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!
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Sunday, January 20
Join us for Sunday Service starting at 10:00am!
Children & Teens are invited to Rainbow Club after the Children’s Moment. Caregivers with toddlers & babies can make use of the Lounge beside the sanctuary or bring them to the lower level Nursery where care is provided. An usher can help you find your way.
Refreshments are served downstairs after worship during a time of conversation and visiting.
2019 Church Offering Envelopes - available in the mail-slots in the foyer. If you wish to have envelopes, please call Stacey at the church office. If you regularly use visitor envelopes, please consider asking for an envelope number as it makes it easier for our office to record your donations for tax receipt purposes.
Youth Inc. Our 2019 return date is tonight at 7 pm. All youth grades 6 and up are welcome! Bring a friend.
Monday January 21
Health & Healing Pilot Project Team – meets at 6:30 pm in the Lounge on Mon., Jan. 21.
Wednesday January 23
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – There will be a shared worship service and pizza dinner for youth on Wed., Jan. 23 from 6-8 pm at Grace United. Adults are welcome to attend. The service for Sun., Jan. 20 has been cancelled. Instead we encourage you to attend the World Religion Day event at City Hall from 2-4:30 pm on that day.
Women’s Spirituality Group – meets next on Wed., Jan. 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the church.
Sunday January 27
Affirm Celebration Service – at our regular worship on Sun., Jan. 27 we will be officially designated an Affirming Ministry. There will be a guest from Affirm United and a reception following worship. Please be sure to join us on that day for this celebration service. You are invited to wear bright rainbow colours.
News and upcoming events
Pastoral Care Team – meets on Mon., Jan. 28 at 9:30 a.m. in the Lounge.
Book Club Due to inclement weather, the November Book Club meeting was cancelled. Our next meeting will be Tues. Jan. 29, 2019 at 7:30 pm when we will be discussing The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. Our host is Linda Morris. All are welcome.
Annual Meeting of the Congregation – On Sun., Feb. 3 after worship. A selection of soups and rolls will be provided and a free will offering taken.
Truth and Reconciliation Committee encourages you to actively support the programming and events offered by the Barrie Native Friendship Centre. The BNFC will have a strong presence at Winterfest 2019 from Feb. 2 to 3. There will be First Nations snow and ice sculptures, a maple syrup teaching at Heritage Park, traditional songs and stories by Ernestine Baldwin at the Barrie Public Library, and a rough-cut film screening and talk-back session by film producer and actor Jennifer Podemski, also at the BPL. For more details, check out the City of Barrie website.
Shrek the Musical - Come join the cast and crew of Kempenfelt Community Player’s annual spring musical (including 3 of BAUC’s own). We’ll visit the swamp for this magical tale about an Ogre, a princess and a donkey who meet some fairytale misfits on their journey to love and friendship. A great show for adults and kids! The show opens on Feb. 7 and runs with evening and matinee performances until Feb. 17 at the Georgian College Theatre. Visit kempenfeltplayers.com or the City of Barrie Box Office for more information on tickets!
Teen Confirmation Class – a time of fun filled exploring of our faith that will help you decide if you want to become a full member of the United Church. We will determine our schedule of about 8 classes based on the availability of those interested in the class. We also attend a Confirmation Class Retreat with other United Churches in our area on Feb. 22-23 (5 pm on Friday until 4 pm on Saturday) here at Burton Ave United. Email Andrea Wheaton if you are interested or have questions.
Coldest Night of the Year - The Local & World Outreach Committee invites BAUC friends and family to join us as we walk to raise funds and awareness for those experiencing homelessness in our community and around the country. The Coldest Night of the Year takes place in over 100 communities across Canada on Feb. 23rd. The funds raised are used locally to support people in that community that are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Many of us will once again be walking in support of Youth Haven. If you are interested in joining this year’s team or supporting our fundraising efforts contact Christine Nayler, or speak with a member of our committee after church.
Church Membership – if you would like to take the step into full membership in our congregation please be in touch with Andrea Wheaton. We would love to welcome you at our next New Member Sunday.
Rev. Patricia Gale-MacDonald has retired after 35 1/2 years of ordained ministry. We are so grateful for the 18+ years of her ministry with and among us. A retirement celebration will take place on Sun., May 5!
lend a helping hand
Youth Haven - in need of men’s and women’s underwear & men’s clothing (shorts, shirts & t-shirts) as well as toilet paper.
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.
Busby Street Centre still needs us to make/deliver sandwiches to them on Wednesdays between 9:00 and 2:00! We are also looking for a list of drivers and people interested in donating supplies. Signup sheet is in the foyer. They are now at their permanent location at 88 Mulcaster.
Barrie Food Bank - in great need of canned goods, pasta and sauce, non perishable goods etc…
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.
2019 Church Calendars – are now available from the church office to purchase for $8.50 each
Rides 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.
Bibles - for those who wish to use a Bible during worship, there are several copies available at the front of the sanctuary near the entrance. Please return them to this location after the service.
Our Daily Bread – This daily devotional is available outside the sanctuary doors. Pick one up and spend a few moments each day reading a scripture passage and a reflection.
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”.