prior to attending. Click Here to access it.
Proof of Vaccination Policy - You will be required to show proof of full vaccination and identification in order to attend the worship service. If you have already shown it last week, you do not need to show it again. The Vaccination policy was sent out by email and mail. If you have any questions, please be in touch with Islay Scott, Chair of Transition Team. We are grateful for your understanding as this additional safety measure enhances the safety protocols already in place at Burton Avenue United Church.
Staff Away - Andrea Wheaton will be away on vacation from Oct. 25 to Oct. 31. During that time if you require emergency pastoral care, please be in touch with Rev. Patricia Gale-MacDonald.
Daily Bread Devotionals - The copies for Sept.- Nov. and Dec. - Jan. are available in our Little Free Library at any time or in the foyer on Sundays.
Important! October 29th Roast Beef "Curbside Dinner" Announcement-PLEASE READ!
Due to the overwhelming response, production capacity and the need to respect COVID protocols, we are stopping the sale of tickets effective immediately!
We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone for their support and remind those that are currently registered, to please ensure their payment is made ASAP if they have not already done so. We are so looking forward to a great event on Friday October 29th, where we can serve others by serving you!
Payment can be made in the following methods: - Etransfers can be sent to email@example.com (please note “RB dinner” in comments) (This is the MOST preferred method to make payment if at all possible
or alternatively … Cheques (made out to Burton Avenue United Church) *Note “RB dinner” on cheque. If paying by cash, please submit the exact amount of $20 per person (regardless of age) Both cheques or cash, can be dropped off at BAUC in sealed envelopes in the mail slot beside the doors (parking lot side of the church)
Looking forward to everyone’s participation and thank you in advance for your support!
40 Days of Engagement on Anti-Racism
Delve deeply into anti-racism work with a 40-day time of learning, reflection, and advocacy! Each day from Tues., Oct. 12 to Fri., Nov. 26 (with the exception of Sundays) there will be a new reflection on anti-racism, as well as activities suitable for adults and children. These activities can be done alone, as a family, or in groups. For more information
Little Free Pantry - The Food Bank will continue to fill and monitor the pantry on Fridays. We are invited to stock as we can with non-perishable food items or items can be dropped off on Sunday mornings from 9-10 directly in the food pantry or in our collection bin to keep stock on hand. Commonly Needed Items: Ready to eat items such as: • Bottles of Water • Granola bars • Juice Boxes • Oatmeal Packages • Pudding Cups • Fruit cups • Apple sauce • Dry cereal packs • Flip top canned items • Crackers • Peanut Butter • Dry Soup Mixes • Canned Meat • Cookies • Beef Jerky.
UPDATE: To help ensure greater safety for everyone and especially our most vulnerable, we urge all those that are eligible to be vaccinated, to have done so before attending in person worship.
Let's Be the Church together with Others! - Burton Avenue's Local & World Outreach Committee has been supporting Ryan’s Hope Breakfast-To-Go by hosting breakfast for Monday mornings. If you wish to make a tax receiptable donation to support Burton's Breakfast shift you can do so through your usual ways of donating to the church. Be sure to mark that it is for the Breakfast-To-Go Program. Call or email Christine Nayler or Islay Scott for more info or to volunteer. We really need volunteers.
SOCKTOBER! - Local & World Outreach Committee thank you for your participation. We are still receiving your donations if you missed it, can drop off this Sunday morning from 9-10 a.m. Did you know that socks are one of the most requested and needed items at homeless shelters, especially during the winter months? After a long day in the winter weather, it is nice to be able to eat and sleep with a warm, dry pair of socks on. This year, we will be collecting new men’s and women’s socks as well as new and gently used winter outerwear and boots. Items collected will distributed to those in need through the Busby Centre, Ryan’s Hope, Youth Haven and the Elizabeth Fry Society. Call or email Angela Kerr for more information.
Book Club - will meet on Tues., Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. We will be discussing Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Future selections are:
November 30: Crossroads by Kaleb Dahlgren
December 28: Falling by TJ Newton
All are welcome to join us; contact Islay Scott at to add your name to the Zoom invitation list.
Note of Thanks - I would like to thank everyone for the continuous prayers, thoughts, cards and telephone calls for Carol and myself over the past few years! Every gesture has been greatly appreciated by us. With Carol’s condition deteriorating this year, the surgery could not have come sooner! Also, thank you for prayers for my brother Chris in Mallorca, Spain. He had knee replacement surgery and a short time later they determined he had had a minor stroke. Thanks again, and blessings to you all! Greg Henn
Meet Burtie Church! Burtie uses they/them as their pronouns. Burtie is interested in learning about Burton Ave United Church and especially how we are living into being an Affirming Church. If you would like to have Burtie come visit your home to help answer and ask questions, please be in touch with Andrea Wheaton. Burtie fits in a envelope and comes with a journal for questions, answers, drawings and photos of time spent with you! Then they travel to the next family so more about us can be added to the journal!
Masks for Sale - I am making and selling fabric face masks. I have 2 sizes available (child and adult) and several colours and fabric designs. These masks have a wire insert for fitting around the nose and a pocket area where you can add a filter if you wish. They are available for pick-up or delivery (in Barrie). They are $10 each with 100% of sales going to Burton Avenue United Church. To order, please email Cate F.D. through the office or directly if you have her contact info. Thank you to all the people who who have ordered masks. Your support has been amazing! Thanks, Cate.
Pastoral Care - many of us have been keeping in touch through phone calls, emails and even snail mail. What a blessing it has been that we can still connect to one another in those ways. This has been a good time for so many of us to get to know others in our church that we did not yet know! 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. As we continue to be apart, we will need to continue to stay in touch and care for one another in all the ways that we can.
lend a helping hand
Barrie Food Bank - is in need of juice, jam and toilet paper.
Youth Haven residents have been moved to a motel for their health and safety and that of their staff. The shelter will remain open for EMERGENCY services only. Due to current COVID19 measures they are only accepting financial donations at this time. Financial donations can be made online at youthhaven.ca
The Busby Centre is in need of the following items. Men’s boots sizes 10 -11 ½, Men’s track pants medium and large preferred, small accepted as well, coffee whiter and sugar, pasta sauce. Items may be dropped off at the centre from 10-2 Monday to Friday.
Baked Goods for Busby Centre - Those interested in contributing baked goods or store bought snack items for the Busby Outreach Team, please contact Andrew Telford for specifics. The Busby Centre would like to coordinate donations with other organizations and the existing sandwich program. This is in addition to the Breakfast Program as there is a great need in our community! Appreciate any help you can offer.
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.
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During our time out of the building due to Covid-19, these announcments may not apply
Nametags – 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.
Resource Corner - 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.
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.
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”.
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.