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!
July 5 - There will not be a worship gathering for that day! Enjoy a walk or quiet time or make some phone calls to others in our church family instead! Or watch one of our previous recordings that you may have missed. Click on our YouTube channel link and choose a video to watch or rewatch.
Staff Away - Andrea Wheaton will be on vacation June 29-July 5. For Pastoral Emergencies, please contact Rev. Patricia Gale-MacDonald.
Church Office - we are planning on having someone in the office to answer phones and emails beginning Mon., July 6 on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays from 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Board Executive - meets on Wed., July 8 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Watch for the invite from Alan McGee.
Update to Covid-19 Response - Burton Ave United Church is living out its mission and ministry while continuing to remain outside of our church building. A decision was made by the Executive on Wednesday, June 10 that the building will remain closed, except for staff, until at least Sept.1, 2020. The team planning for the return to the building has begun to develop written guidelines that will be updated once the detailed provincial guidelines for places of worship have been released. We will also be consulting with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. In caring for our community and all God’s beloved world, we have a responsibility to ensure that our building is a safe place for all and to be part of creating safe space in the wider community.
Sunday Worship/Gathering – For scheduled livestream gatherings on Sundays click on our YouTube channel link Our channel does not change and is always on the BAUC website. Once you are at the channel you may have to 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. (Go to our channel and look for the video you wish to watch.) 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 Wednesday afternoons.
News and upcoming events
Weekly Tuesday Talk at Ten - is on a break for the summer. Instead why don't you phone someone in our church community or plan a physically distanced visit.
Message from the Barrie Native Friendship Center - Hello Everyone, It’s been such a treat to receive seedlings throughout the month of June. In addition, for the generous support of growing advice, lumber for garden beds, and pots. For those who I have met, and for those that I’ve yet to meet, it’s been a reward to help coordinate this project, especially during a time where there is less connection. This project has helped to generate connection and relationships to foster, across communities, and with nature. I have to give thanks to Selene Taylor for being the key to this project, it is her ideas and dedication that has pushed this project forward. Food security is a primary concern with many of our community members. Having connection to land is another barrier. While some people have access to a backyard to plant, many are growing from balcony’s or indoors. Once again, thank you for your time and interest in this project. It’s amazing to see how many people became involved. We actually have a surplus of seedlings, so we will plant some at our garden as well as extend the gift to community partners – it’s a project that keeps growing. Look forward to familiar faces in the future. You are welcome to check out the BNFC garden on Facebook at “Nookmisim Gtigaan – Grandmother’s Garden”. Be well, Miigwetch!
Telephone Listening Post - The goal of our listening is to offer another person unconditional love and humanity, even if it is only for a brief moment. Would you find it helpful to share your story and be heard during this time of physical distancing? The volunteers with the Listening Post Barrie are getting ready to listen through 3 phone lines! Stay tuned to the weekly announcements for our phone numbers and Telephone Listening Post hours. Our volunteer listeners are not crisis counsellors, but we are people trained in the art of deep listening. We are available to offer connection and support through the gift of deep listening.
Church Leaders Acknowledge the Racism in Their Midst: In response to the demonstrations across the United States and Canada in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, the Anglican Church of Canada, and The United Church of Canada have issued a joint letter. Moderator Richard Bott calls on White members of the church “to commit ourselves to this work, for everyone’s sake.”
The Black Clergy Network of The United Church of Canada invited us to a time of online worship, prayer, and reflection on issues of anti-Black racism across our country and in our church . If you missed it, the recording of that service can be watched so that you can worship with them and lament, hope, and be reminded of the need to act against racism.
Camp Awesome - Shining Waters Regional Council invites you to Together Apart: Seize the Day as Camp Awesome goes online this year for a fun and educational line up of programming for your child. We hope to see you there! Programs include:
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.
Activities for Children & Youth - Thanks to the Life Long Learning Committee for making this great idea list available Click Here
Burton Ave United in Broadview Magazine, June edition - several people have mentioned the picture and article about The Listening Post featuring Rev. Ruth McDonald. The article was written by our own Julie McGonegal. There is also a mention of our congregation in an article on Growing Congregations. Click here to read more.
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.
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 Sundays School from 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Songs. Stories. Discovery.
For Zoom Link, contact: Jeffrey Dale
Youth Ministries Coordinator for Shining Waters Regional Council
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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
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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.