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!
Sunday Worship/Gathering – we will continue to livestream a gathering on Sundays on our YouTube channel at 10:00 a.m. until further notice. Click on this YouTube channel link. It does not change and is always on the BAUC website. Look for the live video. If the livestream has trouble starting, please be patient and hopefully it will only be delayed a short time. Otherwise, we will post something later in the day, either live or recorded. We will try to start at 9:50 for a time to chat for those who are able to type in the chat box. If you have Celebrations & Thanksgiving that you wish named, email them to the church office by 2:00 p.m on Saturday. Announcements are due to the office by Wednesdays afternoons.
Our YouTube channel
Sunday, May 24 - We are excited to hear the latest from Open Hands United, especially news from their most recent visit to Nicaragua in Feb. of this year.
Tuesday Talk at Ten or Tuesday Talk at Two – Log in for a quick hello or chat the whole half hour with others from the congregation. The login information was emailed. If you need the phone numbers to phone in or did not receive the email, contact the office.
Staff Away - Andrea Wheaton will be away on a week of vacation from Tues., May 19 to Mon., May 25. Andrea will also be away on Study Leave from Thurs., May 28 to Sun., May 31. Emergency Pastoral Care will be covered by Rev. Ruth McDonald. She can be reached by contacting the church office.
Book Club will gather on Tues., May 26 for a Zoom meeting at 7pm. Our final meeting until September. No specific book assigned due to library closures. We plan to do a check-in and are asking members to recommend book titles for our summer reading. If you would like to join us; please provide Islay with your email.
Macgregor Meat (North Country) Fundraiser
As there was enough interest, we are going to run a Macgregor meat campaign as a small fundraiser. This is a chance to fill up your freezer while supporting our church.
For those that are not familiar with Macgregor meats, they have been around for 185 years, originally selling exclusively to restaurants, then adding a store in Toronto, then the fundraising program (that is called North Country) . Their meat is all very good quality, and comes frozen in servings - ie: in the box, there may be 10 packages with 2 steaks per package. Here is the Product information sheet (which includes nutritional information) as well as the order form.
This is not only for church members, you may have family/friends/neighbours who would like to order as well - please feel free to share (while maintaining physical distance rules). The tentative delivery date (based on meeting a 100 box minimum) is Monday, June 8th @ 6:00pm. Last year, even though we didn't meet the minimum, we were able to keep our original date as there were other groups with delivery on that day - so fingers crossed... The Stewardship Committee has already plans in mind to complete the pickups while maintaining safe distances (assuming that we will still be required to maintain some form of physical distancing).
Orders and money are due by Friday, May 29th in order to get our order in to the company in time. How to place your order and pay? There are two options - You can email your completed order form to Devon Williams firstname.lastname@example.org or to the church office email@example.com and then either pay by etransfer firstname.lastname@example.org or mail a cheque made out to Burton Avenue United Church, to the church office. Either way, make sure you identify it is for the Macgregor Meats fundraiser. Click Here For Order Form in excel or Here for the Order Form in a pdf.
You can also mail in your order form to the church with your cheque (or mail the form and pay by etransfer).
Thanks everyone for your continued support. Blessings from your Stewardship Committee - Devon, Sandy, Cathy & Carol
ART and the SPIRIT: Confirmation Retreat hosted by Shining Waters Regional Council May 28 from 6 pm – 9 pm An online art gallery tour as we explore how our faith connects with artistic forms of expression. Designed as a confirmation retreat this event is open to anyone ages 13+ that are keenly interested in exploring their expression of faith through artistic forms of expression, to register contact Jeffrey Dale, email@example.com. Any youth or young adults (or even adults) who are interested in connecting their faith to artistic practices – do not hesitate to register even if you are not part of Confirmation Classes.
Due to the Covid-19 virus the church building is closed. All internal and external activities have been suspended until further notice!
For more COVID-19 Information click HERE
Information on ways to make Donations
For letter from our Treasurer click HERE
For PAR sign up form click HERE
For PAR cancellation form click HERE
News and upcoming events
Sunday, May 31 - Led by Rev. Ruth McDonald as we celebrate Pentecost Sunday and the sacrament of Holy Communion
Note of Gratitude - "To the congregation, thank you, everybody for your best wishes and the cavalcade. Again, THANK YOU. Tom Leonard". There were at least 85 vehicles in the cavalcade of birthday greetings and at least 150 people in those vehicles. Thanks to everyone for participating and thanks especially to the family of the late Ken Powell for organizing 12 cars! and one of Ken's daughters was driving Ken's car! Thanks to Alan McGee for his efficient organizing of everyone in the parking lot. If you missed it, there was coverage on CTV at this link. We have lots of pictures and will be sure to share in the next newsletter.
Newsletter Submissions Due - Please send in reports, news, happenings and events in your life that we can include in the next newsletter which will be emailed and mailed on June 12. Submit by June 7 to Edd Taylor or church office.
Garden Project - In response to food insecurity experienced by many of Barrie’s urban Indigenous people (and exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis), the Truth and Reconciliation Committee is searching for volunteers of any age who may be interested in growing some vegetable seedlings in a warm sunny spot at home. Using distanced front porch pickups and deliveries during the month of June, these seedlings will be gifted to the Barrie Native Friendship Centre who will offer them to seniors, families and individuals to grow at home. If you’re interested in participating but need supplies or tips we can set you up! *Donations of seeds, earth, pots, popsicle sticks would be appreciated. Please contact Selene Taylor through the church office to sign up and to receive further instruction.
Weekly or Monthly Offering - An email was sent with details from the Treasurer about how you can continue with donations if you wish to do so. The information is also on our website. If you need help finding this information, please contact the church office.
Message from United Church Ministers in Barrie - We hope this message will bring you hope. Click Here.
Activities for Children & Youth - Thanks to the Life Long Learning Committee for making this great idea list available Click Here
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.
50 Days of Easter Photo Challenge Our Advent Photo Challenge received a great response so Maggie Haynes has created an Easter Photo Challenge for the great 50 days of Easter! Check the website to download the calendar. Each day during the season of Easter pause to reflect on the word for the day and how that word connects you to the Sacred. Take a photo that speaks to you about the word and post the photo, with or without words, on the facebook group below or email your photo to the church office and someone will ensure it gets posted. Easter Photo Challenge facebook group ttps://www.facebook.com/groups/831991783978700/
Youth Inc. Burton Buddies – if you need contact information for your buddy so that you can send a card, a drawing, a message, please contact the church office.
Virtual Camps (In the Region and Beyond)
Camp Big Canoe Camp Everywhere!
A new program from Camp Big Canoe that is delivering interactive and active virtual camp activities for children! Some of the awesome Camp Big Canoe Staff Family have teamed up with creative, insightful, fun and wacky camp-style programs designed to encourage positive social interaction. There is live and interactive programming every weekday at 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 8pm; Saturdays at 11am and 1pm; special events on Sundays at 7pm. There is even a trivia night for all of you parents, alumni and staff every Friday at 8pm.
GO Project Children’s Camp (Monday/Wednesday/Friday), 11 am – 12 pm
Grade 1 – 6
GO Project Virtual Youth Drop-In (Tuesday/Thursday), 2 pm – 3 pm
Grade 7 +
Church Office & Building – we continue to be closed but emails, mail and phone messages are regularly checked by staff as they are the ones determined as essential for entering the building. In order to reduce the risk of transmission, we are in communication with one another about times we are entering the building. Our custodian checks on the building regularly and other staff are following the stay at home directive as close as possible.
Spring Fling Refunds We will be mailing refunds this week to those who paid by cash. Those who paid by cheque, please let us know if you would like your cheque mailed back at this time or returned to you at a later date. Contact Cathy Manzato at firstname.lastname@example.org
David Busby Street Centre As a precaution, effective Fri., April 3, they are cancelling all volunteer shifts. This will include all meal preparation teams and sandwich teams at this time. The only exception for volunteering is for van volunteers and anyone from the medical community who is interested in volunteering at this time. With that being said, if you would like to continue to support with purchasing sandwich making supplies or purchasing store gift cards, they would appreciate it immensely. Monetary donations can be made through their Canada Helps Page.
Youth Haven All 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. If you wish to make a donation, please contact Youth Haven (705-739-7616) WEEKDAYS between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to arrange a time. Donations will be accepted WEEKDAYS between 10 a.m and 6 p.m. Items they currently can accept are pre-packaged foods including snacks, cleaning supplies such as hand sanitizer/soap, as well as unused board games/puzzles. Financial donations can still be made online at youthhaven.ca
We are corresponding to the congregation through Mailchimp. The email comes from the church office email address and is the easiest way for us to send updated information. Check your junkmail if you are not receiving these emails. Or perhaps the office does not have your correct email so send a quick note to email@example.com And if you wish to be removed from the email list, you can unsubscribe.
Fraud Prevention Even with this terrible virus with us, there are people out there who are trying to scam money from people using this COVID-19 situation. Please go to www.antifraudcentre.ca for all the different type of fraud scams and how to protect yourself. If you have been scammed please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.
lend a helping hand
Barrie Food Bank - is in need of juice, jam and toilet paper.
Busby Street Centre - needs toiletries, toilet paper, coffee, sugar, cream, powdered milk, peanut butter, oatmeal, juice boxes, granola bars, tear top pastas and soups and bottled water. Or sign up in the foyer to make/deliver sandwiches to the Centre on Wednesdays.
Youth Haven - They need school/work snacks, Mr. Noodles, pasta (not spaghetti) Chef Boyardee type meals, soups, canned veggies/fruits, deodorant, socks, underwear. Items are used in the shelter and provide food packages to youth living on their own. Donations can be dropped off at 22 Wellington St. E.
Listening Post Barrie We nurture listeners and create spaces in Barrie where people can be heard one-on-one with compassion, respect and in confidence because listening is a gift for both the sharer and the listener. To volunteer email Ruth McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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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.
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.
From Stewardship – 2020 Church Envelopes - available in the foyer. If you are a regular attendee and are using pew envelopes, please consider an envelope number as it makes it much easier for our office to record your donations for tax receipt purposes. Request a number by filling out the card in the pew or by calling the office. If you feel a full box set would be too many, there is an option to have a few envelopes done up for you in our 200 series. If this is something that you feel would be an option, please leave your boxed envelopes and contact the office to arrange your new number. If you wish to go “paperless”, please consider signing up for PAR monthly giving. Pre-Authorized Remittance lets you be worry free about your givings to the church. Pamphlets are located in the foyer or contact office.
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.