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!
EXPLORE BURTON aVENUE uNITED church
Sunday Dec. 8
Join us for Sunday Service at 10:00am!
News and upcoming events
Kitchen Club – Meets next on Wed., Dec. 18 from 9:30 – 12:30 downstairs in the kitchen. Join our small group who are sharing the work of cooking and taking home meals at a small cost of $2 per serving (or as able). Let Nancy Sawyers know so she can prepare for numbers. Everyone is welcome!
Newsletter - The latest edition was emailed out last week. If you receive a paper copy, it is in the mailslots in the foyer. If you are not on our list, sign up in the foyer or contact the office. Extras are in the foyer.
Book Club Tues., Jan. 28 at 7pm Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Hosted by Lois Delaforce, Feb. 25 book is The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman hosted by Sharon Butler, All are welcome!
The Outreach Committee is looking for someone to look after our Busby Centre Sandwich Schedule - ensuring that someone is signed up each week and making an announcement when needed to fill the schedule. If you are interested in this role contact Christine Nayler firstname.lastname@example.org. We also need someone to look after subscriptions for Broadview Magazine (formerly the Observer). Responsibilities incl. renewing & taking new subscriptions and cancelling them. The bulk of duties take place in Feb./March. Speak with Joan Carruthers if interested.
Buy a Plank! Build a Strong Foundation – Over our history the foundation of this church has provided a place where generations have “reflected God’s love in a changing community and world”. People have walked on the floor of the lower hall for youth group, Open Hands events, funeral receptions, AA groups, Samaritan House, suppers and more. No wonder we have had to restore a well-used foundation so that we can continue to share our mission & ministry. We invite you to Buy a Plank! Build a Strong Foundation. Each plank costs $15. Buy one or two or 10 or 100 or ½. You choose how you can help. Decide your level of support and use the envelope in the pew or foyer. Drop it off at the church office, put it on the offering plate or return by mail. We are ever grateful for all support.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
Your Givings Are Safe With Us – If you plan to be away from church over the summer, please consider the use of preauthorized remittance (PAR) or leaving your church envelopes with post-dated cheques in a larger envelope available from the church office, Alan McGee or Devon Williams. They will be securely stored and put on the offering plate on the appropriate Sunday.
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”.
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.