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!
Feb. 28 - 2nd Sunday of Lent
Mar. 7 - 3rd Sunday of Lent - Guest preacher Jeffrey Dale
Mar. 14 - 4th Sunday of Lent
Sunday Worship - We continue to livestream from the sanctuary with just a few people present. Click on our YouTube channel link Our channel does not change and is always on the BAUC website. If you have Celebrations & Thanksgiving that you wish named on Sunday, email them to the church office by 12:00 p.m. on Friday. Weekly Announcements are due to the office by Wednesday afternoon. If you know of someone in our congregation who is not able to receive announcement by email, give them a friendly call to share any updates with them.
Lenten Eco-Challenge: Week 2 – Reuse
(from Gathering Lent/Easter 2021 written by Andrea L. Brennan, Christ Church Anglican/Knox United Church, Fernie, B.C)
Instead of using take-away cups, consider purchasing a reusable mug. Take it with you when you're out for the day and get your coffee or tea in a sustainable mug. You can also purchase reusable straws and cutlery that you may want to consider for travel. If a small investment keeps single-use plastics out of the landfill we all win. Instead of buying plastic storage containers, look around for empty glass jars with tight fitting lids. They make excellent canisters for dry goods, tea bags, craft supplies and more! Try to purchase goods in glass as opposed to plastic. The glass containers can be easily reused and it keeps plastic out of the landfill.
Lent 2021 "40 Acts of Kindness" Calendar - During this time apart, due to the pandemic, the Life Long Learning Committee wants to provide an opportunity for individuals and families to reflect on God's work during Lent. We have created a Lenten Calendar with "40 Acts of Kindness" on it. Each reflection or act of kindness can be completed within your own family or "social bubble" with social distancing in mind. It is a great way to re-connect and refocus on all that we have to offer and be thankful for. Please click on the link to download your own copy. Lent 2021 "40 Acts of Kindness" Calendar Enjoy the many blessings that may unfold.
The Women’s Spirituality Group will meet each Wednesday of Lent beginning at 7 pm. For the first week we will re-connect and then organize ourselves for the study of “Faith on the Move”. This will be a virtual ZOOM gathering and an invitation will go to all on the Women’s Spirituality Group email list. If you are not on the list but want to join, please send an email to Susan Cole or contact the office.
Black History Month - February is Black History month in Canada. We encourage you to go to this website to learn more. There are also books available to borrow from our social justice lending library: If you are interested in borrowing one of the books below, email Christine Nayler or contact the office.
Policing Black Lives- Robyn Maynard
The Skin We're In - Desmond Cole
White Fragility -Robin Diangelo
How To Be An Antiracist - Ibram X. Kendi
2020 Tax Receipts - The 2020 tax receipts are being mailed or emailed to you today, Thurs. Feb. 25 or tomorrow, Fri. Feb. 26. If we have an email address for you and you do not receive your receipt via email, it has been mailed. If you have any questions or concerns, please be in touch with the office at email@example.com
Powerpoint slides for announcements - still looking for one more volunteer to help with creating the announcement slides. Contact the church office if you can help.
Email update - Just a reminder to update your email address for the office to: firstname.lastname@example.org and Andrea's is email@example.com
Congregational Life Committee is looking for a few volunteers to take on the task of sending sympathy cards and bringing flowers to funerals of those from our congregation. We supply the materials and costs associated with this important work. We are grateful to Lynn Garraway for her many years of service to this ministry. If interested please be in touch with Maggie Haynes through email or the church office by phone.
Transition Team Update - As of Thursday, January 14, 2021, the Ontario Government issued a stay-at-home order. Enhanced public health and workplace safety measures are in effect for all of Ontario.
Book Club - Our Book Club meetings continue to be held on Zoom at 7 p.m. Our next monthly selection is: March 30 - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. All are welcome to join us; contact Islay Scott to add your name to the Zoom invitation list.
Online Trivia Night on Feb. 27 at 7p.m. Indulge your competitive spirit at our fun online trivia night.
Families can compete using their technology in a Zoom Meeting activity hosted by the Life Long Learning Committee. Questions will draw on your knowledge of Lent, Bible facts and BAUC trivia. If you are interested please contact Sheena Fletcher-Hoving at through the office. We are hoping to use Kahoot as the game tool so please let Sheena know whether you have access to a second device to use as a game controller (smart phone, tablet).
Are you Happy to be a part of Burton Ave United and want to show it?!
The Stewardship committee is looking for people who would be willing to participate in a musical montage featuring our BAUC T-shirts. No singing required but perhaps a few moves or clapping or praise that could be shot on your phone/camera and pieced together. Let’s share our joy!
If interested contact a stewardship committee member (Devon Williams, Cathy Manzato, Sandra Davidson or Miranda Williams). If you don’t have a way to shoot video, we can also arrange for one of our team members to do it for you while physically distancing.
MacGregor Meats - Grilling Season is coming up fast, so your Stewardship committee is running a MacGregor Meats campaign. Of course this company carries more than just meat for the BBQ - there are roasts, chicken breast, bacon.... etc. Our delivery date is currently booked for Sat., April 17th at 9:00am in the church parking lot. Orders need to be received by end of day, Thurs., April 8th which gives lots of time to make room in your freezers! Individual Order Form and Product Information can be found by clicking on the links here: Order form. Product information. Your order can be filled out electronically on the order form and emailed to Devon Williams with payment made by etransfer (email address is on the form - add "Meat Order" to comments), or by dropping off a cheque or cash with a description to the church or to Devon, Cathy Manzato or Sandra Davidson. Those that do not have access to complete the forms electronically, please reach out to us and we will get a hard copy form to you. Please share this with your friends and family in the area as well, you do not have to be a member of Burton Ave to put in an order.
Youth Haven 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. Due to current COVID19 measures they are only accepting financial donations at this time. Financial donations can be made online at youthhaven.ca
The Busby Centre is in need of the following items. Men’s boots sizes 10 -11 ½, Men’s track pants medium and large preferred, small accepted as well, coffee whiter and sugar, pasta sauce. Items may be dropped off at the centre from 10-2 Monday to Friday.
Baked Goods for Busby Centre - Those interested in contributing baked goods or store bought snack items for the Busby Outreach Team, please contact Andrew Telford for specifics. The Busby Centre would like to coordinate donations with other organizations and the existing sandwich program. This is in addition to the Breakfast Program as there is a great need in our community! Appreciate any help you can offer.
Do you play the ukulele? Do you own a ukulele? Have you always wanted to learn the ukulele? If you answered YES to any of these questions, please contact Katie Pergau to be part of a discussion about starting a group of ukulele players at Burton Ave United. This will be a great way to come together through music while we can't sing. Come and join us! P.S. Katie doesn't know how to play the ukulele either, so we'll all be learning together!
From Open Hands United
*Hurricane Eta Update* (Appeal for Funds) Click Here for all infomation.
Masks for Sale - I am making and selling fabric face masks. I have 2 sizes available (child and adult) and several colours and fabric designs. These masks have a wire insert for fitting around the nose and a pocket area where you can add a filter if you wish. They are available for pick-up or delivery (in Barrie). They are $10 each with 100% of sales going to Burton Avenue United Church. To order, please email Cate F.D. through the office or directly if you have her contact info. Thank you to all the people who who have ordered masks. Your support has been amazing! Thanks, Cate.
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.
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.
lend a helping hand
Barrie Food Bank - is in need of juice, jam and toilet paper.
Busby Street Centre - the centre is in need of the following items: deodorant, travel size shampoo, conditioner and body wash, razors, toothpaste, socks, and face masks, other items such as men's clothing, food staples and cash donations are always appreciated.
Youth Haven - is in need of the following items. Grocery Gift cards, Bus passes (10 rides), Hygiene products; shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant. Clothing; new underwear and socks, mittens, gloves, winter hats, hoodies, sweat pants, winter jackets. Call the shelter at (705) 739-7616 before dropping off as Covid 19 protocols are in place.
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
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.
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During our time out of the building due to Covid-19, these announcments may not apply
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.
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.