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.
Worship Schedule (in-person & livestream)
Sunday, November 26 - "The Case of the Puzzling Parables"
NO Rainbow Club
Sunday, December 3 - 1st Sunday of Advent
Pre-Service Carol Sing (9:50 am)
Sunday, December 10 - 2nd Sunday of Advent
Pre-Service Carol Sing (9:50 am)
Senior Choir & Special Guests - members of the King Edward Choir
Memorial Poinsettia - Poinsettia will again be placed in the sanctuary beginning Sun., Dec. 17. The plants will remain in the sanctuary for the duration of the Christmas season to help beautify our Sanctuary and will NOT be taken home. Should you wish to have loved ones remembered during the service on Dec. 17, please CLICK HERE to fill out the form and submit online. OR pick up a form on your way into service and leave the completed form on the offering plate. Forms must be submitted by Mon., Dec. 11. Should you wish to donate to Memorial you may do by;
1. Using your offering envelope indicating Poinsettia beside “Other”
2. Using etransfer to email@example.com. Please note on the e-transfer what your donation is for and also complete the form so that we have the correct wording.
Taizé Prayer Service - St. Andrew's Church is partnering with BAUC to hold this service on Fri., Dec. 8, at 7:30 pm. The service will take place at BAUC, in the sanctuary. We invite you into reflection and meditation through prayer, song, Scripture and silence. This service is part of The Barrie Taizé Community—A partnership of Christian Churches. For more information, please email Susan Stott-Hood.
A Message from Susan Cole, Chair - There are so many who make a celebration as successful as our 150th Anniversary year, and I want to thank each one, though I am sure to forget a few. A big Thank you to members of the 150th Committee - Catherine Fletcher, Laura and Sal San Juan, Katie Pergau and Nancy Sawyers for all the planning and execution of each event including the design of our logo to get us started. And thank you to those who said “Yes" when asked to help with the June barbecue, who presented a Moment for Memories, sent in recipes for the cookbook, proofread and organized the pages in the book, and helped sell them. Thank you to those who contributed photos for the video, and to those who are still helping to create a video glimpse of our future, to those who took the time to sign the beautiful new banners sewn by Catherine. Thank you to those who helped us mark the day with special photos and a great luncheon following a very memorable Anniversary Sunday Service. And thanks in advance for those set up to help with the Craft and Bake Sale.
Special Thanks to:
Kristal McGee - Guest Speaker
Susan Cole - Chair of 150th team
Catherine Fletcher - banners
John Sawyers & Lisa Edgar - congregational photos
Nancy Sawyers - celebration cakes
Islay Scott, David & Dianne Hill, Brian & Lynne Marshall, Chris & Kathy Haynes, Steve and Shelley Cliche, Sal San Juan, Katie Pergau - Finger Food Potluck Luncheon team
Click here for a link to some of the photos from Sunday's celebration - more to come!
150 Reasons to Celebrate Fund Update - WE DID IT! Including pledges of $1800 still to come by year end or early in 2024, the amount raised by Wed., Nov 22 is $53,168.33! We are so grateful to the Stewardship Committee for helping us to name 150 reasons we celebrate being part of Burton Ave United, for the stories written by Chris Dinsdale that helped us to think about our theme of celebrating our growth and honouring our roots and for leading the exciting 150th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign. Well done thou good and faithful servants!
Come to the Table Cookbook - THE COOKBOOKS ARE HERE AND READY TO PURCHASE! We had a great response to our call for recipes from our congregants (both present and past!). You can have your very own copy for just $25! Cash, cheque, e-transfer, or card will be accepted. Come downstairs to purchase during the Potluck. Don't just buy one for yourself! Buy one for your mother/father-in-law, sister, brother, hard to buy for friend. Share the knowledge and let everybody you know "Come to the Table".
Craft & Bake Sale - Crafters—We need you! If you sew, knit, crochet or make other homemade items, we still need lots more donations to sell at the BAUC Craft & Bake Sale being held on Sat., Nov. 25 from 10 am to 2 pm. Outside craft vendors will be renting tables for this event. Your donations will be sold at the “Burton Ave” table. Please contact Catherine Fletcher if you can contribute.
Bakers - we need you too! We need squares and small cookies, which can be dropped off at the church on Nov 24 in the church kitchen between 11:30 and 1:00. These will be repackaged into variety packs to be sold at the bake table. For further information, or if you need items picked up, please contact Lois or Valerie or see us on Sunday at coffee time.
2024 offering Envelopes - Please let the office know if:
Life Long Learning
Youth Inc - "Konnecting thru Kindness" - Sun., Nov. 26, 6:30 - 8:00pm in the Auditorium. This invitation goes out to anyone in Barrie - Grade 6 and Up!
Book Club - Meeting on Tues, Nov 28 at 7:00 pm in the church lounge. We will be discussing The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn. Our January selection is Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce. All are welcome to join us.
Outreach & Social Justice
Sandwich Coordinator - The Outreach Team is still seeking a volunteer to coordinate sandwiches for the Busby Centre on Monday and Friday of each week. We already have a roster of excellent sandwich makers, we just need someone to keep them all organized. The commitment is only for a few hours each month, and can be shared between two people if needed. See below for a detailed description of the position.
Busby Centre Sandwich Coordinator job description:
Movember - The time is upon us whereby people come together to acknowledge the month formerly known as November, and celebrate Movember! Starting November 1, cleanshaven men will nurture the growing of their finest mustachery while raising funds and awareness for men's health. Check out the BAUC Mo Men team, join in if you desire and support as you please this month long endeavor. See Movember.ca for more information. Many thanks from your BAUC Mo Men team!
Samaritan House Snowflake Tree - December will soon be here, and BAUC is once again supporting Samaritan House in their annual Christmas gift sharing, under the guidance of Cate and her family. We hope to help 60 to 75 children experience a joyful Christmas. Snowflakes will have the child’s age and some possible items to consider gathering. Please choose a snowflake from the tree in the foyer and fill out the form with your name and number. All unwrapped gifts need to be returned by Sun., Dec. 10, 2023. Thanks for participating in this special giving opportunity to share the joy of the season!
Humanitarian Help in the Middle East - To date, The United Church of Canada has signed on to several joint and ecumenical letters and statements calling for a ceasefire in the Middle East, in the war between Hamas and Israel. Our easy-to-use advocacy tool has garnered 136 letters to MPs in English and 2 in French. About 230 donors have already contributed $36,000 in donations to the appeal to support humanitarian aid to Palestine.
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
Peter Pan, the Panto - On Nov 24 and 25, two of our BAUC youth, Jalise & Erdman Henderson, will be performing at Kings Wharf Theatre in the Peter Pan Panto as part of the "Blue Team" To purchase tickets, please click here.
King Edward Choir - "Winter Light" concert is scheduled for Sat., Nov 25 with two performances (2:00 pm & 7:30 pm) at Collier Street United Church. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and are available from Peter Sullivan, Colin MacDonald, Jalise Henderson, Sam Pergau, or Katie Pergau.
St. George's Anglican Church Annual Christmas Bazaar - Sat. Nov 25 from 9:30 am - 1:30 pm. Once you've finished shopping at the BAUC Craft & Bake Sale, head across the street and peruse the treasures at the St. George's Bazaar!
St. George's Anglican is presenting a Variety Show on Sun, Dec 3rd at 3:00 pm with special appearances from Maude (visiting the mainland from Newfoundland), the Grinch, the bluegrass group "Grandpa and the Kids", and some beautiful music by Rutter and Sondheim. There will also be some opportunities to sing some well-loved Christmas Carols on this first Sunday of Advent. A freewill offering will go to the Guatemala Project for the building of homes for families. For more information, contact Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org or St. George's at 705 726-8121.
Local Author Book Market - The event will be held at the Painswick Library Branch on Dean Ave, on Sat., Dec. 9 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. One of our BAUC members, Janis Constable, has been invited to participate in the Book Market and to give a Lightning Talk. She will be speaking about her three books, Random and Nebulous—Nuancing the Psalms, Light Beyond the River—Encountering the Sacred, My Indulgent Interior Life—Seasons of the Deep. Over thirty local authors will be participating, including some children’s authors. Please consider coming out to support Janis at this event! For more info about her books, you can visit her author website at www.janisconstablebooks.com
ON THE WEB
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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.