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
Tuesday Sept. 24th
Join us for Sunday Service at 10:00am!
News and upcoming events
Children and Youth
We are very excited that our Rainbow Club and Sunday morning Youth Group continue grow in numbers. We have an especially large number of teens with a large age range. With that, we really need to create a second youth class. Please consider volunteering as a leader with these young people, or with the younger children so that we might free up our current teachers to work with the youth.
Women’s Spirituality Group – we meet next on Wed., Oct. 1 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Our theme for the year will be Caring for Creation. Newcomers welcome!
Socktober is coming, Socktober is coming! Did you know that socks are one of the most requested and needed items at homeless shelters, especially during the winter months? That is why we will once again be holding a Socktober Sock Drive at BAUC. This year we will be collecting new men and women’s socks as well as underwear. Long underwear is especially welcome. Busby and Youth Haven request underwear in small and medium sizes. This drive is in support of both The Busby Centre and Youth Haven.
Photo Directory – a pdf copy was emailed to those on our mailing list. If you want a printed copy, contact the office. Please check your info and let the office know of changes. As well, if you have a more up to date headshot photo that you would like us to use please email it to the office. We will be planning to hold sessions for updated photos in Sept.
Milk Bags - Bring your 3L milk bags (the bags that holds the three 1 liter bags) and leave in the basket in the foyer. Lyle Edwards will take them to Westminster Presbyterian to be made into mats for those in need.
Photo Collection We are collecting photos that you might take of your garden, your family, of your experiences, of nature, of celebrations that we could use in our worship powerpoints. You can email them to Andrea Wheaton or drop off on a usb drive and we will download and return drive to you.
lend a helping hand
Barrie Food Bank - is in need of juice, jam and toilet paper. Busby Street Centre - is in need of coffee, tea, sugar, peanut butter, sunscreen, bug spray and deodorant. Youth Haven - Youth Haven’s pantry is looking for the following items: Kraft Dinner, Pasta Sauce, Mr. Noodles, Tuna, Chef Boyardee, Cereal, Coffee, Oatmeal - instant breakfast packages, Pancake mix and Maple syrup, school/work snacks, Soup (minus tomato soup)**we have lots of beans so don’t need any of those right now.** This food is used in the shelter and to provide food packages to youth living on their own. Donations can be dropped off at 22 Wellington St. East. Thank you
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 email@example.com 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.
Treasurer Position After more than twelve years of service to our congregation Alan McGee has decided to resign the position of Treasurer effective Dec. 31, 2019. We are grateful for Alan’s hard-work and dedication to this role. The Ministry & Personnel Committee have drafted an updated version of the Responsibilities & Duties of the Treasurer. If you are interested in learning more about this role please speak to a member of the Stewardship Committee. (Devon Williams, Sandy Davidson or Alan McGee) or Chair of the Board (Cathy Manzato).
2019 Church Offering Envelopes - 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.
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.
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”.